16. The concept of solitude (独处) in the digital world is almost non-existent. In the world of digital technology， e-mail， social networking and online video games， information is meant to be____36___. Solitude can be hard to discover ___37____it has been given up. In this respect， new technologies have ___38____our culture.
The desire to be connected has brought solitude to a(n) ___39____as we've known it. People have become so ___40____in the world of networks and connections that one can often be contacted ____41___they'd rather not be. Today we can talk， text， e-mail， chat and blog (写博客)， not only from our ___42____， but from our mobile phones as well.
Most developed nations have become ___43____on digital technology simply because they've grown accustomed to it， and at this point not ___44____it would make them an outsider. ___45____， many jobs and careers require people to be ___46____. From this point of view， technology has changed the culture of work. Being reachable might feel like a ___47____to those who may not want to be able to be contacted at all times.
I suppose the positive side is that solitude is still possible for anyone who ___48____wants it. Computers can be shut ___49____and mobile phones can be turned off. The ability to be “connected” and “on” has many ___50____， as well as disadvantages. Travelers have ended up ___51____on mountains， and mobile phones have saved countless lives. They can also make people feel ___52____and forced to answer unwanted calls or___53____to unwanted texts.
Attitudes towards our connectedness as a society ___54____ across generations. Some find today's technology a gift. Others consider it a curse. Regardless of anyone's view on the subject， it's hard to imagine what life would be like ___55____daily advancements in technology.
【題組】36. (A) updated (B) received (C) shared (D) collected
36.What Would You Want Most on a Desert Island？
This month's survey shows people worldwide have a natural understanding of what they would need most if left alone on a desert island： Another person. And one they know well. Respondents (调查对象) in all 16 countries surveyed said their spouse (配偶) or partner would be their first choice to have with them. Perhaps this makes sense： An MP3 player can't help you find drinking water， your dog can't help you start a fire and who knows if George Clooney or Penelope Cruz has taken courses in wilderness survival training？ Let's just hope the SOS sign you two build gets spotted sooner rather than later！
“My husband， of course！ George Clooney wouldn't think I'm as pretty as my husband does！”
Roseane， 42， Brazil “My MP3 player. I would not want my loved ones， including my pet， to be left alone like this.”
Co-Co， 28， China “My partner should be there to listen to me complain about the fact that we are left alone on an island - probably due to some error he made Julia， 25， Jordan Spouse / Partner： 82% of the South African women surveyed would most want their husband / partner with them， while just 45% of the Indian women surveyed agreed.
Clooney / Cruz： 27% of Russian men surveyed would want a celebrity along. Only 2% of the Mexican men agreed. Less than 18% of women worldwide chose this option.
MP3 Player： This was second choice overall， particularly among Malaysian men， with 32% saying they'd most want an MP3 player with their favorite songs. Just 5% each of Australian and American men agreed.
Dog： In France， 28% of respondents older than 45 would most want to be left alone with their dog， while not a single Russian or Malaysian in that age group surveyed would most want Fido along.
【題組】56. according to the survey， people left alone on a desert island would most want their__________.
(A) MP3 player (B) dog (C) spouse / partner (D) celebrity
37.【題組】57. Which of the following is true about George Clooney？
(A) He has been trained in wilderness survival. (B) He may not be able to help you survive.
(C) He does not think Roseane is beautiful. (D) He is the choice of most South African women.
39. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan sees an epidemic (流行病) sweeping across America's farmland. It has little to do with the usual challenges， such as flood， rising fuel prices and crop-eating insects. The country's farmers are getting older， and there are fewer people standing in line to take their place. National agricultural census (普查) figures show that the fastest-growing group of farmers is the part over 65. Merrigan is afraid the average age will be even higher when the 2012 statistics are completed.
Merrigan， a former college professor， is making stops at universities across the country in hopes of encouraging more students to think about careers in agriculture. Aside from trying to stop the graying of America's farmers， her work is made tougher by a recent blog posting that put agriculture at No. 1 on a list of “useless” college degrees. Top federal agriculture officials are talking about the posting， and it has the attention of agricultural organizations across the country.
