Reading for Understanding Three #15A

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

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  1. The state of Washington is located next to the Canadian border on the Pacific coast of the United States. Washington's average temperature is higher than that of any other state in the same latitude. One of the attractions of Washington is that it is a northern state with
  2. Your answer:
    a mild climate.
    good borders.
    little rainfall.
    a tropical latitude.

  3. A wild donkey at first envied the sleek coat and abundant food of the tame donkey until day after day it saw the unhappy tame donkey forced to carry heavy loads to the market without rest or even a kind word from its master. The wild donkey decided that the tame donkey's advantages were worth nothing if they came at the price of
  4. Your answer:
    having no food.
    being envious.
    bondage and suffering.
    honest toil.

  5. It took more than a million years for the Colorado River of North America to carve the Grand Canyon to its present awesome depth. Coral and fossils of early insects, primitive reptiles, ferns, and sharks' teeth have been found in the rock layers at varying elevations. These fossils are a record of
  6. Your answer:
    ancient forms of life.
    an ice age.
    modern wildlife.

  7. The continent of Africa has had a long history. In fact, discoveries have led us to believe that Africa may have been the home of the first human being. Until missionaries and explorers entered the interior of the continent in the nineteenth century, however, Africa south of the Sahara had been obscured from the rest of the world for centuries. In recent years, new independent African nations have steadily arisen. In one sense, this area of the world can be called both the
  8. Your answer:
    earliest and the most religious.
    smallest and the largest.
    richest and the most artistic.
    oldest and the newest.

  9. Only in terms of decades, or even centuries, can we evaluate the importance and permanence of the changes in the distribution of power among nations. These changes occur
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  11. An article appeared in a city newspaper under the heading, "Emigration to Planets." A critic couldn't really believe that anyone would seriously consider emigration to other planets as a solution to the problem of growing world population, and thought the article was an overindulgence in
  12. Your answer:
    science fiction.

  13. Human beings provided the work-energy and toil in the very earliest societies. As they climbed the technological ladder, however, people impressed first animals and then machines to work for them. Human beings were no longer
  14. Your answer:
    able to work.
    interested in science.
    the beasts of burden.

  15. Mercury freezes at a higher temperature than alcohol does. In extremely cold climates, thermometers are filled with
  16. Your answer:

  17. A newspaper story usually tells the important facts in the first paragraph. The rest of the information is arranged in order of importance in the succeeding paragraphs. If lack of newspaper space requires that an article be shortened, it can be cut from the bottom without
  18. Your answer:
    shortening the column.
    losing necessary facts.
    eliminating details.
    reducing the words.

  19. The cost of building a home continues to rise year after year. People who do not increase their home insurance accordingly may find after a fire that they have a greater loss than
  20. Your answer:
    fire safety can prevent.
    a new costs.
    their insurance will cover.
    their home is worth.

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