Reading for Understanding Three #98A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Many old sayings contradict each other. For instance, one saying is, "Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise." Another saying is, "In a land where ignorance is bliss, the wise person will be
  2. Your answer:
    fool."
    enslaved."
    blissful."
    ruler."


  3. Some communities in the United States have a large number of children to be educated but a dearth of revenue to finance their education, despite a high tax rate. Other communities have relatively few children and are rich in income; they can support excellent facilities with lower taxes. Education is not well financed in some areas. Educational equality, when this condition exists, is a
  4. Your answer:
    burden.
    necessity.
    myth.
    fact.


  5. I often wish that the phrase "applied science" had never been invented. It suggests that there is a sort of scientific knowledge of direct practical use that can be studied apart from another sort of scientific knowledge, which is of no practical utility and which is termed "pure science." There is no more complete fallacy than this. What people call applied science is nothing but the application to particular classes of problems of
  6. Your answer:
    individual experience.
    common sense.
    pure science.
    practical science.


  7. The attitude of some people towards legislation is that there are many laws that should be passed but that should remain ineffective. Thus, if the law is concerned with moral issues, these people can simultaneously point with pride to the moral viewpoint taken by their country and
  8. Your answer:
    to the manner in which the letter of the law is upheld.
    act in accordance with somewhat different moral ideas.
    to the underlying heritage that made the law possible.
    uphold the viewpoint with personal codes.


  9. Beethoven was born in Germany in 1770. If he had been born in ancient Greece--say about the time of Plato, who was born in 427 B.C.--he would have known only the primitive musical instruments of that era. So it has happened all through human history. There have been gifted men and women born so hopelessly ahead of their times that they could accomplish
  10. Your answer:
    less in art than in science.
    wonders of their own time.
    next to nothing.
    only philosophical writing.


  11. Polymnia is the Muse, or patroness, of the arts whose special realm of guardianship is the pantomine. Representations of Polymnia indicate her function by portraying her with her hand
  12. Your answer:
    outstretched for alms.
    holding a torch.
    behind her back.
    over her mouth.


  13. Until recently, we admired, but did not emulate, the great of our time. We gazed and marvelled from afar, as at a fixed star in the heavens--reverentially admiring its brilliance but never conceiving of
  14. Your answer:
    voicing our own admiration.
    taking a place beside it.
    the difficulty of arriving there.
    its influence over average people.


  15. Criticism has been directed at the ostentatious display of wealth by some of those who have risen suddenly from among the faceless masses of the poor to assume wealth. Their reaction is actually quite understandable; why be rich unless one can emerge from
  16. Your answer:
    poverty?
    obscurity?
    criticism?
    flagrant display?


  17. An even and unvaried tenor of life always hides from our apprehension the approach of its end. Succession is not perceived but by variation; if we live today as we lived yesterday, and expect that as the present day is, such will be the morrow, we easily conceive time as running in a circle and returning to itself. It is only by finding life changeable that we are reminded of its
  18. Your answer:
    ubiquity.
    circularity.
    indifference.
    shortness.


  19. Soldiers and comrades in this adventure, I hope that none of you in our present strait will think to show your wit by exactly calculating all the perils that encompass us, but that you will rather hasten to close with the enemy without staying to count the odds, seeing in this your best chance of safety. In emergencies like ours, calculation is out of place. The sooner the danger is faced, the better. To my mind also, most of the chances are for us if we will only stand fast and not throw away our advantages, overawed by
  20. Your answer:
    the size of the enemy army.
    our lack of information.
    our military superiority.
    our recent defeats.



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