1. Myths are stories, the products of
fertile imagination, sometimes simple, often containing
profound truths. They are not meant
to be taken too literally. Details may sometimes appear
childish, but most myths express a
culture’s most serious beliefs about human beings, eternity,
idea of this passage is that myths
created primarily to entertain young children.
purposely written for the reader who lacks imagination.
the reader with a means of escape from reality.
illustrate the values that are considered important to a society.
2. The ultimate source of energy for
all plants and animals is sunlight. But the sun’s energy can
be harnessed by plants, through
photosynthesis, and stored in molecules of carbohydrates. When
animals eat these enzymes, large
amounts of energy become available. Animals immediately
convert this energy into molecules of
high-energy ATP (adenosine triphosphate)—the universal
currency of energy in living things.
Excluding only the very first stages in carbohydrate
breakdown, which are called
glycolysis, the entire complicated process of energy transfer to ATP
takes place within the mitochondria.
initial stages of carbohydrate breakdown.
process of plants producing oxygen and carbohydrates.
production of ATP.
production of body heat which occurs in the mitochondria.
3. There are two types of pottery
that I do. There is production pottery—mugs, tableware, the
kinds of things that sell easily. These
pay for my time to do the other work, which is more
creative and satisfies my needs as an
of this passage implies that
have a tendency to waste valuable time.
creativity and mass production are incompatible.
C. most people
do not appreciate good art.
is not produced by creative artists.
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4. The Midwest is experiencing its
worst drought in fifteen years.
Corn and soybean prices are expected
to be very high this year.
the second sentence do?
restates the idea found in the first.
B. It states
C. It gives
analyzes the statement made in the first.
5. In the words of Thomas DeQuincey,
“It is notorious that the memory strengthens as you lay
burdens upon it.” If, like most
people, you have trouble recalling the names of those you have
just met, try this: the next time you
are introduced, plan to remember the names. Say to yourself,
“I’ll listen carefully; I’ll repeat
each person’s name to be sure I’ve got it, and I will remember.”
You’ll discover how effective this
technique is and probably recall those names for the rest of
idea of the paragraph maintains that the memory
operates at peak efficiency.
down under great strain.
if it is used often.
unreliable if it tires.