would be an unparalleled act of human stupidity.
You are advised to spend about 8 minutes on Questions 16-20.
Refer to Reading Passage 15 "Beneath the Canopy" and answer the following questions. The left-hand column contains quotations taken directly from the reading passage. The right-hand column contains explanations of those quotations. Match each quotation with the correct explanation. Select from the choices A - F below and write your answers in boxes 16 - 20 on your Answer Sheet.
Example: ' a conservative estimate' ......B......
Ex: 'a conservative estimate' (paragraph 1)
16. 'biologically diverse storehouse of flora and fauna' (paragraph 3)
17. 'timber-rich countries mired in debt' (paragraph 5)
18. 'exploitation of their own natural world' (paragraph 6)
19. 'benefit financially from extended bioprospecting of their rainforests' (paragraph 8)
20. 'loss of biodiversity' (paragraph 12)
A. with many trees but few financial resources
B. purposely low and cautious reckoning
C. large-scale use of plant and wildlife
D. profit from an analysis of the plant and animal life
E. wealth of plants and animals
F. being less rich in natural wealth
You are advised to spend about 5 minutes on Questions 21-23.Refer to Reading Passage 2, and look at Questions 21-23 below. Write your answers in boxes 21 - 23 on your Answer Sheet.
Q21. How many medical drug discoveries does the article mention?
Q22. What two shortages are given as the reason for the writer's pessimistic outlook?
Q23. Who will most likely benefit from the bioprospecting of developing countries' rainforests?
You are advised to spend about 7 minutes on Questions 24-26. Refer to Reading Passage 15, and decide which of the answers best completes the sentences.
Write your answers in boxes 24-26 on your Answer Sheet.
Q 24. The amount of rainforest destroyed annually is:
a) approximately 6% of the Earth's land area
b) such that it will only take 100 years to lose all the forests
c) increasing at an alarming rate
d) responsible for commercial development
Q 25. In Borneo in the late 1990s:
a) burning forest fires caused air pollution problems as far away as Europe
b) reckless logging resulted from burning forest fires
c) fires were lit to play the game of havoc
d) none of the above
Q 26. Many so-called "lost" tribes of certain rainforests:
a) have been destroyed by contact with the modern world
b) do not know how to exploit the rainforest without causing harm to the environment
c) are still lost inside the rainforest
d) must listen or they will impact on the entire human race.
Answers The Above IELTS Academic Reading Test Questions:16. E
22. time (and) money
23. pharmaceutical companies / developed countries
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