TOEFL Listening Practice 2

In this section of the test, you will hear dialogues and academic talks, and you will be tested on your ability to understand them. You will hear each dialogue and academic talk only once, and then answer questions after each is finished. The questions ask about the main idea, supporting details, and the way the speakers use language. Answer each question based on what is stated or implied by the speakers.

While you listen, you may take notes. You can then use your notes to answer the questions.

Test Instructions: Read the instructions carefully and answer as per the requirement:

Directions: Answer the questions.

Q1. What is the lecture mainly about?
A. The importance of creating believable characters in plays
B. The influence of the literature of “realism” on French theater
C. A successful standard formula for writing plays
D. A famous example of a well-made play

Q2. According to the professor, why did some playwrights write the end of a play before the
A. To produce multiple scripts as quickly as possible
B. To prevent the audience from using logic to guess the ending
C. To avoid writing endings similar to those of other plays
D. To ensure that the plot would develop in a logical manner

Q3. Why does the professor mention a conversation between two servants?
A. To give examples of typical characters in a well-made play
B. To show how background information might be revealed in a well-made play
C. To explain why Romeo and Juliet can be considered a well-made play
D. To explain how playwrights develop the obligatory scene of a well-made play

Q4. According to the professor, what dramatic elements are typically included in a well-
made play to help move the plot forward? Choose 2 answers.
A. A series of major changes in the hero’s apparent chances of success
B. The introduction of new characters midway through the play
C. Information known to the audience but not to the main characters
D. The movement of major characters from one setting to another

Q5. What does the professor imply about the obligatory scene and the denouement?
A. The difference between them might be unclear to some people.
B. Both are useful techniques for developing realistic characters.
C. The denouement usually occurs within the obligatory scene.
D. The obligatory scene is usually less exciting than the denouement.

Q6. Why does the professor say this: It sets off the plot of the play.
A. To help students understand the meaning of a new term
B. To indicate that his point is not related to the main topic of the lecture
C. To emphasize one element of a play over all others
D. To begin to summarize the main points of the lecture

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