Reading for Understanding Three #26C

Thelma Thurstone The Mc-Graw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Democracy surpasses other forms of government that have been tried in the past. We still have not achieved all of our objectives for peace, honest politics, and capable officials, but we have faith that we can. We should not be discouraged about conditions today; we should remember that they
  2. Your answer:
    could be worse.
    will be worse tomorrow.
    have been worse.
    will not likely improve.


  3. A miser sold all of her possessions for gold. She melted the gold into one ingot and hid it in her house. Every night she would take the ingot from its hiding place and gloat over it. One day a thief stole the gold bar. The miser grieved over her loss. An acquaintance told the miser to replace the ingot with a stone, saying a stone would serve as well since the miser did not use the gold anyhow. A possession is valuable only when it is
  4. Your answer:
    seen.
    kept.
    used.
    loved.


  5. Aristotle believed that people revolt only when they want to improve their lot. If this is correct, inferiors revolt in order that they may be equals, and equals that they may be
  6. Your answer:
    democratic.
    superiors.
    citizens.
    equal.


  7. When knighthood was first introduced in England by the Norman conquerors, there was no social distinction in being a knight. Anyone could be a knight by simply arming himself or even by having someone else provide the arms. As costs increased, only the wealthy could afford arms, and entry into the ranks of knighthood became a
  8. Your answer:
    distinction.
    common occurrence.
    responsibility.
    fight.


  9. The lion is sometimes called the king of beasts because it can kill almost any other animal. Lions adapt well to life in captivity; they breed well, the young survive, and the cycle of lion life goes on. They remain fierce and treacherous, however, even though several generations of them may have been
  10. Your answer:
    born in captivity.
    captured in Africa.
    punished severely.
    reared in the jungle.


  11. Everyone is compelled to make an infinite number of choices in a lifetime. If we were to look back to try to determine why we made this choice or that choice, we most probably would find that our choices of action nearly always were made consciously or unconsciously from a desire to avoid a more disagreeable situation. This negative compulsion guides our daily lives. When it is ignored, we are likely to find ourselves in
  12. Your answer:
    the hospital.
    an uncomfortable situation.
    a happy situation.
    a crowd.


  13. In the early days of the United States, many roads were toll roads. The toll was collected at points along the road where turnstiles were set up. The fees collected were not adequate to keep the roads in good repair, and the governments at the state, federal, and local levels took over the job of building roads. Recently, however, interest in turnpikes has revived, and a number of superhighways have been built by private investors. These new roads are also
  14. Your answer:
    closed to buses.
    beautifully landscaped.
    government owned.
    toll roads.


  15. A poison composed of copper sulfate and sodium arsenate is used to prevent wood from rotting and from being eaten by insects. The green wood is alternately soaked in water solutions of each of these chemicals. The chemical reaction deep inside the wood forms an insoluble poison, called copper arsenate, that
  16. Your answer:
    dissolves inside the wood.
    softens the wood.
    permanently protects the wood.
    ages the wood.


  17. There are a few nations that do not recognize the right of their citizens to renounce their citizenship in their homeland and become citizens of new countries to which they swear allegiance. Thus, some immigrants who are naturalized citizens in their new land actually are citizens of
  18. Your answer:
    a country at war.
    one country.
    no country.
    two countries.


  19. Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) was an English poet and critic. She believed that about every hundred years it becomes necessary to have a change in poetry, a fresh movement. New movements are forceful and vigorous but die when initiators of the current trends become careless, and change becomes necessary again. She wrote as she advocated; her poetic style in her later writings was quite different from that of
  20. Your answer:
    her earliest poetry.
    classic poetry.
    other poets.
    modern poetry.



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