Reading for Understanding Two #44A

Thelma Thurstone with permission from McGraw-Hill companies.

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  1. Beef and dairy cattle are raised in Australia, and the excess meat and dairy products are shipped abroad. But sheep raising is the largest industry in Australia, and it has made Australia the world's greatest exporter of
  2. Your answer:
    wool.
    butter and cheese.
    grain.
    cattle.


  3. Both craftiness and courage may be observed in the behavior of the hummingbird that "plays dead" when captured so that it may
  4. Your answer:
    attack its captor.
    escape discovery.
    have a painless death.
    find an opportunity to escape.


  5. Backyard golf balls for practice travel only about one-tenth as far as standard balls under the same stroke. These practice balls are hollow. They are made of resilient polyethylene and contain many holes. When hit, they sound and feel like a regulation
  6. Your answer:
    club.
    ball.
    game.
    player.


  7. Medical science has learned how to cure or to control many diseases that used to be thought of as incurable. But doctors cannot prevent accidents, and the accident rate is increasing. Everyone who observes safety rules is helping to
  8. Your answer:
    combat disease.
    lengthen human life.
    find new medicines.
    lessen traffic.


  9. We are likely to consider that the introduction of machines is past, but new mechanical improvements and innovations are being made daily. What we are thinking of as past is the major transition from hand tools to
  10. Your answer:
    the next century.
    machines.
    individual ownership.
    progress.


  11. Hearing aids used to be ugly, clumsy devices that people were embarrassed to use. Modern hearing aids are small and inconspicuous, and they are widely used. Hearing aids make it possible for many persons to have jobs, to use the telephone, and even to
  12. Your answer:
    read the comics.
    have hobbies.
    play games.
    listen to music.


  13. The Greeks learned that eating seafood protected them against diseases of the thyroid, and the Native Americans knew that certain fresh plant extracts would cure scurvy. Although early people did not know why certain dietary procedures were useful, some did know that certain foods could protect them against
  14. Your answer:
    ever dying.
    old age.
    specific diseases.
    all accidents.


  15. A carnivorous animal is a flesh-eating animal. A carnivorous plant is a plant that
  16. Your answer:
    gets its food from the soil.
    traps insects for food.
    requires no food.
    manufactures its own food.


  17. Gold was discovered in California in 1848. When the news spread, thousands of people from all over the United States rushed to get to California, hoping to become rich. These people were called forty-niners because
  18. Your answer:
    there were forty-nine wagon trains.
    California was the forty-ninth state.
    most people went there in 1849.
    California was the Golden West.


  19. The Dutch have long been recognized for their merchant marine and for their port-building achievements. Now the Dutch are adding industries to their enterprises. Across the landscape of Holland, one now sees
  20. Your answer:
    ships.
    windmills.
    tulips.
    factories.



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