Roger Bacon

On Estimation

Latin Grammar: Reading Comprehension

Similiter, quando brutum, ut canis vel catus vel lupus vel aliud, tenet animal aliquod quo cibetur, dum praeda quiescit depraedator stat immobilis; quando vero animal captum fugit, tunc depraedans insequitur donec apprehendat si potest. Quod non faceret nisi quia percipit situm praedae mutatum respectu sui, et ideo percipit motum et quietem et distantiam.

Answer these questions about the passage:

1. When does a predatory animal stand still?

a. While it is eating.
b. While its prey is fleeing.

2. How long will a predator pursue its fleeing prey?

b. Until it is tired.
c. Until the prey gets tired.

3. What does Bacon say that Animals must have in order to pursue their prey?

a. A quick, agile mind which knows the
habits of different types of prey.

c. An understanding that animals eventually
tire out from being chased by predators.

4. What are the three things Bacon says animals do actually understand?

a. Motion, distance and difference.
b. Speed, rest and size.

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