Reading for Understanding Three #8A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. There are many varieties of dogs in the world, almost all of which bark. The basenji, an African hound, is one dog that seldom barks. Owners of basenjis who wish to make strangers aware of their dog's approach
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    tie a bell around their dog's neck.
    call them by name.
    put red ribbons on them.
    fasten leashes on their dogs.

  3. The name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson is not familiar to many people although he was a brilliant Oxford mathematician. However, the man is well known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, as the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. He first told the story of Alice and her friends to the children of the Dean of Christ Church at Oxford. When six-year old Alice asked him to write it down for her, he did and inscribed it "A Christmas gift to a dear child in memory of a summer's day." Seventy years later this manuscript sold at an auction for fifteen thousand pounds-about $72,000. The name Lewis Carroll was
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  5. For almost as long as people have worn clothes, they have been interested in using bright dyes to make their clothes beautiful. The earliest dyes available were derived from plants and animals. Indigo, a blue dye, was made from a plant. A thousand years before the Christian era, in the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre, a purple dye called Tyrian purple was made from a Mediterranean shellfish. The dye was so prized that its manufacture and export made Tyre
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  7. The author has told us that he took a ship for Europe a week before the book was to be released for final publication. He roamed the streets of Paris for two weeks before he had the courage to inquire for a message at the travel office. There was a cablegram from the publisher that said, "Magnificient reviews somewhat critical in ways expected, full of great praise." The author thought the publisher was simple trying to spare his feelings. After three miserable days, he sent a message to the publisher to send him the truth, no matter how bitter it may be. When the answer to this cablegram arrived, the author could finally believe that the book
  8. Your answer:
    was easy to write.
    was his own.
    had been finished.
    was a success.

  9. Some birds are called birds of prey because they catch, kill, and eat other animals. The hawk is one such bird of prey. If a hawk is caught when it is young, it can be tamed and taught to hunt, somewhat as a hunting dog is used. It takes many hours to train a hawk to bring its prey back to the hunter since its natural instinct is to
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    attack humans.
    eat the animal.
    return the animal.
    refuse to fly.

  11. Many natural pearls contain blemishes that lower the pearl's value. Since pearls are formed in layers by sea-pearl oysters, an expert can remove the outer blemished layers of the pearl and leave a perfect pearl. The new gem is smaller than the original one, but it is
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    more valuable.
    equal in weight.
    less expensive.

  13. Snow is really warmer than the subzero air that kills many plants. Thus snow insulates the plants it covers from the killing cold. One observer noticed that some shrubs bloomed only up to the depth of the winter snow that protected their buds. The buds higher up had been killed by the cold and
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    bloomed later.
    did not bloom.
    thawed too soon.
    had dull blooms.

  15. A convertiplane is a type of aircraft that flies like a conventional plane but lands and takes off vertically like a helicopter. The great commercial and military value of such and aircraft over conventional planes is that it requires less
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    expensive fuel.
    landing space.
    flying time.

  17. It used to be believed that when an old elephant felt that death was approaching it went to an elephant graveyard to die. Ivory hunters were never able to locate such graveyards. They wanted to find such a place, because they expected it to yield many valuable
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  19. Khaki uniforms are made in both cotton and wool materials. The word khaki is an Urdu or Hindi word meaning dust. A fairly wide range of shades are referred to as khaki, but all khaki looks
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