1.31 Geniuses don’t follow what they are taught. They often come up with ____________ideas.
(A)unconventional (B)uncomfortable (C)unconscious (D)unconditional
2.32 When traveling in the mountains, we had better carry a ____________ with us; otherwise, it is very likely that we will get lost.
(A)bandage (B)tent (C)compass (D)cord
3.33 The city government met with strong ____________ from residents about its proposal to build a nuclear plant in this area. In the end, the government had to drop the plan.
(A)recreation (B)reliance (C)resignation (D)resistance
4.34 The ________ sale will start tomorrow because this department store is going out of business.
(A)delegation (B)inflation (C)clearance (D)budget
5.35 Rock climbing can be an exciting but __________ sport, so it’s important to be careful.
(A)dangerous (B)energetic (C)inferior (D)mysterious
6.36 It required a big effort to make the house __________. The heating system had to be replaced, several windows repaired, and one bathroom rebuilt.
(A)habitable (B)hospitable (C)inevitable (D)imaginative
7.37 During wartime, people often suffer terrible _________, such as not enough food or fuel to keep them warm.
(A)hardship (B)leadership (C)partnership (D)relationship
8.38 Ken: I’m going to study in the library for several hours tonight.
Ken: Around 9:00 p.m. If anyone calls, take a message for me. Would you?
(A)Which library will you go? (B)Where are you going?
(C)What are you going to study? (D)When will you return home?
9.39 Peter: Would you like to stay in the Capsule Inn in Japan?
Jerry:__________ I think it would be very uncomfortable.
Peter: But it sounds like a fantastic experience.
(A)For fun! (B)By all means! (C)No way! (D)In no time!
10.40 Amy: I’m frustrated. I failed my math test.
Anne: ___________ This is not the end of the world.
Amy: Thank you.
(A)You can count on it. (B)You deserve it. (C)Get out! (D)Cheer up!
11.Nanotechnology is moving closer to our daily life. Researchers from the University of New South Wales, Australia, are developing a coating that may make cleaning bathrooms _____41_____ of a chore. The leading researchers, Professors Rose Amal and Michael Brungs, are hoping to apply a tiny coating of titanium dioxide to keep the toilets clean. Currently titanium dioxide is being used on outdoor items _____42_____ self-cleaning windows.
To further keep the bathroom clean, nanoparticles kill the germs and remove organic compounds. _____43_____ , the coating prevents liquid droplets from forming on the surface. It makes the liquid run off, _____44_____ the toilet in the process.
Exciting as this research project is, at this time it is currently only in development. The researchers _____45_____ it will take about a year before it can be seen on the market. It would certainly be great to have a clean bathroom that would clean itself.
【題組】41. (A)hardly (B)never (C)anymore (D)less
16.The tower of Pisa is the bell tower of the cathedral of Pisa in Tuscany, Italy. It leans because when the building was half completed, the soil under one half of the circular structure began to subside and the tower tipped.
Work on the tower was begun in 1173, but was discontinued for a century after the subsidence. However, in 1275, architects devised a plan to compensate for the tilt. Two stories, the third and the fifth, were built out of line with the others and closer to the vertical in an effort to alter the tower’s center of gravity.
But the leaning has continued to increase gradually throughout the centuries. Pumping to keep water away from the surrounding ground and the injection of cement grout into the foundations and the surrounding subsoil have been tried in recent years, but without success.
The tower, which is one of the most unusual in existence, is Romanesque in style and made of white marble. It is cylindrical in shape and has eight stories.
The tilt is about 17 feet, or more than five degrees, from the perpendicular. The tower continues to increase its tilt by about a quarter of an inch each year.
【題組】46 What is the main idea of this passage?
(A)Of all the tourist attractions in Italy, the tower of Pisa is undoubtedly the most popular.
(B)The collaboration of the Italian government and people has made the tower of Pisa become famous.
(C)The best way to study Italian culture is to visit the tower of Pisa.
(D)espite the effort over the past years, the tower of Pisa still keeps tipping.
17.【題組】47 According to the passage, which of the following is true about the tower of Pisa?
(A)It is made of cement. (B)It looks like a cylinder in appearance.
(C)It is a Gothic cathedral. (D)It is a five-story building.
18.【題組】48 In four years’ time, how many inches will the tower of Pisa increase its tilt?
(A)one (B)two (C)three (D)four
19.【題組】49 Which of the following words is closest in meaning to “subside” in paragraph 1?
(A)collapse (B)float (C)ascend (D)sink
20.【題組】50 Which of the following statements is NOT true about the tower of Pisa?
(A)Its construction began in the twelfth century.
(B)It was not until 1275 that a plan was put forward to solve the problem of its tilt.
(C)Substituting water for cement was adopted to prevent the tower from leaning further.
(D)The third and fifth floors were built out of line with the others.