Explanations for the TOEFL Listening Comprehension, Part B, Questions 35 to 38, Test A from the 1997 Official TOEFL Kit

 

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1. procrastination (line 3)  
2.  resentment (line 9)  
3.  resisting authority (line 9)  
4.  grand entrances (line )  
5.  That's not Mark's style. (line 16)  
6.  What gets me is... (line 17)  
7.  deduct pay (line 19) If we deduct pay from somebody's paycheck, then we are taking away some of the money, usually for taxes or some other fee that must be paid. In this case, Mark's employer might decrease Mark's salary since Mark was late.
8.  I'm tempted to tell him... (line 20) If we say that we are tempted to do something, that means that we want to do something even though it is not completely acceptable to do so. For example, if a friend of yours forgets your birthday and you feel bad, you might feel the desire to have some kind of revenge and you might consider not giving him a present since he didn't give you a present. So, in this case, you could say that you are tempted to forget his birthday since he forgot yours.
9. confessed (line 23) To tell the truth about something bad that you have done. In some religions, people confess to their religious leaders.

Here's another example. Imagine that you broke something while you were at a friend's house and you were afraid to tell her. However, after some time you started to feel bad about hiding the truth from her and you decided to tell her the truth. In this case, you could say that you confessed.

10. anonymously (line 28) Done without identity or a name. For example, if you receive an unsigned card and flower from a "secret admirer," we can say that you received an anonymous gift.

 

 

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31. B subsidized housing The man hopes that he can live in the low-cost housing for students.
32. C "we're living with my wife's parents" The man says that he and his wife are living with his wife's parents.
33. B "I think my wife and I may qualify, since she's still in graduate school" The woman tells the man that only married graduate students can live in the low-cost housing. The man says that his wife is a graduate student, and obviously, she is married. Therefore, he thinks he and his wife can live there.
34. A "I'm working as a part-time research assistant, so that's no problem!" The man implies that he meets all the requirements since he says that's no problem. One of the requirements is that the applicants make less than $15,000 per year, so we can infer that he also meets this requirement.
35. D "The afternoon might be better. It can be pretty crazy around here on a Friday morning." As we learned above, means very busy. The woman suggests that the man come when it's not so busy.

 

 

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