Reading for Understanding Two #39A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Some naturalists believe that we owe a greater debt to birds than to any other creature. During the last few years, we have come to realize that if the birds did not destroy so many insects, even good farms would produce little. Perhaps even more than the dog, the bird deserves the description of
  2. Your answer:
    "blight of the race."
    "friend of the human race."
    "scourge of the race."

  3. A person seldom feels more alone than when in trouble among unsympathetic strangers. This may be the case when you have an accident
  4. Your answer:
    late at night.
    near your own home.
    when visiting friends.
    in a strange city.

  5. A very dull job seems to take longer to finish than does an interesting one. A dull job may seem to take hours to complete, whereas an interesting task of the same length may seem to have been completed in
  6. Your answer:
    a week.

  7. The appearance of most animals is such that it will match or blend with their surroundings; therefore, it is not surprising that the leaf-eating caterpillars are
  8. Your answer:
    quite small.

  9. Children seldom have to be coaxed to come to dinner, but it is a different matter when it comes time for them to
  10. Your answer:
    play a game.
    visit their friends.
    wash the dishes.
    go on a picnic.

  11. It is not uncommon to read about a woman attending college at the same time as her children, or a retired army officer working towards a Ph.D. in Chemistry. These are examples of people who have had a successful career and who are now preparing for
  12. Your answer:
    a comfortable old age.
    relief from strenuous activity.
    a second career.
    an easier life.

  13. Just about everybody likes to hear a tall tale. A tall tale is a story that sounds as if it cannot possibly be true. People who tell tall tales do not expect anybody to believe them, but they tell their impossible stories just as if they were true. A good tall tale sometimes seems
  14. Your answer:

  15. The noted photographer could not have accomplished a thing without his wife, who assisted him in his business and was largely responsible for his
  16. Your answer:

  17. John Hancock was the first person to sign the U.S. Declaration of Independence. He wrote his name in very large letters. We still say sometimes that a person has written his or her "John Hancock" when signing
  18. Your answer:
    with initials.
    a first name.
    an important document.
    the Declaration of Independence.

  19. Artists do not create for themselves alone. They want their paintings to be seen, their poetry to be read, and their music to be
  20. Your answer:

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