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Comparing and Contrasting Text Practice Exercises (page 2)

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Updated on Apr 25, 2014

Practice 2: Snow Cat 

Read the selection, and then answer the questions that follow.

(1) The snow leopard lives in the rocky mountain caves of Central Asia, some 6,000–18,000 feet (1,829–5,486 m) above sea level. The animal's beautiful, soft, gray fur is speckled with black or brown ringed spots. Its thick tail, which is more than of its 6–7.5 foot (2–2.3 m) total length, is heavy with fur to protect the animal from extreme cold. The snow leopard uses its tail both for balance and to wrap around its curled-up body and cover its nose and mouth in subzero temperatures. The bottoms of its large, furry paws are also covered with fur to help protect the pads from the cold, sharp ice and jagged rocks.
(2) The snow leopard is like other big cats in some ways and different in others. For example, other big cats roar, but not the snow leopard. It purrs like many smaller cats! And the snow leopard feeds in a crouched position, like a house cat, instead of lying down like other big cats. Most leopards hunt at night, often leaping from trees to chase down their prey, then store the food high in a tree away from other predators. But snow leopards hunt in the early morning and late afternoon. They rest on cliff edges, waiting for prey to pass by. Then the cat may leap as much as 50 feet uphill to capture a meal.
(3) Prey consists of almost any available animal, like wild sheep, goats, deer, or birds. Then, since there are no trees high in the mountains to store food in, the snow leopard stays on the ground close to its kill, often returning for three or four days to feed.
(4) In spring, a female snow leopard has from one to four kittens. They stay with their mothers through their first winter, then go off to hunt on their own.
(5) Snow leopards are extremely rare; in fact they're an endangered species. Many have been hunted for their beautiful fur and their bones, which are ground up and used in some Chinese medicines. Scientists estimate there are only about 4,000–7,000 snow leopards left in the wild. You may be able to see one in a zoo. There are 600–700 snow leopards living safely in zoos around the world.
5. According to the article, the snow leopard is like a small cat because
a. it lives in the mountains.
b. it eats in a crouched position.
c. it hunts at night.
d. it roars.
6. A snow leopard is like all other leopards because
a. it is a member of the cat family.
b. it has fur.
c. it has four feet.
d. all of the above
7. A snow leopard is different from other leopards because
a. it is a predator.
b. it has kittens.
c. it hunts in the daytime.
d. it eats meat.
8. The snow leopard doesn't store its food in trees because
a. there are no trees high in the mountains.
b. it can't climb like other leopards.
c. the trees are full of leaves.
d. it eats all of the prey in one meal.
9. Once there were many snow leopards, but now there are only about
a. 2,000–3,000 in zoos and in the wild.
b. 4,000–5,000 in zoos.
c. 4,000–7,000 in the wild.
d. 6,000–8,000 living.
10. Which do both snow leopards and other leopards do when they hunt?
a. roar
b. leap
c. sing
d. sleep
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