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Why Does Music Move Us? IELTS Reading Answers

Why Does Music Move Us? IELTS Reading Answers

The Academic passage ‘Why Does Music Move Us?’ is a reading passage that appeared in an IELTS Test. Read the passage below and answer questions 1 – 13. Beyond the questions, you will find the answers along with the location of the answers in the passage and the keywords that  help you find out the answers.

Why Does Music Move Us?

Why does music move us - 0001

Why does music move us - 0002

Why does music move us - 0003

Why does music move us - 0004

Why does music move us - 0005

Answers

Question number  Answer  Keywords  Location of keywords
1 C how can mechanical vibrations have such a moving effect? Paragraph A;

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2 G Recently, I hosted an event with him at the Royal Institution, at which he explained to a packed audience why listening to much current pop music was as demanding as listening to Bach or Beethoven. Paragraph B;

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3 A Its remarkable skill at pattern detection will take the extraordinary harmonics-crammed richness of a note played on a piano or flute, and magically collapse it in your head, so that it is perceived as a single note rather than a forest of overtones. Paragraph C;

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4 F our hippocampus to recover musical memories Paragraph E;

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5 I Interestingly, the brain gives out the same signal of confusion when it encounters sentences that do not make sense as it does when the syntax of music sounds wrong and when chords do not complement one another. Paragraph F;

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6 D If you study the way we react to patterns of notes, you find there is something special about a pitch that is double the frequency of another; the interval better known as an octave.

We use our temporal lobe to process melody and pitch

Paragraph F;

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&

Paragraph E;

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7 FALSE He claims that sounds accidentally generate pleasure via neural systems. The ability to hear them in the first place evolved to respond to other kinds of stimuli. Paragraph G;

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8 FALSE  The English tend to vary the pitch of their speech, and the length of their vowels, more than the French, Paragraph H;

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9 TRUE Elgar is considered by some to be the most ‘English’ of all composers, perhaps explaining why his music is so frequently the background to important national pageants. Paragraph H;

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10 TRUE The older generation struggle with modern music and complain that it is dissonant -“full of horrible jarring notes that are difficult to listen to. Paragraph I;

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11 TRUE dissonance has always been in music. Beethoven and Chopin are full of it. It is all a matter of convention. What we regard as consonant now was thought dissonant in the Middle Ages. The augmented fourth was thought sinister back then, when it was dubbed ‘diabolus in musica’. We still find it slightly unsettling today, which might explain why it is so popularly used in heavy metal. Paragraph I;

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12 FALSE  He cited an experiment conducted in 1996, which concluded that playing babies rock music had a more
beneficial effect than did playing them Mozart.
Paragraph J;

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13 TRUE  Apart from the tiny proportion of the population who really are tone-deaf, it is impossible to say: ‘I am not musical,’ even if it may seem that way whenever you get dragged along to participate in karaoke. Paragraph K;

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