Reading for Understanding Two # 65C

Thelma Thurstone -- The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc

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  1. We hug the earth - how rarely we mount. Methinks we might elevate ourselves a little more. We might climb a tree, at least. I found my account in climbing a tree once. It was a tall white pine on the top of a hill; and I was well paid for it, for I discovered around me, on the ends of the topmost branches only a few minute and delicate red, conelike blossoms, the fertile flower of the white pine, looking heavenward. I cut the topmost spire and showed it to farmers and lumber dealers and woodchoppers and hunters, and not one had ever seen the like before. Nature has from the first expanded the minute blossoms of the forest only toward the heavens. The pines have developed their delicate blossoms on the highest twigs of the wood every summer for ages; yet scarcely a farmer or hunter in the land has ever
  2. Your answer:
    eaten them.
    climbed them.
    destroyed tham.
    seen them.

  3. Frequently, industries develop in areas where raw material is plentiful. This tendency is illustrated by the development of the frozen citrus juice industry in Florida, where there is an abundant supply of
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  5. Some seeds are blown by the wind; some have a winglike construction and glide or fly to the ground nearby; some are sticky and are carried away by birds and animals; and some tumble along the ground. The scattering of seeds from different plants occurs in many ways. Only a small part of the world's seeds are planted by people. Most seeds are planted
  6. Your answer:
    by the wind.
    by birds.
    by farmers.

  7. The dog and its owner were both surly and disagreeable, as if both had the same temperament. The dog understood everything that its owner said, as if they also shared the same
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  9. The amount of heat released by any food depends more on the number of calories that it contains than on its actual temperature. Thus, in the long run, a glass of cold milk will warm you more than a cup of hot coffee, because the former has more
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  11. People who live in hot countries are firm in their belief that any newcomer, not matter how industrious, must eventually surrender to their long-held tradition of the siesta. One may work deligently during the cooler part of the day, but when the sun is highest overhead, rest is
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  13. The length of a year is almost 365 1/4 days, but we could not conveniently work with a calendar that contained fractions of days. In 45 B.C., it was decided to add one day to the calendar every four years. These fourth years are called leap years. The error in doing this was small, but by 1582 the calendar was about ten days behind, so it was decided to have October 15 follow October 4. A further correction was made - that the first year of a century should be a leap year only one time in four. The present system is still in error, but only by about one day in four thousand; thus, it will be a long time before
  14. Your answer:
    another calendar correction is necessary.
    the days are lengthened.
    we measure the difference.
    we change our watches.

  15. History is a living, vital, exciting story - a mystery tale whose beginning is as unknown as the beginning of life and whose end will be reached only when life and the world
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    begin again.
    are optimally perfected.
    can be understood no longer.
    cease existing

  17. Because of a belief in some small areas of the country that termites would climb no higher than one-half meter, there were people who believed that the foundation of a log cabin should be at least
  18. Your answer:
    hard wood.
    one-third meter high.
    one-half meter high.
    two logs high.

  19. Bananas spoil very fast. They cannot be kept for long after they have been picked. Long ago many people did not know what bananas tasted like because
  20. Your answer:
    bananas were unknown in their time.
    they had not learned to like bananas.
    there was no fast transport in their day.
    green bananas are not good for consumption.

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