“There couldn't be anything that's more incorrect，” Merrigan said. “We know that there aren't enough qualified graduates to fill the jobs that are out there in American agriculture.”
In addition， a growing world population that some experts predict will require 70% more food production by 2050， she said.
“I truly believe we're at a golden age of agriculture. Global demand is at an all-time record high， and global supplies are at all-time record lows，” said Matt Rush， director of the Texas Farm Bureau. “Production costs are going to be valuable enough that younger people are going to have the opportunity to be involved in agriculture.”
The Department of Agriculture has programs aimed at developing more farmers and at increasing interest in locally grown food. The National Young Farmers' Coalition has also been pushing for state and federal policy changes to make it easier for new farmers.
Ryan Best， president of Future Farmers of America， has been living out of a suitcase， traveling the country and visiting with high school students about careers in agriculture. The 21-year-old Best hopes his message-that this is a new time in agriculture-will motivate the next generation to turn around the statistics. “Never before have we had the innovations (创新) in technology which have led to agriculture in this country being the most efficient it has ever been，” he said. “There's really a place for everybody to fit in.”
【題組】59. What is the new challenge to American agriculture？
(A) Fewer and older farmers. (B) Higher fuel prices.
(C) More natural disasters. (D) Lower agricultural output.
40.【題組】60. Why is Merrigan visiting universities across the country？
(A) To draw federal agriculture officials' attention. (B) To select qualified agriculture graduates.
(C) To clarify a recent blog posting. (D) To talk more students into farming careers.
41.【題組】61. according to Matt Rush， American agriculture will provide opportunities for younger people because__________.
(A) the government will cover production costs (B) global food supplies will be even lower
(C) investment in agriculture will be profitable (D) America will increase its food export
42.【題組】62. What do the underlined words “to turn around the statistics” in the last paragraph mean？
(A) To re-analyze the result of the national census. (B) To increase agricultural production.
(C) To bring down the average age of farmers. (D) To invest more in agriculture.
43. Medical drugs sometimes cause more damage than they cure. One solution to this problem is to put the drugs inside a capsule， protecting them from the body-and the body from them-until they can be released at just the right spot. There are lots of ways to trigger (引发) this release， including changing temperature， acidity， and so on. But triggers can come with their own risks-burns， for example. Now， researchers in California have designed what could be a harmless trigger to date： shining near-infrared light (NIR， 近红外线) on the drug in the capsule.
The idea of using light to liberate the drug in the capsule isn't new. Researchers around the globe have developed polymers (聚合物) and other materials that begin to break down when they absorb either ultraviolet (UV， 紫外线) or visible light. But tissues also readily absorb UV and visible light， which means the drug release can be triggered only near the skin， where the light can reach the capsule. NIR light largely passes through tissues， so researchers have tried to use it as a trigger. But few compounds (化合物) absorb NIR well and go through chemical changes.
That changed last year when Adah Almutairi， a chemist at the University of California， San Diego， reported that she and her colleagues had designed a polymer that breaks down when it absorbs NIR light. Their polymer used a commercially available NIR-absorbing group called o-nitrobenzyl (ONB). When they catch the light， ONB groups fall off the polymer， leading to its breakdown. But ONB is only a so-so NIR absorber， and it could be poisonous to cells when it separates from the polymer.(www.nmet168.com)
So Almutairi and her colleagues reported creating a new material for capsules that's even better. This one consists of a long chain of compounds called cresol groups linked in a polymer. Cresol contains reactive(易反应的) components that make it highly unstable in its polymeric form， a feature Almutairi and her colleagues use to their advantage. After polymerizing the cresols， they cap each reactive component with a light-absorbing compound called Bhc. When the Bhcs absorb NIR light， the reactive groups are exposed and break the long polymer into two short chains. Shining additional light continues this breakdown， potentially releasing any drugs in the capsule. What's more， Almutairi says， Bhc is 10 times better at absorbing NIR than is ONB and is not poisonous to cells.
