Reading for Understanding Three #59B

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. The French Academy is an institution of forty members who are chosen for their outstanding achievements. Each member is considered to have used the French language to express ideas in poetry, prose, and other forms that will not grow old with time. For this reason, the members of the Academy are sometimes called the
  2. Your answer:
    Forty Essayists.
    Forty Immortals.
    Forty Revolutionaries.
    Forty Authors.

  3. Do not lay out your friendship too lavishly at first since it will, like other things, be so much the sooner spent; neither let it be of too sudden a growth;for as the plants that shoot up too fast are not that of continuance as those which take more time for it, so too swift a progress in pouring out your kindness is a certain sign that by the course of nature it will
  4. Your answer:
    be too lavish.
    not be appreciated.
    be rejected.
    not be long-lived.

  5. People usually spend their leisure time doing something different from what they do during working hours. Business executives spend most of their workday reading reports, correspondence and the like. If they read in their spare time, it is usually for escape; they will choose something light, exciting, and different from their work. If they pick up something to read at the end of the day, it will probably be a
  6. Your answer:
    mystery story.
    market report.
    new theory of economics.
    business journal.

  7. While courage and constancy are advocated, due tribute is paid to bravery's best part, discretion. We must know how to dare, but we must also know why and when to dare. Let the advantage of an enterprise be carefully confronted with its
  8. Your answer:
    profit and gain.
    cost and risk.

  9. In every work of genius, we recognize our own thoughts that we have rejected. Great works of art have no more affecting lessons for us than this. They teach us to abide by our spontaneous impression with good-natured inflexibility. If tomorrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, we shall be forced to take with shame
  10. Your answer:
    our own opinion from another.
    a truth which we find unacceptable.
    that which we feel is untrue.
    our overestimation of our own ideas.

  11. The increasing number of persons in schools and colleges has contributed to occupational mobility and has made freedom of occupational choice a reality. In no way should this be construed as saying that there is equality of opportunity but rather as saying that
  12. Your answer:
    jobs are harder to find.
    there are more colleges.
    choice does exist.
    fewer people work on farms.

  13. Geriatricians agree that overeating is an enemy of longevity. The old saying about digging one's grave with one's teeth is
  14. Your answer:
    poor advice.
    a meaningless illustration.
    a popular superstition.
    not as ludicrous as it sounds.

  15. Virginia's Statute of Religious Liberty was prepared by Thomas Jefferson in 1786. The statute takes the stand that truth will prevail so long as it is left alone because it is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error and has nothing to fear from the conflict of free argument and
  16. Your answer:

  17. They who know not, and know not that they know not,

    Are fools--shun them.

    They who know not, and know that they know not,

    Are children--teach them.

    They who know, and know not that they know,

    Are asleep--wake them.

    They who know, and know that they know,

    Are wise--

  18. Your answer:
    humble them.
    teach them.
    follow them.
    avoid them.

  19. We are often told what position a thinker takes on a given issue, but we are rarely told the reasons for this position. We are not shown the facts that underlie conclusions except occasionally, by the use of a few examples. Before we ally ourselves with any position, we need to
  20. Your answer:
    find out the reputation of its proponents.
    know what positions others take.
    know more about its basis.
    prepare to defend it at all costs.

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