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New TOEIC Listening Comprehension Part 2 Question-Response

Purposes of Questions

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time people an opinion a choice a suggestion a reason a location

Identifying Time

Questions with when, what time, how long, etc. Yes/No questions (The response is sometimes a statement without yes/no.)

Identifying Time

other keywords: yet, still, on time, late, early morning, noon, afternoon, evening, night today, this week/month/year, yesterday, last week/month/year tomorrow, next week/month/year

Identifying Time
Example#1 When did she leave for work? (A) About an hour ago. (B) It doesnt work. (C) As soon as hes ready.

Identifying Time
Example#2 Havent you filled out the application yet? (A) They filled the jet with fuel. (B) Ive been too busy. (No is implied.) (C) I applied it over the surface. (apply with a different meaning)

Identifying Time
Example#3 Well leave at 5, so try to be on time. (A) That leaves five of us. (different meanings) (B) Im never late. Ill be there at 4:59. (C) The plane is on time.

Identifying People

Questions with who, whos, whose, etc. Yes/No questions (The response is sometimes a statement without yes/no.) other keywords: name of a person, an occupation title

Identifying People
Example#1
Whos responsible for making the bank deposits?

(A) Ms. Smith always makes the deposits. (B) Well send out response soon. (C) We use the Taiwan Bank.

Identifying People
Example#2 Are you in charge of this project? (A) No, they only charged us 100 dollars. (B) No, Mrs. Wang is the supervisor. (C) No, its not very large.

Identifying People
Example#3 I called the contractor to repair the leak. (A) You should have called a plumber. (B) His contract is due next week. (C) The phone repair person contacted me.

Identifying an Opinion

Questions with what, how, why, etc. Yes/No questions (The response is sometimes a statement without yes/no.) other keywords: because, believe, think, like, love, your opinion

Identifying an Opinion
Example#1 What did you think of the movie? (A) I liked it a lot. (B) I saw it yesterday. (inappropriate response) (C) I moved the furniture myself.

Identifying an Opinion
Example#2 Do you think we need to hire more people? (A) Yes, Id like to hear more about it. (B) Yes, we need a few more employees. (C) Yes, prices are getting higher.

Identifying an Opinion
Example#3 I loved this book. (A) I like to cook, too. (B) Book me a ticket, please. (different meaning) (C) I didnt think it was so great.

Identifying a Choice

Questions with what, which, etc. Alternative questions: two or more choices joined by or. other keywords: prefer, rather

Identifying a Choice
Example#1 Which does the author write more of, poems or essays? (A) She almost always writes poems. (B) I read those poems yesterday. (C) She owns two homes.

Identifying a Choice
Example#2 Do you prefer yellow or blue? (A) Yes, I do. (inappropriate response) (B) Hes a very nice fellow. (C) Blues my favorite color.

Identifying a Choice
Example#3 I cant decide between the morning or the afternoon flight. (A) We took a ride yesterday afternoon. (B) Go before noon. Its less crowded. (C) There are more flies at noon.

Identifying a Suggestion

Questions with why, lets, what about, etc. Most of the questions that give a suggestion are yes/no questions, but the response is sometimes a statement without yes or no. other keywords: why not, why dont you/we, how about, should, ought to

Identifying a Suggestion
Example#1 Why dont we take a break? (A) That sounds like a good idea. (B) It didnt break. (C) This is a very good cake.

Identifying a Suggestion
Example#2 Can I get you something to eat? (A) Yes, I picked up something. (B) Thanks. Thats very kind of you. (C) We ate everything on the table.

Identifying a Suggestion
Example#3 Lets not take a taxi. (A) Yes, Id rather walk. (B) The tax is included. (C) I wrote a note to Tashi.

Identifying a Reason

Questions with why, for what, etc. Yes/No questions (The response is sometimes a statement without yes/no.) other keywords: reason, excuse, why didnt

Identifying a Reason
Example#1 Why didnt you make the dinner reservation? (A) I reserved my hotel room. (B) I eat dinner at six. (C) I forgot the name of the restaurant.

Identifying a Reason
Example#2 Arent you working late again tonight? (A) No, I have to go home early. (B) I left at 8 oclock. (C) Wait until tomorrow night.

Identifying a Reason
Example#3 I cant drive without my glasses. (A) Can you dive, but not swim? (B) The glasses are full of water. (C) And I dont have a license.

Identifying a Location

Questions with what, where, how far, etc. Yes/No questions (The response is sometimes a statement without yes/no.) other keywords: next to, beside, by, near, under, below, over, above, at, on, in, behind, in front of, right, left, names of places.

Identifying a Location
Example#1 What about moving he desk next to the door? (A) There isnt enough room. (B) I didnt open the door. (C) Hes next in line.

Identifying a Location
Example#2 Can you tell me how to get to the post office? (A) OK, Ill wait in your office. (B) Yes, get me some stamps. (C) Sure. Go to the corner and take a right.

Identifying a Location
Example#3 I left my pen on your desk. (A) My dogs are in the pen. (B) I put it in the drawer. (C) No, I left at eleven.

Common Traps

Some choices Some choices Some choices context. Some choices person. Some choices to the type of

have words that sound similar. repeat words. have words used in a different use incorrect verb tense or

are an inappropriate response question.

Common Traps
Example 1 Mary is never late for her meeting. (A) He is always on time. (incorrect person) (B) Her meeting is running late. (words used in a different context) (C) Shes very punctual.

Common Traps
Example 2 Are you hiring an assistant or secretary? (A) I need both. (B) Yes, I am.

(inappropriate response to alternative question)

(C) I was hired yesterday.


(incorrect verb tense and person)

Common Traps
Example 3 How can I get to the train station from here? (A) The radio station is a block away. (repetition of station) (B) You can take the No.5 bus. (C) The trainer will leave in 10 minutes. (similar sounds)