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Reading Skills Test 2

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Questions 1 and 2 refer to the following passage:

Many gardeners find growing rare flowers or planning an elegant garden a stimulating challenge. Others enjoy topiary as an outlet for their creativity. Each shrub is a potential diamond, club, spade, or heart; each tree is a possible pyramid, cube, or sphere. The gardener with shears in hand is like a sculptor with a chisel, each bush like a block of marble.


1. From this passage, one can learn that "topiary" means



2. According to the passage, some gardeners enjoy topiary because it