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For Questions 1-8, read the text below and decide which answer (A, B, C or D) best fits each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

The Goliath Tarantula

For obvious reasons, tarantulas strike fear (1) ............ the hearts of many people. They are big, they are hairy, and they stalk around in a rather (2) ............ manner. The largest of all of them is the goliath tarantula from South America. Although humans are often afraid of these spiders, in their native environment of the South America coastal rain forests, they (3) ............ prey to many forest animals, for whom such a large, protein-packed meal would be a real (4) ............. To protect itself in these forests, the goliath tarantula has evolved some unique ways of defending itself. (5) ............ it find itself confronted by a predator, the first thing this spider does is to warn the (6) ............ by rubbing its bristle clad legs together, making a rasping sound. If the predator has come across one of these spiders before, it knows what follows these warning stridulations and (7) ............ off. If the predator is naïve, then it presses on and further tests the spider. The big tarantula must then (8) ............ to its next line of defense.

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