Practice --> Part 4: Talk


Listen to the talk. Then read each question and choose the best answer:

Script:
Hi, Paul, this is Christine Roberts. I′m concerned that the oil pan in my car is leaking, so I wanted to see if you could take a look at it this afternoon. For the last couple of weeks, I′ve been noticing that my oil tends to run low, and I′m finding a bit of oil underneath the car in my garage. I hope you′ll be able to get back to me soon, as I′ll have to leave in two hours. If you think you could fit me into your schedule today, I could drop the car off on my way to work and you can just give me a call to let me know how much it will cost for you to fix it. My number is 555-1058. Thanks a lot. Bye.

1. When does the speaker request a response?
A. Within a few hours
B. Within a week
C. Within a day
D. Within two days
Explain:
  A. She asks Paul to get back to her, or respond to her request, soon and says she will be leaving in two hours. Thus, she wants him to respond within a few hours, because a few means two or three.
  B. She does not request a response within a week, but within a few hours.
  C. She does not request a response within a day, but within a few hours.
  D. She does not request a response within two days, but within a few hours.
2. What problem is the speaker reporting?
A. A leak
B. A broken switch
C. A travel delay
D. A scheduling conflict
Explain:
  A. The woman says she thinks the oil pan in her car is leaking. She mentions that the oil is running low and she finds oil underneath her car, which are both signs of an oil leak.
  B. She does not mention a problem with a broken switch.
  C. She says when she will leave home, but does not mention a travel delay.
  D. She hopes that Paul can fit her into his schedule, but she does not mention a scheduling conflict.
3. Who is the speaker most likely calling?
A. Her supervisor
B. A mechanic
C. A salesperson
D. Her secretary
Explain:
  A. The woman would not be likely to ask her supervisor to fix her car.
  B. The woman is leaving a message for Paul. She explains about a problem with her car. She wants to know if Paul could take a look at it and asks him to let her know how much it will cost for him to fix it, so she is most likely calling a mechanic. The woman would not be likely to ask someone to fix her car.
  C.
  D. The woman would not be likely to ask her secretary to fix her car.
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