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1. These penguins are from South America.  If you travel abroad to Argentina or Chile, you might be able to see a penguin colony. Today the penguin in front is looking for advice from the other penguins. He is thinking about slipping down into a swimming pool.

2. The penguin on the right is turning her head in disapproval. Meanwhile, little particles of dust are getting into the fur on the penuin's belly. This is just one of the daily intrigues that happen at Sea World. Sea World is a big park in California.

3.  Soon these penguins will move around, and it will be impossible to see which is which. Maybe when they look at each other, it's like looking in the mirror!


Answer the questions:

1. Where do these penguins live now?

A. South America

B. Argentina

C. Chile

D. California


2. What does "abroad" mean?

A. on Broad Street

B. out of one's own country

C. in a neighboring country

D. next door


3. What does "intrigue" mean?

A. a reason to cry

B. a hard life

C. drama or mystery

D. involved


4. What does "mirror" mean?

A. a place where you see your reflection

B. being or doing the same thing as another

C. Both A and B

D. None of the above

5. What does "advice" mean?

A. ideas given to assist another

B. disapproval

C. approval

D. response to a question

6. Which is a FACT, not an opinion?

A. the penguin is looking for advice

B. the other penguin disapproves

C. there is a lot of intrigue at Sea World

D. none of the above

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