The Coconut Palm IELTS Reading Answers with Explanation

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The Coconut Palm IELTS Reading Answers with Explanation

📖 Bài đọc (reading passage)

The Coconut Palm
A
A. For millennia, the coconut has been central to the lives of Polynesian and Asian peoples. In the western world, on the other hand, coconuts have always been exotic and unusual, sometimes rare. The Italian merchant traveller Marco Polo apparently saw coconuts in South Asia in the late 13th century, and among the mid-14th-century travel writings of Sir John Mandeville there is mention of ‘great Notes of Ynde’ (great Nuts of India). Today, images of palm-fringed tropical beaches are cliches in the west to sell holidays, chocolate bars, fizzy drinks and even romance.
B
B. Typically, we envisage coconuts as brown cannonballs that, when opened, provide sweet white flesh. But we see only part of the fruit and none of the plant from which they come. The coconut palm has a smooth, slender, grey trunk, up to 30 metres tall. This is an important source of timber for building houses, and is increasingly being used as a replacement for endangered hardwoods in the furniture construction industry. The trunk is surmounted by a rosette of leaves, each of which may be up to six metres long. The leaves have hard veins in their centres which, in many parts of the world, are used as brushes after the green part of the leaf has been stripped away. Immature coconut flowers are tightly clustered together among the leaves at the top of the trunk. The flower stems may be tapped for their sap to produce a drink, and the sap can also be reduced by boiling to produce a type of sugar used for cooking.
C
C. Coconut palms produce as many as seventy fruits per year, weighing more than a kilogram each. The wall of the fruit has three layers: a waterproof outer layer, a fibrous middle layer and a hard, inner layer. The thick fibrous middle layer produces coconut fibre, ‘coir’, which has numerous uses and is particularly important in manufacturing ropes. The woody innermost layer, the shell, with its three prominent ‘eyes’, surrounds the seed. An important product obtained from the shell is charcoal, which is widely used in various industries as well as in the home as a cooking fuel. When broken in half, the shells are also used as bowls in many parts of Asia.
D
D. Inside the shell are the nutrients (endosperm) needed by the developing seed. Initially, the endosperm is a sweetish liquid, coconut water, which is enjoyed as a drink, but also provides the hormones which encourage other plants to grow more rapidly and produce higher yields. As the fruit matures, the coconut water gradually solidifies to form the brilliant white, fat-rich, edible flesh or meat. Dried coconut flesh, ‘copra’, is made into coconut oil and coconut milk, which are widely used in cooking in different parts of the world, as well as in comestics. A derivative of coconut fat, glycerine, acquired strategic importance in a quite different sphere, as Alfred Nobel introduced the world to his nitroglycerine-based invention: dynamite.
E
E. Their biology would appear to make coconuts the great maritime voyagers and coastal colonizers of the plant world. The large, energy-rich fruits are able to float in water and tolerate salt, but cannot remain viable indefinitely; studies suggest after about 110 days at sea they are no longer able to germinate. Literally cast onto desert island shores, with little more than sand to grow in and exposed to the full glare of the tropical sun, coconut seeds are able to germinate and root. The air pocket in the seed, created as the endosperm solidifies, protects the embryo. In addition, the fibrous fruit wall that helped it to float during the voyage stores moisture that can be taken up by the roots of the coconut seedling as it starts to grow.
F
F. There have been centuries of academic debate over the origins of the coconut. There were no coconut palms in West Africa, the Caribbean or the east coast of the Americas before the voyages of the European explorers Vasco da Gama and Columbus in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. 16th century trade and human migration patterns reveal that Arab traders and European sailors are likely to have moved coconuts from South and Southeast Asia to Africa and then across the Atlantic to the east coast of America. But the origin of coconuts discovered along the west coast of America by 16th century sailors has been the subject of centuries of discussion. Two diametrically opposed origins have been proposed: that they came from Asia, or that they were native to America. Both suggestions have problems. In Asia, there is a large degree of coconut diversity and evidence of millennia of human use – but there are no relatives growing in the wild. In America, there are close coconut relatives, but no evidence that coconuts are indigenous. These problems have led to the intriguing suggestion that coconuts originated on coral islands in the Pacific and were dispersed from there.

❓ Câu hỏi (questions)

Question 1 - 8
Complete the table below.
Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the passage for each answer.
Write your answers in boxes 1-8 on your answer sheet.
THE COCONUT PALM
Question 9 - 13
Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage?
In boxes on your answer sheet, 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
9
Coconut seeds need shade in order to germinate.
10
Coconuts were probably transported to Asia from America in the 16th century.
11
Coconuts found on the west coast of America were a different type from those found on the east coast.
12
All the coconuts found in Asia are cultivated varieties.
13
Coconuts are cultivated in dierent ways in America and the Pacic.

🔥 Answer key (đáp án và giải thích)

1
furniture
Rút gọn

Giải thích chi tiết

Áp dụng DOL’s Linearthinking



 1 The coconut palm has a trunk , up to 30 metres tall

 2 This is an important source of timber for building houses and is used as a replacement for endangered hardwoods in the furniture construction industry 

=> 1 Coconut có trunk có độ cao up to 30 metres => info này khớp với phần description trong phần summary.

=> 2 trunk là: 1/ nguồn cung cấp timber for building houses; và 2/ dùng để thay thế cho endangered hardwoods trong ngành công nghiệp furniture construction.

