Most people have probably heard that pigs are smarter than dogs. Studies have shown that pigs are thought to have the intelligence of a 3-year-old human child. A Penn State study showed that pigs can play video games that use joysticks. In fact, they proved to be better at the games than some members of the chimp family. The same study revealed that pigs could be taught to recognize and use objects, like a Frisbee or a dumb bell, and still remember them three years later. University of Illinois scientists conducted a study in which pigs used trial and error to figure out how to turn the heat on and off in a cold barn. Although we might find a pig's intelligence to be impressive, most of us would be unlikely to allow a full-grown one to live in our homes. People who would consider a pig for a pet are in luck. Micro pigs are the latest craze in unusual pets. But don’t think of them as purse or pocket pigs! They grow to be about 40 to 65 pounds, the size of many adult dogs. Because pigs have hair instead of fur, they might actually prove to be better pets for people with allergies. They can be trained to use a litter box, and most owners say they’re clean animals. However, do your research before choosing a pig as a pet. Pigs can be destructive if they don’t have the companionship, attention, stimulation, and boundaries they require. Pigs are social animals, and some breeders only sell them in pairs. Which statement from the passage supports the idea that micro pigs are good pets? A. A Penn State study showed that pigs can play video games that use joysticks. B. They can be trained to use a litter box, and most owners say they're clean animals. C. Although we might find pigs' intelligence to be impressive , most of us would be unlikely to allow a full-grown one to live in our homes. D. Pigs are social animals, and some breeders only sell them in pairs. 2. Tony was delighted to see the pavement disappearing under the attack of the bulldozers. The more park, the better, he thought. His delight gradually turned to concern, however, when it became clear that the construction workers were also laying the forms for new pavement, much more pavement than had been there before. Which of the following can you infer from the passage above? A. Tony enjoyed spending time in the park. B. Tony was in the construction business. C. Tony was a member of the city council. D. Tony was an avid environmentalist 3.
Students at Dessau Middle School can have fun with math at their first Olympic Math Game Night. It is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday in the school gym. Students will compete in math-related games with the encouragement of their parents. Pizza will be available in the cafeteria. The Austin Astronomical Society will bring its telescopes for stargazing in the parking lot. The event is designed to take away some of the fear of math in preparation for the April 16 state-wide math test. It is free and open to parents and students at Dessau Middle School. For more information, call the school at 989-5891. Ask for teacher Marsha McNeill. Which is the best way to summarize this passage? A. Dessau Middle School is offering a night of fun math-related activities on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. They will help ease students' fears about taking the state math test. B. Students at Dessau Middle School will enjoy math-related games, pizza, and stargazing on Thursday night. The Austin Astronomical Society will bring the telescopes. C. Students at Dessau Middle School will take a state-wide math test on April 16. For more information, call teacher Marsha McNeill at Dessau Middle School by Thursday. D. Teachers at Dessau Middle School really care about how their students do on the state-wide math test. That is why they want to get parents involved in homework. 4. Ben's Best Foot by Mary Morberg
Ben sat on an empty packing carton in the garage and watched his dad unpack pots and pans. "How will I make new friends?" he asked his dad....