1.1.As time goes by, the old man has _____ some great amount of wealth. He often says the happiest thing in the world is to see his savings grow larger and larger.
(A) diminished (B) accumulated (C) distracted (D) crumbled
2.2.To my amazement, I found a(n) _____ letter lying in the middle of my office desk. In fact, the person in the letter referred to himself as a secret admirer.
(A) compatible (B) ethnic (C) dispensable (D) anonymous
3.3. The weather has been _____ this year. Even an experienced weatherman often fails to give an accurate weather forecast due to extreme weather patterns.
(A) bizarre (B) conscientious (C) dubious (D) feasible
4.4. Some _____ in the accident are so badly hurt that they must receive surgery
immediately while others only need nurses to take care of their wounds.
(A) catastrophes (B) casualties (C) certainties (D) cavities
6.6. Though he _____ all his time to making films, all his efforts seemed to be in vain as none of his films had ever received positive feedback form the viewers.
(A) dedicated (B) compiled (C) eroded (D) disgraced
7.7. In many poor countries, children are still being ____ and forced into labor. Their pay is extremely low yet their working hours are very long.
(A) accommodated (B)characterized (C) exploited (D) consumed
8.8. The local government is trying every way to preserve the ancient town’s cultural_____ not only for visitors but also for future generations to admire.
(A) analogy (B) boredom (C) captivity (D) heritage
9.9. I was impressed with the _____ artistic design of the new museum with a
combination of Chinese tradition and Western modernity.
(A) abundantly (B) bureaucratically (C) collectively (D) innovatively
10.10. After the assassination of Martin Luther King, black leaders became more _____ because they started to believe that armed forces were unavoidably necessary.
(A) metaphorical (B) militant (C) metropolitan (D) missionary
13.13.Indian poachers are making quick work of the tiger population because there is a _____ market for tiger bones, traditionally prized for their healing and aphrodisiac qualities, and tiger skins.
(A) prosperity (B) specialist (C) robust (D) stock
14.14. _____ have been raised that someday the West may trade its dependence on oil from the Mideast for a reliance on solar panels, wind turbines made in China.
(A) Provisions (B) Products (C) Projects (D) Prospects
21.Reading Comprehension—read the article and choose one proper answer
to each question. (5%)
I’m Bill Bryson, an American travel writer. Here’s my tip of the week. Don’t make jokes in America. Even in experienced hands, a joke can be a dangerous thing. I came to this conclusion recently while passing through Customs and Immigration at Logan airport in Boston.
As I approached the last immigration official, he said to me, “Any fruit or vegetables?”
I considered for a moment. “Sure, why not?” I said. “I’ll have four pounds of potatoes and some mangoes, if they’re fresh.”
Instantly, I could see that I had misjudged my audience. He looked at me with one of those slow, dark expressions that you never want to see in a uniformed official, but especially in a US Customs and Immigration officer.
Luckily he appeared to conclude that I was just incredibly stupid. “Sir,” he enquired more specifically, “are you carrying any items of fruit or vegetable?”
“No, sir, I am not,” I answered at once, and gave him the most respectful look I believe I have ever given anybody in my life. I left him shaking his head. I am sure that for the rest of his career he will always be telling people about the idiot who thought he was a greengrocer.
The same thing happened another time when I was talking to my neighbor about a terrible airline trip which had left me stranded overnight in Denver. “Who did you fly with?” he asked.
“I don’t know,” I replied. “They were all strangers.” He looked at me with an expression ofpanic.
“No, I meant which airline did you fly with,” he said. Soon after this my wife ordered me to stop making jokes with him, as our conversation were giving him migraine.
It isn’t that there are no people with an active sense of humor in America. It’s just that there are fewer of them.
A few weeks ago, I arrived at our local airport and approached a cab for a ride home.“Are you free?” I innocently asked the driver.
He looked at me with an expression I recognized at once—the look of someone who can see the chance of a joke. “No,” he said. “I charge like everyone else.” I could almost have hugged him.
47. Which one of the following might be the best topic for the article?
(A) A Trip to the USA (B) Sense of Humor Failure
(C) Misunderstandings among Friends (D) Simile and Metaphor
22.【題組】48. Why did the customs official shake his head?
(A) He understood the writer’s humor.
(B) He was happy to be a greengrocer.
(C) He thought he had just met an incredibly stupid person.
(D) He didn’t have any fresh fruit and vegetables to sell.
23.【題組】49. Why do you think the writer gave the official a very “respectful” look?
(A) Because the official was bright with happiness.
(B) Because the official had bought him some fruit and vegetables.
(C) Because the official would help him get on the plane.
(D) Because the official did not have an active sense of humor.
24.【題組】50. Which of the following word best describes the writer’s neighbor’s feeling when they were talking about the writer’s disastrous airline trip?
(A) Useless (B) Fearful
(C) Negative (D) Confused
25.【題組】51. Why did the writer feel like hugging the taxi driver?
(A) Because he had found someone understanding his sense of humor.
(B) Because he could take a free ride home.
(C) Because the misunderstandings between them were cleared up.
(D) Because he was the person he had ever flown with.