Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Feathers have many uses. They insulate birds from water and cold temperatures. Individual feathers in wings and tail control flight. Color patterns serve as camouflage against predators. As with fish, the top and bottom colors are sometimes different to provide camouflage during flight. The colors of feathers are important in selection of mating pairs. Down feathers lack the tiny hooks that attach feathers one to another and thus are fluffy, allowing the down to trap much air and provide excellent insulation. In some birds, small particles break off continuously from the feathers, producing a powder that sifts through the feathers and acts as a waterproofing agent and feather conditioner.

1. Feathers are mostly for
A. keeping the bird warm.
B. steering flight.
C. attracting mates.
D. no one of the above.
2. Down feathers
A. attract mates.
B. attach to other feathers with tiny hooks.
C. trap air.
D. protect against predators.
3. The word camouflage means
A. multi-colored.
B. a stratagem for concealing or deceiving.
C. varied colors on military gear.
D. keeping out of sight.
4. In some birds, waterproofing is provided by
A. camouflage.
B. small particles that produce a powder.
C. air trapped in the feathers.
D. tiny hooks.
The information comes from Wikipedia.
Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-D..........2-C..........3-B..........4-B
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