Reading for Understanding Three #14A

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

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  1. In some parts of Southeast Asia, people wear very broad-brimmed hats to protect themselves against the sun. These hats serve about the same purpose as umbrellas, but afford the advantage of
  2. Your answer:
    being fashionable.
    giving protection against rain.
    having no weight.
    leaving both hands free.


  3. Groups of stars are called constellations. The Arabs, who travelled long distances across the desert, used the stars as guides in their travels. As a result, most of the stars have Arabic names. The Greeks named the constellations for their gods. We still use the Greek names for the constellations and the Arabic names for the
  4. Your answer:
    constellations.
    stars.
    planets.
    moon.


  5. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, it buried the city of Pompeii, which had existed for many centuries. About sixteen years earlier, the volcano had rumbled, and there had been a severe earthquake. After that warning, the volcano was quiet again, and the people repaired and rebuilt their city. They seemed to think that
  6. Your answer:
    Vesuvius was a volcano.
    they would be punished.
    the danger was past.
    Vesuvius was dangerous.


  7. About 2400 varieties of snakes are known, and only a few of these are poisonous. Many regions of the earth have no poisonous snakes at all. Some people have never been afraid of snakes; and some have overcome their fear, but most people
  8. Your answer:
    avoid them.
    hide them.
    pursue them.
    study them.


  9. Students who are studying in a foreign country have to spend a great deal of time learning a new language well enough to read their assignments, to listen to lectures, and to prepare written reports. They have little time for sightseeing until they have mastered
  10. Your answer:
    the native language.
    the customs.
    the lectures.
    the train schedules.


  11. Assault, according to legal terminology, is a physical threat accompanied by a physical act. Drawing back a fist is interpreted as assault even though the physical act produces no harm. Battery is an actual blow that results in physical injury. A person who swings a club but misses the victim is guilty of
  12. Your answer:
    no crime.
    battery.
    assault and battery.
    assault.


  13. Appetite and hunger are closely related but not identical. Whereas hunger is a painful desire for food and nourishment, appetite is a desire for a particular food. Appetite is based on taste experience. One may have an appetite for a particular food even after eating a full meal. A newborn baby is more likely to be hungry than to
  14. Your answer:
    eat many foods.
    have an appetite.
    be thirsty.
    desire food.


  15. Grazing sheep sometimes strip an arid area of every bit of vegetation. Sheep eat the plants down to ground level. The sharp hoofs of the sheep also injure the roots of many desert plants. Continuous grazing on a piece of land may gradually reduce the number of animals that can be
  16. Your answer:
    supported.
    starved.
    resisted.
    killed.


  17. Life after death is envisioned by many societies as providing that which they have lacked during life on earth. The people of the Far North, for instance, who spend their lives trying to keep warm, think of heaven as a land of
  18. Your answer:
    abundant game.
    eternal summer.
    endless snow.
    milk and honey.


  19. Many artists have chosen pastels as the type of paint to use in their work. Pastels are soft, chalklike crayon paints that, once soiled, cannot be cleaned. For this reason, all pastel paintings should be
  20. Your answer:
    cleaned often.
    hung in museums.
    kept under glass.
    considered bad art.



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