III. Reading Comprehension (14%) What could a dog who loves popping balloons do? Well, it could set a world record. That’s
exactly what a Jack Russell terrier in California did. The dog, named Anastasia, popped 100
balloons in just 44.49 seconds! For this feat, she entered into the Guinness World Records in
Anastasia’s accomplishment is just one of many strange records set by human’s best friends.
Augie, a golden retriever that lives in Dellas, Texas with the Miller family, has set a record of
holding the most tennis balls in his mouth—five at a time! Another dog is in the book for having
the longest tongue, measuring 4.5 inches long—nearly as long as his body! And a group of 13
dogs from Japan’s Super Wan Wan Circus now hold the record for the most dogs skipping rope.The idea for the book started in the 1950s, when Hugh Beaver, one of the leaders of the
Guinness beer company, had an argument with a friend over what the fastest bird was. They were
unable to find the answer in any reference books. Beaver realized a book that contained
information on lots of different achievements might prove to be very popular.Now, with so many weird records out there, surely there’s a Guinness World Record for you.
If you want to get your name in the book, tell Guinness World Records about your idea and
convince them it’s not dangerous. Once they approve your idea, you’re all set to give it a try. Even
if you set a new high standard, however, you would still have a long way to go before you set the
record for holding the most world records.That title currently belongs to Ashrita Furman, and that’s just one of the 134 world records
the New York native currently owns. Among the impressive feats he’s achieved are the most
games of hopscotch in 24 hours (434), most grapes caught in his mouth in one minute (80), and
most grapes caught in his mouth in three minutes (189).
【題組】63. According to the passage, what do we know about Hugh Beaver?
(A) He came up with the idea for a book of world records.
(B) He was quick-tempered and easily got into arguments.
(C) He was a scholar doing research on how fast birds could fly.
(D) He was one of the editors for the first Book of World Records.
The beavers at the Minnesota Zoo seem engaged in an unending task. Each week they fell scores of inch-thick young
trees for their winter food supply. Each week zoo workers surreptitiously replace the downed trees, anchoring new ones in
the iron holders so the animals can keep on cutting. Letting the beavers do what comes naturally has paid off: Minnesota
is one of the few zoos to get them to reproduce in captivity. The chimps at the St. Louis Zoo also work for a living: they
poke stiff pieces of hay into an anthill to scoop out the baby food and honey that curators hide inside. Instead of idly
awaiting banana handouts, the chimps get to manipulate tools, just as they do in the wild. Last year, when 13 gorillas
moved into Zoo Atlanta’s new $4.5 million rain forest, they mated and formed families—a rarity among captives. “Zoos
have changed from being mere menageries to being celebrations of life,” says John Gwynne of the Bronx Zoo. “As the
wild places get smaller, the role of zoos gets larger, which means intensifying the naturalness of the experience for both
visitors and animals.”
【題組】48 According to the passage, how has the Minnesota Zoo benefited from their new project for the beavers?
(A) The Zoo has to hire more people to work for the beavers.
(B) The Zoo has more beaver families and baby beavers.
(C) The Zoo has to spend more money building houses for the beavers.
(D) The Zoo attracts more visitors to see the beavers.