Chapter 13
The wind bloweth where it listeth

HERE is a sentence-completion question:

22. If we cannot make the wind blow when and where we wish it to blow, we can at least make use of its

(A) source(B) heat(C) direction
(D) force(E) atmosphere

Most of the people to whom I show this question immediately realize that (C) and (D) are possible answers. On reflection they realize that (B) is also a possible answer. If they are of a literary turn of mind, they at first see little merit in answer (A); but when I point out that to scientists the phrase "the source of the wind" implies the combination of the heat of the sun and the rotation of the earth, they look on (A) with renewed interest and often agree that it may well be the best answer. Answer (E) seems impossible: we do not usually talk of the wind's atmosphere. Yet with a little poetical license we might, and then (E) would be a doughty contender. Let us not become poetical, though. These questions are hard enough when we remain prosaic. Even without (E) there are four promising candidates.

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