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Reading Exercise 6

Sometimes graphs, charts, diagrams or tables will accompany the reading passage. Like figure 1 in the first exercise and table 1 in exercise 4 these can give you important helpful information about the text. The next reading passage provides another example.

Read the passage below and answer the questions.

Time: 12 minutes

Questions 27-35

The table below represents key information from the reading passage Perchance to dream. Complete the diagram by finding no more than three words from the text to fill each numbered space. If the information is not given in the passage, write NG.

State Eyes Brainwaves Body
onset of sleep (27) ............... slower (28) ...............
(29) ............... (30) ............... (31) ............... (32) ...............
paradoxical sleep (33) ............... as waking (34) ............... twitching fingers grinding teeth
waking (35) ...............    
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Questions 36 and 37

From the information in the passage, match the phrases A-D below with the brain pattern and physical evidence given. Write the appropriate letter in spaces 36 and 37 on your answer sheet. Note that there are more phrases than answers, so you will not need to use all of them.

A rapid eye movement B slow waves dominate
C vivid dreams occur D high frequency pattern
Brain pattern Physical evidence
(36) ............... eyes roll slowly from side to side
very similar to the normal waking state (37) ...............
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Discussion


Graphs and figures summarize information. Most of the information you need to check your understanding of the passage and answer the questions is contained in the diagrams.

You are often asked to provide answers by completing a flowchart or table, as you did for these questions. This is simply a different form of gap-filling exercise.

If you got any answers wrong and you do not know why, look again at the instructions. Questions 27-35 ask for not more than three words from the text. Question 37 asks you for physical evidence.

Once again, you did not need to give close attention to the final sentence; it contains no information relevant to the questions.


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