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IELTS Reading - Passage 1

Questions 1-8

Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage 1.

In boxes 1-8 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

1) The plight of the rainforests has largely been ignored by the media. 

2) Children only accept opinions on rainforests that they encounter in their classrooms. 

3) It has been suggested that children hold mistaken views about the ‘pure’ science that they study at school. 

4) The fact that children’s ideas about science form part of a larger framework of ideas means that it is easier to change them. 

5) The study involved asking children a number of yes/no questions such as ‘Are there any rainforests in Africa?’ 

6) Girls are more likely than boys to hold mistaken views about the rainforests’ destruction. 

7) The study reported here follows on from a series of studies that have looked at children’s understanding of rainforests. 

8) A second study has been planned to investigate primary school children’s ideas about rainforests. 

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Questions 9-13

The box below gives a list of responses A–P to the questionnaire discussed in Reading Passage 1.

Answer the following questions by choosing the correct responses A–P.

Write your answers in boxes 9–13 on your answer sheet.

List of Responses
A There is a complicated combination of reasons for the loss of the rainforests.
B The rainforests are being destroyed by the same things that are destroying the forests of Western Europe.
C Rainforests are located near the Equator.
D Brazil is home to the rainforests.
E Without rainforests some animals would have nowhere to live.
F Rainforests are important habitats for a lot of plants.
G People are responsible for the loss of the rainforests.
H The rainforests are a source of oxygen.
I Rainforests are of consequence for a number of different reasons.
J As the rainforests are destroyed, the world gets warmer.
K Without rainforests there would not be enough oxygen in the air.
L There are people for whom the rainforests are home.
M Rainforests are found in Africa.
N Rainforests are not really important to human life.
O The destruction of the rainforests is the direct result of logging activity.
P Humans depend on the rainforests for their continuing existence.

9) What was the children’s most frequent response when asked where the rainforests were? 

10) What was the most common response to the question about the importance of the rainforests? 

11) What did most children give as the reason for the loss of the rainforests? 

12) Why did most children think it important for the rainforests to be protected? 

13) Which of the responses is cited as unexpectedly uncommon, given the amount of time spent on the issue by the newspapers and television? 

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Test Tip: Identify topic

One of the task types which you might meet in the IELTS Reading module asks you to identify the main topic, the main idea, or the best title for a reading text. You have to choose the phrase or sentence which summarise the text best.

Question 14

Choose the best answer A, B, C, D or E.

14) Which of the following is the most suitable title for Reading Passage 1?

A The development of a programme in environmental studies within a science curriculum
B Children’s ideas about the rainforests and the implications for course design
C The extent to which children have been misled by the media concerning the rainforests.
D How to collect, collate and describe the ideas of secondary school children.
E The importance of the rainforests and the reasons for their destruction.

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