Listening Comprehension Practice Questions

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Butterfly larvae, or caterpillars, consume plant leaves and spend practically all of their time in search of food. Although most caterpillars are herbivorous, a few species eat other insects. Some larvae form mutual associations with ants. They communicate with the ants using vibrations that are transmitted through the soil as well as using chemical signals. The ants provide some degree of protection to the larvae and they in turn gather honeydew secretions.

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1. What do most larvae spend their time doing?

a. Eating
b. Sleeping
c. Communicating with ants.
d. None of the above

2. Are all caterpillars herbivores?

a. Yes
b. No, some eat insects

3. What benefit do larvae get from association with ants?

a. They do not receive any benefit.
b. Ants give them protection.
c. Ants give them food.
d. Ants give them honeydew secretions.

4. Do ants or larvae benefit most from association?

a. Ants benefit most.
b. Larvae benefit most.
c. Both benefit the same.
d. Neither benefits.

Answer Key

1. A
Eating. Larvae spend most of their time in search of food and their food is leaves.

2. B
Some caterpillars eat other insects.

3. B
From the passage, the ants provide some degree of protection

4. C
The association is mutual so they both benefit.



  1. thandazile
    June 28, 2015

    Thanks but it so tricky

  2. Pepa
    November 13, 2015


  3. Tejas K A
    December 11, 2015


  4. March 14, 2016

    This was great. I wish that I could find more of these.

  5. dignity gadza
    March 28, 2016


  6. Gurmeet kaur
    January 18, 2019

    I can’t understand

  7. tomato
    August 19, 2019


  8. Ketsi
    November 30, 2019

    how to select the answers for the comprehensions??

    • Brian Stocker
      November 30, 2019

      This page is not interactive – we have a Listening comprehension course – with some free questions here that is interactive

  9. Subramaniam Krishnan
    December 25, 2019

    How is Eating the same as Searching for food? for the first question

    • Brian Stocker
      December 25, 2019

      Presumably they don’t search for food to NOT eat it. I think Choice A is the BEST choice given the other choices. Perhaps a vague questions? Or perhaps not – I will review.

  10. Karanjot Singh Sarna
    January 2, 2020

    The answer to 1st question can’t be eating. The Larvae spend most time in search of food and searching for food is not same as eating food. So logical answer should be D.

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