In this listening and viewing comprehension quiz you are going to watch and listen to Dan Gilbert’s TED Talk about The surprising science of happiness.
CEF-level: B2/C1 (advanced)
time: ± 30 minutes


  • questions 1-5: vocabulary questions testing your knowledge of and/or preparing you for the words used in this TED-talk
  • questions 6-14: listening and viewing comprehension.

Who is Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert believes that, in our ardent, lifelong pursuit of happiness, most of us have the wrong map. In the same way that optical illusions fool our eyes — and fool everyone’s eyes in the same way — Gilbert argues that our brains systematically misjudge what will make us happy. And these quirks in our cognition make humans very poor predictors of our own bliss. More information about Dan Gilbert (source:

What is TED

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.
(source: TED: our organization)