Reading for Understanding Three #13C

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  1. In 1100 B.C. the Chinese emperor Wu Wang founded a zoo, the first of which we have a record. It was called Intelligence Park. The name indicates that the purpose of the zoo was
  2. Your answer:
    patriotic.
    educational.
    military.
    artistic.


  3. Caves and sinkholes are formed by the action of groundwater on soluble rocks. Most caves and sinkholes are in limestone because that is the only rock found in abundance that water can
  4. Your answer:
    dissolve.
    purify.
    harden.
    shape.


  5. Those people who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and
  6. Your answer:
    try.
    succeed.
    work.
    study.


  7. A tornado does not last long, but it causes great damage in a short time. Hundreds of tornadoes occur every year, mostly in the spring. The exact number cannot be known because some probably strike where no one lives and so are not
  8. Your answer:
    ignored.
    destructive.
    twisters.
    reported.


  9. In 1934 the "cold war" occurred between Minnesota and the Dakotas in the United States. A severe drought had dried up all grazing land in the area except for a small part of northwestern Minnesota. Farmers from North and South Dakota drove their cattle to this small area to graze. The governor of Minnesota, fearing Minnesota cattle would not have enough grazing land, instructed the National Guard to prevent any Dakota cattle from crossing the line to Minnesota. The states involved, however, remained on friendly terms throughout the incident. Actually, the "cow war"
  10. Your answer:
    was not a war.
    involved no cows.
    created ill feelings.
    attracted more cows.


  11. In one year, the number of new untis of private housing started in January showed a drop of 15 percent from the December rate. Ordinarily, this would have been taken as an indication of business difficulties, but that year it was attributed to severe winter weather, which made it impossible to
  12. Your answer:
    get bank loans.
    secure government permits.
    move furniture.
    start construction.


  13. The tortoise and the hare were having a race. The swift hare got far ahead, was sure there was no chance of losing, and lay down to take a nap. The clumsy tortoise kept plugging along at a steady pace, passed the sleeping hare, and won the race. The hare was beaten by the tortoise because the hare was
  14. Your answer:
    tired and sleepy.
    overconfident.
    too eager.
    too swift.


  15. One common source of light in the eighteenth century was smoky oil lamps with solid round wicks. They smoked because the core of the round wick could not get enough air to burn completely. Flat wicks were tried but produced less light as well as less smoke. The invention of the hollow round wick solved both problems by producing plenty of light but eliminating the
  16. Your answer:
    smoke.
    oil.
    heat.
    wick.


  17. The Jerusalem artichoke, a plant native to North America, sometimes is used as feed for livestock. The plant is easy to cultivate in almost any soil, and the yields are large. Frost will not harm it. The Jerusalem artichoke is
  18. Your answer:
    imported from Israel.
    a hardy plant.
    a rare delicacy.
    difficult to raise.


  19. During the seventeenth century, Thomas Dekker wrote that his age thought better of a gilded fool than of a threadbare saint. His point was that a person's true worth cannot be judged by
  20. Your answer:
    an age.
    anyone.
    gilded fools.
    appearances.



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