TOEFL iBT Listening Practice Test 01 Solution & Transcription

Listening 3 “Art Class” Key

12. C

13. B

14. A

15. C

16. C

17. A, B, D



Audio Lecture

Listen to part of a lecture in an art class. The professor is discussing drawing.


Drawing is a very basic art form. It’s appealing because it can be used to make a very quick record of the ideas that an artist may be envisioning, so, a drawing can serve as a visual aid for the artist to remember a certain moment of inspiration and maybe use it for a more detailed work later on. Okay, usually such sketches allow the artist to visualize the proportions and the shapes without much attention to details so these images can be used by painters, architects, sculptors – any artist really. And large renderings, sketches of parts of the whole… these can be helpful in the creative process when a… a huge image might be more difficult to conceive of in its entirety. Or, a sketch of just one face in a crowd can allow the artist to… focus on creating just that part of the image. So, in many artists’ studios, countless drawings are strewn about as the final painting or sculpture takes form. And this gives us insight into the creative process, as well as the opportunity to see changes from the images at the beginning in the images of the finished work. It’s rare, in fact, for an artist to use permanent materials to begin a piece of art. And some painters, for example, even sketch onto the surface of the canvas before applying the pigments Now. architects are especially prone to sketches because, of course, their buildings are so large that an image in smaller scale is necessary to the imagination and implementation of such projects. So. uh, these studies become the basis for tuture works. And again, this is very interesting as a record of the creative process. Okay so far?

Okay, drawing has several other functions besides as a temporary reference. For centuries, artists have used drawing as a traditional method of education. By copying the great works, especially of the Old Masters, aspiring artists could leam a lot about proportion, how to capture light and shadow and … and so forth. In fact, some artists who later achieve recognition, still continue to use this practice to hone their skills or… or simply to pay homage to another artist, as is often the case when a work of art originally created in another medium like a sculpture . .. when it’s recreated in the form of a drawing. Many examples of drawings of Michelangelo’s sculptures were re-created by wellknown artists. One that comes to mind is the Study of Michelangelo’s Bound Slave by Edgar Degas. The original by Michelangelo was a marble sculpture that was, oh, about seven feet in height, but the small drawing was made in a sketchpad. In any case, the study is also considered a masterpiece, on a small scale, of course.

So … what additional purposes might be served by the medium of drawing? Well, let’s remember that photography is a relatively new art form, so prior to the use of photographs to record historical events, a quick drawing by an artist was about the only way to preserve a real-time visual account of an important moment. Although a more permanent visual impression might be rendered later, it would be based on memory and not on the artist’s actual observation. Probably the most often cited example of a sketch that preserved an historical record would be the small drawing of Marie Antoinette as she was taken to the guillotine in a cart through the streets of Paris. Jacques-Louis David sketched this famous drawing on a piece of paper about the size of the palm of his hand. And the artist, the artist as reporter, is still important even in modem times, when photography isn’t possible, for example, when judges won’t permit cameras in the courtroom.

Okay, to review, we’ve talked about three functions for drawing – as a visual aid for the artist to complete a future work, as a method of education for aspiring artists or even practiced artists, and as a way to report an event But the sketchbook has… other possibilities. Sometimes a drawing is the final execution of the art. Picasso produced hundreds of drawings in, well, every conceivable medium, but especially in pencil and crayon. I find it very interesting that Picasso did so much of this kind of work . . . drawing, I mean, in his last years. Some critics have argued that he was just laughing at the art world, which was willing to pay outrageous sums for anything with his name on it, and clearly, a drawing can be executed in a short period of time. But others, other critics, they feel as I do that Picasso was drawing because it was so basic, and because it was so spontaneous and so much fun. And also, think about how difficult it really is to produce a quick drawing with a few lines and, uh, no opportunity to… to recreate the original, either by painting it out or remodeling the clay or changing the building materials, or… or any of the other methods for revision of a finished artistic work that artists have at their disposal. So. what I’m saying is that drawing when it’s elevated to a finished piece, it must be done with confidence and it must show a high degree of creativity and mastery of the art form. In a way, it harkens back to the beginnings of art itself, when some unknown artist must have stuck a finger in the earth to draw an image or… maybe he picked up a stone and made a drawing on the wall of a cave.

