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Life as an Astronaut

The life of an astronaut sounds incredible. Feeling weightless and being able to get a closer look at the stars are just two unique aspects of the job. But, what does it take to be an astronaut? Astronauts go through a lot of training, and not all of it has to do with learning about the shuttles they will be flying in. They must also learn how to be a part of a team and complete important checklists quickly and flawlessly. Listen to hear about life as an astronaut.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • In what ways did Andrew Carnegie’s libraries serve their communities?
  • How did Carnegie benefit from a library when he was growing up?
  • Which personality traits helped propel Carnegie from poverty to riches? Bring specific details from the story to support your ideas.
  • According to Carnegie, what should rich people do with their money and why? Why was Carnegie known as both generous and “brutal”?

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  • In your opinion, what should really rich people do with their fortunes?
  • What does it take for a person to rise from “rags to riches”?

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