4.24．—We’d like you to start work tomorrow if possible.
—I’m sorry, but I can’t possibly start until Monday. _________?
(A)Do you agree with me (B)Is that a good idea
(C)Do you think I’m right (D)Will that be all right
16.Scott and his companions were terribly disappointed. When they got to the South Pole, they found the Norwegians（挪威人）had 36 them in the race to be the first ever to reach it. After 37 the British flag at the Pole, they took a photograph of themselves 38 they started the 950-mile journey back.
The journey was unexpectedly 39 and the joy and excitement about the Pole had gone out of them. The sun hardly 40 . The snow storms always made it impossible to sight the stones they had 41 to mark their way home. To make things 42 . Evans, whom they had all thought of 43 the strongest of the five, fell badly into a deep hole in the ice. Having 44 along for several days, he suddenly fell down and died.
The four who were 45 pushed on at the best speed they could 46 . Captain Oates had been suffering for some time from his 47 fact; at night his feet swelled（肿胀） so large that he could 48 put his boots on the next morning, and he walked bravely although he was in great 49 . He knew his slowness was making it less likely that 50 could save themselves. He asked them to leave him behind in his sleeping-bag, but they refused, and helped him 51 a few more miles, until it was time to put up the 52 for another night.
The following morning, 53 the other three were still in their sleeping-bags, he said. “I am just going outside and may be 54 some time.” He was never seen again. He had walked out 55 into the snow storm, hoping that his death would help his companions.
【題組】36． (A)hit (B)fought (C)won (D)beaten
When building houses, people used to think about not only the climate of the areas but also the building materials and the fashions for their houses. However, since electricity became more and more expensive, people began to pay much more attention to the energy they could get for their houses and the new ways they could find to protect their houses from both cold and heat.
Now, houses of an old yet new type have been widely built. In some parts of the world, people share their houses with their livestock（家畜）.During cold weather, they gather their cows, goats, or other animals and keep them on the first floor of their houses. The reasons are that the animals can be protected from the cold and that they can help to heat the houses as well. The body heat given off by the animals rises to the second floor of the houses, where people live. By sharing their houses with their livestock, people gain a source of heat.
People who live in or near cities do not usually keep livestock. However, home builders use the fact that heat rises. This natural law can be used in building houses in these areas. Instead of keeping livestock on the first floor, builders fill it with large rocks. As they are open to the sun’s rays during cold weather, these rocks take in heat. They also give off the heat, and, of course, the warm air rises into the living areas of the houses. So these houses are energy-saving.
House-building becomes a great challenge（挑战）to building designers and energy engineers. They try to meet this challenge by learning from old traditions and by using modern technology. And someday in the future, people will be able to live in more energy-saving houses.
【題組】56．What did people begin to consider as electricity was no longer cheap?
(A)The climate of their areas. (B)The energy for their houses.
(C)The fashions for their houses. (D)The building materials for their houses.
37.【題組】57．People in some areas gain a source of heat by _________.
(A)keeping their livestock downstairs
(B)protecting their livestock from the cold
(C)sharing their houses only with their cows
(D)living on the second floor with their livestock
38.【題組】58．The underlined words “natural law” in the third paragraph refer to the fact that ________.
(A)heat raises the temperature in the houses
(B)heat goes in the upward direction
(C)heat goes up if temperature is raised
(D)heat increases the temperature of rocks
39.【題組】59．From the passage, we can conclude that __________.
(A)people will no longer consider building materials in the future
(B)energy-saving buildings will become more popular in the future
(C)almost all people will move into the houses heated by large rocks
(D)energy engineers will devote themselves only to modern technology
When Babbage was working at Cambridge, a new idea occurred to him. He wanted to construct a calculating machine to work out the solutions（解法）to maths problems not only with correctness but also with a speed beyond the power of any human mind. His machine could solve problems involving（涉及）long rows of figures in one continuous operation（运算）.
In 1822 Babbage exhibited his invention and won a prize from the government. After that, he immediately started to work on a larger machine designed to solve more difficult problems. Although he received some money left by his father, the money was not enough to support his design. He wrote to the government about his plan and was given ￡2500 to start with, a sum worth much more in those days than it is now.
Babbage continued his work in London for four years. Then his health broke down, and he had to take a long holiday abroad. When he returned to London in 1828, he was at the end of his resources. Many bills remained unpaid. His chief assistant and co-workers quarreled with him and left with many expensive tools. For one year no work was done. During this period, Babbage, whose mind was always active, suddenly thought of a completely new idea for the machine. He rushed to meet the government officials to explain his new idea. But this time, they were unwilling to help him. For eight years, they refused to say whether they wanted the machine or not, and their final answer was “No.”
From 1828 to 1839, Babbage held the position of professor at Cambridge very successfully. But his greatest work was the unfinished calculating machine which stood covered in dust in his house. It was the beginning of the modern computer.
【題組】60．The machine Babbage designed would solve difficult maths problems _________.
