In ancient times, a king had a huge rock placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if
anyone would 11 the rock. Some of the king's richest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked
Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but 12 did anything about getting the
big stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. On approaching the rock, the
peasant put down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and
straining, he finally 13 . As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse 14 on the
road where the rock had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the
gold was for the person who moved the rock away from the roadway. The peasant learned 15 many others
【題組】11. (A) sit on (B) step on (C) climb (D) remove
Do you often find yourself rushing to finish a report right before the deadline? Or maybe you always leave
your Christmas shopping until Christmas Eve. If so, you are a typical procrastinator.
Procrastinators are people who tend to put off doing tasks until the very last minute. Trying to avoid their
fear of failure, procrastinators actively look for distractions. They also lie to themselves by saying things like
“I’ll feel more like doing this tomorrow.” Thus, instead of getting things done, they usually end up falling
With a few simple steps, however, procrastination can be overcome. Make a list of the tasks you have to do;
this helps you organize your time and your mind. You can also split up these tasks into smaller parts to make
them easier. Set realistic goals and give yourself plenty of time to complete each task. When the task is
completed, reward yourself with a treat. A reward can be a great way to motivate yourself to work harder.
As the saying goes, “Procrastination is the thief of time.” If you can stop procrastinating and take charge of
your life, you’ll be more confident than ever before.
【題組】16. What is this article mainly about?
(A) A useful tool and how to use it. (B) A fatal illness and how to stop it.
(C) A bad habit and how to break it. (D) A technical skill and how to acquire it.
17.【題組】17. Which of the following phrase is closest in meaning to the word procrastinate?
(A) To put off doing something. (B) To end up doing something.
(C) To feel like doing something. (D) To take charge of something.
18.【題組】18. Why do procrastinators purposely look for excuses for delaying doing tasks?
(A) They want to fall behind schedule. (B) They try to avoid their fear of failure.
(C) They need more time to get things well done. (D) They hope to motivate themselves to work harder.
19.【題組】19. According to the reading, which of the following is NOT a way to overcome procrastination?
(A) Make a list of the tasks you have to do.
(B) Split up the tasks into smaller parts to make them easier.
(C) Force yourself to complete each task as soon as possible.
(D) Reward yourself with a treat when the task is completed.
20.【題組】20. According to the reading, what is the advantage of stopping procrastinating?
(A) You have less control over your life. (B) You can stop someone stealing from you.
(C) You feel more like doing tasks the following day. (D) You feel more certain about your ability to do things we