103 年 - 103 員級鐵路人員考試各類科-英文#16694
1.31 Friend A: Hey, bud. Long time no see!
Friend B: Hi, my friend. _____
Friend A: Not bad! I’m surviving pretty well.
(A) How time flies!
(B) How bad do you feel?
(C) How pretty the flower is!
(D) How’s everything going?
2.32 This button should be pushed only in case of ____. Do not touch it.
3.33 Autumn is the ____ season and you can see farmers working in the golden fields.
4.34 The girl decided to stay to keep her little brother ____ because he is afraid of being alone.
5.請回答第 35 題至第 38 題：
Vincent Van Gogh, one of the three great Post Impressionists, is regarded as the greatest Dutch painter after
Rembrandt. During his short ten-year painting career, he produced more than 800 oil paintings and 700 drawings, but he
sold only one of them in his lifetime.
At the early age of sixteen, Van Gogh started to learn art dealing and had worked in the Hague, London, and Paris
until 1876. Disliking art dealing, Van Gogh began to isolate himself and became a minister. But in 1880, he was
dismissed by his superiors and became poor. Then he began to draw. He understood the limitations of learning by
himself, so he went to Brussels to study drawing.
In 1881, he went to the Hague and produced his first masterpiece, The Potato Eaters, in 1885. He then attended an
art school in Belgium. Inspired by the paintings of Peter Paul Rubens at the school, he was soon off to Paris, where he
met Gauguin and found Impressionists like Camille Pissarro. Van Gogh established his personal style of painting during
his two years’ stay in Paris.
Tired of city life, Van Gogh left Paris and rented a house in Arles in the south of France. Gauguin joined him later in
October, but in a quarrel on Christmas Eve, Van Gogh cut off part of his own left ear. He was then kept in a psychiatric
hospital for one year. Then, he moved to the home of a physician-artist. But two months later, on July 27, 1890, he shot
himself and died.
【題組】35 What does the word “dismissed” in the second paragraph mean?
(A) Fired by one’s employers.
(B) Punished by the police.
(C) Laughed at by one’s peers.
(D) Robbed by some bad guys.
6.【題組】36 Why did Van Gogh cut off part of his left ear?
(A) Because he didn’t want to be sent to a psychiatric hospital.
(B) Because he had an angry argument with his friend.
(C) Because the busy city life exhausted his mind and body.
(D) Because he knew very well that he was going to die.
7.【題組】37 Which of the following statements is true?
(A) Van Gogh’s painting career lasted only for ten years.
(B) Regarding himself as a genius, Van Gogh never went to school to learn painting.
(C) Van Gogh created his personal style of painting when he was very young.
(D) When it comes to art dealing, Van Gogh was a professional.
8.【題組】38 What can be inferred from this passage?
(A) Van Gogh had become very popular before he died.
(B) Post Impressionists had the tendency of going insane.
(C) At Van Gogh’s time, Paris was the best place in the world to study drawing.
(D) The life of Van Gogh was full of misfortune and tragedy.
9.請回答第 39 題至第 41 題：
Helicopter parents are a new breed, a never-before seen group of overly involved, overly anxious parents. They 39__________
like helicopters over their children, monitoring their every move.
Taiwan is home to three million children between the ages of five and fourteen, and over one million preschoolers
and high school students. Their parents 40__________ an estimated population of six million, which averages 1.5 children per
couple. Born mostly between 1961 and 1976, these six million parents went through compulsory education or college
around the time when martial law was lifted, and were trained to see educational achievement as the 41__________ for all
success. For them, going to the top school means getting the top job.
(A) make up
(D) put down
12.請回答第 42 題至第 45 題：
In America, most people use a firm handshake, accompanied by direct eye contact, as the standard 42__________ .
Occasionally, among very good friends, women may briefly hug other women, and men may quickly kiss the cheek of a
woman. Males rarely hug one another, however. Occasionally, men may shake hands with the left hand 43__________ covering
the handshake or lightly gripping the forearm. This shows greater warmth and friendship.
Many people in the United States tend to stand just about one arm’s 44__________ away from each other while talking or
standing in public. This is called “the comfort zone.”
Many American women still enjoy having men open doors for them, help them get seated, and give up their seats in
public transportation. 45__________ increasing emphasis on equality between the sexes, however, there are some women who
object to this type of behavior.
16.請回答第 46 題至第 50 題：
I think that being adopted is a lot like being left-handed. You just don’t notice it unless someone else points it out. I
was constantly hearing the comment, “Jason’s not really your brother, is he?” Not being the particularly shy and reclusive
type, I would oftentimes meet a comment like that with raised eyebrows, and a “No, Jason comes from Mars, and I was
born right here on the planet Earth.” My brother, Jason, and I were both adopted. Jason was born in Michigan and I, in
Korea. Together with my parents we made a family. I can’t say that I am really offended when people see our family
together and inquire about it. Education has done a lot to promote the idea that families are made in many ways. Still,
there are times when I wish that it were not so obvious that we are different.
It wasn’t until I was in my teens that I started to realize that I came from another country, another culture, and that
given different circumstances, my life would be completely different. I felt different for the first time. I felt unsure about
who I was and had a hard time resolving that. At first I denied my heritage; I wanted to be like everyone else. Fortunately
for me, I have the most wonderful parents in the world! They stood by me and when I finally was ready to explore my
feelings and needs, they were there to guide and share with me. From one extreme, I went to the other, and immersed
myself in learning about my Korean heritage and the history of my birth-country. Slowly I moved towards the middle
ground, and am now happily at peace with who I am. I want to say, however, that having a supportive and loving family
was essential in reaching the place that I now am.
【題組】46 Which of the following is true of the author?
(A)She is a left-hander.
(B)She doesn’t like to meet people.
(C)She grew up in a multicultural family.
(D)She felt insulted when people commented on her family.
17.【題組】47 Why was the author constantly hearing the comment, “Jason’s not your brother, is he?”
(A) Because she and Jason look apparently different.
(B) Because she and Jason have very different interests.
(C) Because she and Jason have very different personalities.
(D) Because Jason comes from Mars and she was born on Earth.
18.【題組】48 Right after the author came to realize she was from Korea, how did she feel?
(A) She felt special rather than different.
(B) She wanted to go back to her birth-country.
(C) She liked herself for who she was.
(D) She had difficulty facing the reality.
19.【題組】49 Which of the following best describes the author’s current attitude towards her special family background?
20.【題組】50 What can be inferred from the passage?
(A) The author’s parents play a vital role to help her accept the truth.
(B) The author has always wanted to know more about her native culture.
(C) The author probably thinks that multicultural adoption is not a good idea.
(D) The author is ashamed of her family background.