So you’re thinking about buying a robotic vacuum to free up your time and help with the household
chores. While that’s a great idea, there are a few choices of models, a wide range of prices, and special
41 . Learning more about robot vacuums and understanding 42 limitations and capabilities
will help you make a wise purchase. Also keep in mind that technologies are 43 changing and newer
models will have advanced features compared with older robot vacuums. First of all, decide 44 a price
range. Special features do influence the price. Models differ in time they need to charge and how long they
can clean when 45 . Just how much power these robots have is not usually stated, so check the unit over
to ensure that you’re satisfied with the charging capacity.
【題組】41. (A) considered (B) to consider (C) into consideration (D) considerately
Zentangle is known as a way to create structured designs through drawing various patterns. Sometimes
mistakenly called “Zendoodling” or “tangle doodling,” Zentangling is actually a formalized process that defines
itself as something other than mere doodling. Rick Roberts and Mary Thomas are the originators of the
trademarked Zentangle method. Basically, it is a specific way to draw images, most often in black pen on white
paper. Zentangle has become an international phenomenon that now has applications in stress reduction,
education, therapy and even motivational training.
Zentangle itself may be relatively new, but the basic principles involved are as old as the history of art. It
includes ritual, which is a core practice in ancient and contemporary arts. It also mirrors the symbols, designs and
patterns of numerous cultures, such as Mayan, Maori, Celtic, and American Indian, from ancient through present
times. And like “doodling,” it is based on a human behavior in which one refrains from planning and allows lines
and shapes to unintentionally emerge.
There are numerous books on the formal method of Zentangle that will help you get started. These books
provide numerous designs and show you how to create various patterns, step-by-step. Or simply search the
Internet to find instructions and inspiration for designs—then make up your own once you have practiced a few
patterns. You really only need a few materials to create your designs: a pencil used to mark out guidelines and to
shade areas of designs, a black pen, and heavy white drawing paper. The traditional practice of Zentangling uses
3 ½ inch square tiles made of special paper. But you can cut your own choice of paper into squares or completely
break the rules, and tangle on whatever type of paper you want to.
Why am I interested in Zentangle? While the process may look intricate, it is a deceptively simple pathway
to relaxation and inner focus. In fact, proponents of the practice note that it has multiple benefits including
calming an anxious mind, increasing self-confidence, and cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in a similar
way as mindfulness meditation.
【題組】46. What is the main purpose of the passage?
(A) To inform people of the basics of Zentangle.
(B) To compare Zentangle with other forms of art.
(C) To propose possible ways for revolutionizing Zentangle.
(D) To persuade art educators that Zentangle should be taught.
22.【題組】47. According to the passage, which of the following is true about “doodling”?
(A) It requires strong motivation.
(B) It is derived from four ancient cultures.
(C) Certain religious rituals could help people doodle better.
(D) You do not know what the end result would be like when you start.
23.【題組】48. Based on the passage, in which of the following areas can Zentangle be applied?
(A) Traditional architecture. (B) The training of professional artists.
(C) Stress management and personal well-being. (D) The research and development of artistic design.
25.【題組】50. Which of the following statements is true about Zentangle?
(A) It can be dated back to ancient Maya. (B) You can find the know-how quite easily.
(C) When you are anxious, do not try Zentangle. (D) Patterns drawn have to be parallel and show mirror images