Reading for Understanding Two #98C

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. The basic engineering principles that Leonardo da Vinci used in the fifteenth century are still employed in modern air conditioning and in the transmission of waterpower. Equipment and methodology may become antiquated, but elementary principles are
  2. Your answer:
    transient.
    ageless.
    dynamic.
    variable.


  3. Some preliterate peoples judge persons by their staying powers: to stand motionless for an hour watching a bird, to sit or lie still for half a day, to endure pain endlessly, and when making a speech to
  4. Your answer:
    use significant gestures.
    talk on and on in a tireless stream.
    make it brief and precise.
    praise oneself above all.


  5. Thetis, the mother of Achilles, dipped her son into the River Styx. As a result of this treatment, Achilles became completely invulnerable with the exception of the part of his heel which Thetis had held him. We now use the expression "Achilles' heel" to refer to a person's
  6. Your answer:
    treatment.
    weakness.
    mother.
    invulnerability.


  7. The composers of the nineteenth century were closer to the people than were the composers of the eighteenth century. Nineteenth century music is full of the problems, strivings, hopes, and doubts of the people of that period. Eighteenth century artists largely ignored the nature of the people of that period; nineteenth century artists portrayed their contemporaries with more
  8. Your answer:
    ability.
    restraint.
    imagination.
    understanding.


  9. Weaving of cloth was discovered in very ancient times. Egyptian mummies thousands of years old have been found wrapped in linen. Weaving was done by hand in those days. Now there are complicated machines for weaving cloth very fast. Hand weaving is done as a hobby, not because it is
  10. Your answer:
    efficient.
    interesting.
    beautiful.
    linen.


  11. One old saying is that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. This saying means that people who are vulnerable should not
  12. Your answer:
    build glass houses.
    deceive others.
    befriend others.
    attack others.


  13. On the shore, they half-filled a huge kettle with the sandy salt left where a pool of seawater had been dried up by the tropical sun. They then filled the kettle to the top with seawater and stirred the mixture until the salt in the sand was dissolved in the water. Finally, they set the kettle aside and waited for the settling to the bottom of the heavy
  14. Your answer:
    mixture.
    water.
    sand.
    salt.


  15. It is not surprising that the rate of motion of the molecules in air and the speed of sound are related, for sound
  16. Your answer:
    does not travel through water.
    does not travel quickly.
    travels at an indeterminate speed.
    is a vibration of molecules.


  17. The lecturer called cancer a disease of civilization and pointed out that there is a rather striking correlation between the degree of urbanization and the cancer death rate. This rate is highest in areas that have the most people living in
  18. Your answer:
    villages.
    cities.
    poverty.
    institutions.


  19. The men and women who came to North America in colonial days to establish their homes were often dissenters from the doctrines of the churches established by law in their homelands. They left their native lands hoping to find, in addition to a better economic lot,
  20. Your answer:
    political and religious liberties.
    economic opportunities.
    land for new homes.
    better educational opportunities.



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