Reading for Understanding Three #33A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Prior to 1960, elections in Maine were held in September, two months before they were held in the rest of the United States. Politicians watched the Main elections closely, and many believed the old political slogan: "As Maine goes, so goes the nation." The Maine vote was interpreted as an early indication of the
  2. Your answer:
    change in governor.
    size of the vote.
    absentee vote.
    national political trend.


  3. An old form of bowling used nine pins. There was so much gambling on the outcome of bowling matches, however, that the game of ninepins was specifically forbidden by law in many places. Someone eventually thought of adding a tenth pin in order to make bowling
  4. Your answer:
    an indoor sport.
    more risky to gamble on.
    a legal game.
    more difficult to play.


  5. A child and a lion, taking a walk, passed a statue of someone killing a lion. The child boasted that the statue proved that human beings are stronger than lions. The lion sneered as it answered that the roles in the statue would be reversed if
  6. Your answer:
    lions could carve.
    the lion were lucky.
    the lion were weaker.
    it were inaccurate.


  7. Amritsar is the holy city of the Sikhs in India. Sikhism teaches that there is one universal God and that there should be no castes. It also prohibits idolatry. The foreign visitor to the Golden Temple in Amritsar is sure to be convinced of the sincerity of the Sikhs. They are very
  8. Your answer:
    stubborn.
    strange.
    clean.
    devout.


  9. As the science of reckoning time became refined, the job of preserving scientific knowledge and of regulating the calendar fell to the priests. The priests, with their knowledge of time and of the seasons, set the celebration of festivals and holy days. Many aspects of the structure of the calendar around these celebrations are still a part of modern time reckoning. Consequently, there is a recognizable relationship between our calendar and
  10. Your answer:
    the moon.
    religion.
    the sun.
    politics.


  11. When the Constitution of the United States was adopted, it became the supreme law of the land. Any act by the president, Congress, or any other body that does not agree with the Constitution is theoretically
  12. Your answer:
    an amendment.
    unassailable.
    basic law.
    illegal.


  13. Cardinal Richelieu, a seventeenth century politician, had a curious way of sending codes. He put a grille, a card with holes in it, over a piece of paper and wrote his message in the holes. He would remove the card and fill in the spaces with letters and words that made the message read like a friendly letter. The only way to read the coded message was to
  14. Your answer:
    be Richelieu's friend.
    use special glasses.
    copy the message.
    use an identical grille.


  15. It was possible in 1766 for the Swedish naturalist Karl von Linne to write his System of Nature by listing, naming, and arranging in orders or groups all living plants and animals then known. At that time, only a fraction of the earth had been explored; therefore, the number of known living things was comparably
  16. Your answer:
    extinct.
    exaggerated.
    organized.
    small.


  17. From the beginnings of that self-governing republic, military chieftains have had to lay down their swords before assuming civil offices. Victorious generals in that country, contrary to experience elsewhere in the world, have not employed military power to seize
  18. Your answer:
    the army and navy.
    the country's treasury.
    political authority.
    valuable documents.


  19. During the latter part of the fifteenth century, the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama founded a colony on the island of Tidore in southeastern Asia. He had reached this spot by sailing eastward around the southern tip of Africa. In 1521 the Spanish explorer Magellan reached the same spot after sailing westward around the southern tip of South America. Scientists had long been convinced that the earth was a globe, but the intersection of the paths of the two groups of explorers
  20. Your answer:
    surprised everyone.
    convinced more people.
    upset scientific theories.
    surprised no one.



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