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IELTS Reading - Passage 2

Questions 14-20

Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage 2?

In boxes 14-20 on your answer sheet, write

TRUE if the statement is true according to the passage
FALSE if the statement is false according to the passage
NOT GIVEN if the information is not given in the passage

14 Arthur Koestler considered laughter biologically important in several ways.  

15 Plato believed humour to be a sign of above-average intelligence.  

16 Kant believed that a successful joke involves the controlled release of nervous energy.  

17 Current thinking on humour has largely ignored Aristotle's view on the subject.  

18 Graeme Ritchie's work links jokes to artificial intelligence.  

19 Most comedians use personal situations as a source of humour.  

20 Chimpanzees make particular noises when they are playing.  

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IELTS Reading Tip: Completing diagram labels

In the exam, you may be asked to read a passage and use words from it to complete labels on a diagram or picture. The answers will often come from a particular section of the text and may not be in the same order as the questions.

Questions 21-23

The diagram below shows the areas of the brain activated by jokes.

Label the diagram.

Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 21-23 on your answer sheet.

  Right prefrontal cortex lights
up - area of brain linked to
(21) ....................
 



Orbital prefrontal cortex is
activated - involved with
(23) ....................
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(22) .................... become
active too

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Questions 24-27

Complete each sentence with the correct ending A-G below.

Write the correct letter A-G in boxes 24-27 on your answer sheet.

A react to their own thoughts.
B helped create language in humans.
C respond instantly to whatever is happening.
D may provide valuable information about the operation of the brain.
E cope with difficult situations.
F relate to a person's subjective views.
G led our ancestors to smile and then laugh.

24 One of the brain's most difficult tasks is to  

25 Because of the language they have developed, humans  

26 Individual responses to humour  

27 Peter Derks believes that humour  

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