Reading For Understanding Three #52C

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

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  1. The entertainer was seventy years old. On the occassion of her birthday celebration, it was noted that she was making more personal appearances, recording more albums, doing more television shows, and, in general, enjoying a greater popularity than during any other time in her long career. In fact, like a good cheese, she seemed to
  2. Your answer:
    get progressively older.
    enjoy her retirement.
    improve with age.
    grow old gracefully.


  3. Bears and bulls are the names given to two different types of stock market investors. Bears sell their stock while prices are high, because they think that the market prices will soon fall and they can buy their stock back for less. Bulls believe that stock market prices will rise, so they quickly buy stock to sell at a profit as soon as the prices go up. These names come from the methods that wild bears and bulls use for attack. A bull throws his horns up to attack, while a bear attacks by sweeping his paws
  4. Your answer:
    around.
    horizontally.
    upward.
    downward.


  5. Philosophy cannot be a mass of noble thoughts and still be philosophy. It is general as well as concrete. Philosophy looks at all possiblities in the light of what is real. Philosophy cannot explain or predict anything unless it has application to what is actually going on in the world. All philosophy, to be worthwhile, must be based on
  6. Your answer:
    respect.
    prediction.
    fact.
    theory.


  7. The Black Stone is found in the Kaaba, a shrine in Mecca to which Muslims frequently make pilgrimages. This stone was the only idol that Muhammad spared when he returned to Mecca. Since he did spare the Black Stone, the followers of Muhammad look upon it
  8. Your answer:
    with feelings of reverence.
    with distrust and suspicion.
    as a bad omen.
    as an old-fashioned idol.


  9. A study of the circulation of library books over a period of twenty years gathered data from eight cities in the Northern Hemisphere, ranging in location from Canada to Panama. In every city studied, the circulation of fiction books was greater than that of nonfiction books in the summer months. but there were more nonfiction books circulated than fiction books at all other times, with the peaks for nonfiction reading occurring in the spring and autumn. One writer interprets these findings as indicating that mental activity is lowest in
  10. Your answer:
    summer.
    the North.
    winter.
    spring.


  11. Leonardo da Vinci is perhaps best known as one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance, but he had so many abilities and interests that he often did not finish his paintings. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, writer, inventor, civil and military engineer, geologist, botanist, anatomist, and astronomer. One word that seems adequate to describe him is
  12. Your answer:
    genius.
    experimentalist.
    typical.
    artist.


  13. John Adams was the first vice-president of the United States and, as such, he was also the first president of the Senate. The president of the Senate, according to the Constitution, casts a vote only in case of a tie. Adams, attempting to establish a precedent for future vice-presidents, always cast tie-breaking votes in accordance with the view of President George Washington. It was Adams' belief that the vice-president should
  14. Your answer:
    formulate administrative policy.
    campaign for the presidency.
    dominate the Senate.
    reflect the president's policies.


  15. In India, actors in the early days of the stage were members of the lower class of a rigid society. Parents feared that their children might take up dramatic careers, for the stage through the years had attracted only
  16. Your answer:
    drama critics.
    vagabonds and profligates.
    amateurs.
    trained performers.


  17. Architecture is sometimes called "the mother of the arts." In the sense that a mother gives birth to children, this is a misnomer. Rather, perhaps, "the nurse of the arts" might be more appropriate, for architecture originally
  18. Your answer:
    supported and encouraged painting and sculpture.
    depended on painting and sculpture.
    competed with painting and sculpture.
    directly preceded painting.


  19. The curfew was originally a signal, often a tolling bell, to cover fires and turn out the lights. The purpose of the curfew was fire prevention. Houses were heated by open fires in a hole in the floor. Such a fire would have been very risky if people went to sleep without covering or extinguishing it. In Venice, barbers were also surgeons, and their services might be needed during the night. Barbers' quarters were, therefore,
  20. Your answer:
    enforcers of the curfew.
    the authors of the curfew.
    exempt from the curfew.
    used as courthouses.



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