Tyes and Greens IELTS Reading Practice Mock Test

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1-17, which are based on Rending Passage below.

Tyes and Greens

There are a number of settlements in this part of East Anglia with names containing the word “tye”. The word Is Anglo-Saxon in origin, and the Oxford English Dictionary quotes the earliest usage of the term as dating from 832. Essentially a “tye” was a green, or a small area of open common land, usually sited away from the main village or settlement, perhaps at the junction of two or more routes. Local people and passing travellers had the right to pasture their horses, pigs and other farm animals on the tye.

In the Pebmarsh area there seem to have been five or six of these lyes, all except one, at the margins of the parish. These marginal clearings arc all away from the richer farming land close to the river, and, in the case of Cooks Green, Haylcs Tye, and Dorking Tye, close to the edge of still existing fragments of ancicnt woodland. It seems likely then that, here, as elsewhere in East Anglia, medieval freemen were allowed to clear a small part of the forest and create a smallholding. Such unproductive forest land would, in any case, have been unattractive to the wealthy baronial or monastic landowners. Most of the land around Pebmarsh village belonged to Earls Colne Priory, a wealthy monastery about 10 kilometres to the south, and it may be that by the 13th and 14th centuries the tyes -were maintained by tenant farmers paying rent to the Priory.

Hayles Tye seems to have got its name from a certain John Hayle who Is documented in the 1380s, although there are records pointing to occupation of the site at a much earlier date. The name was still In use in 1500, and crops up again throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, usually in relation to the payment of taxes or tithes. At some point during the 18lh ccntury the name is changed to File’s Green, though no trace of an owner called File has been found. Also in the 18th century the original dwellings on the site disappeared. Much of this region was economically depressed during this period and the land and its dwellings may simply have been abandoned. Several farms were abandoned in the neigh¬bouring village of Alphamstone, and the population dwindled so much that there was no money to support the fabric of the village church, which became very dilapidated. However, another possibility is that the buildings at Flic’s Green burnt down, fires being not infrequent at this time.

By 1817 the land was in the ownership of Charles Townsend of Ferriers Farm, and in 1821 he built two brick cottages on the site, each cottage occupied by two families of agricultural labourers. The structure of these cottages was very simple, just a two-storcy rectangle divided in the centre by a large common chimney piece. Each dwelling had its own fireplace, but the two families seem to have shared a brick broad-oven which jutted out from the rear of the cottage. The outer wall of the bread-oven Is still visible on the remaining cottage. The fireplaces themselves and the chimney structure appear to be older than the 1821 cot- tagcs and may have survived from the earlier dwellings. All traces of the common land had long disappeared, and the two cottages stood on a small plot of less than an acre where the labourers would have been able to grow a few vegetables and keep a few chickens or a pig. The bulk of their time was spent working at Ferriers farm.

Both cottages are clearly marked on maps of 1874, but by the end of the century, one of them had gone. Again, the last years of the 19’h century were a period of agricultural de¬pression, and a number of smaller farms in the area were abandoned. Traces of one, Mosse’s Farm, still partly encircled by a very overgrown moat, may be seen less than a kilo¬metre from File’s Green. It seems likely that, as the need for agricultural labour declined, one of the cottages fell into disuse, decayed and was eventually pulled down. Occasional fragments of rubble and brick still surface in the garden of the remaining cottage.

In 1933, this cottage was sold to the manager of the newly-opened gravel works to the north-west of Pebmarsh village. He converted these two dwellings Into one. This, then, is the only remaining habitation on the site and is called File’s Green Cottage.

Choose the appropriate letters A-D and write them in Boxes 15-17 on your answer sheet.

A tye was …

The Pebmarsh area …

The tyes in the Pebmarsh area were …

According to the writer, wealthy landowners …

Question 5-14

Complete the text below, which is a summary of paragraphs 3-6 in above Reading Passage. Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the passage to fill each blank space.

Write your answers in Boxes 5-14 on your answer sheet.

1380s- John Hayle, who is , apparently gave his name to Hayles Tye.

1500s- the name of Hayles Tye was still , again in the following two centuries in relation to taxes.

18th century- Hayles Tye was renamed the original dwellings may either have disappeared or were . harles Townsend.

1821- Charles Townsend built cottages on the site,  inhabited by two families, but by the end of the nineteenth century only one cottage .

1933- The cottage, now called File’s Green Cottage, was bought by the local manager who converted the cottage into .

The Opus 76 quartets were published in 1799 when Haydn was well over 60 years old. Almost immediately he was commissioned to write another set by Prince Lobkowltz, a wealthy pa¬tron, who was later to become an important figure in Beethoven’s life. Two quartets only were completed and published as Opus 77 Nos. 1 & 2 in 1802. But these are not the works of an old man whose powers arc fading, or who simply consolidates ground already cov¬ered. Once again Haydn Innovates. The opening movement of Opus 77 No. 2 is as struc¬turally complex and emotionally unsettling as anything he ever wrote, alternating between a laconic opening theme and a tense and threatening counter theme which comes to domi¬nate the whole movement. Both quartets have fast scherzo-like “minuets”. The slow movement of No. 1 is in traditional variation form, but stretches the form to the limit in order to accommodate widely contrasting textures and moods. The finale of No. 2 is swept along by a seemingly Inexhaustible stream of energy and inventiveness.

In fact, Haydn began a third quartet in this set, but never finished it, and the two completed movements were published in 1806 as Opus 103, his last published work. He was over 70, and clearly lacked the strength to continue composition. The two existing movements arc a 8low movement followed by a minuet. The slow movement has a quiet warmth, but It is the minuet that is remarkable. It is in true dance time, unlike the fast quasi-scherzos of the earlier quartets. But what a dancel In a sombre D minor Haydn unfolds an angular, ruth¬less little dance of death. The central trio section holds out a moment of consolation, and then the dance returns, sweeping on relentlessly to the final sudden uprush of sound. And then, after more than 40 years of composition the master falls silent.

Questions 15-17

Choose the appropriate letters A-D and write them In Boxes 15-17 on your answer sheet.

Which one of the following statements Is true?

Like symphonies 103 and 104, the oratorios and masses were ....

The string quartets in Opus 76 and Opus 77 were …


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