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2021 TOEFL Integrated Writing Questions

The page shows TOEFL integrated writing questions on recent TOEFL speaking tests by our visitors or Internet resources. We removed the duplicated questions and organize them by test date.

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2021-03-14: Task
Reading passage: reasons for the decline in the number of whales (South Residential Orcas)

main points:
  • Chemical pollutants like PCBs affect the reproduction of whales. Chemical substances were found in salmon's bodies. This ostar whale feeds on salmon, so its reproductive capacity is affected.
  • Whales rely on echoes to locate food, and noise interferes with the location. Noise pollution from vessels can prevent Southern Resident Orcas from using echolocation to catch prey.
  • Harmful bacteria grow in the lungs of the whale lungs, leading to the extinction of the whale.
Listening to lecture (oppose specific points:)
  • Other whales also exist in this area, and they feed on seals. Seals contain higher levels of this chemical substance.
  • The noise of rainstorms is also very loud, and storms occur frequently.
  • Bacteria do grow in the lungs, but studies have found that organisms have the ability to adapt to bacteria, and whales with diseased lungs can still swim freely in the water.
Summarize the points made in the lecture, being sure to explain how they oppose specific points made in the reading passage.

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  • 2021-03-14
Vocabulary: Environment
2021-02-28: Task
Reading passage: reasons for the decline in the number of whales (South Residential Orcas)

main points:
  • Chemical pollutants like PCBs affect the reproduction of whales. Chemical substances were found in salmon's bodies. This ostar whale feeds on salmon, so its reproductive capacity is affected.
  • Whales rely on echoes to locate food, and noise interferes with the location。 Noise pollution from vessels can prevent Southern Resident Orcas from using echolocation to catch prey.
  • Harmful bacteria grow in the lungs of the whale lungs, leading to the extinction of the whale.
Listening to lecture (oppose specific points:)
  • Other whales also exist in this area, and they feed on seals. Seals contain higher levels of this chemical substance.
  • The noise of rainstorms is also very loud, and storms occur frequently.
  • Bacteria do grow in the lungs, but studies have found that organisms have the ability to adapt to bacteria, and whales with diseased lungs can still swim freely in the water.
Summarize the points made in the lecture, being sure to explain how they oppose specific points made in the reading passage.

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  • 2021-03-14
Vocabulary: Environment
2021-01-31: Task
Reading passage: the advantages of crew-less cargo ships

main points:
  • The use of crew-less ships can reduce labor costs;
  • It is computer-controlled to prevent pirate attacks and change course
  • The use of crew-less ships can reduce man-made accidents.
Listening to lecture (oppose specific points:)
  • The crew is very useful and can be maintained while sailing, while a ship without a crew can only be maintained on the shore, and the cost will not be reduced;
  • High-tech is also risky. Pirates can break the transmission system and directly change the course;
  • Computers are not as good as humans, and the crew can find out and deal with marine situations at any time.
Summarize the points made in the lecture, being sure to explain how they oppose specific points made in the reading passage.

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  • 2021-01-31
2021-01-16: Task
Who can live longer, placental animals or marsupials?

Reading passage: Placental animals adapt to the environment better.

main points:
  • The cubs of marsupials have a short time in the mother's fetus, resulting in hypoplasia of organs and a weak immune system.
  • Marsupials cannot regulate their internal body temperature.
  • In North America, there are fewer marsupial animals than placental animals. Australia only has marsupials, because there are no placental animals to compete with it.
Listening to lecture (oppose specific points:)
  • Marsupials can continue to develop organs in the mother's bag, and the immune system can also be strengthened.
  • Adult marsupials can lower their body temperature to reduce energy consumption.
  • Placental animals have lived in Australia for a long time, which shows that they have competed with marsupials and finally lost.
Summarize the points made in the lecture, being sure to explain how they oppose specific points made in the reading passage.

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  • 2021-01-16
2021-01-09: Task
Reading passage: the speculation of the reason why a group of small dinosaurs died in the canyon

main points:
  • The little dinosaur is stuck in the swamp and can't get out of it.
  • The little dinosaur drinks poisonous water in the pool.
  • The little dinosaur was drowned in a sudden flood because their remains showed no harm.
Listening to lecture (oppose specific points:)
  • After death, the body will become stiff, if it is really mud, it will definitely struggle, so the posture after death should be like standing;
  • When this occurs, it is impossible to determine when the water in the pool is poisonous. The water in the pool may be poisonous after the death of the dinosaur;
  • Because the dinosaur had a dead body after its death, it may have been left here after death, and then there was a flood that washed the dinosaur body.
Summarize the points made in the lecture, being sure to explain how they oppose specific points made in the reading passage.

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  • 2021-01-09
2020-12-20: Task
Reading passage: how did the stones of Stonehenge in Britain be transported?

main points:
  • Shipping
  • wooden roll
  • Glacier
Listening to lecture (oppose specific points:)
  • The stones are difficult to transport to the beach.
  • The stone is too heavy and the wheels are hard to turn.
  • The source of stones transported by the glacier is different.
Summarize the points made in the lecture, being sure to explain how they oppose specific points made in the reading passage.

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  • 2020-12-20
2020-12-19: Task
Reading passage: protection of mountain pine trees damaged by the pine beetle and discussing the significance of human activities.

main points:
  • The Northwestern United States is colder in winter, and most of the larvae are frozen to death.
  • The trees will produce a viscous liquid, which can flush out the bugs and avoid continuous damage to the tree.
  • Bugs like old trees and wildfires can allow young trees to quickly replace mature trees and maintain the forest.
Listening to lecture (oppose specific points:)
  • Human activities will cause the temperature to rise, the lowest temperature in winter is now 7-10 degrees higher than before, and the larvae can survive and are not easily killed.
  • Water used by human activities reduces groundwater, and trees cannot produce sap.
  • Forest management prevents fire/fire minimization, young trees cannot grow.
Summarize the points made in the lecture, being sure to explain how they oppose specific points made in the reading passage.

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  • 2020-12-19
2019-09-01: Task (India)
About effort to encourage ecologically sustainable forestry practices in the USA. Summarize the points made in the lecture, being sure to explain how they cast doubt on specific points made in the reading passage.

Recent Tests:
  • 2019-08-05
2019-09-01: Task (India)
About traditional voting systems and computerized voting systems. Summarize the points made in the lecture, being sure to explain how they cast doubt on specific points made in the reading passage.

Recent Tests:
  • 2019-08-05