Reading for Understanding Three #16A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Watching fish has long been a popular indoor pastime; in the past, this recreation was limited to private or public aquariums. Now that goggles or masks, air tubes, flippers, and underwater breathing devices are available to anyone, fish-watching has become
  2. Your answer:
    a profession.
    an outdoor sport.
    an expensive sport.

  3. In the United States, Wisconsin has been nicknamed the Badger State because of the curious living habits of early lead miners there. These miners lived in the hills in dugouts that resembled badger burrows. The name now applies to the people of the whole state rather than just to the
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    lead miners.

  5. In ancient Athens, there was a dispute over whether the city should be defended by naval or by land forces. Themistocles argued for the navy, and Aristides wanted Athens to have strong army. The people of Athens decided the issue. A vote was taken between the two leaders with the understanding that only the winner would remain in Athens. When the votes were counted, Themistocles won, and Aristides was
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    thrown into prison.
    exiled from Athens.
    tranferred to the navy.
    rewarded for past services.

  7. Bent grass is a variety of grass that is very good for well-groomed lawns. This type of jointed grass takes place in every place that a joint touches the ground. Another advantage is that bent grass grows so thick that it
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    cannot be cut.
    crowds out weeds.
    chokes itself.
    needs no moving.

  9. There are millions of women in the work force, and many of them are married. Some women who have young children do not have jobs outside their homes, but they find time to be active in community affairs. Modern industrial achievement and technological development have made the operation of a household less confining than it used to be, and many women find that they can successfully combine roles as homemaker and
  10. Your answer:
    wage earner.

  11. The islands of the East Indies stretch along both sides of the equator for nearly 6500 kilometers between the Asian mainland and Australia. Although some have mountain peaks where there is perpetual snow, the climate of most of the islands is wet and
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  13. The production of civilian goods is often limited during wars because of the necessity of
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    making war materials.
    stopping inflation.
    enforcing civilian controls.
    camouflaging plants.

  15. Confucius was a great philosopher and teacher who lived in China about five hundred years before Christ. His teachings were of such a high moral level that he was greatly revered. Confucianism is often called a religion, but it is more accurately described as
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    a national characteristic.
    a superstition.
    a system of philosophy.
    Oriental magic.

  17. In the thirteeth century Roger Bacon, an English friar, wrote that "Ships will go without rowers and with only a single man to guide them. Carriages without horses will go with incredible speed. Machines for flying can be made in which a man sits, and skillfully devised wings strike the air in the manner of a bird." His teachings were not approved by his superiors, and he was imprisoned for fourteen years. He was so far in advance of his time that his greatness was not
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  19. These lines are from Keats's sonnet, "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer."

    "Then felt I like some watcher of the skies

    When a new planet swims into his ken;

    Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes

    He stared at the Pacific and all his men

    Looked at each other with a wild surmise

    Silent, upon a peak in Darien."

    These lines reveal that the poet had the thrill of

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