16.Apples are the second most valuable fruit crop in the United States, after oranges. Autumn is a time when
fresh apples are everywhere. They are _____41_____ native to the country. Research shows that apples came from Central
Asia. But _____42_____ believed to have been grown in America since the early sixteen hundreds.
Washington State, in the Pacific Northwest, produces the country’s biggest apple crop. New York and
Michigan are also big _____43_____ . Among nations, China is the biggest grower, _____44_____ by the United States and Turkey.
This year, American growers expect to _____45_____ nearly four thousand five hundred million kilograms of apples.
That is a little less than last year’s record harvest. 【題組】41. (A) not (B) sure (C) just (D) yet
21.I lived and worked in the Far East for thirteen years. In my view, the Japanese are doing exactly what we’ve
asked them to do—selling us high-quality goods at reasonable prices. The Japanese succeed because they work
hard. They are well educated. They are committed to quality. And their government does not burden the
productive economy with unreasonable regulations and misguided tax policies. I’m sure it is tempting to bash
Japan in an election year, but America is starting to behave like the crybaby of the Western world. Not to be
outdone. Some Japanese politicians decided to retaliate. American workers are lazy and unproductive, they said.
Such comments are totally unrealistic. American workers—at least those I know in the petroleum industry—are
as good as any workers in the world. Remember, it was Americans who put out the hundreds of oil-well fires in
war-torn Kuwait. And we did it more quickly and efficiently than anyone dreamed possible.
【題組】46. According to the passage, which of the following is NOT included in the Japanese traits?
(D) well educated
23.【題組】48. According to the passage, what does the author seem to be dissatisfied with?
(A) Unfair comments about American workers by Japanese politicians
(B) US’s involvement in the Kuwait War
(C) American workers’ laziness and unproductiveness
(D) Japanese policies to ban US goods
24.【題組】49. According to the passage, which of the following statements is true?
(A) The author lived and worked in Kuwait for 13 years.
(B) Japanese goods are of high-quality at reasonable prices.
(C) Japanese politicians are better than their American counterparts.
(D) American workers learned a lot from Japanese workers about work ethics.