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Listening comprehension test: Matura AE





The Golden rule

Instructions:You are to hear an excerpt about The Golden rule twice. You have 1 (one) minute to read the questions before listening. While listening you CANNOT jot down notes. After the first reading/listening you have three minutes to answer the questions. After the second reading/listening you have one minute to check your answers.

You can download the mp3 file here.


1. The golden rule is the least popular moral principle in the world.

A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT


2. Buddhism and Confucianism DO NOT have anything in common when it comes to treating other people the way you want to be treated.

A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT


3. 'Golden age' refers a period of military expansion and heroic deeds.

A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT


4.'Golden boy' refers to a student who behaves well at school.

A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT


5. A gold-digger is someone who digs in search of gold.

A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT




Young people in Britain

Instructions: You are to hear an excerpt about Young people in Britain twice. You have one minute to read the questions before listening. While listening you CANNOT jot down notes. After the first reading/listening you have three minutes to answer the questions. After the second reading/listening you have one minute to check your answers.

You can download the mp3 file here.


6. The revolution started by young people in Britain in the 1970s was brought about by:

A) Their desire to die before they get old.
B) Their desire to get old before they die.
C) Higher salaries and new contraception.
D) The emergence of the teenager.



7. Young people now are more prudent as

A) They drink more alcohol than water.
B) They take more drugs.
C) Truancy and crime rates have remained the same.
D) Teenage pregnancies have declined.



8. Brands shopping exemplifies:

A) How vain youngsters are.
B) Preference for the real over the fake.
C) Desire for success.
D) Search for the authenticity rather than the illusory.



9. Young people have changed due to:

A) Shifts in fashion and the advent of game culture
B) Demographic changes
C) The wider impact of education and the family
D) The lack of job opportunities



10. Young people can be no more rebels because:

A) family values have prevailed in the long run.
B) They lack the freedom and independence money can buy.
C) They don't listen to rock music.
D) They have become more apathetic.




The Roaring Twenties

Instructions: You are to hear an excerpt about The Roaring Twenties rule twice. You have one minute to read the questions before listening. While listening you CANNOT jot down notes. After the first reading/listening you have three minutes to answer the questions. After the second reading/listening you have one minute to check your answers.


You can download the mp3 file here.


11. The flapper embodied a new sexual freedom.

A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT


12. The new women left behind the household drudgery.

A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT


13. The new sexual freedom lead to new political rights.

A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT


14. All people enjoyed dancing to jazz music.

A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT


15. By January 16, 1920 all bars had been shut down.

A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT


The handout for the three listening excerpts with the answers is here.



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