I’ve published several reading exercises on this blog (here and here). In addition to these, check out ETS’s QuickPrep, a free online study resource. Below I’ve included another one based on a passage from an introductory music history text.
Choosing the right seat is also important. What is best for seeing may not be best for hearing. In some concert halls, the sound sails immediately over the front seats and settles at the back. Often the optimal seat in terms of acoustics is at the back o the hall, in the first balcony. Sitting closer, of course, allows you to watch the performers on stage. If you attend a concert of a symphony orchestra, follow the gestures that the conductor makes to the various soloists and sections of the orchestra; like a circus ringmaster, he or she turns directly to the soloist of a given movement. The conductor conveys to the players the essential lines and themes of the music, and they in turn communicate these to the audience.
2. According to paragraph 1, what is NOT a major difference between classical concerts and rock/punk concerts?
- People dress up for classical concerts.
- Classical concert-goers do not dance.
- The audience at a classical concert only expresses itself at the end of a piece.
- Classical audiences are usually older.
3. Why does the author mention the eighteenth century in Paragraph 2?
- To demonstrate similarities between historical performances and modern rock performances
- To make a distinction between historical performances and modern classical performances
- To provide an example of an encore
- To describe a concert the author attended
4. According to Paragraph 3, which of the following is an important part of preparing to go to a classical concert?
- Listening to the music that will be performed
- Buying expensive clothes
- Researching the performers
- Go to see the venue where the concert will take place
6. According to Paragraph 4, the best place to sit in order to hear a classical concert
- is in the front row
- is on the side
- depends on the kind of music being played
- is usually in the front of the balcony
7. According to Paragraph 4, how do the performers know the essential lines and themes of the music?
- They are trained to recognize them themselves
- They do not know
- The conductor shows them with his or her movements
- The performers demonstrate them to the audience
Question 1: C; Question 2: D; Question 3: B; Question 4: A; Question 5: B; Question 6: D; Question 7: C.