Reading for Understanding Three #67C

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

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  1. This city in the Near East was under British occupation throughout the nineteenth century. We are not surprised, as we walk through the city, that
  2. Your answer:
    natives run joyously up to greet us.
    there are so many natives about.
    we feel at a loss among strange customs and dress.
    some of the streets have familiar names.


  3. Thomas Jefferson said, in arguing for a well-defended union, "How could a readiness for war in time of peace be safely prohibited unless we could prohibit, in like manner, the preparations and establishments of every hostile nation? The means of security can only be regulated by the means and the danger of attack. It is in vain to propose constitutional barriers to the impulse of
  4. Your answer:
    self-preservation."
    self-righteousness."
    self-government."
    self-destruction."


  5. There is no way in which we can accurately prophesy what will happen in the future. However, we must, for our own preservation, try to frame an estimate of probable future events. In other words, the past and the present give us an indication of our direction in the future. There is truth to the saying that "probability is
  6. Your answer:
    the guide to life."
    based on prophesy."
    sure to fail."
    a vain attempt."


  7. Every September one ancient tribe of people held a ceremonial to try to banish evil spirits that caused disease and trouble. The rites came in September, because the rainy season began in that month, and with the rains came
  8. Your answer:
    water.
    weather.
    superstition.
    illness.


  9. The horse in the bullfight was a much more admirable figure than the rider, from the author's point of view. The writer stated, "A dark-brown horse, of fine size, figure, and action, that had known better days and gentler usage, had borne a picador gallantly and almost without a scratch through two fights; the cleverness and the handiness of the animal that was ridden being far more remarkable than the strength or skill of the
  10. Your answer:
    matador he fought."
    horse he fought."
    dark-brown horse."
    animal who rode."


  11. In some underdeveloped countries the population is increasing so fast that increased production of goods has not improved the standard of living. Average families in these countries live about the same as
  12. Your answer:
    the rich landowners.
    they always did.
    they would under slavery.
    the poorest Europeans.


  13. There appear from time to time on earth men and women of rare abilities, noble natures who are known for their virtues, and whose eminent qualities throw a halo around them. Like those extraordinary stars, of whose origin we are ignorant and of which we know still less after they have vanished from our eyes, these superior people have neither ancestors nor descendants. They themselves constitute
  14. Your answer:
    their whole race.
    a majority of the populace.
    extraordinary stars.
    their ancestors.


  15. The fine lines of a letter of type, especially the fine cross strokes at the top or at the bottom, are called serifs. They were introduced by the Romans, who used only capital letters. The tendency now is to make type very plain and to drop many of the
  16. Your answer:
    accents.
    capitals.
    serifs.
    letters.


  17. Reflecting on nature's magnificent canyons and mesas, Henry David Thoreau wrote, "The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of
  18. Your answer:
    good luck."
    hard work."
    time."
    human help."


  19. An English historian asked: "Consider now.... will you give up your Indian empire or your Shakespeare, you English? Would you rather never have had any Shakespeare?.... Indian empire or no Indian empire; we cannot do without Shakespeare! Indian empire will go, at any rate, someday; but this Shakespeare does not go, he lasts forever with us; we cannot give up our Shakespeare." The historian's prophesy was right; England has lost the Indian empire, but Shakespeare will always
  20. Your answer:
    belong to England.
    be world famous.
    belong to everyone.
    be read everywhere.



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