PTE Listening Test – 1 (Multiple-choice, Choose Multiple Answers)

Listening: Multiple-choice, Choose Multiple Answers – Listen to the recording and answer the question by selecting all the correct responses. You will need to select more
than one response.

PTE Academic Listening: Multiple-choice, Choose Multiple Answers

  • Listen to the audio and answer question 1.

Ques 1 –  The passage suggests that Glass’s work displays which of the following qualities?

[A]. A return to the use of popular music in classical compositions
[B]. An attempt to elevate rock music to an artistic status more closely approximating that of classical music
[C]. A long-standing tendency to incorporate elements from two apparently disparate musical styles

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[A][C]

TRANSCRIPT (Only for reference, it will not be given in PTE Academic Test)

Reviving the practice of using elements of popular music in classical composition, an approach that had been in hibernation in the United States during the 1960’s, composer Philip Glass (born 1937) embraced the ethos of popular music without imitating it. Glass based two symphonies on music by rock musicians David Bowie and Brian Eno, but the symphonies’ sound is distinctively his. Popular elements do not appear out of place in Glass’s classical music, which from its early days has shared certain harmonies and rhythms with rock music. Yet this use of popular elements has not made Glass a composer of popular music. His music is not a version of popular music packaged to attract classical listeners; it is high art for listeners steeped in rock rather than the classics.

  • Listen to the audio and answer question 2.

What happened as a result of the arrival of colonists?

[A]. Huge areas were deforested.
[B]. Old farming methods were abandoned.
[C]. Large expanses were planted with new species.
[D]. Stone quarries were depleted.
[E]. Sections of land were delineated with stones.

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[A][E]

TRANSCRIPT (Only for reference, it will not be given in PTE Academic Test)

We are led to believe that basically much of eastern North America was heavily cloaked in mature forest, forest that today we covet as old growth, and yet at one time it was the sort of ancestral, um, botanical blanket that covered much of certainly Massachusetts and New England…. Certainly one of the first things that happened as increasing waves of colonists arrived was the need to clear the land, um, and this clearing of the land is something that started, um, really in the form of small, subsistence farms, uh, the timber was used for building houses, um for building ships, for firewood, for all manner of things. The boulders the erratic, ah, the glacial erratic stones that were so much a part of the New England landscape, um, are today sort of ah what we find in the latticework of stone walls that one can find practically anywhere in the landscape, ah, if it’s in a relatively untouched condition. … By the early part of the ah, nineteenth century, ah, it’s thought that generally the zenith of clearing had taken place, ah, sometime in the 1830s 1840s … and the trees and the forests were essentially clear-cut, ah, to an extent that is almost unbelievable

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