Stepwells Reading Answers

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Try to practice other question types using the same Stepwells Reading Answers passage. We have included other IELTS question types and the answers key at the end of this article.

In the IELTS reading test there will be 14 question types. In the Stepwells Reading answers article we will discuss 3 IELTS question types. You can attempt the questions after reading the Stepwells passage.

The Stepwells passage is about how it was constructed and the benefits it gave to the people. The IELTS reading question types discussed in the Stepwells Reading Answers are:

  • IELTS reading locating information
  • IELTS reading short answer question
  • IELTS reading true/false/not given

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Before you attempt the Stepwells Reading Answers, get to know about the stepwells passage. 

  • The Stepwells Reading Answers article includes the passage about stepwells and how it shaped our ancient civilisations.
  • This IELTS reading passage is lengthy so you have to read it quickly to scan for answers.
  • You will need to keep track of your time and manage to answer all the questions
  • You can find the Stepwells Reading Answers with location in this article.
  • You should be keen in finding the relevant information from the passage.
  • You should have the ability to scan for the right answers.
  • You can take a look at the questions before going through the Stepwells Reading passage so that you can underline the answers as you read the passage.
  • The Stepwells passage has been taken from Cambridge 10 Test 1 Reading answers.

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Stepwells Reading Answers Passage 2

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Stepwells 

  1. Almost 1000 years ago, stepwells were important to humans living in the driest parts of India. Although many stepwells were neglected, recent restoration of stepwells has brought them back to their former glory. Richard Cox went to north-western parts of India to record these marvellous monuments from ancient times. 
  2. The inhabitants of the present-day states of Gujarat and Rajasthan in North-western India devised a method during the 6th and 7th centuries for getting clean and fresh groundwater during the dry season for the purpose of bathing, drinking, watering animals and irrigation. However, the significance of the creation of stepwell goes beyond its practical application.
  3. Stepwells are mostly complex by architecture, unique to a region, and vary vastly in shape and size. During their popular days, stepwells were a place where people gather, for leisure or to relax and as a place where all villagers worship but the lowest castes. Most stepwells have been discovered from around the desert regions of Gujarat (known as vav) and Rajasthan (called baori). Some stepwells also were discovered from parts of Delhi. Some were public spaces for the community situated in or near villages; others were built near roads as a place where travellers could take rest.
     
  4. Stepwells are made of stone steps descending from ground level to the water source, in the  underground, as it recedes after the rains. When the level of water is high, people have to descend only a few steps to take water; when the water level is low, the user has to walk down several steps.
  5. Some stepwells have big open craters with hundreds of steps on every side, often in tiers. Other stepwells are more large, with long stepped pathways leading to the water via several storeys constructed from stone and supported by pillars. They also included pavilions that gave shelters to visitors from the scorching heat. But perhaps the most remarkable features are the complex decorative sculptures that adorn many stepwells. They display activities from fighting and dancing to everyday events like women combing their hair and churning butter.
  6. After many centuries, thousands of wells were made throughout northwestern India, but the majority have now become unusable; most of it dilapidated and dry, as groundwater has been taken for industrial use and the wells dont reach the water table. Their condition became worse by the recent dry spells: Between 1996 and 2004 southern Rajasthan had suffered an 8 year drought.
     
  7. Recently, some important sites in Gujarat have encountered restoration, and the state government in June last year announced that it plans to fix the stepwells throughout the state.
  8. In the state’s ancient capital Patan, the stepwell of Rani Ki Vav (Queen’s Stepwell) is perhaps the best example. It was constructed by Queen Udayamati during the late eleventh century, but became silted up following a flood during the thirteenth century.  In the 1960s the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) started to restore it to its pristine condition. Rani Ki Vav at 65 metres long, 20 metres wide and 27 metres deep features 500 different sculptures carved into niches in the monument, depicting gods such as Vishnu and Parvati in various incarnations. In January 2001, this ancient structure withstood a devastating earthquake that was about 7.6 on the Richter scale.
  9. Surya Kund in Modhera, another example, situated in the northern Gujarat, near the Sun Temple, built by King Bhima I in 1026 to honour the sun god Surya. It is a tank rather than a well, but displays the style of stepwell architecture, including 4 sides of steps that descend to the bottom in a stunning geometrical formation. The terraces have 108 small and complex carved shrines between the sets of steps.
  10. Rajasthan also has a lot of wells. The old city of Bundi, 200 km south of Jaipur, is famous for its architecture, including its stepwells. Raniji Ki Baori for example was built by the queen of the Nathavatji, in 1699. The beautifully carved monument at 46 metres deep, 20 metres wide and 40 metres long is one of the twenty one baoris commissioned in the Bundi area by Nathavatji.
  11. Almost 95 kilometres east of Jaipuri in the old destroyed town - Abhaneri, is Chand Baori, one of India’s oldest, deepest and beautiful stepwells. Next to the temple of Harshat Mata, the baori built in around 850 AD, consists of hundreds of steps that are placed along 3 of its sides, steeply descending 11 storeys, resulting in an extraordinary geometric pattern when seen from afar. On the 4th side, covered verandas supported by decorated pillars overlook the steps.
     
