Question 1:

You will hear a lecture. After listening to the lecture, in 10 seconds, please speak into the microphone and retell what you have just heard from the lecture in your own words. You will have 40 seconds to give your response.

Suggested Answer:

The lecture is about the Method of Loci, a trick to help memorize, store and retrieve parts of a speech so that it can be delivered largely extempore, without running the risk of missing out on an important part. The method rests on the premise that it is easier to memorize visuals than abstract concepts. The method requires us to relate parts of the speech with parts of visual images. The speaker takes the example of path covered walking from one’s home to office. A particular landmark near the house can be related with the beginning of the speech, a landmark somewhere in the middle with the middle part and so on. Hence, a mental walk through the speech can be related with the physical walk down from home to office.

Question 2:

You will hear a lecture. After listening to the lecture, in 10 seconds, please speak into the microphone and retell what you have just heard from the lecture in your own words. You will have 40 seconds to give your response.

Suggested Answer:

The lecture discusses the need for and the tendency to provide energy-dense food for the poor and the underprivileged. The noble aim might be to provide the cheapest calories but not overnourishment. However, in case of poor people migrating from rural areas to urban, the reverse is happening. They start eating weight-gaining diets. Rather than pairing it with increased physical activity in the new environs, the migrating poor become less active physically, resulting in a double whammy of sorts. The speaker calls this a dietary insult.

Question 3:

You will hear a lecture. After listening to the lecture, in 10 seconds, please speak into the microphone and retell what you have just heard from the lecture in your own words. You will have 40 seconds to give your response.

Suggested Answer:

The lecture champions the cause of investments in real estate partnerships rather than in commercial corporations, specifically in the United States. The real estate partnerships may not afford the luxury of trading or ready selling on the stock exchange. But they save you bucks on the tax front. This is because while the investments in corporates, or rather the incomes from such investments, are taxed twice, the investments in, or rather the incomes from, commercial real estate escape such double taxation. So, why not own a building in partnership instead of investing in corporate stock?

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