Reading for Understanding Three #29B

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Can you imagine well drillers being disappointed when they strike oil? A parish council in the state of Louisiana appropriated a large amount of money to study new water resources for the area, and, believe it or not, a condition of the work was that if oil or other minerals were found, a driller should cap the well and look somewhere else for
  2. Your answer:
    appropriations.
    gas.
    oil.
    water.


  3. The term A-1 is used to describe anything of top quality. The famous British insurance company, Lloyd's of London, first used the term. The company rated ships being considered for insurance policies as A-1 if they were the most unlikely to
  4. Your answer:
    pay.
    sink.
    sail.
    attract attention.


  5. Ancient astronomers recognized that the planets were different from the stars. The name planet was given to certain heavenly bodies that constantly change their positions with reference to the stars because "planet" comes from the Greek word that means
  6. Your answer:
    bright.
    astronomical.
    wandering.
    reflecting.


  7. Many primitive societies have used a method of healing called cynotherapy. The ancient practice involves ceremonial use of the dog and the using of parts of a dog as ingredients in medicine. Cynotherapy probably began shortly after the domestication of the dog during the Mesolithic Age. We do not know how effective such treatments were because so much superstitiion was involved in cynotherapy, and the primitive societies made no distinction between what was magical and what was
  8. Your answer:
    ceremonious.
    medicinal.
    ancient.
    primitive.


  9. A large stone was found near Kensington, Minnesota, in 1898. It is called the Kensington Rune Stone because the inscriptions it carries tell of a party of Swedish and Norwegian explorers who set out from their base, Vinland, on the eastern coast of North America, on a journey westward. The inscription is dated 1362. Some scholars regard it as a forgery, but others think it is authentic. If it is found to be genuine, it will prove that the Scandinavians reached the New World before
  10. Your answer:
    anyone else.
    the Indians.
    A.D. 1300.
    Columbus.


  11. Television and radio news reporters report only what the news is. A large group of experienced reporters who have access to more news sources than the average person sometimes go further than simple reporting and give their interpretation of the significance or results of the news. They are called commentators. Different commentators present different sides of a question; some are interested to know the attitudes of these commentators who are sometimes criticized for having too much influence on
  12. Your answer:
    public opinion.
    children's shows.
    educational television.
    news events.


  13. In agriculture, the word "corn" is applied to the seed of the cereal plants. More specifically, "corn" is the name applied to the principal grain crop of a country. Thus, in England, "corn" refers to the cereal wheat; in Scotland, to oats. In the United States, the name is restricted to maize since corn is of more importance in the United States than
  14. Your answer:
    other grains are.
    all other crops.
    maize is.
    meat is.


  15. The act of Congress in 1916 that created the National Park Service in the United States directs the service to "conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of same by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the employment of future generations." By this act the federal government, in effect, created
  16. Your answer:
    a field of employment.
    a vast living museum.
    an expensive hobby.
    a continuous supply of lumber.


  17. "My dear dumb friend, low lying there

    A willing vassal at my feet

    My shadow in the street."

    A poet addressed these lines to a
  18. Your answer:
    first child.
    servant.
    wife.
    dog.


  19. The protective devices nature provides for some of its weaklings vary widely: the groundlike hue of the mole's skin, the repulsive smell of the skunk, and the dangerous venom of the serpent. Although these mechanisms save creatures from extinction, the poison mechanism of some snakes is to both human and animal a
  20. Your answer:
    source of immunity.
    source of wonder.
    deadly peril.
    natural safeguard.



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