2.32 Mother Teresa_____ her life_____ aiding the sick and the homeless. Her selfless love has been highly praised by the world (A)regarded . . . as (B)released . . . from (C)transformed . . . into (D)devoted . . . to
9.The history of electronic mailing goes all the way back to 1969 when a professor at UCLA sent the first message via computer to a colleague at Stanford. The computer which sent the first message actually crashed right after the message was sent, but the message did reach its _____39_____ at Stanford. E-mail was born.
Today, e-mail _____40_____ communication. In 2002, the Internet provider AOL alone reported handling over 42 million e-mails each day. When the number of e-mails worldwide is _____41_____ to the number of pieces of mail sent each day, you will find that e-mail usage is more than seven times higher than “snail mail” usage. It is not hard to imagine why this is the case since the cost of sending postcards and letters is much higher, _____42_____ the fact that e-mail is more convenient than having to visit your mailbox or local post office. E-mail messages also beat postal delivery time hands down. _____43_____ an international letter might take a week or more for delivery, an e-mail can be sent and responded to the same day. 【題組】*39 (A)adoption (B)summit (C)reception (D)destination
14.44 Harry: Hey, John, you know what? Mike said he spent five days walking across America.John: Do you believe it?_____ I don’t believe it at all (A)It’s the last straw that breaks the camel’s back. (B)What a close call! (C)It is but a tall tale. (D)Don’t you think it’s a piece of cake?
15.45 Paul: It’s wonderful to see you here, John, but I’ve lots of work to do. I’d better run.John: _____ We really should get together sometime.Paul: Sure. See you soon. I’ll call you.John: OK. Bye (A)Nice seeing you again, too. (B)Please go ahead. (C)You deserve it. (D)That’s fantastic.
16.Do you have trouble picking out a friend’s face among a group of people? There’s a name for your condition: prosopagnosia, or face blindness. The disorder was thought to be exceedingly rare and mainly a result of brain injury. But last month a team of German researchers took the first stab at charting its prevalence, and the results were remarkable. The new study showed that prosopagnosia is highly heritable and surprisingly common, afflicting, in some form, about 1 in 50 people—more than 5 million in the US alone. “That’s huge,” says Dr. Thomas Grüter of the Institute of Human Genetics in Münster. “It was a real surprise.”
Within that group of sufferers, however, the condition varies widely. For the vast majority, the problem is not so much about detecting a face—prosopagnosics can see eyes, noses, and mouths as clearly as anyone else—as it is about recognizing the same set of features when seeing them again. While mild prosopagnosics can train themselves to memorize a limited number of faces, others grapple with identifying family members and, in extreme cases, their own faces. Gaylen Howard, 40, a homemaker in Boulder, Colo., says that when she’s standing in front of a mirror in a crowded restroom, she makes a funny face so that, as she puts it, “I can tell which one is me.”
Most prosopagnosics learn to cope early on. They distinguish people based on cues like hairstyle, voice, or body shape. They shun places where they could unexpectedly run into someone they know. They pretend to be lost in thought while walking down the street. They act friendly to everyone—or to no one. In short, they become expert at masking their dysfunction. “This is probably why the disorder went unnoticed for so long,” says Gruter. 【題組】*46 What is “prosopagnosia?” (A)A difficulty in recognizing a face seen before. (B)A failure to detect a face that one has never seen. (C)A disability to distinguish one facial expression from another. (D)A blindness that makes people unable to see others’ faces.
17.【題組】47 According to the passage, which of the following is true about prosopagnosia? (A)It is exceedingly rare. (B)It affects around one in fifty people. (C)It is mainly caused by injury in the brains. (D)It is unlikely to be passed down to one’s children.
18.【題組】48 Which of the following statements is NOT true? (A)The condition of people suffering from prosopagnosia varies greatly. (B)Most prosopagnosics fail to deal with the disorder throughout their lives. (C)A group of German scientists were the first to study the prevalence of prosopagnosia. (D)Some sufferers of prosopagnosia may not be able to identify their family members.
20.【題組】50 What does the sentence “They act friendly to everyone—or to no one” in the last paragraph mean? (A)They try to please everybody by being nice to them. (B)They pretend to like everyone but actually like no one. (C)They attempt to conceal their problem by treating everyone in the same way. (D)They seek comfort in making friends with everyone they don’t know.