Reading for Understanding Three #1A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Although elephants are now protected by law, many are slaughtered by poachers. At one time, African elephants seemed safe from extinction, but they are once again
  2. Your answer:
    increasing in numbers.
    an endangered group.
    of no commercial value.
    protected by better laws.


  3. There are constant currents of air blowing towards the equator, in the northern hemisphere from the northeast and in the southern hemisphere from the southeast. Early sailing vessels carrying cargo from one part of the world to another were very dependent on these winds, which consequently came to be called
  4. Your answer:
    the Four Winds.
    the Zephyrs.
    Trade Winds.
    the Teeth of the Wind.


  5. It is known that for centuries all the Icelandic people have been able to read and write. Travellers have reported that as late as 1863 Iceland had only one school. Places that do not have schools ordinarily have a high rate of illiteracy. There are plenty of schools in Iceland now, but for a long time parents taught children to read and write
  6. Your answer:
    at home.
    in winter.
    without books.
    in one school.


  7. Kentucky, known as the Bluegrass State, is famous for its thoroughbred horses. The mild winters, good pasturage all year, and plenty of water in the bluegrass region make the state a good place for stock raising. Churchill Downs, a Louisville, Kentucky, track, is the scene of one of the biggest sporting events of the year, the
  8. Your answer:
    Grand Prix Race.
    International Stock Show.
    Tobacco Auction.
    Kentucky Derby.


  9. One of the earliest practical applications of wireless telegraphy was the sending of messages by ships in distress. Other ships were able to go to the aid of sinking ships and save many
  10. Your answer:
    lives.
    cargos.
    kilometers.
    reputations.


  11. There are nine planets orbiting around our sun, and Earth is one of them. Ancient astronomers, who knew only five of the planets, considered Earth to be the hub of the universe. The three planets that they did not know about could not be seen with the naked eye. These planets were discovered in 1781, 1846, and 1930 after astronomers had good
  12. Your answer:
    telescopes.
    calculations.
    libraries.
    vision.


  13. Prisoners who are pardoned are as free as if they had never been convicted. A parole from prison is granted by a parole board under the condition that the paroled convict report at stated regular intervals to a person appointed by the board. Parolees who have a record for good conduct for a certain length of time may become free. If they break parole--that is, if they do not live according to certain rules of the parole board--they may
  14. Your answer:
    gain parole status.
    go free.
    be pardoned completely.
    be returned to prison.


  15. The first underground railway was built in London in 1863 and was powered by steam locomotives. Underground railways are now powered by electricity, and many cities in all parts of the world have some kind of underground transport. The most extensive systems are in London, Paris, Moscow, and New York City. Because of the speed and low fare on these systems, many city workers
  16. Your answer:
    avoid them.
    use them.
    drive them.
    build them.


  17. Voting machines have made voting more efficient. The machines allow the voter to record choices quickly, and an automatic vote count is ready when the last voter has voted. The cost of paper ballots is eliminated, and there is no need for an expensive recount of votes. Voting machines make it difficult for dishonest politicians to influence the count of votes. Voting machines are
  18. Your answer:
    not popular.
    efficient.
    expensive to buy.
    hard to use.


  19. From May 1973 to July 1975, four teams of U.S. astronauts spent a total of 180 days in space, bringing back hundreds of thousands of photographs. From these records scientists learned the answers to many of their questions about space and the universe, but they could not hope to solve all the mysteries that had puzzled
  20. Your answer:
    Congress.
    the President.
    the public.
    scholars.



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