Reading for Understanding Three #10C

Thelma Thurstone -- The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Birds are said to be excellent ventriloquists. Birds sing from deep in their windpipes; and sometimes the sound they make seems far away, even though the bird has not moved and is really very near the
  2. Your answer:
    nest.
    field.
    hearer.
    window.


  3. In 1828 gold was discovered in the United States near Dahlonega, Georgia, and there was a gold rush to the state -- twenty years before the famous gold rush to California. Gold mining in Georgia stopped when richer veins of the precious metal were discovered
  4. Your answer:
    in 1816.
    earlier.
    in laboratories.
    elsewhere.


  5. The uses of water are increasing rapidly, and there is cause for concern. One hopeful area of research in providing more water is in
  6. Your answer:
    snow surveys.
    removing salt from sea water.
    better weather reporting.
    lowering water costs.


  7. Years ago, before the invention of railways, the telegraph, the telephone, planes, and other means of carrying messages from one place to another, fire signals and drum signals were used for fast transmission of messages. It is said that African drummers could send rather detailed information as far as 2000 kilometers a day by relaying the drum messages from
  8. Your answer:
    runner to runner.
    rulers to subjects.
    village to village.
    any direction.


  9. The official emblem of the United States carries a bald eagle. The so-called bald eagle is not really bald, but it looks bald when seen from a distance because its head feathers are
  10. Your answer:
    thick.
    white.
    ruffled.
    black.


  11. In 1842, in a letter written to his young niece, Lord Macaulay said, "If anybody would make me the greatest king that ever lived, with palaces, and gardens, and fine dinners, and wine, and coaches, and beautiful clothes, and hundreds of servants, on the condition that I would not read books, I would not be king. I would rather be a poor man in a garret with plenty of books, than a king who did not love
  12. Your answer:
    riches."
    his country."
    reading."
    the queen."


  13. The original flag of the United States had thirteen stripes and thirteen stars. When two new states were added to the Union, the official flag was changed to a pattern of fifteen stripes and fifteen stars. In 1818 the U.S. Congress decided that a new star should be added for each new state but that the official flag should contain thirteen stripes for the original thirteen colonies. No law designates the arrangement of the stars, so no one can be sure exactly how the flag would look if the United States were to
  14. Your answer:
    go to war.
    make it official.
    increase in population.
    add another state.


  15. A pedicab is a three-wheeled bicycle with two seats. Over the two back wheels is a carriage seat for a passenger. The driver sits on the front seat and peddles the vehicle. The pedicab is easy to handle and slow enough to be stopped quickly. Such a veicle is often used in the cities in the Orient because the streets are usually
  16. Your answer:
    roughly paved.
    lined with buildings.
    wide and smooth.
    narrow and crowded.


  17. About 99 percent of natural rubber is made from latex. Latex is obtained from a variety of tree called the rubber tree. This tree grows best in hot, moist climates where the soil is rich and deep. Most natural rubber is produced in southeast Asia in areas of about a thousand kilometers of the
  18. Your answer:
    Brazilian coast.
    equator.
    desert.
    African coast.


  19. Aspirin is what doctors usually recommend to reduce the fever of a cold. People often drink cola, tea, or coffee when they have a fever, thinking it will make them feel better. When they take an aspirin, however, it actually has the opposite effect. The caffeine in these beverages seems to stop the action of the aspirin so that instead of the fever going down, it in fact
  20. Your answer:
    rises.
    is reduced.
    decreases.
    abates.



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