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In Praise Of Amateurs IELTS Reading Answers
In Praise Of Amateurs IELTS Reading Answers

In Praise Of Amateurs IELTS Reading Answers

The Academic passage ‘In Praise Of Amateurs’ is a reading passage that appeared in an IELTS Test. Read the passage below and answer questions 1 – 13. Beyond the questions, you will find the answers along with the location of the answers in the passage and the keywords that  help you find out the answers.

In Praise Of Amateurs

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Answers 

Question number  Answer  Keywords  Location of keywords
1 Scientists During the scientific revolution of the 17th century, scientists were largely men of private means who pursued their interest in natural philosophy for their own edification. Paragraph A;

Line 1 

2 Science Today, science is an increasingly specialized and compartmentalized subject, the domain of experts  who know more and more about less and less Paragraph A;

Line 4 

3 Fields  In addition to his field of astronomy, amateurs are actively involved in such field as acoustics , horticulture, ornithology, meteorology, hydrology and palaeontology. Paragraph B;

Line 1

4 Cooperation/collaboration Far from being crackpots, amateur scientists are often in close touch with professionals, some of whom rely heavily on their co-operation. Paragraph B;

Line 2

5 observation Amateur observers are helpful, says Dr Fienberg, because there are so many of them (they far outnumber professionals) and because they are distributed all over the world. This makes special kinds of observations possible:’ Paragraph D;

Lines 5 – 6 

6 dinosaurs Finding volunteers to look for fossils is not difficult, he says, because of the near universal interest in anything to do with dinosaurs. Paragraph E;

Line 4

7 Conservation program Over the past few years, their observations have uncovered previously unknown trends, cycles in bird migrations and revealed declines in the breeding populations of several species of migratory birds, prompting a habitat conservation programme. Paragraph F;

Line 4 

8 acknowledge A more serious problem is the question of how professionals can best acknowledge the contributions made by amateurs . Paragraph G;

Line 4

9 B As well as helping with this research, volunteers learn about science, a process he calls ‘recreational education’ Paragraph E;

Line 2 &  5

10 A And some kinds of research can be dangerous; most amateur chemists, jokes Dr Fienberg, are either locked up or have blown themselves to bits. Paragraph C;

Line 3

11 D Dr S. Carlson, founder of the Society for Amateur Scientists, for his work in promoting such co-operation.  the main benefits of the prize is the endorsement it has given to the contributions of amateur scientists,  silence critics, those professionals who believe science should remain their exclusive preserve. Paragraph H;

Lines 3 – 4

12 B Despite the development of high-tech equipment, he says, the best sensors for finding fossils are human eyes – lots of them. Paragraph E;

Line 2 &  3

13 C Mr Bonney has coined the term ‘citizen scientist’ because he felt that other words, such as ‘volunteer’ sounded disparaging. Paragraph G;Line 3

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