Reading for Understanding Three #83C

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

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  1. Creating a painting or a sonata on the one hand and understanding that painting or sonata on the other hand are highly personal and complicated acts. Because of these characteristics, in the opinion of some critics, it is impossible to
  2. Your answer:
    become a popular painter or composer.
    teach others to paint.
    create a painting with any appeal.
    establish definite rules of art appreciation.

  3. If our hours were all serene, we might take almost as little note of them as the sundial does of those that are
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  5. As a child of seven, I chanced to be on a semitropical island in the Pacific that was supplied with fruit, especially grapes, from the mainland; and a native market hawker always presented a large bunch of grapes to the English stranger. But a day came when the proffered bunch was firmly refused by me; the superabundance of grapes had produced a reaction of
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  7. In rural areas of the United States, travel between towns has been greatly increased by the development of better roads and cars. As a result, the days of the one-room schoolhouse are gone. Large central schools now provide education for children from a large geographical area. This is possible because
  8. Your answer:
    there are more teachers available.
    there are more children to educate.
    transport is relatively easy.
    taxes are higher.

  9. When people attempt to communicate with each other, they are judged as much by their choice of symbols as by the ideas they wish to express. As any idea may seem banal, sublime, hostile, or incomprehensible, depending on the reader, viewer, or auditor, so the symbols of that idea's expression may be variously interpreted, producing reactions pro and con that have little or nothing to do with the idea itself. In view of this, it is quite remarkable that
  10. Your answer:
    ideas are expressed by symbols.
    symbols are variously interpreted.
    meaningful communication is possible.
    ideas are comprehensible.

  11. In the recorded experience of the human race, lean years have succeeded fat years with such regularity that it is difficult to have faith in indications of continued prosperity. Most of us scorn as unrealistic dreamers those who announce that the present trend
  12. Your answer:
    cheers them.
    disilliusions them.
    depresses them.
    confronts them.

  13. Some regions have strict laws protecting pedestrians. One regional judge even ruled against a driver who had merely come extremely close to hitting a pedestrian. "Pedestrians," said the judge, "are not only entitled to just as much space as their bodies, clothes, and buttons require, but also
  14. Your answer:
    don't knock them into ditches."
    their hearts must be free from attack."
    they may slow down."
    don't yell at them to move over."

  15. The scientific name for the cacao tree is Theobroma, which means "food for the gods." Chocolate and cocoa are made from the seeds of the cacao tree. Many people who like cocoa would think that the scientific name of the tree is
  16. Your answer:
    well chosen.

  17. We joke about the ragged fortune-teller who advises people on how to make a fortune, gladly receiving coin as a payment for this valueless advice. This joke is said to have been common in ancient Rome. If it was, we can conclude that
  18. Your answer:
    all Romans believed in fortune-telling.
    no Romans believed in fortune-telling.
    most Romans believed in fortune-telling.
    some Romans did not believe in fortune-telling.

  19. There are two species of reformers at large. One maintains that we are far from the primrose path because we have deserted the traditional values of the past. These people urge that we redeem ourselves by turning back our moral clock. On the other hand, the advocates of "scientific morality" reiterate incessantly that our salvation lies in the development of new rational methods whereby we may measure, predict, and control our own actions. These two schools of reform share in common the thesis that
  20. Your answer:
    people are the measure of all things.
    our common destiny is inevitable.
    life is but a means to an end.
    we should be better than we are.

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