Matt:Hey Jane–what’s the matter?
Jane:It was a rough day at work–the boss blew up at me when I told him I hadn’t finished a project on time.He said I was lazy,unreliable,and that I had really let him down.
Matt:Sorry to hear that.
Jane:What really pisses me off is that there were legitimate reasons for the delay,but he didn’t even let me explain.He just yelled at me for a solid 20 minutes before he finally calmed down.I was so shaken up that I left early to try and pull myself together.
Matt:Aw,I feel for you.I’ve worked with a number of people who flip out when something doesn’t go exactly according to plan.
Jane:How do you cope with co-workers like that?
Matt:Try not to let their comments get to you.Remember that some people lash out at others when they’re under a lot of pressure.
Jane:True.I’m dreading going to work tomorrow,though–my boss is probably still fuming about the whole situation.
Matt:Don’t fret about it–just do your best work in the future,and he’ll eventually get over this one incident.
Jane:I hope so.
Matt:Hey,I know what’ll help cheer you up–how about seeing that new comedy movie everyone’s been raving about?
Jane:Oh,my sister saw that the other day and loved it–she said she was cracking up the entire time.Let’s definitely go!
Question 1:The whole class __________ when the teacher spilled coffee all over her desk.
.A fretted about it
.B cracked up
.C calmed down
Question 2:My parents expected me to be a doctor or lawyer.When I chose a career in writing,I felt like I had ____________.
.A gotten over them
.B shaken them up
.C let them down
Question 3:I don't need a lot of money to be happy,but constantly wondering if we're going to have enough to pay the bills is starting to __________.
.A get to me
.B blow up at me
.C cope with me
Question 4:My teenage daughter always spends an hour ____________ her clothes and makeup in the morning.It's a challenge to get her to school on time!
.A flipping out
.B fretting about
.C raving about
Question 5:He doesn't handle criticism very well.All I did was make one small suggestion about how his work could be improved,and he _________ me.
.A fumed about
.B lashed out at
.C shaken up
Question 6:A drunk driver lost control of his car and crashed into a tree right in front of our house.Luckily no one was hurt,but we were all pretty ____________.
.A cracked up
.B blown up
.C shaken up
Question 7:After our family dog died,it took my kids a long time to __________ it.
.A get over
.B fret about
.C tick off
Question 8:Joanna was upset that she didn't get into the university she wanted,but she __________ when she received a full scholarship to another excellent school
.A cheered up
.B freaked out
.C let down
Question 9:He joined a support group to help him _________ his cancer diagnosis.
.A feel for
.B cope with
.C lash out at
Question 10:Playing classical music helps my baby __________ when he's crying.
.A calm down
.B get over
.C get to him