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Questions 11- 15. Answer the questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.
11. Whose lifestyle is the speaker talking about?
Show answerWomen / Women’s
12. Which two examples of goods have now become thought of as necessities?
Show answerDishwashers and microwaves (again, both words are needed for the correct answer)
13. In addition to work, what have these goods given us more time for?
Show answerLeisure pursuits
14. What do richer societies become?
Show answer(More) demanding
15. What does the ‘race of acquisition’ encourage us to buy?
Show answerUnnecessary goods
Questions 16 to 20
Answer the following questions by selecting the correct letter A to C.
- Who is mostly responsible for creating the demand for new products?
- Wealthy, older people
- Why should we be concerned with the increasing number of unnecessary appliances?
- The cost
- The environment
- The pace of technology
- What other risk does the speaker refer to?
- A loss of traditional skills
- Health factors of pre-packaged food
- A negative impact on careers
- Active buying behaviour
- will cause an increase in manufactured goods
- causes stress within families
- is a purely positive aspect of consumer behaviour
- What does the speaker recommend for the future?
- Buy what is available
- Educating companies about sustainable production
- Purchase in moderation
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