Reading for Understanding Two #95A

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. Since humanitarian considerations are an innovation in human affairs, the fate of conquered peoples in ancient times was assuredly
  2. Your answer:
    not a happy one.
    not too harsh.
    humanitarian.
    a just one.


  3. It is very easy to grow bananas in the tropics. In about a year after the shoot from an old plant is set out, the new plant will bear bananas. After the bananas ripen, the plant dies, but, in the meantime, new shoots have sprung up from that plant. Thus, bananas are
  4. Your answer:
    usually available.
    a seasonal luxury.
    pulled immediately.
    much in demand.


  5. Horace once advanced a good rule for poets. He advised them to keep private the poetry they write for nine years before releasing it to the public. If modern poets followed his advice, there would be less verse published; it would likely be
  6. Your answer:
    radical.
    frequently criticized.
    in iambic pentameter.
    of better quality.


  7. One of the bottlenecks that kept the seventeenth century textile industry from increasing production was that one loom could use all the yarn produced by many spinning wheels. With the invention of the spinning jenny, this lag was eliminated. Indeed, more yarn was produced than the handlooms could accommodate. In short, the correction of one disequilibrium within the textile industry produced
  8. Your answer:
    a new disequilibrium.
    a greater demand for yarn.
    more cloth than the market needed.
    new jobs for unskilled workers.


  9. The invention of the electron microscope, perfected for general use about the middle of this century, was hailed as one of the great achievements in science of the period. By using electrons instead of light, the microscope permitted the close examination of animal, plant and mineral structures that ordinary microscopes would not enable the observer to
  10. Your answer:
    project.
    detect.
    illuminate.
    look for.


  11. It is not the number of soldiers in an army but the courage of each individual that is important in battle. Similarly, it never bothers a wolf that the sheep are
  12. Your answer:
    loyal to the flock.
    larger in size.
    more numerous.
    armed with horns.


  13. Although a specific language may have many dialects, usually a person who speaks one dialect can easily learn to understand the others. It is, however, more difficult to learn to speak a new dialect. In fact, the speech peculiarities acquired in childhood are so persistent that a skilled philologist can tell, by listening to people talk,
  14. Your answer:
    the precise extent of their vocabulary.
    where they spent their childhood.
    that they know several regional dialects.
    how many years they went to school.


  15. Executives realize that it is usually bad public relations not to attend conventions. Although they may gain nothing by attending the conventions, if they stay away, they may
  16. Your answer:
    gain prestige.
    improve their company's position.
    impress the general public.
    be hurt.


  17. On December 19, 1903, the Wright brothers made the first controlled flight in a power-driven plane. On that day, their best flight lasted 59 seconds and went 259 meters. Less than twenty-four years later, on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh made a solo flight from New York to Paris. Aviation has continued to advance at a surprising
  18. Your answer:
    cost.
    success.
    rate.
    invention.


  19. Accurate information always corresponds to facts whereas even the most judiciously formed opinion may prove to be misleading in the light of later knowledge. If a manufacturer asks you to predict the demand for a potential product, your carefully formed opinion is the best answer that can be expected. If, however, you are asked the present population of a city where the factory is to be built, your opinion of its size is not sufficient because
  20. Your answer:
    another opinion is better than yours.
    the workers will increase the population.
    you do not live in that city.
    exact information is available.



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