Reading for Understanding Three #23C

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Egypt has been an extraordinary instance of the actual formation of a country by alluvial deposit. Through countless years the great Nile River has annually flooded and receded, each time depositing a rich legacy of soil upon the barren sand, until the fertile delta was
  2. Your answer:
    flooded
    eroded
    abandoned
    created


  3. Many work-saving inventions were violently opposed when they first made their appearance, for it was argued that a machine that could do the work of several persons would create unemployment. When the new machines were tried out, it was found that production costs decreased and that the quality of the products increased. Prices came down, and demand went up; hence, more workers were hired to produce more products. The decrease in the work force required for each product was balanced by an increase in the
  4. Your answer:
    quality of the product
    cost of production
    number of products demanded
    population


  5. A study of the different attitudes toward criminal acts is very interesting. One notes that an action that may be criminal in one period is not so considered in another, and that actions may be criminal in one country and permissible in another. The definition of crime is
  6. Your answer:
    variable
    national
    absolute
    permanent


  7. A mountain once rumbled and quivered so violently that the people believed it was about to give birth. Eagerly they gathered round to see what manner of offspring would emerge. After a long time, and amid excited speculations, the mountain heaved a final sigh and produced--a mouse! Thus, it is also with those whose extravagant promises precede
  8. Your answer:
    volcanic eruptions
    great progress
    magnificent achievements
    paltry performances


  9. The roe, or eggs, of a sturgeon are prepared as a very delicate item of food called caviar. Its preparation is difficult, and it is therefore expensive. It has been known as a table delicacy in Europe since the sixteenth century. Hamlet's remark, "The play, I remember, pleased not the million, 'twas caviare to the general," indicated that caviar was thought to be appreciated only by the
  10. Your answer:
    drama critics
    Russian court
    wealthy and sophisticated
    French chefs


  11. When the stag saw its reflection in the water, it was vain about its beautiful horns but ashamed of its long thin legs. Later, it was chased by a lion. Its swift legs were taking it away from the lion when it ran into a forest. Its long horns caught on the branches, and the lion caught and killed it. This ancient tale warns us that true worth is best tested in time of
  12. Your answer:
    escape
    death
    trouble
    vanity


  13. Canals and roads were constructed, rivers and ports were improved, and railways built. During this period, transport facilities were
  14. Your answer:
    extended
    destroyed
    neglected
    considered


  15. Although the public can complain about the slowness of the official bureaucracies, it can take measures to defend itself against the tardiness of private agencies. When those whom I have hired procrastinate in the performance of their duties, I replace them with workers who are quicker. Thus, those employed in private business soon learn the practical necessity for
  16. Your answer:
    tardiness
    officiousness
    thoroughness
    promptness


  17. A critic once wrote of a book: "This particular account of the long-drawn-out war is certainly in a class by itself. The author devotes about twenty pages to each twenty-four period of the siege. This makes the book a bit tedious, perhaps, but it also gives it the potential of being
  18. Your answer:
    the most authoritative one in its field."
    high on the best-seller list."
    an abridged work of the author."
    a literary masterpiece."


  19. In general, food that is mouldy should be thrown away. Certain cheeses produced by various moulds, such as bleu cheese or Gorgonzola, are highly valued for their taste. A valuable and widely used drug, penicillin, is also developed from a mould. Thus, not all moulds are to be
  20. Your answer:
    grown.
    damp.
    avoided.
    studied.



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