Reading for Understanding Three #62A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. The critic described the architecture of the new city airport as simple, dignified, decent. She pointed out that simplicity alone will not ensure that the buildings are functional when she commented on the long distance that departing and arriving passengers have to
  2. Your answer:
    walk.
    unload.
    fly.
    wait.


  3. Dr. Samuel Johnson prepared one of the first English dictionaries. He is not well remembered for his other writings, which had a learned and heavy style. He liked to use large words and was accused of doing so to emphasize the importance of his dictionary. A friend, Oliver Goldsmith, is reported to have said to him, "Dr. Johnson, if you could make little fishes talk, they would talk like
  4. Your answer:
    whales."
    parrots."
    schoolchildren."
    babies."


  5. A new idea does not annul any previously existing ideas. James did not supersede Plato, nor did the Impressionists supersede the Classicists. A new playwright will not relegate OTHELLO or HENRY V to obscurity. New ideas
  6. Your answer:
    are generally superior to old ideas.
    take the place of previous ideas.
    enrich the world by addition.
    are merely revisions of other ideas.


  7. A group of scientists in a certain region found that the snow one winter contained poisonous concentrations of lead, especially near large cities and heavily travelled highways. Worse still, this concentration was far higher than the safe lead content for drinking water. This finding gives the lie to the old saying
  8. Your answer:
    "Whiter than the driven snow."
    "Bright as the sun on new snow."
    "Pure as the driven snow."
    "Guilt, like lead, weighs the soul."


  9. The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was the first person to sail around the southern tip of Africa to India. He arrived in India in 1498 and established Portuguese colonies there. The Portuguese held some colonies in India for more than four hundred years, giving up the last of them to India in 1962. In the struggle to take the last of the colonies, Goa, from the Portuguese, there were very few casualties on either side, so now there are still
  10. Your answer:
    no Portuguese in India.
    some Portuguese in India.
    no Portuguese colonies in Asia.
    Portuguese rulers in Goa.


  11. Many feel certain that they are on safe ground when they say, "It must be good for people to know the Truth." But it is clearly not good for a particular person to know some particular truth, such as irremediable treachery in a cherished friend--better that this person should die
  12. Your answer:
    without friends.
    than believe a lie.
    without knowing it.
    than be dishonest.


  13. The phoenix was a sacred bird in ancient Egyptian religion. It was said to resemble an eagle and to have brilliant red and yellow feathers. Only one phoenix was believed to live at a given time, and it was thought to live for a very long time, accounts ranging from 500 to 1700 years. When very old, the phoenix was believed to have made a nest of spice twigs, fired the nest, and burned to death. From the ashes a new phoenix arose, and the life cycle was repeated. In literature the phoenix is a symbol of
  14. Your answer:
    royalty.
    resurrection.
    disbelief.
    science.


  15. A monarchy is like a boat; it is in contstant danger of capsizing. But democracy is a raft. You cannot easily overturn it. Though it may be a wet place, it is
  16. Your answer:
    windblown.
    comfortable.
    popular.
    a safe one.


  17. The general buying public is readily divided into two groups. One is made of those people who are loyal to a particular brand of product; the other is characterized by the use of a variety of brands. A toothpaste advertising campaign that is directed at both of these groups may have as its slogan, "The formula is the same;
  18. Your answer:
    the taste is new."
    the price is low."
    tests are conclusive."
    families all agree."


  19. Great injury results from an unstable government. The want of confidence in the public councils dampens every useful undertaking, the success and profit of which may depend on a continuance of existing arrangement. No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable; nor be truly respectable without possessing a certain portion of order and stability. In a word, no great improvement or laudable enterprise can go forward that lacks the auspices of
  20. Your answer:
    a constant stream of new legislation.
    an unregulated system of free enterprise.
    short-term elective bodies.
    a steady system of national policy.



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