Reading For Understanding Three #53B

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

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  1. Demosthenes and Aeschines were Greek orators of the fourth century B.C. From the violent political conflicts between these two great men come some of the very best speeches in the history of oratory and rhetoric. It would seem that the superb talents of both of these men were heightened by their
  2. Your answer:
    ability.
    rivalry.
    education.
    friendship.


  3. The property of matter by which it occupies space is termed extension by physicists. Everything that can be called a material object is said to be three-dimensional or to have the property of extension. A line, which has only one dimension,
  4. Your answer:
    has no extension.
    has no length.
    has extension.
    is an infinity.


  5. A public health nurse whose duties involved taking care of infants and young children believes there is no stronger mutual interest between nations and races than concern for children. She had visited many homes of all social levels and she said that no door had ever been closed to her. She said that if she were going to work in other countries she would want to learn at least four words in each language:
  6. Your answer:
    "I am a nurse."
    "How is the baby?"
    "Can I help you?"
    "Please be my friend."


  7. For centuries the underdeveloped countries of the world made little change in the way of living for most of the people. Poverty, hunger, disease, and lack of education were accepted as inevitable. It is only very recently that these countries have learned that general poverty can be overcome. Poverty itself is very old, but the conviction that poverty can be eliminated is
  8. Your answer:
    unacceptable.
    new.
    older.
    foolish.


  9. Drugs have been made from plants and from animal tissues for a long time. In recent years, scientists have discovered how to make miracle drugs from moulds and bacteria. Some minerals have common uses as drugs. Some of the most modern drugs are synthetic. The active principles of many natural drugs have been discovered, and the chemists have learned how to manufacture the drugs under carefully controlled conditions. These manufactured products are often actually superior to the
  10. Your answer:
    tested drugs.
    newer drugs.
    natural drugs.
    prescription drugs.


  11. A powerfully situated minority is often more potent than a majority. It is often true that power does not rest solely in
  12. Your answer:
    parties.
    government.
    leadership.
    numbers.


  13. Carbon 14, radioactive carbon, is contained in charcoal, vegetable matter, shell, and bone. Because it disappears from dead organic tissue at a constant rate, the amount of carbon 14 in the speciman studied gives a good estimate of the age of the material. Since most of the carbon 14 is gone after about twenty-five thousand years, the age of materials older than this must be estimated by
  14. Your answer:
    chemical analysis.
    other methods.
    historical writings.
    astronomical date.


  15. Don Quixote, a novel by Cervantes, tells the story of a comical character dressed in a rusty coat of mail riding a skinny nag about the countryside and doing absurd deeds of bravery in the name of chivalry. Don Quixote's attempts to correct the ills of society were idealistic and impractical. From the title of this book, we get the word quixotic, which describes someone like Cervante's hero, a person who is
  16. Your answer:
    a visionary.
    a practical human being.
    an authentic knight.
    tired of fighting.


  17. If a ray of light emanating from the sun or any other star is passed through a prism, a photographic record of the light ray will look like a band of lights of different wavelengths crossed by dark lines. Each chemical substance present in the star displays a characteristic set of lines. Astronomical photography thus permits us to determine the
  18. Your answer:
    precise path of motion of each star.
    chemical composition of celestial bodies.
    rate of emission of rays of stellar light.
    mass and density of any star.


  19. When a case of hiccups is so severe that the victim's welfare is endangered, it may be necessary to crush the phrenic nerve. This nerve connects the brain and the diaphragm, a large muscle that is used in breathing and that separates the chest cavity from the abdomen. The crushing of the phrenic nerve relieves hiccups, since they are caused by
  20. Your answer:
    a very frightening experience.
    spasm of the diaphragm.
    foreign material in the chest cavity.
    an irritation of the throat.



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