**US public tips Brockovich to knock down Gladiator
**

1.Make a list of all the uses of numbers in this article and describe each in a sentence as to what they represent, e.g., "2:1 is a ratio. In this article it describes the odds of

Gladiatorwinning the Oscar.2. What is the percent of each of these films approval rating:

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon:

Chocolat:

Traffic:

Erin Brockovich:

Gladiator:a. What does a percent represent?

b. Can you see anything unusual with the sum of these five films percents? Write a sentence describing your result and comparing it with what you expect.3.

a. What do the numbers 15:1 represent in this article?

b. What is the term given to these numbers?

c. In this article, which film is more likely to win and how much more likely is it? What are other ways of explaining ratios?4. Using an atlas or

Encarta CD-ROM, find out the population of North America.

If 10% of the population watchedGladiator,how many was that?5.

a. How much did Gladiator make at the box office?

b. What is the box office? Describe it in a sentence.

c. Can you find out how much a single ticket cost to watchGladiatorgiven the information you now have? Try your theory and then write whether you think your result is accurate.6. Who decides the winner in the Academy Awards?

7. Make a list of ten criteria that the Academy Awards judges might use to decide the winner. Look at the article for clues as to what the judges look for.

8. Now make a list of your own criteria of what you look for in a film. Compare to the list above.

9. If you had used your own criteria, would Gladiator have won?

10.

a. What time were the Awards announced Tasmanian time?

b. Find out the time difference. What time did the ceremony start in America?

(Written by Heidi Van Rijswijk, BTeach student, University
of Tasmania, 2001)

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