Reading for Understanding Three #32C

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. The swastika is an ancient symbol often used as an ornament, charm, or religious symbol. It was found in Japan, in ancient Persia, in India, and among native tribes of both North and South America. Hitler chose the counter-clockwise swastika as a symbol of Nazi Germany, and the design that once meant good luck became a hated symbol for many people. It is strange that so much meaning has come to be associated with such
  2. Your answer:
    a prejudice.
    a simple design.
    an ancient history.
    a political slogan.


  3. Writing about a very successful actor who died when fifty-one years old, a friend said, "Without her the theater is undoubtedly diminished. But we must comfort ourselves by remembering that she died at the most fortunate time for her--when the tide was high. She never had to feel the humiliations of
  4. Your answer:
    death."
    work."
    friends."
    age."


  5. Many large power plants convert waterpower into electric power. In the United States it is estimated that, if the waterpower of swift streams were converted into electric power, twice the power now in use would be produced. Two-thirds of the undeveloped waterpower sites are west of the Mississippi River, the section of the country yet to develop industrially as much as the eastern part. The old-fashioned waterwheel may no longer be used commercially, but
  6. Your answer:
    rivers can still be used for navigation.
    many waterways need to be built.
    waterpower is still economically important.
    atomic power plants are too dangerous.


  7. Boots and shoes are the greatest trouble of my life. Everything else one can alter making the old look like new; but there's no coaxing boots and shoes to look better than they
  8. Your answer:
    wear.
    are.
    shine.
    were.


  9. We learn wisdom from other people's mistakes. A fox, donkey, and a lion who formed a partnership had a large feast to divide. The donkey divided the food into three equal parts and invited the lion to take its share, whereupon the lion attacked and ate the donkey. The fox then divided the food into two very unequal parts and invited the lion to choose its share. When the lion asked the fox who had taught it to divide thus, the fox answered,
  10. Your answer:
    "The donkey."
    "A wolf."
    "My parents."
    "A story."


  11. The president was deeply concerned about the rise in the percentage of workers who were unemployed. In calling for tax reductions, the president said that large, temporary tax reductions would provide enlarged consumer markets and would encourage increased investment, thereby setting in motion demand for additional work and workers. The president's basic stand was that tax reduction would be the single strongest push possible towards
  12. Your answer:
    full employment.
    high wages.
    a balanced budget.
    workers' problems.


  13. Upon her retirement her co-workers and employers presented her with a gift in recognition of her many invaluable achievements, faithful service, and pleasant association. Everyone viewed her departure with
  14. Your answer:
    pleasure.
    relief.
    consternation.
    regret.


  15. John Locke, a philosopher of the eighteenth century, believed that the association of ideas is one of the chief mental processes. If two experiences have occurred together in the past, an occurrence of one of them in the future will frequently cause a person to
  16. Your answer:
    form a new idea.
    forget the past.
    disassociate the two.
    recall the other.


  17. Strict followers of Muhammad once objected to decorations in mosques just as many early Protestants objected to ornate altars and stained-glass windows in churches. As time passed, some wealthy Muslims donated beautifully decorated niches in the mosque walls somewhat as wealthy Christians endow churches with
  18. Your answer:
    automobiles.
    gold medals.
    scholarships.
    stained-glass windows.


  19. Robert Bruce, king of Scotland from 1306 to 1329, is said to have regained his throne because of a spider. As the story goes, Robert was hiding after many unsuccessful attempts to win his country back from the English. While lying on his back looking at the ceiling of his hideout, he noticed a spider hanging from its web, trying to swing from one beam to another. After watching six unsuccessful attempts, Robert promised that if the spider would succeed on a seventh attempt, he would try once more to regain his throne. The spider succeeded, and Robert rose from his bed to
  20. Your answer:
    fight the English.
    leave Scotland.
    join the Scots.
    kill the spider.



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