Reading for Understanding Three #69B

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

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  1. The car driver who exceeds the speed limit on an uncongested highway is not as dangerous as the driver who darts in and out of a line of slow-moving traffic, enjoying the game of getting ahead of the next car. More than one driver has caused an accident by displaying
  2. Your answer:
    ignorance of traffic laws.
    regard for the speed limit.
    such a competitive spirit.
    fear of heavy traffic.

  3. In finer matters, I have no nose. It is ridiculous, really, that this very messenger and forerunner of myself, this trumpeter of my coming, this binasal thing in the crow's nest, should be so deficient. If smells were bears,
  4. Your answer:
    a-hunting I would go!
    I would visit the zoo!
    their smells would repel me!
    how often would I be bit!

  5. Historically, a person convicted of a felony was required to forfeit all property, real or personal; but a person convicted of a misdemeanor did not have to give up any property. Initially, then, one could tell the class of a crime of which a person had been convicted by the
  6. Your answer:
    guilt of the accused.
    nature of the crime.
    type of trial.
    penalty imposed.

  7. Plants are made up of complex chemical substances. These substances are produced from similar substances, such as water and air, by the action of rays from the sun. This process of forming complex subtances from simpler substances is called photosynthesis, which means building up with the aid of
  8. Your answer:

  9. Geologists in the United States have examined the ground of both the Appalachian Mountains and the accompanying valleys, and they find that the rocks are all stratified, the layers consisting of sand and various kinds of stone. The original materials were probably deposited in horizontal beds at the bottom of the sea; but, with the shrinkage of the earth's crust, the layers have folded like corrugated paper. The valleys are composed of soft rock while the ridges are composed of hard rock. Naturally, the rate of erosion is greater in the case of soft rock than hard, so that the ridges and valleys have been formed by differential erosion. Thus, the Appalachian Mountain ranges originally were produced by the folding caused by shrinkage of the earth's crust, but the present features are due to differences in
  10. Your answer:
    the age of the rocks.
    hardness of rocks.

  11. We come now to the other question relating to pendulums, a subject which may appear exceedingly arid to many, especially to those philosophers who are continually occupied with the more profound questions of nature. Nevertheless, the problem is one that I do not scorn. I am encouraged by the example of Aristotle, whom I admire especially because he did not fail to disusss every subject that he thought in any degree
  12. Your answer:
    likely to be scorned by philosophers.
    likely to appear superficial.
    worthy of consideration in itself.
    relating to pendulums.

  13. We often make the mistake of calling a clever or industrious person lucky. Remember that the winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest
  14. Your answer:

  15. The large exodus of various kinds of fish into the bay is a mystery to marine biologists. Some believe that the fish are disturbed by the merging of salt with fresh water. Others believe that the oxygen content of the water is lowered and that the fish come into the shallows because of a desperate
  16. Your answer:
    fear of river floods.
    lack of oxygen.
    need for more salt.
    craving for food.

  17. If we disregard the use of modern recording machinery, sound is one of the most fleeting things in our world. A plant may wither, but it leaves a residue that remains for much longer. As soon as someone has uttered a phrase or has sung a few notes, however,
  18. Your answer:
    the sound is lost.
    a record is made.
    they are magnified.
    the tone weakens.

  19. I was walking alone down a desolate mountain path, pondering my seemingly insupportable troubles, contemplating with eagerness the end of my bleak and useless life. Following a sharp turn in the trail, I saw revealed to my sight a stately and changeless mountain peak, reflected in the magnificence of a deep indigo sunset. With breathless insight, I knew then, as I know now, that no matter what my depths of personal despair, I could glimpse the meaningfulness of the universe by
  20. Your answer:
    looking at nature.
    making new friends.
    laughing off my cares.
    imagining a better world.

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