Our Vanishing Night, Is there a psychologist in the building?, Have Teenagers Always Existed? Reading Answers
- 1 Reading Passage 1
- 2 Our Vanishing Night
- 3 Reading Passage 2
- 4 Is there a psychologist in the building?
- 5 Reading Passage 3
- 6 Answers
The IELTS Reading passage Our Vanishing Night, along with the other two Academic passages – Is there a Psychologist in the Building? and Have Teenagers Always Existed? makes this a complete Reading practice test.
You will have 60 minutes to complete the whole test, which consists of 40 questions in total.
Here are the question types in this reading test:
Reading Passage 1 ( Our Vanishing Night)
- True or False / Not Given
- Table completion
Reading Passage 2 ( Is there a psychologist in the building?
- Matching headings
- Multiple Choice Questions
- Sentence completion
Reading Passage 3
- Multiple Choice Questions
- Yes/No or Not Given
- Matching sentence endings
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Reading Passage 1
Our Vanishing Night
” Most city skies have become virtually empty of stars “
You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1-13, which are based on the Reading Passage below.
Find the practice test with the Our Vanishing Night PDF here.
Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage 1?
In boxes 1-7 on your answer sheet, write
TRUE, if the statement agrees with the information
FALSE, if the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVEN, if there is no information on this
1 Few people recognise nowadays that human beings are designed to function best in daylight.
2 Most light pollution is caused by the direction of artificial lights rather than their intensity.
3 By 1800 the city of London had such a large population, it was already causing light pollution.
4 The fishermen of the South Atlantic are unaware of the light pollution they are causing.
5 Shadows from the planet Venus are more difficult to see at certain times of the year.
6 In some Swiss valleys, the total number of bats declined rapidly after the introduction of streetlights.
7 The first attempts to limit light pollution were carried out to help those studying the stars.
Complete the table below.
Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the passage for each answer. Write your answers in blank spaces next to 8-13 on your answer sheet.
|CREATURE||EFFECTS OF LIGHT|
|Songbirds and seabirds they bump into 9………….||The worst-affected birds are those which are seabirds 8………….. which stand out at night|
|Desert rodents and badgers||They are more at risk from 10……………|
|Migrating birds not suitable on arrival.||Early migration may mean the 11……………. are|
|Sea turtles||They suffer from a decreasing number of 12………..|
|Frogs and toads||If they are near 13……….. their routines will be upset.|
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Reading Passage 2
Is there a psychologist in the building?
— CHRISTIAN JARRETT reports on psychology’s place in new architectural development. —
You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 14-26, which are based on the Reading Passage below.
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Reading Passage 2 has seven paragraphs. A-G.
Choose the correct heading for A-G from the list of headings below.
Write the correct number, h-x, in boxes 14-20 on your answer sheet.
List of Headings
- A comparison between similar buildings
- The negative reaction of local residents
- An unusual job for a psychologist
- A type of building benefiting from prescribed guidelines
- The need for government action
- A failure to use available information in practical ways
- Academics with an unhelpful attitude
- A refusal by architects to accept criticism
- A unique co-operative scheme
- The expanding scope of environmental psychology
14 Paragraph A
15 Paragraph B
16 Paragraph C
17 Paragraph D
18 Paragraph E
19 Paragraph F
20 Paragraph G
Choose TWO letters, A-E
Write the correct letters in boxes 21 and 22 on your answer sheet.
Which TWO of the following benefits are said to arise from the use of environmental psychology when planning buildings?
A better relationships between staff
B improved educational performance
C reduction of environmental pollution
D fewer mistakes made by medical staff
E easier detection of crime
Choose TWO letters, A-E
Write the correct letters in boxes 23 and 24 on your answer sheet.
Which TWO of the following research methods are mentioned in the passage?
A the use of existing data relating to a geographical area
B measuring the space given to a variety of activities
C watching what people do in different parts of a building
D analyzing decisions made during the planning of a building
E observing patients’ reactions to each other
Complete the sentences below
Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the passage for each answer.
Write your answers in blank spaces 25 and 26 on your answer sheet.
25 The students from England suggested that the Scottish students should identify their ……………….
26 John Zeisel believes that if the of a building is clear, patient outcomes will improve ………………….
Reading Passage 3
You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 27-40, which are based on the Reading Passage below.
Find the practice test with the Have teenagers always existed? PDF here.
Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D
Write the correct letter next to 27-30 on your answer sheet.
27 In the first paragraph, why does the writer say ‘This is not merely an academic debate’?
A Anthropologists’ theories need to be backed up by practical research.
B There have been some important misunderstandings among anthropologists.
C The attitudes of anthropologists towards adolescence are changing.
D. The work of anthropologists could inform our understanding of modem adolescence.
28 What was Susan Anton’s opinion of the Turkana boy?
A He would have experienced an adolescent phase had he lived.
B His skull showed he had already reached adulthood.
C His skeleton and teeth could not be compared to those from a more modern age.
D He must have grown much faster than others alive at the time.
29 What point does Steven Leigh make?
A Different parts of the human skeleton develop at different speeds.
B The growth period of many apes is confined to times when there is enough food.
C Humans have different rates of development from each other depending on living conditions.
D The growth phase in most apes lasts longer if more food is available.
30 What can we learn from a mammal’s teeth?
A A poor diet will cause them to grow more slowly.
B They are a better indication of a lifestyle than a skeleton.
C Their growing period is difficult to predict accurately.
D Their speed of growth is directly related to the body’s speed of development.
Do the following statements agree with the claims of the writer in Reading Passage 3?
In boxes 31-36 on your answer sheet, write
YES, if the statement agrees with the claims of the writer
NO, if the statement contradicts the claims of the writer
NOT GIVEN, if it is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this
31 It is difficult for anthropologists to do research on human fossils because they are so rare.
32 Modern methods mean it is possible to predict the age of a skeleton with accuracy.
33 Susan Anton’s conclusion about the Turkana boy reinforces an established idea.
34 Steven Leigh’s ideas are likely to be met with disbelief by many anthropologists.
35 Researchers in France and Spain developed a unique method of analysing teeth.
36 There has been too little research comparing the brains of Homo erectus and Neanderthals.
Complete each sentence with the correct ending, A-G, below.
Write the correct letter, A-G, in blank spaces 37-40 on your answer sheet.
37 Until recently, delayed growth in humans until adolescence was felt to be due to …………….
38 In her research, Margaret Clegg discovered ……………….
39 Steven Leigh thought the existence of adolescence is connected to …………………
40 Research on Neanderthals suggests that they had short lives because of ………………….
- inconsistencies between height, skeleton and dental evidence.
- the fact that human beings walk on two legs.
- the way teeth grew.
- a need to be dependent on others for survival.
- difficult climatic conditions.
- increased quantities of food.
- the existence of much larger brains than previously.
Our Vanishing Night Reading Answers (Passage 1)
|4.||NOT GIVEN -> TRUE|
|6.||FALSE -> TRUE|
|9.||brightly lit buildings|
Is there a psychologist in the building? Reading Answers (Passage 2)
Reading Passage 3