Reading for Understanding Three #16B

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

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  1. In the United States, the bachelor's degree is awarded upon completion of a prescribed four-year course of study in a college or university. The master of arts and master of science degrees are conferred upon the completion of one or two years of study beyond the bachelor's degree. Still further study leads to the doctoral degree. Since most students in the United States attend a college or university for only four years, the most common degree is the
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    bachelor's degree.
    master's degree.
    doctoral degree.

  3. A series of holy wars called the Crusades, undertaken between 1096 and 1291, had as an objective the recovery of the Holy Land from the Muslims. The name of the wars came from the cross worn as a badge by the Crusaders. An enterprise undertaken with great zeal and enthusiasm is now called a crusade, although it may have no religious implication. We have few religious wars now, but we still have many
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  5. In 1785, the French aeronaut J.P. Blanchard successfully used a parachute to drop a dog in a basket to the ground from a balloon high in the air. In 1793, Blanchard himself used a parachute to jump from a balloon. His first attempt was not successful -- he broke his leg. Others made several attempts, some successful, some not, before parachute jumping came to be common and
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  7. Low temperatures cause outdoor telephone lines to contract and become taut. High temperatures cause them to expand. In the summer, telephone lines often
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  9. The Aeneid, the great epic poem of Rome, was written by Virgil, a great poet of the golden age of Roman literature. The emperor Octavius was Virgil's friend and often listened to the poet's reading of his poetry. Virgil was not able to complete his editing of the Aeneid as he had wished, but his friends Lucas and Varius edited the manuscript after his death. Virgil, when he was dying, said that he wanted to destroy the poem because he had not finshed it. The emperor saved the poem, and students of Latin still
  10. Your answer:
    write it.
    hunt for it.
    read it.
    save it.

  11. Cork is the bark of the cork oak tree. Cork is very compressible and practically impervious to both air and water. These characteristics make cork very suitable for use for
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  13. It was a job in which speed counted. We were like five trains roaring down a single track a few meters apart at 150 kilometers an hour. You would not dare slow down for fear that the next person would
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    come crashing into you.
    make the same mistake.
    not know what to do.
    be slowed down.

  15. Lowell said: "There was no work of genius which had not been the delight of mankind, no word of genius to which the human heart and soul have not sooner or later
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    been forgetful."
    been indifferent."

  17. For centuries, scientists were intrigued by the problem of what the eye would see on the other side of the moon. Scientists have solved many problems of the space arts -- propulsion, stabilization, control of launching vehicles, and the transmittal, reduction, and analysis of data. Although we are still looking at the moon from the earth side, scientists have now seen the other side of the moon, and our development of knowledge has taken us so far that we refer to our era as the
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    space age.
    automation age.
    electronic age.
    scientific age.

  19. In the past, raincoats were made of water-repellent materials whose solid composition allowed no ventilation. For this reason, raincoats were uncomfortable in hot weather. A porous material now has been invented in which the openings are too small to let water molecules through but large enough to allow ventilation for the wearer. Raincoats of this material provide both protection and
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