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TPO17 托福阅读Passage3 Symbiotic Relationships文本+题目原文+答案解析【雷哥托福】

2019-01-29 11:32:47 发布 来源:雷哥托福 阅读量:2833

TPO17 托福阅读Passage3 Symbiotic Relationships文本+题目原文+答案解析

Symbiotic Relationships

A symbiotic relationship is an interaction between two or more species in which one species lives in or on another species. There are three main types of symbiotic relationships: parasitism, commensalism, and mutualism. The first and the third can be key factors in the structure of a biological community; that is, all the populations of organisms living together and potentially interacting in a particular area.

Parasitism is a kind of predator-prey relationship in which one organism, the parasite, derives its food at the expense of its symbiotic associate, the host. Parasites are usually smaller than their hosts. An example of a parasite is a tapeworm that lives inside the intestines of a larger animal and absorbs nutrients from its host. Natural selection favors the parasites that are best able to find and feed on hosts. At the same time, defensive abilities of hosts are also selected for. As an example, plants make chemicals toxic to fungal and bacterial parasites, along with ones toxic to predatory animals (sometimes they are the same chemicals). In vertebrates, the immune system provides a multiple defense against internal parasites.

At times, it is actually possible to watch the effects of natural selection in host-parasite relationships. For example, Australia during the 1940s was overrun by hundreds of millions of European rabbits. ■The rabbits destroyed huge expanses of Australia and threatened the sheep and cattle industries. In ■1950, myxoma virus, a parasite that affects rabbits, was deliberately introduced into Australia to control the rabbit population. ■Spread rapidly by mosquitoes, the virus devastated the rabbit population. ■The virus was less deadly to the offspring of surviving rabbits, however, and it caused less and less harm over the years. Apparently, genotypes (the genetic make-up of an organism) in the rabbit population were selected that were better able to resist the parasite. Meanwhile, the deadliest strains of the virus perished with their hosts as natural selection favored strains that could infect hosts but not kill them. Thus, natural selection stabilized this host-parasite relationship.

In contrast to parasitism, in commensalism, one partner benefits without significantly affecting the other. Few cases of absolute commensalism probably exist, because it is unlikely that one of the partners will be completely unaffected. Commensal associations sometimes involve one species' obtaining food that is inadvertently exposed by another. For instance, several kinds of birds feed on insects flushed out of the grass by grazing cattle. It is difficult to imagine how this could affect the cattle, but the relationship may help or hinder them in some way not yet recognized.

The third type of symbiosis, mutualism, benefits both partners in the relationship. Legume plants and their nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and the interactions between flowering plants and their pollinators, are examples of mutualistic association. In the first case, the plants provide the bacteria with carbohydrates and other organic compounds, and the bacteria have enzymes that act as catalysts that eventually add nitrogen to the soil, enriching it. In the second case, pollinators (insects, birds) obtain food from the flowering plant, and the plant has its pollen distributed and seeds dispersed much more efficiently than they would be if they were carried by the wind only. Another example of mutualism would be the bull's horn acacia tree, which grows in Central and South America. The tree provides a place to live for ants of the genus Pseudomyrmex. The ants live in large, hollow thorns and eat sugar secreted by the tree. The ants also eat yellow structures at the tip of leaflets: these are protein rich and seem to have no function for the tree except to attract ants. The ants benefit the host tree by attacking virtually anything that touches it. They sting other insects and large herbivores (animals that eat only plants) and even clip surrounding vegetation that grows near the tree. When the ants are removed, the trees usually die, probably because herbivores damage them so much that they are unable to compete with surrounding vegetation for light and growing space.

The complex interplay of species in symbiotic relationships highlights an important point about communities: Their structure depends on a web of diverse connections among organisms.

TPO17托福阅读Passage3 Symbiotic Relationships 题目

Question 1 of 14: Which of the following statements about commensalism can be inferred from paragraph 1?

A. It excludes interactions between more than two species.

B. It makes it less likely for species within a community to survive.

C. Its significance to the organization of biological communities is small.

D. Its role in the structure of biological populations is a disruptive one

Question 2 of 14: The word “derives” in the passage is closest in meaning to

A. digests

B. obtains

C. controls

D. discovers

Question 3 of 14: According to paragraph 2 which of the following is true of the action of natural selection on hosts and parasites?

A. Hosts benefit more from natural selection than parasites do.

B. Both aggression in predators and defensive capacities in hosts are favored for species survival

C. The ability to make toxic chemicals enables a parasite to find and isolate its host

D. Larger size equips a parasite to prey on smaller host organisms.

Question 4 of 14: The word “devastated” in the passage is closest in meaning to

A. influenced

B. infected

C. strengthened

D. destroyed

Question 5 of 14: Which of the following can be concluded from the discussion in paragraph 3 about the Australian rabbit population?

