共享题干题【2013年真题】 （三） On the Trial of the Honey Badger
On a recent field trip to the Kalahari Desert, a team of researchers learn a lot more abouthoney badgers. The team employed a local wildlife expert Kitso Khama to help them locate andfollow the badgers across the desert. Their main aim was to study the badgers' movements andbehavior as discreetly (谨慎地) as possible without frightening them away or causing them tochange their natural behavior. They also planned to trap a few and study them close up beforereleasing them in view of the animal's reputation; this was something that even Khama wasreluctant to do.
"The problem with honey badgers is they are naturally curious animals, especially whenthey see something new," he says. "That, combined with their unpredictable nature, can be adangerous mixture. If they sense you have food, for example, they won't be shy about comingright up to you for something to eat. They're actually quite sociable creatures around humans,but as soon as they feel they might be in danger, they can become extremely vicious (凶恶的). Fortunately this is rare, but it does happen. "
The research confirmed many things that were already known. As expected, honey badgersate any creatures they could catch and kill. Even poisonous snakes, feared and avoided by mostother animals, were not safe from them. The researchers were surprised, however, by theanimal's fondness for local melons, probably because of their high water content. Preciouslyresearchers thought that the animal got all of its liquid requirements from its prey (猎物). Theteam also learnt that, contrary to previous research findings, the badgers occasionally formedloose family groups. They were also able to confirm certain results from previous research,including the fact that female badgers never socialized with each other.
Following some of the male badgers was a challenge, since they can cover large distancesin a short space of time. Some hunting territories cover more than 500 square kilometers.Although they seem happy to share these territories with other males, there are occasional fightsover an important food source, and male badgers can be as aggressive towards each other as theyare towards other species.
As the badgers became accustomed to the presence of people, it gave the team the chanceto get up close to them without being the subject of the animal's curiosity--or suddenaggression. The badgers' eating patterns, which had been disrupted, to normal. It also allowedthe team to observe more closely some of the other creatures that form working associations withthe honey badger, as these seemed to badgers' relaxed attitude when near humans.
单选题第1题Which of the following is a typical feature of male badgers________?
A.They don't run very quickl
B.They defend their territory from other badger
C.They hunt over a very large are
D.They are more aggressive than female
单选题第2题What does Kitso Khama say about honey badgers________?
A.They are always looking for foo
B.They do not enjoy human compan
C.It is common for them to attack peopl
D.They show interest in things they are not familiar wit
单选题第3题What did the team find out about honey badgers________?
A.There were some creatures they did not ea
B.They were afraid of poisonous creature
C.Female badgers did not mix with male badger
D.They may get some of the water they needed from frui
单选题第4题Why did the wild life experts visit the Kalahari Desert________?
A.To find where honey badgers liv
B.To catch some honey badgers for foo
C.To find out why honey badgers have a bad reputatio
D.To observe how honey badgers behav
单选题第5题What happened when honey badgers got used to humans around them________?
A.They lost interest in peopl
B.They became less aggressive towards other creature
C.They started eating mor
D.Other animals started working with the