The Dead Sea Scrolls: Reading Answers Explanations

The Dead Sea Scrolls: Reading Answers Explanations The Dead Sea Scrolls is official passage of Cambridge 17 Book. As far as the chronology of solving of Questions is, firstly students should solve Blanks and then solve True, False, Not Given. Questions 1-5 Complete the notes below. Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the passage for each answer. Write your answers in boxes 1-5 on your answer sheet.

The Dead Sea Scrolls

Discovery

Qumran, 1946/7
  • three Bedouin shepherds in their teens were near an opening on side of cliff
  • heard a noise of breaking when one teenager threw a 1……………………
Location: 1st Paragraph (Second Line) Explanation: Since the keywords highlight that the location of the answer is in the 1st paragraph and refers to a teenager which is there in the second line as ‘one of these young shepherds…’ Thus, the answer is easily visible. The reference of ‘noise’ in the question is visible as ‘hear shattering sound’ thus it confirms that answer is ‘Rock’ Answer: Rock
  • teenagers went into the 2…………………… and found a number of containers made of 3 ……………………
Location: 1st paragraph (Third line) Explanation: Since the keywords highlight that location of answer is in the 1st paragraph and refers to teenagers which is there in the third line as ‘he and his companions’…The reference of ‘went into’ in the question is visible as ‘entered the cave ‘thus it confirms that answer is ‘cave’. The keyword ‘containers’ which is there in question is visible as ‘large clay jars’ thus it confirms that answer is clay. Answer: Cave, Clay

The scrolls

  • date from between 150 BCE and 70 CE
  • thought to have been written by group of people known as the 4……………………
Location: Second Paragraph (Last line) Explanation: The Keywords highlight that location of answer is in the 2nd paragraph and refers to group of people which is visible as ‘belonged to a group’ in last line of paragraph. The reference of ‘known as’ in the question is visible as ‘called the… thus it confirms that answer is ‘Essenes’. Answer: Essenes
  • written mainly in the 5…………………… language
Location: 3rd paragraph (first line) Explanation: The word ‘mainly’ in the question is there in 3rd paragraph which is visible as ‘majority of the texts’….The reference of language is there in second line of paragraph thus this confirms that answer is ‘Hebrew’ Answer: Hebrew   
  • most are on religious topics, written using ink on parchment or papyrus

Questions 6-13

Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage 1? In boxes 6-13 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

6   The Bedouin teenagers who found the scrolls were disappointed by how little money they received for them. Location: 1st paragraph Explanation: The reference to the ‘little money’ has been written as ‘small sum to a local’…in the middle line of the paragraph. Though the information regarding findings of scrolls is there in the passage but no information regarding ‘disappointed’ feeling is visible in paragraph. Therefore answer is not given. Answer: Not Given 7   There is agreement among academics about the origin of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Location: 2nd paragraph Explanation: The Main Keyword of the question is ‘academics’ which is visible as ‘scholarly’ in the first line of 2nd paragraph. The Question Statement contradicts with the statement of the passage as it is written that ‘there is agreement among academics’ but in the passage, it is clearly visible as ‘still the subject of scholarly debate even today’… Thus, the  answer is False.

Answer: False

8   Most of the books of the Bible written on the scrolls are incomplete. Location: 4th paragraph Explanation: The answer to this question is in the first line of 4th paragraph. ‘The dead sea scrolls include fragments from every book’… which is written as ‘bible written on the scrolls are incomplete’. Here word fragment refers to incomplete. The information in the question and passage is same. Answer: True 9   The information on the Copper Scroll is written in an unusual way.

Location: 5th paragraph

Explanation: The main keyword of the question is ‘copper scroll’ which is exactly written in the second line of the 5th paragraph. ‘The only exception is the scroll numbered 3Q15’…has been written as ‘unusual way’ in the question which makes it very clear that answer is true. Answer: True. 10   Mar Samuel was given some of the scrolls as a gift.

Location: 6th paragraph

Explanation: The answer to the Question is in the first line of the paragraph. The main keyword of the Question ‘Mar Samuel’ is exactly the same. But the information in the question is opposite to the passage. Here in the question is ‘scrolls as a gift’ but in the passage it is written as ‘acquired four of the original seven scrolls’…Moreover, ‘paying less than $100’…is visible in passage. The information is opposite to the passage. So, the Answer is False. Answer: False 11   In the early 1950s, a number of educational establishments in the US were keen to buy scrolls from Mar Samuel.

Location: 6th paragraph

Explanation: The answer to this Question is in the 4th line of the passage. The main keyword in the Question is ‘1950s’ which is written as ‘in 1954’…in the passage. ‘Educational establishment’ is visible as ‘educational or religious institutions’…The information of the question is opposite to the passage as the question says ‘keen to buy scrolls’ but in the passage it is ‘This would be an ideal gift to an educational’… Thus, the answer is False. Answer: False 12   The scroll that was pieced together in 2017 contains information about annual occasions in the Qumran area 2,000 years ago.

Location: 7th paragraph

Explanation: The location of the answer is in the second and third line of the paragraph ‘Reassembling the 60 fragments’… is as ‘pieced together’ in the question.‘364- day calendar’ is visible as ‘annual’ in the question. Therefore, the best answer is true. Answer: True 13   Academics at the University of Haifa are currently researching how to decipher the final scroll. Location: 7th paragraph (Last line) Explanation: The main keyword of the question ‘University of Haifa’ is in the first line of the passage. The last line of the paragraph mentions ‘only one more known scroll remains untranslated’ but no reference is there related to ‘current researching’. Thus, no information is available. Answer: Not Given The Dead Sea Scrolls: Reading Answers Explanations Stadiums: Past, Present and Future- Reading Answer Explanations Free Online Classes to improve IELTS Reading Module- Click Here!!

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