An IELTS reading practice exercise for Yes/ No / Not Given questions. This is quite an easy practice lesson to help you develop your techniques. Here is a quick review of what the answers mean:
Yes = the statement agrees with the writer
No = the statement contradicts the witer
Not Given = the information is not found in the passage
Richard, the Lionheart
Richard, the Lionheart, King of England had spent much of his reign outside England fighting wars in the Middle East and France. To pay for these he had taxed the English heavily. Richard was considered a good King by the people. In 1199, Richard died and his brother, John became king.
John continued to fight wars in France but he kept losing battles. He needed more money so his government in England ruthlessly demanded more taxes from the nobility who were expected to pay tax if the King asked.
The Barons became very unhappy about John exploiting their loyalty and belief in his complete power. They rebelled and took over London and forced John to negotiate.
Do the following statements match the information in the passage? Decide Y/N/NG for the following statements.
- Richard did not live in England while he was king.
- The people had to pay King Richard a lot of tax.
- John was a better king than Richard.
- John was not successful at war.
- reign = time in power / sovereignty
- battle = war / conflict
- exploit = take advantage of
- ruthless = cruel / cold-blooded / pitiless
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