A hungry fox saw some fine bunches of grapes hanging from a vine that was trained along a high trellis, and did his best to reach them by jumping as high as he could into the air. But it was all in vain, for they were just out of reach, so he gave up trying and walked away with an air of dignity and unconcern, remarking, “I thought those grapes were ripe, but I see now they are quite sour.”
In this passage, what does the word “vain” most closely mean?
While vain can also mean being arrogant and excessively proud, the context of the story provides the reader with the meaning “a hopeless situation.” A vessel in your body that carries blood is spelled, “vein,” and a weather device is spelled, “vane.”
Conan of Aquilonia is a collection of four linked fantasy short stories written by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter featuring Robert E. Howard's seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian.
The stories were originally published in Fantastic for August 1972, July 1973, July 1974, and February, 1975. The collected stories were intended for book publication by Lancer Books, but this edition never appeared due to Lancer's bankruptcy. The first book edition was issued in paperback by Ace Books in paperback in May 1977.
In what year was the second Conan of Aquilonia short story published?
USS Gilliam (APA-57), named for Gilliam County in Oregon, was the lead ship in the her class of attack transports serving in the United States Navy during World War II. She was launched 28 March 1944 under a Maritime Commission contract by the Consolidated Steel Corporation, Wilmington, California; sponsored by Mrs A O.Williams of Wilmington; acquired 31 July 1944; and commissioned 1 August 1944, Comdr H B Olsen in command.
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Organic food has become quite popular in the last number of years, but the price of organic foods still prevents many people from eating them on a regular basis. People choose to buy organic foods because they are becoming more concerned about what types of chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides are in their foo Organic food is usually relatively easily obtained by visiting a grocery store or a farmer's market, and the selection of foods is also quite goo
People don't eat organic food because:
In the United States, about 35 million licensed drivers are over 65, an increase of 20 percent since 2003, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While that is a scary thought for some people, the common perception, that the only real choice is between ignoring the difficulties faced by elderly drivers and taking away the car keys, is wrong. “We’re evolving in our thinking,” said Jodi Olshevski.
Within the context of the passage, which of the following words most closely means “evolving”?
DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid. It has proteins attached to it and exists in the form of chromosomes. DNA in chromosomes contains the information that determines all of the physical characteristics that were inherited from our parents. Although some features of DNA are different from species to species, there are many things that are the same about DNA, no matter from what organism it comes. Strawberries, for example, have DNA
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The “Voynich Manuscript” just might be the most unreadable book in the world. The 500-year-old relic was discovered in 1912 at a library in Rome and consists of 240 pages of illustrations and writing in a language not known to anyone. Deciphering the text has eluded even the best cryptographers, leading some to dismiss the book as an entertaining but lengthy hoax. But a statistical analysis of the writing shows that the manuscript does seem to follow the basic structure and laws of a working language.
From this passage, you can infer that the Voynich manuscript is believed to have originated around:
Nelson Mandela’s funeral began with speeches, choirs, and television cameras in a cavernous dome housing thousands, and it ended almost 6 hours later with a simpler moment at his family burial site.
Which of the following words most closely means “cavernous”?
In 2002, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a strategy on traditional medicine to help countries explore their potential for people’s health and well-being, while minimizing the risks of unproven or misused remedies. The main aim of the strategy is to encourage further research. There is some evidence that seems to support the use of traditional and complementary medicine―for example, acupuncture to relieve pain, yoga to reduce asthma attacks, and tai ji techniques to help elderly people reduce their fear of falls.
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Travelers should check passport and visa requirements with consular officials of the countries to be visited well in advance of their departure date. Application for a passport may be made at a passport agency, many federal and state courts, probate courts, some county and municipal offices, and some post offices. The 14 major cities with U.S. passport agencies are Boston, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Norwalk, Connecticut, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC
Which of the following offices is the LEAST likely to issue a passport?
In July 1941, Roosevelt appointed Donovan as the Coordinator of Information (COI) to direct the nation’s first peacetime, non-departmental intelligence organization. But America’s entry into World War II that same December prompted new thinking about the role of the COI. The result was the formation of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in June 1942. The mandate of the OSS was to collect and analyze strategic information required by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and to conduct special operations not assigned to other agencies.
