PTE ACADEMIC LISTENING FILLING BLANKS PRACTICE SAMPLE 22

 

PTE ACADEMIC LISTENING FILLING BLANKS PRACTICE SAMPLE 22PTE Academic listening filling blanks

 

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PTE ACADEMIC LISTENING FILLING BLANKS PRACTICE SAMPLE

A Police veteran’s gut-wrenching plea for ……….. and understanding has touched thousands in the aftermath of a week of …………. in the US. Merri McGregor, a former police officer, took to Facebook to share her story. It included such ………… details of what she’s experienced that it will no doubt change how many view those working in the police force. She spoke about peeling a “dead, burned baby” from the front of her ………. shirt, and how she cried on the chest of a dead ……………….. who was unrecognisable from all the bullet holes. The events of last week’s tragic Dallas shootings, where a lone gunman killed five police officers and injured seven others during a street protest, led to an  ……………… of pleas for unity by fellow officers on social media.

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The Daily Prophet is a ……………… newspaper based in London. It is the primary source of news for British wizards. The current editor is Barnabas Cuffe, who works in the main office in Diagon Alley. Because of its ability to ……………. the minds of many in the British (and probably Irish) wizarding community, the paper has been known to have its content ……………. intentionally by the Ministry of Magic (which it has strong ties with) into telling the Ministry’s preferred …………….. of events. Unfortunately, the Prophet does not seem to have a lot of journalistic ……………., it has been known to be more concerned about sales than about factual accuracy. In some cases, the Ministry of Magic is highly …………….. on the Daily Prophet to assure the public that the Ministry of Magic is doing the right thing.

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Money, one of the earliest and most significant inventions of ……………, is essential to the development of………….. Without it there is only barter, a relationship between two people each of whom has something which the other wants. Money (which everybody wants) provides an intermediary substance, enabling the seller to choose when and where he wishes to become a buyer. All ……………… societies invest certain things with a special value – particularly livestock, and items of rarity or beauty. They are presented on ceremonial occasions such as weddings. The …………….. of large numbers of cattle or pigs is clear evidence of wealth and prestige. But these objects are not money in our sense, capable of easy use in everyday …………………….

The most often quoted example of primitive money is shells – in Africa cowries and wampum in America. The small cowrie shell, deriving from the Maldive Islands in the Indian Ocean, is a …………………. item in the civilizations of China and India from very early times. From India these attractive objects are carried along the trade routes to Africa. Similarly the American Indians use a small white ………….. shell for ceremonial gifts, embroidered on to decorated belts or other …………….. Europeans give the name ‘wampum’ to these precious items.

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