Reading for Understanding #43C

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Students who have shown no interest in or aptitude for algebra and geometry in high school find an engineering course in college very difficult. Engineering depends heavily on
  2. Your answer:
    laboratory work.
    science.
    success.
    mathematics.


  3. The largest of the pyramids of Egypt is called the Great Pyramid of Khufu, named for the kind, or pharaoh, by whom it was built. An ancient Greek historian said that four hundred thousand men worked for twenty years building this pyramid. Khufu must have been a man of great
  4. Your answer:
    age.
    strength.
    power.
    size.


  5. One of the most important factors in the removal of soil by erosion is the amount of slope, which influences the rate of runoff. Thus, soils tend to be deeper on flat land and shallower on
  6. Your answer:
    hills.
    plains.
    deltas.
    deserts.


  7. The driver of a van often gives helpful signals to drivers of cars following. Van drivers can see oncoming traffic better than the drivers behind them can see it. When driving behind a van, you should
  8. Your answer:
    wait for a traffic light.
    try to get around the van.
    pay attention to its driver's signals.
    brake gradually.


  9. Many foreign-language books, as well as those in Dutch, are printed in Amsterdam. The European edition of a New York daily newspaper is produced in Holland. The city of Amsterdam is well known for
  10. Your answer:
    tulips.
    printing.
    dikes.
    machinery.


  11. Cattle that are raised for meat differ in shape from those kept to provide dairy products. Beef animals have large frames which enable them to carry large amounts of meat. When these animals are well fed, they become fat and produce a larger quantity of meat. Similarly, when dairy cattle are well fed, there is a rise in the quality and quantity of their
  12. Your answer:
    beef.
    offspring.
    food.
    milk.


  13. Beavers cut down trees with their sharp teeth. They then drag these trees to the streams where they are building their homes. They use the large logs for the base of their home and fill the spaces with clay and sod to make the structure watertight. Beavers store in their home a food supply that is large enough to last through the winter when snow and ice keep them from gathering food. No wonder we have come to say
  14. Your answer:
    "busy as a beaver."
    "we don't like eager beavers."
    "they can live on nothing."
    "their furs are valuable."


  15. Although the bite of such spiders is usually fatal, this time it did not result in
  16. Your answer:
    recovery.
    poison.
    death.
    pain.


  17. Water is a vital necessity of life. Long before people will die of starvation, they will die as a result of
  18. Your answer:
    malnutrition.
    dehydration.
    hunger.
    disease.


  19. During the harvest season, the farmhands were working from morning until sunset. Sometimes, they even worked by moonlight. They were trying to get the harvest in before it would be ruined by a storm. Workers and machines were pitted against.
  20. Your answer:
    the wilderness.
    nature.
    competitors.
    business.



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