Reading for Understanding Three #36C

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Lichtenberg, a seventeenth century philosopher, recorded his idea of personal powers. He said that his thoughts could bring about changes only within himself. His imaginary illnesses could be real if he used his mind to that effect. Regardless of how he used his mind, however, Lichtenberg said that he could never bring about changes in
  2. Your answer:
    his mind's activities,
    the rest of the world.
    his idea of himself.
    the use of his arms.


  3. Though many of the teachings of Socrates are generally accepted today, in his time they disagreed with the prevalent ideas and were considered to be very
  4. Your answer:
    important.
    radical.
    interesting.
    true.


  5. Cats have a hypocritical way of ingratiating themselves with people. To illustrate: when you go walking with a dog, you feel that it is protecting you; but to accompany a cat on a stroll is to feel absolutely certain that you are protecting it. Somehow that cat has managed to foster mong us a
  6. Your answer:
    slow pace of walking.
    myth of its helplessness.
    dependence on it.
    slight preference for dogs.


  7. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Character is adroitness to keep the old and trodden 'round, and power and courage to make new roads to new and better goals." This means that the person of high character is both
  8. Your answer:
    student and worker.
    conformist and creator.
    popular and unpopular.
    friendly and aloof.


  9. 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,
  10. Your answer:
    point away from the north magnetic pole.
    point south rather than north.
    point in slightly different directions.
    give constant readings.


  11. In 1626 Peter Minuit, the Dutch colonial governor, bought Manhattan Island from the Canarsee Indians for sixty Dutch guilders. Manhattan Island is now the hub 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
  12. Your answer:
    was not a native of Holland.
    made a wonderful purchase.
    was a famous builder.
    knew the value of the island.


  13. Animals commonly have a far keener sense of smell than human beings have. A wild animal can pick up the scent that a trapper leaves on a trap after baiting and setting it. For this reason a traper setting a trap would do well to
  14. Your answer:
    wear gloves.
    work quietly.
    hide close by.
    omit the bait.


  15. Sir Walter Raleigh, once popular with Queen Elizabeth, was less popular in his later years. After the succession of James I, Raleigh was tried on a charge of having conspired against the king's life. He was sentenced to die, but on the scaffold his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. His bearing during the trial had been so admirable that public opinion had
  16. Your answer:
    brought a not-guilty verdict.
    turned to support him.
    no influence in court.
    caused his execution.


  17. 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
  18. Your answer:
    abandoned for decades.
    recently destroyed.
    sturdily constructed.
    erected in secret.


  19. This is as foolish as putting one horse before a cart to pull it one way and another horse behind it to pull it the other way, and then urging them both to move. If the horses are of equal strength, the wheels of the cart will stand still; and if he horses are strong enough, the
  20. Your answer:
    horse will get away.
    cart will be torn to pieces.
    cart will move twice as fast.
    horses will fight.



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