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Vocabulary Quiz
overgrown • piled high • motor
romantic • cluster
  1. The house is old and with plants.
  2. There was a of people standing on the beach, looking at the ocean.
  3. They went on a date to celebrate their anniversary.
  4. The kiosk was with all different types of fruit.
  5. A lot of seaweed was tangled in the .
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

868 The River
Jeff talks about the start of his journey in a canoe down the Amazon.

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The Amazon was very overgrown.

'Overgrown' plants and trees have grown in an uncontrolled way. If we don't cut the grass around our home for example, it quickly becomes overgrown.  Notice the following:

  1. The path was overgrown with plants.
  2. It's time to trim the overgrown trees.

piled high


A canoe piled high with rice and food.

The phrase 'piled high' means a group of similar things that are put on top of each other.  Notice the following:

  1. His dirty clothes were piled high on the floor.
  2. The truck was was piled high with supplies.

outboard motor


It had an outboard motor.

An 'outboard motor' is found on the outside of a boat. We usually see outboard motors on smaller boats.  Notice the following:

  1. We couldn't start the outboard motor.
  2. The outboard motor was small but powerful.

it wasn't romantic at all


The trip wasn't romantic at all.

The word 'romantic' usually talks about feelings of love between two people. But, a romantic journey makes you think about love or someone you love while traveling.  Notice the following:

  1. It was a romantic restaurant.
  2. They took a romantic walk on the beach.



A little cluster of houses.

A 'cluster' is a group of people or similar things that are close together.  Notice the following:

  1. A cluster of people were standing on the corner.
  2. It's behind that cluster of trees.