A. Human intervention may alter the host, the parasite, and the relationship between them

B. The risks of introducing outside organisms into a biological community are not worth the benefits.

C. Humans should not interfere in host-parasite relationships.

D. Organisms that survive a parasitic attack do so in spite of the natural selection process.

Question 6 of 14: According to paragraph 3, all of the following characterize the way natural selection stabilized the Australian rabbit population EXCEPT:

A. The most toxic viruses died with their hosts.

B. The surviving rabbits were increasingly immune to the virus.

C. The decline of the mosquito population caused the spread of the virus to decline.

D. Rabbits with specific genetic make-ups were favored

Question 7 of 14The word “inadvertently” in the passage is closest in meaning to

A. indefensibly

B. substantially

C. unintentionally

D. partially

Question 8 of 14: According to paragraph 5, the relationship between legumes and bacteria benefits the soil by

A. adding enriching carbohydrates

B. speeding the decay of organic matter

C. destroying enzymes that pollute it

D. contributing nitrogen to it

Question 9 of 14:  Which of the sentences below best expresses the essential information in the highlighted sentence in the passage? Incorrect choices change the meaning in important ways or leave out essential information

A. The relationship between flowering plants and pollinators provides pollinators with food and flowers with efficient reproduction

B. In some cases birds obtain food from the seeds that are dispersed in the wind.

C. The wind not only helps the flowers distribute their seeds but enables birds to find more food.

D. Animals and insects are more effective in distributing pollen and seeds than the wind

Question 10 of 14: According to paragraph 5, which of the following is NOT true of the relationship between the bull’s horn acacia tree and the Pseudomyrmex ants?

A. Ants defend the host trees against the predatory actions of insects and animals.

B. The acacia trees are a valuable source of nutrition for the ants.

C. The ants enable the acacia tree to produce its own chemical defenses.

D. The ants protect the acacia from having to compete with surrounding vegetation

Question 11 of 14The word “highlights” in the passage is closest in meaning to

A. defines

B. emphasizes

C. reflects

D. suggests

Question 12 of 14: What is the main purpose of this passage?

A. To explain the concept of symbiosis by expanded descriptions of its principal types

B. To make a comparison between human relationships and symbiotic interactions in the natural world

C. To demonstrate the unforeseen benefits of natural processes that at first seem wholly destructive

D. To argue that parasitism is a problem that can be solved by scientific intervention

Question 13 of 14: Look at the four squares ■ that indicate where the following sentence could be added to the passage. Where would the sentence best fit?

This massive population began a century earlier as a mere twelve pairs of imported rabbits that reproduced quickly and developed into a major problem.

A. The rabbits destroyed huge expanses of Australia and threatened the sheep and cattle industries.

B.  In 1950, myxoma virus, a parasite that affects rabbits, was deliberately introduced into Australia to control the rabbit population. 

C. Spread rapidly by mosquitoes, the virus devastated the rabbit population. 

D. The virus was less deadly to the offspring of surviving rabbits, however, and it caused less and less harm over the years.

Question 13 of 14Symbiotic relationships involve the interaction of two or more organisms acting as partner

Answer Choices

A. Parasitic relationships involve the interplay of aggression by the parasite and resistance and adaptation by the host.

B. Mutualism ordinarily involves an interaction between two members of the same species

C. Mutualism is unique among symbiotic relationships in that it benefits both partners involved in the relationship.

D. Parasitic damage to Australian rabbits was never reversed because the rabbits were unable to adapt to the parasites attacks.

E. The rarity of commensal relationships stems from the difficulty of finding relationships that benefit one species without affecting the other

F. The structure of biological communities depends on the types of relationships that exist among the species within


TPO17托福阅读PassageSymbiotic Relationships 真题解析

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Question 4 of 14


解析:devastated毁灭,所以D destroyed正确。原句的前一句说一种病毒被引入以控制兔子的种群数量,接着说由于蚊子的携带导致病毒的扩张,使得兔子的种群_____了,既然前面都说了引入这种病毒是为了使兔子减少,答案当然是destroyed。strengthened意思相反了;infected“传染”只是在说一个过程,没提到控制兔子种群数量的结果,influenced程度太浅,而且也没说怎么影响。

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Question 6 of 14


解析:EXCEPT题,A的most toxic viruses做关键词定位至第三段倒数第二句的deadliest strains of the virus,所以A正确,不选;B的surviving rabbits做关键词定位至倒数第四句,正确,不选;C的mosquito population做关键词定位至第五句,跟选项说的完全无关,所以C错误,可选;D的genetic make-up做关键词定位至倒数第三句,所以D正确,不选。

Question 7 of 14


解析:inadvertently“不注意地”,所以正确答案是C unintentionally。原文提到一个物种寻觅食物会经由另外一个物种_____地暴露出来。紧接着下句给出了例子帮忙理解这个单词。例子说有一些以昆虫为食的鸟类会被放牧中的牛群赶出草地,也就是这些鸟无意间被发现了,所以答案是C,A“不能防御地”B“确实地”D“部分地”都不合文意。

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Question 10 of 14


解析:EXCEPT题,A的predatory actions和insects and animals做关键词定位至第五段倒数第二句,所以A正确,不选;B的nutrition 做关键词定位至倒数第四句的protein rich,正确,不选;C的chemical defenses在原文没有对应点,原文没有讲到蚂蚁可以使植物生成化学防御,这种植物是靠蚂蚁叮咬别的昆虫和食草动物而防御自己,C错误,可选;D的surrounding vegetation 做关键词定位至最后一句,所以D正确,不选。

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Question 13 of 14


解析:插入句里的this massive population强调了这种群种数量之多,这里的this说明前面也提到过这一现象,对应A选项前一句的hundreds of millions of European rabbits。另外插入句里还提到a major problem,而A选项后面一句就解释了问题具体是什么,所以联系紧密。

Question 14 of 14



B选项与第一段第一句中的between two or more species不符,错误。D选项与第三段第六句内容相反,病毒对存活兔子的后代来说没那么致命了,造成的伤害逐年减少。F选项与最后一段内容相反,原文说的是a web of diverse connections among organisms,而不是among the species within。













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