Reading for Understanding Three #9C

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Modern scientists have recovered great temples, statues, and other works of art from the earth by excavation. Earth protected the antiquities from the ravages of time. During World War II, many priceless museum treasures were protected from bombings by being placed in caves and deep cellars. Thus, to preserve valuable art and records for history, people again turned to the protection of
  2. Your answer:
    relentless time.
    wise planning.
    the earth.

  3. What might be called the first daily newspaper was published in Rome. Each day a handwritten newspaper called the "Acta Diurna," an account of the actions of the Senate, was posted outside the Senate. Since this report was written by hand,
  4. Your answer:
    it was very easy to print.
    very few copies were made.
    it contained no errors.
    everyone could read it.

  5. In 1830, Peter Cooper built a wood-burning steam locomotive now known as the "Tom Thumb" because of its small size. Mr. Cooper accepted a challenge to race a horse-drawn car between Baltimore and Ellicott's Mills, Maryland. The locomotive could go faster than the horse-drawn car, but because of mechanical difficulties, Mr. Cooper
  6. Your answer:
    lost the race.
    repaired the engine.
    won the race.
    had no fuel.

  7. When Handel's oratorio "The Messiah" was presented in London at Christmas time in 1743, King George II was in the audience. When the choir began to sing the famous "Hallelujah Chorus," the king was so impressed that he rose. The audience also rose and stood until the end of the chorus. It is now a custom for the audience to stand during the singing of
  8. Your answer:
    an oratorio.
    "The Messiah."
    the "Hallelujah Chorus."
    Christmas music.

  9. When John Adams became president of the United States, his son John Quincy Adams was serving as a diplomat. President Adams did not wish to be accused of partiality by reappointing his son. Former President Washington settled the problem. He wrote a letter to the president saying that John Quincy Adams should be promoted in the diplomatic service because the president's son was America's ablest foreign minister. No one accused President Adams of showing unfair partiality when John Quincy Adams was promoted to head the embassy at Berlin because
  10. Your answer:
    the appointment was a minor position.
    the son was soon to become president.
    everyone respected Washington's judgment.
    there was a shortage of diplomats.

  11. Montana has an abundance of power resources in its great reserves of coal, petroleum, and natural gas. The state ranks high in water power production, and the resources of waterpower are very large. The state will be able to expand its manufacturing without problems of
  12. Your answer:
    markets abroad.
    power shortages.
    mining wealth.
    railway facilities.

  13. The word "graphics" refers to etchings, lithographs, serigraphs, and other types of prints. Together with the word "original" it means that each print is individually pulled on a hand-operated press. The number of prints is always carefully limited (usually fewer than 250). Genuine original graphics are always signed and numbered by the artist individually, usually in pencil so that you can tell that the
  14. Your answer:
    etching is beautiful.
    graphic is a lithograph.
    print is not a graphic.
    signature is genuine.

  15. An experimental jet plane was designed to fly at speeds of over 3000 kilometers per hour and at altitudes as high as about 27,000 meters. At this speed, the temperature of the plane's surface would rise to 315 degrees Celsius. If the plane were not built both inside and outside to withstand this drastic change in temperature, the plane and its crew would
  16. Your answer:
    fly at night.
    burn to a crisp.
    bail out.
    freeze solid.

  17. Ancient decorators were impressed by the beauty of green grass, blue sky, and golden sunsets, so they tried to imitate nature's radiance. Both the sculpture and the architecture of early times were lavishly adorned with
  18. Your answer:
    precious gems.
    bright paint.

  19. Before the European explorers came to the Americas, the land was inhabited by many native tribes. Some of the tribes had built highly developed civilizations, such as the Mayan, Incan, and Aztec. These civilizations were destroyed by their conquerors, and many of their finest structures lay for years in
  20. Your answer:
    the Pacific Ocean.
    recent excavations.
    undiscovered ruins.

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