Reading for Understanding Two #43A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. The forces of nature are not always helpful to us. Sometimes, the wind and rain destroy our homes and damage our harvests. At such times, nature appears to be humanity's
  2. Your answer:
    creator.
    servant.
    enemy.
    helper.


  3. Sports such as bobsledding, ice-skating, snowmobiling, and skiing are more popular than they used to be. People who are active in these sports often take their vacations in
  4. Your answer:
    the autumn.
    Panama.
    the winter.
    Cuba.


  5. Many animals in our zoos have adjusted to climates very different from those of their natural homes. Such adjustments must be made gradually. If a polar bear, for example, were suddenly moved from the frozen North to the middle of the United States, it would probably die. But if the move were made gradually, the bear would probably
  6. Your answer:
    like a pool of cool water.
    change its food habits also.
    adjust to the new climate.
    need expert care.


  7. When intensive safety regulations were put into force, many industrial plants greatly reduced their accident rates, for many accidents can be
  8. Your answer:
    serious.
    inevitable.
    increased.
    prevented.


  9. It seems almost impossible to like people who are constantly making judgments about others. Such people may be respected, to be sure, but they are also
  10. Your answer:
    disliked.
    agreeable.
    envied.
    popular.


  11. Some snakes that are poisonous have given all snakes a bad reputation. As a matter of fact, most snakes eat insects, rats, and mice and are thus
  12. Your answer:
    helpful.
    ugly.
    afraid.
    dangerous.


  13. In some new skyscrapers, steel and glass walls four centimeters thick are replacing the old-style thirty-centimeter thick walls. For this reason, a new building covering the same ground space as an old one has more
  14. Your answer:
    entrances.
    floors.
    elevators.
    room inside.


  15. The air we breathe contains several gases besides oxygen; but, when we breathe air, we make direct use only of the oxygen we
  16. Your answer:
    produce.
    digest.
    inhale.
    exhale.


  17. Water makes up 66 percent of the content of an egg. Thus, when hens are not given sufficient drinking water, their production of eggs is
  18. Your answer:
    profitable.
    increased.
    decreased.
    subsidized.


  19. The world swimming records approved by the International Amateur Swimming Federation change frequently. Every year new records are set as old ones are broken; and many of these new records do not stand long. This seems to indicate that the world's swimmers
  20. Your answer:
    are not improving.
    try too hard.
    need less practice.
    are getting better.



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