Reading for Understanding Two #90B

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

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  1. Primitive people believed that a magician could gain control over an event by imitating it. The primitive rainmaker made
  2. Your answer:
    rain fall form the skies.
    rivers overflow.
    noises like thunder.
    black magic.

  3. If you would look forward, you must first look back; for nothing new ever develops suddenly from naught. Even inventions that appear to be entirely new achievements are the end result of much previous thought and work. In all things, there is a
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  5. Since dividends come from what is left of the profits after one tax has been paid, stockholders argue that income from dividends should be tax free because
  6. Your answer:
    taxes discourage industrial expansion.
    it has already been taxed once.
    the revenue can be replaced by sales tax.
    stockholders get a small share of the profits.

  7. They had played together since childhood, and although they were now competing for the same prize, they thought of themselves as
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  9. The fact that our numbering system is based on ten is probably dependent on the fact that we have ten fingers and ten toes. If we had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, our system would probably be based on
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  11. During the Dark Ages, the growth of the body of human knowledge was arrested. Those who wrote during those centuries restricted their activities to the compilation or revision of information that was
  12. Your answer:
    constantly increasing.
    newly discovered.
    intensely interesting.
    already known.

  13. Upon her retirement as head of the corporation, her conscience was clear. She had committed no willful misdeeds. She was only too conscious of her fallibility, however, to claim that she never could have injured the firm's well-being by
  14. Your answer:
    countenancing corporate corruption.
    tendering her long-overdue resignation.
    making an occasional mistake.
    engaging in intentional deception.

  15. Like certain prized Venetian glasses wrought with such beautiful fragility as to forbid their use, literary works of pure imagination sometimes seem to have little
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    aesthetic value.
    financial value.
    practical use.
    reason for being.

  17. Linen cloth woven from flax has been found in Egyptian tombs that are more than three thousand years old. Linen fabrics are still made, but the relatively high expense of their production as compared with cotton fabrics has
  18. Your answer:
    limited their use.
    built more factories.
    increased wool production.
    kept them out of the United States.

  19. One of the most curious features of the king crab, or the horseshoe crab, is the flexibly jointed, bayonetlike spine that forms its tail; it has no analogue elsewhere among scorpions or spiders. The crab acquires the tail only as it approaches adult age, so that its tail is a sword of merit betokening the end of
  20. Your answer:
    sea life.

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