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IELTS Academic Reading - Passage 1

Questions 1-3

You should spend about 20 minutes on questions 1-13, which are based on Reading Passage 1.

Complete the sentences below.

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

Write your answers in boxes 1-3 on your answer sheet.

1) Security and peace are two .................... that are necessary for a civilisation to be successful.

2) Ancient Egyptians worked as both .....................

3) Ordinary Egyptians expected to receive .................... for their hard work.

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IELTS Test Tip: predicting

One way to help you understand a passage is to think about the main ideas before you begin to read it.

1) Read the title and think about what the passage contains.

2) Look at any pictures or diagrams before you read the passage.

Questions 4-7

Label the diagram below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 4-7 on your answer sheet.

Great Pyramid
(4) ........................................
(5) ........................................
(6) ........................................
(7) ........................................
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Questions 8-12

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

In boxes 8-12 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

8) The surface of the Great Pyramid is covered in polished limestone slabs.  

9) King Khafra died before King Cheops.  

10) Egyptian carvings were often based on things found in nature.  

11) Important characters in Egyptian carvings were bigger than less important characters.  

12) Egyptian art was greatly influenced by the art of neighbouring cultures.  

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Question 13

Choose the correct Ietter A, B, C or D.

Write the correct letter in box 13 on your answer sheet.

The writer's aim in this passage is to

A    describe the construction methods of the pyramids.
B    explain the beliefs of the ancient Egyptians.
  C    offer an interpretation of Egyptian art and sculpture.
D    provide an overview of early Egyptian society.

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