Cambridge Profeciency Listening Test 1 Part 1
You will hear three different extracts, For each question, choose the answer (A, B or C) whichfits best according to what you hear. There are two questions for each extract
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You will hear threedifferent extracts. For each question, choose the answer (A, B or C) whichfits best according to what you hear. There are two questionsfor each extract Extract One You hear the introduction to a radio programme about the arts and science in Britain. i/) What does the speaker say about the phrase 'The Two Cultures'?
Some people consider it no longer relevant.
It describes an undesirable situation.
It is used mostly by scientists.
Question 1 Explanation:
The speaker says that nobody knows what the phrase means beyond the vague idea that (although they do understand from it that it means that) the arts and sciences are worryingly separate and at loggerheads (in direct opposition and total disagreement). The use of the word worryingly is crucial here, because by using it the speaker indicates that he regards the situation described as something which does or should cause people to worry.
The speaker regards C P Snow as someone who
attracted a certain amount of unfair criticism.
had ideas that were ahead of their time.
failed in his chosen fields of work.
Question 2 Explanation:
The speaker uses sarcasm (language intended to have the opposite of its real meaning in order to criticize) when talking about Snow. He says that he distinguished himself (this normally means ’made himself noticed and admired') not because he worked in both the arts and science but because he achieved nothing in either the field of the arts or the field of science (in other words, he was exceptional because he failed in both fields).
Extract 2 You hear a travel agent talking about problems with customers. What does she say about lost tickets?
There has been an increase in the number of them.
People make up reasons why they have been lost.
Some explanations given are easier to believe than others.
Question 3 Explanation:
The speaker says that all the reasons were genuine, but then gives examples of two categories of reason. She lists reasons such as that the dog ate the tickets, and says that these are quite apart from (totally different or separate from) the ones (the reasons) you'd expect. She is therefore saying that some reasons for losing tickets were predictable and normal but that others were not the sort you'd expect, which means that these others, though also genuine, are harder to believe.
What does she suggest about the man travelling for heart surgery?
He could have been extremely angry when he returned.
He did well to sort out his own problem by himself.
What happened to him is unlikely to happen to anyone else.
Question 4 Explanation:
In her story, there are two places called Rochester in different parts of the US and someone at her agency booked the man on a flight to the wrong one. When he got back and went back to the agency, he saw the funny side of it (understood that there was an amusing aspect to what happened, rather than thinking it was totally bad, and therefore found it amusing to a certain extent). Because of that he was not ranting and raving (shouting angrily and complaining loudly). By saying that he wasn’t ‘ranting and raving’, the speaker is strongly implying that it could have been expected that he would have done that because of the mistake the agency had made, and that it would have been understandable if he had reacted in that way.
Extract Three You hear part of a radio programme about a British couple, Victoria and Mark, who make wildlife films in Africa. Freddie got his nickname because
he can distinguish between different kinds of snake.
he appears to enjoy contact with snakes.
he is always pointing out snakes to other people.
Question 5 Explanation:
Victoria says that Freddie is called ‘Snakeboy’ because he's always picking them up, and walking about with them round his neck - nobody would do that unless they liked touching snakes.
When describing their current location. Mark emphasizes
how much it differs from his expectations of it.
how hard it is to predict weather conditions there.
how difficult their everyday life there is.
Question 6 Explanation:
The reporter says that the place looks exotic (extremely attractive and unusual) but that Mark is quick to dispel any notions of tasting paradise (keen to deny the idea that they are experiencing life in an ideal place). Mark then lists several unpleasant aspects of their lives there - damage caused by rain, mudslides, lack of a proper water supply, having to go on donkeys to collect water, primitive sleeping accommodation and no privacy. He is therefore making it clear that their lives are not like living in paradise and emphasizing the problems they face in their daily lives.
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