Practice Listening Comprehension (Review Part B and C)

Listen to these conversation and answer the correct ones!

Question 31-34 (Practice One) Part B

31. (A). The man told her. (B). She received a call. (C). She read about it . (D). She organized the meeting.

32. (A). She likes to work hard  (B). She doesn’t have a job and can afford the time.  (C). She agrees that the Heart Association is a worthy organization.  (D). She likes to dance.

33. (A). She will sell raffle tickets. (B). She will ask her aunt to give a big prize. (C). She will go to Florida for spring break.  (D). She will work for the travel agent.

34. (A). He’d like to enjoy some good weather.  (B). He has always wanted to fly an airplane.  (C). He will have time off after the winter season.  (D). Dancing takes too much energy.

35. (A). She was taking a math test.  (B). She had to fill out the survey after a class.  (C). She was questioning some of the ideas presented in Professor Keene’s lecture.  (D). She was correcting quizzes for Professor Keene.

36.(A).  It has little  effect on shaping a person’s outlook on life.  (B). In the early years too many failures may produce a pessimist.   (C). A pessimist usually doesn’t take advantage of life experiences.  (D). The environment is unusually cruel to pessimists.

37. Optimists use their consciences to their advantage.  (B). Pessimists have a good relationship with their consciences.  (C). The conscience plays a minor role in shaping one’s outlook.  (D). Pessimists follow the dictates of conscience even though they might not want to.

Questions no 38-50 (Part C)

38. (A). In a school.  (B). At the post office   (C). On an airplane.  (D). In a museum.

39. (A). He designed the first airplane to carry a passenger. (B). His work provided valuable information for inventors who came after him.  (C), He was the first man to cross the Potomac River. (D). He put together an aeronautic collection.

40. (A). The Potomac River.  (B). Several items of historical significance.  (C). A steam engine.  (D). One of Langley’s inventions

41. (A). Move into the next room  (B). Buy a commemorative stamp.  (C). Take a ride in the Aerodrome #5. (D). Try to create a new model.

42. (A). They use landmarks to navigate.  (B). They fly at higher attitudes. (C). they are disoriented by large bodies of water.  (D). They don’t spin, turn and wheel.

43. (A). They have a strong sense of smell and can keep track of land.  (B). They are guided by the Arctic and the Antarctic.  (C). Their urge to breed leads them back to land.  (D). They use the stars and some innate magnetic sense.

44. (A). It seems cruel to take a bird so far from its home.  (B). It was a new experiment to fly a bird on an airplane.  (C). The bird was able to find its way home seemingly impossible circumstances.  (D). The bird was able to fly form the north to the south pole without getting lost.

45. (A). Ocean geology  (B). Biology  (C). Psychology  (D). Geography

46. (A). Science and technology will eventually unlock all mystery.  (B). Some of nature’s mysteries may be beyond our understanding.  (C). It is hard to believe that ocean bird don’t breed at sea.  (D). All we need to do is wait, ocean birds will show us how they navigate.

47. (A). Parents tend to want and love their first-born children more than the others.  (B). Parents know that their first-born children are likely to be brighter, so they push them to succeed. (C). Parents tend to treat children differently depending on whether they are first-, second- or later-born children. (D). Parents turn out of time and energy and neglect their later-born children.

48. (A). Children’s personalities are fixed by birth order and nothing can be done about it. (B). With sensitive parenting, parents can take steps to reduce the effects of birth order. (C). If parents continue to pay attention to the middle child, he or she will be more flexible. (D). Oldest children would be more sociable if they were given more independence.

49. (A). Older and younger children tend to fight with each other more often  than with the middle child.  (B).The middle child gets better quality attention and more love from the parents.  (C).Middle children are less dependent on their parents’ approval than the oldest child but free from the pressure of being the youngest.  (D). Middle children are brighter, more capable, more serious-minded and more flexible than their siblings.

50. (A). First-born children are under a lot of pressure to compete successfully since they are so outnumbered. (B). Firs-born children have to dominate their younger siblings or else face being overwhelmed by them.  (C). First-born children are brighter and more capable; therefore, they don’t have to worry about being outnumbered. (D). In spite of this statistic, a large percentage of high achievers are first-born children.



Practice for Structure and Written Expression

Doing these exercises carefully

1. ____ on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs. (A). For the running of the Kentucky Derby  (B). The Kentucky Derby is run. (C). To run the Kentucky Derby.  (D). When the Kentucky Derby is run.

