Make true and correct active and passive trivia sentences

Choose one of the things below which you think is true and make it into a grammatically correct statement. Your team will get one point for each factually and grammatically correct sentence.

1. 10% of Americans _______________________________________ (appear) on TV

2. A sneeze ____________________________________ (travel) at 10 miles per hour

3. Bats always _______________________________ (turn) left when flying out of a cave

4. Canned beer ____________________________________________ (first sell) in 1933.

5. Chewing gum ______________________________________________________(stop) you from crying when you are cutting onions

6. Coca Cola ____________________ (contain) cocaine when it _________________ (first release).

7. Coca Cola ___________________________________John Styth Pemberton in 1886.

8. Ice cream _______________first ___________________________________ in Italy.

9. Levi’s _________________________ more than 2 billion pairs of jeans.

10. Mirrors ___________________________________________the ancient Egyptians.

11. More vodka than scotch _______________________________in the USA every year.

12. More wine ___________________________________in Italy than France.

13. Nike ________________________________after the ancient Greek goddess of victory.

14. Pizza ____________________________as America’s favourite food in a 1999 survey.

15. The electric chair ______________________________________a dentist.

16. The first football World Cup _________________________________in 1960.

17. The first jeans ____________________________ Levi Strauss (a German tailor).

18. The first television ad ______________________ on 6 July 1941. It advertised Bulova watches.

19. The first underground railway ____________________________in New York.

20. The microwave ______________________________as a consumer product in 1955.

21. The original VW Beetle _______________________________Ferdinand Porsche.

22. The rubber tyre ____________________________________________John Dunlop.

23. Toyota _____________________________________ 288 cars in the USA in 1958.

24. Windmills always _______________ anticlockwise (= the opposite direction to a clock).

Sources include “Did you know?” (Reward Elementary Resource Pack activity 38) and “Believe it or not True or False?” (Clockwise Intermediate Resource Pack pg 44)

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Make true and correct active and passive trivia sentences

Suggested answers

1. 10% of Americans have appeared on TV FALSE (really 25% of Americans)

2. A sneeze travels at 10 miles per hour FALSE (really 100 mph)

3. Bats always turn left when flying out of a cave TRUE

4. Canned beer was first sold in 1933. TRUE

5. Chewing gum stops you from crying when you are cutting onions TRUE

6. Coca cola contained cocaine when it was first released. TRUE

7. Coca cola was invented by John Styth Pemberton in 1886. TRUE

8. Ice cream was first made in Italy FALSE (in China)

9. Levi’s have produced more than 2 billion pairs of jeans. TRUE

10. Mirrors were invented by the ancient Egyptians TRUE

11. More vodka than scotch is sold in the USA every year. TRUE

12. More wine is produced in Italy than France TRUE

13. Nike was named after the ancient Greek goddess of victory. TRUE

14. Pizza was chosen as America’s favourite food in a 1999 survey. TRUE

15. The electric chair was invented by a dentist TRUE

16. The first football World Cup was played in 1960 FALSE (1930)

17. The first jeans were made by Levi Strauss (a German tailor) TRUE

18. The first television ad appeared on 6 July 1941. It advertised Bulova watches. TRUE

19. The first underground railway was opened in New York FALSE (in London)

20. The microwave was introduced as a consumer product in 1955. TRUE

21. The original VW Beetle was designed by Ferdinand Porsche TRUE

22. The rubber tyre was invented by John Dunlop TRUE

23. Toyota sold 288 cars in the USA in 1958. TRUE

24. Windmills always turn anticlockwise (= the opposite direction to a clock) TRUE

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One Response to Make true and correct active and passive trivia sentences

  1. Matt says:

    Thanks.Fantastic resource. Ties in with a listening activity from Discussions A-Z Intermediate (Adrian Wallwork CUP) p.67 ex4. Firsts

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