#4. Kay Explains MiB

Published: 2.21.2021
Level 6   |   Time: 3:17
Accent: American
Source: Men in Black

Kay explains the history and the purpose of the MiB agency to Edwards and offer him a job.


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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

  • underfunded [adj] - not enough money
  • laughable [adj] - silly, ridiculous
  • establish contact [exp] - connect or communicate for the first time
  • a race not of this planet [exp] - aliens (from another planet)
  • make contact [exp] - connect or communicate for the first time
  • astronomers [n] - scientists who study the stars
  • intergalactic [adj] - from another planet or galaxy
  • refugees [n] - people (aliens) with no home country (or home planet)
  • an apolitical zone [n] - an area not connected to any political group
  • conceal [v] - hide, keep secret
  • flying saucers [n] - UFOs, alien spaceships [image]
  • a cover up [n] - an attempt to hide something
  • the World's Fair [n] - a large international exhibition designed to show the achievements of a country [image]
  • Queens [n] - a part of New York City
  • Manhattan [n] - a part of New York City
  • a CAT scan [n] - a type of X-ray, medical exam [image]
  • a company policy [n] - a rule of a company
  • show me the door [exp] - let me leave
  • decaf [n] - decaffeinated coffee
  • Here's the deal. [exp] - This is the truth.
  • at any given time [exp] - at any specific moment
  • decent [adj] - nice, normal, kind
  • make a living [exp] - earn money and survive
  • a cab [n] - a taxi
  • don't have a clue [exp] - don't know
  • panicky [adj] - feeling uncontrollable fear or anxiety
  • have a good bead on things [exp] - understand life
  • handle [v] - deal with, understand calmly
  • (What's) the catch [n] - (What is) the disadvantage, the negative aspect
  • sever [v] - cut
  • think (something) over [phv] - consider (something)

[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.
  • Kay is an agent for the Men in Black (MiB) agency.
  • Edwards is a New York City police officer.
  • Kay is recruiting Edwards to join MiB.

triangle Questions

  1. What was the original purpose of the MiB agency?
    To catch aliens
    To kill aliens
    To contact aliens

  2. When was the MiB agency started?
    the early 1950s
    the mid 1950s
    the late 1950s

  3. When did aliens first contact the MiB agency?

  4. Who was present when aliens made first contact with the MiB agency?
    Some MiB agents
    Some police officers
    Some astronomers
    The President of the US
    A lost kid

  5. Why did the aliens come to Earth?
    They were Nazis.
    They wanted to meet the Queen.
    They were refugees.
    They crashed their spaceships in New York.

  6. What was the purpose of the World's Fair in Queens, New York?
    To show the new alien technology
    To attract more aliens
    To hide the aliens' spaceship

  7. When did Kay get his most recent CAT scan?
    6 weeks ago
    6 months ago
    He can't remember.

  8. What does Edwards think after he hears Kay's explanation of the MiB agency?
    He thinks Kay is crazy.
    He thinks the aliens are cute.
    He thinks MiB is dangerous.

  9. About how many aliens live on Earth?
    15 000

  10. Where do most aliens live?

  11. What job does Edwards guess that most of the aliens in New York have?
    Taxi driver

  12. Why does MiB keep aliens on Earth a secret?
    The aliens are dangerous.
    People are panicky and stupid.
    The US government wants to hide aliens from other countries.

  13. If Edwards joins the MiB agency, what will he have to do?
    He will have to change his face.
    He will have to learn the aliens' languages.
    He will have to cut contact with everyone he knows.

  14. When must Edwards decide whether he wants to join the MiB agency?
    A few hours later
    By sunrise
    In a week

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


about    from    of    with

  • (4)   Kay showed some pictures of flying saucers to Edwards.

  • (1)   Kay stopped Edwards from taking the eye exam.

  • (3)   Kay told Edwards about the first aliens that visited Earth.

  • (2)   Zed flashed the other candidates with a red light to erase their memories.


if    poured    show    what

  • (5)   Edwards asked Kay to show him the door (let him leave).

  • (6)   Kay asked Edwards if he wanted some ocffee.

  • (8)   Kay asked the aliens what kind of coffee it was.

  • (7)   The aliens poured some coffee into Edwards' cup.


about    away    decision    the    why

  • (10)   Edwards asked Kay why the governement doesn't tell people about the aliens on Earth.

  • (11)   Kay explained the negative aspects of working for MiB.

  • (9)   Kay told Edwards about the aliens living on Earth.

  • (12)   Kay walked away and left Edwards to make a decision .

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Kay: Where are you going?

Edwards: Yo. Hey man, what the hell is all this?

Kay: Back in the mid-1950s, the government started a little underfunded agency with the simple and laughable purpose of establishing contact with a race not of this planet.

Zed: If you will look directly at the end of this device, we'll administer the eye test.

Kay: Everyone thought the agency was a joke, except the aliens who made contact March 2, 1961 outside New York.

Kay: There were nine of us the first night. Seven agents, one astronomer, and one dumb kid who got lost on the wrong back road.

Edwards: Oh, you brought that tall man some flowers.

Kay: This way. They were a group of intergalactic refugees. They wanted to use Earth as an apolitical zone for creatures without a planet.

Kay: Did you ever see "Casablanca"? It's the same thing, except no Nazis.

Kay: We agreed, and we concealed all the evidence of their landing.

Edwards: So these are real flying saucers, and the World's Fair was just a cover-up for their landing?

Kay: Why else would we hold it in Queens? More nonhumans arrive every year and live among us in secret.

Edwards: Look, I'm sorry. Not to change the subject or anything, but when was the last time you had a CAT scan?

Kay: About six months ago. It's company policy.

Edwards: Right. You should make another appointment.

Edwards: Ah, look! Tell your boy Zed I had an absolutely wonderful time and thank you for everything, but why don't you show me the door.

Kay: All right. I'm going to get some coffee. You want some coffee?

Edwards: No, thank you, I'm fine.

Kay: How you doing, fellas?

Aliens: Hi Kay!

Kay: That's not decaf, is it?

Aliens: Viennese Cinnamon!

Kay: Don't tell me we only got that powdered stuff for cream again. I hate that stuff. You guys getting along all right?

Aliens: ?????

Kay: Well, don't work too hard.

Kay: (Are you) Sure you don't want some coffee?

Aliens: ?????

Kay: All right, kid, here's the deal. At any given time there are around 1500 aliens on the planet. Most of them right here in Manhattan. And most of them are decent enough. They are just trying to make a living.

Edwards: Cab drivers.

Kay: No, not as many as you'd think.

Kay: Humans, for the most part, don't have a clue. Don't want or need one either. They're happy. They think they have a good bead on things.

Edwards: Why the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it.

Kay: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals. And you know it.

Kay: 1500 years ago, everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. 500 years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat. And 15 minutes ago, you knew that people were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow.

Edwards: What's the catch?

Kay: The catch. The catch is you will sever every human contact. Nobody will ever know you exist anywhere. Ever.

Kay: I'll give you to sunrise to think it over.

Edwards: Hey, is it worth it?

Kay: Oh yeah, it's worth it ... if you're strong enough.

The Test
Edwards Joins MiB