2. According to _______ quantum mechanics, it is normally impossible to pinpoint the orbit of an electron bond to an atom.  (A). the related laws  (B). the laws are related  (C). the laws of  (D). the laws are related to

3. Chicago is home  to more  than 4 million people _________ as many as 54 languages and dialects. (A). speak  (B). they speak  (C). spoke  (D). speaking

4. When Mexico ceded California to the United States in 1848, signers of the treaty did not know ________ had been discovered there.  (A). golden  (B). that with gold  (C). that gold  (D). with gold

5. Rubber came to the attention of Europeans ____ found Native Americans using it.  (A). explorers  (B). after explorers  (C). when explored  (D). after explorers they

6. Most asteroids are located in ______ called the asteroid belt. (A). what is  (B). what is in  (C). is what  (D). is it

7. About three-fourths of the books published in the United States are put out by publishers ___________ in New York city. (A). locates   (B). located  (C). they locate  (D). they are located

8. The physical phenomenon _______ use to obtain water from the soil is osmosis. (A). plants have roots  (B). that plant roots  (C). what plant roots  (D). plants are rooted

9. A sheet of clear glass, ________ with a film of metal, results in a luminously clear mirror.  (A). when backed  (B). it is backed  (C). is backed  (D). when is it backed

10. The Liberty Bell, ______ its own pavilion on Independence Mall, hung for nearly a century at Independence Hall.  (A). that now has  (B). now has  (C). when does it  (D). which now has

Holllywood Sign (Reading 1)

The Hollywood sign in the hills that line the northern border of Los Angeles is a famous landmark recognized the world over. The white-painted, 50-foot-high, sheet metal letters, can be seen from great distances across the Los Angeles basin.

The sign was not constructed, as one might suppose, by the movie business as a means of celebrating the importance of Hollywood to this industry, instead, it was first constructed in 1923 as a means of advertising homes for sale in a 500-acre housing subdivision in a part of Los Angeles called “Hollywood.” The sign that was constructed at the time of course said,”Hollywoodland.” The sign that was constructed at the time of course said “Hollywoodland.” Over the years, people began referring to the area by the shortened version,”Hollywood,” and after the sign and its site were donated to the city in 1945, the last four letters were removed.

The sign suffered from years of disrepair, and in 1973 it needed to be completely replaced, at a cost of $27. 700 per letter. Various celebrities were  instrumental in helping to raise needed funds. Rock star Alice Cooper, for example, bought an O in memory of Groucho Marx, and Hugh Hefner of Playboy fame held a benefit party to raise the money for the Y. The construction of the new sign was finally completed in 1978.

1. What is the topic of this passage? (A). A famous sign  (B). A famous city  (C). World landmarks (D). Hollywood versus Hollywoodland

2. The expression ‘the world over’ in line 2 could best be replaced by? (A). in the northern parts of the world  (B). on top of the world  (C). in the entire world  (D). in the skies

3. It can be inferred from the passage that most people think that the Hollywood sign was first constructed by (A). an advertising  (B). the movie industry  (C). a construction  (D). the city of Los Angeles

4. The pronoun ‘it’ in line 5 refers to   (A). the sign  (B). the movie business  (C). the importance of Hollywood   (D). this industry

5. According to the passage, the Hollywood sign was first built in ____ (A). 1923  (B). 1949  (C). 1973  (D). 1978

6. Which of the following is NOT mentioned about Hollywoodland? (A). It used to be the name an area of Los Angles  (B). It was formerly the name on the sign in the hills. (C).There were houses for sale there  (D). It was the most expensive area of Los Angeles.

7. The passage indicates that the sign suffered because ___ (A). people damage it  (B). it was not fixed  (C). the weather was bad  (D). it was poorly constructed

8. It can be inferred from the passage that the Hollywood sign was how old when it was necessary to totally replace it?  (A). Ten years old   (B). Twenty-six years old  (C). Fifty years old (D). Fifty-five years old

9. The world  ‘replaced’ in line 10 is closed in meaning to which of the following?  (A). Move to a new location  (B). Destroyed (C). Found again  (D). Exchanged for a newer one

10. According to the passage., how did celebrities help with the new sign? (A). They played instruments  (B). They raised the sign  (C). They helped get the money  (D). They took part in work parties to build the sign