Reading for Understanding Three #28B

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. One of the most important pieces of equipment in a school library is the unabridged dictionary. It is a rare day when at least one of the staff or a faculty member does not make use of this authoritative book. Not even the most eminent scholars have
  2. Your answer:
    complete knowledge of their language.
    a vocabulary of above-average size.
    the services of a trained assistant.
    an unabridged dictionary at home.

  3. People, who spend tremendous amounts of money on toothpaste, detergents, soaps and other cleaning agents, continue to dirty the air that they breathe. Much of the pollution of the air is not just dirty; it is toxic. It has been estimated that automobiles in cities the size of Los Angeles and New York discharge thousands of metric tons of carbon monoxide gas into the air every day. Cities are doing a great deal to diminish the pollution although it may not be possible to
  4. Your answer:
    breathe it.
    eliminate it.
    study it.
    discharge it.

  5. In golf the term "par" refers to the number of strokes that an expert might take on a single hole. A bogey is a score one stroke higher than par. The term "bogey" comes from the legendary Colonel Bogey, who played golf consistently but not
  6. Your answer:
    with gusto.

  7. The disease of measles does not cause as many deaths as some other diseases do, but this disease makes many people, particularly children, quite ill for a time. It is no wonder that the announcement of the discovery of a successful immunization against measles was
  8. Your answer:
    rejected by parents.
    gratefully received.
    hard to believe.
    ignored completely.

  9. The giant sequoia trees are found only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the United States. These trees average about eighty-three meters in height and about six meters in diameter. Some are as much as ninety-eight meters high and eleven meters in diameter. From the rings in the wood, the age of the largest trees that have been felled is estimated to be more than three-thousand years. It has been estimated that there is enough lumber in one of the largest trees to build one-hundred five-room houses. The trees are protected by law so that their commercial use is
  10. Your answer:

  11. The average life of a piece of low denomination paper currency seems quite long in view of the frequent handling of
  12. Your answer:
    small bills.
    credit accounts.
    large bills.

  13. In the United States, barbershop quartet singing is a popular type of close harmony singing done by a group of four people. Barbershop quartets have performed in clubs, Broadway shows, and wherever songs are sung. Barbershop quartet music is not confined to
  14. Your answer:
    close harmony.
    musical groups.

  15. Moray eels are found in large numbers on coral reefs. Morays are extremely vicious although they do not usually attack human beings unless provoked. The moray has rows of formidable-looking, fanglike teeth. Once it bites, it does not let go. Morays are nocturnal animals and usually stay in their holes during the day. Skindivers are warned never to reach into a place that is
  16. Your answer:
    an open cave.
    not entirely visible.
    under water.

  17. It is written in the Bible, Isaiah XXXVII, 36: "And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred forescore and five thousand; and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all
  18. Your answer:
    purple and gold."
    dead corpses."

  19. When a marriage takes place among the Navahos in the United States, the groom's family is called upon to contribute a substantial dowry. Knowledge of this dowry has caused outsiders to think, mistakenly, that the bride is being purchased. After the wedding, the couple will live with, and receive most of its household equipment and cattle from, the wife's family. By providing a dowry, the groom's family simply is trying to
  20. Your answer:
    persuade the young couple to stay in the household of the groom.
    pay for most of the household equipment and cattle.
    do its part in helping the couple to get established.
    buy the best available bride for its son.

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