#3. The Test

Published: 2.17.2021
Level 5   |   Time: 4:33
Accent: American
Source: Men in Black

Edwards comes to MiB headquarters to take a test and find out if he is ready to join MiB.


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  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • a dude [n] - a guy
  • motor skills [n] - a skill of muscle activity
  • stamina [n] - the ability to do physical or mental activity for a long time
  • West Point [n] - the top American military academy
  • have no clue [exp] - have no idea, not know
  • Y'all [exp] - You all (all of you)
  • ain't [v] - aren't
  • get down on this [exp] - use this, try this
  • hesitate [v] - wait for a moment
  • come to a conclusion [exp] - make a judgement or decision
  • pop (someone) [v] - shoot (someone) with a gun
  • work out [phv] - exercise
  • snarling [adj] - making an aggressive sound while showing teeth (like a tiger) [image]
  • a beast [n] - a monster or animal
  • a threat [n] - a promise to give pain, injury or damage
  • the ghetto [n] - a poor area of a city [image]
  • start some shit [exp] - create problems
  • quantum physics [n] - a very advanced type of science (physics)
  • be up to something [exp] - doing something suspicious or illegal
  • a problem with authority [exp] - not like to follow orders from a boss
  • a cephlapoid [n] - a type of alien
  • administer a test [exp] - give a test

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

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Edwards Kay Zed
  • MiB (Men in Black) is a government organization that monitors aliens on Earth.
  • Edwards is a New York police officer.
  • Kay is an MiB agent who recruited Edwards to join MiB.
  • Zed is the director (boss) of MiB.

triangle Questions

  1. The guard is worried about Edwards entering the building.

  2. Edwards is late for the test.

  3. Only one person will be selected to join MiB.

  4. Edwards thinks that 2nd Lt. Jake Jensen knows the purpose of the test.

  5. Edwards offers to share the table with another test taker.

  6. Edwards accidentally shot little Tiffany (the little white girl).

  7. Edwards thought the hanging alien was working out (getting exercise).

  8. Edwards thought the second alien looked very dangerous.

  9. Edwards thought it was strange for an eight-year-old girl to have a quantum physics book.

  10. Both Edwards and Kay have difficulty following orders from their boss.

  11. Zed thinks Edwards is a good candidate for MiB.

  12. Kay thinks Edwards is a good candidate for MiB.

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Directions: 1) Put the events in the correct order. Choose ONE word to complete each sentence.


best    makes    up    why

  • (4)   Edwards makes fun of Lt. Jensen because he doesn't know why he is there.

  • (1)   Edwards shows up late to the test.

  • (3)   Lt. Jensen explains that the candidates are the best of the best.

  • (2)   Zed explains why the candidates were invited to MiB.


so    take    then    to

  • (5)   Edwards drags a table over so that he can write more easily.

  • (6)   Edwards invites Lt. Jensesn to share the table with him.

  • (8)   Edwards waits and then shoots one small girl.

  • (7)   The candidates take part in a shooting test and shoot many monsters.


take    to    why    Zed

  • (11)   Kay convinces Zed to accept Edwards into MiB.

  • (9)   Zed asks Edwards to explain his actions.

  • (10)   Zed explains why he ignored the monsters and shot the little girl.

  • (12)   Zed invites the candidates to take an eye exam.

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Guard: Help you?

Edwards: Yeah. This dude gave me this card.

Guard: Elevator!

Zed: You're late. Sit down.

Zed: My name is Zed. You're all here because you're the best of the best. Marines, Air force, Navy SEALS, Army Rangers, NYPD. And we're looking for one of you. Just one. What will follow is a series of simple tests of motor skills, concentration, stamina. I see we have a question.

Edwards: Uh yeah. I’m sorry. Maybe you already answered this, but why exactly are we here?

Zed: Son?

Recruit: Second Lieutenant Jake Jensen, West Point, graduate with honors. We're here because you're looking for the best of the best of the best, sir!

Zed: What's so funny, Edwards?

Edwards: Your boy, Captain America, over here. "The best of the best of the best, sir!" "With honors." He's just really excited, and he has no clue why we're here. That's just that’s very funny to me. Y'all ain't laughing, though.

Zed: Okay. Let's get going.

Edwards: Want to get down on this?

Zed: Edwards, what the hell happened?

Edwards: I hesitated.

Zed: May I ask why you felt little Tiffany deserved to die?

Edwards: Well she was the only one that actually seemed dangerous at the time, sir.

Zed: How did you come to that conclusion?

Edwards: First, I was going to pop this guy hanging from the streetlight, and then I realized, you know, he's just working out.

Edwards: Then I saw this snarling beast guy, and I noticed he had a tissue in his hand and realized he's not snarling, he's sneezing. You know, ain't no real threat there.

Edwards: Then I saw little Tiffany. I'm thinking, you know, eight-year-old white girl, middle of the ghetto, bunch of monsters, this time of night with quantum physics books. She’s about to start some shit, Zed. She's about eight years old. Those books are way too advanced for her. If you ask me, I say she's up to something. And to be honest, I'd appreciate it if you eased up off my back about it. Or, do I owe her an apology?

Zed: He's got a real problem with authority.

Kay: So do I. But this kid ran down a cephlapoid. On foot, boss. That's got to be tough enough.

Zed: Let’s hope you know what you're doing.

Zed: Gentleman, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training. And now, if you'll just follow me, we have one more test to administer, an eye exam.

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Kay Explains MiB