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  Name: __________________________ Date: _________________________ English Comprehension Canada Canada is a country in North America. It has a population of 35 millionpeople. It is the second largest country in the world by total area and has thelongest common border in the world – the border between Canada and theUnited States which is nearly ! #ilometres long. It has three territories Northwest $u#on and Nuna%ut. It also has tenpro%inces& 'ntario (uebec No%a Scotia New )runswic# *anitoba )ritishColumbia +rince ,dward Island Sas#atchewan Alberta and Newfoundland. Canada has a cold climate. Its capital 'ttawa gets an a%erage of -3centimetres of snow e%ery year. In winter the temperature in many citiesremains well below free/ing – for e0ample in 1innipeg the a%eragema0imum temperature in 2ecember anuary and 4ebruary is – 5.3 degreesCelcius. Unsurprisingly Canadians are %ery good s#iers. In -   Canadacame 6rst in the medal tally at the 1inter 'lympics in the Canadian city of 7ancou%er with a total of 8 gold medals. Canada9s go%ernment is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutionalmonarchy. (ueen ,li/abeth II is the head of state. )oth 4rench and ,nglish are o:ciallanguages and Canada has one of the highest standards of li%ing in theworld. Canada is famous for its special police force the ;oyal Canadian *ounted+olice. *embers of the police force are #nown as *ounties because in thepast they used to ride horses while on duty. Now they only use horses onspecial occasions. <he *ounties are also famous for their red uniforms. <hereare about -  *ounties in the ;oyal Canadian *ounted +olice.  <oronto is the capital of the Canadian pro%ince of 'ntario and is thelargest city in Canada. 1ith -.5 million residents it is the 6fth most populated city in North America= <oronto is part of the region #nown as 9<he >olden ?orseshoe9 which ishome to o%er @ million residents or appro0imately -5 percent of Canada9spopulation. It was 6rst founded in @38 by ohn >ra%es Simcoe. <he >reat <oronto 4ire of ! 8 destroyed much of the downtown but the city wasrebuilt uic#ly.  <oronto is now one of Canada9s most multicultural cities with almost half of its residents born outside of Canada. <he city is also the economic capital of Canada and home to the <oronto Stoc# ,0change. <oronto9s CN <ower  was the world9s tallest freeBstanding structure for 38 years and is apopular tourist attraction. <he city is home to the )lue ays baseball teamthe ;aptors bas#etball team the Argonauts football team the <oronto4C soccer team and <he *aple eafs hoc#ey team= Exercise 1: How much/How many. Complete the following questions with ‘much’ or ‘many’. Then, answer the questions in complete sentences. . ?ow DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD people li%e in CanadaE  DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD  DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD -. ?ow DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD snow does 'ttawa get each yearE  DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD  DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD 3. ?ow DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD pro%inces are there in CanadaE DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD  DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD  8. ?ow DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD *ounties are there in the Canadian *ounted +oliceE  DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD  DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD 5. ?ow DDDDDDDDDDDD medals did Canada win at the 7ancou%er 'lympicsE DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD  DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD  . ?ow DDDDDDDDDDDD of CanadaFs population li%es in the G>olden ?orseshoeHE  DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD  DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD   Exercise 2. ead the sentences and decide: true ! # or $alse !%# . <oronto is a city in Canada.  J -. ItFs the smallest city in this country.  J3. It was founded in the @th century.  J8. After the 6re the city was not rebuilt.  J 5. <here are no other nations li%ing in <oronto.  J. ItFs a 6nancial centre.  J K. ItFs not famous for any sports team.  J    Exercise &. 'atch the word with its de(nition. . pro%ince LLL. -. resident LLL. 3. appro0imately LLL. 8. population LLL. 5. multicultural LLL. a. the number of people li%ing in a particular area country b. closely to the e0act number c. the part of a country outside of the capital or the largest cities. d. someone who li%es or stays in a particular place e. including people or ideas from many diMerent countries races Exercise ). 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