Reading for Understanding Two #44C

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. When cornered, the okapi, a large jungle animal, often charges the hunters who attack it; and frequently one of these hunters is killed. The okapi is very strong. Blows from its hooves are
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    poorly aimed.
    often fatal.
    not serious.
    easily avoided.

  3. By breaking off the stalk of the bloodroot close to its root, you can see the blood-red juice. This juice is such a rich and lasting red that long ago Native Americans used it as a
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  5. Because the water supply in this area is sometimes insufficient to last through the dry season, reservoirs have been constructed in which water is
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  7. As the long procession of giant ants filed out into the night, the moonlight gave their bodies such a metallic luster that they seemed to be protected by bronze
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  9. On opening night, the curtain was raised on a half-empty auditorium, and the players realized that their production had not been given sufficient
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  11. The temperature is always below freezing throughout great areas around the North and the South Poles. These great wastes of ice and snow are called "ice deserts" because
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    it is so dry there.
    the days are hot and the nights are cold.
    nothing can live or grow there.
    they are at such high altitudes.

  13. Among many birds, the male is brighter and more attractive in appearance than the female. The male shows off his beautiful plumage to attract a mate. But not all birds are beautiful. Many dull-looking birds attract their mates by their songs, and the males of these species are usually better songsters than the females. Male canaries are preferred ove female canaries as household pets because they are prettier and are
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    better singers.

  15. Some people seem to have better luck growing plants than do other people. When people have beautiful plants in their homes, we say that they have green thumbs. We do not mean that their thumbs are really green in color but simply that
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    their plants grow well.
    they read gardening books.
    their houses are attractive.
    they like flowers.

  17. The United States, Canada, and Australia produce more food than their people need. Billions of dollars worth of food are shipped overseas every year. These countries are also helping many other nations to increase their own ability to produce food so that they will be able to have
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  19. For many years church architecture clung to traditional design. Now one sees many churches in modern architectural designs. These churches are being built by all denominations. The churches do not want religion to be thought of as
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