Celpip Reading for Information Quebec City

Reading for Information Quebec City

This Reading Module has 12 questions similar to the kinds of questions that you can expect to find on an actual CELPIP Test. Practice Celpip Test Reading for Information “Quebec City” with answers.

Part 1

Directions: Read the following passage.

A. Canada consists of so many beautiful and interesting places that are definitely worth visiting. One such place is Quebec City, the capital of Quebec. It was settled by the French in the 1500s, making it Canada’s oldest city. It is located in the province of Quebec, which is situated in Eastern Canada. Quebec City is the province of Quebec’s second-largest city, after Montreal. While Montreal is a more cosmopolitan city, Quebec has a more old-world flavour and charm that distinguishes it from other North American cities. It is, in fact, one of the top travel destinations in North America.

B. The original city was a walled fortress, designed to protect it from being attacked. However, now it sprawls well beyond its original borders. Central Quebec City is now punctuated by Chateau Frontenac, a majestic old hotel that sits atop an embankment overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The hotel is easily recognizable by its fortress-like architecture, and its distinctive green roof. The hotel is famous not only in Canada, but around the world. It appears in travel brochures, postcards, and tourism videos. Although it is over one hundred years old, Chateau Frontenac remains a relevant, popular tourist attraction in the city of Quebec.

C. Below the hotel sits Lower Town, the remaining old part of Quebec City. Here, you can find narrow streets lined with charming old buildings that date back centuries. The European influence of the architecture in Lower Town is apparent. Thousands of tourists come here from around the world to wander around Lower Town, strolling past sidewalk cafes and artists who display their art for sale. Tourists take pictures of the wonderful cobblestone streets and stone buildings, reminiscent perhaps more of Old Europe and appearing like nothing North American. Those who love shopping can get their fill with the dozens of clothing boutiques and souvenir shops that contain something for everyone.

D. Centuries after being settled as a French colony, Quebec City retains its French flavour, both culturally and linguistically. As Quebec is a predominantly French-speaking city, it is much more common to encounter a conversation in French than in English. As such, if you are planning to visit this wonderful city, it is in your best interest to learn a few phrases in French before you go. For example, being able to say “Hello”, “Excuse me”, “How much is this?”, and “Thank you” will go a long way in helping you to communicate successfully with the locals.

E. (Not mentioned)

Part 2

Directions: Decide which paragraph (A, B, C, or D) contains the information in each of the following statements. If the information is not discussed in any of the paragraphs, choose “E”.

1. The original settlement was bigger than the present-day city.

A      B      C      D      E

2. French is important in Quebec.

A      B      C      D      E

3. Something in Quebec is well known.

A      B      C      D      E

4. One thing is wonderful.

A      B      C      D      E

5. The city was settled in France.

A      B      C      D      E

6. Something might remind us of another place.

A      B      C      D      E

7. People should do something.

A      B      C      D      E

8. The hotel sits below something.

A      B      C      D      E

9. A body of water is mentioned.

A      B      C      D      E

10. Some people show something.

A      B      C      D      E

11. Something is located in a high place.

A      B      C      D      E

12. A certain coloured item stands out.

A      B      C      D      E

Reading for Information Quebec City Answers

1. E

2. D

3. B

4. D

5. E

6. C

7. D

8. E

9. B

10. C

11. B

12. B

Answers Explanation

Reading for Information Quebec City

1) E: Paragraph B states that “…now (Quebec City) sprawls well beyond its original borders”, meaning that the original settlement was smaller than the present-day city, not bigger.

2) D: Paragraph D states that Quebec is a “predominantly French-speaking city”.

3) B: Paragraph B says that the Chateau Frontenac Hotel is famous.

4) D: Although Paragraph C mentions “wonderful cobblestone streets and stone buildings”, the question asking for one wonderful thing (“wonderful city”)

5) E: Quebec City was settled by France (or the French), but not in France.

6) C: “Something might remind us of another place” equals “the wonderful cobblestone streets and stone buildings, reminiscent perhaps more of Old Europe…”

7) D: Paragraph D recommends studying some French before visiting Quebec City.

8) E: There is no information that the hotel sits below something (but Paragraph C mentions that Lower Town sits below the hotel).

9) B: The St. Lawrence River is mentioned in Paragraph B.

10) C: Paragraph C mentions “artists who display their art for sale”.

11) B: Paragraph B mentions that “Chateau Frontenac…sits atop an embankment overlooking the St. Lawrence River.”

12) B: In Paragraph B, a “distinctive green roof” represents a certain coloured item.

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