Listening Skill 8 - Detail Questions

A detail question asks you about factual information presented in a conversation or lecture. 

In order to correctly answer a detail question, you must be able to:

  • identify the main points of the lecture or conversation and the details used to support them
  • understand the relationships between two events or concepts (Is one caused by the other Did one occur after the other? Is one more important than the other?)

Correct answers typically contain reworded information.



Listen to the recording and answer the questions below.


1. According to the professor, what is true about early pianos?

A, They did not have keyboards.

B, They were extremely expensive.

C, They replaced the harpsichord.

D, They were meant to be played by royalty.


2. According to the professor, what change led to the increased popularity of pianos in the 1800s?

A, The price of the materials used to make pianos decreased.

B, People stopped regarding pianos as luxury items.

C, Individuals in Europe were becoming wealthier.

D, Royals encouraged people to learn how to play the piano.


3. According to the professor, what role did pianos play in European society? Choose 2 answers.

A, They indicated a family's level of wealth.

B, They led to music education in schools.

C, They provided a recreational activity for families

D, They helped talented individuals gain wealth.


4. What was an advantage of four-hands piano?

A, It allowed family members to play the piano together.

B, It let piano players perform complicated pieces.

C, It could be played by musicians with different skill levels.

D, It made playing the piano more affordable for families.