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Reading Practice Test 4

Answer Keys:

  • 1 TRUE
  • 2 FALSE
  • 3 TRUE
  • 4 TRUE
  • 5 NOT GIVEN
  • 6 (a) share scheme
  • 7 Roland/ Roland group/ the Roland group
  • 8 (a) trade fair
  • 9 jazz
  • 10 1998
  • 11 education
  • 12 technology
  • 13 branches
  • 14 iii
  • 15 vi
  • 16 ix
  • 17 iv
  • 18 ii
  • 19 vii
  • 20 21 C,E
  • 22 23 A,C
  • 24 regular wage
  • 25 steam power
  • 26 picturesque
  • 27 NOT GIVEN
  • 28 YES
  • 29 NOT GIVEN
  • 30 NO
  • 31 YES
  • 32 C
  • 33 E
  • 34 F
  • 35 A
  • 36 I
  • 37 B
  • 38 C
  • 39 A
  • 40 B

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Review & Explanations:

Section 1: Questions 1-13

Questions 1-5

Questions 6-10

Answer the questions below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR A NUMBER from the passage for each answer.

Which arrangement did Alfred Brash set up for his employees? 6

Which Japanese company did Geoff Brash collaborate with? 7

What type of event in China marked the beginning of Geoff Brash’s relationship with that country? 8

What style of music did Geoff Brash help to promote in China? 9

When did the Brash company finally stop doing business? 10

  • 6 Answer: (a) share scheme
  • Key Words in Question

    Similar Words in the Passage

    Q6: Which arrangement did Alfred Brash set up for his employees?

    Alfred Brash had also been a pioneer in introducing a share scheme for his staff, and his son retained and expanded the plan following the float.

    Note: The answer should be a noun. We should focus on the similar words: ‘staff’ is equivalent to ‘employees’; ‘introduce’ in this case means ‘set up’. It is mentioned that Alfred Brash introduced a share scheme for his staff, which means the arrangement Alfred Brash set up for his employees was share scheme. Hence, SHARE SCHEME is the answer.

  • 7 Answer: Roland/ Roland group/ the Roland group
  • Key Words in Question

    Similar Words in the Passage

    Q7: Which Japanese company did Geoff Brash collaborate with?

    He developed a relationship with Taro Kakehashi, the founder of Japan’s Roland group 

    Note: After scanning, we can locate the information in the last sentence of paragraph 6. We should notice some keywords here. ‘Develop a relationship with’ is equivalent to ‘collaborate with’. It is mentioned in the text that Brash developed a relationship with the founder of Japan’s Ronald group. Therefore, ROLAND GROUP is the answer.

  • 8 Answer: (a) trade fair
  • Key Words in Question

    Similar Words in the Passage

    Q8: What type of event in China marked the beginning of Geoff Brash’s relationship with that country?

    In 1965, Brash and his wife attended a trade fair in Guangzhou, the first of its kind in China; they were one of the first Western business people allowed into the country following Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.

    Note: The answer can be found in paragraph 7.  We can conclude from the first sentence of this paragraph that the event which Brash and his wife attended in Guangzhou marked the beginning of Brash’s relationship with China. Therefore, the answer is TRADE FAIR.

  • 9 Answer: jazz
  • Key Words in Question

    Similar Words in the Passage

    Q9: What style of music did Geoff Brash help to promote in China?

    Brash also took leading jazz musicians Don Burrows and James Morrison to China, on a trip that reintroduced jazz to many Chinese musicians.

    Note:

    The answer must be a style of music. It is stated that Brash reintroduced jazz to Chinese musicians; hence, JAZZ is the answer.

  • 10 Answer: 1998
  • Key Words in Question

    Similar Words in the Passage

    Q10: When did the Brash company finally stop doing business?

    The company was sold to Singaporean interests and continued to trade until 1998, when it again went into administration

    Note:

    We should notice that ‘went into administration’ can be understood as ‘stop doing business’. In the first part of the sentence, it is stated that ‘the company continued to trade until 1998.  The conjunction ‘until’ helps us to decide 1998 was the point of time that the company stop trading. Therefore, the answer for this question is 1998.

Questions 11-13

Complete the notes below.

Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the passage for each answer.

Soundhouse Music Alliance

  •   Grew out of the Brash Foundation.
  •   A non-commercial organisation providing support for music and music 11                               
  •   Allows opportunities for using up-to-date 12
  •   Has 13 in several countries. 

 

  • 11 Answer: education
  • Key Words in Question

    Similar Words in the Passage

    Q11: A non-commercial organization providing support for music and music

    This was a not-for-profit organization overseeing and promoting multimedia music making and education for teachers and students. 