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2
sugar
Mở rộng

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  •  flower stems may be tapped for their sap to produce a drink 

=> sap của flower stems dùng để produce a drink (công dụng này đã được mention trong summary)

=> Đáp án ko nằm trong cụm này



  •  the sap can also be reduced by boiling to produce a type of sugar used for cooking 

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3
ropes
Mở rộng

Giải thích chi tiết

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 1  The wall of the fruit has three layers: a waterproof outer layer, a fibrous middle layer and a hard, inner layer 

 2  The middle layer produces coconut fibre, ‘coir’ which has numerous uses and is particularly important in manufacturing ropes 

  •  1 fruit có 3 layers; trong đó có middle layer

  •  2 'coir' fibre từ middle layer có nhiều công dụng (numerous uses) và đặc biệt quan trọng trong việc sản xuất ra ropes (manufacturing ropes)

-> Một công dụng cụ thể của middle layer (coir fibres) là sản xuất ra ropes.

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4
charcoal
Mở rộng

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 1 The wall of the fruit has three layers: a waterproof outer layer, a fibrous middle layer and a hard, inner layer

 2 The innermost layer, the shell, surrounds the seed

 3 An important product obtained from the shell is charcoal 

  •  1 + 2 : fruit có 3 layers; và trong đó có innermost layer (hay còn gọi là shell).

  •  3 : Một sản phẩm quan trọng thu được từ shell là charcoal

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5
bowls
Mở rộng

Giải thích chi tiết

Áp dụng DOL’s Linearthinking

 1 The wall of the fruit has three layers: a waterproof outer layer, a fibrous middle layer and a hard, inner layer

 2 The innermost layer, the shell, surrounds the seed

 3 When broken in half , the shells are also used as bowls in many parts of Asia 

  •  1 + 2 : fruit có 3 layers; và trong đó có innermost layer (hay còn gọi là shell)

  •  3 : Khi shell bị broken in half (=halved) thì nó được dùng như là bowls.

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6
hormones
Mở rộng

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Áp dụng DOL’s Linearthinking



  •  coconut water is enjoyed as a drink =>công dụng này đã được mention trong summary => Đáp án sẽ ko nằm trong cụm này

    

  •  coconut water also provides the hormones which encourage other plants to grow more rapidly and produce higher yields 

-> coconut water cung cấp hormones để giúp cho other plants grow more rapidly và giúp plants produce higher yields

-> coconut water là nguồn cung cấp (is a source of) hormones đối với other plants

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7
cosmetics
Mở rộng

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 coconut oil and coconut milk are widely used in cooking in different parts of the world , as well as in cosmetics 

-> oil and milk từ coconut được dùng trong: 1/ cooking ở nhiều nơi và 2/ cosmetics.

-> cooking cosmeticscông dụng của oil and milk từ coconut

=> Đáp án là cosmetics

(do cooking
đã được mention trong summary).

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8
dynamite
Mở rộng

Giải thích chi tiết

Áp dụng DOL’s Linearthinking



 A derivative of coconut fat, glycerine acquired importance in a quite different sphere , as Alfred Nobel introduced the world to his nitroglycerine-based invention: dynamite 

  • glycerine (một dạng derivative từ coconut fat) đạt được tầm quan trọng trong 1 lĩnh vực khác - chính là sáng chế của Alfred Nobel: nitroglycerine-based dynamite 

-> nitroglycerine-based dynamite: nghĩa là dynamite làm từ nitroglycerine

-> glycerine là 1 trong những nguyên liệu (ingredient) trong dynamite

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9
False
Mở rộng

Giải thích chi tiết



Bẫy thường gặp nếu chỉ scan skim:

Scan trong bài đọc ko thấy được cụm “need shade”

=> Vội chọn NOT GIVEN



 



Với Linearthinking

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10
False
Mở rộng

Giải thích chi tiết



Bẫy thường gặp nếu chỉ scan skim

- Trong bài có những từ khóa tương tự như trong câu hỏi: “16th century”, “Asia”, “America”, “moved” (=transported)

=> Vội chọn TRUE





Với Linearthinking

 16th century patterns reveal that Arab traders and European sailors moved coconuts from South and Southeast Asia to Africa and then across the Atlantic to the east coast of America 

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11
Not Given
Mở rộng

Giải thích chi tiết



Bẫy thường gặp nếu chỉ scan/skim

Scan trong bài đọc thấy coconuts ở west coast và east coast of America được miêu tả riêng biệt ở 2 câu khác nhau --> Có lẽ là có sự difference

=> Vội chọn TRUE







Với Linearthinking

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12
True
Mở rộng

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Bẫy thường gặp nếu chỉ scan skim

- Scan trong bài đọc ko thấy được từ cultivated

=> Vội chọn NOT GIVEN



 => Tuy nhiên, có thể bài đọc sẽ paraphrase lại keyword này



Với Linearthinking

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13
Not Given
Mở rộng

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Áp dụng DOL’s Linearthinking



 1 In America , there are close coconut relatives , but no evidence that coconuts are indigenous

 2 These problems led to the suggestion that coconuts originated on coral islands in the Pacific and were dispersed from there 

  • Ở America, có những coconut relatives gần với nhau – nhưng ko chắc chắn rằng chúng indigenous (thuộc bản địa)

  • Có suggestion rằng coconuts bắt nguồn từ the Pacific

-> Tóm lại, 2 câu trên chỉ nói đến sự ko chắc chắn về nguồn gốc của coconut, hoàn toàn ko đề cập đến cách mà coconut được cultivated (trồng) ở America và the Pacific.

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