(Video) 10 more questions to test your lexical resources!

A number of students told me last video’s questions were too easy, so I’ve tried to make these ones a little more difficult. Please leave some feedback in the comments section of this post and let us know what you scored out of ten.

Some cultures value old age while others value young age.  Discuss both attitudes and express your opinion.

Opinions on the merits and drawbacks of aging vary from one culture to another.  Some see old age as a sign of wisdom and young age a sign of naivety/witty.   However, others view young age as a period of human reverberation/vibrancy and old age a period marked by redundancy.  Both viewpoints will be examined in this essay.

On the one side, many feel that the donations/contributions old people make to society are more valuable than those made by their younger counterparts.  The fact that most world leaders are older people plays a good example here.  Old people, having experienced more, tend to hold a deeper understanding of the problems of the world and are thus skilled in/capable of sharing much more effective advice.  Thus, through this lens, it is understandable why age is revered/held in disdain in many cultures.

On the other side, many counter that youth carries with it a vivaciousness/viciousness and energy that old age simply cannot match.  Although fictional, the main characters from the movie The Godfather clearly demonstrate the various drawbacks that come along with aging.  Towards the end of the movie, Marlon Brando’s Godfather begins to have trouble making rational and timely decisions due to his increasing age.  Because of this, his son, played by Al Pacino, is required to undertake/take over as head of the family.  This scene illustrates a truth that is forever/universally constant: with age comes increasing dependence.  It is for this reason that many cultures prize the energy and drabness/dynamism that comes with youth.

Although the above discussion demonstrates that there are benefits to both being old and young, it is argued that neither age can be said to be better than the other.  It is assumed that worldwide culturally sensitive/consuming beliefs regarding age will not be altered into the foreseeable future.

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19 Responses to (Video) 10 more questions to test your lexical resources!

  1. jv says:

    i got 9/10…… i learned a lot.. thanks ryan

  2. kulsoom says:

    i scored 10/10,but would say it was a little bit difficult.At few places where i felt stuck,reading the whole statement itself gives a clue about the right answer.Thankyou for your efforts once again.

  3. Radmila says:

    Hello Ryan!
    Strangely enough, I have got 10/10, although I thought that it was impossible and the questions required more time and effort to choose the right answer.

    It was helpful, as usual, though!

  4. Mohammad Amjad says:

    I scored 7/10
    I really enjoyed this activity
    Many thanks

  5. snn says:

    i scored 9/10…it was a good oppurtunity to learn new words. Thank you Ryan

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks a lot Ryan, your essay video is really helpful.

  7. Ryan says:

    I stand corrected. I thought this little quiz would prove more difficult than the ones I posted before. Judging from the scores posted here (and on YouTube), this is obviously not the case. I think it is great many of you got 9 or 10 out of 10 questions correct, but I worry this means the lesson was not as helpful to you as it could have been. I’ll see what I can do to make future videos more challenging.

    I would really appreciate any constructive feedback you can offer on the blog posts. I am making an effort to create more lexical resource related material and more Academic Task 1 model responses (in keeping with the results I received on this survey: http://ieltsielts.com/survey-results-here-are-what-the-readers-of-ieltsielts-com-want-to-see-in-2012/).


  8. Sunita says:

    Thank You ! Ryan, It’s really helpful for me.

  9. jdp says:

    7/10. Thanks for such a interesting essay. One suggestion though. If you also provide by writing such essay how many bands can be scored in IELTS exam would be great.

  10. Ahmed says:

    Hello Ryan,

    I don’t know how to thank for your genuine efforts. You have done a great job for us and this video is very helpful for me even though I have got 7 out of 10.
    This kind of video is overly crucial for the people who are preparing for the IELTS.

  11. Manish says:

    Hello Ryan,

    i scored 9/10 although the words were little difficult .
    But it was good to learn new words.


  12. setareh says:

    It was very helpful with some advanced vocabulary.I love them and try to learn them.My score was 6 out of 10.

  13. Ryan says:

    Thank you for the feedback, everyone. I’ll try to pull a few more videos like this together.

    @jdp I would assume any of the essays I write would score 9 on the exam. I’ve worked next to examiners for years, so I feel I have a pretty clear grasp on what is expected on the written portion of the test.

  14. Raj says:

    This was very helpful. Really appreciate your good work. I got 10

  15. Chinny says:

    10/10! This sort of activity is easier than the first one. More to go Ryan 🙂

  16. Deepali says:

    Thanx.U r a true GURU.it helped me a lot.I got 6/10.have learnt lot of new words and trying to remember them.May god bless u as u r helping a lot.thanx again.

  17. sonia says:

    i got 8

  18. jdp says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for replay. I was assuming that. Moreover, I am sure you would have heard this many time but I would like to reiterate from my side. You are doing tremendously helpful job to people around the glob who are taking IELTS Exam and which is surprisingly free of cost. I appreciate your efforts.


  19. charlotte says:

    hi ryan, i scored 9/10.. once again thank you for helping people around the globe prepare the test free of charge!

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