31.III. 閱讀測驗 (每題 2 分)
What’s the most popular sport in the world? Most people would probably say soccer, because of the
many millions who play it and the even larger member who watch it on television. There are some, however, who say the correct answer is basketball－not because of its TV audience, which is certainly smaller than that for soccer, but because the number of people who regularly play the game might be higher (at least 300 million, according to most estimates.)
In China, for example, which has a population of 1.3 billion, more people play basketball than soccer, and it is becoming more popular all the time. Basketball has existed for less time than some of the
world’s other major sports. It was invented in the early 1890s by a Canadian, James Naismith, working at a college in the state of Massachusetts in the United States. Wanting to create a game that could be played indoors during the long winters but would also be active enough to keep people in shape, he had the idea of two teams of players trying to throw a ball into a basket that was above their heads. Thus, basketball was created by him. Nowadays, the biggest international TV audiences in modern basketball are for games in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in North America. Besides, the United States has usually been the strongest team in international basketball competition. Are you also interested in basketball? You must take a look about one of the games then you may figure out the amusement about it. 【題組】31. Which sport is considered as the most popular one ,however, it just has the larger number of television audience?
(A) Basketball (B) Soccer (C) Golf (D) Tennis
32.【題組】32. What’s the main idea in second paragraph?
(A) China is the foundation of the basketball.
(B) People in China are not crazy about basketball.
(C) The Canadian invented basketball and made it popular in Canada.
(D) James wanted basketball to be played even in the cold weather.
33.【題組】33. How the audience, who are the fans of NBA to see their favorite team’s performance?
(A) They know the score from their friends’calling.
(B) They go to the basketball court to watch the games.
(C) They watch the games through the television.
(D) They read the news from the newspaper.
35.【題組】35. What’s author’s attitude about this sport in the article?
(A) He really doen’t like playing basketball.
(B) He thinks basketball is worthy of trying it.
(C) He wants to watch the basketball games in the United States.
(D) He is the fan of Lakers in NBA.