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Over 35,000 different species of spiders live almost everywhere in the world. The only places you can't find spiders are on the tops of mountains, in the oceans and at the poles.
Spiders are carnivorous. This means that they eat only meat. They eat insects and sometimes other spiders. Some spiders eat other animals, such as small fish, lizards, frogs, baby birds and mice. Most spiders use poison to kill or paralyse their prey. All spiders have poison, and to a small insect all spiders are very dangerous, but only a few spiders have poison strong enough to hurt people. Spiders that bite and cause pain to humans are called medically significant spiders.
This means that they have enough venom (poison) to cause a serious bite that will need to be looked at by a doctor. Some of the poisonous spiders found in North America include the black widow, the brown recluse, the hobo spider, and the yellow sac spider.
There are about 6 different species of black widow spiders. Three of these species are found in the warm southern United States. Black widow spiders build webs, and they live wherever they can build one. They rarely live in houses and other buildings, but if the weather gets very cold, they can move inside. Black widow spiders eat insects, and stay in their webs to catch them. Only the female black widow spider is dangerous. She is considered to be the most venomous spider in the United States! Females are shiny black, with a red hourglass shaped mark on the bottom of their abdomens. Although they are dangerous, black widow spiders are not usually deadly because they only inject a very small amount of poison.
The brown recluse spider (often called a violin spider because of the marking on its back) lives mainly in the Midwestern United States. The brown recluse spider also spins webs, and can be found in dark, undisturbed areas. Unlike the black widow, the brown recluse leaves its web at night and goes in search of insects to eat. Both the male and female brown recluse spiders are poisonous. The brown recluse spider is also not usually deadly. In fact, fatal bites almost never occur. However, the bite of a brown recluse spider is very painful and takes a long time to heal because the poison damages the cells near the bite. The hobo spider is not native to the United States. It was originally introduced from Europe, and now lives in the northwestern United States and into southern British Columbia in Canada. Like the black widow and the brown recluse spiders, the hobo spider also builds webs, but its webs are funnel webs and almost never above the ground. Female hobo spiders never leave their webs, and so the male spiders must search for them. Because of this, most bites from hobo spiders come from males. Hobo spider bites aren't deadly, but they are painful. The yellow sac spider is commonly found in homes and gardens throughout the United States. The sac spider also makes a type of web; it makes a sac out of silk. The spider sits this sac when it's not out hunting. Among the black widow, brown recluse and hobo spiders, sac spider bites are the least medically significant. This means that the sac spider's bite causes the least amount of damage.
Although these four spiders are poisonous to people, they don't attack humans. Spiders are more scared of people than we are of them! Spiders only bite if they are trapped close to the skin, or cannot escape. If you do get bitten by a spider, clean the bite and then go to see a doctor.

Which of the following statements is true?

A The hobo spider is a native of the USA.
B The hobo spider's web is in the shape of a funnel and is mostly found on the ground level.
C The female hobo spider goes out to hunt
D The male hobo spider does not bite.


