Reading for Understanding Three #61C

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Mental illness is a serious problem today. Many millions are classified as mentally ill. It is estimated that at least one person out of every ten will at some time require psychiatric treatment for mental or emotional disturbance. About one-half of all persons treated by general practitioners have disorders that
  2. Your answer:
    cannot be cured.
    involve psychological factors.
    need medical treatment.
    demand early diagnosis.


  3. Explorers and scientists on antarctic expeditions must fix their sailing dates to a week, almost to a day. They know when conditions will permit landing, and they do not want to lose precious time by being late. The antarctic summer is short, and they know that they have more to do than they can complete in
  4. Your answer:
    three months.
    the dark winter.
    the cold weather.
    a short season.


  5. Were we to be totally deprived of memory, we would be incapable of forming any just opinion; everything about us would seem chaos; we would have even our own history to ask from everyone; and by not knowing how the world went on in our absence, upon our return we would be at a loss to know how it ought to go on. Because we would have no source from which to draw comparisons, our judgements would be
  6. Your answer:
    prophetic.
    objective.
    unprejudiced.
    invalid.


  7. The month of January was named for the mythological god Janus, the deity of gates, who was supposed to open the gate of the
  8. Your answer:
    heavens.
    house.
    year.
    heart.


  9. The old English system of weights and measures was less convenient than the metric system. There was the added difficulty that there was considerable variation in some of the common standards. For example, the ton was used to denote at least three values. Some of the units were dropped in practical work. Cloth was measured in yards or inches or in fractions of a yard, not in feet. Builders did not use the yard, and surveyors used decimal fractions of the foot rather than inches. Scientists have used the metric system for some time. The old English system of weights and measures had
  10. Your answer:
    replaced decimals.
    faults.
    no use.
    greater accuracy.


  11. The halcyon was a bird similar to a kingfisher. According to Greek folklore, the bird made its nest on the sea and was able to calm the waves while the eggs were hatching. The time of hatching was the two weeks around the winter solstice, December 21, which, according to traditions of sailors, is a time of calm. In the term halcyon days, the meaning is extended to denote
  12. Your answer:
    solstice.
    hatching.
    peace.
    winter.


  13. Only the larvae of most freshwater insects live in the water. As soon as they mature, the adults fly to another body of water, large or small, to deposit their eggs. The mosquito is a perfect example of an aquatic insect. It lays its eggs in any accumulation of water--a puddle, a pool, ditches, or the protected areas of lakes and streams. Since the larvae mature in five or six days, the water accumulation in which the eggs are deposited can be
  14. Your answer:
    fresh.
    flowing.
    muddy.
    temporary.


  15. All symbols are fluxional; all language is vehicular and transitive, and is good, as ferries and horses are, for
  16. Your answer:
    work.
    profit.
    conveyance.
    escape.


  17. The standard of living of a society depends on the state of technology rather than on the density of population. Industrialized societies are inevitably richer than agrarian societies primarily because human effort or productivity is greatly multiplied by the use of highly refined tools and by the concentration of capital. The great disparity of wealth among the peoples of the world is due mainly to the presence or absence of
  18. Your answer:
    natural resources.
    population density.
    government.
    industrialization


  19. The need for adequate financing of wildlife restoration projects in the United States was forcefully brought to the nation's attention by the severe drought of the early thirties. At that time, the North American waterfowl population was in extreme danger because of the shortage of well-watered nesting, breeding, and feeding areas. An emergency scheme devised by the United States government for the purchase and development of several million hectares of land and water for waterfowl refuges was instrumental in
  20. Your answer:
    easing the situation.
    building more dams.
    stopping the waster.
    spending less money.



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