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Academic Reading sample task, Multiple choice

MULTIPLE CHOICE

Multiple choice questions are used to test a wide range of reading skills. Some of these questions, for example, may require you to understand specific points or the main points of the text. You are required to select the best answer from several options (for example, A, B, C or D), and to write the letter of the answer you have chosen on the answer sheet. The questions are given in the same order as the information in the passage.

Questions 10-12

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

Write your answers in boxes 1012 on your answer sheet.

10) Research completed in 1982 found that in the United States soil erosion
A    reduced the productivity of farmland by 20 per cent.
B    was almost as severe as in India and China.
C    was causing significant damage to 20 per cent of farmland.
D    could be reduced by converting cultivated land to meadow or forest.
11) By the mid-1980s, farmers in Denmark
A    used 50 per cent less fertiliser than Dutch farmers.
B    used twice as much fertiliser as they had in 1960.
C    applied fertiliser much more frequently than in 1960.
  D    more than doubled the amount of pesticide they used in just 3 years.
12) Which one of the following increased in New Zealand after 1984?
A    farm incomes
B    use of fertiliser
C    over-stocking
D    farm diversification

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