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Musical Humorist Victor Borge

13 Questions  I  By Cora
“ A smile is the shortest distance between two people. ”   --Victor Borge

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This exercise introduces the beloved international humorist and musician Victor Borge,
and the life of this world renowned entertainer can be an inspiration to many people.


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1.            1.  Musical humorist Victor Borge, a talented pianist and a comedian, was born in ____________   on January 3, 1909.
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2.                                     The son of a violinist in the Danish Symphony Orchestra, Victor Borge became a child prodigy soon after he began playing the piano at the age of three.   “A child prodigy” means ____________ .                   
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3.                        After studying at the Copenhagen Music Conservatory as well as in Vienna and Berlin, Victor Borge soon found his way into acting, too. He became a one-of-a-kind leading film and stage actor in Scandinavia.  "One of a kind" means ______________ .
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4.                                     When the Germans invaded Denmark in 1940, Victor Borge had to escape to the U.S.  He arrived almost penniless and unable to speak English. "Penniless" means __________________ .
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5.                          He taught himself English by listening intently to the dialogues in films.  “Intently”  means _____________ .
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6.                                              He was invited to appear on famous radio shows. Then, he moved on to television and ________ .
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7.                                     From 1953 through 1956,  Victor Borge’s one-man show “Comedy in Music” chalked up 849 performances—the longest solo run in Broadway history. "Chalk up" means ______________ .
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8.                            Victor Borge’s  incredible wit combined with his amazing musical ability created the unique performances that cracked up people around the world. "Crack up" means ______________ .  
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9.                                                         He performed skits such as falling off his seatbelt-equipped piano bench, telling jokes about musicians, playing music upside down or playing piano duets by using his fingers to invade his partner’s keyboard territory.        "Skit" means __________________ .                                           
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10.                                                                In 1963, Borge helped to found the “Thanks to Scandinavia Foundation,” which offers scholarships to Scandinavian students and scientists to the U.S. universities. “Scholarship” means _________ .                                 
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11.                                             He was knighted by the kings of Norway, Denmark and Sweden and was honored by both the US congress and the United Nations. “ was knighted” means  ______________ .
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12.                                    He kept up a busy career into his 80s. In addition to his heavy stage and television commitments, he became a much sought-after conductor of many of the world’s most famous symphony and opera orchestras.      "Sought-after" means ________________ .                                           
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13.                                                                       “Victor Borge is world-famous as the funniest pianist on Earth,” stated  The Washington Post. The beloved international humorist and musician, who began performing actively from the age of 17 until past his 90th birthday, passed away on December 23, 2000 in Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.  "Pass away" means _____________ .
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