Reading for Understanding Three #90A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Not many sounds in life, and I include all urban and all rural sounds, exceed in interest a knock at the door. It "gives a very echo to the throne where hope is seated." Its issues seldom answer to this oracle within.
  2. Your answer:
    Too often we already know who is there.
    We always resent having to answer the door.
    Because of this, we lock our doors.
    It is so seldom that just the person we want to see comes.

  3. The letters and memoirs from a particular period in history furnish intimate details of the authors and their times. This intimacy brings into focus the indisputable fact that such persons really lived in that particular way. Such writings lend validity to a general knowledge of history by supplying it with
  4. Your answer:
    general information.
    scholarly essays.

  5. Astronomers know that the closest our moon can come to us is 365,000 kilometers and that the farthest it can go away is 409,000 kilometers. The velocity of light is about 300,000 kilometers per second. Considering these facts, it is meaningless to ask:
  6. Your answer:
    How many days did it take the astronauts to reach the moon?
    How many light years is it to the moon?
    Is it really possible to go to the moon?
    How is lunar time computed?

  7. Human beings have achieved preeminence among animals, not because of specialization, but because of adaptability. Some animals early developed specialized equipment such as hooves and gills. Hooves prevented the acquisition of manipulatory skills, and gills made land life impossible. In general, rapid specialization has usually entailed
  8. Your answer:
    progress for the species.
    greater flexibility.
    preeminence in the animal kingdom.
    loss of adaptability.

  9. Television stations frequently broadcast material on the basis of studies of what people watch; they are programming on the basis of what people watched yesterday. There are many new kinds of films that could be produced and that conceivably might attract good audiences if producers were not bound by
  10. Your answer:
    soap operas.
    the expense of broadcasting.
    the survey polls.

  11. The chief virtue of any writing style is clarity of expression. One should never use antiquated or technical words merely for the effect, which incidentally is likely to be merely obscurity. One should write
  12. Your answer:
    so as not to need an interpreter.
    in a manner pleasing to readers.
    so that it can be read centuries later.
    only about familiar subjects.

  13. Stolidity in the face of danger and hardship is indeed an admirable virtue, but nowadays we are too ready to praise its indiscriminate display. The wise, if imprisoned unlawfully, stolidly accept their lot only after a thorough search has failed to disclose the key to the lock. Analogously, perhaps we today are trapped in a sort of prison, and the first thing to do is to look for
  14. Your answer:
    a more lenient jail keeper.
    a way out.
    a greater measure of stolidity.
    discriminating praise.

  15. Nature indeed seems studiously to have set bounds to the pleasures and pains of the sensations of taste and smell, there being hardly any smell or taste so disagreeable that use will not make it tolerable and at last perhaps agreeable as not to lose its relish by
  16. Your answer:
    constant use.
    limited use.

  17. In addition to providing better roads for vehicular traffic, the highway departments of many governments pay attention to landscaping the right-of-way with flowers and shrubbery. Something more than pride may be involved. Tourists probably spend more time in an area if they are driving on beautifully landscaped highways; thus, they
  18. Your answer:
    spend more money in that area.
    have respect for the traffic laws.
    admire the area and its roads.
    drive more safely on good highways.

  19. Reverence towards others is a requisite for one who is to educate really well. Reverence requires imagination, particularly where those with little actual achievement or power are concerned. The teacher is strong, and the child is weak. The teacher is wiser than the child, who is superficially foolish. Thus, the teacher without reverence
  20. Your answer:
    outdoes the child in intelligence.
    despises the child for these outward inferiorities.
    teaches the child obedience.
    dislikes children for their superior possibilities.

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