Sunday, November 6, 2011

Indian clerk wins game show with history question

Level: Intermediate
Sushil Kumar, the winner of 1 million dollars
NEW DELHI (AP) — The question that made a poor clerk from eastern India the first person to win $1 million on an Indian game show has been revealed.

It is: "Which colonial power ended its involvement in India by selling the rights to the Nicobar Islands to the British on Oct. 16, 1868?"

The answer: Denmark.

Last week, it was announced that Sushil Kumar had won the top prize on the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." But producers declined to reveal the question until the show aired yesterday.

His wife closed her eyes and prayed as Kumar grappled with the question.

When he won, the audience whooped and gave him a standing ovation. He and his wife wept.

His win echoes the 2008 Oscar - winning film "Slumdog Millionaire."

Vocabulary Review: Read the vocabulary words and the definitions. Make your own sentence using the vocabulary word/s afterwards.
1. reveal (v.) - to make known (something concealed or secret); expose
Example: She revealed her talent for cooking.

2. colonial (adj.) - relating to, possessing, or inhabiting a colony or colonies
Example: On 8th April 1945, the French colonial army entered the town.

3. decline (v.) - to express polite refusal
Example: I declined their offer of help.

4. air (v.) - to broadcast on television or radio
Example: The ad was submitted to NHK and they aired it.

5. grapple (v.) - struggle; exert effort with difficulty
Example: She grappled to get through the crowd.

6. whoop (v.) - shout, as if with joy or enthusiasm
Example: The children whooped when they were led to the picnic table.

7. standing ovation (n.) - clapping accompanied by standing
Example: He was pleasantly surprised by the standing ovation he received.

8. echo (v.) - appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to
Example: This paper echoes my own work.

Comprehension check: Answer the questions based on the article.
1. Who was the first person who won a million dollars in the game show "Who wants to be a millionaire?"
2. What was the winning question?
3. What happened after he won?

Viewpoint Discussion:
1. What would you do if you win a million dollars? How are you going to spend it?
2. What would life be like without money?

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