Singing in the KTV is popular with young people. But few people would give 41 to the inventor of the
wonderful karaoke machine---Daisuke Inoue, a Japanese. He was employed at a nightclub and played the piano
for customers who wanted to sing. Since sometimes he had trouble 42 unfamiliar songs, he tried to think of
some ways to solve the problem. 43 this in mind, he successfully invented the karaoke machine. The
machine, 44 his surprise, was so popular that it caused changes in entertainment world. Daisuke was then
awarded the Ig Nobel Prize not only because of his creativity 45 because of the fact that the karaoke made
people learn to tolerate each other in a new way.
【題組】41. (A) criticism (B) attention (C) remedy (D) objection
If someone has amnesia, they can’t remember things that happened before. Amnesia can happen when
people have an accident and hit their head, or when people get a brain sickness. People with amnesia forget
what happened to them and may even forget their names, where they live, or who their friends and family
are. Amnesia usually goes away after twenty-four hours or so. After the shock wears off or the sickness
passes, people’s memories come back to them.
Yet, Clive Wearing’s story is a most unusual one. In 1985, Wearing got a serious brain sickness that
wreaked havoc on the part of his brain that holds memories. Because of his sickness, Wearing can’t hold on
to new memories for more than a few minutes. He forgets everything as soon as it happens. He spends each
day “waking up” every few minutes, because he has already forgotten everything he’s done that day---even
Wearing remembers little of his life before 1985. He knows he has children, but he can’t remember their
names. He loves his wife, Deborah. Each time he meets her, he believes he’s seeing her for the first time in
many years. He does this even though Deborah may have left the room just minutes before.
Having such a bad memory is hard to imagine. Of course, it hasn’t been easy for the Wearings, and
Deborah has written a book about her husband’s amnesia called Forever Today, and Clive’s story has been
told in a TV show. Because of his memory problem, Wearing can’t work anymore and now lives in a special
home for people with brain injuries.
【題組】46. According to the passage, what is amnesia?
(A) A brain cancer.
(B) Loss of memory.
(C) An illness that only old people will suffer.
(D) A person with brain injuries.
22.【題組】47. Which is NOT true about Clive Wearing?
(A) He forgets he has children.
(B) He has an extreme case of amnesia.
(C) He continues feeling like he has just woken up.
(D) His brain injury is responsible for his amnesia.
23.【題組】48. What can we infer from the passage?
(A) Clive Wearing feels sad about his life.
(B) Clive Wearing forgets the name of his wife.
(C) Clive Wearing needs his wife’s help to find his way.
(D) Clive Wearing experiences things like they happen the first time.
24.【題組】49. Which is true about the book Forever Today?
(A) It was broadcast live around the world.
(B) It is Clive Wearing’s life story written by himself.
(C) It has encouraged many people with brain injuries.
(D) It draws readers to the life of a victim of amnesia.