TOEFL Listening: Listening Task 9 (Gist Content Questions)

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Listening Task 9 (Gist Content Questions)

The gist of something is the main point or key idea. Gist-content questions require you to determine the primary subject or concept discussed in the listening conversation or lecture.


Gist-Content questions are typically phrased as follows:

• What are the speakers mainly discussing?

• What is the main topic of the lecture?

Tips to Remember

  • Actively listen for the main topic and primary points.
  • Ignore minor details and focus on the big picture.
  • Take brief notes to capture key ideas.
  • Identify the central theme or subject.
  • Consider the context and speaker’s tone.

What is the lecture mainly about?

a. The interaction between a stimulus and response center

b. Maintaining equilibrium in the body

c. Abnormal fluctuations in the human body

d. Interpreting signals from a stimulus

Correct Answer: B

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