Reading for Understanding Two #41C

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. The stork is a long-legged wading bird. It eats worms, crawfish, lizards, and other pests in the soil. In Holland, the stork is highly regarded because it feeds on those pests that weaken the dikes, which are made of
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  3. Much of our coal supply was formed when trees fell into swamp water and were covered by mud and sand. As they lay buried, millions of years ago, the trees were compressed and heated until they turned into coal. Coal originally was
  4. Your answer:
    swamp water.
    mud and sand.

  5. The Chinese were the first people to make silk thread and cloth from the cocoons of silkworms. For many years no one else knew how to make silk. Since silk making was a profitable business, the Chinese wanted to keep
  6. Your answer:
    themselves beautifully dressed.
    the secret to themselves.
    buying up all the silk.
    all the silk.

  7. In 1906, on a farm near Murfreesboro, Arkansas, diamonds were found for the first time in the United States. This mine, called the Crater of Diamonds, is the only diamond mine in the United States. More than 100,000 diamonds have been found there since the mine opened. Visitors to the mine are allowed to keep any diamonds they find that weigh less than five carats. Many tourists visit the mine because they think they may
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    find a ring.
    buy a diamond.
    find a mine.
    be lucky.

  9. When shipwrecked, or lost in desert regions, above all else people long for a cool, refreshing drink of water. All day long they search for water with which to quench their thirst; when they fall asleep, their dreams are all of
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    starry nights.
    cool springs.
    their homes.
    sea breezes.

  11. Educational standards are high in Denmark, and school attendance is required from age seven to age fourteen. Everyone has at least
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    a college education.
    trade school training.
    a high school education.
    an elementary school education.

  13. The magazine employs people to check and recheck the facts in its articles. Every detail must be
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  15. In the United States, each state sends a certain number of representatives to the national House of Representatives, the number sent being determinded by the population of the state. Originally, there was one representative for ever 30,000 citizens. Now there is one for about 500,000 because
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    representatives are scarce.
    there are more states.
    the population has increased.
    the population is less concentrated.

  17. Excavations in Southwest Asia indicate that sheep were domesticated and produced for food about the year 9000 B.C. Wild grasses were brought under cultivation about 7500 B.C. The variety of food products has increased enormously as people have brought more and more species of plants and animals
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    under cultivation.
    into their zoos.
    to market.
    close to extinction.

  19. In a round-robin tournament, each team or person plays each of the other participants, and the one with the best record of victories is the
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