3.3. Mutual funds came into our country in recent years. This financial product was developed for those who do not have enough time, money and ________ knowledge to invest.
19.19. Michelle would certainly have attended advisory board meeting ________ on the highway.
(A)if she didn’t get a flat tire
(B)had she not a flat tire
(C)had she not had a flat tire
(D)should she have not a flat tire
20.20. A study shows that intelligence accounts for only 20 percent of the factors that determine success, ________ EQ playing an important role in the remaining 80 percent.
31.Globalization has broken geographical and national boundaries between countries. Our world is 31 and we are living in a global village. 32 more and more frequency, people travel around, and they find it necessary to communicate with people from different parts of the world in a common language. Since English is the most widely used language, it will 33 become a world language. 34 some studies, a large percentage of the latest information in all fields of knowledge is first published in English. That’s why our government has decided to have the fifth graders in primary school start learning English. It is believed that, children proficient in English gain an 35 over others with poor English competence in the competitive world. As our country joins WTO and becomes globalized, proficiency in English is undoubtedly an indispensable means to give us an edge over others.
31. (A) coming (B) shrinking (C) moving (D) learning
36.Telephone, television, fax and computer network all help people communicate with each other. Because of these devices, ideas and news of events 36 quickly all over the world. 37 , within seconds, people can know the results of an election in Taiwan or Argentina. An international soccer match comes into the home of everyone 38 a television set. Thanks to modem technology like the four thousand 39 that circle the world, information travels fast. For many people, the world has become smaller than it 40 in the past, when communication between continents was much more difficult. Now the possibility of contact between cultures has become far greater than ever before.
【題組】36. (A) expand (B) spread (C) distribute (D) inform
When it was published in 1973，E.F. Schumacher’s book, Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, made a lot of people think about the ways we make money, and what we use it for. Here is a quote taken from the book:
“A modem economist is used to measuring the ‘standard of living，by the amount of annual consumption, assuming all the time that a man who consumes more is ‘better off’ than a man who consumes less. A Buddhist economist would consider this approach excessively irrational: since consumption is merely a means to human well-being, the aim should be to obtain the maximum of well-being with the minimum of consumption. ... The less toil there is, the more time and strength is left for artistic creativity. Modem economics, on the other hand, considers consumption to be the sole end and purpose of all economic activity.”
The quote makes sense to a lot of people who are tired of always working harder to buy things that don’t really make them feel a lot better. What do people really want, and what do they really need? Suppose someone decides that a bigger or better television would make life more enjoyable. Perhaps. But what does the person have to pay for that TV? It’s not just the money; it’s the lost hours spent earning that money.
In any case, a family decides to buy a big television for the living room. But then the parents decide that they want a second television for their bedroom. What happens? They all can’t watch both televisions at the same time. Perhaps one person in the family watches the one in the bedroom, while someone else watches the one in the living room. But then they are missing out on the happiness of being together as a family. There are lots of things we do that don’t really improve our lives.
【題組】41. What is the author’s purpose in writing the passage?
(A) To suggest some good ways to make more money and use it.
(B) To explain the relationship between consumption and economics.
(C) To inform the reader about the real significance of well-being.
(D) To discuss why a family decides to buy another television set.
42.【題組】42. Which of the following statements about Schumacher’s book is NOT true?
(A) Consumption is the only way to get a sense of well-being to a Buddhist economist.
(B) It is usually believed that the more money a person spends every year, the wealthier he / she is.
(C) A Buddhist economist is more concerned about spiritual well-being than material satisfaction.
(D) Modern economists hold that the standard of living is closely related to annual consumption.
44.【題組】44. According to this article, what may a Buddhist economist encourage people to do?
(A) To work harder in order to buy a bigger and better TV set.
(B) To devote more time and strength to boost the global economy.
(C) To spend more time and energy in artistic activities.
(D) To live up to what most modem economists have stated.
45.【題組】45. According to the author of the passage, buying more than one TV_____.
(A) is necessary for a family to enjoy more happy hours
(B) may lose the opportunity of sharing happy time with family members
(C) is helpful for avoiding any possible fight about watching TV
(D) is an unavoidable trend for most modem families
46.In 1983，Cyndi Lauper reached the top of the charts with her hit song ”Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” These days, the same could be said for millions of men and women in their 20s, 30s, and even 40s. These so-called “kidults” dress and behave like children. Refusing to grow up, they often live with their parents, play video games, and watch cartoons. Observers point to positive and negative ramifications of the trend, which is all about having fun and avoiding, at all costs, the “R” word: Responsibility.
The word “kidult” is a combination of “kid” and “adult.” Kidults often live with their parents long after finishing high school and college. It，s a fast-growing trend. In 1970，only 11% of American 26-year-olds lived with their parents, but by 2005，that figure had grown to 20%. Likewise, people are getting married and having children later. In Ireland, for instance, the average marriage age rose from 30.7 in 2000 to 32.6 in 2005.
Facts like these have led some observers to suggest that people are growing up later and later. Rather than finding a steady job, getting married, and taking out a mortgage, many people are opting for a different path. They9re staying put, taking whatever work comes along, and devoting their disposable income to having a good time.
Though we can’t stop time, the maturation process does seem to be slowing down. As daily life becomes more complex, it’s taking people longer to learn to live independently, so the traditional idea that adulthood starts at 18 may soon be a thing of the past. That holds true for countries as diverse as Japan, Germany, and Canada. So, to all those adults with Hello Kitty T-shirts and toy robots, take heart. You，ve got plenty of company.
【題組】46. What is the main idea of the passage?
(A) Many adults still live a lifestyle associated with childhood.
(B) Companies have found numerous ways to market to kidults.
(C) More and more adult Americans are living with their peers.
(D) Nobody wants to accept responsibility or work hard.
48.【題組】48. Why are people taking longer to grow up?
(A) Parents don’t want their children to move out.
(B) Daily life is full of impossible challenges.
(C) Traditions are changing in very few countries.
(D) The world is becoming more complicated.
49.【題組】49. Which of the following statements about kidults is NOT true?
(A) They are working hard to buy their own homes.
(B) They are not pressured to get married as soon as possible.
(C) They are used to living with their parents.
(D) They are more interested in enjoying life.
50.【題組】50. According to this passage, what problems might kidults have?
(A) Running out of things to purchase.
(B) Difficulties with developing social skills.
(C) Not learning how to avoid responsibility.
(D) Being heavily pressured to mature.