Reading for Understanding Three #17C

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

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  1. Thomas Hobson died in 1631 at Cambridge, England. He used to rent horses and required every customer to take the horse that was standing nearest the door. Now, when we say someone has Hobson's choice, we mean that
  2. Your answer:
    the choice is difficult.
    the choice is wrong.
    there is no choice.
    the alternatives are all likely.

  3. Authors would rather be attacked than unnoticed. The worst thing the world can do to them is to be silent about their
  4. Your answer:

  5. A farm dog, asleep in front of the barn, was surprised by a hungry wolf. The dog begged the wolf not to eat it, saying that in a few weeks -- after a big wedding at the farm -- it would be fatter and better to eat. The wolf left, only to return in a few weeks to eat the dog. The wolf found the dog as plump as promised but asleep on the roof of the barn, well out of the wolf's reach. After narrowly escaping the wolf the first time, the dog
  6. Your answer:
    tempted the wolf.
    avoided further danger.
    made the same mistake.
    kept his promise.

  7. The prevalence of foot trouble does not mean that shoemakers are in collusion with doctors. No one need select a pair of shoes that is going to cause corns or bunions. The person really responsible for sore feet is the person who does not want to wear shoes that
  8. Your answer:

  9. Potatoes are such an important food in so many parts of the world that it is hard to believe that people have used them for less than 300 years. When potatoes were first introduced in France, many people would not eat them because they were thought to cause leprosy and many kinds of fever. It is told that the French king, Louis XVI, wore the flowers of the potato plant in his buttonhole to
  10. Your answer:
    promote the use of potatoes.
    stop the importation of potatoes.
    use some of the surplus crop.
    show his elegant taste.

  11. Skeletons and bones of many animals that no longer exist have been found preserved in rocks. These remains are called fossils. Since most fossils are found in rocks that formed as a result of water action, we know that these early animals lived
  12. Your answer:
    near or in water.
    a very short time.
    near large forests.
    in very warm climates.

  13. As food, housing, and preventive medicine improve, the average length of human life increases. As one disease after another is conquered, the span between birth and death becomes still longer. We do not believe that human beings will become immortal, but it seems certain that the average life expectancy will
  14. Your answer:
    not change.

  15. It has been said that the first five minutes of a fire are worth the next five hours. A calm person who knows what to do can often quench a fire
  16. Your answer:
    at its beginning.
    even if alone.
    if it is available.
    without any loss.

  17. Pool and billiards are games that require intense concentration, muscular control, and a knowledge of angles. Art is a pasttime for many people who have a feeling for beauty as well as the skills for putting their feelings on canvas. Similarly, sailing is a sport from which much pleasure can be derived by those who know about wind currents and sailing techniques. It can be concluded that skill and advanced knowledge are necessary in many kinds of
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  19. The Arctic, or northern polar region, is a sea; and under the ice is water, which has a warming effect on the sea. The southern polar region, the Antarctic, is a land continent, and the ice covering it is very thick. Except at the edges of the land, the southern polar region does not receive the warming effect of the water. For these reasons, the climate of the Arctic is milder than that of
  20. Your answer:
    Hudson Bay.
    the Antarctic.
    the Arctic Sea.

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