Reading for Understanding Two #64C

Thelma Thurstone -- The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc

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  1. Some people seems almost determinded to be unhappy, finding fault with so many things that it is difficult to say just what is the major cause of their
  2. Your answer:
    ambition.
    discontent.
    faults.
    control.


  3. Rain serves people by helping their crops to grow, but rain can also be harmful if it occurs in abundance when plants are flowering or bearing fruit. Areas in which there is heavy rainfall at the right time are
  4. Your answer:
    sparsely inhabited.
    not safe.
    suitable only for industry.
    attractive to farmers.


  5. At one time, a small insect, the phylloxera, almost destroyed the grape industry of France. This creature lived on the roots of the grapevines. The owners of the vineyards imported roots of wild grapevines, which are immune to this pest, from the United States and grafted the French grapevines to them. This meant
  6. Your answer:
    defeat and death to the insect.
    that French grapes would not be as sweet as before.
    that the phylloxera had defeated the French.
    that immunities would be developed by the insect.


  7. Farmers are glad to hear of the many uses for cottonseed that have recently been discovered, for the existence of these uses adds greatly to the
  8. Your answer:
    advantages of life on the farm.
    uselessness of cotton products.
    value of the cotton crop.
    poverty of cotton growers.


  9. Those who languish in boredom, doing nothing because nothing interests them, will always be bored. Attempting wholeheartedly to execute a challenging task is the only sure way of developing a vital interest in the task. It is not that we do something always because we are interested in it--rather,
  10. Your answer:
    we expect occasional boredom.
    the challenge is never too great.
    interest comes from doing.
    doing often derives from interest.


  11. Primitive peoples believed in the existence of supernatural beings who had great power in the determination of their fate. Therefore, they tried to conduct themselves in such a way as to please their
  12. Your answer:
    parents.
    gods.
    peers.
    chiefs.


  13. The houses of some Native Americans in the southwestern part of the United States were several stories high but had no stairs. The occupants of the upper stories climbed up to their homes on ladders, then pulled up the ladders so that no one else could get in. The process was like
  14. Your answer:
    locking a door.
    going to the basement.
    building a staircase.
    opening a window.


  15. The highest-priced animal pelts are those of the sea otter, sometimes called the Kamchatka beaver. Pelts brought large sums of money before an international agreement, made in 1912 and ended in 1967, that protected the animals against
  16. Your answer:
    being bred in captivity.
    other species.
    extinction.
    zoo managers.


  17. It takes about half an hour to drive from our house to the airport. We must arrive at least twenty minutes before one o'clock, the departure time of our plane. We must leave the house not later than
  18. Your answer:
    12:40.
    12:50.
    12:30.
    12:10.


  19. The Persian boy was taught to ride at the age of seven. The riding skills that he learned were not just the ordinary ones. He also learned how to jump on and off a horse's back and how to throw the javelin with steady aim while riding on a galloping horse. During his training, he made long marches, endured exposure to extremes of heat and cold, crossed rivers without getting his weapon wet, and slept out in the open. It is easy to see why he received such training when one considers that most boys in ancient Persia were expected to become
  20. Your answer:
    jockeys.
    artists.
    traders.
    soldiers.



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