Dominican amber

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In PART 1, the final session of the course will take you on a trip to Dominican Republic, where you will discover everything about a mysterious substance called amber and the secrets it conceals.
PART 2 deals with the last of our Language Tools. It contains two very good video-explanations of comparison and some exercises related to them.
Finally, PART 3 is the ultimate challenge about Cultural Landmarks. Revise Johnson, Lovelace, Boyle, Lederberg, Curie and Turner before accepting this challenge or you will lose all your lives before reaching the end.


Jewel of the earth
Documentary amber

Sir David Frederick Attenborough is an English broadcaster and natural historian. He is best known for writing and presenting, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, the nine natural history documentary series forming the Life collection that together constitute a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on Earth. He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in each of black and white, colour, HD, 3D and 4K. In 2018 and 2019, he received Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Narrator. He considers his 2020 documentary film, David Attenborough: A Life on our Planet, his personal witness statement of his life and the future. Continue reading...


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100% of the mark
(5 January 2021)
  •   Reading comprehension
    • Vocabulary
    • True/False
  •   Cultural landmarks 1-6
  •   Grammar
  •   Writing


  • Jewel of the earth (4 sections)
  1. Section 1: A-B-C-D exercise
  2. Section 2: Open questions
  3. Section 3: Fill in the blanks
  4. Section 4: Open questions
  Language Tools
  1. Comparative (with video)
  2. Superlative (with video)
  3. Comparative vs Superlative
  • Challenge #1: Cultural landmarks


A mysterious substance

Watch the video and answer the A-B-C-D questions below.

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A. Choose the right answer.

1. How old was David Attenborough when he first held a piece of amber?

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2. When do you have the biggest chance of finding amber on the shore?

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3. What legendary explanations have been given for the origin of amber?

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4. Who was Pliny the Elder?

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5. How does amber actually come about?

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11. Volcano

10. Particle accelerator

9. 'Oumuamua

8. Evolution

7. Immune war against HIV

6. Chemistry in fiction

5. Mercury pollution

4. Fortnite

3. Artificial Intelligence

2. The story of One

1. Animals that count


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Gum tree resin
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Dominican amber

Watch the second section of the video and answer the questions below.

B. Open questions. Answer using your own words or quoting the video.

1. Where did David Attenborough go in the 1960s to look for amber?

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2. Is this amber younger or older than Baltic amber? How old is it?

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3. How, according to him, does it feel to find a piece of amber?

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4. What is there in the piece of amber they decide to enquire about? Where did it come from?

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5. What insect was found trapped in the amber?

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Charles Henry Turner
6. Charles Henry Turner

5. Marie Curie

4. Joshua Lederberg

3. Robert Boyle

2. Ada Lovelace

1. Katherine Johnson

Dominican amber pendant.com

Dominican amber pendant
Source: Amber International


The stingless bee

Watch the third section of the video and fill in the blanks with the missing words.

C. Fill in the blanks.

She must have been familiar with many of the plants in that forest, indeed she depended on them. So, based on the Poinars' findings, and with a little bit of amber magic, we can follow her back home.

This (1) flower shows that the amber trees were not the only giants reaching up into the forest canopy. It belonged to a sebo, whose great (2) is supported by wide buttress roots.

But the (3) flowers of all came from a (4) tree, the nazareno. It seems (5) that these trees (6) the forest canopy. When one of these (7) fell, it would have opened up a (8) which other, (9) plants could fill, plants like palms.

And here are their flowers, (10) that palms were another key element of that forest.

So we have built up a (11) of what part of the forest was like and even identified some of the (12) which might have tempted my (13) But (14) .

Stingless bees

Stingless bees
Source: IntechOpen.com

Buttress roots

Buttress roots
Source: sciencephoto.com

(Do not click this button until you complete the exercise)

(1) tiny (2) trunk (3) commonest
(4) different (5) likely (6) dominated
(7) giants (8) light gap (9) faster-growing
(10) confirming (11) picture (12) flowers
(13) bee (14) I don't think
she died
collecting nectar


The way to inmortality?

Watch the final section of the video and answer the questions below.

D. Open questions. Answer using your own words or quoting the video.

1. What was the bee probably doing when she was trapped in resin?

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2. Why would a bee try to do that? (2 reasons)

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3. What prospect does David Attenborough touch upon at the end of the program?

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Jurassic Park amber cane

Jurassic Park ambercane
Source: pinterest.com

Prehistoric moth in amber

Prehistoric moth in amber
Source: Sadigh Gallery


Language tools

The following two videos are easy-to-understand explanations of comparison in English. Please watch them before doing the exercises.


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E. Write the correct form of the adjectives in the boxes.

1. My house is than yours.

2. This flower is than that one.

3. The book you lent me is than the one I was reading.

4. Non-smokers usually live than smokers.

5. Some dog breeds are than others, don't you think?

6. A holiday by the sea is than a holiday in the mountains.

7. It is strange but often a coke is than a beer.

8. Do you think Jeff Bezos (Amazon) is than Bill Gates (Microsoft)?

9. The weather this summer is even than last summer.

10. The thief was than the cops, and he ran away with the money.

Do not click
until you fill in
all the boxes!!


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F. Write the correct form of the adjectives in the boxes.

1. This is probably song I've ever listened to.

2. Who do you think is in the world?

3. What is month of the year in Ireland?

4. My current English teacher is teacher that I've had in years.

5. Mary invited me to restaurant in town yesterday.

6. I find Chinese language to learn.

7. You and I may not be rich, but Peter definitely has money of the three.

8. Tombuctu is place I've been to.

9. I have dad in the world. He bought me a new car!

10. I've owned other dogs before, but Toby is of them all.

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until you fill in
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G. Choose between the comparative and superlative form of the adjectives in the boxes.

1. As the time for the performance got nearer, I got .

2. Ben says he’s feeling much after his illness.

3. I have been free time this year than I did last year

4. I think Mohammed Ali was boxer that has ever lived.

5. It was film I had ever seen.

6. Out of all the members of the choir, Jason sang .

7. Out of all the students in my school, I practice .

8. Slow down! You're than me and I can’t keep up!

9. The news was much than anyone had feared.

10. Veronica has been since she moved schools.

11. Who do you think is talented actor to win an Oscar?

12. You’ll need to be able to run than this if you’re going to do the marathon.

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until you fill in
all the boxes!!


Grand finale! Landmark quiz


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