Reading for Understanding Three #18A

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

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  1. A terrible outbreak of bubonic plague raged in Europe in the middle of the fourteenth century. This plague, known as the Black Death, took the lives of a fourth of the population of Europe in four years. We know that the home of this outbreak of the bubonic plague was Asia and that it was carried by a flea that lived on rats. The advance of medical understanding and sanitation have checked the disease in the Western world, but constant vigilance at seaports is necessary to avoid its
  2. Your answer:
    return.
    control.
    cure.
    origin.


  3. One of the seven hills of ancient Rome was called Capitoline. On this hill, was the capitol, the temple of Jupiter. A citadel was on this hill and it also came to be called the Capitol. Principal affairs of state were carried out in the Capitol. Although the Capitolne was the smallest of the hills of Rome, it was very
  4. Your answer:
    important.
    imitative.
    beautiful.
    inconspicuous.


  5. Colorado was admitted to the United States in 1876. The Declaration of Independence had been signed in 1776. Considering these dates, it is quite appropriate for Colorado to be called the
  6. Your answer:
    Golden State.
    Silver State.
    Independence State.
    Centennial State.


  7. The date palm has the remarkable ability to withstand heat and drought. It grows in areas where the soil is too alkaline to support other crops. The trees bear fruit for more than a hundred years and produce over 100 kilograms of dates each year. Dates are an important crop in many parts of the world that are
  8. Your answer:
    alkaline deserts.
    near markets.
    irrigated deserts.
    very primitive.


  9. In 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft wrote Vindication of the Rights of Women. In this book, she attacked Rousseau for stating in Emile that women were more or less incapable of reason. Clearly, the struggle for women's rights is not
  10. Your answer:
    found in history.
    any longer interesting.
    a new problem.
    a valid issue.


  11. Tempera paints are made from dry powder pigments, water, and egg whites. Since the origin of this medium of painting in the thirteenth century, many artists have chosen to do their work in tempera. Many of the earliest tempera paintings are still quite beautiful, showing that tempera
  12. Your answer:
    comes in many hues.
    has lasting qualities.
    is no longer popular.
    is easy to use.


  13. It has been said that turtles live for many years, but scientists have no proof of this. One turtle was kept in captivity for more than 150 years. As a species, turtles are very old. Scientists believe that they even existed for 175 million years, during which time other prehistoric animals, such as the dinosaur, have come and gone. Turtles are a
  14. Your answer:
    stupid animal.
    great delicacy.
    hardy species.
    recent discovery.


  15. Dancing is sometimes considered the beginning of the arts because it is such an ancient art and has inspired music, drama, painting, and sculpture. Drawings of dancers made fifty thousand years ago have been found on cave walls. Throughout history, dancing has been used to communicate thoughts and feelings. Rhythmic body movements can convey an idea, a story, a poem, or a mood. Dancing is a language that requires
  16. Your answer:
    no movement.
    no words.
    singing.
    a stage.


  17. The rattlesnake has a backbone that extends the full length of its body. It is made up of two hundred sections, each of which is a ball and socket joint much like the one in a person's shoulder. This physical structure makes the rattlesnake
  18. Your answer:
    unable to coil.
    extremely flexible.
    able to rattle.
    fast as lightning.


  19. Subscription or pay television involves the viewers' paying a charge to see special television shows rather than tuning in without charge to entertainment sponsored by an advertiser. When you go to a film or a play, you pay to see it; you see a continuous performance free of advertising interruptions. Pay television works on this principle. Supporters of the plan insist that the quality of programming will be better with
  20. Your answer:
    government-controlled television.
    subscription television.
    sponsored television.
    free television.



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