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The Vikings IELTS Reading Answers
The Vikings IELTS Reading Answers

The Vikings IELTS Reading Answers

The Academic passage ‘The Vikings’ is a reading passage that appeared in an IELTS Test. Read the passage below and answer questions 27- 40. 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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27 obscure However, the origins of the word ‘Viking’, itself, are obscure: Paragraph B;

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28 793 Vikings sailed to England in AD 793 to storm coastal monasteries, and subsequently, large swathes of England fell under Viking rule – indeed several Viking kings sat on the English throne. Paragraph C;

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29 Northwest Africa archaeological record has yet to verify that Vikings raided as far away as Northwest Africa, as some writers claim. Paragraph D;

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30 local populations The issue of control and extent is complex because many Vikings did not return to Scandinavia after raiding but assimilated into local populations, often becoming Christian. Paragraph E;

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31 religious Initially, Vikings were polytheists, believing in many gods, but by the end of the age, they had permanently accepted a new monotheistic religious system – Christianity. Paragraph E;

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32 F the most reliable contemporary sources on Vikings come from writers from other cultures, like the ninth-century Persian geographer, Ibn Khordadbeh. The whole of Paragraph J
33 D In addition to augmenting nationalism, nineteenth-century thinkers were influenced by an Englishman, Herbert Spencer, who described peoples and cultures in evolutionary terms similar to those of Charles Darwin. Paragraph H;

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34 E Since much knowledge of Vikings comes from literature composed up to 300 years after the events they chronicle, some Danish historians called these sources ‘mere legends’. Paragraph I;

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35 A By contrast, today’s children can visit museums where Vikings are celebrated as merchants, pastoralists, and artists with a unique worldview as well as conquerors. Paragraph F;

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36 G However, during the Soviet period, there was an emphasis on the Slavic origins of most Russians. Paragraph K;

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37 B The Norwegian historian, Gustav Storm, was adamant it was his forebears and not the Swedes’ or Danes’ who had colonised Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland, in what is now Canada. Paragraph G;

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38 C Sweden was keen to boost its image with rich archaeological finds to show the glory of its Viking past. Paragraph G;

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39 H western Russian DNA is consistent with that of the inhabitants of a region north of Stockholm in Sweden. Paragraph L;

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40 D In the last century, Vikings have been perceived in numerous different ways

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What are some other interpretations of Vikings?

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