1.Simon goes through the same_____ whenever he makes a mistake.First he says he didn’t do it, and then he tries to blame it on someone else
(A) destination (B) speculation (C) loophole (D) routine
2.The avian flu is highly____, so be sure to wear a mask when you go out.
(A)contaminated (B) contagious (C) influential (D) recommended
3.I want to join the club, but its_____fee is so high that I can’t afford it
(A)attention (B) anticipation (C) adaptation (D) membership
4.If we impose a heavy_____on littering, no one will dare to throw away their garbage at will.
(A) charity (B) obstacle (C) reputation (D) penalty
5.The fans were very disappointed when they learned that the outdoor concert was____due to the coming typhoon.
(A) repeated (B) failed (C) canceled (D) closed
6.The government has decided to take a series of measures to help____the wildlife native to our land.
(A) conceal (B) conceive (C) condemn (D) conserve
7.If our insurance agency does not improve the way our complaints are dealt with, we will seriously consider____their contract and finding a more reliable service carrier.
(A) illuminating (B) discriminating (C) nominating (D) terminating
8.Pizza _____ came from Italy. Italian immigrants brought this food to the United States in the 1890s.
(A) deliciously (B) gradually (C) originally (D) eventually
9.The Mexican woman who was denied the job opportunity was believed to be a victim of_____against both her race and gender.
(A) temptation (B) stimulation (C) resolution (D) discrimination
10.Thousands of workers were laid off in the economic____of the early 1980s.
(A) recession (B) evolution (C) compensation (D) recovery
11.After______the project, he decided to publish it as soon as possible.
(A) complete (B) having completed (C) being completed (D) to complete
12.When we discuss contrasting economic systems and principles, we often compare socialism with capitalism. In a capitalistic economy, most businesses are privately owned. Both owners and workers are motivated by profit. In early capitalist countries, the government had little control over private business affairs. This led to problems regarding workplace safety, worker pay, and the environment. In modern capitalist countries, government regulations put many restrictions on business owners.
Capitalist economies have traditionally created major class divisions between the rich and the poor. Socialism aims to eliminate these divisions, although no socialist state has been entirely successful in reaching this goal. In a socialist economy, ownership of capital and distribution of wealth are managed by a centralized government. This is a difficult task because of the sheer amount of work involved in managing an entire economic machine. If a government can provide each citizen with basic necessities, it has achieved its most fundamental task. 【題組】42 What is this passage mainly about?
(A) The dangers of capitalist systems and free markets.
(B) The comparison between two dominant economic systems.
(C) The efficiency of the government to run an entire economic system.
(D) The government’s law to regulate business owners.
13.【題組】43 Which problem below did NOT exist in early capitalist countries?
(A) Industrial injuries.
(B) Low wages for workers.
(C) Environmental pollution.
(D) Strict government restrictions.
14.【題組】44 In which economic system is the government most powerful?
(A) Early capitalism. (B) Modern capitalism. (C) Socialism. (D) Feudalism.
15.【題組】45 According to the passage, which of the following statements is true?
(A) Early capitalist governments care most about social justice and people’s welfare.
(B) No business in the socialist country is managed by the government.
(C) Making money is the driving force of capitalist employers and employees.
(D) Most socialist countries have eliminated the class divisions in society.
16.On the night of April 14, 1912, the Titanic steamed at a high speed into an ice field in the North Atlantic. The sea
was calm and its surface was covered with heavy fog. At 11:40 p.m. a lookout suddenly spotted an iceberg dead ahead.
The ship turned sharply and, as it scraped by, was opened up like a tin can with a gash below the water line three hundred
feet long. The captain determined that they were going to sink fast and at 12:15 a.m. ordered his wireless operator to send
the distress call. Within a few minutes the airwaves were rippling with signals as over a dozen ships became aware of the
disaster. At 1: 20 a.m. the world began to get news of the tragedy.
Because of the Titanic tragedy, people came to realize the magical power of wireless telegraphy. The New York
Times commented, “Through the roar of the big city there are constantly speeding messages between people separated by
vast distances, and that over housetops and even through the walls of buildings and in the very air one breathes are words
written by electricity.” An officer of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company also praised the wireless
communication that made it possible to follow the rescue. Without wireless technology, the Titanic tragedy would have
been a different story. 【題組】
46 What is this passage mainly about?
(A) The Titanic tragedy.
(B) The rescue after the shipwreck.
(C) The magic of wireless telegraphy
. (D) The Titanic’s voyage in the North Atlantic.
47 How long did it take for the world to know the news of the shipwreck after the captain sent out the message?
(A) 100 minutes. (B) 85 minutes. (C) 65 minutes. (D) 35 minutes.
48 In this article, what does “words written by electricity” mean?
(A) Television signals.
(B) Wireless messages.
(C) The communication through phone lines.
(D) Text messages through mobile phones.
49 According to this passage, what’s the direct cause of the sinking of the Titanic?
(A) The ship’s high speed.
(B) The low temperature.
(C) The iceberg.
(D) The fog.
50 Which of the following statements is true?
(A) With wireless telegraphy, people in different places can communicate easily.
(B) People in New York received the news of the Titanic tragedy first.
(C) The other ships near the Titanic didn’t have wireless technology.
(D) Wireless messages can be disrupted by walls in the big city.