Since MacArthur and Wilson published their theory about how island species become extinct, people have become used to “facts” such as the extinction of as many as 100,000 species per year. People worry that we are 【21】 the world’s natural resources and the Earth will no longer be able to support all the people on it. A popular advertisement talks about the plants in the Amazon region. It says these plants may contain a new cure for a disease, and they may be lost if the area is not 【22】. But exactly how many species die each year? Do we believe “facts” about high numbers because they seem like they are correct or because we have actually 【23】 them? Predictions of animal, bird, insect and plant extinctions are 【24】 the idea that when one plant or animal disappears, many others follow. If, for example, a plant is lost because we build a city or a road where there was once a jungle, the insect that 【25】 the plant also dies. Then the bird that eats the insect dies and so on. All in all, the world is becoming a worse place as we destroy our natural resource. 【題組】21.三、克漏字測驗【請依照段落上下文意，選出最適當的答案】
(A) used out of
(B) used up
(C) using up
(D) run out of
On TV and in newspapers, you often see dramatic protests. Sometimes these are 【26】 anti-globalization protests, especially at meetings of the IMF, the World Bank, the WTO or other large organizations. Modern activism is built around the idea that capitalism has 【27】. People feel that in search of profits, companies are robbing the world 【28】 the poor. Activists think that protests have become the only way to stop these companies, as companies control both politicians and international organizations. These protests, with hundreds or even thousands of people, seem like a classic conflict between hero underdogs and villain capitalists. But it’s actually more complicated. Most anti-globalization activists are probably 【29】, that is, they think they are doing the right thing for the right reasons, but this does not mean they are always right. They generally see big business, governments, and international agencies working together for the 【30】 of each other by cheating the poor. This might well be true. But at the same time, the protesters often ignore the good work that these groups do.
(A) in the form of
(B) as a wayof
(C) such as
(D) under the ground of
A: Do you have a pet dog or cat?
B: No. I like pets, but I am allergic to them.
(A) Can you take care of my cat while I am away?
(B) So, can I give my cat to you? I am tired of raising a cat.
(C) That’s too bad. Pets can be our good friends.
(D) Do you feed them everyday?
32.32.A: Do you think you usually eat healthy food?
B: I am not sure, but I take Vitamin supplements everyday and I think that’s very good.
(A) You are so smart.
(B) Be ware of that large amounts of some vitamins can cause disease.
(C) That’s a good idea and you should take as much as you can.
(D) Vitamin supplements are more expensive than vegetables.
33.33.A: Where have you been? I have been looking for you.
B: I have been busy working on my paper, which is due tomorrow. Is there anything you want to talk to me?
(A) I have been at home all day long.
(B) I have been in my English class.
(C) What’s up?
(D) Forget it. Actually, I am going to ask a favor of you.
34.34.A: Look at the shirt I just bought. It is beautiful, isn’t it?
B: How much did it cost you?
(A) It is quite stylish.
(B) I paid fifteen dollars.
(C) I like it because of the color.
(D) Not too bad. It’s on sale now.
35.35.A: According to the weather forecast, it is going to rain tomorrow.
B: That’s too bad. We are going on a picnic tomorrow.
(A) Good for you.
(B) Unfortunately, I cannot go with you.
(C) I think you’d better put off your plan.
(D) That’s a good idea.
36.36.A: Have you heard about “language exchange”?
B: Yes. It is quite common on the campus. Why?
(A) Because you are busy studying.
(B) Because it is not quite effective.
(C) Because you won’t believe that.
(D) Because I am thinking about having language exchanges with a native English speaker.
37.37.A: Do you always plan ahead before you going on a business trip?
B: Of course. I always have everything well-organized before going on a business trip.
(A) What do you know about a business trip?
(B) How do you usually get started to plan your business trips?
(C) Do you go abroad very often?
(D) What do you like to do on your business trip?
38.38.A: Have you gone to the Taipei Zoo to see the pandas?
B. I’d like to but I didn’t get a chance to go.
(A) You might want to see the pandas.
(B) Pandas are cute.
(C) These pandas came a long way from Australia.
(D) How about let’s go to the Taipei Zoo together this coming Sunday?
39.39.A: I have to go to an ATM to withdraw some money.
B: There is one near the post office.
(A) I have to mail a letter.
(B) Which one of the ATMs should I choose?
(C) Can I withdraw money from an ATM?
(D) Unfortunately, I just noticed that I forgot to bring my bank card with me.
40.40.A: I plan to take TOEIC before I graduate from college.
B: Why? I know you are not quite interested in learning English.
(A) My English is not good enough.
(B) I don’t like English very much.
(C) TOEIC is an English proficiency test.
(D) Students in our school are required to pass TOEIC before they can graduate.
Does money make people happier? Studies show that it does.when people at the poverty level are suddenly paid more. Other studies also show that people who lose the money they are used to having become very unhappy. But the most important thing seems to be that people are happiest when they make more than other people. Perhaps one secret of happiness is just to think about people who don’t have as much money as you. Sadly, however, the opposite is also true. When you compare yourself to friends and neighbors who have greater incomes, you may become unhappy.
People in poverty need enough food to be healthy but what happens when people suddenly become prosperous? This is the case in China right now where people have become wealthy, but can only have one child. The result is an army of “little emperors”: fat, spoiled children. A child measures happiness in love, not food, and there’s nothing good about over-feeding a child.
Richard Layard, director of the London School of Economics, says, “The six key factors now scientifically established to affect happiness most are: mental health, satisfying and secure work, a secure and loving private life, a safe community, freedom, and moral values.” It is quite interesting that only one of these has to do with making money. People who realize this think that it is better to be paid in something other than money, for example: time.
Many people are now starting to take time off in different ways. Rather than saving up their vacations for a rushed trip once a year, people are taking a day or so here and there to have smaller, quieter vacations. In some cases, people are going in the other direction and taking vacations of several months or even a year. On these vacations, they might volunteer in another country or learn a new skill like a foreign language__________. (from Read and Think: A reading Strategies Course)
What might be the best title for this article?
(A) Go volunteering
(B) Money isn’t everything
(C) Happiness isn’t everything
(D) Factors to affect happiness
42.【題組】42.According to Layard’s study, which one of the following is NOT included in the six key factors to affect happiness most?
(A) mental health
(C) having a lot of money
(D) satisfying and secure work
43.【題組】43.The author suggests that one secret of happiness is __________.
(A) to think about people who don’t have as much money as you
(B) to compare yourself to friends and neighbors who have greater incomes
(C) to volunteer in another country
(D) to learn a foreign language
47.47.If an invitation is open to the public, what might be the common way that a company do to handle the task?
(A) Sending out an email
(B) Writing an informal invitation
(C) Sending out an invitation card to everyone
(D) Employing an advertising or public relations company
48.48.What does “RSVP” stand for in a formal invitation?
(A) It has no meaning.
(B) It’s a French acronym, meaning “Please reply.”
(C) It’s the place where the party will be held.
(D) It’s the time when the party will be held.
49.49.According to the essay, business invitations fall into the following two categories:
(A) formal and informal
(B) email and invitation paper
(C) handwritten and printed
(D) the public and a selected group of people