Cambridge IELTS 12, Test 8, Reading Passage 2: Bring Back The Big Cats, Solution With Answer Key

Bring Back The Big Cats Passage Solution with Answer Key – Cambridge IELTS 12, Test 8: Reading Passage 2. Here we will discuss detailed explanation of all the questions of the passage. Here is step by step Solution with Tips and Strategies. This post is for educational purpose only. If you find difficulties in reading passage to find the right answer in the exam, just read the post carefully. Tips and strategies will help you find the right answer.


Bring Back The Big Cats

IELTS Reading Passage Solution


IELTS Cambridge 12, Test 8 or Test 4, Academic Reading Module, Reading Passage 2


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Questions 14-18: (Multiple Choice Questions)

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Question 14: What did the 2006 discovery of the animal bone reveal about the lynx?
Keywords: 2006 discovery, animal bone, reveal, lynx
Now, find the keywords like 2006 and animal bone in paragraph 1 lines 4-5, we can understand that the answer is in this paragraph. If we
read further lines 9-11, we find that lynx died out 6000 years ago as previously presumed. But lines 16-18 suggest that timeline was actually 5000 years ago, not 6000 years ago. So, the lynx actually survived longer than previous presumption or belief.
Answer: D

Question 15: What point does the writer make about large predators in the third paragraph?
Keywords: large predators, third paragraph
Now, In this paragraph, lines 8-16 say that some of the large predators drive dynamic processes that affect the food chain and create niches (the conditions in which a type of living thing can live successfully) for many other species. Line 16 says: “The killers (lynxes or large predators) turn out to be bringers of life.”
Answer: A

Question 16: What does the writer suggest about British conservation in the fourth paragraph?
Keywords: British conservation, fourth paragraph
Now, in lines 2-5 of paragraph 4 say: “….. .. .which has often selected arbitrary (not seeming to be based on a reason, system or plan and sometimes seeming unfair) assemblages of plants and animals and sought, at great effort and expense, to prevent them from changing.” It means that the assemblages of plants and animals was not based on reason, system or plan.
Answer: C

Question 17: Protecting large areas of the sea from commercial shing would result in –
Keywords: Protecting, large areas of the sea, commercial shing
Now, the phrase protecting large areas of the sea can be found in paragraph 5 lines 2-3. The previous paragraph (paragraph 4) ends with a positive note that dynamism depends on large predators. Then paragraph 5 opens with the line, “At sea the potential is even greater: …..”
Again, in lines 7-8 of paragraph 5, the writer says, “…..This policy would also greatly boost catches in the surrounding seas….” These lines suggest that there are some practical benefits of protecting large areas of the sea from commercial shing.
Answer: A

Question 18: According to the author, what distinguishes rewilding from other environmental campaigns?
Keywords: distinguishes, rewilding, other environmental campaigns
Now, the key phrases like rewilding and environmental campaigns in first 3 lines of paragraph 6.
In the same paragraph, in lines 7-8, we can see some information like “…… a more inspiring vision than .. .. .”. This is a clear match with the phrase “more appealing”.
Answer: C

Question 19-22: (Summary completion from list of words)

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General Idea: Candidates need to find out the related paragraphs by correctly studying the keywords form the questions. It must be remembered that the words on the list may not be found directly in the texts, so they need to look for synonyms. They
should also follow the same steps of finding answers for fill in the gaps.)


Title of the summary: Reintroducing the lynx to Britain

Question 19: While there is no evidence that the lynx has ever put _______ in danger,
Keywords: no evidence, lynx, put… danger,
Now, in line 1 of paragraph 7 says, “The lynx presents no threat to human beings: there is no known instance of one preying on people”.
So, here we can see that no known instance is synonymous with no evidence and threat = put ….in danger.
Answer: E (humans)

Question 20: it would reduce the numbers of certain ________ whose populations have increased enormously in recent decades.
Keywords: reduce, number of certain, populations have increased enormously, recent decades

Now, in lines 7-10 of paragraph 7, “It is a specialist predator of roe deer, a species that has exploded in Britain in recent decades, holding back, by intensive browsing, attempts to re-establish forests. It will also winkle out sika deer: an exotic species that is almost impossible for human beings to control, as it hides in impenetrable plantations of young trees.” The bold words in these lines suggest that there are few species of wild animals (roe deer, sika deer) which have had an explosion in their populations and introducing lynx in their habitat may help to reduce the exploding numbers of those wild animals.
Answer: D (wild animals)

Question 21: It would present only a minimal threat to _______, provided these were kept away from lynx habitats.
Keywords: only a minimal threat, provided, kept away, from lynx habitats
Now, in paragraph 7. Here, in lines 14-18, the author says, “…. The lynx requires deep cover, and as such presents little risk to sheep and
other livestock, which are supposed, as a condition of farm subsidies, to be kept out of the woods.”

Here, presents little risk = present only a minimal threat; livestock = farm animals;
So, it is said here that lynxs present almost no threat to animals like sheep and other livestock (farm animals).
Answer: F (farm animals)

Question 22: Furthermore, the reintroduction programme would also link efficiently with initiatives to return native 22 ________ to certain
areas of the country.
Keywords: reintroduction programme, link efficiently, initiatives to return, native
Now, in paragraph 7 lines 11-13. Here, the author mentions, “…. The attempt to reintroduce this predator marries well with the aim of bringing forests back to parts of our bare and barren uplands.”

Here, marries well = link efficiently; The aim = initiatives; Bringing back = return;
So, the reintroduction programme has the aim to return forests or trees.
Answer: A (trees)


Questions 23-26: (YES/NO/NOT GIVEN):

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Question 23: Britain could become the first European country to reintroduce the lynx.
Keywords: First European country, reintroduce
Now, in paragraph 8 lines 9-12, it is mentioned, “…… The lynx has now been reintroduced to the Jura Mountains, the Alps, the Vosges in eastern France and the Harz Mountains in Germany, and has re-established itself in many more places.” Therefore, it is clear that Britain is not the first country to reintroduce the lynx. There are many others.
Answer: NO

Question 24: The large growth in the European lynx population since 1970 has exceeded conservationists’ expectations.
Keywords: large growth, since 1970, exceeded, conservationists’ expectations

Now, find the keywords since 1970, and large growth in lines 14-15, “… The European population has tripled since 1970 to roughly 10,000.” But there is no discussion whether it has exceeded the expectation of the conservationists.

Question 25: Changes in agricultural practices have extended the habitat of the lynx in Europe.
Keywords: changes, agricultural practices, extend, habitat
Now, in paragraph 8, lines 15-19 say, “…. .. . As with wolves, bears, beavers, boar, bison, moose and many other species, the lynx has been able to spread as farming has left the hills and …..”. This means the lynx has spread out its habitat like some other species due to the fact that farming is no more done in the hills.
Answer: YES

Question 26: It has become apparent that species reintroduction has commercial advantages.
Keywords: apparent, species reintroduction, commercial advantages
In paragraph 8, lines 20-21 say, “….. and people discover that it is more lucrative to protect charismatic wildlife than to hunt it. “ Here, lucrative means commercially beneficial.
Answer: YES



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Answer Key – Bring Back The Big Cats

Cambridge IELTS 12 Test 8 Answer Key, Reading Passage 2


Bring Back The Big Cats Reading Passage Answers Keys

Passage 2

14. D

15. A

16. C

17. A

18. C

19. E

20. D

21. F

22. A

23. NO


25. YES

26. YES



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