Reading for Understanding Two #88A

Thelma Thurstone -- The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. The best guidebooks to Spain do not mention these strange old cities. They are so inaccessible that, even after visiting them, a superstitious traveller might easily believe them to be
  2. Your answer:
    phantom cities.
    deserted cities.
    isolated cities.
    ancient cities.

  3. If slow oxidation occurs in a situation in which the heat cannot be absorbed as rapidly as it is released,the temperature will slowly rise. Eventuallly the substance will reach its kindling temperature, and spontaneous combustion will occur. It is well-known that oil-soaked rags often start fires by spontaneous combustion. The oil begins to oxidize, and the heat that is liberated is not absorbed into the air because a rag heap is a poor thermal conductor. As the temperature rises, the oxidation becomes more rapid, thus further increasing the temperature. This process continues until the
  4. Your answer:
    oil is completely burned.
    thermal conductivity of the rag heap increases.
    rag heap bursts into flames.
    air absorbs most of the heat that is librated.

  5. Any part of the surface of the globe will require some stretching, ripping, or cutting to reduce it to a plane surface. The larger the part, the more stretching, ripping, or cutting is required. It is easy to see that problems are involved in translating a map to a flat surface. Maps of small areas may be very satisfactory, but inaccuracy tends to increase with the
  6. Your answer:
    increase in sphere curvature.
    size of the area to be mapped.
    details to be indicated.
    size of the map required.

  7. Pumice is rock formed by cooling and hardening of lava that contains dissolved gases. Pumice is so light that it will float on water. It can do this because it contains so many air chambers; it is very
  8. Your answer:

  9. It is characteristic of some groups to resist change, for they argue that change is not necessarily for the better but may even be for the worse. To them change means disorganization; change tends to be
  10. Your answer:
    patiently endured.
    eagerly awaited.
    viewed with suspicion.
    considered necessary.

  11. We all have interesting pet economies, and hoarding string is one of the most common. Do you rip the string from the package, or do you carefully untie all the knots in order to
  12. Your answer:
    tie it properly?
    undo the string quickly?
    find out what it contains?
    save the string?

  13. The Book of Daniel in the Old Testament contains the story of Belshazzar, king of Babylon. At a banquet, the king saw the fingers of a hand writing on the wall words that he could not read. The Hebrew prophet Daniel said that the words predicted the destruction of the kingdom of Babylon. We now use the words "handwriting on the wall" to mean
  14. Your answer:
    Hebrew writing.
    writing that no one can read.
    punishment for sin.
    a warning of disaster.

  15. The principle underlying the flight of planes and of kites is the same: a current of air blowing against a nearly flat surface that is inclined slightly upwards tends to
  16. Your answer:
    spin the propeller.
    lift that surface.
    raise the tail.
    cause air currents.

  17. The teeth rodents use for gnawing grow continuously from the base. That is why those teeth
  18. Your answer:
    never become worn-out.
    disappear when the animal becomes mature.
    can also be used for grinding.
    harden as they grow.

  19. The utilization of coke rather than charcoal in the process of iron made possible the production of iron by Great Britain. It soon became obvious to Swedish industrialists and economists not only that Sweden would lose its iron market in England, but also that British iron would provide
  20. Your answer:
    serious competition.
    new trade opportunities.
    no important threat.
    a superior product.

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