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Even today, the assassination of JFK is a mainstay of conspiracy theorists in the US, whose distrust of their government engenders an endless collection of fabulous tales of secrecy, out-sized reach, and occasional criminal activity. In fact, many of these stories resort to evidence that is so fantastic even science fiction writers would be wary of including them in their novels to try to convince readers.

Does the author believe that the authorities suspect conspiracy theorists of keeping the assassination of JFK a secret?

Even today, the assassination of JFK is a mainstay of conspiracy theorists in the US, whose distrust of their government engenders an endless collection of fabulous tales of secrecy, out-sized reach, and occasional criminal activity. In fact, many of these stories resort to evidence that is so fantastic even science fiction writers would be wary of including them in their novels to try to convince readers.

Does the author believe that American conspiracy theorists have a vast amount of material on the JFK killing that proves the government's involvement in imaginary scientific experiments?

Even today, the assassination of JFK is a mainstay of conspiracy theorists in the US, whose distrust of their government engenders an endless collection of fabulous tales of secrecy, out-sized reach, and occasional criminal activity. In fact, many of these stories resort to evidence that is so fantastic even science fiction writers would be wary of including them in their novels to try to convince readers.

Does the author believe that the degree of suspicion American conspiracy theorists have towards their elected officials is so great that it drives them to make up stories about them that are truly unbelievable?

Even today, the assassination of JFK is a mainstay of conspiracy theorists in the US, whose distrust of their government engenders an endless collection of fabulous tales of secrecy, out-sized reach, and occasional criminal activity. In fact, many of these stories resort to evidence that is so fantastic even science fiction writers would be wary of including them in their novels to try to convince readers.

Does the author believe that science fiction writers sometimes get their ideas for novels from conspiracy theorists' fantastic materials?

Disregarding even the most minute detail in the plan could lead to catastrophic, even fatal, results.

Which of the following is the best paraphrase of the above sentence?

It has recently been discovered that the statues on Easter Island, the Moai, were not randomly placed by the islanders in their current positions, as previously assumed. On the contrary, the placement demonstrates a thought-out, purposeful relation to the freshwater sources throughout the island. This designation may signify a relationship between the inhabitants' need for communal work and their desire to share in the the island's limited resources, though the archeologists whose work led to this discovery have yet to present a conclusive theory on this relationship.

The author suggests that the Easter Islanders placed the Moai in places where they hoped to discover fresh water sources to share with their community.

It has recently been discovered that the statues on Easter Island, the Moai, were not randomly placed by the islanders in their current positions, as previously assumed. On the contrary, the placement demonstrates a thought-out, purposeful relation to the freshwater sources throughout the island. This designation may signify a relationship between the inhabitants' need for communal work and their desire to share in the the island's limited resources, though the archeologists whose work led to this discovery have yet to present a conclusive theory on this relationship.

The author suggests that archeologists are working on an explanation as to how the statues on Easter Island represented a purposeful relationship between community and natural resources.

It has recently been discovered that the statues on Easter Island, the Moai, were not randomly placed by the islanders in their current positions, as previously assumed. On the contrary, the placement demonstrates a thought-out, purposeful relation to the freshwater sources throughout the island. This designation may signify a relationship between the inhabitants' need for communal work and their desire to share in the the island's limited resources, though the archeologists whose work led to this discovery have yet to present a conclusive theory on this relationship.

The author suggests that the Moai chose freshwater sites because they would allow people to work together and share in the natural resource.

It has recently been discovered that the statues on Easter Island, the Moai, were not randomly placed by the islanders in their current positions, as previously assumed. On the contrary, the placement demonstrates a thought-out, purposeful relation to the freshwater sources throughout the island. This designation may signify a relationship between the inhabitants' need for communal work and their desire to share in the the island's limited resources, though the archeologists whose work led to this discovery have yet to present a conclusive theory on this relationship.

The author suggests that current research by archeologists opposes past theories that held that the Easter Islanders arbitrarily set up the Moai where they did, arguing that the choices were in fact intentional.

Cybersecurity experts warn that failure by government workers to adhere to strict security measures when going online is endangering our nation's safety, as we are becoming increasingly vulnerable to enemy attacks on our IT infrastructure.

Which of the following is a suitable paraphrase?


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63 Comments on “IELTS Reading: True/False/Not Given Questions”


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I think Adam. It would be more respectful for me to not attempting the quiz :)

Thursday, October 31st 2019

    :) It can’t hurt, Annie, but I understand.

