Reading for Understanding Three #18B

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

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  1. The rock walls in many farm areas are very picturesque. They were not built for the sake of ornament but served a practical purpose years ago when farmers cleared their land of
  2. Your answer:
    rocks.
    trees.
    weeds.
    stumps.


  3. The Moors of the Sahara are sometimes called the Blue People. Their skins have a bluish tinge because they wear clothing tinted by an indigo dye that rubs off. The indigo dye provides excellent protection against the sun; and, on long trips across the desert, the Moors frequently rub the exposed parts of their bodies with
  4. Your answer:
    mosquito repellent.
    cool water from desert springs.
    suntan lotion.
    blue cloth.


  5. Shell collecting is a fascinating hobby to many people. Although some collectors have a scientific interest in shells, many people have taken to gathering seashells because they are interested in the variety and beauty of
  6. Your answer:
    ocean travel.
    aquariums.
    the sea.
    their collections.


  7. Hinduism teaches that people should use this life to prepare for life after death. Devout Hindus, therfore, do not seek to store up wealth for their old age. Their desire is to live a life that will bring rewards
  8. Your answer:
    in a future life.
    to their children.
    during retirement.
    of great wealth.


  9. Sometimes people try to leave their past lives and start new ones by disappearing from home and going to some place where they are not known. After a month or two of this new life, they often want to return home, but are too proud to return openly. Instead, they make it easy for someone to find them. They may write to a friend pretending that they never want to be found,
  10. Your answer:
    but include their address in the letter.
    but do not sign the letter.
    purposely insulting the friend.
    and change their names.


  11. The Andes Mountains in Peru form a barrier separating the interior of the country from the coast. The mineral and forest resources that are known to lie behind the wall of mountains are almost impossible to reach. Much of the wealth of Peru, therefore, is still
  12. Your answer:
    untapped.
    mined.
    developed.
    exported.


  13. A common pest in the eastern states of the United States is the seventeen-year locust, or periodic cicada. This insect has a lifespan of roughly seventeen years. The periodic cicada may appear somewhere almost every year, but if these locusts have been at a particular place one year, they will probably not return to this place for seventeen years. It is this fact that gives them their
  14. Your answer:
    food.
    name.
    cycle.
    lifespan.


  15. From Franklin's autobiography: "Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur
  16. Your answer:
    less frequently."
    on rare occasions."
    every day."
    only for the most fortunate."


  17. By definition the earth is a planet composed of a lithosphere, made up of the continents, islands, and bottoms of oceans; the hydrosphere, made up of oceans, seas, lakes, and rivers; and the atmosphere, made up of a thick layer of gases around the planet. A shorter way of stating the three parts of the earth would be to say that they are
  18. Your answer:
    atmosphere, ionosphere, and stratosphere.
    crust, mantle, and core.
    animal, vegetable, and mineral.
    land, water, and air.


  19. Pythagoras was a Greek philosopher and mathematician who died about 497 B.C. He was known for having proved that the square or the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides. He believed and taught that the earth moved and was round long before the astronomer Copernicus (1473 - 1543) taught that the earth and other bodies revolve about the sun. An honorary mathematical group for students is appropriately named the
  20. Your answer:
    Pythagoreans.
    astronomers.
    scholarship club.
    Euclideans.



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