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Stepwells IELTS Reading Answers
Stepwells IELTS Reading Answers

Stepwells IELTS Reading Answers

The Academic passage ‘Stepwells’ 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.

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Question number  Answer  Keywords  Location of keywords
1 FALSE  Unique to the region, stepwells are often architecturally complex and vary widely in size and shape. Paragraph B;

Lines 1 – 2 

2 TRUE  the stepwell goes beyond its utilitarian application.

During their heyday, they were places of gathering, leisure, of relaxation, of worship for villagers of all but the lowest castes.

Paragraph A;

Last line 

&

Paragraph B;

Lines 2 – 3 

3 NOT GIVEN 
4 NOT GIVEN 
5 TRUE  When the water level was high, the user needed only to descend a few steps to reach it; when it was low, several levels would have to be negotiated. Paragraph C;

Lines 3 – 4 

6 Pavilions  they also included pavilions that sheltered visitors from the relentless heat. Paragraph D;

Lines 3 – 4

7 drought southern Rajasthan suffered an eight-year drought between 1996 and 2004. Paragraph E;

Lines 4 – 5 

8 Tourists  Tourists flock to wells in far-flung corners of northwestern India to gaze in wonder at these architectural marvels Paragraph L;

Lines 3 – 4 

9 earthquake Incredibly, in January 2001, this ancient structure survived a devastating earthquake that measured 7.6 on the Richter scale Paragraph G;

Lines 7 – 8

10  sides  Surya Kund in Modhera, built by King Bhima to honour the sun god Surya. It’s actually a tank rather than a well, but displays the hallmarks of stepwell architecture, including four sides of steps  Paragraph H;

Lines 1 – 4 

11 Tank It’s actually a tank (kund means reservoir or pond) rather than a well, Paragraph H;

Lines 2 – 3 

12 verandas On the fourth side, covered verandas supported by ornate pillars overlook the steps. Paragraph J;

Lines 5 – 6 

13 underwater Constructed in around 1700, it’s nine storeys deep, with the last two levels underwater. Paragraph K;

Line 2 

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