13.38. Parents should only allow young children to have ___________ snacks throughout the day in order to
prevent them from spoiling their appetite.
(A) consistent (B) occasional (C) flexible (D) harsh
18.43. When people ask Cathy what is her favorite type of food, she can’t decide because she likes to eat a
__________ of food from different places.
(A) celebration (B) variety (C) concept (D) impression
22.The American family is changing very quickly, right in front of our eyes, and these changes are
often controversial for many people.
One of the most important changes researchers have discovered in the last fifty years or so is that
fewer Americans are married. According to research from Washington D.C., from 1960 to 2008, the
percentage of married adults in America has declined from 72% to 52%.
One reason for this decline might be because there is an increase in the different types of
families. A traditional American family, or nuclear family, consists of a mother, a father, and one or two
children. However, nowadays, there can be many kinds of people raising children, such as single parents,
grandparents, and even homosexual parents.
While many Americans have no problem with single parent families as long as the parent has
enough time and money to raise a child, others think that children still need two parents in order to have
a normal childhood. An even more controversial topic is homosexual families, or gay families. On the
one hand, some believe that children need both a mother and a father. On the other hand, others think that
it doesn’t matter if a child has two fathers or two mothers, as long as the parents love their children.
The fact is that American families are changing rapidly. As these new American families appear, we
will also surely see changes in the way people feel about them, good or bad.
【題組】47. The passage is mainly about __________.
(A) different types of family problems
(B) gay marriage
(C) new types of American families
(D) advice to new parents
23.【題組】48. According to the passage, all of the following are examples of new types of American families except
(A) nuclear families
(B) single parent families
(C) families with grandparents raising children
(D) homosexual families
24.【題組】49. The word “controversial” in the first and fourth paragraph most likely means __________?
(A) something that is new
(B) something that is not allowed
(C) something that is common
(D) something that many people disagree with each other on