High Speed High Rise Reading Answers
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High Speed, High Rise
You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 15-26, which are based on the Reading Passage below.
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|14||iv||In paragraph A, the author states that “in just 360 hours, a 100-meter-tall tower called the T30 rises from an empty site to overlook Hunan’s Xiang River.” Another line author mentions that ‘what is selling is the world’s first standardized skyscraper and with it, Zhang aims to turn Board into the McDonald’s of the sustainable building industry.’ Both these lines suggest the uniqueness of the building. Hence, the appropriate heading is “iv.”|
|15||viii||A line in paragraph B mentions that “pipes and ducts for electricity, water and waste are threaded through each floor module while it is still in the factory.” Another line states, ‘only when they arrive at the location, each section is lifted by crane directly to the top of the building.’ As a result, these lines clearly mention the processes happening from the factory to the industry site. Hence, the appropriate heading is “viii.”|
|16||ii||According to the line in paragraph C, “Juliet Jiang, says ‘He made his fortune on boilers. He could have kept doing this business. He could have kept doing this business, but he had the need for nonelectric air conditioning.” Similarly, it also mentions that ‘large air-conditioning units fueled by natural gas could help companies ease their electricity load, reduce overheads, and enjoy more reliable climate control into the bargain.’ These lines state the example of engineering achievements such as reducing overheads, more electricity, etc. Hence, the appropriate heading is “ii.”|
|17||vi||Paragraph D puts forward the idea that “but a couple of events conspired to change his course.” The phrase ‘change of course’ refers to a change in direction. Hence, the appropriate heading is “vi.”|
|18||iii||The last line of paragraph E conveys that “according to Zhang, his buildings will help solve the many problems of the construction industry and what;s more, they will be quicker and cheaper to build.” He says it’s going to solve many problems, which implies that he’s examining the overall benefits. Hence, the appropriate heading is “iii.”|
|19||factory||In paragraph B, there’s a line that mentions that “pipes and ducts for electricity, water and waste are threaded through each floor module while it is still in the factory.” This line implies that pipes and ducts are installed in the factory. Hence, the correct answer is “factory.”|
|20||flooring/floor||A line in paragraph B infers that “the client’s choice of flooring is also pre-installed on top.” Therefore, if the flooring is made according to the client’s choice, then the flooring is chosen by the customer. Hence, the correct answer is “flooring/floor.”|
|21||columns||A line in paragraph B infers that “the unique column design has diagonal bracing at each end and tabs that bolt into the floors above and below.” The above line confirms that its columns have diagonal bracing at the top and bottom. Hence, the correct answer is “columns.”|
|22||concrete||The last line of paragraph D confirms that “to reduce the overall weight of the building, it issued less concrete in the floors; that in turn enabled it to cut down on structural steel.” Therefore, the sections contain less concrete than conventional buildings. Hence, the correct answer is “concrete.”|
|23||Structural revolution||The last line of paragraph A mentions that “when asked why he decided to start a construction company, Zhang replies, it’s not a construction company. It’s a structural revolution” From this line, we can deduce that Zhang refers to his business as a structural revolution. Hence, the correct answer is “structural revolution.”|
|24||boilers||In paragraph C, a line claims that “the company started out as a maker of non-pressurized boilers.” Since the company started with non-pressurized boilers, it implies that the first products Broad manufactured were boilers. Hence, the correct answer is “boilers.”|
|25||power shortages||In paragraph C, a line states that the thing holding back industrial progress in China in the late eighties was power shortages. Since “power shortages were becoming a serious obstacle to growth.” Hence, the correct answer is “ power shortages.”|
|26||Climate control||As per paragraph C, “large air-conditioning units fueled by natural gas could help companies ease their electricity load, reduce overheads, and enjoy more reliable climate control into the bargain.” The aforementioned line confirms that Broad’s AC units improve climate control in addition to power and cost benefits. Hence, the correct answer is “climate control.”|
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