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The Camel

1. This camel lives at the San Diego Zoo in California. Many camels live with people in the desert. In the core, the center of their bodies, they have a hump which stores water. This allows them to face the challenge of desert travel.

2. One or two people can ride on the camel's back. The camel goes along the course that the human shows it. It is a pack animal, good for carrying loads and walking distances. It can walk across desert so dry that the land is cracked.

3. Unless you understand camels, you have to use caution around them. They are big, and they spit sometimes. They love to chew, and they have to be kept away from farms where there is a new harvest of vegetables and fruits.


Answer the Questions

1. Where does this camel live?

A. In the desert.

B. In Africa.

C. In California at the zoo.

D. In a neighborhood in San Diego.

2. What are camels good at doing?

A. Deciding where to go.

B. Following the course the person shows.

C. Carrying heavy loads.

D. Both B and C.

3. Why should people use caution around camels?

A. They spit.

B. They like to chew things.

C. They're not very big.

D. Both A and B.

4. What does "core" mean?

A. center

B. front

C. back

D. rear

5. What does "challenge" mean?

A. a difficulty that is too hard

B. a difficulty that a person can overcome

C. a difficulty that requires study and increased education

D. an easy way out

6. What does "course" mean?

A. a track or a path that one takes

B. a track around a field at school only

C. a thought of what a person wants to do

D. a track or path that can be factual or a thought

7. What does "harvest" mean?

A. vegetables on a farm

B. spinach and cabbage on a farm

C. vegetables or fruits that are ripe for picking

D. vegetables or fruits that have been eaten by a camel

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