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English 10: Unit 9: Undersea world

Read the passage and choose the correct answer:

People have been hunting whales for at least a thousand years, and there were no real problems until the 20th century. What happened was that fishing technology became much more efficient and the ships were much faster, so more and more whales were caught. In the 1960s the main whaling countries were killing more than sixty thousand whales a year, and everyone began to realize that something had to be done.
It was environmental groups like Greenpeace that really made things change. They set up out to make people aware of the fact the whales were fast becoming extinct. But even now we don't know if all this interest has come too late. Let's take the great blue whale for example, which at thirty to forty metres long is the biggest animal there has ever been - now there are perhaps about two thousand or so left. In fact they have been protected for quite a long time, but there is still no sign that the population is growing.


1. How long have people been hunting whales?
A. since the 20th century
B. since the 1960s
C. for nearly 200 years
D. for over 2000 years
Explain:


2. The twentieth century has bought many dangers to whales due to ............... .
A. improved methods of technology
B. longer nets
C. faster ships
D. improved methods of technology and faster ships
Explain:


3. According to the passage, how many whales were being killed per year in th 1960s?
A. 60 thousands
B. millions
C. more than 60 thousand
D. around 90 thousand
Explain:


4. Which of the following statements is Not true about blue whales?
A. They have been protected for quite a long time.
B. Their population is growing fast.
C. They can grow up to forty metres long.
D. They are the biggest animals on earth.
Explain:
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