Reading for Understanding Three #3A

Thelma Thurstone -- The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. The Roman goddess of the hunt was Diana, the moon goddess. The Romans saw the goddess and the tools of her trade in the mysterious phases of the moon. Moonbeams were her arrows, and her bow was
  2. Your answer:
    made of wood.
    the full moon.
    a deer's antlers.
    the crescent moon.


  3. The story of Shahriyar, a sultan of Persia, tells that he decreed that each wife or sultana whom he married should live only one night and be killed on the morning after the wedding. When Scheherazade became the sultana, she was telling the sultan a story when she stopped at the most interesting point. She was not killed the next morning because the sultan wanted to hear the rest of the story. Scheherazade finished the story and started another that she again interrupted before she had finished. The legend is that Scheherazade told these stories for a thousand and one nights, at the end of which time the sultan had grown so fond of her that he decided not to have her put to death. We do not know whether there is any truth in this tale, but we do not have a collection of Oriental stories, about two hundred in number that is called
  4. Your answer:
    The Adventures of Marco Polo.
    Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
    The Thousand and One Nights.
    Aladdin and the Magic Lamp.


  5. Tying knots is an important skill for the logger, the sailor, and the cowhand. All three must be sure that the knots they tie are easy to tie and untie and, most important, that they are
  6. Your answer:
    nylon.
    practical.
    looped.
    secure.


  7. The Channel Islands are a group of small islands off the coast of France. They have belonged to Great Britian for many years although they are independent in many ways. Many quaint customs of hundreds of years ago still persist on the islands. The climate is excellent, and the cost of living is low. These facts make the islands a popular spot for
  8. Your answer:
    tourists.
    dairy farmers.
    invaders.
    fishers.


  9. Many stories and legends are told about Alfred the Great, "England's darling." One tells of the time when the king was sheltered in a peasant's hut. The peasant's wife asked Alfred to watch the cakes that were baking in front of the fire while she went out. In spite of his good intentions, Alfred let his mind wander from his duty to the problems of the kingdom, including the war with the Danes. When the housewife returned, she scolded Alfred because
  10. Your answer:
    the king had left.
    the cakes had been eaten.
    the king had fallen asleep.
    the cakes were burned.


  11. For more than a thousand years, the Greeks held athletic contests every four years. These were the first Olympic games. The games were abolished by the Roman emperor Theodosius in A.D, 394. The contests were not revived until 1896 at Athens. With the exception of the war years of 1916, 1940, and 1944, the games have been held every four years since that time. Athletes from many countries compete in the Olympic games, which are held in different parts of the world. The Olympic games are now
  12. Your answer:
    American.
    international.
    Japanese.
    Greek.


  13. By using the materials they have dug from the earth, archaeologists can put together almost complete stories about prehistoric civilizations. For example, an archaeologist who finds a hoe may well surmise that the ancient civilization that made the tool had at least some rudimentary knowledge of the principles of
  14. Your answer:
    agriculture.
    economics.
    organization.
    religion.


  15. Nature has equipped our bodies with the most perfect of pumps to control blood circulation. The industrial manufacturer must be content to advertise the second-best pump in the world, for the best pump of all is the
  16. Your answer:
    tear gland.
    iron lung.
    centrifugal pump.
    human heart.


  17. In 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy made a public commitment to land a person on the moon within a decade. So many complicated problems were involved that the accomplishment of the landing in 1969 made many people feel that there was no problem that science, engineering and technology could not solve. They felt that the effort would be limited only by
  18. Your answer:
    educational requirements.
    the costs involved.
    the possibility of war.
    the time needed.


  19. In warm, moist climates, mildew is a serious problem. Book bindings become mildewed and, although the mildew can be wiped off, its growth is not stopped. One university felt that it could not afford to air-condition classrooms, but it did air-condition the
  20. Your answer:
    auditorium.
    library.
    hospital.
    offices.



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