A lamb’s thick winter coat keeps it warm during the cold winter months. When the summer brings sunny days, the sheep don’t need their thick coat and the sheep’s wool is sheared. That wool is made into yarn, further processed, and then transformed into sweaters, socks, pants, skirts, and blankets. According to the passage, which of the following best describes why sheep are sheared?
While sheep may be uncomfortable with a thick coat in the winter, the passage suggests that the purpose of shearing is to make clothes. In the passage, the author writes, “the sheep don’t need its thick coat,” which does not imply danger or discomfort, but rather a lack of necessity.