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IELTS Reading - True, False, Not Given - Example 5
IELTS Reading – True, False, Not Given – Example 5

IELTS Reading – True, False, Not Given – Example 5

Sample Passage :

One of the strongest explanations for the severe loss of life has been the fact that the Titanic did not carry enough lifeboats for everyone on board. Maritime regulations at the time tied lifeboat capacity to the ship size, not to the number of passengers on board. This meant that the Titanic, with room for 1,178 of its 2,222 passengers, actually surpassed the Board of Trade’s requirement to carry lifeboats for 1,060 of its passengers. Nevertheless, with lifeboats being lowered less than half full in many cases, and only 712 passengers surviving despite a two-and-a-half-hour window of opportunity, more lifeboats would not have guaranteed more survivors in the absence of better training and preparation. Many passengers were confused about where to go after the order to launch lifeboats was given; a lifeboat drill scheduled for earlier on the same day that the Titanic struck the iceberg was cancelled by Captain Smith to allow passengers to attend church. 

Questions:

1. The Titanic carried 1,178 lifeboats for 2,222 passengers. 

2. Out of the total 2,222 passengers, only 712 passengers survived with the help of lifeboats

3. Lifeboat drills were cancelled by Captain Smith on the very same day when Titanic ended up hitting the iceberg 

4. Captain Smith knew that the Titanic would hit the iceberg. 

5. Passengers who survived the tragic accident were already trained and prepared. 

Answers:

1.The Titanic carried 1,178 lifeboats for 2,222 passengers – Not Given. 

2. Out of the total 2,222 passengers, only 712 passengers survived with the help of lifeboats – True. 

3. Lifeboat drills were cancelled by Captain Smith on the very same day when Titanic ended up hitting the iceberg – True 

4. Captain Smith knew that the Titanic would hit the iceberg. – Not Given 

5. Passengers who survived the tragic accident were already trained and prepared – False. 

Explanation of the answers:

For the first question, it is not mentioned anywhere in the passage how many lifeboats were present in the Titanic. So, the statement is Not Given

For the second question, it is clearly mentioned in the passage that out of the entire 2,222 passengers, only 712 of them survived with lifeboats’ help, fighting for nearly two-and-a-half hours in the water. So, the statement is True. 

For the third question, it is given in the passage that a lifeboat drill was cancelled by Captain Smith, which was scheduled for earlier on the same day when the Titanic struck the iceberg. So, the statement is True. Here, Struck refers to ending up hitting. 

For the fourth question, it is not given anywhere in the passage; Captain Smith knew that the Titanic would hit the iceberg. So, the statement is Not Given

For the fifth question, it is clearly mentioned in the passage that the surviving passengers were not trained and unprepared for the tragic accident and were confused about where to go even after receiving a call to launch lifeboats. So, the statement is False. 

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Nafia Zuhana is an experienced content writer and IELTS Trainer. Currently, she is guiding students who are appearing for IELTS General and Academic exams through ieltsmaterial.com. With an 8.5 score herself, she trains and provides test takers with strategies, tips, and nuances on how to crack the IELTS Exam. She holds a degree in Master of Arts – Creative Writing, Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has worked with The Hindu for over a year as an English language trainer.

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