  12. The Neemrana Ki Baori is still in public use and is located just off the Jaipur–Delhi highway. It was constructed around 1700, it is 9 storeys deep, with the last 2 levels under the water. At ground level, there are eighty six colonnaded openings from where the visitors descend 170 steps to the deepest water source.
     
  13. Due to many years of neglect, many of these monuments from the medieval period have been saved by the Archaeological Survey of India, which has acknowledged the importance of conserving them as part of our country’s rich history. Tourists travel to see stepwells in remote corners of northwestern India to enjoy these architectural marvels from a thousand years ago. It serves as a monument of creativity and artistry of the old civilisations and of the importance of water to humans.

Stepwells IELTS Reading questions

IELTS Reading Locating Information Questions 1-5

This reading passage has six paragraphs, A–F.
Which paragraph contains the following information?
Write the correct letter, A-F, as your answer to each question.
Note: You may use any letter more than once. 

1 Richard Cox went to north-western parts of India to record the stepwells from ancient times. 

2  During the 6th and 7th centuries, people from Gujarat and Rajasthan created stepwells to get clean and fresh groundwater during the dry season.

3 Most stepwells have been discovered from around the desert regions of Gujarat and Rajasthan .

4  The most remarkable features of the stepwells are the complex decorative sculptures that adorn many stepwells.

5 Rani Ki Vav was constructed by Queen Udayamati during the late 11th century.

Also check: IELTS reading locating information

IELTS Reading Short Answer Questions 6-9

Answer the questions below.

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


6 Where is Neemrana Ki Baori situated?

7 What part of some stepwells provided shade for people?

8 Which climatic event, which took place in southern Rajasthan, is mentioned in the article?

9 Who are frequent visitors to stepwells nowadays?

Also check: IELTS reading short answer question

IELTS Reading True/False/Not Given Questions 10-14

Do the following statements agree with the information given in the reading passage?

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 in the passage

10 Examples of ancient stepwells can be found all over the world. 

11 Stepwells had a range of functions, in addition to those related to water collection.

12 The stepwells found in Delhi are more attractive than in other places.

13 It took them several years to construct the stone steps of stepwells.

14 The city of Bundi is situated 200 km south of Jaipur. 

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Stepwells Reading Answers with explanation

Using the Stepwells Reading Answers with explanation check if you have given the answers right.

(Note: The text in italics is from the reading passage and shows the location from where the answer is taken or inferred. The text in the regular font explains the answer in detail.)

Answers for the IELTS Reading Locating Information Questions
1 Paragraph A 

Explanation: Richard Cox went to north-western parts of India to record these marvellous monuments from ancient times. 

2 Paragraph B

Explanation: The inhabitants of the present-day states of Gujarat and Rajasthan in North-western India devised a method during the 6th and 7th centuries for getting clean and fresh groundwater during the dry season for the purpose of bathing, drinking, watering animals and irrigation. 

3 Paragraph C 

Explanation: Most stepwells have been discovered from around the desert regions of Gujarat (known as vav) and Rajasthan (called baori).

4 Paragraph E

Explanation: But perhaps the most remarkable features are the complex decorative sculptures that adorn many stepwells. 

5 Paragraph H 

Explanation: In the state’s ancient capital Patan, the stepwell of Rani Ki Vav (Queen’s Stepwell) is perhaps the best example. It was constructed by Queen Udayamati during the late eleventh century, but became silted up following a flood during the thirteenth century. 

Answers for the IELTS Reading Short Answer Questions 
6 Jaipur-Delhi highway 

Explanation: The Neemrana Ki Baori is still in public use and is located just off the Jaipur–Delhi highway.

7 Pavilion 

Explanation: They also included pavilions that gave shelters to visitors from the scorching heat. 

8 Drought

Explanation: Between 1996 and 2004 southern Rajasthan had suffered an 8 year drought.

9 Tourists

Explanation: Tourists travel to see stepwells in remote corners of northwestern India to enjoy these architectural marvels from a thousand years ago.

Answers for the IELTS Reading True/False/Not Given Questions
10 False 

Explanation: Stepwells are mostly found in the northwestern parts of India.

11 True 

Explanation: During their popular days, stepwells were a place where people gather, for leisure or to relax and as a place where all villagers worship but the lowest castes.

12 Not Given 

Explanation: There is no information given on this in the passage

13 Not Given

Explanation: There is no information given on this in the passage

14 True 

Explanation: The old city of Bundi, 200 km south of Jaipur, is famous for its architecture, including its stepwells. 

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Conclusion

Now you have learnt to answer 3 IELTS reading question types. After attempting the “Stepwells Reading Answers” move on to practise more questions. You will get the best scores in the IELTS exam if you have the reading ability and time management skills. 

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