Reading For Understanding Three #54A

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

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  1. An ocean-bottom seismograph has been designed to record natural earth tremors and remote nuclear explosions at a great distance under the surface of the ocean. The device operates unattended. It senses, gathers, and stores information on magnetic tape for later recovery and
  2. Your answer:
    recording.
    construction.
    interpretation.
    defense.


  3. Singing a song, it has been well said, is what everyone can do and not one in a thousand can do well. A musical ear is, like hearing and seeing, one of the ordinary gifts of nature, just as music is one of the ordinary delights of the species; but while the class capable of being delighted is a very large one, the class capable of delighting is
  4. Your answer:
    one of the smallest.
    musically inclined.
    much larger.
    a separate species.


  5. Lazy students blame their teachers or books for their poor grades; careless workers blame their tools. No one seeks excuses for being unable to build a perpetual motion machine or run a mile in three minutes. People offer alibis when they fail to accomplish things that
  6. Your answer:
    would have been possible for them to do.
    could not have been done by anyone.
    they wanted very much to do.
    other people prevented them from doing.


  7. The Articles of Confederation gave Continental Congress enough duties to keep its members occupied, but it gave them no authority to enforce the laws they made. It is not surprising that the Continental Congress was generally
  8. Your answer:
    popular.
    effective.
    powerful.
    impotent.


  9. The Mayans in Mexico and in Central America developed a remarkable civilization, which was at its peak from about A.D. 600 until A.D. 900. Their achievements in mathematics, astronomy, and architecture have won great admiration. They developed a complete system of writing and were very artistic. The Spaniards completely conquered the Mayans in the early 1500s, and the ruins of the Mayan cities are now buried in the jungles. There are still more than one and one-half million descendants of the Mayans, but they know little about their ancestors'
  10. Your answer:
    country.
    conquerors.
    achievements.
    language.


  11. It is a mistaken notion that the camel stores water in its hump. Actually it is for another reason that the camel can go for long periods without a drink. When the body temperature of some animals rises, their bodies are cooled through the evaporation of perspiration. The camel however, can endure a much higher rise in temperature than can most animals, and with no obvious effects. The camel never
  12. Your answer:
    exercises.
    eats.
    perspires.
    gets hot.


  13. We are made for cooperation--as are feet, hands, eyelids, and the rows of the upper and lower teeth. To act against one another, then, is
  14. Your answer:
    reasonable.
    contrary to nature.
    justifiable.
    a natural action.


  15. In areas where drought is likely to occur, the land is best protected with a cover of natural grass. The roots hold the soil in place even though the grass is dying from lack of moisture. During the dry season in these areas, it is ruinous to the soil if the farmer
  16. Your answer:
    fertilizes the grass.
    leaves cover crops.
    irrigates the land.
    turns the grass under.


  17. The earliest dyes came from such natural sources as plants, animals, and minerals. Most of the dyes used now are produced in chemical factories. These synthetic dyes are made in all shades and for all kinds of material. Most of these dyes are permanent, and they are less expensive than dyes once were. The development of synthetic dyes is a good example of
  18. Your answer:
    efficiency in education.
    the application of science to living.
    learning from history.
    humanity's need for beauty.


  19. A conversation, to be stimulating and profitable, must take the form of a fencing bout. The discussants must parry and thrust with statements that prick and figuratively draw blood. The sight of the blood will give impetus to new verbal thrusts and to the determination to press a point. Those who find themselves in agreement most of the time will never develop ideas or experience the thrill of defending those ideas as if their lives were at stake; for in conversation, agreement leads to
  20. Your answer:
    boredom.
    fencing.
    instruction.
    happiness.



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