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IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #10

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Questions 1-3

Choose the TWO best answers according to the text, and write the letters A - E in boxes 1 - 3 on your answer sheet.

1) The Aboriginal demand that bones be returned to Australia is based on which TWO ideas?

 A The rightful place for the remains is Australia.

 B Britain had no right to take the remains.

 C The remains have religious significance for Aborigines.

 D Some remains have already been returned.

 E Aboriginal ancestors cannot find peace unless their remains are laid to rest there.

2) Which TWO factors might cause problems when it comes to returning the remains?

 A Scottish and English law does not allow museums to return objects.

 B It is not clear what will happen to the remains once they have been returned.

 C The remains are scientifically important and need to be studied.

 D Not all the Australian artefacts are human remains.

 E Some museums do not have the right to return objects to their countries of origin.

3) Which TWO points may help to speed up the process of returning the remains?

 A The British government is going to discuss the return of Aboriginal items.

 B Some items have already been returned to their countries of origin.

 C There is already some sympathy to the Aborigines' claims in the world of archaeology.

 D Not all the Australian artefacts are human remains.

 E The remains have religious significance for Aborigines.

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With any matching type question, the questions are not in the same order as in the text. A good strategy is to circle or underline the names of each of the people in the text, read what they say carefully and match what they say with the statements in the questions. NB You will be told if you need to use any of the people more than once and there may be people you do not need to use.

Questions 4-9

Classify the following opinions as referring to

A The National college of Surgeons
B Stevie McCoy
C Dr William Cowell Bell
D Lady Amanda Spurway
E Ewan Mather

Write the correct letter A, B, C, D or E in boxes 4-9 on your answer sheet.

4) No country would allow the bones of its citizens to be used for scientific purposes in another country.  

5) The Glover Museum is ready to return its Aboriginal bones.  

6) Australian remains are a useful resource for scientific study.  

7) It would be a problem to accurately identify the human remains.  

8) Many Aboriginal remains in Britain have been made into artefacts.  

9) Discrepancies in the laws of different countries can hinder the return of relics.  

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Questions 10-13

Complete the following paragraph based on information in Reading Passage using ONE or TWO WORDS from the Reading Passage for each answer. Write your answers in boxes 10 -13 on your answer sheet.

Aborigines believe that the remains should be returned for a number of reasons. First is the fact that the relics were taken during the period when Australia was a (10) ..................... The Aborigine belief that their ancestors can only (11) .................... if their bones are returned is a further factor. Thirdly, the restitution of the remains is an issue of human rights. However, objectors who oppose the return of the artefacts point out that not only is there a (12) .................... problem, but also that the remains constitute an important (13) .................... in studying the lifestyle of the Aborigines.

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