Reading for Understanding Three #44B

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. After spending several months in expensive hotels whose personnel treated guests as a series of identical iron machines, my greatest desire was to
  2. Your answer:
    live in hotels affording greater luxury.
    spend some time in the city.
    achieve some degree of anonymity.
    attain recognition as an individual.


  3. A series of microwave towers made transcontinental television possible by relaying signals from tower to tower. Television cannot be sent across the ocean in this way. It has been calculated that to relay microwave signals across the Atlantic Ocean would require a tower 280 kilometers high in midocean. This is impossible, and the alternative is to use electronic satellites instead of
  4. Your answer:
    towers.
    orbits.
    signals.
    broadcasters.


  5. Homing pigeons were used by the Persians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to carry messages. Homing pigeons were used to deliver messages during both World War I and World War II and in the Korean conflict. Modern electronic means of communication are so effective that since 1956 the army has no longer used pigeons. At that time the army
  6. Your answer:
    started using pigeons.
    sold all its pigeons.
    denounced radio.
    stopped using telephones.


  7. Repetitions in discussion are often a great waste of time, but sometimes the frequent restatement of the problem at hand saves time, for it
  8. Your answer:
    precludes lengthy discussion.
    keeps many irrelevant matters from being discussed.
    maintains an atmosphere of compromise.
    results in frivolous side remarks.


  9. A dome is a conspicuous part of many public buildings and churches. It is an architectural form that was used by the ancient Assyrians, Persians, Greeks and Romans. The older domes were made of masonry, but new materials have been used in more recent domes. The United Nations General Assembly Building in New York City, built in 1950, has a stainless steel dome. The dome is an imposing form; when we see a large building with a dome, we are sure to think that the building is
  10. Your answer:
    religious.
    important.
    governmental.
    ancient.


  11. The earliest explorers of the arctic regions were trying to find a northwest passage to Asia for commercial purposes. By the time Roald Amundsen of Norway succeeded, easier commercial routes to Asia had been found. Explorers from many countries kept trying to reach the North Pole simply to be the first to get there. They were explorers for the sake of
  12. Your answer:
    adventure.
    military conquest.
    financial gain.
    colonization.


  13. There are diseases that attack the body politic, like the natural body, at certain stages of growth, but that disappear when a nation has passed into another stage, or that are cured when sedulous experimentation has discovered the appropriate
  14. Your answer:
    virus.
    remedy.
    replacement.
    growth rate.


  15. Flowers have a variety of ways, some very unusual, of attracting insects to help pollinate them. One variety of orchid has the appearance of the female of one type of spider and thus attracts passing male spiders of this species, who move from one orchid blossom to another, pollinating them. The reproductive cycle of this orchid, therefore, is dependent upon
  16. Your answer:
    spiders.
    the wind.
    flowers.
    various insects.


  17. Chamber music is written to be played in a small-audience hall. Originally, it was meant for performance in a private home, thus its name. The number of performers, or instruments, varies, but there are rarely more than eight or nine. A symphony orchestra is a large group, often having over a hundred musicians. Music written for groups larger than a chamber-music ensemble but smaller than a symphonic group, and usually confined to a single instrument in each class, is called a
  18. Your answer:
    double quartet.
    small audience.
    chamber symphony.
    critics' symphony.


  19. In the United States, the federal government and the state governments have built fish hatcheries and nurseries to provide small fish for restocking natural fishing areas. Fish eggs are sometimes recovered from natural fishing grounds and sometimes are taken from live fish. It has been estimated that only about 15 percent of the eggs in natural spawning grounds are hatched, but in the hatcheries at least 80 percent are hatched. The fish hatchery projects deserve much of the credit for keeping the United States waters stocked for the
  20. Your answer:
    lakes and rivers.
    fish.
    spawning grounds.
    angler.



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