    Thursday, November 21st 2019

Hi Adam. Such nice a quiz. A lot of tricks ;) Actually in the real IELTS test questions like these appear one after another, thus having found the first answer you have to find next one. If next answer Is, for instance, the third one, therefore the second answer will be “NOT GIVEN”. Since I applied the technique I have never made a mistake in this type of questions.

Please correct grammar ;)

Thursday, October 31st 2019

    It seems you’ve discovered a good secret. Hope it works always :)

    Thursday, November 21st 2019

      I can’t answer the quiz

      Saturday, March 28th 2020

i got 3/10, the lesson is very difficult to me. actually I truly don’t understand every sentences. really difficult, a bit frustated. anyway, thank Adam

Friday, November 1st 2019

    Don’t be frustrated, Nguyen. This is advanced English for a difficult test. If you’re not planning to take this test, then just use this as a goal to reach in the future.

    Thursday, November 21st 2019

Hello Adam, this quiz is quite interesting and trickish as well I scored 3/10 hopping to doing better next time :) Thanks for your efforts so far. You`re an amazing teacher .

Saturday, November 2nd 2019

0 out of 10. I am done. Hahaha

Saturday, November 2nd 2019

I have to admit that I am worse at reading section.
I get easily deceived in this area.

Saturday, November 2nd 2019

    It’s all about practice and vocab building, Acronym. Keep working at it.

    Thursday, November 21st 2019

4/10, A CHALLENGING SECTION BUT I HOPE FOR THE BEST NEXT TIME.

Saturday, November 2nd 2019

i had 4 out of 10 and i can do better this test was helpful

Monday, November 4th 2019

I couldn’t understand the question just because of I’m a weak in English, that’s why I got 3/10 . But I want to learn properly but how, I don’t know 🤔

Monday, November 4th 2019

    Give it time, Akshi. Keep reading, learn ore words, etc. It will come :)

    Thursday, November 21st 2019

Hi, Adam.
I know it’s not related to the topic, but I would like to ask a question as to usage of “about” in the context to be mentioned.
Is it right to use “about” instead of “on” in the sentence below?:
I don’t have any money on me (I don’t have any money about me).

Tuesday, November 5th 2019

    Hi Najiba,

    In this case, no. On me means on my person, which further means cam carrying it. About can mean around, as in There are many people about me, so i should be careful about my wallet. :)Does this help?

    Thursday, November 21st 2019

      Yes. Thank you:)

      Thursday, November 21st 2019

Hi Adam, I really don’t know what to say? It was my first attempt, and yes it’s difficult but i would like to take the challenge and improve myself..:)

Thursday, November 7th 2019

    Good luck Payal :)

    Thursday, November 21st 2019

1/10 I more try to much.Sir Thanks you all your kind.

Monday, November 11th 2019

Thanks, Adam.
I would like to ask this sentence is correct or not? “The course is of 3 months duration” or “The course duration is 3-month”

Wednesday, November 13th 2019

    Hi Sophie,

    To be honest, I wouldn’t use either:

    It’s a 3-month course.

    The duration of the course is 3 months.

    The course is of 3 months’ duration (notice the apostrophe)

    Hope this helps.

    Thursday, November 21st 2019

It wasn’t easy for me i got 3/10. but i will keep working

Friday, November 15th 2019

I got 3 …. it is very poor marks.very sad

Saturday, November 16th 2019

    Don’t be sad, Sheikh. It’s supposed to be hard. Keep trying :)

    Thursday, November 21st 2019

nicde class Adam!! Thank you!!

Wednesday, November 20th 2019

Thank you everyone. :)

Thursday, November 21st 2019

Thank you for the lesson! i got just 3! to me its very difficult to understand the difference between false and not given! :(

Tuesday, November 26th 2019

By the way! i really like your class! thanks!

Tuesday, November 26th 2019

is the ielts exam easier or same level?
Thank you

Tuesday, December 17th 2019

    Hi Edgardkhoury,

    Same level as what?

    Wednesday, January 1st 2020

2/10 I never though, I would be this much worst in reading :):) but thanks a lot sir love you all the time.

Tuesday, December 17th 2019

3/10 and my IELTS test is on 4th January :( …. I will retake the quiz

Wednesday, December 18th 2019

4/10, i am so frustrated.

Thursday, December 19th 2019

    It’s not easy, Azurew. Keep practicing.

    Wednesday, January 1st 2020

4/10!. I loved your lesson. I will continue practicing. Thanks so much.

