Reading for Understanding Three #53A

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

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  1. Many people experience a feeling of exhilaration at the end of a storm and of relative inertia just before a storm. Certain psychological changes have been shown to occur at these periods, so it seems likely that the feelings people describe are not
  2. Your answer:
    physiological.
    honest.
    real.
    imaginary.


  3. Confucius thought that much could be told about the quality of individuals, not by their popularity, but by the virtue and competence of those who did or did not like them. Confucius thought it spoke best for a person to be liked by
  4. Your answer:
    only a few close friends.
    the good and the bad alike.
    people of virtue and competence.
    all people.


  5. Few comets are bright enough to be seen without the aid of a telescope. Although an unexpected and bright comet, one not observed before, may appear at any time, predictions can be made only for those comets that are called periodic because they have been observed to appear
  6. Your answer:
    at regular intervals.
    at unexpected time.
    in the twentieth century.
    with great brilliance.


  7. It is the rule in a barbarian society that the upper classes never engage in industrial occupations but instead devote their lives to occupations to which a high degree of respect is attached. Whether they hold the positions of priests or warriors, their distinctive employment is the social expression of their
  8. Your answer:
    general laziness.
    superior status.
    concern with war and religion.
    patriotism.


  9. Fashion is not a term that is the exclusive property of those who are concerned with dress, ornament, and etiquette. The fashion in dress is deliberately designed by those who make money by creating styles. Scientists also find use for the word. Fashion in science is a way of thinking or a mode of action that is determined by a great discovery. Fashion in science differs from fashion in dress in that new styles in science can never be
  10. Your answer:
    stimulating.
    unpredictable.
    important.
    seasonal.


  11. Ralph Waldo Emerson travelled a great deal during his lifetime. The people he met impressed him far more than the physical features of the countries. He said in his essay "Nature" that the difference between landscapes is small but that there is a great difference in the
  12. Your answer:
    country.
    beauty.
    beholders.
    flowers.


  13. The kings of Egypt, called pharaohs, built the pyramids for their burial places. About seventy-five of the pyramids, some small and some large, were built in the Nile's area. Historians believe that early in his reign a pharaoh would build a small pyramid, and as time went on add more and more layers. This plan would ensure that his tomb was always
  14. Your answer:
    complete.
    impressive.
    expensive.
    large.


  15. In summer, the air is warmer over land than over the sea because water can absorb one and a half times more heat from the air than land can. In the winter, the seas give up some of their stored heat to the air and in this way moderate the temperature of the air. Thus, seacoast regions do not have the extremely hot summers and cold winters that characterize regions in
  16. Your answer:
    the tropics.
    North America.
    the interior.
    Europe.


  17. We are inconsistent in our likes and dislikes. What we love at twenty, we might hate at forty, but this inconsistency speaks well of our ability to profit from experience. If we never changed attitudes, we would be marked as
  18. Your answer:
    preferring simple things.
    wise persons.
    unable to learn.
    true to ourselves.


  19. The president of the United States is granted definite powers by the Constitution; but, throughout the history of the United States, presidents have acted outside their granted powers and have gained congressional support for such acts. The purchase of the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon in 1803 by Thomas Jefferson was made without constitutional or congressional authority, but Jefferson received congressional sanction when Congress
  20. Your answer:
    declared war on France.
    refused to act.
    appropriated the necessary money.
    made the offer to Napoleon.



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