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“With a culture that stretched from western India to Afghanistan and a population numbering over 5 million, the ancient Indus Valley people—India’s oldest known civilization—were an impressive sanitary bunch. A 1922 excavation revealed an advanced culture with sophisticated sewage drainage systems and fancy bathrooms. Yet, there is no archaeological evidence of armies, slaves, social conflicts, or other vices prevalent in ancient societies. The scale of their baffling and abrupt collapse rival that of the great Mayan decline.”
According to the passage, what is the oldest known civilization of India?
Many people feel that summer water sports are dangerous. While accidents do occur, the vast majority are preventable. For example, boating is a relatively safe activity, provided that life vests are worn and a reasonable speed is maintaine When diving, it's important to know the area well and be certain that water is deep enough. Finally, alcohol should never be consumed while engaging in water sports or activities. Following these simple tips would prevent many accidents.
The main idea expressed in the passage is:
Volunteer hosts went to the airport, picked up assigned students, fed them dinner, took them to the opening lecture at the Clay Center, put them in spare bedrooms for the night, then fed them breakfast this morning and will deliver the outstanding teens to buses that convey them to the mountain retreat where they undergo a month of intensive science training and outdoor fun.
Luckily, this year, enough local families volunteered to host all the brilliant youths. In the past, the number of guest homes sometimes fell short, and some of the visitors slept on cots and sleeping bags at local churches. They're adventurous teens and don't mind this makeshift camp-in but it's better if friendly hosts give them a more personal welcome for their stay.
Which of the following topics would the next paragraph in this passage most likely cover?
The Mississippi River is key to New Orleans’ flavor and pizzazz. The seafood, the steamboat cruise, the swamp tours, and the history–it’s all there. And the jazz? There are those who would swear that the uncanny beat of the music comes from the intrepid rhythm of the Mississippi’s waters.
According to the passage, some people believe that the atmosphere and reputation of New Orleans is derived primarily from
Perhaps the most important food to the ancient (and modern) Greeks was the olive. It was not simply a food. It was also a big part of Greek history. Greeks believed that the goddess Athena gave the first olive tree to Athens before it eventually spread to the rest of Greece. Olives were used in many recipes. Olives were also crushed and their oil was used for lamps. Olive oil could also be used as a beauty product. Women rubbed into their skin to make it soft and shiny.
According to the passage, Greeks believed that the first olive tree was given to them by:
The Los Angeles County Tobacco Control Program (TCP) is part of the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the Department of Health Services. It was established as a result of the tobacco tax initiative of 1988, Proposition 99/AB75, in December of 1989. The goal of TCP is to establish policies, health services, public education, and media conditions that support the reduction of tobacco use in Los Angeles County and the associated disease, disability, and mortality.
From the passage, it can be inferred that
Oman is uniquely suited for the growing of frankincense trees, which are extremely temperamental, and grow in only a few spots around the world. On the country’s southern coast, known as the frankincense coast, receives monsoon rains in the summer and has dry, desert conditions the rest of the year. The forbidding environment is uniquely suited to Boswellia sacra, along with Yemen and Somalia. But it is Omani frankincense that is the most valuable. It is used in perfumes, burned as incense, sold in markets across Oman, and even ingested for a host of purposes.
According to the passage, which of the following countries produces the most valuable frankincense?
Decades before you experienced websites which create custom radio stations by tailoring your musical selections according to your likes and dislikes, a pioneering researcher had the same concept. Although he is known now primarily among music historians, it is entirely possible that such sophisticated computer programs would not exist without the work of Alan Lomax.
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1963 was one of the most eventful years in the civil rights movement. Throughout the year, Americans watched in shock as police in Birmingham turned fire hoses and German Shepherd police dogs on marchers. In late summer, Alabama governor George Wallace made his infamous "stand in the schoolhouse door," an attempt to prevent African American students from entering the University of Alabama.
According to the passage, who attempted to prevent African American students from entering the University of Alabama?