Thursday, December 19th 2019

2/10 i need to work harder

Sunday, December 22nd 2019

Thx Adam. I got 2/10 so i need to work harder from now

Wednesday, December 25th 2019

Thanks for the lesson. It’s very interesting. I’ ve got 4.

Wednesday, December 25th 2019

i got a 5 out of 10….
some of the answers were a bit confusing..
Please can you guide what should be done…I mean any effective strategies??

Friday, December 27th 2019

    In a comment, there isn’t much to say Ashmi. You should get a good practice book, build your vocab, and look for other lessons here to help. Mostly, practice.

    Wednesday, January 1st 2020

Hello Adam, I enjoyed the quiz, I got 5/10. It was tricky but it motivated me to do even better.

Thursday, January 2nd 2020

Thanks,very helpful.

Thursday, January 9th 2020

Got only 2 out of 10 :(

Thursday, January 16th 2020

Mr. Adam I need help! #spelling

I know my comment is not about the video above, BUT! is screaming for IELTS help.

I will take the IELTS soon and as a self-taught, I noticed I am having problems in the listening section with spelling. Sometimes, you think you know the form of a word until you write it down. To illustrate my point: eyesight, audioguide, farmland, newsletters, and clubhouse are words that apparently must be written together. As a Spanish speaker, I made mistakes in writing them apart. I was trying to find online a list of common words in English that must be written together. However, I found lists of compound words with a hyphen.
Please, I need help, I am tired of losing1,2 or 3 points during my home practices because of silly mistakes.
I will appreciate your collaboration.
PS: Thank you for everything you do.

Monday, January 20th 2020

Well, 6 out of 10… Not bad! The four wrong answers were related to Not Given. Really difficult to find or interpret.

Tuesday, January 21st 2020

I thought my English was advance, until now!
Wow! It was a challenging quiz. After failing I was glad to see the answers explained. Sometimes you miss one mark for just a tiny but significant factor. Excellent lesson Adam!

Tuesday, January 21st 2020

Paraphrases are really difficult for me. Should try my vocab level up more than now.
No way to get 7.5 IELTS points at present level.:)

Wednesday, January 22nd 2020

Moais are responsible for JFK’s assassination and now are harming the government cybersafety. Right/ False?

Thursday, January 23rd 2020

    🗿️🤔️🗿️🤔️🗿️🤔️🗿️

    Sunday, January 26th 2020

Indeed a challenging quiz

Friday, March 6th 2020

i will repeat this lesson

Thursday, March 19th 2020

vocabulary used in the paragraph is too passive to understand

Friday, April 17th 2020

Hello, Adam and everyone.
True/False/NotGiven questions (to be more accurate the answers to these questions) are often not following the common sense. Q#1 in this quiz is an example.
The text gives clearly only the fact that author believes that ‘conspiracy theorists in the US distrust their government’. This fact does not anyhow imply the opposite. Therefore, we do not know from the text for sure whether the author DOES believe ‘that the authorities suspect conspiracy theorists’ or DOES NOT believe it.
In other words,the statement “Group A distrusts group B” does not imply “Group B does not suspect group A”. It just contradicts the basic laws of formal logic.
There are always one or few questions like the one I described in the test. That is why many people (including me) dislike IELTS exam. Btw, CAE i’ve passed with strong C1 level.

Thursday, April 30th 2020

    Thank you for your lessons anyway, Adam

    Thursday, April 30th 2020

    Like.

    Tuesday, June 2nd 2020

9/10 I am more than satisfied with the result. I had one NO/NOT GIVEN mistake, which is a common problem, IMHO, of course.

Tuesday, May 26th 2020

4/10 Oh my god. Even worse, actually, I just got tired at the end of the quize and simply gessed the last one answer. So, I`m not bad as a witch, but really bad in reading, hah.
All this time I thought, I`m good in reading. Kill me, Adam.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2020

I learned English in Canada for 6 months. Before I went to ESL school I got a CLBT test and my reading level was 8 which was relatively high. I was a bit tired before taking this quiz but I tried to take this quiz as best as I can but I got 2 out of 10. I was shocked and frustrated. As you said, it’s all about vocabulary and reading practice. I won’t be frustrated.

Tuesday, June 9th 2020

thank you Adam for this quiz, really big help for us

Tuesday, June 16th 2020

Hi Adam,

Thank you for this video. This is amazing I want to learn more from you.

Wednesday, June 17th 2020

I just got 3/10, it was difficult enough. Anyway Thank You Sir, lots of Love & respect from Pakistan.

Tuesday, June 30th 2020
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