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IELTS Reading - Passage 2

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 16-22, which are based on Reading Passage 2 on the following pages.

Questions 16-22

Reading Passage 2 has eight paragraphs labelled A-H.

Choose the most suitable heading for each paragraph from the list of headings below.

Write the appropriate numbers (i-xii) in boxes 16-22 on your answer sheet.

One of the headings has been done for you as an example. Any heading may be used more than once.

Note: There are more headings than paragraphs, so you will not use all of them.

List of Headings
i Reading not taken for granted
ii Taking children to libraries
iii Reading: the mark of civilization
iv Reading in St Augustine's day
v A large pool of educated workers in India
vi Literacy rates in developed countries have declined because of people's attitude
vii Persuading people to read
viii Literacy influences the economies of countries in today's world
xi Reading benefits the economy by billions of pounds
x The attitude to reading amongst the young
xi Reading becomes an economic force
xii The writer's attitude to the decline in reading
16 Paragraph A
17 Paragraph B
18 Paragraph C
19 Paragraph D
20 Paragraph E
21 Paragraph F
22 Paragraph G
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Example Paragraph H Answer vii

Questions 23-27

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

In boxes 23-27 on your answer sheet, write

YES if the statement agrees with the writer's claims
  NOif the statement contradicts the writer's claims
  NOT GIVEN if there is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this
Example Answer
According to legend, St Augustine was the first person to be seen reading silently. Yes
23 European countries have been satisfied with past achievements for too long and have allowed other countries to overtake them in certain areas.
24 Reading is an economic force.
25 The literacy rate in less developed nations is considerably higher than in all European countries.
26 If you encourage children to read when they are young the negative attitude to reading that grows in some subcultures will be eliminated.
27 People should be discouraged from reading comics and magazines.


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