The “Extinct” Grass In Britain IELTS Reading Answers with Explanation

Luyện tập đề IELTS Reading Practice với passage The “Extinct” Grass In Britain được lấy từ cuốn sách IELTS Actual Test 5 - Test 4 - Passage 1 với trải nghiệm thi IELTS trên máy và giải thích đáp án chi tiết bằng Linearthinking, kèm list từ vựng IELTS cần học trong bài đọc.
The “Extinct” Grass In Britain IELTS Reading Answers with Explanation

📖 Bài đọc (reading passage)

The “Extinct” Grass in Britain
A
A. The British grass interrupted brome was said to be extinct, just like the Dodo. Called interrupted brome because of its gappy seed-head, this unprepossessing grass was found nowhere else in the world, Gardening experts from the Victorian lira were first to record it. In the early 20th century, it grew far and wide across southern England. But it quickly vanished and by 1972 was nowhere to be found. Even the seeds stored at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden as an insurance policy were dead, having been mistakenly kept at room temperature. Fans of the glass were devastated.
B
B. However, reports of its decline were not entirely correct. Interrupted brome has enjoyed a revival, one that's not due to science. Because of the work of one gardening enthusiast, interrupted brome is thriving as a pot plant. The relaunching into the wild of Britain's almost extinct plant has excited conservationists everywhere
C
C. Originally, Philip Smith didn’t know that he had the very unusual grass at his own home. When he heard about the grass becoming extinct, he wanted to do something surprising. He attended a meeting of the British Botanical Society in Manchester in 1979, and seized His opportunity. He said that it was so disappointing to hear about the demise of the interrupted brome. "What a pity we didn’t research it further!” he added. Then. all of a sudden he displayed his pots with so called "extinct grass" lot all to see.
D
D. Smith had kept the seeds from the last stronghold of the grass, Pamisford in 1963. It was then when the grass stalled to disappear from the wild. Smith cultivated the grass, year after year. Ultimately, it was his curiosity in the plant that saved it. not scientific or technological projects that
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E. For now, the brome's future is guaranteed. The seeds front Smith's plants have beet, securely stored in the cutting edge facilities of Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place in Sussex. And living plants thrive at the botanic gardens at Kew, Edinburgh and Cambridge. This year, seeds are also saved at sites all across the country and the grass now nourishes at several public gardens too.
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F. The grass will now be reintroduced to the British countryside. As a part of the Species Recovery Project, the organisation English Nature will re-introduce interrupted brome into the agricultural landscape, provided willing farmers are found. Alas, the grass is neither beautiful not practical. it is undoubtedly a weed, a weed that nobody cares for these days. The brome wax probably never widespread enough to annoy farmers and today, no one would appreciate its productivity or nutritious qualities. As a grass, it leaves a lot to be desited by agriculturalists.
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G. Smith’s research has attempted to answer the question of where the grass came from. His research points to mutations from other weedy grasses as the most likely source. So close is the relationship that interrupted brome was originally deemed to be a mere variety of soil brome by the great Victorian taxonomist Professor Hackel. A botanist from the 19th century, Druce had taken notes on the grass and convinced his peers that the grass deserved its own status as a species. Despite Druce growing up in poverty and his self-taught profession, he became the leading botanist of his time.
H
H. Where the grass came from may be clear, but the timing of its birth may be tougher to find out. A clue lies in its penchant for growing as a weed in fields shared with a fodder crop, in particular nitrogen-fixing legumes such as sainfoin, lucerne or clover. According to agricultural historian Joan Thirsk, the humble sainfoin and its company were first noticed in Britain in the early 17th century. Seeds brought in from the Continent were sown in pastures to feed horses and other livestock. However, back then, only a few enthusiastic gentlemen were willing to use the new crops for their prized horses.
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I. Not before too long though, the need to feed the parliamentary armies in Scotland, England and behind was more pressing than ever. farmers were forced to produce more bread, cheese and beer. And by 1650 the legumes were increasingly introduced into arable rotations, to serve as green nature to boost grain yields. A bestseller of its day, Nathaniel Fiennes's Sainfoin Improved, published in 1671, helped to spread the word. With the advent of sainfoin, clover and lucerne. Britain's very own rogue grass had suddenly at rivet.
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J. Although the credit for the discovery of interrupted brome goes to a Miss A. M. Barnard, who collected the first specimens at Odsey, Bedfordshire, in 1849, the grass had probably lurked undetected in the English countryside for at least a hundred years. Smith thinks the plant- the world’s version of the Dodo probably evolved in the late 17th or early 18th century, once sainfoin became established. Due mainly to the development of the motor car and subsequent decline of fodder crops for horses, the brome declined rapidly over the 20th century. Today, sainfoin has almost disappeared from the countryside, though occasionally its colourful flowers are spotted in lowland nature reserves. More recently artificial fertilizers have made legume rotations unnecessary
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K. The close relationship with out-of-fashion crops spells trouble for those seeking to reestablish interrupted brome in today’s countryside. Much like the once common arable weeds, such as the corncockle, its seeds cannot survive long in the soil. Each spring, the brome relied on farmers to resow its seeds; in the days before weed killers and advanced seed sieves, an ample supply would have contaminated supplies of crop seed. However fragile seeds are not the brome’s only problem: this species is also unwilling to release its seeds as they ripen. According to Smith. The grass will struggle to survive even in optimal conditions. It would be very difficult to thrive amongst its more resilient competitors found in today’s improved agricultural landscape
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L. Nonetheless, interrupted brome’s reluctance to thrive independently may have some benefits. Any farmer willing to foster this unique contribution to the world's flora can rest assured that the grass will never become an invasive pest. Restoring interrupted brome to its rightful home could bring other benefits too, particularly if this strange species is granted recognition as a national treasure. Thanks to British farmers, interrupted brome was given the chance to evolve in the first place. Conservationists would like to see the grass grow once again in its natural habitat and perhaps, one day, seeing the grass become a badge of honour for a new generation of environmentally conscious farmers.

