IELTS MASTER | Test4 Listening

Listening



Section 1: Summarize spoken text

A You will hear a short lecture. Write a summary for a fellow student who was not present at the lecture. You should write 50-70 words.

You will have 10 minutes to finish this task. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points presented in the lecture.

Answer

Answer: The lecture is about an argument whether English is a proper subject or not. According to the interviewee initially the universities did not take English as an academic subject seriously. He further says that people think of English as a soft option but actually it is a tough subject. He says that it is not easy to read the books included in curriculum as it is supposed by many people.



B You will hear a short lecture. Write a summary for a fellow student who was not present at the lecture. You should write 50-70 words.

You will have 10 minutes to finish this task. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points presented in the lecture.

Answer

Answer: I became interested in - what would you call it? - the behavior, the psychology, perhaps - of crowds, after getting caught up, quite by accident, in a demonstration that turned into a bit of a riot. You may have seen it on the news not long ago. What interested me was, first my own reactions to the way the whole mood changed from peaceful demonstration to violence. Secondly, I wondered if everyone else was feeling the same as I was, and what that said about us and how we behave in crowds. Why is it that perfectly ordinary, respectable members of the public can start behaving in ways they wouldn’t dream of doing when at home or among friends? A crowd, it seems to me, has a collective mind, each person there adds his or her mind to the collective mind, and willingly gives up all sense of judgement and responsibility. It gives you, I suppose, a feeling of freedom, of not having to be in control, it allows you the freedom, or you allow yourself the freedom to behave in ways that, if asked, you would say were against your principles, or made you feel guilty in some way - even criminal.



Section 2: Multiple choice, choose multiple answer

A Listen to the recording and answer the question by selecting all the correct responses. You will need to select more than one response.

Which of the following are mentioned as health problems caused by noise?

Answer

Answer: 2, 4, 5



B Listen to the recording and answer the question by selecting all the correct responses. You will need to select more than one response.

According to the text, which of the following countries has Poet Laureate?

Answer

Answer: 2, 3, 4



Section 3: Fill in the blanks

A You will hear a recording. Write the missing words in each blank.

Privacy and the right to privacy are increasingly becoming hot (1) in the media, which is a touch (2) given that it is often the media that is responsible for invasion of privacy. This is not just about those whose careers put them in the public eye, but ordinary people who through no fault of their own have come to public notice because of some event that has attracted the attention of the media. It might be that a member of their family has been
(3) for some crime, (4) or wrongfully, or perhaps they are the (5) of some natural disaster. Some people argue that those who have chosen to be in the public sphere, and have teams of public (6) people to make sure they get as much public attention as possible - actors, rock stars, politicians and the like - have given up their right to privacy and get everything they deserve.

Answer

Answer: 1-topics, 2-ironic, 3-imprisoned, 4-rightfully, 5-victims, 6-relations



B You will hear a recording. Write the missing words in each blank.

There is such a thing as information (1) There is just so much information out there now that we can’t (2) with it or fully absorb it, or even decide which bits of it we want to keep in our minds, or which to (3) There is a similar thing going on with the range of choices we have as (4) There is so much stuff out there, so much to choose from, that, according to some experts, this situation is making us
(5) Most of us believe that the more we have to choose from the better, yet apparently our dissatisfaction with this wealth of choice, or rather the anxiety it produces, is part of a larger (6) It seems that, as society grows more (7) and people become freer to do what they want, the unhappier they become.

Answer

Answer: 1-overload, 2-cope, 3-discard, 4-consumers, 5-miserable, 6-trend, 7-affluent



Section 4: Highlight correct summary

A You will hear a recording. Choose the paragraph that best relates to the recording.

1 The subject is culture and the two kinds of it - material, which is to do with technology and science, such as genetics, and non-material, which is basically what we think about it, our beliefs and so forth. The speaker’s main point is how our beliefs and attitudes resist developments in the material culture even when they know they are beneficial.

2 In comparing material with non-material culture - the first being the objects and technologies we create, and the second our customs, beliefs and attitudes - the speaker gives greater emphasis to the material culture. He gives the example of the development of genetic science and the benefits it has brought to mankind, despite a fair amount of opposition.