【題組】63. according to the passage， which of the following could be the best trigger？
(A) Temperature change. (B) NIR light. (C) Acidity change. (D) UV light.
44.【題組】64. Why is ONB unsatisfactory？
(A) It breaks down when it absorbs NIR light. (B) It falls off the polymer and triggers drug release.
(C) It has not come onto the market up till now. (D) It is not effective enough and could be poisonous.
45.【題組】65. Which word can be used to complete the following process of changes？
Bhcs absorb NIR＞Part of the cresol is ________＞Polymer breaks down＞Drug is released
(A) protected (B) formed (C) exposed (D) combined
46. Franz Kafka wrote that “a book must be the ax (斧子) for the frozen sea inside us.” I once shared this sentence with a class of seventh graders， and it didn't seem to require any explanation.
We'd just finished John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men. When we read the end together out loud in class， my toughest boy， a star basketball player， wept a little， and so did I. “Are you crying？” one girl asked， as she got out of her chair to take a closer look. “I am，” I told her， “and the funny thing is I've read it many times.”
But they understood. When George shoots Lennie， the tragedy is that we realize it was always going to happen. In my 14 years of teaching in a New York City public middle school， I've taught kids with imprisoned parents， abusive parents， irresponsible parents； kids who are parents themselves； kids who are homeless； kids who grew up in violent neighborhoods. They understand， more than I ever will， the novel's terrible logic-the giving way of dreams to fate (命运).
For the last seven years， I have worked as a reading enrichment teacher， reading classic works of literature with small groups of students from grades six to eight. I originally proposed this idea to my headmaster after learning that a former excellent student of mine had transferred out of a selective high school-one that often attracts the literary-minded children of Manhattan's upper classes-into a less competitive setting. The daughter of immigrants， with a father in prison， she perhaps felt uncomfortable with her new classmates. I thought additional “cultural capital” could help students like her develop better in high school， where they would unavoidably meet， perhaps for the first time， students who came from homes lined with bookshelves， whose parents had earned Ph. D's.
Along with Of Mice and Men， my groups read： Sounder， The Red Pony， Lord of the Flies， Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. The students didn't always read from the expected point of view.
About The Red Pony， one student said， “it's about being a man， it's about manliness.” I had never before seen the parallels between Scarface and Macbeth， nor had I heard Lady Macbeth's soliloquies (独白) read as raps (说唱)， but both made sense； the interpretations were playful， but serious. Once introduced to Steinbeck's writing， one boy went on to read The Grapes of Wrath and told me repeatedly how amazing it was that “all these people hate each other， and they're all white.” His historical view was broadening， his sense of his own country deepening. Year after year， former students visited and told me how prepared they had felt in their first year in college as a result of the classes.
Year after year， however， we are increasing the number of practice tests. We are trying to teach students to read increasingly complex texts， not for emotional punch (碰撞) but for text complexity. Yet， we cannot enrich (充实) the minds of our students by testing them on texts that ignore their hearts. We are teaching them that words do not amaze but confuse. We may succeed in raising test scores， but we will fail to teach them that reading can be transformative and that it belongs to them.
【題組】66. The underlined words in Paragraph 1 probably mean that a book helps to __________.
(A) realize our dreams (B) give support to our life
(C) smooth away difficulties (D) awake our emotions
47.【題組】67. Why were the students able to understand the novel Of Mice and Men？
(A) Because they spent much time reading it. (B) Because they had read the novel before.
(C) Because they came from a public school. (D) Because they had similar life experiences.
48.【題組】68. The girl left the selective high school possibly because__________. .
(A) she was a literary-minded girl (B) her parents were immigrants
(C) she couldn't fit in with her class (D) her father was then in prison
50.【題組】70. The author writes the passage mainly to__________. .
(A) introduce classic works of literature (B) advocate teaching literature to touch the heart
(C) argue for equality among high school students (D) defend the current testing system