Matching Headings Exercise 1 -Crossing the Humber estuary (Answers)

28. vi  29.  ix  30. vii  31. iii  32. ii  33. iv 34 viii

The five-step method to tackle Matching Headings type of questions
 
Step1: Read the instructions. Do you have to find a heading for all the paragraphs or only for some of them? If an example has been done, be aware of that. Sometimes the example is done for the first paragraph and at other times for any random paragraph.
Step 2: Read and understand the meaning of each heading. Don’t go by just the keyword alone. The moment you read the heading you should know what to expect in the paragraph if the heading is to match that.
Step 3. Choose which paragraph you will do first. If time is short, then start with the shortest paragraph and go on to do longer and longer paragraph. If there is no time pressure, then you can go systematically from first to the last paragraph especially if you doing other questions on paragraph simultaneously. Read the radical method here: https://greatnations-english-ielts-test.training/ielts-test-tips/tips-on-reading-test/a-radically-different-approach-to-doing-the-reading-test/
Step 4: Read each heading and eliminate it if it does not suit it.
Step 5: The only heading left after eliminating all other headings should also be confirmed with the content of the paragraph.

 

28. Section A

This paragraph did not talk about the following things: (i) ferry crossing has always been difficult, (ii)Building the bridge, (iii) design for the bridge, (iv) The growing popularity of the bridge, (v) Opposition to building a bridge. So that eliminates the first five headings. The sixth heading is Benefits and disadvantages the Humber has brought. The last lines of the paragraph are, Its traffic brought prosperity to the settlements on its banks, particularly the city of Hull on its north bank, but the river itself tended to cut them off from some of their closest neighbours, as well as obstructing the progress of travellers moving north or south. 

Here we can see that it does talk about the benefits (prosperity) and the disadvantages (cut them off from the neighbours, obstructing progress…). So this heading seems to suit it. But we still look at the other two headlines and realize this paragraph does not talk about (vii) Proposed alternatives to ferry services or (viii) How the bridge has contributed to the region’s growth or (ix) Rising demand for river transport. Hence the answer is vi.

29. Section B

This paragraph did not talk about the following things: (i) ferry crossing has always been difficult, (ii)Building the bridge, (iii) design for the bridge, (iv) The growing popularity of the bridge, (v) Opposition to building a bridge, (vii) Proposed alternatives to ferry services or (viii) How the bridge has contributed to the region’s growth. 

This part of the opening lines, To cater for these local and, as time progressed, wider needs, ferries were provided and the rest of the paragraph talks about the increased demands for the ferry service and how many ferrry services were launched. The last line of the paragraph, hovercrafts could not cope with the demands of the River Humber also tells us that the last option, (ix) Rising demand for river transport, suits the content of the paragraph. Hence the answer is (ix)

 

30. Section C

This paragraph did not talk about the following things: (i) ferry crossing has always been difficult, (ii)Building the bridge, (iii) design for the bridge, (iv) The growing popularity of the bridge, (v) Opposition to building a bridge,  or (viii) How the bridge has contributed to the region’s growth. 

This part of the paragraph, This scheme was promoted by Hull merchants and businesses dissatisfied with the service provided by the New Holland ferry crossing, tells us that the bridge was an alternative to ferry services. Also, many different proposals as an alternative to ferry services are examined in this paragraph. Hence the answer is (vii) Proposed alternatives to ferry services.

 

31. Section D

The reasons why a suspension bridge was chosen were twofold. This sentence in the paragraph give us the clue that the design of the bridge is being talked about. There can be some legitimate confusion in the student’s mind whether the answer is (ii) Building the bridge or (iii) An advantage of the design for the bridge. If such confusion arises it is good to mark both the options on the question paper and move on to the next paragraph. Since the two advantages of the bridge has been discussed in the paragraph, the answer is (iii) An advantage of the design for the bridge 


32. Section E

There is absolutely no confusion about this paragraph. Very clearly this paragraph does not talk about anything else other than the details of the construction of the bridge. Hence the answer is, (ii) Building the bridge. Once the answer for paragraph E becomes clear, we can see that we need to eliminate the choice (iii) as an answer to question 31. Hence answer to question 31 is (iii) An advantage of the design for the bridge and answer to 32 is (ii) Building the bridge. 

33. Section F

when the bridge first opened, there wasn’t a great deal of interest in it. Then children started visiting, this is the part of the paragraph that give us our answer. It is very clear that this paragraph does not deal with, (i) ferry crossing has always been difficult, (ii)Building the bridge, (iii) design for the bridge, (v) Opposition to building a bridge,  or (viii) How the bridge has contributed to the region’s growth or any of the other answers. The answer remaining is (iv) The growing popularity of the bridge 

34. Section G

The opening lines of the paragraph, The bridge opened up, both socially and economically, generally tell us what the paragraph is about. In this it is clear that the paragraph is talking about the benefits that have accrued after the construction of the bridge. Hence the answer is (viii) How the bridge has contributed to the region’s growth 

SECTIONS Questions 28-40

Read the text below and answer Questions 28-34.

