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Vocabulary Quiz
incidents • startling • creepy
slimy • paranoia
  1. He has had a number of in class recently.
  2. After I found a bug in my lettuce I developed a about eating salads.
  3. Oysters are too for me to eat. They make me want to vomit.
  4. I'm sure the basement in this apartment building is full of -crawly creatures.
  5. It was very to find him in my house because he didn't have a key.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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What do you fear?
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Mixer #56 Fear

Six people share what they are afraid of and why it scares them.

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I've had a few incidents.

An incident is a negative situation or event. Notice the following:

  1. The protesters marched without incident.
  2. The news reported a shooting incident at the university.



It's very startling.

Startling is similar in meaning to surprising.  Notice the following:

  1. The results of the survey were startling.
  2. The results of the survey were surprising.

creepy crawly


I don't like anything creepy crawly.

We use the phrase creepy-crawly to talk about insects, especially ones that scare us.  Notice the following:

  1. I hate creepy-crawly cockroaches.
  2. I saw lots of creepy-crawly snacks at the markets in China.



Snakes are slimy.

Slime is a slippery liquid coating we find on animals or things in wet places.  Notice the following:

  1. The toilet was dirty and slimy.
  2. Fish are slippery and slimy.



I have a little paranoia about guns.

We have paranoia when we believe, often unreasonably, that someone or something will harm us.  Notice the following:

  1. I feel a little paranoia when traveling alone.
  2. I have this paranoia of riding motorcycles.