IELTS General Reading Short Answer Questions Mock Test

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Table of Contents

  1. IELTS General Reading Short Answer Questions Mock Test
  2. IELTS General Reading Short Answer Questions Mock Test - Question 1
  3. IELTS General Reading Short Answer Questions Mock Test - Question 2
  4. IELTS General Reading Short Answer Questions Mock Test - Question 3
  5. Answers for IELTS General Reading Short Answer Questions Mock Test
  6. Conclusion

In this blog, you will find IELTS general reading short answer questions mock tests. It is widely recommended by IELTS experts and trainers. In this task, you will see a list of around 5 to 8 questions along with the reading passages. You are required to answer the questions with the help of reading passages and as per the instructions. 

IELTS General Reading Short Answer Questions Mock Test - Question 1

Answer questions 1-5 which are based on the reading passage below.

Ancient Societies Classification

Although humans have created many different types of societies throughout history, sociologists and anthropologists typically classify societies based on the degree to which different groups within a society have unequal access to resources, prestige, or power, and usually refer to four basic types of societies. Clans, tribes, chiefdoms, and states rank from least to most socially complex.

These are small-scale hunter-gatherer communities with populations of less than 100 individuals that migrate seasonally to access wild (undomesticated) food supplies. The Hadza of Tanzania and the San of southern Africa are examples of this type of hunter-gatherer group. Clan members are usually kinsfolk who are related through marriage or descent. Clans do not have formal leaders, hence there are no significant economic or social inequalities among their members.

Clan sites are primarily seasonal occupied camps and other smaller and more specialised sites since clans are made up of movable groups of hunter-gatherers. Kill or butchery sites – where large mammals are killed and occasionally slaughtered – and work sites – where tools are manufactured or other specified tasks are carried out – are among the latter. The wreckage of residential occupation may be found at the base camp of such a group, as well as insubstantial structures or temporary shelters.

These communities are typically larger than mobile hunter-gatherer groups, but rarely exceed a few thousand people, and their nutrition or subsistence is mostly reliant on cultivated plants and domesticated animals. They are usually permanent farmers, although they can also be nomads, with a movable economy focused on heavy livestock exploitation. Individual communities are often incorporated into the larger society through familial relationships in these multi-community systems. Despite the fact that some tribes have officials and even a "capital" or seat of government, these officials lack the financial resources to effectively exercise power.

Questions 1-5

Answer the questions below.

Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the passage for each answer.

  1. How many types of societies that sociologists and anthropologists divided ?
  2. What kind of food supplies that hunter-gatherer communities access to ?
  3. Which type of society has no formal leaders ?
  4. What clans rely on nutrition other than domesticated animals ?
  5. What tribes officials lack ?

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IELTS General Reading Short Answer Questions Mock Test - Question 2

Answer questions 1-5 which are based on the reading passage below.

Good Parenting

There are still significant gaps between women and men in terms of their involvement in family life, the tasks they perform, and the responsibilities they take. Yet, at least in developed Western countries, both women and men express a desire for greater equality in family life. It is evident that in terms of attitudes and beliefs, the problem cannot simply be thought of in terms of women wanting men to share more equally and men being reluctant to do so. The challenge now is to develop policies and practices based on a presumption of shared responsibility between men and women, and a presumption that there are potential benefits for men and women, as well as for families and the community, there is greater gender equality in the responsibilities and pleasures of family life. These are becoming key concerns of researchers, policymakers, community workers, and more importantly, family members themselves.

Despite the significant increase in the number of women with dependent children who are in the paid workforce, Australian research studies over the last 15 years are consistent in showing that divisions of labor for family work are very rigid Indeed(Watson 1991). In terms of time, women perform approximately 90 percent of child care tasks and 70 percent of all family work, and only 14 percent of fathers are highly participating in terms of time spent on family work (Russell 1983). Demo and Acock (1993), in a recent US study, also found that women continue to perform a constant and major proportion of household labor (68 percent to 95 percent) across all family types(first marriage, divorced, step-family, or never married), regardless of whether they are employed or non-employed in paid work.

Divisions of labor for family work are particularly problematic in families in which both parents are employed outside the home (dual-worker families). Employed mothers adjust their jobs and personal lives to accommodate family commitments more than employed fathers do. Mothers are less likely to work overtime and are more likely to take time off work to attend to children’s needs (Vanden Heuvel 1993). Mothers spend less time on personal leisure activities than their partners, a factor that often leads to resentment Demo and Acock 1993).

Questions 1-5

Answer the questions below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the passage for each answer.

  1. Where do men and women express a greater desire for greater equality in family life ?
  2. What to develop based on a presumption of shared responsibility between men and women ?
  3. Which research studies show that divisions of labor for family work are very rigid ?
  4. What kind of mothers adjust their jobs and personal lives to accommodate family commitments well ?
  5. Which type of activities mothers spend less time on ?

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IELTS General Reading Short Answer Questions Mock Test - Question 3

Answer questions 1-5 which are based on the reading passage below.

Yoruba Town

The Yoruba people of Nigeria classify their towns in two ways. Permanent towns with their own governments are called "ilu", whereas temporary settlements, set up to support work in the country are "aba". Although ilu tend to be larger than aba, the distinction is not one of size, some aba are large, while declining ilu can be small, but of purpose. There is no "typical" Yoruba town, but some features are common to most towns.

In the 19th century most towns were heavily fortified and the foundations of the walls are sometimes visible. Collecting tolls to enter and exit through the walls was a major source of revenue for the old town rulers, as were market fees. The markets were generally located centrally and in small towns, while in large towns there were permanent stands made of corrugated iron or concrete. The market was usually next to the local ruler's palace.

The palaces were often very large. In the 1930's, the area of Oyo's palace covered 17 acres, and consisted of a series of courtyards surrounded by private and public rooms. After colonisation, many of the palaces were completely or partially demolished. Often the rulers built two storey houses for themselves using some of the palace grounds for government buildings.

The town is divided into different sections. In some towns these are regular, extending out from the center of the town like spokes on a wheel, while in others, where space is limited, they are more random. The different areas are further divided into compounds called "ile". These vary in size considerably from single dwellings to up to thirty houses. They tend to be larger in the North. Large areas are devoted to government administrative buildings. Newer developments such as industrial or commercial areas or apartment housing for civil servants tend to be built on the edge of the town.

Houses are rectangular and either have a courtyard in the center or the rooms come off a central corridor. Most social life occurs in the courtyard. They are usually built of hardened mud and have roofs of corrugated iron or, in the countryside, thatch. Buildings of this material are easy to alter, either by knocking down rooms or adding new ones. And can be improved by coating the walls with cement. Richer people often build their houses of concrete blocks and, if they can afford to, build two storey houses. Within compounds there can be quite a mixture of building types. Younger well-educated people may have well furnished houses while their older relatives live in mud walled buildings and sleep on mats on the floor.

Questions 1-5

Answer the questions below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the passage for each answer.

  1. How many types of towns Yoruba people of Nigeria are classified ?
  2. Where is the market located next to ?
  3. How many acres does the area of Oyo’s palace cover ?
  4. For which large areas are devoted to ?
  5. What kind of buildings do older relatives live in ?

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These IELTS general reading short answer questions mock test tune up your reading skills to answer the questions effectively. This is specifically designed to help you to perform well in the IELTS general reading test . You can also find mock tests and practice questions for other IELTS general reading question types. 

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Conclusion

As the name implies, this mock test resembles the actual IELTS general reading test. It will help you to understand the question type and the strategies to answer the questions efficiently. 

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