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1. This sea lion clearly does not have much hardship to bear. Her environment is not altered
very often. The weather in San Diego, where she lives, is fairly
stable. Her home at the zoo is small, but seems to suit her and her
companions well. They spend their days swimming, napping and eating the
fish that people buy and throw to them.
2. Many people are baffled
by the ways that sea lions can be tamed. It seems strange that sea
animals would get along with people so that they can
learn to balance balls on their noses, clap their flippers and swim
where they are trained to swim. Yet they do tame and perform very
Sea lions can be trained for more than entertainment. They are used by
the U.S. Navy to protect piers and docks from unwanted intruders who
would enter by swimming or scuba diving. They do not block intruders, but they locate them and mark their locations.
4. Though sea lions are usually known as animals that get along with humans, there have been attacks on swimmers. It is hard to analyze
why each event occurs, but overall reasons are probably territory
or just curiosity. Sea lions are very playful, and they may sometimes
think of swimmers as fun things to investigate.
Answer the Questions (answers are at the bottom of the page):
1. What is the main idea of this passage?
A. The sea lion in the picture is sleeping.
B. Many people are baffled by sea lions and how they can be tamed.
C. Some facts about sea lions and how they get along with humans.
D. The dangers of sea lions.
2. What is an INFERENCE, not a fact from the story?
A. sea lions are very intelligent animals
B. sea lions have attacked humans
C. some sea lions work with the Navy
D. some sea lions can perform tricks
What parts of life at the zoo are listed in the story?
A. people throw fish, people shout, sea lions swim
B. sea lions swim, sea lions nap, people throw fish
C. sea lions nap, sea lions swim, dolphins work for the Navy
D. sea lions eat fish, people buy fish, people keep sea lions as pets
4. What role is not performed by seal lions for the Navy?
A. they locate intruders
B. they mark intruder locations
C. they block intruders
D. they locate and mark intruder locations
5. Match the words to their definitions:
a. to change
alter b. to confuse
baffle c. to compare
block d. to put up with
analyze e. to stop
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answers: 1. c, 2. a, 3. b, 4. c, 5. bear: d, alter: a, baffle: b, block: e, analyze: c