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Volume 4, Number 33, May 24, 1999

Using An Encyclopedia - Mammals

Use an encyclopedia or other source(s) to help you answer the questions.

1. Which of the following statements about domestic cats is not true?

a. The ancient Egyptians would not allow their cats to hunt rodents.
b. During the middle ages, many people believed that cats were evil.
c. Cats were brought to North America by the European colonists.
d. Almost everyone had a cat during the Renaissance.

2. Which of the following statements about moles in not true?

a. Moles are afraid of the water and cannot swim.
b. Moles don’t see well.
c. Moles eat earthworms.
d. Moles dig their burrows close to the surface of the ground.

3. Which of the following statements about the red fox is not true?

a. The silver fox is actually a red fox.
b. Red foxes rely on their superior sense of smell because they have poor eyesight.
c. The red fox helps to control rodent populations.
d. Both parents help to raise the young.

4. Which of the following statements about pumas is not true?

a. Pumas are also known as mountain lions and cougars.
b. Pumas are carnivores.
c. Young pumas have spots.
d. Most pumas are found in the eastern hemisphere.

Source: Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia


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