IV. 閱讀測驗：下面兩篇短文共有 10 題，每篇有 5 題，為 41 – 50 題，請閱讀短文後，選出最適當的答案。
( 1 ) The Chinese government promised to offer two pandas to Taiwan as a gift in 2005. The rare animals, named Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, were delivered to Taiwan on Dec. 24, 2008. The combined name of the two pandas - Tuan Yuan - means reunion in Chinese. They have been housed at the Taipei Zoo since their arrival. But they were not shown in public until Jan. 26, 2009, because they had to be kept separate from others to be examined for at least one month. The reason for this was to prevent the spread of diseases such as canine distemper and rabies─ the two most likely to infect pandas. Finally, they proved to be healthy, so the Taipei Zoo’s new panda house was opened in time for the first day of the Chinese New Year, and attracted thousands of children and parents to see the chubby bamboo-eating animals.
The Giant Panda is an endangered species and highly threatened. There might be only 2,000 giant pandas in the wild. It once lived in lowland areas, but farming, forest clearing, and other developments now restrict the Giant Panda to mountains in central-western and southwestern China. The Giant Panda has a diet which is 99% bamboo. However, only a few bamboo species are widespread at the high altitudes pandas now inhabit. Bamboo leaves contain some protein; the stems have even less. The Giant Panda may eat other foods such as honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrubs
leaves, oranges and bananas, when these are available. Because this diet is low in nutrition, it affects the panda’s behavior. Most of the pandas sleep at least 10 hours a day, and tend to avoid activities which will use up too much energy.
【題組】44. Which statement about the Giant Panda is correct?
(A) The Giant Panda does not experience any threats.
(B) Bamboo is the only thing eaten by the Giant Panda.
(C) Wild pandas are living in the lowland areas of China.
(D) Farming and other developments made the Giant Panda change his place to live.