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Further Practice for Reading Passage 1

MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS
  • Remember to read the first part of the sentence each time you read the alternatives. It-is easy to forget what the original stem says when you get to option D.
  • To help you concentrate, use a piece of paper to cover the questions and then reveal the alternatives one at a time.
  • Learn to look for distractors (options which may seem to be correct, but on closer inspection are not, perhaps because they are only partly true, or because the information does not actually appear in the text).

The questions below will help you to make sure that you have chosen the correct answers for questions 9-15 on Reading Passage 1.

Question 9 Look at paragraph A.

1 The writer mentions the importance of water. Where? ........................................
2 Does the writer say anything about the effect of water on our lives in the future? ........................................
3 Does the writer compare water to anything else? ........................................

Question 10 Look at paragraph B.

1 Which word is closest to the meaning of 'ambiguous'?
A not clear
B obvious
C peculiar
D striking
2 Does the writer show that humankind has had a relationship with water? ........................................
3 How many aspects does this relationship have? ........................................
4 If there is one aspect, what is it? If two, what are they? ........................................

Question 11 Look at paragraph C.

1 Does the writer mention anything about news? ........................................
2 Does the writer mention the source of the news? ........................................
3 Does the writer say anything about the effect of environmental change on us? ........................................
4 Does the text mention anything about our attitude to the changes brought about by nature? ........................................

Question 12 Look at paragraph F.

1 Does the paragraph mention solutions to flooding? ........................................
2 Does the paragraph mention international co-ordination? ........................................
3 Is planting trees compared with anything else? ........................................
4 If it is, which is the cheaper option? ........................................

Question 13 Look at paragraph G.

1 What does the expression 'be without fresh water' mean? ........................................
2 How many people will have fresh water by 2025? A third or two-thirds? ........................................

Question 14 Look at paragraph H.

1 Does the paragraph mention what will happen to low-lying islands in the future? ........................................
2 If so, what wilt happen? ........................................
3 Is the writer's prediction about the future certain or probable? ........................................

Question 15 Look at paragraph I.

1 Where does the writer state his or her conclusion to the paragraph? ........................................
2 Where does the writer state what other people think? Which words show you? ........................................
3 Does the writer compare people being accustomed to environmental damage now and in the past? ........................................


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