Reading for Understanding Two # 76B

Thelma Thurstone -- The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc

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  1. The planets in our solar system are named after the ancient Roman and Greek gods. Jupiter was the king of the gods. The largest planet was named after him. Mercury was the fleet-footed messenger of the gods. The planet named after him
  2. Your answer:
    has wings extending from its interior.
    is surrounded by a haze of fire.
    is the fastest-moving planet.
    is the next largest in the solar system.


  3. Scientists are interested in how old animals live to be. The maximum age of wild animals is hard to determine; when an animal becomes weak and cannot defend itself, another animal probably will come along and kill it. Very few wild animals
  4. Your answer:
    die of old age.
    are friends with one another.
    live more than five years.
    go hungry.


  5. The artist was painting on a sand dune when a quick storm hit the island. She luckily escaped to higher ground, but her canvas was washed to sea. She felt that this particular canvas had been her life's masterpiece. Since no one had seen it,
  6. Your answer:
    it was not worth very much.
    no one could contradict her.
    it was best that it had disappeared.
    she felt that it was no good.


  7. Ignorance is the mother of suspicion. We can rid ourselves of our suspicions only by
  8. Your answer:
    forgetting their existence.
    analyzing them.
    procurring more knowledge.
    brooding over them.


  9. Goldsmith's satire is never caustic. He involves his characters in ridiculous situations, but he always treats them
  10. Your answer:
    conventionally.
    gently.
    picturesquely.
    thoroughly.


  11. Most Chinese children go to school six days a week and have two months' vacation. Their school day is from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. After school, the children work in gardens, learn to play basketball and table tennis, and attend classes in military training. Chinese children are much too busy to ever
  12. Your answer:
    be tired.
    have a vacation.
    get bored.
    get an education.


  13. Animals have some communication among themselves although they cannot talk as human beings do. Even human beings still use certain animal-like communication that is primitive and universal. We may not understand the speech of foreigners, but we understand when they
  14. Your answer:
    write out their thoughts.
    laugh or cry.
    speak slowly.
    keep quiet.


  15. Kale is a green vegetable that resembles cabbage. In the autumn after kale has matured, it can be stored in hotbeds. When it is thus stored, its leaves will remain fresh and juicy for several months. Kale was particularly important as a vegetable
  16. Your answer:
    before freezing of vegetables became common.
    in large cities.
    since it could be preserved by canning.
    for people on diets.


  17. Since leprosy is not considered a highly contagious disease, noninfected adult members of the patient's family
  18. Your answer:
    work to pay for the patient's treatment.
    eventually contract the disease.
    must be quarantined.
    may be allowed to remain with the patient.


  19. Our bodies need food and oxygen, and these must be supplied constantly. Food can be stored in the body, so a person need not eat all the time in order to satisfy this requirement. Our bodies cannot store oxygen; therefore,
  20. Your answer:
    food is harder to find than is oxygen.
    we must keep breathing all the time.
    oxygen is more important than is food.
    we must keep looking for new supplies of oxygen.



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