Reading for Understanding Three #14C

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

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  1. Robbery on the high seas is called piracy. Pirate ships do not fly a national flag, and pirates may be tried in all countries. Acts of piracy occurred in ancient times but were much more common from about 1500 until 1700. They still happen, although infrequently. Pirates are not just storybook chararcters; they are
  2. Your answer:
    characters.
    criminals.
    captains.
    foreigners.


  3. When the English colonists first came to North America, they found the Native Americans friendly and helpful. When the number of colonists grew and when many of them took land without paying for it, the Native Americans were resentful and frequently fought with the new settlers. Roger Williams, founder of the state of Rhode Island, and William Penn, founder of the state of Pennsylvania, insisted that the colonists pay for the land that they took. Consequently, in dealing with the Native Americans, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island had the
  4. Your answer:
    least trouble.
    largest settlements.
    most battles.
    least expense.


  5. People carried their own burdens on their backs for a long time before they trained animals to carry the burdens. Trains, ships, and aircraft are fairly recent developments in the long history of transport. And now space travel has become a reality. Your life may not be any easier or more exciting than that of the earliest peoples, but it is certainly
  6. Your answer:
    more dangerous.
    different.
    less comfortable.
    more primitive.


  7. Tubal-cain was a biblical metalsmith. His name appears in many ancient stories. He is sometimes referred to as the father of
  8. Your answer:
    iron and brass workers.
    legendary storytellers.
    the land of the pharaohs.
    skilled carpenters.


  9. In olden time, calendars were not so fixed as they are now. Sometimes those who looked after the calendar had to put in whole extra months in a year in order to make the calendar correct. In Rome, this adding of the months got mixed up with politics. If those who looked after the calendar did not like a ruler, they would put in an extra month. If they liked the ruler, they would put in an extra month even when one was not needed. One way to judge the popularity of a Roman ruler was to count the number of
  10. Your answer:
    months in the years of his rule.
    calendars he used.
    priests who paid homage to him.
    votes he received in elections.


  11. During the 1700s colonial North America made some progress towards a different economy, but the principal pursuit of the workers was largely agrarian. People were very self-sufficient in growing their food and the raw materials for their clothing. Few had luxuries, but almost all had an abundance of
  12. Your answer:
    life's necessities.
    weapons.
    children.
    imported goods.


  13. The Ganges River is the largest waterway in India. It provides water to irrigate extensive areas. Although the rainy season brings floods to the basin of the Ganges, the floods leave a rich deposit of soil that produces food, cotton, and other crops. To the Hindus, the Ganges is a holy river. They visit it to wash in its water for spiritual cleansing and to carry a small vial of it to their homes. The river is of great importance to the Hindus, both spiritually and
  14. Your answer:
    recreationally.
    politically.
    aesthetically.
    economically.


  15. A new portable battery-powered fan was advertised as being just the thing for keeping cool in a place that had
  16. Your answer:
    a refreshing breeze.
    ample ventilation.
    no electrical outlets.
    a good view.


  17. A beaver is a champion woodchopper, but it cannot always cut a tree so that it will fall towards its pond or stream. An examination of any beaver logging operation shows many felled trees that have fallen
  18. Your answer:
    away from the water.
    on the beavers.
    across a stream.
    by themselves.


  19. There are countries where education for all children is a fairly new goal. Only a few boys and, regrettably, even fewer girls, used to attend school in these countries. Not even all boys are in school now, and the number of girls who learn to read and write still remains
  20. Your answer:
    uneducated.
    smaller.
    larger.
    younger.



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