Reading For Understanding Three #30C

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.

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  1. In the United States during a recent year, farmers received approximately 40 percent of every dollar spent by Americans for food. People engaged in processing, transporting, wholesaling, and retailing food products received the remaining
  2. Your answer:
    dollar
    40 percent
    50 percent
    60 cents


  3. In 1626 Peter Minuit, the Dutch colonial governor, bought Manhattan Island from the Indians for sixty Dutch guilders, about $24. Manhattan Island is now the center of New York City and the site of most of the city's large buildings. Today the land and the buildings are worth more than a billion times the amount Peter Minuit paid to the Indians. Peter Minuit really
  4. Your answer:
    made a wonderful purchase
    knew the value of the island
    was not a native of Holland
    stole Manhattan from the Indians


  5. Until recently, man knew almost nothing about the side of the moon that faces away from the earth. The other side of the moon was expected to be almost the same as the side that is seen from our planet, but no one knew for sure. One scientist jokingly speculated about the furor that would be caused if the moon's other side was found to be
  6. Your answer:
    nonexistent
    much like the visible side
    facing away from the earth
    covered with craters


  7. Elias Howe patented a practical sewing machine in 1846. Hand tailors were opposed to the introduction of the machine because they feared that it would take away their means of making a living. Howe demonstrated that his machine could sew faster and better than five hand tailors, but it was difficult to get the machine
  8. Your answer:
    adopted
    perfected
    finished
    patented


  9. One of the highest speeds at which an automobile has been driven is 406.6 miles per hour. The driver was Mickey Thompson; the place was the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, and the date was September 9, 1960. His time did not stand as a record because mechanical difficulties prevented his making a second run in the opposite direction, a requirement for
  10. Your answer:
    an official record
    entering the race
    an international trophy
    stock-car racing


  11. In order to reach the ancient temple ruins, we had to chop our way through thick matted undergrowth and half-grown trees that were almost smothered under tangles of vines. It was obvious that the temple had been
  12. Your answer:
    erected in secret
    recently destroyed
    abandoned for several years
    sturdily constructed


  13. A compass needle always points to the north magnetic pole. This pole does not remain always in exactly the same place. Since the position of the pole shifts, the needle of a stationary compass may, at different times,
  14. Your answer:
    give constant readings
    point in slightly different directions
    point south rather than north
    point away from the north magnetic pole


  15. The decline in industrial development led some people to conclude that the New England states were indeed withering. Through the seventy-year span between 1870 and 1940, voice after voice grieved for New England; even those who loved her most, in celebrating her past glories, sorrowfully emphasized that these glories were
  16. Your answer:
    unreal
    diminishing
    exaggerated
    magnificent


  17. Upon his return to the United States, the cosmic-ray scientist was questioned by a congressional committee at a closed hearing. We do not know what transpired, as records of the hearing were never made
  18. Your answer:
    public
    secret
    complete
    authentic


  19. Lord Francis Bacon in one of his essays gave this advice: "Seek not proud riches, but such as thou mayest get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly." As head of the court of chancery he was brought to trial for taking bribes in the court, given a prison sentence and assessed a large fine, and prohibited from ever again holding public office. Thus he was a man who did not
  20. Your answer:
    practice what he preached
    know right from wrong
    think he was justly punished
    have a large fortune at death



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