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Listening Skills Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Why is focus important to listening?

Question 2 2. What is comprehension?

Question 3 3. What level of listening is necessary for a basic understanding of the speaker's words?

Question 4 4. Changes in the lowness or highness of a person's voice is known as _____.

Question 5 5.

Your friend is telling you that he is tired. Here are three ways that he could phrase this message:

A. 'I am completely spent and can't do another thing tonight'

B. 'I'm really tired.'

C. 'I am starting to drag a little.'

Put these three statements in order from LEAST emphatic to MOST emphatic.

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Question 6 6.

Based on the following conversation, what is Josh's attitude towards getting picked for the football team?

June: Josh, did you hear? You got picked for the football team?

Josh: I heard! This is so exciting; I can't wait to tell my mom!

Question 7 7. John nods his head along in agreement to a message that Judy is delivering. When Judy completes the delivery of her message, John paraphrases the critical content back to her. John's actions are examples of:

Question 8 8. In the _____ stage, an individual is gathering the words and sentences in his brain to be used in the next stage of the listening process.

Question 9 9. Which of the following is a reason we listen?

Question 10 10. What is the intonation marker for a question in English?

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Question 11 11.

An English speaker is talking to the mechanic repairing her car. She wants to stress that the window is broken; not the door, or the windshield, or any other part of the car, but specifically the window. She says the following sentence:

I just need you to fix the window; don't do anything to the mirrors or the door.

Which word will have a change in intonation to show that it's the focus of the sentence?

Question 12 12.

If you hear the following two sentences spoken aloud in English, will you be able to hear a difference?

Sentence 1: He left his scarf at home.

Sentence 2: He left his scarf at home?

Question 13 13. Which of these is an opinion?

Question 14 14. Read the following and identify which is a fact, as opposed to an opinion.

Question 15 15. What is a statistic?

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Question 16 16.

Consider the following excerpt from a conversation:

TONY: Hey Bruce, did you hear about the new guy on our team?

BRUCE: No, who is he?

TONY: His name is James; he's an old friend of Steve's.

BRUCE: Oh, nice. Actually, speaking of the team, do you know when our schedule for the latest project is coming out?

TONY: Um, I think it's going to be posted tomorrow? Or-- well, I guess it depends on when Nick figures everything out, and I know he's really busy with everything, but… OK, what I'm actually saying is that I don't know.

BRUCE: OK, well, let me know if you get any news. Hey, is this new guy--

TONY: James.

BRUCE: James, right. Is he coming to lunch on Friday?

Why does Tony say 'did you hear about…'?

Question 17 17.

Consider the following excerpt from a conversation:

TONY: Hey Bruce, did you hear about the new guy on our team?

BRUCE: No, who is he?

TONY: His name is James; he's an old friend of Steve's.

BRUCE: Oh, nice. Actually, speaking of the team, do you know when our schedule for the latest project is coming out?

TONY: Um, I think it's going to be posted tomorrow? Or-- well, I guess it depends on when Nick figures everything out, and I know he's really busy with everything, but… OK, what I'm actually saying is that I don't know.

BRUCE: OK, well, let me know if you get any news. Hey, is this new guy--

TONY: James.

BRUCE: James, right. Is he coming to lunch on Friday?

After their discussion of the schedule, what does Bruce do?

Question 18 18. Which of the following words or phrases should NOT be used to mark the beginning of a conversation?

Question 19 19. Chains of similar or related words in a passage can help you

Question 20 20. If you're listening to spoken English and you hear a word you don't know, what should you do?

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Question 21 21.

Which of the following is a clue that the speaker is making an important point?

A. He starts talking more loudly.

B. He starts talking more slowly.

C. He is repeating something he already said.

Question 22 22.

In the following conversation, which key words do NOT help you figure out the flow of agreement and disagreement?

BOB: I really like the new email system.

PETE: Yes, it's so much easier to use.

BOB: And it works much better on my tablet, too. But I guess that's not such an issue for you, since you don't have one.

PETE: Yeah, I never got into tablets.

BOB: I don't know how you get everything done without one! I consider it totally necessary.

PETE: But you got along fine before you had a tablet. They might be nice, but I don't think they're necessary.

Question 23 23.

In the following conversation, what do Bob and Pete DISAGREE on?

BOB: I really like the new email system.

PETE: Yes, it's so much easier to use.

BOB: And it works much better on my tablet, too. But I guess that's not such an issue for you, since you don't have one.

PETE: Yeah, I never got into tablets.

BOB: I don't know how you get everything done without one! I consider it totally necessary.

PETE: But you got along fine before you had a tablet. They might be nice, but I don't think they're necessary.

Question 24 24.

In the following conversation, what do Bob and Pete AGREE on?

BOB: I really like the new email system.

PETE: Yes, it's so much easier to use.

BOB: And it works much better on my tablet, too. But I guess that's not such an issue for you, since you don't have one.

PETE: Yeah, I never got into tablets.

BOB: I don't know how you get everything done without one! I consider it totally necessary.

PETE: But you got along fine before you had a tablet. They might be nice, but I don't think they're necessary.

Question 25 25. You walk away from a conversation feeling both heard and understood. This shows that the other person was _____.

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Question 26 26. Active listening is not only used in the therapeutic setting; it is an essential component of _____.

Question 27 27. Paraphrasing, summarizing, and questioning/clarifying are all examples of _____.

Question 28 28. Why is engagement important?

Question 29 29. Which of the following statements indicates that a speaker is not very confident?

Question 30 30. When your brain receives words and sentences and you attach meaning to them, you are in the _____ stage of the listening process.

Listening Skills Chapter Exam Instructions

Choose your answers to the questions and click 'Next' to see the next set of questions. You can skip questions if you would like and come back to them later with the yellow "Go To First Skipped Question" button. When you have completed the practice exam, a green submit button will appear. Click it to see your results. Good luck!

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