Reading for Understanding Three #5A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. An old Greek myth tells the story of a farmer who was not content with his own crops, but stole from nearby farmers. The Greek god, Zeus, was angry at the farmer for this thievery, so Zeus changed the farmer into an ant. The ant, however, like the farmer, still went from field to field, storing up food for himself from others' crops. Although the farmer's form changed, his character
  2. Your answer:
    improved slightly.
    remained the same.
    suffered a blow.
    began to change.


  3. Sir Isaac Newton measured the speed of sound in a corridor at Cambridge University in England. He stamped his foot at one end of the corridor and timed the interval until he heard the echo from the other end of the hall. Knowing the length of the hall, Newton computed the speed of sound. Computations that have been made since that time using modern equipment show that Newton's simple method was surprisingly
  4. Your answer:
    accurate.
    laborious.
    forgotten.
    old-fashioned.


  5. The second Continental Congress adopted the following resolution on June 14, 1777: "Resolved that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, that the Union be thirteen stars white in a blue field representing a new constellation." The United States now observes June 14 as
  6. Your answer:
    Union Day.
    Flag Day.
    Congress Day.
    Independence Day.


  7. Important as traffic laws and their enforcement are, many people think that laws can prevent only a relatively small percentage of highway accidents. They think that the attitudes of drivers must be attacked and that drivers must be made to have feelings of thoughtfulness and
  8. Your answer:
    confidence.
    responsibility.
    indifference.
    fearlessness.


  9. A very secure form of communication is furnished by wires, but it requires time to set up the wires, and they can get out of order. Telephone lines involve a great deal of maintenance. The wires are often buried in the ground so that there will be
  10. Your answer:
    more wire.
    less interruption to service.
    more open skylines.
    fewer bad storms.


  11. Justinian I lives in history as the Roman Emperor responsible for gathering Roman law into a single code, or body, of law. Justinian's code is a significant part of many modern systems of law. Edward I, a king of England during the Middle Ages, is known as the English Justinian. He earned this title because of his contribution to
  12. Your answer:
    law.
    finance.
    education.
    war.


  13. The way a person walks may give clues to personal traits. The person who walks with a careless shuffle is likely to be judged careless and unreliable. The person with a precise military gait is more likely to be thought of as
  14. Your answer:
    disrespectful of honest effort.
    neat and dependable.
    unpredictable in nature.
    sporadic in production.


  15. The temperature of the planet Saturn is about negative-168 degrees Celsius. The planet's atmosphere does not contain enough oxygen to support either plant or animal life. Scientists have concluded that Saturn
  16. Your answer:
    is too small to support life.
    has shorter days than the earth.
    has many satellites.
    is not inhabited.


  17. In China, the sport of flying kites is popular with men, women, and children. The ninth day of the ninth month is Kites Day and is a joyous holiday. The Chinese make elaborately decorated kites in the shapes of fish, insects, birds, and flowers. Although some practical uses are made of kites, they are used mainly for
  18. Your answer:
    communication.
    crafts.
    pleasure.
    experiments.


  19. Most radio and television speakers use standard English. If you hear someone pronounce a word differently from the way you do, you should consult the dictionary to find the
  20. Your answer:
    derivation of the word.
    accepted spelling.
    definition of the word.
    standard pronunciation.



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