Numeration Reading Answers -IELTS

The Academic passage "Numeration" is a reading passage that appeared in an IELTS Test. Since questions get repeated in the IELTS exam, these passages...

The reading passage "Numeration" from the academic section of the IELTS test. 

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27- B

Explanation- As "they" (i.e., "our predecessors" or people) started to "settle, produce plants, and herd animals" (farm), the necessity for "a sophisticated number system" (i.e., a developed system of numbering) became critical, the author notes in paragraph 2. That is why the answer is B.

28- E

Explanation- According to the author's assertion in paragraph 3, when individuals employed "the one, two, many sort of system" (an additional hand signal), "many" could have meant "Look at my hands and see how many fingers I am showing you." This fundamental method was "constrained" (limited) in the "range of numbers" it expresses. The solution is therefore E.

29- A

Explanation-  The last two phrases of paragraph 4 state that the average individual in "the seventh century in Europe" did not have the same level of mathematical knowledge as people do now. But a man "had to be able to" (must) "count to nine" in order to be eligible to serve as "a witness in a court of law" (civic role) (ability to count to a certain number). The solution is therefore A.

30- C

Explanation-  A person is prepared to take the first step toward "the development of a notional system for numbers and, from there, to arithmetic" when "a number is registered in the mind" (number as concept) as a specific word, "independent of the object being referenced" (separate from physical objects), according to the last sentence of paragraph 5. (development of arithmetic). So, C is the correct answer.

31- G

Explanation- According to the "kind of item" that is being counted, the "Tsimshian language in British Columbia" (early European language) numeration system comprises "seven separate sets of words for numbers," as said in the second phrase of paragraph 6. The solution is therefore G.


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