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Why would anyone want to set aside a day to honor a lowly little groundhog? The answer to that question is not certain, but a group of people get together every February 2 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to watch Punxsutawney "Pete" leave his burrow. What "Pete" does next, many 5 believe, will indicate whether spring is just around the corner or a long way off. You see, in Pennsylvania on this date there is usually a great deal of snow on the ground, and the little animal has been hibernating during the long, cold winter, He gorged himself during the autumn months and then went into his burrow for a long sleep, 10 his body fat helping keep him alive. But as he emerges on February 2, he looks very thin. If the sun is shining brightly and he sees his shadow, according to legend, it scares him back into his home where he will stay another six weeks. Should it be cloudy and gray, the little animal will supposedly wander around for food -- a sure 15 sign that spring is near. While many believe in the groundhog's predictions, it is unwise to accept them as factual.
1. According to this reading, who do people gather every year to observe the groundhog?
(A) He's cute and playful, and children love to watch him.
(B) He's looking for food and the people want to help him find it in the snow.
(C) Many people believe him to be a harbinger of spring.
(D) The people want to be sure he is alive after such a long winter.
2. How does the groundhog manage to stay alive during the long winter?
(A) People set out food for him.
(B) His stored body fat sustains him.
(C) He wakes up on nice days and hunts for food.
(D) It is a mystery as yet unsolved.
3. Which of the following is not true?
(A) Animals have a certain instinct which helps them predict the seasons.
(B) According to the legend, the groundhog leaves his burrow on February 2.
(C) Groups of people in Pennsylvania wait for the groundhog's predictions.
(D) After his long period of hibernation, the groundhog looks very thin.
4. What prediction does the groundhog supposedly made?
(A) If he sees his shadow, it will soon be spring.
(B) If he sees his shadow, spring will not arrive for another six weeks.
(C) If he does not see his shadow, spring will arrive in six weeks.
(D) If he does not see his shadow, all the snow will disappear immediately.
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