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Read the passage carefully. Then choose the correct answer.
 
A hunter had been missing for 38 hours. We were working on what his partner had said of him -- tough guy, in shape, no quitter, some experience in the snow. Usually after so many hours in minus-30-degree weather, they do not make it, but I somehow had a good feeling about this one.

A local outfitter had volunteered a cabin near the trail head and that was where we were, the Search and Rescue team, poring over topographical maps and matching the terrain with what we knew of the hunter. The graphic delineations, detailing elevations and positions of the land, suggested he would funnel into an area at the top of an old logging road, somewhere near 10,000 feet.

Deciding to set up base camp there, we called in a snow plough to clear the road. I saw it lumbering by the cabin, its yellow revolving light casting eerie shadows on the snow. At dawn, we would send snowmobiles out and I would join ten teams to search the area on foot. A horseback team would also be dispatched to ride the search area diagonally, to find tracks. A fixed-wing aircraft was scheduled to fly over the area too.

It was 3.30 a.m. when I laid out my sleeping bag at the corner of the cabin, hoping to get some rest before daybreak. I saw the yellow light moving back down the gravel road leading to town. Just as I dozed off, someone started pounding on the door. I heard someone in the front stir and mutter, then open the door.

"Oh man, we are glad to see you !" a sheriff's deputy said.

"You're glad ?" a man's raspy, exhausted voice replied.

I stoked up the stove and the man sat in front of it for half an hour before we could get the frozen boots off his feet.

"I had some matches on me and built a few fires," he told us, "when I saw a strange yellow light flashing on the snow far below. I ran, stumbling down the steep slope but the plough was gone long before I got there !"

He had followed its tracks down the logging road and come knocking on the first cabin he sighted, right where we were.

His partner was by now walking around, vigorously shaking our hands. "I can't believe you sent the plough right to him !" he kept chanting.

At dawn, I took a short walk and stood looking out at the rugged glaciated mountains and rolling prairies of Yellowstone Valley.  "The last few hours had been a matter of life and death for all of us. That," I thought, "is the secret and the terrible beauty of the wilderness."

     
  1. When the writer had 'a good feeling' (paragraph 1), this means that ______.
       
    (A) he felt happy about the missing hunter
    (B) he felt optimistic about finding the missing hunter alive
    (C) he felt optimistic about surviving in sub-zero temperatures
    (D) he felt happy about searching for the missing hunter in sub-zero temperatures
       
  2. According to paragraph 2, the Search and Rescue team was trying to ______.
       
    (A) map out the icy terrain
    (B) find the area at the top of an old logging road
    (C) pinpoint the likely location of the missing hunter
    (D) find out the last known whereabouts of the missing hunter
       
  3. The Search and Rescue effort made use of ______.
       
    (A) vehicles and animals
    (B) snowmobiles, aircraft and manpower
    (C) manpower, vehicles, horses and aircraft
    (D) footed soldiers, horses and snowmobiles
       
  4. Why do you think the plough was gone long before the missing hunter reached it ?
       
    (A) The flashing yellow light was a distraction.
    (B) The missing hunter gave up running after the plough.
    (C) The missing hunter took a long time to travel the distance.
    (D) The missing hunter was too weak to travel down the steep slope fast enough.
       
  5. Why is the wilderness a 'terrible beauty' (last paragraph) ?
       
    (A) Nature is beautiful but it has its perils.
    (B) It actually means that nature is terribly ugly.
    (C) The wilderness is a dangerous and unsightly place.
    (D) There is nothing beautiful about being terribly unsafe.
       
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  Answers : 1B   2C   3C   4C   5A
 
 
 
 

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