Reading for Understanding Two #51A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Linen is a popular cloth made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen has been woven for thousands of years and is still
  2. Your answer:
    widely used.
    raised.
    expensive.
    exported.


  3. The morning paper contains very little that I have not heard on the radio the night before. But reading the newspaper is a breakfast habit with me and seems about as important as my
  4. Your answer:
    news.
    reading.
    coffee.
    headlines.


  5. A machine must have beauty as well as utility if it is going to succeed in today's competitive market. Attractiveness, smoothness, and gloss of the finish have a great effect on
  6. Your answer:
    machinery.
    buyers.
    effectiveness.
    designers.


  7. Moisten clay with water and it becomes very pliable and can be shaped into objects that will retain their shape when the clay is dried. Apply water to these objects again, and the clay absorbs the liquid and once more becomes soft. However, once the clay has been placed in a very hot oven and baked for a long time, it will never again absorb water, even if it is ground into fine powder. Previous to the discovery of this effect of fire on clay, clay vessels could not be used to store
  8. Your answer:
    solid foods.
    liquids.
    primitive tools.
    grain.


  9. Silverware is sometimes stored in chemically treated coves that prevent tarnishing. Silver turns dark when it comes in contact with small amounts of sulphur compounds in the air. If silver is left in the open, it will soon need
  10. Your answer:
    covering.
    polishing.
    washing.
    replacing.


  11. Elves, characters of fantasy and myths, are of two sorts. There are the Elves of Light who are attractive and kind and who love the sun. Then there are the Night Elves who are ugly, rather evil, and fearful of the
  12. Your answer:
    deep forest gloom.
    dark of night.
    runes of old.
    light of day.


  13. The architecture of the United States Capitol in Washington has had a great influence on the design of most of the country's state capitols. They look very much alike. Even the county buildings, called courthouses, often have the dome and pillars of the Capitol building. As you drive across the United States, you see many buildings that you know are
  14. Your answer:
    government buildings.
    old-fashioned.
    very expensive.
    national capitols.


  15. Trade was once thought to be a gamble in which one side must always lose. Now we know that there is such a thing as fair trade, in which both parties
  16. Your answer:
    benefit.
    gamble.
    lose.
    suffer.


  17. Large chunks of ice and snow melt slowly. Once they begin to thaw, several weeks of warm weather may be required before they
  18. Your answer:
    are increased in size.
    begin to melt.
    are totally melted.
    freeze once more.


  19. When the day is the hottest,the shrill song of the cicada is at its best. These music-making insects perform most ardently
  20. Your answer:
    if food is plentiful.
    in the summer.
    at twilight.
    after a rain.



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