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  • The Truth about Willy Wonka – English Listening Exercise

    As long as <a href=”http://blankonblank.org/”>Blank on Blank</a> keeps producing these great videos, we’ll keep making English listening exercises with them. They’re great!

    This week’s video features an interview with Gene Wilder, an American actor who has played many roles, perhaps most famously as the original Willy Wonka from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In the video below he talks about how and why he started acting, and reveals some interesting information about how he influenced the Willy Wonka film.
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    Listening Questions. Answer the questions below in comments, and we’ll respond.

    1. He looked ___ in it.

    2. What does the word above mean?

    3. What joke does Mel Brooks make?

    4. “Don’t ever get angry with your mother, because you might kill her. He was not very _______ _______. ”

    5.  How did Wilder know when he’d said something really funny to his mom?

    6. Why does Wilder act? (He doesn’t actually give the reason, but he implies it.)

    7. Why did he want to change the beginning of Willy Wonka?

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    Thanks! Below you’ll find the part of Willy Wonka that Gene Wilder references in the interview.
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