<TED Worksheet (Free)>
50. The function and fashion of eyeglasses
Debbie Millman
<3:15>   January 2020

 

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<Key Vocabulary>
Write the meaning(s) of each word. Write an example sentence (example sentences) if you need.

(1) cornea

(2) retina

(3) impulse

(4) adapt

(5) slit

(6) attribute

(7) spectacle

(8) hinge

(9) feature

(10) glamorous

(11) persona

(12) outlaw

(13) misfit

(14) portray

(15) lifeline

(16) overcome

(17) obstacle

(18) catapult




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≪Questions≫

  1.  Which of the following statements is true about the speaker?
  1.  She thought Catwoman was cool because she was wearing contact lenses.
  2.  She wanted to buy glasses because she saw some advertisements on TV.
  3.  She bought a pair of glasses because her vision was low.
  4.  She thought glasses were just fashion accessories.

 

  1.  Choose the best answers in the parentheses.

Light enters the eye through the ( retina / cornea / brain / tears ) and your ( retina / cornea / brain / tears ) converts this light into electrical impulses that are sent to the ( retina / cornea / brain / tears ), which interprets the impulses and allows you to understand what you’re ( hearing / tasting / smelling / seeing ).

 

  1. According to the speaker, which of the following statements is not true about the earliest forms of eye gear?
  1. They were made of bone and hides of animals.
  2. They had thin lenses.
  3. They were created as eye shields by people living in snowy areas.
  4. They were invented about 4,000 years ago.

 

  1. What was the first vision aid called? When was it invented? Who invented it?

     What was it called?  

                                                                 

    When was it invented?

                                                              

 

  1. The sides of eyeglasses have different names. What are they? List two:

(1)                               

(2)                             

 

  1. The speaker believes that the cinema helped popularize eyeglasses in the 20thcentury in America. Why?

    

 

  1.  Some eyeglasses represent personality traits. Draw lines to match the types of eyeglasses with the types of personality traits.

   

 

  1. Write “T” if the statement is true and “F” if the statement is false.
  1. Eyeglasses have become so popular that some people wear them without appropriate lenses.      
  2. Glasses are necessary tools for some people to maintain their lives.         
  3. A number of tools were created to overcome various physical obstacles, and many of them have become fashion items.       




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≪Answers≫

  1.  Which of the following statements is true about the speaker?
  1.  She thought Catwoman was cool because she was wearing contact lenses.
  2.  She wanted to buy glasses because she saw some advertisements on TV.
  3.  She bought a pair of glasses because her vision was low.
  4.  She thought glasses were just fashion accessories.

 

  1.  Choose the best answers in the parentheses.

Light enters the eye through the ( retina / cornea / brain / tears ) and your ( retina / cornea / brain / tears ) converts this light into electrical impulses that are sent to the ( retina / cornea / brain / tears ), which interprets the impulses and allows you to understand what you’re ( hearing / tasting / smelling / seeing ).

 

  1. According to the speaker, which of the following statements is not true about the earliest forms of eye gear?
  1. They were made of bone and hides of animals.
  2. They had thin lenses.
  3. They were created as eye shields by people living in snowy areas.
  4. They were invented about 4,000 years ago.

 

  1. What was the first vision aid called? When was it invented? Who invented it?

     What was it called?  

           a reading stone          

    When was it invented?

           over 1,000 years ago   

 

  1. The sides of eyeglasses have different names. What are they? List two:

(1)   temples      

(2)  arms      

 

  1. The speaker believes that the cinema helped popularize eyeglasses in the 20thcentury in America. Why?

Because glamorous actresses and actors were wearing (donning) glasses to take on a different persona.

 

  1.  Some eyeglasses represent personality traits. Draw lines to match the types of eyeglasses with the types of personality traits.

   

 

  1. Write “T” if the statement is true and “F” if the statement is false.
  1. Eyeglasses have become so popular that some people wear them without appropriate lenses.   T   
  2. Glasses are necessary tools for some people to maintain their lives.     T    
  3. A number of tools were created to overcome various physical obstacles, and many of them have become fashion items.     F   

     

 

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