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English for Academic Study
Lecture 1 (Worksheet)

1.0 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions
Read the passage below and answer the questions given during lecture

When the Barbie doll first appeared in pre-feminist 1959, she had large breasts, a tiny waist, rounded lips, shapely legs, and her little feet were shod in high-heeled shoes. Barbie wore heavy make-up and her gaze was shy and downcast. She was available in only two options: airline stewardess or nurse. ………………. In 1960, Barbie had her own car and house. ‘A Barbie Goes to College’ play set was also available. In 1967, Barbie’s face was updated to sport a more youthful, model-like appearance with a direct and fearless gaze. ………….
By the 1970s, Barbie’s career options had expanded to include doctor and Olympic medalist. She also got another facelift that left her with a softer, friendlier look. She now had a wide smile and bright eyes. ……………….
During the 1980s and 1990s, when girls were encouraged to grow up to be independent wage earners, Barbie’s options increased even more to include professions such as business executive, aerobics instructor and firefighter. Today, Barbie has a thicker waist, slimmer hips, and smaller breasts and she comes in black, Asian and Latina version

1. For a long time, scientists have speculated that birds might actually be descendants from dinosaurs; but they have had no proof, at least not until recently. In 1998, diggers in China’s fossil-rich earth found dinosaur bones bearing feather- like markings. According to paleontologist Philip Currie, the fossils are the evidence needed to prove the dinosaur-bird connection. However, Larry Martin, a paleontologist at the University of Kansas, is less convinced that the impression on the bones come from feathers. Still, he, like almost everyone else who tries to reconstruct the past, is anxious to see the new…...

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