Reading for Understanding Three #84C

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

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  1. We should never be ashamed to admit that we have been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that we are wiser today
  2. Your answer:
    because a change is to be commended.
    than we were yesterday.
    because time should improve knowledge.
    than are our contemporaries.


  3. There are those who say that the Industrial Revolution left a world that is hopelessly unattractive and uninspiring. According to them, modern artists are faced with a difficult choice: either to retreat into a world of fancy or to face a real world and allow their art to reflect its
  4. Your answer:
    ugliness.
    strength.
    beauty.
    possibilities.


  5. The letter and the newspaper are similar in that they both employ writing as a means of communicating news. However, there are differences in the objects of communication. The letter is intended for particular individuals, but the recipients of the newspaper are not specified in advance. The letter provides a way of imparting news to selected recipients, but the newspaper provides a means for its
  6. Your answer:
    verification.
    communication.
    publication.
    formulation.


  7. The keen, severe, and even malevolent scrutiny to which the lives of public figures are subjected is, in one respect, advantageous to their reputations. The scrutiny brings to light many lamentable blemishes; but it entitles them to be free from every blemish that
  8. Your answer:
    does not escape.
    they try to hide in private life.
    has not been brought to light.
    is not as lamentable.


  9. "My days among the dead are passed; Around me I behold, Wher'er these casual eyes are cast, The mighty minds of old; My never-failing friends are they, With whom I converse night and day." The poet who wrote these lines spent much time
  10. Your answer:
    reading.
    walking.
    visiting.
    writing.


  11. They are fortunate indeed, who, when old and no longer physically vigorous, have a reservoir of intersts from which to draw, such as art, music, literature, and nature; for these reasons are enduring and will sustain the spirit. Furthermore, they can be enjoyed alone or with others. They make it possible for one to enjoy life without becoming
  12. Your answer:
    artistic.
    burdensome to others.
    solitary.
    rich.


  13. As parents in the United States may send their children to private schools if they wish, so Britons may go to private practitioners of medicine. But just as U.S. taxpayers support public education whether or not they avail themselves of its facilities, all citizens of the United Kingdom are
  14. Your answer:
    free to accept private charity.
    prevented from employing private doctors.
    taxed to support the Health Service.
    given the same privilege.


  15. I am amazed, therefore, that none has yet found out the secret of flattering the worthless, and yet of preserving a safe conscience. I have often wished for some method by which people might do themselves and their deceased patrons justice without being under the hateful reproach of
  16. Your answer:
    envious rivals.
    admiring friends.
    self-conviction.
    sincere flattery.


  17. The English philosopher, John Locke, believed that personal identity consists in consciousness; that is, if you are conscious that you did a certain thing a year ago, this consciousness makes you the very person who did it. Thus, Locke's principle must be that identity consists in remembrance; and consequently we must lose our personal identity with regard to everything we
  18. Your answer:
    anticipate.
    forget.
    do.
    lose.


  19. Inquire not into the things that are too hard for thee, but learn modestly to know thy infirmities, and raise not thy mind to inquire into mysteries of state, or the secrets of the government, or difficulties theological, if thy employment really be, or thy understanding be judged to be,
  20. Your answer:
    of a lower rank.
    in professional work.
    of a higher order.
    in affairs of commerce.



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