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Month: August 2019

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 3: What are Dreams?

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 3: What are Dreams?

What are Dreams? A. Thousands of years ago, dreams were seen as messages from the gods, and in many cultures, they are still considered prophetic. In ancient Greece, sick people slept at the temples of Asclepius, the god of medicine, in order to receive dreams that would heal them. Modern dream science really begins at the end of the 19th century with Sigmund Freud, who theorized that dreams were the expression of unconscious desires often stemming from childhood. He believed…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: Stealth Forces in weight Loss

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: Stealth Forces in weight Loss

Stealth Forces in weight Loss The field of weight loss is like the ancient fable about the blind men and the elephant. Each man investigates a different part of the animal and reports back, only to discover their findings are bafflingly incompatible. A. The various findings by public-health experts, physicians, psychologists, geneticists, molecular biologists, and nutritionists are about as similar as an elephant‘s tusk is to its tail. Some say obesity is largely predetermined by our genes and biology; others…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: Art in Iron and Steel

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: Art in Iron and Steel

Art in Iron and Steel A. Works of engineering and technology are sometimes viewed as the antitheses of art and humanity. Think of the connotations of assembly lines, robots, and computers. Any positive values there might be in such creations of the mind and human industry can be overwhelmed by the associated negative images of repetitive, stressful, and threatened jobs. Such images fuel the arguments of critics of technology even as they may drive powerful cars and use the Internet…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: The reconstruction of community in Talbot Park, Auckland

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: The reconstruction of community in Talbot Park, Auckland

The reconstruction of community in Talbot Park, Auckland A. An architecture of disguise is almost complete at Talbot Park in the heart of Auckland‘s Glen Innes. The place was once described as a state housing ghetto, rife with crime, vandalism and other social problems. But today after a $48 million urban renewal makeover, the site is home to 700 residents – 200 more than before – and has people regularly inquiring whether they can buy or rent there. “It doesn‘t…

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