Reading for Understanding Three #70B

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. That you are far superior to all others in this art is demonstrated by the fruits that you enjoy when you apply yourself to it. At which time, if eyewitnesses attend you, they will be motivated to imitate you, for fruits of such industry are universally enjoyed. Even if they applied themselves with the utmost diligence to this emulation, being of common capacities, they could never
  2. Your answer:
    repay you.
    forget you.
    attain it.
    fall short.


  3. Knowing that light is required for the growth of plants, it is easy to distinguish between a true rain forest and what we call a jungle. When the tall trees of a true rain forest are cut down and the area is abandoned to nature, the heavy vegetation and teeming life that we associate with jungles will then predominate. If the trees in a true rain forest have never been cut, the floor of the forest is
  4. Your answer:
    junglelike.
    hot and dry.
    almost bare.
    teeming with life.


  5. Often one thinks of a good repartee after the discourse is changed or the company parted, just as a physician might find an infallible medicine after the patient is
  6. Your answer:
    dead.
    feverish.
    diseased.
    settled.


  7. Too many people are prone to offer some variant of the flat statement that "it's just human nature" as an explanation of why individuals behave as they do and why certain widespread and particularized patterns of group adjustment have arisen. It is often asserted that warfare can never be permanently abolished because
  8. Your answer:
    overpopulation must be controlled.
    humans are instinctively pugnacious.
    a balance of power should be maintained.
    nations use war for economic gain.


  9. Once they have been published and made somewhat of a success, writers are urged by magazine editors and publishers for more. The good side of this is apparent. It is certainly a wholesome indication that a demand exists for certain books, but the evil is that before beginning writers' thoughts are fully mature they may be
  10. Your answer:
    pressed to publish them.
    not influential.
    forgotten by the public.
    fully developed.


  11. Death makes no distinctions; it comes alike to the humble and to the mighty. Even those who conquer in strife are not immune to death's grasp. In like manner, the fame of stirring deeds
  12. Your answer:
    lasts through eternity.
    increases in retrospect.
    becomes legendary.
    fades away in time.


  13. Flood damage has long been a problem. Many people build homes and industries on the floodplain, the area on either side of the river into which the river flows whenever it rises. All rivers have floodplains of this sort. It would thus appear that one sensible and inexpensive way to prevent flood damage would be
  14. Your answer:
    to dam rivers above towns.
    not to build on the floodplains.
    to dig riverbeds and divert the rivers.
    to increase the floodplain insurance rates.


  15. We are so used to the educational method of reiteration that we make it a test of reality. An impression made upon us must be repeated before it has validity to our reason. If a thing really happened, we expect that, under the same conditions, it will
  16. Your answer:
    not be repeated.
    happen again.
    reveal the truth.
    be equally valid.


  17. That there are associations of ideas made by custom, in the minds of most people, I think will not be questioned by those who have well considered themselves or others. To this, perhaps, might be justly attributed most of the sympathies and antipathies observable in people, which work as strongly and produce as regular effects as if they were natural. These associations are therefore called natural, though they at first had no other origin but the accidental connection of two ideas, which either the strength of the first impression or future indulgence so united that they always afterwards kept company in that person's mind as if they were
  18. Your answer:
    one antipathy.
    one idea.
    equally strong.
    accidental.


  19. The thermostat is an instrument used to adjust automatically the temperature produced by a heating system. In one type, when the temperature rises to a certain point it causes a fluid within the thermostat to expand. This expansion activates a mechanism that decreases the amount of fuel supplied. When the temperature falls to a certain point, the fluid contracts and activates a mechanism that
  20. Your answer:
    decreases the temperature.
    causes the fluid to expand again.
    restores the system to manual control.
    supplies more fuel.



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