Reading for Understanding Three #25B

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. The short story seemed so real that many readers thought they were reading a record of fact. The author had actually invented the story's plot. That the story had such a believable quality, though only fiction, is proof that the author was very
  2. Your answer:
    careless.
    skillful.
    dishonest.
    truthful.


  3. Cave dwellers, who viewed wild animals only as sources of food and clothing, were hunters. Eventually, people realized that animals could be useful in other ways, and taming relaced maiming, harnessing replaced trapping, and milking replaced hamstringing. In fact, it is generally agreed that civilization began with the cultivation of wild grasses and
  4. Your answer:
    the domestication of wild animals.
    the scientific breeding of animals.
    competition between human beings and animals.
    peace between primitive tribes.


  5. When the Literary-Selection-of-the-Month Club began, the books that it sent to its subscribers were all chosen by a group of distinguished persons. The subscribers began to feel that they were being told what was and was not readable. Resentment mounted, so the book club modified its policy by
  6. Your answer:
    offering only classics.
    offering subscribers alternate choices.
    selecting a new group of judges.
    sending out books only every other month.


  7. In 1884, a world conference met and agreed upon a universal system of standard time. Until the adoption of a system of standard time, every locality set its own time, basing it on the time when the sun was directly overhead, which would be noon in that particular area. This sun time or local time, as it was called, was extremely inconvenient for people travelling from Halifax to Vancouver, for they would
  8. Your answer:
    have to reset their watches almost continuously.
    have to go by train.
    have to stop in every town.
    arrive at noon.


  9. When someone told Plistarchus that a notorious railer spoke well of him, "I'll lay my life," said he, "somebody hath told him I am dead, for he can speak well of no one
  10. Your answer:
    popular."
    listening."
    successful."
    living."


  11. Human beings--although not the strongest, the fastestt, or the largest of the earth's inhabitants--have come to dominate most other creatures. They have been able to do this because of the development of the hands, a superior brain, and a language. But even with these great assets, human beings are not yet able to feel secure; they must constantly fight disease, storms, and other forces that make their existence
  12. Your answer:
    happy.
    foreordained.
    uncertain.
    permanent.


  13. The little town was indeed beautiful to see. The tourists, on first gazing at the village perched on the hill above the lake, were captivated by its charm. They asked a native of the town where they might obtain lodging for the night, so that they might take more time to enjoy the loveliness of the spot. The native replied that it seemed foolish for tourists to want to stay in such an ordinary little town. Unlike the tourists, the native was blinded to the beauties of the village by
  14. Your answer:
    familiarity.
    money.
    thick glasses.
    tourists.


  15. Although the costline of Alabama stretches only eight-five kilometers along the Gulf of Mexico, the state has one of the busiest ports in the United States. This is Mobile, which handles a large tonnage of outgoing freight along with large shipments of tropical fruits coming from
  16. Your answer:
    New York.
    Mobile.
    central Alabama.
    Central America.


  17. The leopard has a beautiful spotted coat. A familiar expression is that a leopard cannot change its spots. This saying uses the example of the leopard to say that thoughout life certain things about a person
  18. Your answer:
    are deceiving.
    are valuable.
    lack endurance.
    remain constant.


  19. The story goes that Augustus Caesar, being quite proud of his accomplishments, named the sixth month (now the eighth) after himself. He wished to show the world that he was as great as Julius Caesar. Realizing that July, the month named for Julius Caesar, had one more day than August, Augustus, not wishing to be outdone, took a day from February and
  20. Your answer:
    added it to July.
    added it to August.
    called it leap year.
    named it separately.



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