Types of Listening: Pseudo-, Appreciative, Empathetic, Comprehensive & Critical


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When Bob was involved in a serious automobile accident, Barry visited him in the hospital. What would be the best listening style for Barry to use when listening to Bob explain the details of the accident?

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1. Mary just loves listening to the song 'Chet and the Cow Pokes' on the radio. When the music comes on, she smiles, can sing along with every word, and sometimes breaks into dance. What is Mary's listening type?

2. Carina has been talking to her friends about her most recent date with Steve for an hour. Her friends are looking away, fiddling with their phones, and are generally disinterested. What type of listening is taking place?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Listening is important, but it's even more important to make sure to use the appropriate type of listening for your particular situation. This quiz tests your ability to recognize these types.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz tests your ability to:

  • Determine the best listening style for a given situation
  • Understand the type of listening demonstrated by a given scenario
  • Differentiate between several listening styles

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw from the most pertinent information found in the lesson on types of listening
  • Critical thinking - use this information to consider which listening type matches a given example
  • Information recall - remember the knowledge you've learned regarding types of listening
  • Knowledge application - use knowledge of listening to successfully answer a series of questions about listening styles

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson, Types of Listening: Pseudo-, Appreciative, Empathetic, Comprehensive & Critical, is available to you to learn more. It covers the following objectives:

  • Give potential reasons for Pseudo Listening
  • Explain the importance of Empathetic listening
  • Contrast Comprehensive and Critical listening