A

For thousands of years, the Humber – an estuary formed where two major rivers, the Trent and the Ouse, meet – has been an obstacle to communications along the east coast of England, between the counties of Yorkshire to the north and Lincolnshire to the south. Before the arrival of the railways in the 19th century, water transportation was the most efficient means of moving heavy or bulk freight, and the Humber, situated at the heart of the waterway system associated with the two major rivers, was one of the chief highways of England. Its traffic brought prosperity to the settlements on its banks, particularly the city of Hull on its north bank, but the river itself tended to cut them off from some of their closest neighbours, as well as obstructing the progress of travellers moving north or south.

B

To cater for these local and, as time progressed, wider needs, ferries were provided across many of the streams flowing into the Humber, and in 1315, a ferry was established across the Humber itself between Hull and Lincolnshire. By 1800, this ferry had become fully integrated into the overland transport system, but the changes associated with the industrial revolution were soon to threaten its position. Increased traffic encouraged speculators to establish rival ferries between Hull and Lincolnshire, notably a service between Hull and New Holland which opened in 1826. This crossing was considerably shorter than on the existing Hull to Barton service, which closed in 1851, unable to cope with the increased competition from the rival service. The New Holland ferry service then grew into a major link between the north and south banks of the Humber, carrying passengers, and cattle and goods bound for Hull Market. In 1968, there was briefly a ferry service from Grimsby to Hull involving hovercrafts. This did not last long as the hovercrafts could not cope with the demands of the River Humber. The ferry service between Hull and New Holland ended with the opening of the Humber Bridge in 1981.

C

The bridge was the outcome of over 100 years of campaigning by local interests for the construction of a bridge or tunnel across the estuary. The first major crossing proposal was a tunnel scheme in 1872. This scheme was promoted by Hull merchants and businesses dissatisfied with the service provided by the New Holland ferry crossing. Over the next 100 years, a variety of proposals were put forward in an effort to bridge the Humber. In 1928, a plan was drawn up by Hull City Council to build a multi-span bridge four miles west of Hull. However, the scheme was dropped after being hit by the financial woes of the Great Depression of the late 1920s and early 1930s.

D

Government approval for the construction of a suspension bridge was finally granted in 1959, although it was not until 1973 that work finally began. The reasons why a suspension bridge was chosen were twofold. Firstly, the Humber has a shifting bed, and the navigable channel along which a craft can travel is always changing; a suspension bridge with no support piers in mid-stream would not obstruct the estuary. Secondly, because of the geology and topography of the area, the cost of constructing a tunnel would have been excessive.

E

Work on the construction proceeded for eight years, during which time many thousands of tonnes of steel and concrete were used and upwards of one thousand workers and staff were employed at times of peak activity. The designers had been responsible for two other major suspension bridges in Britain but, with a total span of 2,220 m, or almost a mile and a half, the Humber was going to be the longest suspension bridge in the world. Nowadays designers have computers, but back then everything was done with slide rules and calculators. The towers were concrete rather than the usual steel, since concrete was cheaper and would blend in better with the setting. The bridge was designed to stand for 120 years.

F

Malcolm Stockwell, the bridgemaster, recalls that when the bridge first opened, there wasn’t a great deal of interest in it. Then children started visiting, and he remembers their astonishment at seeing the control room and all the lights. People who lived in towns on opposite banks a mile apart started crossing the river – a journey that previously might as well have been to the moon. The bridge brought them together.

G

The bridge opened up, both socially and economically, two previously remote and insular areas of England, and the improvement in communication enabled the area to realise its potential in commercial, industrial and tourist development. The bridge has saved many millions of vehicle miles and many valuable hours of drivers’ and passengers’ time – an important factor not only for the drivers and operators of commercial vehicles, but also for tourists and holidaymakers who would have had to travel around the estuary to reach destinations in the region. In the words of Malcolm Stockwell, ‘Although it can’t beat the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco for setting, it far outstrips it for sheer elegance and as a piece of engineering.’

Questions 28-34

The text above has seven sections, A-G.

Choose the correct heading for each section from the list of headings below.

Write the correct number, i-x, in boxes 28-34 on your answer sheet.

List of Headings 
(i) Why the ferry crossing has always been difficult 
(ii) Building the bridge 
(iii) An advantage of the design for the bridge 
(iv) The growing popularity of the bridge 
(v) Opposition to building a bridge 
(vi) Benefits and disadvantages the Humber has brought 
(vii) Proposed alternatives to ferry services 
(viii) How the bridge has contributed to the region’s growth 
(ix) Rising demand for river transport

28. Section A

29. Section B

30. Section C

31. Section D

32. Section E

33. Section F

34. Section G