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Questions 1-8

Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage 1?

TRUE                          if the statement agrees with the information

FALSE                         if the statement contradicts the information

NOT GIVEN               if there is no information on this

1. Shirases trip to the South Pole is well-known to other explorers
2. Since Shirase arrived in Antarctica, smaller ships have also made the journey.
3. Shirases original ambition was to travel to the North Pole.
4. Some Japanese officials thought Shirases intention to travel to the South Pole was pointless.
5. The British team announced their decision to carry out scientific research in Antarctica before Shirase.
6. Shirase found it easy to raise the money he needed for his trip to the South Pole.
7. A previous prime minster of Japan persuaded a scientist to go with Shirase.
8. The weather that slowed down Shirases progress to New Zealand was unusually bad for the season.

Questions 9-13

Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D.

9. When reporters in New Zealand met Shirase, they were
10. What are we told about the captain of the Kainan Maru in the fifth paragraph?
11. After Shirase finally reached Antarctica he realized that
12. What is the writer doing in the seventh paragraph?
13. What is the writer's main point in the final paragraph?