Reading For Understanding Three #97C

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. A Christmas quotation from Poor Richard's Almanack reads: "How many observe Christ's Birthday! How few His Precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than
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  3. Walking one day towards my village, I was enjoying that delicious sense of disenthrallment with the actual which the deepening twilight brings with it, giving as it does a sort of
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    illumination of reality.
    novelty to things familiar.
    signpost toward home.
    reminder that night falls.

  5. The changes wrought by death are in themselves so sharp and final, and so terrible and melancholy in their consequences, that the thing stands alone in human experience, and has no parallel upon earth. It outdoes other accidents because it
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    is the last of them.
    sometimes appears to be merciful.
    was preordained.
    arouses the greatest feeling of fear.

  7. Occasionally, a clear-sighted individual frees some area of investigation from the unprofitable tradition by which it has been fettered. All too often, however, this evidence used to overthrow tradition becomes formalized into a new revered tradition that in time becomes an impediment to progress. The rigid conventions that now restrict our range of activity were probably initiated by
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    pure chance.
    irrational rebels.
    independent thinkers.
    cringing traditionalists.

  9. Antisthenes one day advised the Athenians to order their mules, as well as their horses, to be used for field work; whereupon somebody replied that the mule was not born for such service. "That does not matter," he replied. "Your order will be sufficient, for the most ignorant and incapable person you appoint to a command in your wars immediately and invariably becomes most worthy of it simply because
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    the person was born for it.
    the person is able."
    you have trained the person."
    you appoint the person."

  11. Contradictory as it may seem, the Celts are unconcerned with political unity even though racially, linguistically, and sentimentally they have a decided sense of
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  13. It was said of Frederick the Great, king of Prussia, that his feeling about his troops resembled a miser's feeling about his money. He loved to collect them, to count them, to see them increase; but he could not find it in his heart to
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    spend his money.
    collect more troops than money.
    break in upon the precious hoard.
    pay them decent wages.

  15. The author of a new book has not mentioned the several differing opinions that exist concerning its topic. The book deals with a new discipline, and, like most disciplines in the early stages of their development, it is rampant with opposing theories. From this new book, however, the untutored reader would not guess that
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    this area is essentially a new one.
    conflict and controversy abound in the area.
    the author is an authority in this field.
    this discipline is composed of several different subtopics.

  17. Differentiation, the process by which developing cells become diversified and grouped according to their function, is characteristic of most living things. It is the means by which organisms, throughout long periods of time, have become more complex and, within limits, more efficient. Such development proceeding too far in one direction, however, may be so disadvantageous to the organism that as a result the organism may
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    develop new cells.
    become extinct.
    become very efficient.
    produce a new species.

  19. A candidate for a seat in the British House of Commons makes a deposit of a sum of money and files a nomination paper signed by ten or more qualified voters. The deposit must be forfeited if the candidate fails to receive at least one-eighth of the total vote. This provision assists in weeding out the frivolous candidates from
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    those whom the people do not wish to elect.
    the less capable ones.
    those whose candidacies are serious.
    those to whom money means little.

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