Reading for Understanding Two # 76C

Thelma Thurstone -- The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc

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  1. For groups whose economic activities are organized around hunting or herding, any living settlement is only temporary, and frequent moves are made, often on foot. Consequently, the material possessions of such a people are
  2. Your answer:
    communal.
    limited.
    extensive.
    durable.


  3. The trumpeter swan, a native of North America, was once an abundant species. As the development of the continent progressed, the swans were killed and their breeding places were destroyed. Few of these magnificent birds are now living. Interested individuals are trying to protect the surviving trumpeters in order to
  4. Your answer:
    save them from extinction.
    avoid overpopulation.
    build more breeding places.
    increase their value.


  5. Until relatively recent times, the Swedish forests were important only as sources of fuel for smelting and processing iron ores. After 1850, the introduction of the steam-driven saw and the growth of pulp and paper production made Sweden an important exporter of
  6. Your answer:
    lumber-processing equipment.
    industrial products.
    processed iron.
    lumber products.


  7. Many persons express themselves poorly. They describe a million things as "nice" and a million objects as "things." They are too lazy to make distinctions by a more careful choice of
  8. Your answer:
    ideas.
    objects.
    words.
    grammar.


  9. Bananas, unlike other fruits, taste no better when allowed to ripen before picking than when picked green and allowed to ripen. If bananas were allowed to ripen before picking and shipping, they would reach the market too soft or even rotten. Thus, bananas that are shipped to foreign markets are
  10. Your answer:
    picked ripe.
    always spoiled.
    picked green.
    especially tasty.


  11. Because the committee awarded the prize to the official's daughter without considering the merits of the other contestants, it was guilty of
  12. Your answer:
    impartiality.
    criticism.
    unfairness.
    discourtesy.


  13. For centuries, people feared eclipses of the sun and made sacrifices to them. Now, many people travel long distances to be able to see an eclipse of the sun because it is such a rare spectacle. They are greatly disappointed if the day of the eclipse is
  14. Your answer:
    clear.
    hot.
    cold.
    cloudy.


  15. Historians should direct their writing, first of all, to historical experts because the experts' estimate of a book's worth is more enduring than the opinion of the general public. Their praise is a lasting honor; hence, their criticism should be
  16. Your answer:
    temporary.
    respected.
    corrected.
    denounced.


  17. In the encyclopedia, some subjects are discussed briefly. Other discussions are detailed--covering three, four, and even more, closely printed
  18. Your answer:
    details.
    pages.
    topics.
    volumes.


  19. In the course of reasoning, one may wrongly assume that something is true. As a result of this one false assumption, everything following it may also be
  20. Your answer:
    untrue.
    valid.
    assumed.
    logical.



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