The Ultimate Lion Quiz

The Ultimate Lion Quiz
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Why is the lion known as the king of beasts? How big are they and what do they eat to stay that way? Can you really hear a lion's roar miles away? Take this quiz and learn a lion's share of answers.
Lions of which continent were once abundant and are now dwindling in numbers?
Africa
Asia
The lions of Asia were once found in large numbers there, but today only a few hundred survive.
South America

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Why do lions often live in grassland areas?
because game is plentiful there
That's where game is most plentiful and, boy, do those lions like game!
because it's cooler there
because the grass colors camouflage them

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How do Indian and African lions differ in appearance?
The Indian lions have bushier manes and longer whiskers.
The African lions have longer snouts.
The Indian lions are smaller, with smaller manes.
The Indian lions are smaller than the African ones and their manes are smaller, too.

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What is the average lifespan of a lion in the wild?
10-15 years
15-20 years
They usually live between 15 and 20 years in the wild, but longer in captivity.
20-30 years

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How are lions and domestic cats similar in the way they walk?
They both walk on their toes, not on their soles.
Interestingly, lions and domestic cats both walk on their toes, not on the soles of their feet.
They both swish their tails as they walk.
They're not similar in this respect at all -- it's a myth.

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Which other wild cat has a mane, aside from the lion?
the jaguar
none besides the lion
No other wild cat has a mane, only the lion.
the mountain lion

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What is the name for the social group that lions live with?
the pack
the herd
the pride
It's called a pride and sometimes as many as 30 lions live in one pride.

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How do lions mark their territorial region?
by urinating on bushes and trees along the boundary
They behave similarly to dogs. They urinate on certain trees and bushes to stake out their territory.
by staying in a position and roaring when another animal approaches
by dragging bits of straw and grasses to chosen places along the boundary and placing them there

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What factor determines the territory that a pride chooses?
distance from human contact
availability of prey and water
A pride will choose its territory based on the availability of prey and water.
proximity to other prides

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Which lions are responsible for defense and hunting?
The lionesses are in charge of defense, while the male lions are in charge of hunting.
The male lions are in charge of both defense and hunting, while the lionesses are in charge of rearing the cubs.
The male lions are in charge of defense, while the lionesses are in charge of hunting.
Each gender has its role. The males are in charge of defense, while the lionesses are in charge of hunting.

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What do lions prey?
other lions
zebra and buffalo
Lions go for zebra and buffalo. They don’t usually prey on gazelles or impala, for they're probably too agile to catch.
small gazelles and impala

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When do lions usually hunt?
at night
Most of their hunting takes place at night. Their keen sense of smell makes up for their reduced visibility at night.
during the day
during both night and day

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Why do lions swallow huge meat chunks whole without chewing?
because it is easier for them to digest the food
because their teeth are designed for tearing, not chewing
Lions' teeth are simply not designed for chewing. They're better designed for tearing, so lions tear off huge pieces of meat and eat them as they are, neat.
because they have to eat as quickly as possible lest another predator interfere

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When cubs are born, they are often:
able to be independent
spotted or striped
They are often spotted and sometimes striped. They lose their spots only a year later.
rejected by their parents

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What do lionesses do with their cubs at about six weeks of age?
They wean them completely.
They teach them to hunt.
They lead them to a fresh kill to get their first taste of meat.
This is the time that they give them their first taste of meat by leading them to a fresh kill.

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Do cubs merely play for fun?
No, they also learn hunting and defense skills through play.
Their play is an important part of the acquisition of hunting and defense skills.
Yes, and they love it!
No, they also play out of boredom to fill their day.

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Do lions stay with their pride all their lives?
Males do but females move on eventually.
Females do, males don't.
Females stay with the pride for life, but males eventually move on or are driven away by younger lions.
Yes, they're with the same pride for life.

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What did the lion's body symbolize in ancient Egypt?
honor and nobility
truth and justice
power, virtue and wisdom
It symbolized power, virtue and wisdom.

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Symbolizing courage, the image of the lion is used in heraldry. What country has had this symbol for centuries?
Japan
England
England has used the symbol of the lion in heraldry since the Middle Ages.
Turkey

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Which ancient structure has the lion as its inspiration?
the Great Pyramid
the Sphinx
It's the Sphinx, a lion-like structure of ancient Egypt.
the Taj Mahal

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You Got:
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