The Elephant: Reading Practice 5 (report)

By | March 24, 2016

The elephant is the largest and strongest of all animals. It is a strange looking animal with its thick legs,huge sides and backs, large hanging ears, a small tail, little eyes, long white tusks and above all it has a long nose, the trunk.

The trunk is the elephant’s peculiar feature, and it has various uses. The elephant draws up water by its trunk and can squirt it all over its body like a shower bath. It can also lift leaves and puts them into its mouth. In fact, the trunk serves the elephant as a long arm and hand. An elephant looks very clumsy and heavy and yet it can move very quickly.

The elephant is a very intelligent animal. Its intelligence combined with its great strength makes it a very useful servant to men and it can be trained to serve in various ways such as carrying heavy loads, hunting for tigers and even fighting.

1. What is the communicative purpose of the text?
A. to give general info on the characteristics of an elephant
B. to persuade the readers to actively protect elephants
C. to make the readers aware of the existence of elephants
D. to tell the readers about the advantages of an elephant
E. to give strong arguments about the uses of an elephant

2. In the first paragraph, the writer mainly wants to say that … .
A. the elephant is the largest animal in the world
B. the elephant is the strongest of all animals
C. the elephant is strong and large, yet strange
D. the elephant has a strange trunk and body
E. the elephant has strong sides and back

3. What is the main idea of paragraph 2?
A. The elephant has one long nose called trunk
B. The elephant has various kinds of trunk
C. The elephant’s trunk has different uses
D. The elephant’s trunk is a peculiar feature
E. The elephant uses its trunk to lift leaves

4. The third paragraph is mainly about the fact that … .
A. elephants are strong
B. elephants can lift logs
C. elephants are servants
D. elephants must be trained
E. elephants are very useful

5. Which of the following does not describe the elephant according to paragraph 1?
A. It looks strange
B. it is heavy
C. it is wild
D. it has a trunk
E. it has a small tail

6. The word peculiar in paragraph 2 is close in meaning to … .
A. large
B. long
C. tough
D. smooth
E. strange

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