    Note:

    The blank should be filled by a noun. We should notice some synonyms here. ‘Not-for-profit organization’ has the same meaning as ‘non-commercial organization’. ‘Promoting’ is similar to ‘providing support’. It is stated in the text that the organization promoted multimedia music making and education for teachers and students; therefore, EDUCATION is the answer.

  • 12 Answer: technology
  • Key Words in Question

    Similar Words in the Passage

    Q12: Allows opportunities for using up-to-date 

    The Soundhouse offers teachers and young people the opportunity to get exposure to the latest music technology 

    Note: ‘Up-to-date’ is an adjective, so we need a noun here. We should notice the way words are paraphrased: ‘offers the opportunity to get exposure to’ is similar to ‘allows opportunities for using’, ‘up-to-date’ has the same meaning as ‘latest’. Since we can use only one word for the answer, we choose TECHNOLOGY to fill in the blank.

  • 13 Answer: branches
  • Key Words in Question

    Similar Words in the Passage

    Q13: Has … in several countries.

    The organisation has now also established branches in New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland, as well as numerous sites around Australia.

    Note: The organization in this last sentence refers to the Soundhouse. It is stated that the organization has established branches in New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland, as well as numerous sites around Australia. These are ‘several countries’ mentioned in the question. Therefore, the answer is BRANCHES.

Section 1

READING PASSAGE 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1-13, which are based on Reading Passage 1 below.

Geoff Brash

Geoff Brash, who died in 2010, was a gregarious Australian businessman and philanthropist who encouraged the young to reach their potential.

Born in Melbourne to Elsa and Alfred Brash, he was educated at Scotch College. His sister, Barbara, became a renowned artist and printmaker. His father, Alfred, ran the Brash retail music business that had been founded in 1862 by his grandfather, the German immigrant Marcus Brasch, specialising in pianos. It carried the slogan ‘A home is not a home without a piano.’

In his young days, Brash enjoyed the good life, playing golf and sailing, and spending some months travelling through Europe, having a leisurely holiday. He worked for a time at Myer department stores before joining the family business in 1949, where he quickly began to put his stamp on things. In one of his first management decisions, he diverged from his father’s sense of frugal aesthetics by re-carpeting the old man’s office while he was away. After initially complaining of his extravagance, his father grew to accept the change and gave his son increasing responsibility in the business.

After World War II (1939-1945), Brash’s had begun to focus on white goods, such as washing machines and refrigerators, as the consumer boom took hold. However, while his father was content with the business he had built, the younger Brash viewed expansion as vital. When Geoff Brash took over as managing director in 1957, the company had two stores, but after floating it on the stock exchange the following year, he expanded rapidly and opened suburban stores, as well as buying into familiar music industry names such as Allans, Palings and Suttons. Eventually, 170 stores traded across the continent under the Brash’s banner.

Geoff Brash learned from his father’s focus on customer service. Alfred Brash had also been a pioneer in introducing a share scheme for his staff, and his son retained and expanded the plan following the float.

Geoff Brash was optimistic and outward looking. As a result, he was a pioneer in both accessing and selling new technology, and developing overseas relationships. He sourced and sold electric guitars, organs, and a range of other modern instruments, as well as state-of-the-art audio and video equipment. He developed a relationship with Taro Kakehashi, the founder of Japan’s Roland group, which led to a joint venture that brought electronic musical devices to Australia.

In 1965, Brash and his wife attended a trade fair in Guangzhou, the first of its kind in China; they were one of the first Western business people allowed into the country following Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution. He returned there many times, helping advise the Chinese in establishing a high quality piano factory in Beijing; he became the factory’s agent in Australia. Brash also took leading jazz musicians Don Burrows and James Morrison to China, on a trip that reintroduced jazz to many Chinese musicians.

He stood down as Executive Chairman of Brash’s in 1988, but under the new management debt became a problem, and in 1994 the banks called in administrators. The company was sold to Singaporean interests and continued to trade until 1998, when it again went into administration. The Brash name then disappeared from the retail world. Brash was greatly disappointed by the collapse and the eventual disappearance of the company he had run for so long. But it was not long before he invested in a restructured Allan’s music business.

Brash was a committed philanthropist who, in the mid-1980s, established the Brash Foundation, which eventually morphed, with other partners, into the Soundhouse Music Alliance. This was a not-for-profit organisation overseeing and promoting multimedia music making and education for teachers and students. The Soundhouse offers teachers and young people the opportunity to get exposure to the latest music technology, and to use this to compose and record their own music, either alone or in collaboration. The organisation has now also established branches in New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland, as well as numerous sites around Australia.

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