Cambridge 17 Academic Reading Test 3

READING PASSAGE 1 : Questions 1-13

Complete the notes below.

Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 1-5 on your answer sheet.

The thylacine

Appearance and behaviour

- looked rather like a dog

- had a series of stripes along its body and tail

- ate an entirely 1. diet

- probably depended mainly on 2. when hunting

- young spent first months of life inside its mother’s 3.

Decline and extinction

- last evidence in mainland Australia is a 3,100-year-old 4.

- probably went extinct in mainland Australia due to animals known as dingoes

- reduction in 5. and available sources of food were partly responsible for decline in Tasmania

Questions 6-13

Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage 1?

In boxes 1-7 on your answer sheet, write

TRUE if the statement agrees with the information

FALSE if the statement contradicts the information

NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this

6. Significant numbers of thylacines were killed by humans from the 1830s onwards.

7. Several thylacines were born in zoos during the late 1800s.

8. John Gould’s prediction about the thylacine surprised some biologists.

9. In the early 1900s, many scientists became worried about the possible extinction of the thylacine.

10. T.T. Flynn’s proposal to rehome captive thylacines on an island proved to be impractical.

11.  There were still reasonable numbers of thylacines in existence when a piece of legislation protecting the species during their breeding season was passed.

12. From 1930 to 1936, the only known living thylacines were all in captivity.

13. Attempts to find living thylacines are now rarely made.

READING PASSAGE 2 : Questions 14-26

Reading Passage 2 has eight paragraphs, A-H.

Which section contains the following information?

Write the correct letter, A-H, in boxes 14-20 on your answer sheet.


14. examples of a range of potential environmental advantages of oil palm tree cultivation

15. description of an organisation which controls the environmental impact of palm oil production

16. examples of the widespread global use of palm oil

17. reference to a particular species which could benefit the ecosystem of oil palm plantations

18. figures illustrating the rapid expansion of the palm oil industry

19. an economic justification for not opposing the palm oil industry

20. examples of creatures badly affected by the establishment of oil palm plantations

Questions 21 and 22

Choose TWO letters, A-E.

Write the correct letters in boxes 21 and 22 on your answer sheet.

Which TWO statements are made about the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)?

Questions 23-26

Complete the sentences below.

Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 23-26 on your answer sheet.

23. One advantage of palm oil for manufacturers is that it stays even when not refrigerated.

24. The is the best known of the animals suffering habitat loss as a result of the spread of oil palm plantations.

25. As one of its criteria for the certification of sustainable palm oil, the RSPO insists that growers check on a routine basis.

26. Ellwood and his researchers are looking into whether the bird’s nest fern could restore in areas where oil palm trees are grown.

READING PASSAGE 3 : Questions 27-40

Choose the correct letter, ABC or D.

Write the correct letter in boxes 27-31 on your answer sheet.

27. What point does Shester make about Barr’s book in the first paragraph?

28. How does Shester respond to the information in the book about tenements?

29. What does Shester say about chapter six of the book?

30. What does Shester suggest about the chapters focusing on the 1920s building boom?

31. What impresses Shester the most about the chapter on land values?

Questions 32-35

Do the following statements agree with the claims of the writer in Reading Passage 3?

In boxes 32-35 on your answer sheet, write

YES if the statement agrees with the claims of the writer

NO if the statement contradicts the claims of the writer

NOT GIVEN if it is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this


32. The description in the first chapter of how New York probably looked from the air in the early 1600s lacks interest.

33. Chapters two and three prepare the reader well for material yet to come.

34. The biggest problem for many nineteenth-century New York immigrant neighbourhoods was a lack of amenities.

35. In the nineteenth century, New York’s immigrant neighbourhoods tended to concentrate around the harbour.

Questions 36-40

Complete the summary using the list of phrases, A-J, below.

Write the correct letter, A-J, in boxes 36-40 on your answer sheet.

The bedrock myth

In chapter seven, Barr indicates how the lack of bedrock close to the surface does not explain why skyscrapers are absent from 36. He points out that although the cost of foundations increases when bedrock is deep below the surface, this cannot be regarded as 37. especially when compared to 38. A particularly enjoyable part of the chapter was Barr’s account of how foundations are built. He describes not only how 39. are made possible by the use of caissons, but he also discusses their 40. . The chapter is well-researched but relatively easy to understand.

A   development plans             deep excavations

  great distance                      excessive expense

  impossible tasks                F   associated risks

G   water level                           specific areas

I     total expenditure              J   construction guidelines

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