CELPIP Reading for Information Canadian One Dollar Coin Loonie

CELPIP Reading for Information One Dollar Coin

CELPIP Reading for Information One Dollar Coin

This Reading Module has 9 questions similar to the kinds of questions that you can expect to find on an actual CELPIP Test. Practice Celpip Test Reading for Information “One Dollar Coin” with answers.

Time: 10 minutes

Part 1

Directions: Read the following information passage.

A. The Canadian one dollar coin, commonly called the loonie (French: huard), is a gold-coloured one-dollar coin introduced in 1987. It bears images of a common loon, a bird which is common and well known in Canada, on the reverse and of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. It is produced by the Royal Canadian Mint at its facility in Winnipeg.

B. The coin’s outline is an 11-sided curve of constant width. Its diameter of 26.5 mm and its 11-sidedness matched that of the already-circulating Susan B. Anthony dollar in the United States, and its thickness of 1.95 mm was a close match to the latter’s 2.0 mm. Its gold colour differed from the silver-coloured Anthony dollar; however, the succeeding Sacagawea and Presidential dollars matched the loonie’s overall hue. Other coins using a curve of constant width include the 7-sided British twenty pence and fifty pence coins (the latter of which has similar size and value to the loonie, but is silver in colour).

C. Canada first minted a silver dollar coin in 1935 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of George V’s reign as king. The voyageur dollar, so named because it featured an Indigenous person and a French voyageur paddling a canoe on the reverse, was minted in silver until 1967, after which it was composed primarily of nickel. The coins did not see wide circulation, mainly due to their size and weight; the nickel version weighed 15.6 grams (0.55 oz) and was 32.1 millimetres (1.26 in) in diameter, and was itself smaller than the silver version.

D. The coin has become the symbol of the Canadian dollar: media often discuss the rate at which the loonie is trading against other currencies. The nickname loonie became so widely recognized that in 2006, the Royal Canadian Mint secured the rights to it. When the Canadian two-dollar coin was introduced in 1996, it was in turn nicknamed the “toonie”
(a portmanteau of “two” and “loonie”).

E. Not in any of the paragraphs

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. Canada celebrated King George’s reign by making a silver dollar coin.

A      B      C      D      E

2. The loonie is the most common coin used in vending machines.

A      B      C      D      E

3. The name of the two dollar coin was influenced by the loonie.

A      B      C      D      E

4. The loonie has a bird on one side and Queen Elizabeth II on the other side.

A      B      C      D      E

5. The original silver dollar coin had a canoe on the back.

A      B      C      D      E

6. Nickel replaced silver as the main substance of the $1 coin.

A      B      C      D      E

7. Loonies are produced in Winnipeg.

A      B      C      D      E

8. The loonie and the Anthony dollar were different colours.

A      B      C      D      E

9. Two British coins have a similar features to the loonie.

A      B      C      D      E


CELPIP Reading for Information One Dollar Coin Vocabulary

Hue (shade of colour)

Bear (show, carry)

Reverse (back)

Obverse (front)

Mint (a place where money is made)

To mint (the process of making money)

Already-circulating (already in use)

Voyageur (boatman)

Portmanteau (a word combining the sounds and meanings of two other words. For example brunch = breakfast + lunch)


CELPIP Reading for Information One Dollar Coin Answers

1. C

2. E

3. D

4. A

5. C

6. C

7. A

8. B

9. B

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