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The Origins Of Laughter IELTS Reading Answers
The Origins Of Laughter IELTS Reading Answers

The Origins Of Laughter IELTS Reading Answers

The Academic passage ‘The Origins Of Laughter ’ 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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1 B Using sound spectrographs to reveal the pitch and intensity of vocalizations, she discovered that chimp and human baby laughter follow broadly the same pattern. Paragraph D;

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2 C So far, though, the most compelling evidence for laughter beyond primates comes from research done by Jaak Panksepp from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, Paragraph E;

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3 D But the idea that has gained the most popularity in recent years is that laughter in response to tickling is a way for two individuals to signal and test their trust in one another. Paragraph F;

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4 A Provine found that most laughter comes as a polite reaction to everyday remarks such as “see you later”, rather than anything particularly funny. Paragraph B;

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5 B Zimmerman believes the closeness of baby laughter to chimp laughter supports the idea that laughter was around long before humans arrived on the scene. Paragraph D;

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6 A “Laughter evolved as a signal to others — it almost disappears when we are alone,” says Robert Provine, a neuroscientist at the University of Maryland. Paragraph B;

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7 E To find the origins of laughter, Provine believes we need to look at play. Paragraph C;

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8 D Humans and chimps share a common ancestor that lived perhaps 8 million years ago, but animals might have been laughing long before that. Paragraph E;

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9 G More distantly related primates, including gorillas, laugh, and anecdotal evidence suggests that other social mammals can do too. Scientists are currently testing such stories with a comparative analysis of just how common laughter is among animals. Paragraph E;

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10 H But the idea that has gained the most popularity in recent years is that laughter in response to tickling is a way for two individuals to signal and test their trust in one another. Paragraph F;

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12 TRUE While other animals pant, we alone can control our breath well enough to produce the sound of laughter. Paragraph G;

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