Okay, so. as a first assignment, I want you to make a couple of sketches yourself. I’m not going to grade them. This isn’t a studio art class. I just want you to use a few basic strokes to capture an image. You can do the first one in pencil, crayon, ink, chalk, or even charcoal. . . whatever you like. Then, I want you to sketch the same image in a different medium. So, if you do a face in pencil. I want you to do the same face but in chalk or crayon. Bring them to class next week and we’ll continue our discussion of drawing, but we’ll talk more about the materials artists use to produce drawings, and, uh, we’ll refer to your sketches as examples.

Listening 4 “Professor’s Office” Key

18. B

19. D

20. B

21. A, C

22. A



Listen to a conversation on campus between a student and a professor.

Student:         Thanks for seeing me, Professor Williams.

Professor. . Glad to. Alice. What do you have on your mind?

Student: Well. I got a little mixed up when I started to go over my notes from the last class, so I had a few questions.

Professor:  Shoot.

Student:         Okay. I understand the three basic sources of personnel for multinational companies. That’s fairiy selfexplanatory.

Professor : Host country, home country, and third country.

Student: Right, But then you Started talking about staffing patterns that… let me see … okay … you said, “staffing patterns may vary depending on the length of time that the multinational company has been operating,” and you gave some examples, but I got confused and now I can’t read my notes.

Professor: Okay. Well, one pattern is to rely on home country managers to staff the key positions when the company opens, but gradually moving more host country nationals into upper management as the company grows.

Student:         So, for example, if a French company opened a factory in Canada, then French management would gradually replace themselves with Canadian managers. Is that what you mean?

Professor: Right. I think I used that very example in class. So do you want to try to explain the second pattern to me?

Student          Sure. I think it’s the one where home country nationals are put in charge of the company if it’s located in a developed country, but in a developing country, then home country nationals manage the company sort of indefinitely.

Professor Right again. And an example of that would be…

Student:         … maybe using German management for a Swiss company in Germany, but, uh, they might send Swiss management to provide leadership for a Swiss company in … in …

Professor: How about Zimbabwe?

Student:         This is one of the confusing parts. Zimbabwe has a very old and highly developed culture, so…

Professor. … but it’s still defined as a developing country because of the economic base—which is being developed now.

Student:         Oh, okay. I guess that makes sense. Then the example of the American company with British management… when the company is in India… that would be a third-countiy pattern?

Professor: Yes. In fact, this pattern is fairly prevalent among multinational companies in the United States. Many Scottish or English managers have been hired for top management positions at United States subsidiaries in the former British colonies – India, Jamaica, the West Indies, some parts of Africa …

Student:Okay. So I’ve got all the examples right now.

Professor:Anything else?

Student:Just one thing. There were some typical patterns for certain countries.

Professor:Like the last example.

Student:No. This came later in the lecture. Something about Japan and Europe.

Professor:Oh. Right. I probably said that both Japanese multinational companies and European companies tend to assign seniorlevel home country managers to overseas locations for their entire careers, whereas multinational companies in the United States view overseas assignments as temporary, so they may actually find themselves reporting to a senior-level manager from the host country who has more experience.

Student:So, for example, a Japanese company in the United States would most probably have senior-level Japanese managers with mid-level managers maybe from the United States. But in Japan, the senior-level Japanese managers at an American company would probably have midlevel American managers reporting to them.

Professor:Well, generalities are always a little tricky, but for the most part, that would be a typical scenario. Because living as a permanent expatriate is a career move in Japan, but a temporary strategy in the United States.

Student:Okay. That’s interesting.

Professor:And important for you to know as a business major with an interest in international business. You’re still on that track, aren’t you?

Student:I sure am. But. you know, I wasn’t thinking in terms of living abroad for my entire career. That really is a huge commitment, and something to ask about going in. Anyway, like you say, most American companies view overseas assignments as temporary. That’s more what I have in mind, for myself, I mean.