Reading for Understanding Three #49C

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. I cannot too earnestly advise all who are students in this school to sieze this golden time for their own reading, whilst they have the riches of our libraries at their command, and before the pressure of actual life has come upon them, when there is less time for the acquisition of knowledge and when many must be content to live upon
  2. Your answer:
    the future.
    the riches of our libraries.
    the advice of others.
    what they have already gained.


  3. Scientists are constantly working to refine our accuracy in the measurement of time. The most accurate method so far is an atomic clock. Polaris submarines and satellites in orbit many miles above the earth are dependent upon accuracy in estimating their location. This in turn depends upon
  4. Your answer:
    maximum accuracy in timing.
    rapid calculations.
    skilled navigation.
    discovery of new metals.


  5. In what used to be the Colorado Desert there now lies the Imperial Valley, transformed by human ingenuity into one of the world's most productive areas. As the growing population of the earth demands more products for living, the waste spaces of the earth are being studied and adapted to useful purposes. Such places as the ocean depths, the deserts, the arctic tundra, the mountain crags, and even outer space are being explored for possibilities of meeting
  6. Your answer:
    new plant life.
    new markets.
    human needs.
    engineering feats.


  7. The evidence was so strong against her client that the lawyer thought a jury would certainly find him guilty. She therefore advised the client to plead guilty, to have a trial by a judge, to to hope for
  8. Your answer:
    acquittal.
    appeal.
    conviction.
    mercy.


  9. Laws to protect deer from hunters have been in force throughout the United States since the colonial period. Other animals kill deer, and many more deer starve to death than are killed by hunters. Conservationists think the best way to protect deer is to keep their number down so that they can live on the food supply available. The open season for deer hunting is only a few days, but to prevent starvation of large numbers of deer, some states declare
  10. Your answer:
    severe penalties for offenders.
    no open season.
    stricter hunting laws.
    extra open days.


  11. Unfortunately, the power to evaluate critically the true meaning of things comes late in life after one is already settled in habits. How much better it would be if this clearness of perception came to one
  12. Your answer:
    who had many mistakes.
    who possessed other signs of maturity.
    whose path lay ahead.
    whose errors had already been corrected.


  13. When crops failed for lack of rain and surplus food was gone, the early Mayan people scattered to the forests to live on whatever wild fruits and game they could find. Theirs was a drastic and miserable existence until the rains came and the normal course of life could be resumed. Understandably, the daily religious life of the Mayans revolved around the rain and wind gods whose good will determined
  14. Your answer:
    the quality of their lives.
    who should become priests.
    who would be sacrificed.
    the season of the year.


  15. An earthquake sets up waves of motion that travel through the ground to distant parts of the world, where they can be recorded at special stations. There are two kinds of earthquake waves: P-waves and S-waves. P-waves travel faster than S-waves. An earthquake recording station first learns of a faraway earthquake by the appearance of
  16. Your answer:
    S-waves on the record.
    P- and S-waves on the record.
    P-waves on the record.
    movement underfoot.


  17. Barbarous or primitive people are pure materialists. They are full of cravings for possessing something that they cannot describe; they are like children who have not yet acquired the ability to
  18. Your answer:
    walk.
    communicate.
    observe.
    possess.


  19. A legislative bill may be introduced in either the United States Senate or the House of Representatives. After a new bill is introduced in one house, it is read to the house and referred to a committee for study. If the committee approves the bill, it is referred back to the house for a second reading. The next step is discussion by the house; then, after a third reading, a vote is taken. If a majority votes for the bill, it is sent to the other house, where the same procedure is followed. If the bill passes the second house, it goes to the president for signature. If the president vetoes a bill, it may still become a law if both houses pass it a second time by a two-thirds majority. Thus,
  20. Your answer:
    a bill cannot become a law without the president's approval.
    most of the bills that are introduced become laws.
    the sole function of Congress is to make laws.
    Congress has more legislative power than the president.



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