Reading for Understanding Two #53A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. His new car is giving him a great deal of trouble, and he has not been able to find out what is wrong. Last night it stopped running although it was not out of fuel. One has a right to expect better service from
  2. Your answer:
    a new car.
    the state police.
    the repair job.
    the filling station.

  3. Greek mythology tells us the story of Sisyphus, a crafty and greedy king of ancient Corinth. After his death he was condemned by the gods to spend eternity rolling a huge stone to the top of a hill in the lower world. Just as he would reach the top of the hill, the stone would roll down again, and Sisyphus would have to start
  4. Your answer:
    a different penalty.
    picking up the pieces.
    rolling it up again.
    pleasing the gods.

  5. A large part of the yearly cost resulting from crop damage is attributable to the action of insects and weeds. Only the birds that eat weeds and insects prevent this amount from being
  6. Your answer:

  7. The parrots screamed raucously outside the house. Their cries would have wakened the soundest sleeper, but their beautiful bright feathers, glistening in the sunlight, compensated for their
  8. Your answer:
    sharp beaks.
    unlovely voices.
    lack of plumage.
    tuneful music.

  9. The present depends on the past, and the future depends on the present. The child of yesterday is the scientist of today. The great men and women of tomorrow are
  10. Your answer:
    the youth of today.
    the critics of scientists.
    the objects of present scorn.
    past problem children.

  11. The vital part of a cell is its nucleus. A cell may survive the puncturing of its walls and the loss of a large quantity of its cytoplasm; but, if its nucleus is destroyed, the cell
  12. Your answer:
    is unable to live.
    manufactures cytoplasm.
    changes its function.
    enlarges its nucleus.

  13. Although a rocket engine needs oxygen to burn its fuel, rockets can fly to outer space where there is no oxygen because they
  14. Your answer:
    carry their own source of oxygen.
    defy gravity.
    fly at great speeds.
    have such powerful engines.

  15. Bugle calls are used to notify soldiers of certain regular routines. Reveille means "time to wake up"; taps means "end of the day"; and the mess call means "time to eat." At military funerals, the bugler blows
  16. Your answer:

  17. Since cotton plants must have about two hundred days without frost to produce cotton, they are raised
  18. Your answer:
    all year round.
    only in the summer.
    only in the spring.
    only in warm climates.

  19. The kingbird rarely dines on bees. It selects its dinner from a menu that includes larger insects-dragonflies, beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, and cicadas. In times of scarcity, however, this bird cannot be so particular in its choice of fare; if bees should be all that is available, it will not
  20. Your answer:
    need them.
    catch them.
    eat them.
    refuse them.

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