Cambridge Proficiency Listening Test 4 Part 3
You will hear part of a radio phone-in programme about journalists who interview famous people. For each question, choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which fits best according to what you hear.
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You will hear part of a radio phone-in programme aboutjournalists who interview famous people. For each question, choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which fits best according to what you hear. In his introduction, the presenter says that celebrity interviewers...
attract more attention than they probably wish to.
are pleased to be regarded as possessing great expertise.
are given considerable prominence in most British papers.
require different skills from other types of journalists.
Question 1 Explanation:
The presenter says that almost every British paper has its star interviewer (this probably means both ’person who interviews stars’ and interviewer who is a star’, and that the bylines (the line at the beginning or end of an article saying who the writer is) are big and the space (amount of space ;n the paper given to interviews by such people) generous In other words, he is saying that the names of these interviewers are clearly seen and emphasized in papers and their articles are long ones treated as important in papers.
Lynn Barber says that her approach involves...
pointing out contradictions in what interviewees have said previously.
asking only questions that interviewees will have difficulty answering.
making it clear that she does not believe some of what interviewees tell her.
making interviewees who she dislikes believe that she likes them.
Question 2 Explanation:
She says that she starts by comparing things that interviewees have previously said, for example by pointing out that they said one thing in an interview in 1996 and something different in an interview in 1998. The use of ’whereas’ indicates that the two things the interviewee said were not consistent with each other. The informal phrase blah, blah, blah is used instead of quoting something considered uninteresting that someone said and means ’etc.,. etc.. etc...’
What does Zoe Heller say about the people she interviews?
She is glad that they do not have an opportunity to interview her.
Few of them appreciate how much effort she puts into her interviews.
She is less concerned about upsetting some of them than others.
They should not be surprised by what happens when she interviews them.
Question 3 Explanation:
She says that she sends them other interviews she has written before she interviews them so that they can see what they’re in for (the unpleasant experience they are going to have), what they can expect. She then expects them to play the game (to do what is fair in terms of what ail those involved expect). Her point is that if they agree to be interviewed by her after they have seen the sort of things she writes, she thinks they should know what to expect when she interviews them and behave accordingly.
Angela Lambert dislikes it when interviewees...
ask her to leave out minor matters.
think that she genuinely likes them a lot.
accuse her of insincerity.
are too nervous to speak openly.
Question 4 Explanation:
She says that a great many interviewees mistake intimacy (close personal contact) for real friendship and that there is reciprocal (given and received in return) warmth (friendliness), which can be very embarrassing. She says that when she is doing an ordinary human interest story (one concerning something that has happened to an ordinary person rather than a celebrity), her sympathy will stop the moment the interview is over, which makes her feel guilty because the people she has interviewed don't realize that. Her point is that people she interviews think that she really becomes a friend of theirs whereas in fact she only likes them during the time when she is interviewing them and forgets all about them afterwards, and she feels embarrassed and guilty about this.
Ray Connolly implies that his approach may involve...
making sure that interviewees stick to the order he has decided on.
trying to make interviewees sound more interesting than they really are.
rephrasing things interviewees say if they don’t make sense.
excluding comments that interviewees may come to regret.
Question 5 Explanation:
He says that he tends to protect people from themselves (prevent them from doing harm to themselves) because sometimes they don’t realize what they say, how things might hurt their children. He therefore implies that he might change or leave out things people say because they sometimes don’t know what they are saying or the effect that what they are saying will have, and don’t realize that things they say might upset their children.
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