Reading for Understanding Two #65A

Thelma Thurstone -- The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc

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  1. The ability to govern well cannot be inherited. European history illustrates this fact. Many a capable ruler has been succeeded by an heir who was a
  2. Your answer:
    poor ruler.
    patron of the arts.
    popular governor.
    benevolent monarch.


  3. Even though a person's only contribution to a conversation is to listen, those who take a more active part in the conversation may perceive this silence as added confirmation that their statements are worthy of being heard. Thus, one can give pleasure simply by
  4. Your answer:
    not interrupting the speaker.
    effectively criticizing.
    recounting small incidents.
    voicing approval.


  5. The amount of work there is for carpenters depends upon how much wood is being used; and this, in turn, depends upon the price of lumber in comparison with
  6. Your answer:
    the severity of the climate.
    the cost of other materials.
    the wage level.
    the cost of a lot.


  7. Aeolus, the mythical god of the winds, gave to Ulysses, the beloved of the gods, a bag in which the winds were secured so that these forces would be at the command of the famous mariner. Ulysses' sailors carelessly untied the bag, and their fleet was destroyed by the resulting
  8. Your answer:
    mutiny.
    storm.
    collision.
    fire.


  9. In the cities of the Middle Ages, people who had the same trade often had their shops together in the same district or streets. In some European cities, you can still find such areas with street names such as Silversmith's Street, Leather Street, and
  10. Your answer:
    Main Street.
    Whitehall Place.
    Whitly Lane.
    Baker Street.


  11. The lioness easily taught her cub how to eat properly. The difficult part was to teach it how to hunt for its food. In like manner, it does not take long for human beings to learn table manners, but it takes a long time for them to
  12. Your answer:
    learn a trade in order to earn their daily bread.
    grow large enough to go hunting for animals.
    learn how to do schoolwork well.
    be able always to use the right fork at the right time.


  13. How pleasant it is to have our anticipations fulfilled, to observe what we expected, and to have verified that which we thought was
  14. Your answer:
    true.
    fictitious.
    romantic.
    whispered.


  15. Unlike flowering plants, which grow from seeds, ferns grow from spores. The spores are in tiny brown cases on the underside of the fern leaves or on a special stalk of the fern plant. The spore cases snap open and release the very light spores to the air. The spores are then carried by the wind, and those that fall on warm moist ground
  16. Your answer:
    turn into seeds.
    produce new flowers.
    can begin to grow.
    destroy the soil.


  17. During the last forty years, the number of farms in the United States has decreased steadily, whereas the total number of acres in farmland has increased steadily. The average size of farms has
  18. Your answer:
    remained the same.
    gone up and down.
    decreased.
    increased.


  19. The pack rat is the greatest collector of oddities in the animal kingdom. It collects any material object that it can carry in its mouth, from a clamshell to a piece of broken glass or a cake of soap. It places each article on top of the last. But its carrying instinct is so great that on the return trip it always carries something back to the place from which it has collected. This habit has earned this animal the name of
  20. Your answer:
    alley rat.
    ship rat.
    robber rat.
    trade rat.



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