3 For the purposes of argument, culture is divided into material and non-material, and the speaker’s aim is to show how they both affect each other. Material developments in tools and technology can affect non-material culture, our customs and beliefs, and the other way around. Genetics is used as an example as it has changed the way we think about life, but also our beliefs have affected its rate of development.

Answer

Answer: 3



B You will hear a recording. Choose the paragraph that best relates to the recording.

1 The main point is to question whether the biographical facts of a writer’s life are of any importance in evaluating his work, Hemingway is the example used here, and there does seem to be a direct connection between the events of his life and those in his books, but knowing this should not get in the way of a true critical judgement of the works..

2 The writer Ernest Hemingway had a particularly eventful and exciting life and a lot of his real-life experiences got into his books. The speaker thinks this is irrelevant and doesn’t believe that having lived such a full life makes the books any better, but he regrets that people now would prefer to read the biographies of writers rather than the books they wrote.

3 It is difficult to tell whether the speaker approves of Hemingway’s lifestyle or not. He was famously macho and spent a lot of time hunting wild animals, going to wars and getting into fights. All these things got into his books, and the speaker thinks that this is not necessarily a good thing as it means that too many people prefer to read about his life than read his books.

Answer

Answer: 1



Section 5: Multiple choice, choose single answer

A Listen to the recording and answer the multiple-choice question by selecting the correct response. Only one response is correct.

Which of the following is not mentioned as being a type of genre fiction?


Answer

Answer: 1



B Listen to the recording and answer the multiple-choice question by selecting the correct response. Only one response is correct.

According to the text, which of the following statements is true about stress?


Answer

Answer: 4



Section 6: Select missing word

A You will hear a recording about the brain. At the end of the recording, the last word or group of words has been replaced by a beep. Select the correct option to complete the recording.



Answer

Answer: 3



B You will hear a recording about money. At the end of the recording, the last word or group of words has been replaced by a beep. Select the correct option to complete the recording.



Answer

Answer: 2



Section 7: Highlight incorrect words

A You will hear a recording. Below is a transcription of the recording. Some words in the transcription differ from what the speakers) said. As you listen, circle the words that are different.

“When societies were still mostly rural and agricultural, waste dispersal was hardly an issue, partly because people tended to make use of everything and partly because there was plenty of space to bury rubbish. It was when societies became predominantly urban and industrious that problems arose - mainly to do with wealth. City authorities had a hard time trying to find effective ways of getting rid of all the rubbish. One of these was to get people to set out their rubbish into different types, just as these days we are encouraged to separate our rubbish into different categories for easier removal and recycling. So, for example, kitchen rubbish was set aside and used for feeding animals. However, fears of disease put an end to that. In fact, it wasn't until the 20‘" century that all waste was simply thrown together and put into landfills.



Answer

Answer: dispersal, industrious, wealth, effective, put



B You will hear a recording. Below is a transcription of the recording. Some words in the transcription differ from what the speaker(s) said. As you listen, circle the words that are different.

Archery, the practice or art of shooting with a bow and arrow, has played an important part in English history, being the major weapon of the foot-soldier and instrumental in winning many battles in wars with the French - with whom we seemed to be continuously at war during the Middle Ages. The English featured the longbow over the short bow and the crossbow, the latter being the main firearm of militias on the European continent, The crossbow fired a metal bolt released by a trigger, rather like a gun, and had the farthest range of any of the bows, but the main advantage of the longbow was its accuracy. The importance placed on archery is illustrated by the fact that medieval kings in England encouraged the practice and one of them, Edward III, went so far as to bar all sports on Sundays and holidays except archery. Because there were no standing armies in those days, and in the event of war rulers had to call on the populace, everything was done to make sure there were large numbers of competent, if not expert archers, to recruit.



Answer

Answer: major, continuously, featured, militias, farthest, bar



Section 8: Write from dictation

You will hear some sentences. Write each sentence exactly as you hear it. Write as much of each sentence as you can. You will hear each sentence only once.

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Answer

  • 1. The field of social history has always been difficult to define.
  • 2. All essays must be accompanied by a list of references.
  • 3. Authoritarian regimes were more common in the past than they are today.
  • 4. The new law was harder to impose than the government thought.


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