(A)in one operation with few mistakes
(B)in more than one operation without any mistakes
(C)in more than one operation with slight mistakes
(D)in one operation without any mistakes
41.【題組】61．Babbage failed to continue his research work in 1828 mainly because _______.
(A)he was in poor health (B)he almost ran out of money
(C)his co-workers argued with him (D)he spent all his money on his bills
42.【題組】62．Babage explained his new idea to the government officials, expecting that _________.
(A)they would agree to his plan (B)they would pay for his new idea
(C)they would support him with money (D)they would exhibit his new design
43.【題組】63．From the passage, we can infer that __________.
(A)Babbage failed to be a famous scientist at Cambridge
(B)Babbage always had new ideas but gave them up easily
(C)Babbage always needed support from the government officials
(D)Babbage was the first designer of the modern computer
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46.【題組】66．You can have _______ besides a free Video Magazine every four weeks.
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(B)lower-priced cassettes and movies
(C)lower-priced cassettes and Special Selection
(D)Director’s Selection and a number of lower-priced cassettes
47.【題組】67．We can learn from the passage that the members of the Club ________.
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While income worry is a rather common problem of the aged, loneliness is another problem that aged parents may face. Of all the reasons that explain their loneliness, a large geographical distance between parents and their children is the major one. This phenomenon（现象）is commonly known as “Empty Nest Syndrome”（空巢综合症）.
In order to seek better chances outside their countries, many young people have gone abroad, leaving their parents behind with no clear idea of when they will return home. Their parents spend countless lonely days and nights, taking care of themselves, in the hope that someday their children will come back to stay with them. The fact that most of these young people have gone to Europeanized or Americanized societies makes it unlikely that they will hold as tightly to the value of duty as they would have if they had not left their countries. Whatever the case, it has been noted that the values they hold do not necessarily match what they actually do. This geographical and cultural distance also prevents the grown-up children from providing response（回应）in time for their aged parents living by themselves.
The situation in which grown-up children live far away from their aged parents has been described as “distant parent phenomenon”, which is common both in developed countries and in developing countries. Our society has not yet been well prepared for “Empty Nest Syndrome”.
【題組】68．According to the passage, the loneliness of aged parents is mainly caused by _________.
(A)their earlier experience of feeling lonely
(B)the unfavorable living conditions in their native countries
(C)the common worry about their income
(D)the geographical distance between parents and children
49.【題組】69．Many young people have gone abroad, leaving their aged parents behind, to _________.
(A)live in the countries with more money
(B)seek a better place for their aged parents
(C)continue their studies abroad
(D)realize their dreams in foreign countries
50.【題組】70．If young people go abroad, _________.
(A)they do not hold to the value of duty at all
(B)they can give some help to their parents back home
(C)they cannot do what they should for their parents
(D)they believe what they actually do is right
51.【題組】71．From the last paragraph, we can infer that ________.
(A)the situations in the developed and developing countries are different
(B) “Empty Nest Syndrome” has arrived unexpectedly in our society
(C)children will become independent as soon as they go abroad
(D)the aged parents are not fully prepared for “Empty Nest Syndrome”
There are two kinds of physical activity which require special training. The first demands exact careful movements of the muscles（肌肉）. This kind of activity must be strictly controlled because even a slight movement in the wrong direction will lead a mistake. To type quickly, for example, a person needs training; the slightest movement of a finger in the wrong direction may cause a spelling mistake. A dancer who has to dance on the point of her shoes or turn around on one foot must be trained for a long period of time before she can sense her own center and balance herself. You may have seen a girl walking on a rope across an empty space, which, too, requires a lot of practice.
The second kind of physical activity needs greater strength or extra effort. Most of us get tired if we try to run half a mile without stopping, but a specially-trained person can do this without much effort. Three years ago, some scientists carried out experiments, which produced meaningful and unexpected results. They wanted to find out whether a certain amount of physical exercise would injure those suffering from heart problems. They selected some male patients and trained them in continuous bicycle riding. They were surprised to find that the harmful effect of given amount of physical effort was actually less on the hearts of these trained patients than on those of the patients who were not similarly trained. This is important because it shows that regular physical exercise enables us to make better use of the oxygen（氧气）we breathe in and that this training, in fact, reduces the amount of work our hearts do. Many tasks which are hard for untrained people are not hard at all for trained people.
【題組】72．The first kind of physical activity must be strictly controlled because _________.
(A)a mistake in the wrong direction is dangerous to the fingers
(B)a wrong movement in a direction will cause no mistakes
(C)a movement in the wrong direction will cause a mistake
(D)a slight movement of a finger will lead to a mistake
53.【題組】73．What must a dancer do before she can balance herself?
(A)She must dance on the point of her shoes.
(B)She must receive long-time training.
(C)She must turn around on one foot.
(D)She must perform again and again.
54.【題組】74．The experiments done by some scientists showed that ________.
(A)some male patients were asked to ride bicycles regularly in the experiments
(B)the physical exercise had more harmful effect on the hearts of the untrained patients
(C)the physical exercise was harmless to the male patients with heart trouble
(D)the physical exercise could be helpful for the patients to take in more oxygen