Before answering the IELTS multiple choice reading questions, read through the passage and then prepare paraphrases for the multiple choice options.
Having an Ear for Music
It brings new meaning to having an ear for music. Musical aptitude may be partly down to genes that determine the architecture of the inner ear.
We perceive sound after vibrations in the inner ear are detected by “hair cells” and transmitted to the brain as electrical signals. There, the inferior colliculus integrates the signals with other sensory information before passing it on to other parts of the brain for processing.
Questions 1 – 2. Choose the correct letter, A-C.
1. What does ‘having an ear for music’ mean according to the passage?
a) a person enjoys listening to music
b) a person has an ability and predisposition for music
c) a person has special hearing
2. Sound is perceived when vibrations are sent to the brain in the form of ……………..
a) hair cells
b) electrical signals
2 = b (this answer is testing your grammar as well as vocab – to be transmitted as = sent in the form of)
aptitude = skill / ability / capacity
to determine = decide / conclude / establish
- perceive = notice / observe
- vibrations = sensations
- integrate = combine / amalgamate / put together