Reading For Understanding Three #53C

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

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  1. There is an adage that the dead tell no tales. It is hard to prove people dishonest when there is no one living who can
  2. Your answer:
    arrest them.
    testify for them.
    expose them.
    lie about them.


  3. Were we to go to the Philippine Islands, we might see a coconut raft being poled down the river. The Filipinos were quite practical in devising this mode of transport. Not only is the coconut an important product, but is also furnishes
  4. Your answer:
    a valuable means of exchange.
    a fast means of river travel.
    an important Philippine food.
    its own transport to market.


  5. If we work at a task continuously for a long time, we become tired and stop. Although we may work in an emergency for a long time, we are usually more efficient if we alternate rest periods with
  6. Your answer:
    sleep.
    coffee breaks.
    work.
    refreshments.


  7. It is better to read the writings of authors in their native tongues than in translation, but few people know a foreign language well enough to do this. Translations of many good books are available, however, and most authors' ideas are preserved in translation. It is unlikely that most English-speaking people will read French, Russian, or German books
  8. Your answer:
    with enjoyment.
    in translation.
    in the original.
    except a classic.


  9. It used to be generally believed that epileptic persons could not possibly have seizures and fall so long as they carried a piece of mistletoe in their pocket or a mistletoe concoction in their stomachs. Modern medicine recognizes no curative powers of mistletoe, and students of primitive people have concluded that the belief that the plant could protect against falling sickness was due simply to the fact that it was rooted high on a tree and could not itself
  10. Your answer:
    support its own life.
    be easily gathered.
    fall to the ground.
    heal any diseases.


  11. The most famous lightship of the United States is anchored forty miles from Nantucket. Since 1936 the strong warning lights atop its two masts have continuously warned passing ships of the dangerous New South Shoal. Like all other such ships, the Nantucket lightship is similar in construction to sturdy whaleboats. This enables the lightship to
  12. Your answer:
    ride out storms.
    sail long distances.
    send strong beams.
    catch large fish.


  13. When religion appoints a cessation from work, it ought to have great regard for the necessities of society. When Constantine ordained that the people should rest on the Sabbath, he made this decree for the cities and not for the inhabitants of the open country; he was sensible that work in the cities was useful,
  14. Your answer:
    for upon it depends the country.
    and in the country pleasant.
    but in the fields necessary.
    because of war preparation.


  15. For all age groups in the United States, the life expectancy of males is lower than that of females. Up to the age of twenty years, the census shows more male than females in the population. These two facts are not inconsistent because there are more
  16. Your answer:
    male births.
    accidents to children.
    female births.
    female deaths.


  17. It takes three to five years and large sums of money to open a new underground coal mine. To raise such large sums from investors, buyers for the coal must be found in advance who will contract to buy the lifetime output of the mine. There are few such buyers at present because the long-term future of coal as an energy source is uncertain. As a result, new underground coal mines are
  18. Your answer:
    seldom started.
    becoming common.
    found everywhere.
    safe investments.


  19. John Keats was one of England's greatest poets. You may remember him for his lovely "Ode on a Grecian Urn," or by the oft-quoted line, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." Certainly Keats was one of England's most modest poets. His epitaph, which he wrote himself, "Here lies one whose name was writ in water," clearly shows
  20. Your answer:
    that he understood the constancy of fame.
    that Keats was afraid to die.
    his interest in the beauty of nature.
    that he expected to be soon forgotten.



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