❓ Câu hỏi (questions)

Question 1 - 8
Do the following statements agree with the information given in the Reading Passage?
TRUE if the statement agrees with the information
FALSE if the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVEN if it is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this
1
The name of interrupted brome came from the unprepossessing grass disappeared from places in the world for a period.
2
Interrupted brome seeds cannot sprout because they were kept accidentally at unsuitable temperature.
3
Philip Smith works at University of Manchester.
4
Kew Botanic Gardens will operate English Nature.
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Interrupted brome grew unwantedly at the sides of sainfoin.
6
Legumes were used for feeding livestock and enriching the soil.
7
The spread of seeds of interrupted brome depends on the harvesting of the farmers.
8
Only the weed killers can stop interrupted brome from becoming an invasive pest.
Question 9 - 13
Look at the following opinions or deeds and the list of people below.
Match each opinion or deed with the correct person, A-F.
List of Findings
A
A. M. Barnard
B
Philip Smith
C
George Claridge Druce
D
Joan Thirsk
E
Professor Hackel
F
Nathaniel Fiennes
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identified interrupted brome as another species of brome.
10
convinced others about the status of interrupted brome in the botanic world.
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said that sainfoin was first found more than 300 years ago.
12
helped farmers know that sainfoin is useful for enriching the soil.
13
collected the first sample of interrupted brome.

🔥 Answer key (đáp án và giải thích)

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False
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Áp dụng Linearthinking để nắm main idea:

 Called interrupted brome because of its gappy seed-head , this unprepossessing grass was found nowhere else in the world

=> Main idea: Loại cỏ này được goi là interrupted brome vì its gappy seed-head

=> Còn 'unprepossessing grass' là một cách gọi khác của loại cỏ này

=> Theo như câu hỏi: cái tên interrupted brome came from (bắt nguồn từ) unprepossessing grass

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2
True
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Áp dụng đọc cấu trúc với Linearthinking để nắm main idea:

 Even the seeds stored at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden were dead , having been mistakenly kept at room temperature.

=> Ta rút ra được cấu trúc: S + Relative clause + V, Participle clause

=> Participle clause trong trường hợp này được dùng để chỉ reason cho mệnh đề chính -> The seeds were dead because they've been kept at room temperature

=> Mà seeds were dead nghĩa là seeds could not sprout (không thể đâm chồi)

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3
Not Given
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Áp dụng Linearthinking để nắm main idea:

 He attended a meeting of the British Botanical Society in Manchester in 1979

=> Main idea: Philip tham gia meeting ở Manchester

=> Không đề cập tới thông tin anh ấy làm việc ở University of Manchester -> Chọn NOT GIVEN

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4
Not Given
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Áp dụng Linearthinking để nắm main idea:

 As a part of the Species Recovery Project , the organisation English Nature will re-introduce interrupted brome into the agricultural landscape

=> Main idea: English Nature sẽ đưa brome vào canh tác

=> Không có thông tin về việc Kew Botanic Garden sẽ vận hành English Nature -> Chọn NOT GIVEN



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True
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Câu này tương đối khó vì đòi hỏi các bạn phải hiểu từ 'penchant' thì mới chắc chắn được đáp án

 Penchant: a liking for or a habit of doing something, especially something that other people might not like (unwanted) 



Áp dụng Linearthinking để nắm main idea:

 A clue lies in its penchant for growing as a weed in fields shared with a fodder crop , in particular nitrogen-fixing legumes such as sainfoin, lucerne or clover.

