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PTE Quiz – Listening – Highlight Correct Summary

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For this item type you need to select the summary that best matches the recording.

You will hear a recording. Click on the paragraph that best relates to the recording.

(a) The speaker is a trained marine biologist who became an anthropologist after hearing about an ancient people who lived on beaches and got their food from the sea. Because he was a keen fisherman, he identified with these people and began to study anthropology. They lived in a very simple way, catching fish with their hands and gathering shells, such as oysters.

(b) The speaker is a marine biologist who became interested in the Strandlopers, an ancient people who lived on the coastline, because of their and his connection to the sea. Their way of life intrigued him – as a child he had spent a lot of time by the sea, exploring and collecting things – so he began to study them, and discovered some interesting information about their way of life, how they hunted, what tools they used, and so on.

(c) The speaker is a marine biologist who became an archaeologist when he heard about a mythical people called the Strandlopers, or beach-walkers. He was interested in them because as a child he had lived by the sea and so he identified with them. His aim was to prove they were not a myth and set about finding evidence to prove they really existed, and in this he was successful.

Answer: b
The speaker says: I’m a marine biologist – and … I’m interested in the Strandlopers, … In fact, it was through my early interest in all things to do with the sea that I first heard of them . … the Strandlopers lived off the sea and seashore gathering food such as mussels, oysters, crabs, and so on, just as I did . … we do have archaeological evidence such as pottery, discarded shells, the bones of seals and large fish, and so on. … they might have used a primitive form of fishing line … Anyway, the more we search the more we discover … I find it endlessly fascinating.

You will hear a recording. Click on the paragraph that best relates to the recording.

a) To understand the past you have to be able, as far as possible, to think as the people in the period you are studying thought. The example of what it must have been like to be a peasant in the Middle Ages is used. However, sensibilities change over time and we can’t completely throw off the mentality of the present. Therefore, every age will have a slightly different perspective on the same period of the past, no matter what the facts are.

b) The text explains how, in order to understand people in the historical period they are studying, a historian must have the same ability the novelist has to get into the minds of characters. This is due to the fact that the world was different then, and the ways of thinking have changed, for example, between the Middle Ages and the 21 .. century. He explains this by saying historian’s sensibilities change over time.

c) As a historian, if you really want to understand the sensibilities of those who lived in the past, you must be like a novelist and get into the skins of your characters and think and feel as they do. You are asked to imagine what it’s like to be a peasant in medieval times, asking the sort of questions a peasant might ask. What the writer is saying is that a historian needs imaginative sympathy with ordinary people in the past.

Answer: a
The speaker says: To reach some kind of understanding of a period in the past … requires a creative act of the imagination … What must it have been like to be a peasant under a feudal baron? … So, you have to imagine the terms under which life was lived in those days … Now, of course, every age views the past from its own present … which is why each age has to write its history over again. It’s not so much that more facts or evidence come to light – if they do – but that sensibilities change too.



  1. somayyeh maghsood February 24, 2019 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Voices are the same and the second voice is irelevent to answers.

  2. Asha February 24, 2019 at 9:03 pm - Reply


  3. ashaam89 February 24, 2019 at 9:58 pm - Reply


  4. Salempharmacia February 25, 2019 at 2:28 am - Reply

    B the most relevant choice

  5. yenzelani February 25, 2019 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    1. B
    2. Recordings are the same. Irrelevant to the answers.

  6. yenzelani February 27, 2019 at 9:32 am - Reply

    1. B
    2. A

  7. Evan February 27, 2019 at 11:31 am - Reply


    1. C

    2. C

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