Reading for Understanding Three #5B

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. In today's magazines and newspapers you will discover many articles that are interesting because their authors seem to be talking with you, not attempting to instruct or impress you, simply taking part in
  2. Your answer:
    a rhetorical display.
    an interesting conversation.
    a monotonous
    a technical exposition.

  3. Torricelli, a student of the scientist Galileo, weighed one flask partially filled with air and another completely filled with air. The container with the greater amount of air had the greater weight. Torricelli, in this experiment, proved that air
  4. Your answer:
    weighed less.
    weighed more.
    is invisible.
    has weight.

  5. We think of the earth underneath us as being solid, but volcanoes and earthquakes are evidence of violent internal stirrings. Slower and more gentle movements are going on constantly in all the earth's inner and outer areas, causing changes that may take thousands of years to become evident. No mountain or plain is
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  7. We do not know exactly when glass was first made, but the time is set by historians as between ten thousand years before the Christian era. For thousands of years the manufacture of glass was so difficult that glass objects were rare and were considered to have great
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  9. Catgut is cord of great toughness prepared from the intestines of certain animals, principally sheep. The cord is used for the strings of musical instruments and tennis rackets. There is no evidence that cats were ever used for making the cord. The old English word "kit" for fiddle may explain how the cord came to be called catgut, simply because "kit" sounds something like
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  11. Almost everybody likes to talk, but some people can express themselves better than others because they are well informed on a wide range of subjects. Whatever the topic being discussed, they can contribute to
  12. Your answer:
    a disagreement.
    the conversation.
    the reading.
    a worthy cause.

  13. Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, and omega is the last. The phrase "alpha and omega" is often used in the Bible and elsewhere to mean
  14. Your answer:
    the beginning and no end.
    without a beginning.
    the beginning and the end.
    last but not least.

  15. The performance of astronomical telescopes is subject to interference from atmospheric conditions. To avoid as much of this interference as possible, observatories have been built as high above sea level as possible. They are often
  16. Your answer:
    on islands.
    in the Northern Hemisphere.
    on mountaintops.
    mounted on ships.

  17. The queen of Sheba, so the story goes, decided to test the wisdom of King Solomon. She held two wreaths at some distance from Solomon. One wreath was made from the greenery of nature; the other was artificial and was designed by an artist to look exactly like the natural wreath. The queen wished Solomon to choose the natural wreath. Just when the wise king thought that he would have to concede defeat, Solomon spotted a cluster of bees outside the window. He ordered the window to be opened. The bees enable King Solomon to make the right choice when they alighted on
  18. Your answer:
    the queen's head.
    the natural wreath.
    the windowsill.
    the artist's creation.

  19. The following advice is in "Poor Richard's Almanack," written by Benjamin Franklin in 1757: "If you would have your business done, go; if not, send." In other words, if you want a job well done, do it
  20. Your answer:

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