1.26.We are not rich. But ________ we go to a fancy French restaurant to have a nice dinner.
2.27.The father took his kids to the ________ park because they wanted to ride on the roller coaster and merry-go-round.
3.28.The house ________ to ours is now under repairs. Construction noise can be very annoying.
4.29.Children are great learners of languages. They ________ the skills much faster than adults.
5.30.The earth’s oil reserves are expected to be ________ in 50 years. Thus, countries around the world have been trying to find new energy sources.
6.31.Paul fell off his bike and hit his head. He felt fine, but at his wife’s ________, he still went to the hospital for a checkup.
7.32.When Richard was asked to stop in the middle of an exciting game, he turned off the computer ________ with displeasure on his face.
8.33.Twenty years ago, cellphones were a luxury, not ________ for most people. Now they are a necessity in our lives.
9.34.It is unfortunate that, due to a glitch in the computer system, several of our most valued customers ________ incorrectly.
(B) have billed
(C) was billing
(D) were billed
10.35.All staff members will be required to attend a seminar dealing with changes ________ operating procedures.
11.36.A ________ time deposit with a higher interest rate is available now.
12.37.________ the purchase of three inexpensive digital cameras, no new equipment orders were made by our department during the last financial year.
(A) Let alone
(B) Aside from
(C) Because of
(D) In response to
13.38.When I was young, I ________ basketball with my neighbors after school.
(A) used to play
(B) got used to play
(C) used to playing
(D) was used to play
14.39.We learn a new thing more quickly and easily when ________ in it.
(C) we interested
(D) we are interesting
15.40.The rescue team ________ eight experts from three countries. One came from Japan, another from South Korea, and the others from the Canada.
(A) composed of
(B) was made up of
(C) was consisted of
(D) made up of
Parents and teenagers often debate whether high school students should have a part-time job in addition to focusing on their studies. I think it’s a good idea for high school students 【41】 a few hours a week. This will allow them to learn a sense of responsibility, 【42】 earning some extra spending money. In addition, working part time can help high school students save money for their college 【43】, thus taking some of the burden off their parents. It will also prepare them for entering the working world once their schooling is done. There are definitely some advantages to working a part-time job while in high school. Take me 【44】. I have found it much 【45】 to adapt to the working environment. Besides, I am better prepared than those who have never had a job before, as I know from experience what employers expect from me. 【題組】41.
(B) to work
(D) have worked
17.【題組】42. (A) not at all
(C) so much
(D) not to mention
19.【題組】44. (A) for good
(B) for sure
(C) for instance
(D) for the first time
20.【題組】45. (A) easy
(D) more easier
At some time in your life you may have a strong desire to do something strange or terrible. However, chances are that you don’t act on your impulse, but let it pass instead. You know that to commit the action is wrong in some way and that other people will not accept your behavior.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the phenomenon of the behavior is how it can change over the years within the same society, how certain behavior and attitudes once considered taboo can become perfectly acceptable and natural at another point in time. Topics such as death, for example, were once considered so upsetting and unpleasant that it was a taboo to even talk about them. Now with the publication of important books such as On Death and Dying and Learning to Say Goodbye, people have become more aware of the importance of expressing feelings about death and, as a result, are more willing to talk about this taboo subject.
One of the newest taboos in nowadays society is the topic of fat. Unlike many other taboos, fat is a topic that people talk about constantly. It’s not taboo to talk about fat; it’s taboo to be fat. In the work world, most companies prefer youthful-looking, trim executives to sell their image as well as their products to the public. The thin look is associated with youth, vigor and success. The fat person, on the other hand, is thought of as lazy and lacking in energy, self-respect. After all, people think, how can people who care about themselves, and therefore the way they look, permit themselves to become fat? In an image-conscious society, thin is “in”, fat is “out”. 【題組】46.
According to the passage, we can infer that taboo is __________.
(A) a crime committed on impulse
(B) a behavior considered unacceptable by the public
(C) a strong desire to do something strange or terrible
(D) an unfavorable impression left on other people
22.【題組】47.Which of the following statements is TRUE according to the passage？
(A) People are quite ignorant of the importance of expressing feelings about death today.
(B) It is taboo to talk about fat.
(C) Fat is a topic that people talk about very little.
(D) The topic of fat is different from many other taboo subjects.
23.【題組】48.Based on the ideas presented in the passage we can conclude that, in nowadays society, “being fat” __________.
(A) is associated with youth, vigor and success
(B) will always remain a taboo
(C) may no longer be a taboo someday
(D) is not considered a taboo by most people
24.【題組】49.The expression that thin is “in” and fat is “out” probably means __________.
(A) thin is “inside” and fat is “outside”
(B) thin is “diligent” and fat is “lazy”
(C) thin is “spiritless” and fat is “vigorous”
(D) thin is “fashionable” and fat is “unfashionable”
25.【題組】50.In the last sentence of the passage, the phrase “image-conscious society” can be replaced by __________.
(A) very imaginative society with nice appearance
(B) the society in which image has been attached importance to
(C) fast-developing society which is built on a clear image
(D) the society whose image has been ruined because of money