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IELTS Academic Reading 9 - Passage 2

SECTION 2 Question 14-26

Questions 14-18

You should spend about 20 minutes on questions 1-13, which are based on Reading Passage 2.

Look at the following statements (Questions 14-18) and the list of scientists below.

Match each statement with the correct scientist A, B, C or D.

Write the correct letter A, B, C or D in boxes 14-18 on your answer sheet.

List of Scientists
A Kellar Autumn
B Stas Gorb
C Walter Federte
D Tom Eisher
14 Some insects use their ability to stick to surfaces as a way of defending themselves.
15 What makes sticky insect feet special is the fact that they can also detach themselves easily from a surface. 
16 Gecko feet seem to be stickier than they need to be.
17 A robot with gecko-style feet would be ideal for exploring other planets.
18 Evidence shows that in order to stick, insect feet have to be wet.

Questions 19-22

Reading Passage 2 has ten paragraphs A-J.

Which paragraph contains the following information?

Write the correct letter A-J in boxes 19-22 on your answer sheet.

19 some of the practical things a gecko-style adhesive could be used for
20 a description of a test involving an insect in motion 
21 three different theories scientists have had about how insect feet stick
22 examples of remarkable gecko movements

Questions 23-26

Complete each sentence with the correct ending A-G below.

Write the correct Ietter A-G in boxes 23-26 on your answer sheet.

A stick to surfaces in and out of water.
B curl up and down.
C are washed and dried.
D resist a pull of three times their body weight.
E start to slip across the surface.
F leave yellow footprints.
G have hairy footpads.
23 Insect feet lose their sticking power when they
24 If you put ants on a rapidly rotating object, their feet 
25 Beetles can stick to uneven surfaces because they
26 The toes on robots like Mecho-Gecko

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