Reading for Understanding Three #41B

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. In old English records, we find that formerly a woman was legally her husband's property. He had full dominion over her; he could beat her at will and even deny her the privilege of rearing her own children. Later, she gained the rights to be recognized as a person, to work for wages, to own property, and to share with her husband the responsibility for her children. At last, a woman was being treated as
  2. Your answer:
    a wife and mother.
    an adult with a child's mind.
    a piece of property.
    a human being.


  3. This city, with its fearful and bloody recollections of early martydom and recent insurrection, is to me very painful; the knowledge of its swarming population, whose incipient viciousness is but precariously held in check, makes me glad to
  4. Your answer:
    visit here.
    live here.
    leave here.
    rebel here.


  5. The noblest deeds require nothing but simple language; they are spoiled by emphasis. It is insignificant matters that stand in need of high-flown words, because it is the expression, the tone, the manner that alone give them effect. But noble deeds
  6. Your answer:
    are usually exaggerated.
    precede exhortations.
    speak for themselves.
    are seldom expressed.


  7. The yellow fruit of the marula trees in Kruger Park, South Africa, ferments when it drops into the elephants' watering place. The elephants get drunk and remain drunk for about five weeks, until
  8. Your answer:
    the rains come again.
    the last fruit drops from the trees.
    the game wardens cut down the trees.
    the fruit ripens.


  9. Among the standard woodwind instruments of the modern symphony orchestra, the flute alone has undergone basic changes in its construction. Except for the addition of intricate key systems, the clarinet, oboe, and bassoon remain essentially as they were two hundred years ago, the radical alteration in design being confined to the
  10. Your answer:
    bassoon.
    flute.
    English horn.
    clarinet.


  11. The monks who lived in the abbeys did a great deal of useful work. They raised crops, taught the people, took care of the sick and the needy, and copied many books by hand. In the diaries they kept, we have
  12. Your answer:
    a record of their times.
    our earliest historical records.
    sympathy for the poor.
    a preservation of valuable art.


  13. Anthropologists believe that the human race did not originate in the Western hemisphere. Therefore, the origin of the Native American is sought in the Old World. It is known that in very early times a land mass connected the large land areas of North America and Asia. Although the exact date at which human beings migrated from Asia to America has not been determined, scientists are sure that the crossing took place before the time of any watercraft capable of a long voyage. The crossing must therefore have been made
  14. Your answer:
    across the Atlantic rather than the Pacific Ocean.
    before the two continents were separated by water.
    by a very small number of very brave people.
    at a date that will never be determined.


  15. Hercules was one of the most famous heroes in Greek legend, a man of extraordinary size and strength. A species of beetle that is native to the West Indies is called the Hercules beetle because the male of the species is probably
  16. Your answer:
    a very poisonous insect.
    unable to live in water.
    of Greek origin.
    the largest existing insect.


  17. Unlike Latin and German and other highly inflected languages, the meaning of English words and phrases seldom depends on exact spelling. This fact, however, does not justify an author's
  18. Your answer:
    using a dictionary.
    writing illegibly.
    indifference to spelling.
    copying other languages.


  19. During the latter part of his life, the French philosopher Rousseau developed great fears of invisible enemies who, he imagined, delighted in continually persecuting him. They corrupted his grocer, his barber, and his landlord; when he wanted his shoes cleaned, there was no more polish; when he wished to cross the Seine, no boats were available. His enemies even kept his door from opening. This unfortunate man finally demanded to be put in prison. When his friends prevented this, he blamed it on his
  20. Your answer:
    political opponents.
    philosophical associates.
    wife and children.
    imaginary foes.



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