Reading for Understanding Three #27C

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. At this point the surrounding land is dead flat and the river has practically no banks. Tree growth extends into the river. The high watermark on the trunks of these trees is a meter or so higher than the present level of the river. This indicates that during the rainy season, a large expanse of the surrounding country is
  2. Your answer:

  3. No citizen can be a competent legislator who does not add to an uprignt intention and a sound judgment a certain degree of knowledge of the subjects to be legislated. A very important part of this knowledge can only be attained by actual experience in the office that requires the use of it. Therefore, terms of office should be long enough to allow the legislator to gain
  4. Your answer:
    a sufficient amount of money.
    party support.
    required practical knowledge.
    a higher political office.

  5. The Book of Job in the Old Testament tells the story of Job, a man with a deeply religious soul whose faith was tested by great suffering. In suffering the loss of his children, his property and his health, he found it difficult to maintain faith in the justice of his God. When he confessed that his doubts were due to his ignorance, he was restored in wealth and happiness. A person who endures much is sometimes said to have the patience of
  6. Your answer:
    the Bible.

  7. This seems a bit silly, but it is true. I have a friend who owns a pair of shoes that are terribly uncomfortable. He wears those shoes on days when he is sure that all will go badly for him. In this way, he is certain to provide one pleasure for himself--that is,
  8. Your answer:
    admiration for the quality of his shoes.
    thinking about all the displeasures of the day.
    reminding himself that tomorrow is another day.
    comfort when he takes his shoes off.

  9. The Norse understood in their hearts that it was indispensable to be brave, that their god Odin would show no kindness to them if they were not brave. We are told that they thought it a shame and a misery not to die in battle; if natural death seemed to be coming on, they would cut wounds in their flesh so that Odin would receive them as
  10. Your answer:
    slain warriors.
    devout priests.
    young escorts.
    bold explorers.

  11. Rivers have ages as do people. A river has reached middle age when it has existed long enough to wear away a flat floor. Then follows old age, when the river has become wider and has made a wide valley. If the river is cutting through hard rock, it ages more slowly than if it is cutting through soft earth. The age of a river, therefore,
  12. Your answer:
    is counted by years alone.
    cannot be determined by science.
    depends upon its source.
    is relative to the substance it flows over.

  13. One reason that Europe has developed faster commercially than Asia was that there was an abundance of ports in Europe and a scarcity of them on the Asian coast. Africa, with a long coastline but few ports, developed slowly. The principal settlements in South America were near places where ports were built up. These observations point to a principal reason for the rapid commercial development of the United States--
  14. Your answer:
    its wealth of good ports on two oceans.
    the predominantly European origin of its settlers.
    its position in the Northern Hemisphere.
    the early adoption of a democratic government.

  15. On the deserts of the state of Arizona, where vegetation is sparse, are found petrified trunks of trees that once must have depended on moisture. This fact indicates that during the long history of the earth
  16. Your answer:
    average rainfall has been increased.
    the early adoption of a democratic government.
    the predominantly European origin of its settlers.
    climates have changed.

  17. A high-speed motion picture camera can take pictures per second at a rate close to infinity. An event that occurs too rapidly to be observed with the unaided eye can be recorded with such a camera. Then the event can be seen in detail when the motion picture is shown at
  18. Your answer:
    a very slow rate of speed.
    a rate of 100,000 pictures a minute.
    some time later.
    the local cinema.

  19. About three-fourths of the farmers in the United States own their own land, and most farms are family-operated businesses. The farmer and his family do the work with very little hired help. Farms are equipped with modern machinery, so the farmers' productivity is high. U.S. farming is
  20. Your answer:
    hard work.
    losing money.

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