=> Một manh mối nằm ở việc nó thích mọc in a fields mà có những loài cây khác như sainfoin, lucern, ...

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True
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Áp dụng Linearthinking để nắm main idea:

Theo như paragraph H:

  • 'legumes such as sainfoin, lucerne or clover' -> sainfoin là một loại legumes

  • sainfoin and its company were first noticed in Britain . Seeds brought in from the Continent were sown in pastures to feed horses and other livestock.

=> Main idea: legumes được trồng in pastures để feed horses and other livestock

=> Ứng với feeding livestock 1 

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False
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Câu này nếu chỉ skim & scan thấy các cụm paraphrase mà không hiểu rõ nghĩa sẽ dễ chọn nhầm TRUE



Áp dụng Linearthinking để nắm main idea:

 the brome relied on farmers to resow its seeds

=> Main idea: Brome seeds phụ thuộc vào việc resowing của farmer

=> Mà resowing: trồng lại # harvesting: thu hoạch -> Chọn FALSE



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8
False
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Áp dụng Linearthinking để nắm main idea:

 Any farmer willing to foster this unique contribution to the world's flora can rest assured that  the grass will never become an invasive pest.

=> Main idea: Farmer muốn trồng loại cây này có thể yên tâm rằng nó sẽ không bao giờ become an invasive pest

=> So với câu hỏi: Only the weed killers can stop interrupted brome from becoming an invasive pest.

=> Chỉ weed killers có thể stop brome become invasive pest -> Mâu thuẫn với bài đọc -> Chọn FALSE



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9
E
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Tips: Đối với dạng Matching name này bạn nên xác định vị trí tên các đối tượng trước thì sẽ làm nhanh hơn nha



Nếu chỉ skim & scan mà không đọc hiểu nội dung sẽ khó tìm được info vì cụm 'another species' đã được paraphrase lại thành 'variety'





Áp dụng đọc simplify với Linearthinking để nắm main idea:

interrupted brome was originally deemed to be a mere variety of soil brome by Professor Hackel.

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C
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Tips: Đối với dạng Matching name này bạn nên xác định vị trí tên các đối tượng trước thì sẽ làm nhanh hơn nha



Áp dụng đọc simplify với Linearthinking để nắm main idea:

 Druce convinced his peers that the grass deserved its own status as a species.

=> Main idea: Druce thuyết phục his peers rằng grass xứng đáng được công nhận là một loài

=> Đồng nghĩ với việc: Druce thuyết phục others về status của loài cây này trong botanic world

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Tips: Đối với dạng Matching name này bạn nên xác định vị trí tên các đối tượng trước thì sẽ làm nhanh hơn nha

Áp dụng Linearthinking để nắm main idea:

 According to Joan Thirsk, sainfoin and its company were first noticed in Britain in the early 17th century.

=> Main idea: Theo Joan Thirsk thì sainfoin were first noticed vào đầu thế kỷ 17

=> Mà 'in the early 17th century' = 'more than 300 years ago'

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F
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Tips: Đối với dạng Matching name này bạn nên xác định vị trí tên các đối tượng trước thì sẽ làm nhanh hơn nha

Vì thông tin nằm ở 2 câu, đọc simplify + connection của Linearthinking sẽ rất hữu dụng:

 1 the legumes were introduced into arable rotations , to serve as green nature to boost grain yields. 

 2 A bestseller of its day , Nathaniel Fiennes's Sainfoin Improved, published in 1671, helped to spread the word.

=> 1 + 2 : Sainfoin help boost grain yields và Sainfoin, sản phẩm bán chạy nhất của Nathaniel Fiennes, đã giúp nhiều người biết đến điều này

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A
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Áp dụng Linearthinking để nắm main idea:

 the credit for the discovery of interrupted brome goes to a Miss A. M. Barnard , who collected the first specimens

=> Main idea: A.M Barnard là người collected the first specimens (=sample)

=> Nếu không biết nghĩa từ specimen, ta vẫn đoán được nghĩa của câu nhờ vào từ 'discovery'

=> Chọn A



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