Reading for Understanding Three #76A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Many people are constantly in the company of other people. They spend so little time alone that they do not know how to use
  2. Your answer:
    groups.
    leisure.
    solitude.
    time.


  3. An epitaph must be made fit for the person for whom it is made. To say all the excellent things that can be said about an individual, and call that one's epitaph, is as if a painter should make the handsomest piece possible and say it was
  4. Your answer:
    my picture.
    a fitting epitaph.
    a compliment.
    a self-portrait.


  5. In aiming at a certain end, most of us are more capable of one great effort than of continued perseverance. Lack of constant effort causes us to lose the fruits of our beginnings. We often allow ourselves to be passed by those who have started on their journey long after us, and who
  6. Your answer:
    advance steadily.
    lose ground.
    do not persevere.
    aim at a certain end.


  7. Before the North American Revolution, the English pound sterling system of money was used in the colonies. When the country gained its independence, its congress established a new system of money based on the dollar. The dime was named from the Latin word "decem" for ten because it was one-tenth of a dollar. The cent, one-hundredth of a dollar, received its name from "centum," the Latin word for
  8. Your answer:
    one.
    hundred.
    twenty.
    ten.


  9. Well do the merchants know who travel through the world, that the leaves that the wind stirs on the trees cause these merchants to tremble when they are bearing wealth; when they are without it, full of confidence, they go singing and talking, and thus make their journey shorter. Therefore, the wise say, "If travellers enter on their road empty,
  10. Your answer:
    they will live in a temple of the gods."
    the righteous shall walk with them."
    they will find gold along the way."
    they can sing in the presence of thieves."


  11. People will form associations whenever they discover a common goal that they perceive can best be obtained by their collective efforts, provided that their additional individual goals are not so different as to
  12. Your answer:
    overshadow the differences within the association.
    prevent the agreement needed for the association's formation.
    become an effective substitute for the association.
    further the obtaining of their common goal.


  13. The Chinese were always tolerant towards religious beliefs with the result that in China there never have been religious
  14. Your answer:
    wars.
    sects.
    holidays.
    teachers.


  15. United States citizenship is defined by the Fourteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, which says: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state in which they reside." An exception is that children of foreign ambassadors retain the citizenship of their fathers. Otherwise, children born in the United States of alien parents are citizens. The law does not restrict citizenship to children born of
  16. Your answer:
    U.S. citizens.
    alien parents.
    foreign ambassadors.
    immigrants.


  17. The North American snowshoe rabbit is reddish brown in summer. In winter a thick coat of white fur replaces its summer coat. This white coat provides a camouflage so that the rabbit's enemies cannot find it easily. An extra winter growth of hair on the rabbit's feet provides the warmth and makes it easier for it to
  18. Your answer:
    hide from enemies.
    clean its fur.
    bound over deep snow.
    dig its summer burrows.


  19. One of the greatest differences between the ancient Greek and modern Western cultures is the position occupied by women and children. The opinion of the Greeks on this point was the result of the dominance of the state in their culture, which made of marriage a means of producing future citizens. The truth of this assertion is supported by recalling that in Sparta women received special training for maternity and that childbirth outside wedlock was sanctioned and encouraged as long as the offspring were healthy. Furthermore, the laws of almost all of the Greek states encouraged the exposure of deformed infants. From the time of birth, the child was regarded primarily as a
  20. Your answer:
    future soldier.
    source of embarrassment for the family.
    treasure to be cherished.
    possession of the state.



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