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End Year Examination (#4): Section I

Read the passage below and answer questions 1 to 6. Your answer must be based on the passage.

 

When you curl up to go to sleep, you are just getting comfortable. When a hedgehog curls up to go to sleep, it does so for protection.

 

Hedgehogs have stiff and sharp spines everywhere except on their faces, legs and bellies. By curling into tight balls and tucking in their heads, tails and legs, hedgehogs protect the parts of their bodies that do not have spines.

 

When hedgehogs are born, their spines are soft and short. So, they have to stay in the nest until their spines are longer and stiff, too. Then, The young hedgehogs can safely follow their mother outside the nest as she looks for food.

 

Tops on the hegehog's menu are insects, followed by small mice, snails, lizards, frogs, eggs and even snakes. When a hedgehod goes after a snake, its spines act as a shield against the snake's bites. A hedgehod sometimes adds extra protection to its spines. Immune to some poisonous plants, a hedgehog sometimes eats them and then makes frothy saliva in its mouth. It then licks its spines, spreading the saliva with the plant's poison all over the spines.

 

Though hedgehods mainly stay on the ground, they swim quite well and even climb trees. If one is up in a tree and wants to get down quickly or falls, its spines come in handy once again. When the hedgehog hits the ground, its spines help it to bounce, thus making it unhurt.

 

Adapted from National Geographic

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How does a hedgehog protect itself when it sleeps?

 

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It curls up into a ball and tucks in their heads, tails and legs.


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What happens to the spines of a hedgehog after it has stayed in the nest for three weeks?

 

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The spines are longer and stiff.


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What does a hedgehog like to eat most?

 

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It likes to eat insects.


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What does the word 'them' in line 14 refer to?

 

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It refers to poisonous plants.


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What happens when a hedgehog falls from a tree?

 

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The spines help the hedgehog to bounce and make it unhurt.


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