Reading for Understanding Three #86A

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

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  1. Some say that we are by nature gregarious. This is more nearly true of us mentally than physically. We may enjoy solitary walks, but we like company
  2. Your answer:
    at night.
    at any time.
    at golf or fishing.
    in our opinions.


  3. Whatsoever I shall see or hear in my profession in my intercourse with others, if it be what should be published abroad, I will never divulge, holding such things to be
  4. Your answer:
    sacred truths.
    holy secrets.
    public knowledge.
    blasphemous.


  5. Ignorance of the significant words, which is want of understanding, disposes people to be trustful, not only of the truth that they know not, but also of the errors; and what is more, of the nonsense of them they trust: for neither nor nonsense can, without a perfect understanding of words, be
  6. Your answer:
    hidden.
    detected.
    true.
    significant.


  7. A democracy can recover quickly from physical or economic disaster, but when its moral convictions weaken, it becomes easy prey for the demogogue and charlatan. Most great civilizations have fallen not through external aggression but through
  8. Your answer:
    disaster.
    strife.
    downfall.
    corruption.


  9. On those parts of the solid portions of the earth's crust that are at the bottom of the atmosphere, various agents are at work levelling both upwards and downwards. Heat and cold, rain and sunshine, the winds and all the streams -- all, assisted by the force of gravitation, are unceasingly wasting away high places on the land and are perpetually
  10. Your answer:
    diminishing the level of agents of the earth.
    producing changes in the climate.
    increasing the depths of the sea.
    filling up the low.


  11. Despite your imagined freedom, you are chained always by the laws of cause and effect. You may be free to leap from a skyscraper or to refrain from eating for a week, but you are not free to
  12. Your answer:
    commit murder.
    perform these actions twice.
    escape the consequences.
    compel others to do likewise.


  13. Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the individuality of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company in which the members agree, for the better securing of bread for each stockholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue most prized is conformity. Society loves not realities and creators but names and
  14. Your answer:
    votes.
    freedom.
    aggression.
    customs.


  15. Any randomly chosen point within the internebular universe is much more likely than not to be merely empty space; similarly, a large portion of the space within an infinitesimally minute atom contains neither proton, electron, nor neuron. Conceived at any level, our universe seems to be a gossamer one, relatively devoid from
  16. Your answer:
    unfilled space.
    knowable relationships.
    form and pattern.
    solid substance.


  17. In vain we call old notions fudge, And lend our conscience to our dealing; The Ten Commandments will not budge, And thus stealing will continue
  18. Your answer:
    stealing.
    unforgiven.
    punishable.
    killing.


  19. During the Middle Ages learned men and women throughout Europe spoke Latin, modifying and expanding it to meet their needs. With the coming of the Renaissance, however, Latin scholars insisted upon purifying the language, discarding the useful changes that had been introduced since classical times. Latin thus became the property and the pride of the language specialist rather than the medium of formal communication of the average educated person. The specialists, in pruning Latin of many of its newer, generally useful elements, had deprived their followers of
  20. Your answer:
    the basic tools of scientific research.
    an adequate international language.
    the right to self-expression.
    an opportunity to read the classics.



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