TOEFL Listening: Listening Task 17 (Gist Questions)

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TOEFL Listening: Listening Task 17 (Gist Questions)
TOEFL Listening: Listening Task 17 (Gist 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?
  • What is the lecture mainly about?

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. Problems with food distribution in the past few years

b. The relationship between caloric consumption and economic growth

c. Amartya Sen’s work on inequality, poverty, and food distribution problems

d. Why people were able to eat more as the economy grew

Correct answer: B

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