Reading Practice Test 02 – Solution


Reading passage 1

Question 1-8

  1. Answer: iv. The paragraph is about the link between tea and hospitality. The answer is not iii, because the paragraph is about the continuing tradition of the past; it is not limited to Britain and China, It is tempting to put vli as the answer, but, If you look at the text, you will see that the Information relating to this heading is between com¬mas. It is additional information and can easily be removed. You can compare it to a non-defining relative clause. So it is not central to the meaning of the whole paragraph, Moreover, the passage states In many parts of the world, not in all, For more informa¬tion on paragraph headings, see A book for JELTS by McCarter, Easton & Ash.
  2. Answer: viii. The heading hero should be fairly obvious.
  3. Answer: i. The paragraph deals with the various ways In which tea has been drunk. The answer is not v; see paragraph H, where the whole paragraph deals with milk In relation to tea drinking. Compare the answer to Paragraph A for background/fore¬ground information.
  4. Answer: x. The paragraph is about the cost of tea, in financial terms, The paragraph sets the scene, showing that tea is for the middle classes, but when the price falls the poor start drinking it. The answer Is not xi, as value has a different meahing,
  5. Answer: ii. The theme of the paragraph is the fact that most religious groups do not object to tea drinking, i.e. few do. The answer is not vi, as this does not reflect the theme of the paragraph. It is again subsidiary or background information. So It is important for you to seo how the pieces of information in a paragraph relate to each other. A plan of the paragraph is as follows:

Foreground        Background

Pew objections to tea drinking

In Islamic cultures no objection Teal coffee versus alcohol Seventh-Day Adventists/caffeine frowned upon

Note how the points in italics give background Information to the main point in the text. It is sometimes difficult for students to make the distinction between these two types of information. The example of the Islamic cultures supports the point of there being no objections. The second piece of background information develops this further comparing tea/coffee with alcohol. The paragraph then comes back to the central Issue of there being few objections, by giving the example of a group who object to tea. Use this mechanism to look at the other paragraphs here and elsewhere.

  1. Answer: xii. This paragraph focuses on tea drinking in Africa, The answer Is not ix, as the origin of the tea itself is not said to be African.
  2. Answer: v. The paragraph is about the importance of the addition of milk to tea in many parts of the world. Compare paragraph C. Heading xli would not be right here, as it describes only part of the paragraph,
  3. Answer: iii. See the answer for paragraph A.

Question 9-14

  1. Answer: rituals of hospltallty/hospltallty. The answer is In paragraph A. The first phrase is probably the better of the two.
  2. Answer: grade(s) and blend(s)/dlfferent grades/different blonds. The answer is In the last sentence of paragraph D.
  3. Answer: contains caffeine. The answer is In paragraph E. Because of the word limit and the grammar of the sentence in the exercise, the words the stimulant cannot be included,
  4. Answer: nomadic Bedouin/Bedouin/Bedouins/nomadic Bedouins. The answer Is in paragraph P.
  5. Answer: sugar and spices. The answer Is in paragraph H. Because of the word limit, the word some has to be excluded from the phrase.
  6. Answer: lingering convention/convention. The answer is in the second sentence in the last paragraph.

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