Reading for Understanding Three #34A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Magnesium, a very useful metal, is abundant in the earth. The greatest source of magnesium, however, is not the earth but the oceans. Processes have been developed to economically extract magnesium from seawater. This makes the valuable metal readily available to countries that border the oceans. Magnesium is available to most countries either from the sea or from the
  2. Your answer:
    mountains.
    land.
    rivers.
    oceans.


  3. Thespis--a Greek dancer, poet, and theatrical manager--lived in the sixth century B.C. Although little is known of his life, his name is still with us. Actors today are called thespians because of Thespis's connection with
  4. Your answer:
    ballet.
    drama.
    Greece.
    poetry.


  5. Lapis lazuli is a dark blue stone used as a decoration and as a gemstone. True lapis lazuli usually contains goldlike specks of pyrite that are poetically compared with stars in the deep blue
  6. Your answer:
    sea.
    lapis.
    heavens.
    rings.


  7. According to Greek mythology, Aesculapius was the god of medicine. He had two daughters: Panacea, the goddess of all healing, and Hygeia, the goddess of health. From their names we have the words
  8. Your answer:
    cure and health.
    medicine and sanitation.
    goddess and doctor.
    panacea and hygiene.


  9. Until the advent of sonar devices used by submarines to detect underwater sounds made by enemy submarines, the sea had been thought of as a silent world. These sonar devices have made it possible to hear a wide variety of sounds under the sea that previously could not be heard because of the air-water interface that acted as a
  10. Your answer:
    sonar device.
    sonar wave.
    sound conductor.
    sound barrier.


  11. There are people who consider that their critics are fools incapable of discerning judgement, but they are sure that anyone who praises them is a perceptive and insightful individual. Their judgement of other people is based upon
  12. Your answer:
    the honesty of others' judgements.
    other people's judgements of them.
    how other people are judged.
    their judgements of themselves.


  13. The information gap is one factor responsible for failure to meet the needs of large numbers of people in the world. It is estimated that almost a billion people in the world live in deep poverty with no access to the practical scientific information about health, nutrition, and modern agriculture that could to some degree help to
  14. Your answer:
    ease their plight.
    interest them.
    reduce prices.
    educate them.


  15. Tibet is a small, remote country in Central Asia. Tibetan mountains and plateaus are the highest in the world. The world's highest peak, Mount Everest, is on the border of Tibet and Nepal. Even the valleys are higher than most of the world's mountains. Tibet is characteristically known as
  16. Your answer:
    the valley of Asia.
    China's border.
    the roof of the world.
    the land of plateaus.


  17. An analysis of the wealth of a community should include a consideration of both material goods and personal services. The physician, the entertainer, and the domestic employee do not sell goods; but, in a sense, they sell their services. Those who render services to the community are, in this sense, part of the community's
  18. Your answer:
    location.
    economy.
    population.
    education.


  19. An expert walker who walks in the 20,000-meter and 50,00-meter competitions of the Olympic Games uses the heel-and-toe method of walking. With this method, one can cover a kilometer in about five minutes, but an ordinary walker takes about twelve minutes, and a champion runner about three minutes. With the heel-and-toe method, the walker takes a long stride, landing on the heel, which swings the walker forward so that the weight is quickly put on the toes. The forward momentum forces the toes to act as a springboard for the
  20. Your answer:
    first stride.
    runner.
    next stride.
    first kilometer.



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