Reading for Understanding Three #82B

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

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  1. When literary scholars use the word romance in a technical sense, they can give it an exact, agreed-upon definition. When you and I speak of romance, we mean something more nebulous -- a mood, a feeling that is unpredictably aroused. As we commonly use the term romance, a precision definition is
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  3. Persons who have never witnessed these storms have a difficult time believing the awesome descriptions of the resulting conditions. Probably the extent of the damage is somewhat exaggerated; but, after personally examining the wreckage, one will tend to believe, in the future,
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    only very conservative estimates.
    almost any story that is told.
    that the storm was not serious.
    only one's own senses.

  5. Even a small increase in the rate at which a stream flows greatly increases its ability to carry rock and debris. It has been demonstrated that the transporting capacity of a stream is proportional to the sixth power of its
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  7. If we were to live by proverbs, our lives would be unpredictable; for whereas we say "Look before you leap," we also say
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    "Better late than never."
    "Haste makes waste."
    "They who hesitate are lost."
    "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread."

  9. The danger of forest and brush fires in a particular region was very high that year. The drought was extensive, and the danger remained critical all summer. In spite of the severe conditions, government protection forces were able to control most of the fires and to keep them small. Planes and helicopters were of great value in bombing fires with chemicals, in transporting fire fighters, and in rescuing fire fighters. Because of the speed with which it can move personnel, such aviation equipment makes it possible for
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    fire fighters to use chemical bombs.
    fire fighters to work longer hours.
    the fire teams to avoid all danger.
    fewer fire fighters to handle more fires.

  11. The schools must educate our children for the situations with which they will have to cope late in life. In this age of unpredictable and whirlwind transition, the schools best serve the young by training them in a way that enhances their capacities for
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  13. As the Roman Empire increased in size, it became necessary to find a way to move troops quickly from the capital to the outlining districts where rebellions needed to be quelled. For this purpose, great roads were constructed. These roads made travel easy and also facilitated the spread of civilization, but the primary reason for their construction was
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  15. People tend to be more optimistic than rational. Even wide experience with disappointment reduces only moderately our capacity for hopefulness as to the outcome of a problem. If we have not had experience with the problem before, our optimism tends to be most
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  17. Large banks have computers that assist account managers to handle the accounts assigned to them. Instead of going through extensive files, the manager can see on a screen the complete investments of each account and finish working on it more quickly than before. A supervisor of this work said, "The computer won't enable our managers to make better decisions, but it will enable them to make
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    wiser decisions."
    more decisions."
    safer decisions."
    accurate decisions."

  19. Those who initially attempt to remedy some previously unnoticed wrong generally set forth straightforwardly and realistically to alter that which is objectionable. If their struggle is unsuccessful, later adherents to their cause, enthusiastically unperceptive, may become more vigorous and vociferous in their protestations, even though they fail to see so clearly just exactly what was originally in need of correction. The end result can be fanaticism, which Santayana has aptly described as "redoubling your efforts when you have
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    doubted your cause."
    seen victory in sight."
    forgotten your aim."
    found a new leader."

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