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The exhibition entitled 'Images of Nature' focuses on the marriage of science and art, two disciplines that we tend to separate today. Despite this, it manages to emphasise the importance of the combination of the two. There is a clear sense of how accurate drawing and imaging has aided in scientific observation, interpretation, and communication. However, the items on display are largely historical and there is no evidence of development of imaging techniques used for scientific analysis. In the distant past, scientists will have sketched their specimens and perhaps analysed these images when away from the object. Nowadays they will have a host of ways to preserve the specimen and be able to analyse them using advanced scientific techniques and instruments.
There are two exhibits that were particularly strong when it comes to conveying the importance of scientific imaging. There is an image of a dodo, an extinct bird that we know little about today. This image shows that sometimes, artistic flair can lead to inaccurate scientific interpretation. Yet this does not detract from the fact that, had the original images not been drawn, we would know even less about the dodo. The cartography exhibit, shows the first geological survey of England. It is important to remember that accurate mapping is in fact very modern and is still under development. Today we rely on maps and location accuracy, but it has not always been possible to access this information with ease. Looking at an old and inaccurate map can make people understand the advances that have been made and get an idea of how difficult they may have been to achieve.
The exhibition feels more like an art gallery than many of the other, more interactive exhibitions with high fact density. This is a good thing as it adds an element of diversity to the museum as a whole. The exhibition is highly visually appealing and accentuates how science can be artistic and how art can be useful in science. It may however benefit from a greater element of scientific description applied to some of the images. In short, this exhibition is quite a contrast to other at the museum, both in style and content. There are videos that do allow for further exploration of the exhibits for those that are more interested and able to spend the time watching them. The videos also offer insight into the life of researchers at the museum which makes the scientific studies they are doing feel more accessible. The audience is able to associate the science with individuals, which is another contemporary and attractive aspect of the exhibition. There are fewer interactive elements and buttons to press than in other parts of the museum, yet the drawing exhibit is highly innovative and very in keeping with the exhibition ambience. Here, people have been asked to draw their favourite part of the exhibit and the audiences pictures on display show that people of many ages had been inspired to draw their own images of nature. For the curator, this deftly marries audience participation and a focus on detail that is remarkably simple and in many cases, has led to repeat visits so patrons can see their own work displayed.
The real skill of the curators of the space is that fact that they have turned a complex, detailed historical genre into something that is easy to understand and approachable to all ages. This is something that runs through the core belief of the organisation and I think they have managed rather deftly navigate the pitfalls thus creating an astonishingly clear view of the topic.
What does the word 'deftly' mean in third paragraph?

A Skillfully
B Happily
C Gratuitously
D Diversely


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Rolf, Ernst and Johan were three brothers who lived by a large lake. It was full of fish. Their grandfather had taught them how to fish for their supper. They often went fishing and brought back many fish to cook.
Rolf was the best fisherman. He would always catch more fish than his brothers and he always got one before the others. Ernst was the best at cooking the fish. He always knew exactly when to take them off the fire. Johan was the best at eating the fish. He could probably eat more fish than both of his brothers put together, and still have room for more.
One day, the three brothers went to the lake in their boat. It was a small wooden rowing boat. They took it in turns to row to the middle of the lake. When they got to the centre they started fishing. Soon Rolf felt a fish bite the end of his fishing line. He started to try to get the fish out of the water. The fish was strong and pulled hard at the other end of the line. Then, suddenly, the line snapped. That was the first and only day that Rolf caught fewer fish than his brothers.

Who taught the boys to fish?

ATheir brother
BTheir uncle
CTheir grandfather
DTheir father


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(1) Are we taught in the same way our parents were? In most cases the answer is probably not. How do educational changes happen? Why do they happen? and who makes them happen? are all fascinating questions. The simple answer is that educational systems were developed by and within the society that was being educated and for the purpose of fostering a better or more successful ‘next generation'. However, now that we are living in a time where globalisation is a reality, it is important to look at these questions again.
(2) Over history there have been few developments that have risen on a global scale instantaneously. Standardisation of basic skills has been tracked and mapped by the OECD for decades now so that benchmarks in a few core subjects can be monitored in a comparative way across the world. The way in which these targets or benchmarks are met however, still differs greatly from country to country and sometimes from one educational board to another.
(3) The psychology of learning is topic that has had a pervasive influence over all new education initiatives with the key battle ground for this is generally being played out between rote learning vs critical analysis. It is important to understand that not everyone learns at the same rate or in the same ways. While we have in many fields understood that the key to post modernism is the respect of individual difference it doesn't seem to have filtered through to educational systems or thinking yet, but the topic is certainly gaining ground.
(4) One problem with some education systems is that they tend to produce under knowledgeable and over opinionated people. Unfortunately, this often is down to the fact they have virtually no underlying knowledge of the topic and have not gained the critical skills necessary to actually get their point across without being irrelevant. This is a shameful outcome of many educational systems. Despite this sad fact, education is getting better and people seem to know more. This is what the OECD statistics would have us believe at least.



Which paragraph discussed the differences between ideas of attainment?

A1
B2
C3
D4


Isn't it 3?

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