Reading for Understanding Two #94C

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


  1. Living as we do in a confused hubbub of turmoil and strife, it is difficult for us to recognize, much less to understand, the essential characteristics of the tumultuous events of today. Perhaps we may obtain some perspective by trying objectively to anticipate what historians of the future will say about
  2. Your answer:
    their contemporaries.
    these golden years.
    medieval civilization.
    our troubled era.


  3. In that industry, one of the management's problems is finding skilled workers. The pay differential between skilled and unskilled workers is becoming less and less, even though skilled workers require a much longer training period. It is thus quite natural that
  4. Your answer:
    management should want to decrease the pay differential.
    the pay differential should continue to decrease.
    skilled workers are taking more pride in their jobs.
    the number of skilled workers is decreasing.


  5. Because of the extreme mobility of the population, the effects of poor education of the children in one section cannot be restricted to that area. Following this reasoning, some people advocate the financing of education by
  6. Your answer:
    religious and educational institutions.
    parents in proportion to number of children.
    the nation as a whole.
    the areas with high illiteracy.


  7. A lighted candle, when first placed in a closed flask that contains air, will burn brightly. Soon, however, its light will become dim and then go out. Thus, we see that a limited amount of air
  8. Your answer:
    will extinguish a lighted candle.
    will not support combustion.
    is not necessary for combustion.
    has a limited capacity for supporting burning.


  9. Men as well as women are quite proud of their wardrobes--both in variety and in quality. However, the necessity of following fashion decrees and of changing clothes every season to suit the whims of fashion makes them not the masters of the clothes but their
  10. Your answer:
    critics.
    admirers.
    slaves.
    masters.


  11. Surely human affairs would be far happier if the power to be silent were the same as the power to speak. But experience more than sufficiently teaches that nothing is more difficult than to govern one's
  12. Your answer:
    mind.
    affairs.
    tongue.
    offspring.


  13. When I visited friends who own a dairy farm I was surprised that they bought their children's milk in a nearby town. The reason for this was that their own milk was not
  14. Your answer:
    fresh.
    churned.
    buttermilk.
    pasteurized.


  15. The history of civilization is bound very closely to the progress of agriculture. Farming tends to keep people from wandering; thus, wherever the ground was cultivated,
  16. Your answer:
    people became farmers.
    permanent living places sprang up.
    people needed sickles.
    crops grew.


  17. Latin and classical Greek are dead languages. Many people believe that the study of dead languages is of no practical value in our modern technological world. There may be a few people who have leisure to pursue classical studies, but the classics are generally regarded as
  18. Your answer:
    useful.
    modern.
    luxuries.
    necessities.


  19. Benjamin Franklin wrote: "For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; for want of a horse the rider was lost; for want of a rider the battle was lost." This saying means that
  20. Your answer:
    infantry ordinarily cannot defeat calvary.
    all little things are important.
    victory in battle depends upon communication among the ranks.
    important outcomes may be dependent upon little things.



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