Reading for Understanding Three #62C

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Apples that are green and unripe are not picked from the tree but by a violent plucking, but if they are ripe and mellow, they fall voluntarily down from the tree. So likewise, the young depart out of their life by violent force and painful struggling, but the old die
  2. Your answer:
    by appointment.
    by a certain ripeness and maturity.
    from dejection.
    from excesses.


  3. A certain actor became very tense before every performance and was inclined to overact. Once, just before the curtain was to go up, the director sent the actor a message of just one word--less. A similar idea was used by the painter, Whistler, who said that it took two people to paint a really good picture--the painter and someone to beat the artist over the head to make him or her
  4. Your answer:
    zealous.
    tense.
    continue.
    quit.


  5. The Great Salt Lake in Utah has an average size of about 5,000 square kilometers. When the water level recedes, the size is smaller; when it rises, the lake covers a larger area. The number of islands in the lake also varies with the water level. At a low level, some of the islands become
  6. Your answer:
    continents.
    peninsulas.
    submerged.
    smaller.


  7. Though people fear, and thus obey, at the will of their rulers, they love only at their own will. Wise rulers must rely on what they control rather than on what others control, according to Machiavelli, and must therefore attempt to be feared more than loved in order to remain
  8. Your answer:
    popular.
    loved.
    loyal.
    powerful.


  9. It is frequently said that the United States has no indigenous culture, that for its forms of art and literature it is deeply in debt to Europe. But even in Europe assimilation over time is mistakenly called native originality. To go back even further, the culture of the Romans was inevitably derived from that of the Greeks. In accordance with an unchanging historical pattern,
  10. Your answer:
    Europe must fall back from its pinnacle of greatness.
    the best of one age is lost to the next.
    critics are notoriously unperceptive.
    each culture borrows from preceding ones.


  11. In 1775, the Continental Congress issued paper money; the first money issued jointly by the thirteen British North American colonies. Up to that time each colony had issued its own paper money and had minted its own coins. In 1787, the United States government made its first coins. The individual states cannot issue money; only the federal government can do that. United States money has value because it is backed by the
  12. Your answer:
    secretary of the treasury.
    United States government.
    state banks.
    mineral resources.


  13. The quality of university athletics is generally determinded by public opinion in the university. Some coaches may initiate tactics that are unfair; some teams may be willing to sacrifice anything to obtain a championship; but in the long run, social approval determines undergraduate policy and conduct. If it is generally considered that too much has been paid for a victory, it will
  14. Your answer:
    have been well justified.
    be paid promptly.
    be raised for the next game.
    not be paid a second time.


  15. Socrates said that if one thinks right, right action will follow. Some critics claim that current teaching seems to be based on the reverse of Socrates' thesis; that is, right thinking will take care of itself if
  16. Your answer:
    correct action is taken.
    decision for action are postponed.
    willpower is exercised.
    proper training has been received.


  17. Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor to measure words, but just pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness
  18. Your answer:
    heave a sigh of relief.
    pat us on the back.
    put us at complete ease.
    blow the rest away.


  19. The sunflower seed is a potentially rich source of food, but there is a major obstacle to the cultivation of the sunflower as a standard farm crop--farm machinery is not designed to harvest a plant whose average height is 2.5 meters. Since there are also miniature but relatively unproductive varieties of sunflowers, agricultural experts are experimenting with crossbreeding in an attempt to develop
  20. Your answer:
    uses for the smaller but less productive sunflower plants.
    new uses for the already valuable sunflower seed.
    a fertile plant small enough for mechanical harvesting.
    farm machines capable of harvesting larger plants.



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