Reading for Understanding #20A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. An angler may think that fish swim very fast, particularly after failing to catch one. Actually, the fastest fish move through the water at about the rate that a cat can run on the ground. But even the cheetahs, the fastest cats, cannot run as fast as some birds can fly. The golden eagle can fly about 192 kilometers per hour, and some swifts as fast as 280 kilometers per hour. We can conclude that
  2. Your answer:
    flying is much faster than swimming.
    running is the fastest way animals move.
    people should stay on the ground.
    swimming is faster than running.

  3. The holidays had been long and filled with happy trips. The children were sorry that these days were over and that now they must go back to
  4. Your answer:

  5. Our winter clothes keep in body heat because they are made of material that will not let the warmth
  6. Your answer:

  7. Bread is an important and inexpensive part of the diet of most people. Bread is made from many kinds of grain- rye, wheat, and others. Bread is made from many recipes and in many shapes. Most people eat more bread if there is some variety in the kinds of bread. Bread is one of our most important
  8. Your answer:

  9. In the United States, in the state of California, there is a desert valley completely surrounded by mountains in which the temperature sometimes reaches 55 degrees Celsius. In 1849, many people who were on their way to California to find gold died of thirst in this valley. Ever since, it has been called
  10. Your answer:
    Death Valley
    Gold Valley.
    Valley of Mountains.
    Valley of Steam.

  11. She was a good friend. I always asked her advice. She lived so far away that we could not see each other often, but we wrote letters
  12. Your answer:
    at Christmas.
    to friends.

  13. When planting our garden, we put the plants that needed lots of sun out in the open, away from the house and trees; but we put some plants near the house and under trees because they needed
  14. Your answer:

  15. Because I was afraid that the theatre would be crowded, I arrived an hour early in order to get a seat. I was very disappointed when I found that the theatre was already
  16. Your answer:
    on fire.
    being shown.

  17. The Mississippi is the largest river in the United States. The lower Mississippi River is large enough to handle safely the regular drainage water from its basin; but, in the spring, when the snow melts in the North and the rains come in the South, more than the usual amount of water reaches the river at one time, and the
  18. Your answer:
    steamboats make their appearance.
    tourists begin to arrive.
    fishing season opens.
    river overflows.

  19. The children's grandmother was so busy at the office that she did not have time to shop for presents or to wrap gifts. Every year, for Christmas, she gave all the children some money so that they could
  20. Your answer:
    send her packages.
    buy her a present.
    be surprised again.
    buy what they wanted.

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