Reading for Understanding Three #85B

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

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  1. An ad valorem duty is an import tax that is a fixed percentage of the price of the article, whereas a specific duty is fixed amount per unit of measurement of the imported article. The latter tax is usually levied on types of goods whose values are fairly
  2. Your answer:
    variable.
    high.
    taxed.
    standardized.


  3. When abbreviations first came into use, they consisted only of a single letter. As more and more words were given abbreviations, each abbreviation had to include more letters of the word for which it stood in order to avoid
  4. Your answer:
    underemphasis.
    hairsplitting.
    ambiguity.
    brevity.


  5. The magazine in its early years of publication stimulated its readers to thought by its impartial presentation of divergent and conflicting viewpoints on almost all subjects. Through the years, its editorial policy has evolved into rigid dogmatism, and each page of every issue seems to be stamped from one die. As one disgruntled erstwhile reader stated, the magazine seems to have developed a chronic case of
  6. Your answer:
    circulatory expansion.
    schizophrenic reaction.
    hardening of the articles.
    pulling at the heartstrings.


  7. There is a verb in the English language that comes from the name of a mythical Greek king who was fated forever to stand chin-deep in a lake whose waters eluded him whenever he tried to drink. The name of this king was
  8. Your answer:
    Agamemnon.
    Cadmus.
    Dionysus.
    Tantalus.


  9. Enzymes are chemicals involved in digestion. Every enzyme has a specific function. One that is necessary for a given chemical reaction may be totally without effect in another. There are in the body separate and distinct enzymes for digesting carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. In the digestion, any one of these compounds, more than a single enzyme may be involved. The breakdown of carbohydrates, for example, is begun by the saliva in the mouth, but is completed by the activity of another enzyme. Thus, two enzymes, each with its own specific function, act successively in
  10. Your answer:
    any chemical reaction involved in digestion.
    the digestion of any compound.
    any chemical reaction in the body.
    the digestion of a carbohydrate.


  11. The real object of drama is the exhibition of human character. This, we conceive, is no arbitrary canon, originating in local and temporary associations such as those that regulate the number of acts in a play or syllables in a line. This law is the very essence of the kind of composition in which every idea is modified passing through the medium of an imaginative mind. To this fundamental law every other regulation is subordinate. The best plot is to build around situations that most strikingly develop
  12. Your answer:
    drama.
    suspense.
    character.
    imagination.


  13. Where there is no free agency, there can be no morality. Where there is no temptation, there can be little claim to virtue. Where the routine is vigorously prescribed by law, the law, not the individual, must have the credit for the
  14. Your answer:
    rule.
    temptation.
    court.
    conduct.


  15. The greater part of the world's creative work is done by those who subsist by some other occupation. Science today is vigorous partly because research and teaching go well together. In the fine arts it is not easy to make a living by really good work, and it is equally as hard to find an occupation that leaves leisure time for creation. Quite likely this is one reason why art
  16. Your answer:
    is not appreciated by the majority of the people.
    appeals to the lazy.
    makes such great contributions to our society.
    is less flourishing than science.


  17. Think not so much of what thou hast, but of the things which thou hast select the best, and then reflect how eagerly they would have been sought, if thou hadst them not. At the same time, however, take care that thou dost not, through being so pleased with them, accustom thyself to overvalue them, so as to be disturbed if ever thou shouldst
  18. Your answer:
    be displeased with them.
    have that of greater value.
    not have them.
    have more of them.


  19. People often write better than they live. They propose their schemes of life in a state of abstraction and disengagement, exempt from the enticements of hope, the solicitations of affection, the importunities of appetite, or the depressions of fear. They are in the same state with those who teach navigation upon the land, to whom the sea is always smooth, and the wind always propitious. It is not difficult to conceive that for such people it is
  20. Your answer:
    harder to teach than to write.
    harder to write than to navigate.
    easier to teach than to navigate.
    easier to teach than to act.



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