Test 4 Section 3 Reading Comprehension

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Test 4 Section 3 Reading Comprehension Questions 1-11 Swans are among the most beautiful of North American waterfowl and have always enjoyed the admiration and even the protection of bird lovers. Of the six species in the swan genus, only two are native to North America. The trumpeter Line swan, the largest of the group, breeds in the northern United States and Alaska, (5) and was nearly wiped out during the nineteenth century craze for elaborately feathered hats. The whistling swan, which winters in large flocks on the Chesapeake Bay, has recently been renamed the tundra swan because it breeds and summers on the northernmost tundra regions of the continent. Recently, populations of mute swans—an exotic species introduced to North (10) America from Europe in the early 1900s—have begun increasing by an alarming 30 to 40 percent annually in some states. Most wildlife biologists today believe the majestic white creatures, with their tendency to destroy a pond's plant life and drive away native waterfowl, might create havoc on the scale of the gypsy moth, starling, or English sparrow. (15) Both native species of swans are wild and require large areas of uninhabited summer ground for nesting and feeding. Mutes, however, semi-domesticated and accustomed to people, can nest in pairs of as many as three or four on one small coastal pond, which can burden delicate and environmentally essential brackish waters. Furthermore, mute swans usually form lifelong pair bonds and (20) after selecting a pond, they make it their permanent home. Wildlife reserve managers have had little success in relocating mute swans to different ponds after the pair has established itself in one location. 1. The author's main purpose in this passage is to (A) interest people in wildlife biology (B) describe swans of North America (C) prevent extinction of a swan species (D) forewarn an environmental problem 2. According to the passage, the main issue concerning mute swans is that they are (A) not native to North America (B) semi-domesticated (C) increasing very rapidly (D) possessive of their habitat 3. The phrase "wiped out" in line 5 is closest in meaning to (A) miscalculated (B) admired (C) cleaned up (D) killed off 4. The phrase "an alarming 30-40 percent" in lines 10-11 is closest in meaning to (A) a general 30-40 percent (B) a worrisome 30-40 percent (C) an established 30-40 percent (D) a conservative 30-40 percent 5. The author states that the native species of swans can live best (A) in close contact with people (B) in the southern part of the United States (C) in unpopulated areas (D) in a similar habitat to mute swans 6. The passage comments on all features of swans EXCEPT their (A) life span (B) breeding and nesting habits (C) habitats (D) origins 7. Which swan was close to extinction? (A) The mute swan
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2011 for the course IS 4 taught by Professor Turk during the Spring '11 term at Helwan University, Helwan.

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