II. CHOOSE TWO OUT OF THE THREE QUESTIONS: A. EXPRESSING THE MAIN IDEAS. (1 POINT) (0.5 points for eachcorrect answer) Answer the following questions according to the information given in the text. Where possible, use your own words.
1. What is the meaning of ‘Pet owners treat their pets like any othermember of the family’? 2. Can a pet help a person who is under great stress? Why?
B. LEXICON. (1 POINT) (0.25 points for each correct answer) Find words or phrases in the text that mean the same asthese given.
HOW PETS CAN IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH Having a pet can, at times, test your patience but most pet owners will agree that pets give back much more than they receive in the form ofcompanionship and love. The United States is a pet-loving nation, having more dogs and cats than any other country. Pet owners treat their pets like any other member of the family, perhaps even giving themspecial birthday and holiday presents. But there is another reason to have a pet: owning a pet can actually improve the health of its owner. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,having a pet can decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and feelings of loneliness. Perhaps the most notable benefit has to do with heart health. Several studies have found that people who havehad a heart attack survive longer with a pet than without. The director of UCLA’s People-Animal Connection says she believes the human-animal relationship offers many social, psychological andphysiological benefits: ‘Among other things, animals contribute to raising selfesteem, significantly lowering anxiety levels, improving attitude toward others and opening lines of communication.’ So, which...