Reading for Understanding Two #44B

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. The distribution of plants is largely dependent on the available water supply. When irrigation is introduced into desert regions, rich plant growth usually occurs. For this reason, the barrenness of the desert is generally attributed to its
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    lack of water.
    hot climate.
    high elevation.
    poor soil.

  3. Plastic is a light material that is used where excessive weight is to be avoided. Since the airlines make an extra charge for overweight baggage on overseas flights, a popular choice for suitcases is
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  5. As a result of his great experience in the wilderness, his awareness of direction became very acute. Regardless of where or how he travelled--through fog, in dense forests, or in darkness--he was in no danger
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    from the storms.
    from wild animals.
    of being alone.
    of getting lost.

  7. Chinese printers invented lightweight paper money. When European countries were using only metal money, the Chinese were using paper money because they found it more
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  9. In carnival slang a "gimmick" is a secret device by which the operator of a gambling wheel can manipulate the machine to
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    reduce the players' chances of winnng.
    comply with gambling laws.
    render the game more interesting.
    protect the innocent public.

  11. Cables are often sent in code; a code shortens the messages because a few letters may represent eight or ten
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  13. Certain conditions of moisture, light, temperature, and so on are required by almost every kind of plant or animal for life. Where any of these conditions are absent and no supplementary help is given, the plant or animal will
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  15. Friction results whenever two surfaces rub together. There is some friction when two smooth surfaces rub together, but more friction occurs when the surfaces are
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  17. The flag of the United States has one star for each state. For many years there were forty-eight stars, but when Alaska and Hawaii became states, the number and arrangement of the white stars in the blue field was
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  19. When it is 2 A.M. in Chicago, it is 3 A.M. in New York and 8 A.M. in Amsterdam. One seems to be losing time flying, but one gains it back on the return flight. If travellers from Chicago to Amsterdam and back do not change their watches along the way, they will show the correct time when they
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    stop in New York.
    leave Amsterdam.
    reach Amsterdam.
    get back to Chicago.

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