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The Development of Plastics: IELTS Reading Answer

Updated on 07 March, 2024

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'The Development of Plastic' is a popular IELTS reading topic that delves into the history and evolution of plastic as a widely used material in various industries. This passage explores the advancements in plastic production, its impact on society, and the environmental concerns associated with its usage. The accompanying Questions & Answers section requires the IELTS test takers to demonstrate their comprehension of the passage. Let's explore in detail the 'Development of Plastic' IELTS reading questions & answers.

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The Development of Plastics IELTS Reading Questions

Questions 1-7

Complete the table below

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the passages for each answer

Write your answer in boxes 1-7 on your answer sheet.

Name of PlasticDate of InventionOriginal RegionPropertyCommon Use
  1. _____



2. _____


1907USCan be cast and moulded but cannot be softened by heat3. _____
household items and car parts
Polythene19304. _____ Bottles
Rigid PVC  5. _____ 
Polystyrene1930sGermany6. _____Food container
Polyurethanes Germany

7. _____ foams


Adhesives, coatings and insulation

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Questions 8-13

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

In boxes 8-13 on your answer sheet write

TRUE if the statement agrees with the information

FALSE if the statement contradicts the information

NOT GIVEN if there is no information about the statement

8. _____The chemical structure of plastic is very different from that of rubber.

9. _____ John Wesley was a famous chemist.

10. _____ Celluloid and Bakelite react to heat in the same way.

11. _____ The mix of different varieties of plastic can make the recycling more difficult.

12. _____ Adding starch into plastic can make plastic more durable.

13. _____ Some plastic containers have to be preserved in special conditions.

The Development of Plastics: IELTS Reading Answer Table

1. photographic film8. FALSE
2. Bakelite9. NOT GIVEN
3. switches10. FALSE
4. Britain/UK11. TRUE
5. fireproof12. FALSE
6. clear and glass-like13. TRUE
7. rigid 

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