Reading for Understanding Two #35B

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. In the northern half of the world, summer comes in June, July, and August while the southern part of the world is having winter. Then the northern people have winter in December, January, and February while the southern half of the world has its
  2. Your answer:
    climate.
    autumn.
    spring.
    summer.


  3. The venetian blind clapped noisily against the window frame as the wind sent Addie's important papers flying across the room. She hurried over to
  4. Your answer:
    watch the storm.
    pull up the blind.
    read her papers.
    close the window.


  5. Planes now carry mail farther in an hour than a mounted messenger used to take it in a day. Within cities, helicopters move the mail from the main post office to substations much faster than do mail vans that have to go through heavy traffic. For greater convenience and speed, some city post offices have helicopter landing space on the roof. The development of aviation has enabled the Post Office to
  6. Your answer:
    employ fewer people.
    handle mail from abroad.
    make fewer mistakes.
    give very fast service.


  7. The people were no longer afraid. The speaker's bold words and fearless manner inspired even the most cowardly with
  8. Your answer:
    ideals.
    respect.
    courage.
    fear.


  9. In a large city the cost of parking one's private car is often more than a taxi ride would cost. If you drive your own car, you may have to park quite a distance from your destination. A taxicab will take you right to the door. City officials recommend
  10. Your answer:
    compact cars.
    off-street parking.
    small towns.
    using taxicabs.


  11. The farmers brought their grain to the mill to have it ground by the miller. Grain that has been ground is known as grist. When the farmers left the mill, taking their grist, they left the miller a small bag of grain to pay for the
  12. Your answer:
    grain.
    grist.
    grinding.
    mill.


  13. Parent fish do not take care of the baby fish after they are hatched. The baby fish are completely unprotected and are often eaten by the larger fish or by other animals. If fish did not lay so many eggs, fish would soon
  14. Your answer:
    be protected.
    go hungry.
    disappear.
    be plentiful.


  15. We often speak of the handicaps of loss of sight or hearing, but we do not often consider the handicap of being unable to smell. But, catch a cold, and much of the pleasure of life has
  16. Your answer:
    sneezed.
    vanished.
    inhaled.
    blown away.


  17. In spite of the fact that Native American tribes spoke different languages, they communicated with each other through actions such as breaking a stick, which meant "strength," drawing a finger across the forehead to signify "white man," and so on. Even today, when people do not know each other's language,they can talk to each other
  18. Your answer:
    with Native American interpreters.
    by reading lips.
    by writing.
    by sign language.


  19. When we say that people are "in the habit" of doing something, we mean that they do it frequently. The first time people steal, we cannot say that they are habitual criminals since they
  20. Your answer:
    have stolen only once.
    probably will be caught.
    have been arrested before.
    may be sorry that they stole.



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