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    Edited by Đào Thu Trang   Page: https://www.facebook.com/tuhocIelts8.0 Page 1 KEYWORDS TABLE Exercises from http://ielts-simon.com/ Ex1. The ease of our modern workday could come at the expense of our longevity. A new study of older women in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that sitting for long stretches of time increases the odds of an untimely death. The more hours women in the study spent sitting at work, driving, lying on the couch watching TV, or engaged in other leisurely pursuits, the greater their odds of dying early from all causes, including heart disease and cancer. Even women who exercised regularly risked shortening their lifespan if most of their daily hours were sedentary ones. “Even if you are doing the recommended amount of moderate to vigorous exercise, you will still have a higher risk of mortali ty if you’re spending too many hours sitting,” says Dr. JoAnn Manson, one of the study’s authors.  How much sitting can you safely do in a day? In the study, women who were inactive for 11 or more hours a day fared the worst, facing a 12% increase in premature death,  but even lesser amounts of inactive time can cause problems. “Once you’re sitting for more than 6 to 8 hours a day, that’s not likely to be good for you,” Dr. Manson says. You want to avoid prolonged sitting and increase the amount of moderate or vigorous exercise you do each day, she adds. Are the following statements true, false or not given?   1.   The study looked at the effects of sitting on elderly women only. 2. A link was found between hours spent sitting and serious health problems. 3. The warnings about sitting do not apply to people who exercise regularly. 4. Less than 6 hours a day is a safe amount of sitting.    Edited by Đào Thu Trang   Page: https://www.facebook.com/tuhocIelts8.0 Page 2 Ex2 Watching television makes toddlers fatter and stupider at primary school, according to new research. Scientists who tracked the progress of pre-school children found that the more television they watched the worse they were at mathematics, the more junk food they ate, and the more they were bullied by other pupils. The findings, which support earlier evidence indicating television harms cognitive development, prompted calls for the Government to set limits on how much children should watch. American paediatricians advise that under-twos should not watch any television and that older children should view one to two hours a day at most. France has banned shows aimed at under-threes, and Australia recommends that three to five year-olds watch no more than an hour a day. Britain has no official advice. Researchers said that pre-school is a critical time for brain development and that TV watching displaced time that could be spent engaging in developmentally enriching tasks . Even incremental exposure to TV delayed development, said the lead author Dr Linda Pagani, of Montreal University. (The Independent)   According to the article, are these statements TRUE, FALSE or NOT GIVEN?   1.   Scientists believe that there is a link between the amount of television young children watch and their mental ability. 2.   Shows aimed at under-twos are banned in the USA. 3.   Children’s television programming is more  strictly controlled in France than in Britain. Ex3. Harry Houdini (1874 to 1926) was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt  performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted attention as Harry Handcuff Houdini on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to hold his breath inside a sealed milk can. In 1904, thousands watched as Houdini tried to escape from special handcuffs commissioned by London's Daily Mirror newspaper. Another stunt saw him buried alive and only just able to claw himself to the surface. While many suspected that these escapes were faked, Houdini presented himself as the scourge of fake magicians and spiritualists. As President of the Society of American Magicians, he was keen to uphold professional standards and expose fraudulent artists. He was also quick to sue anyone who pirated his stunts. Are the following statements true, false, or not given in the text?      Edited by Đào Thu Trang   Page: https://www.facebook.com/tuhocIelts8.0 Page 3 1.   Houdini was more successful in Europe than in America. 2.   Many people were skeptical about Houdini’s escape acts.  3.   He took legal action against those who tried to copy him. ( keyword cho passages 2&3) Ex4 A genius is a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability, creativity, or srcinality, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement of an unprecedented leap of insight. Various philosophers have proposed definitions of what genius is. In the philosophy of David Hume, a genius is seen by others as a person disconnected from society, who works remotely, away from the rest of the world. For Immanuel Kant, genius is the ability to independently arrive at and understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person. Arthur Schopenhauer defined a genius as someone in whom intellect predominates over will . According to Bertrand Russell, a genius possesses unique qualities and talents that make him or her especially valuable to society. Match each of the following statements to one of the philosophers below.  1. A genius is someone who does not require instruction. 2. We tend to regard geniuses as solitary figures. 3. A genius has the ability to make an exceptional contribution to society. A) Hume B) Kant C) Schopenhauer D) Russell    Edited by Đào Thu Trang   Page: https://www.facebook.com/tuhocIelts8.0 Page 4 Ex5. The Thames Tunnel is an underwater tunnel that was built beneath the River Thames in London between 1825 and 1843. It is 396 metres long, and runs at a depth of 23 metres below the river surface. It was the first tunnel known to have been constructed successfully underneath a navigable river. Although it was a triumph of civil engineering, the Thames Tunnel was not a financial success, with building costs far exceeding initial estimates. Proposals to extend the entrance to accommodate wheeled vehicles failed, and it was used only by  pedestrians. However, the tunnel did become a major tourist destination, attracting about two million people a year, each of whom paid a penny to pass under the river. The construction of the Thames Tunnel showed that it was indeed possible to build underwater tunnels, despite the previous scepticism of many engineers. Its historic importance was recognised on 24th March 1995, when the structure was listed Grade II* in recognition of its architectural importance. Which THREE of the following statements are correct?    A) The Thames Tunnel was the world’s first ever tunnel.  B) Construction of the tunnel was more expensive than predicted. C) There were plans to allow vehicles to use the tunnel. D) Tourism eventually made the tunnel profitable. E) Many engineers had already tried to build underwater tunnels. F) The Thames Tunnel is now considered to be a significant work of architecture. Posted by Simon in IELTS Reading | Permalink   Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post. My answer is B C F
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