Analyzing order of answers in longer conversation of TOEFL Test (Skill 9)

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The answers in Listening Part B are generally found in order in the conversation. This means that as you listen to the conversation, you should be thinking about the answers to the questions in the order that they are listed in the test book.


On the recording, you hear:

(narrator)   :  Questions 1 and 2. Listen to two students on a university campus.
(man)        :  Can you help me? I’m lost.
(woman)   :  Sure. Where are you trying to go?
(man)        :  I have a class in Stan field Hall at 3:00. I thought I knew where I was going, but I guess I was
(woman)   :  You certainly are lost. Stan field Hall is on the other side of the university I’m heading in that
                    direction. Come on with me and I’ll show you the way.
(man)       :   Thanks. You’re a lifesaver.

On the recording, you hear:

(narrator)   1. What problem does the man have?
                 2. Where is Stanfield Hall?

In your test book, you read (same time):

1. (A) He’s sick.
    (B) He’s lost
   (C) He’s tired.
   (D) He’s broke.

2. (A) Directly in front of them.
    (B) To the left.
    (C) Quite nearby.
     (D) On the other side of campus


When you read the answers to the first question, you can anticipate that the first question is about a man and some type of problem he has. As you listen, you hear the man say that he is lost. Therefore, you can anticipate that the best answer to the first question will be answer (B).

When you read the answers to the second question, you can anticipate that the second question is going to ask where something is. In the conversation, the woman explains that Stanfield Hall is on the other side of the university. Therefore, as you are listening you can anticipate that the correct answer to the second question is answer (D).

EXERCISE 9: Listen to each complete conversation, and answer the questions that follow.


1. (A) What the assignment is.
    (B) How good the professor is.
    (C) The information in Chapter Six.
    (D) What questions they should ask the professor.

2. (A) Six pages.
    (B) Six chapters.
   (C) Sixty pages.
   (D) The sixth chapter.

3. (A) Whether or not they should read the chapters.
    (B) Whether or not they should answer the questions.
    (C) Which chapters they should read.
     (D) When the professor gave the assignment.

4. (A) Turn in the assignment.
   (B) See the professor.
   (C) Go to class.
    (D) Talk to a classmate.

5. (A) A bee stung him.
    (B) He saw some bees and hornets.
    (C) He was stung by a hornet.
    (D) He took some eggs from a nest.

6. (A) To liberate bees.
   (B) To protect their nests.
   (C) To hatch eggs.
   (D) To defend the park.

7. (A) A hornet’s nest.
    (B) Some bee’s eggs.
    (C) A parked car.
    (D) A swarm of bees.

8. (A) To stay indoors.
    (B) To see where the hornet’s nest is located.
    (C) Not to walk in the same location as Greg.
    (D) To keep away from Greg.

9. (A) The size of the campus.
    (B) The city bus system.
    (C) The length of time for each class.
    (D) The university bus system.

10. (A) The entire campus.
      (B) Part of the campus.
      (C) The campus and the city.
       (D) Only the off-campus areas.

11. (A) Nothing.
      (B) Three dollars.
      (C) A few cents.
      (D) Fifty cents.

12. (A) Red.
       (B) Green.
       (C) Yellow.
       (D) Blue.

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