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Task: Several text boxes appear on screen in a random order. Put the text boxes in the correct order.
Skills assessed: Reading
Prompt length: Text up to 150 words
Read the text boxes in order to understand the main idea of each one. You can do this by noting the key words.
Next, use the key words to form an overall idea of what the original text is about. This will help you find the logical order for the ideas in the text boxes:
Every well-written paragraph has a topic sentence. It is usually a clear statement about the topic, and all the other sentences are related in some way to this sentence.
The topic sentence can stand alone; it does not begin with a linker or a pronoun that refers back to something or someone (e.g., ‘he’ or ‘this’), nor does it does refer back to information or actions previously mentioned through the use of things like passive verb tenses (‘No link was found’):
For this item type, you need to restore the original order of the text by selecting text boxes and dragging them into the right order.
- The flax plant is grown for food and for its fibres (to be spun into linen); its seeds are also used to make linseed oil.
- It is one of the oldest cultivated plants on record. Evidence indicates that 36,000 years ago fibres from the flax plant were woven into a coarse fabric and were also dyed.
- This historical usage has been noted across the globe. Excavations have suggested that the ancient Greeks and Sumerians, and possibly South-east Asian people as well, used a very coarse thick-spun linen for the production of sails for both sea-going and river and inland vessels.
- Elsewhere, there are also indications that in central Europe, materials such as linen were a common textile in the manufacture of garments.
- Flax is still important today. World production of flax is estimated at 2.93 million tonnes, led by Russia with 23% of the global total.