Reading for Understanding Three #25A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. The constitution of human beings is the work of nature; that of the state, the work of art. It is not in our power to avoid death; but we can prolong as much as possible the life of the state. The best-constituted state will
  2. Your answer:
    live the longest.
    have no disloyal citizens.
    have no crucial wars.
    have the respect of other states.


  3. There are scores of humane organizations dedicated to the protection of animals. These organizations care for animals that are lost or injured, find homes for many pets, and carry out educational projects against
  4. Your answer:
    wildlife preservation.
    cruelty to animals.
    kindness to animals.
    selling pets.


  5. Time does not mark its passage by natural phenomena such as thunderstorms or earthquakes to announce a new day or year. Only mortals ring bells and fire off pistols to celebrate a new
  6. Your answer:
    discovery.
    day.
    century.
    peace settlement.


  7. It has been said, perhaps intentionally with a little exaggeration, that it takes a motorist driving a 200-horsepower engine longer to cross Manhattan Island (New York City) in midtown than it took a horse and buggy a hundred years ago. An automobile is a great convenience, but it can become an inconvenience in
  8. Your answer:
    the future.
    heavy traffic.
    darkness.
    winter weather.


  9. Losses from fires, where the cause is ascertainable, amount to huge sums of money each year. Since this estimate does not include fires whose cause is unknown or fires that are not reported, the actual property damage from fire is even
  10. Your answer:
    more serious.
    increasing.
    overestimated.
    inflammatory.


  11. Scientists tell us that the so-called falling stars we have all seen are not really stars. They are meteors, pieces of solid matter dropping from space into the earth's atmosphere. Those meteors that strike the earth are called meteorites, but most meteors burn up before they reach the earth. Most of the falling stars we see are
  12. Your answer:
    meteorites.
    planets.
    small stars.
    meteors.


  13. The picture of life that one gets from some novels and magazine stories tends to be distorted by sentimentality. At the end of the story, we find the main character rich, healthy, and beloved. Life is presented, not as it is, but as
  14. Your answer:
    we should like it to be.
    experience has shown it to be.
    it was in the past.
    all authors know it.


  15. The jackdaw was ashamed of its fellow daws, who were all smaller than it. The jackdaw went to live with the crows, but when they did not treat it well, it went back to the daws. It was now the daws' turn to reject it, and they did. Something like this happens to many people who leave their native land for another country. They are treated like foreigners in the new country, and when they try to go back home, they are not wanted there. They find themselves
  16. Your answer:
    needing money.
    welcome nowhere.
    friendly visitors.
    moving again.


  17. The repair of tree cavities is very similar to the repair of tooth cavities. The decay cannot be arrested by just filling the hole. In both cases, the cavity must be cleaned, smooothed and properly filled so that the filling will stand the pressures of every day living. Proper treatment for teeth and for trees requires
  18. Your answer:
    brushing after every meal.
    the services of experts.
    regular pruning and irrigating.
    regular visits to the dentist.


  19. In the terminology of economics, primary wants include adequate food, protective clothing, and basic housing. Vacations, new clothes, electrical appliances, and a college education all come under the heading of secondary wants. Primary wants are essential to life; secondary wants
  20. Your answer:
    add enrichment to life.
    cost more money.
    are more abundant.
    are more important.



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