Questions 1-14 are based on the following passage.
The Object of Love
[A] I was waiting at the veterinarian's office recently
with my cat when a young woman came 1in
. After she sat
down next to me, she asked if I would mind if she took her
pet iguana out of its carrier. It was just a baby, she said,
and it liked being held. [B]
Now, I'm not fond of iguanas. [C] They're
strange, unpredictable creatures that belong deep
in a rain forest, 2walking on the ground
high in the 3trees, which are
hidden in the canopy.
4Wishing to be polite, but with reluctance in my voice,
I told the woman that I didn't mind. She thanked me
as she popped open the plastic carrier and pulled the
iguana out, onto her lap.
I guardedly examined the animal: A dinosaur-like
thing, it was the size of a cat but armored in gray-green
scales, with a black-striped, whiplike tail two feet long.
5It had a spine with tiny spikes,
and its muscular limbs
ended with what resembled crinkly leather gloves drawn
tightly over fine-boned human hands. When I looked more
closely, I saw a tiny claw at the tip of each slender finger.
The woman began to pet the iguana under its
chin, and the little dragon arched its neck and closed
its eyes. The reptile's calmness amazed me, as did the
6caress that was given tenderly from the woman to her pet
and watched it peacefully rest. With a twinge of pity, I
thought how sad it was for 7us
to lavish so much affection
on something .that couldn't love her back.
At that moment, the iguana slowly opened its eyes,
which shone 8large and bright, from
its scaly face. [D]
Head slightly cocked, it 9regarded
me, steadily and
fixedly, like a judge 10delivering
"Who are you," it seemed to ask me, "to name
the proper object of love?"
The veterinary assistant called for my
11cat, and me from the hallway
that leads to the
examination area. A bit unsettled, I rose and picked
up my cat carrier. As I walked from the waiting room
into the hall, I glanced back and saw the iguana snuggle
down into the young woman's lap, [un:12]looking[/n:12] as content
as a kitten, and close its eyes again.