III. ReadingComprehension (14%) Whatcould a dog who lovespoppingballoons do? Well, it could set a worldrecord. That’s
exactlywhat a JackRussellterrier in California did. The dog, namedAnastasia, popped 100
balloons in just 44.49 seconds! For thisfeat, she enteredinto the GuinnessWorldRecords in
Anastasia’s accomplishment is just one of manystrangerecords set by human’s bestfriends.
Augie, a goldenretrieverthatlives in Dellas, Texaswith the Millerfamily, has set a record of
holding the mosttennisballs in his mouth—five at a time! Another dog is in the book for having
the longesttongue, measuring 4.5 incheslong—nearly as long as his body! And a group of 13
dogsfromJapan’s Super Wan Wan Circus now hold the record for the mostdogsskippingrope.The idea for the bookstarted in the 1950s, whenHughBeaver, one of the leaders of the
Guinnessbeercompany, had an argumentwith a friendoverwhat the fastestbird was. Theywereunable to find the answer in any referencebooks. Beaverrealized a bookthatcontainedinformation on lots of differentachievementsmightprove to be verypopular.Now, with so manyweirdrecords out there, surelythere’s a GuinnessWorldRecord for you.
If you want to get yourname in the book, tellGuinnessWorldRecordsaboutyouridea and
convincethem it’s not dangerous. Oncetheyapproveyouridea, you’re all set to give it a try. Even
if you set a new highstandard, however, you wouldstillhave a long way to go before you set the
record for holding the mostworldrecords.Thattitlecurrentlybelongs to AshritaFurman, and that’s just one of the 134 worldrecords
the New Yorknativecurrentlyowns. Among the impressivefeats he’s achieved are the mostgames of hopscotch in 24 hours (434), mostgrapescaught in his mouth in one minute (80), and
mostgrapescaught in his mouth in threeminutes (189).
【題組】63. According to the passage, what do we knowaboutHughBeaver?
(A) He came up with the idea for a book of worldrecords.
(B) He was quick-tempered and easily got intoarguments.
(C) He was a scholardoingresearch on how fastbirdscould fly.
(D) He was one of the editors for the firstBook of WorldRecords.
The beavers at the Minnesota Zoo seemengaged in an unendingtask. Eachweektheyfellscores of inch-thickyoungtrees for theirwinterfoodsupply. Eachweek zoo workerssurreptitiouslyreplace the downedtrees, anchoring new ones in
the ironholders so the animals can keep on cutting. Letting the beavers do whatcomesnaturally has paid off: Minnesota
is one of the few zoos to get them to reproduce in captivity. The chimps at the St. Louis Zoo alsowork for a living: theypokestiffpieces of hay into an anthill to scoop out the babyfood and honeythatcuratorshideinside. Instead of idlyawaitingbananahandouts, the chimps get to manipulatetools, just as they do in the wild. Lastyear, when 13 gorillasmovedinto Zoo Atlanta’s new $4.5 millionrainforest, theymated and formedfamilies—a rarityamongcaptives. “Zooshavechangedfrombeingmeremenageries to beingcelebrations of life,” saysJohnGwynne of the Bronx Zoo. “As the
wildplaces get smaller, the role of zoosgetslarger, whichmeansintensifying the naturalness of the experience for bothvisitors and animals.”
【題組】48 According to the passage, how has the Minnesota Zoo benefitedfromtheir new project for the beavers?
(A) The Zoo has to hiremorepeople to work for the beavers.
(B) The Zoo has morebeaverfamilies and babybeavers.
(C) The Zoo has to spendmoremoneybuildinghouses for the beavers.
(D) The Zoo attractsmorevisitors to see the beavers.