Reading for Understanding Three #29A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. In the United States many years ago, peddlers travelled through the countryside carrying their wares in a cart, showing the people all that was available. Today, there are almost no peddlers, but a similar service reaches people through
  2. Your answer:
    department stores in the city.
    home do-it-yourself kits.
    cross-country vans.
    mail-order advertising.


  3. Size, proximity to oceans and land masses, type of land surface, and climate are significant factors in determining national security. When a nation is planning for its security, the leaders should never ignore
  4. Your answer:
    foreign relations.
    economic conditions.
    geographical factors.
    population.


  5. "Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing...His reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff: you shall seek all day ere you find them, and when you have them, they are not
  6. Your answer:
    Gratiano's words."
    doubled in value."
    bits of chaff."
    worth the search."


  7. Witchita, Kansas, has been called a crossroads of the air. Flat ground, freedom from fog, and central location make this city important in the field of
  8. Your answer:
    farming.
    geography.
    aviation.
    shipping.


  9. The basis for a good international civil service is a career service. Such an international civil service should draw men and women of top capacity and ability who want to devote their lives to serving an international authority and who feel that they can engage in this international civil service with as much chance for promotion and security as if they were engaging in professional work for their own country. In order to meet these requirements, it is necessary for the international civil service to make it possible for these men and women to look on such service as
  10. Your answer:
    employment of short duration.
    completely self-sacrificing.
    a guarantee of a good salary.
    a lifetime career.


  11. Astrology is the study of the sun, moon, planets, and stars in an attempt to predict future events on earth. It is based on the belief that the heavenly bodies control events on earth. Scientific astronomers do not believe that the destiny of human beings is controlled by the stars and planets that are so far from the earth. Astrologers once predicted that the earth would be destroyed by a flood in 1524, but it was not. The reason that some people still believe in the predictions of astrologers is that sometimes the predicted event
  12. Your answer:
    actually occurs.
    fails to happen.
    is very important.
    is prevented by storms.


  13. Pericles (fifth century B.C.) was a scholar and politician who was the leader of the Athenian government for thirty years. During that time, the arts and sciences flourished and important governmental changes were made. Pericles appointed Phidias, the greatest of the Greek sculptors, as his adviser in building and decorating temples and public buildings in Athens. The most brilliant period in Athenian history is known as the
  14. Your answer:
    Renaissance.
    Elizabethan Age.
    Augustan Age.
    Age of Pericles.


  15. There are two major political parties in the United States. A third-party candidate in the presidential race has never succeeded in being elected. A third political party is usually formed to bring a particular issue into focus. Many believe that third parties have given voters a chance to express themselves on issues the two major parties have
  16. Your answer:
    accepted.
    passed.
    ignored.
    divided.


  17. The number of wars that have happened, or may happen, in the world will always be found to be in proportion to the number and weight of the causes, whether real or pretended, that
  18. Your answer:
    provoke or invite wars.
    unite and deter wars.
    contain and repress wars.
    restrain or inhibit wars.


  19. Fighting fires with water is one of the most effective ways of controlling them. When a forest is on fire, though, this method often cannot be used. Then fire fighters try to contain the fire in as small an area as possible and let the fire burn itself out. This is sometimes done by
  20. Your answer:
    spraying great quantities of water on the heart of the fire.
    using chemicals and other modern techniques to put out the fire.
    clearing a wide strip in the path of the fire.
    allowing the fire to burn its course.



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