Reading for Understanding Three #65C

Thelma Thurstone--The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Pedants among scholars are like untutored servants in the homes of poets. Both the pedants and the servants can repeat the words they hear, but the meaning never reaches them. Their intellectual development is no more advanced than
  2. Your answer:
    the wisdom they are exposed to.
    if they had understood the poetry.
    that of those who were there.
    if they had not been there at all.

  3. Those who have never known darkness cannot truly rejoice in the light, just as those who have never sorrowed do not know
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  5. As an elegant porch announces the glory of the interior, so a good preface, being the entrance to a book, invites by its beauty. A well-seasoned preface creates an insatiable appetite in the reader
  6. Your answer:
    to devour the book itself.
    to become a writer
    that is easily gratified.
    that is assuaged with elegant dishes.

  7. The postal regulation stated that parcels weighing less than 5 kilograms and measuring 200 centimeters, in length and girth combined, were chargeable with a minimum rate equal to that for a 5 kilogram parcel for the zone to which it was addressed. The post office prefers
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    lighter packages.
    compact packages.
    heavier packages.
    larger packages.

  9. The problem of pollution of our water resources has become very serious as more and more industries and populations become concentrated near our waterways. Industries and communities dump their waste materials into the nearby rivers and streams. Many of the wastes from industries are new chemical substances that have not yet been studied, and therefore their effects on humans still remain unknown. But health authorities have been able to trace the source of many epidemics of intestinal illnesses directly to
  10. Your answer:
    the water supply.
    the new chemical fertilizers.
    the new chemical substances.
    the disease.

  11. In the music of savage peoples widely separated by ocean or desert barriers, there are peculiar similarities that seem to suggest important theories on the subject of
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    musical instruction.
    world federation.
    human nature.
    musical instruments.

  13. We hardly hope for a year in which no new weapons are developed because we have now reached a stage of
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    perpetual invention.
    universal education.
    absolute strength.
    stalemated research.

  15. It is folly to seek respite in the payment of just claims on your time, talents, or affection. Negate each debt at the first opportunity, for, whether now or later, you must pay in full. Persons and circumstances may seem for the moment to absolve you from the demands of justice, but
  16. Your answer:
    occasionally you escape free.
    it is only a postponement.
    your credit may be better than you think.
    only the imprudent pay at once.

  17. The early settlers in North America maltreated the native Indians in two ways: first, they appropriated the Indians' property and treated them with contempt, and, second, the writers of that period depreciated the character of the Indians and justified
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    their rights as individuals.
    those who supported them.
    their claims to the land.
    those who persecuted them.

  19. The Constitution of the United States, under the provisions for Congress, states that no senators or representatives shall, during the time for which they are elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no persons holding office under the United States, shall be members of either house during their continuance in office. This proviso ensures against the danger of
  20. Your answer:
    senatorial control of the House.
    unwarranted congressional salary increases.
    executive influence upon the legislative body.
    executive appointments to the Congress.

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