Reading for Understanding Three #35A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. In a representative government, the leaders need be no worse than the people who elect them wish them to be. The natural cure for an unsatisfactory administration in a elected or representative government is a change of
  2. Your answer:
    electors.
    votes.
    leaders.
    attitude.


  3. If you are to believe someone who says there is no such thing as an honest person, you may be sure that the speaker is
  4. Your answer:
    an infidel.
    dishonest.
    your friend.
    honest.


  5. Beavers build their houses of brush and of trees that they cut down. They drag the brush and logs into the middle of a stream or lake. Their basic food is the bark of the aspen or birch. The North American continent was heavily populated with beavers until the coming of the settlers and trappers who cleared much of the forest area and trapped the beaver for its valuable fur. Before the 1900s when the first laws in the United States were passed against the trapping of beavers, beavers were
  6. Your answer:
    of little value.
    in danger of extinction.
    found in large numbers.
    illegally trapped.


  7. One can tell from Horace Walpole's histories that he was no cloistered intellectual, for in his writings we find evidence of an acquaintance with the practical arts of government. This is perhaps to be expected, for he was of a
  8. Your answer:
    famous family.
    wealthly family.
    titled family.
    political family.


  9. Cultures change through two basic processes; borrowing and invention. Borrowing occurs most frequently. Western culture borrowed tobacco, squash, corn, and potatoes from the Native American cultures. Invention involved the creative organization of ideas into new additions to a culture. Invention brings about the only method of cultural change that is
  10. Your answer:
    useful
    important.
    borrowed.
    original.


  11. A monkey was travelling with its master on a boat near the coast of Greece. When the ship was overturned by a wave, everyone, including the monkey, had to swim. A dolphin, mistaking the monkey for a person, rescued the monkey and began to carry it to Piraeus, the port of Athens. The dolphin asked the monkey if it knew Piraeus, and the monkey answered that Piraeus was one of its best friends. This made the dolphin angry and it tipped the monkey into the sea to drown. The monkey lost its life because it was
  12. Your answer:
    a liar.
    an Athenian.
    shipwrecked.
    ungrateful.


  13. The Twenty-second Amendment to the U.S. constitution states that a person may not be elected to the presidency for more than two terms. Some people argue that this law robs the people of the right to elect to the presidency anyone they choose. They believe that the right to make mistakes is implied in political freedom and the people should not be deprived of the right to decide
  14. Your answer:
    who shall vote.
    who shall hold office.
    whether to repeal a law.
    who is most democratic.


  15. Animals instinctively travel near water and over the lowest passes through mountain ranges. In areas where forests are plentiful, animals beat down the undergrowth as they travel. The forest grows up around these animal trails. The North American pioneers, when they were moving westward, travelled along these animal trails because they always led to water and were the easiest routes to follow. The first trailblazers to the West may be said to have been
  16. Your answer:
    wagon master.
    wild animals.
    game hunters.
    native scouts.


  17. Whether it is true that Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lamp and started the great Chicago fire on October 8, 1871, may never be known. It is still an intriguing mystery just how the fire started, but historians are now much more interested in the recovery of the city. Newspapers all over the United States wrote that recovery would be impossible, but we all know now that time has proved that they were
  18. Your answer:
    rebuilt.
    optimistic.
    prophetic.
    wrong.


  19. Until the development of steam power, any culture containing a substantial leisure class was necessarily founded on a massive bedrock of human slavery for the accomplishment of the toil needed to maintain the leisure class. After steam was harnessed, many people were afforded leisure paid for by the energy of coal rather than by the
  20. Your answer:
    utilization of natural power.
    exercise of mechanical forces.
    undeserved leisure of others.
    exertion of human muscles.



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