Reading For Understanding Three #96A

Thelma Thurstone McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. If the quantity with which a person is concerned is finite, one and one thousand are quite different. But, if the quantity under consideration is infinite, one and one thousand are the same. Finite quantities can be thought of as equal when
  2. Your answer:
    mathematical principles are ignored.
    regarded as individual cases.
    compared with an infinite quantity.
    compared with each other.


  3. Two animals were classed as belonging to distinct species if their offspring were invariably sterile. The reproductive capacity of the offspring was taken as conclusive evidence that their parents, no matter how different they might appear, belonged to the same species. The inability of the offspring to reproduce themselves was held to override any apparent parental similarity and to prove that their parents actually were
  4. Your answer:
    hybrids.
    of the same family.
    sterile.
    distinct in kind.


  5. From a poem by Robert Browning You call for faith: I show you doubt, to prove that faith exists. The more of doubt, the stronger faith, I say, If
  6. Your answer:
    faith protects us from fear.
    to have faith is to have wings.
    faith is eternal.
    faith o'ercomes doubt.


  7. For large groups, democracy is possible only through representative government. As representatives elect other representatives to represent them, government gets more complex and farther away from the people governed. In time, this results in
  8. Your answer:
    democracy.
    anarchy.
    bureaucracy.
    collectivism.


  9. Many sports that today are engaged in by millions of people were at one time frowned on by the authorities. Lawn bowls and billiards were once considered immoral. Golf was banned in 1457 during part of the reign of James II of Scotland for a reason other than immorality. Scotland was at war at that time, and the king felt that citizens were spending too much time playing golf when they should have been
  10. Your answer:
    making peace.
    practising archery.
    cosidered immoral.
    bowling.


  11. It is not meter but a meter-making argument that makes a poem. The thought and form in the poem are equal in order of time; but, in the order of genesis of the poem, the thought is
  12. Your answer:
    prior to the form.
    all-embracing.
    determined by the form.
    secondary in importance.


  13. University professors are expected to spend so much time in fulfilling one administrative obligation or another that one frustrated research professor facetiously commented that the academic freedom most sorely needed at present is freedom from
  14. Your answer:
    research commitments.
    committee meetings.
    permanent tenure.
    restriction of opinion.


  15. Some minds resemble a fertile but thin soil. There is a quick, but not a strong, vegetation of whatever chances to be thrown down there. The oak of the forest does not grow there. The elegant shrubbery and the fragrant garden appear in gay succession, but
  16. Your answer:
    the forest is obscured by the trees.
    nothing can mature.
    no deep root can be struck.
    quickly fade for want of shade.


  17. The attitude is common that there is danger in flooding the world with too much knowledge. The story of Faust, which permeates literature, is evidence of the widespread, age-long belief in the bond between the person of knowledge and the powers of darkness. The belief will persist as long as
  18. Your answer:
    the alliance continues.
    literature persists.
    knowledge is dangerous.
    superstition persists.


  19. There is a doctrine, well known to philosophers, that the moon ceases to exist when no one is looking at it. In the scientific world there is a moon that appeared on the scene before the astronomer did; it reflects sunlight when no one sees it; and it will eclipse the sun in 1999 even if the human race has succeeded in killing itself off before that date. The moon-the scientific moon-has to play the part of
  20. Your answer:
    the most important heavenly body.
    a subjectively projected entity.
    a continuous causal element.
    a hypothetical construct.



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