Reading for Understanding Two #21A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. The tugboats that move barges up and down the Mississippi River actually push, rather than tug, the barges. They would be more accurately named if they were called
  2. Your answer:
    patrol boats.

  3. Long ago, British sailors collected bright shells on their voyage to the Orient and sold them to curio shops near their home ports. The shells were used to decorate trinkets, necklaces and vases and were popular with many people. Even today, many gift shops sell articles made from
  4. Your answer:

  5. Many schools use chairs that have one arm wide enough to be used for writing. This type of chair-desk not only costs less than a regular desk, but, because it is small, it also
  6. Your answer:
    takes up less room.
    fills up a room.
    is more difficult to move.
    cannot be damaged.

  7. In basketball or ice hockey, players may leave the game and reenter it any number of times. In baseball, the rules are different, and players may not go back in once they have been taken out of the game. When baseball players leave a game, they are
  8. Your answer:
    hit by a pitched ball.
    out for the season.
    booed by the fans.
    out for the rest of the game.

  9. There are many stories about fabulous animals such as the mermaid and the centaur. The mermaid was represented as having the upper body of a woman and the lower body of a fish. A centaur was supposed to have the body of a horse and the head of a man. These were imaginary animals that no one ever
  10. Your answer:
    heard about.
    really saw.
    read about.

  11. The children's mother says she has hidden a dozen brightly dyed Easter eggs for them to find. As soon as they find all the eggs, they are to have cake and ice cream. The children have found only ten eggs, so they are
  12. Your answer:
    eating ice cream.
    hiding more eggs.
    still looking.

  13. Recently, I have been getting many telephone calls intended for another person. On looking in the telephone book, I found that this person and I have
  14. Your answer:
    similar numbers.
    the same address.
    unlisted telephones numbers.
    different names.

  15. For a week it had been raining so hard that the children could not go outdoors to play. Their parents were at their wits' end trying to keep them
  16. Your answer:
    in bed.

  17. Winter was drawing nearer, and the wolves were finding that food was scarce. They came closer and closer to the settlers' cabins each day, growing bolder as they grew
  18. Your answer:

  19. To get logs for their dams and homes, beavers gnaw a tree round and round, deeper and deeper, until it begins to shiver and finally falls. Beavers are natural
  20. Your answer:
    forest rangers.

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