Reading for Understanding Three #49B

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Most solids expand when their temperature rises. Concrete highways are made in sections that do not touch. The spaces between the sections are filled with tar, which oozes from the cracks in hot weather. If the road were not made in sections, the expansion of the solid concrete in hot weather would cause it to
  2. Your answer:
    expand.
    buckle.
    meet.
    contract.


  3. The Edingburgh Review called poets William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey the Lake poets. All three poets lived in the Lake District of Westmorland and Cumberland in England. Although these poets were grouped in this manner, their poetry was different: each of the three had a distinctive style. The Edinburgh Review chose the collective name as a way of referring to three poets who
  4. Your answer:
    desired greatness.
    lived close together.
    had the same ancestry.
    also wrote prose.


  5. James Bowie was an American frontier character who had a vivid career in the wild Mexican border area. He died in a heroic effort to save the Alamo. So many fantastic stories have been told about Bowie's Indian fights, border battles, and fortune hunting that it is difficult for historians to distinguish fact from
  6. Your answer:
    folklore.
    fortune.
    heroism.
    history.


  7. A period of Ireland's history of peculiar interest to the student of political or social science includes the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, when the English colonists in Ireland adopted the Reformed faith, thus infusing a new element of discord and extending a war of countries to include a war of
  8. Your answer:
    territories.
    religions.
    politics.
    economics.


  9. An English newspaper tells a good fish story--an incident reported by an eyewitness. In a long catch of salmon dumped on the stone floor of a fish market was a large porpoise, now in great distress. The workers contributed money to reimburse the fishers who had caught the porpoise and then dumped it back into the sea. After some minutes, the porpoise began to blow, and it swam away. The cheer that rose was a tribute to the endurance of the porpoise and to the
  10. Your answer:
    hardiness of fishers.
    charity of average people.
    lucky fisher.
    sport of fishing.


  11. Fingerprinting is a method of identification that can be relied upon with absolute certainty. Each person has a fingerprint pattern that is completely individual and that remains the same throughout life. The Chinese are believed to have signed impportant documents by using thumbprints long before the advent of modern history. Documents signed in this manner are superior to those signed in handwriting because thumbprints make
  12. Your answer:
    forgery impossible.
    the signatures permanent.
    signatures illegible.
    copying difficult.


  13. The raising of sheep for their wool provides the chief income of most Scottish Highlanders. Highland cattle, which are not good beef cattle, are useful because of their grazing habits. Coarse grasses would overrun the pastures and crowd out the sweet, fine grasses--the only grasses eaten by sheep--were it not that the coarse grasses are preferred by the
  14. Your answer:
    horses.
    cattle.
    Highlandes.
    sheep.


  15. Between 1500 and 1856, countries at war granted written commissions to private shipowners, giving them authority to cruise against the commercial or war vessels of the enemy. These permits were called letters of marque and reprisal. Vessels operating under such letters were called privateers. The owner and the crew of a privateer divided the spoils of their victories. This practice was outlawed by the Treaty of Paris in 1856. Sea fighting in war has since been carried out only by
  16. Your answer:
    atomic-powered submarines.
    large battleships.
    government-owned ships.
    illegal pirates.


  17. Climatology is concerned with radiation geography, wind systems, precipitation, and other problems that also interest the physicist. A climatologist also studies climate to understand its effect on plant growth and human comfort. Taken in full scope, the problems of a climatologist are
  18. Your answer:
    concerned with the terrain.
    impossible to solve.
    both physical and biological.
    the problems of physicists.


  19. This small island has always relied on farming and fishing as its economic basis. Little manufacturing could be established on the island because power sources were unavailable. Young people moved away because of the lack of jobs. Recently, however, a source of power has been discovered and is now being developed. At long last, the island may be relieved of its total dependence upon
  20. Your answer:
    economic factors.
    immigration.
    sea and soil.
    young people.



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