14.What are the requirements of a good learners’ dictionary? 41 , it should include the right information, the
information should be easy to find and—once 42 —it should be easy to understand and easy to use. Ensuring
that we cover the “right” information calls, first, 43 careful analysis of all the available linguistic data. A large
and diverse corpus is an essential basis for this operation, 44 it is only the starting point. Intelligent
data-extraction software enables 45 to get maximum value from the corpus, and our editorial team has
benefited from a collaboration with University of Brighton’s Information Technology Research Institute. 【題組】41. (A) Actively (B) Frankly (C) Briefly (D) Luckily
19.The latest investment craze sucking in yuan from China’s eager speculators: Pu’er tea. Like a fine wine,
the earthy-tasting fermented brew, often sold in circular cakes, gains flavor-and value-with age.
The price of the tea has gone from $2.56 to $3.85 a kilogram a year ago to seven times that range now.
For the vintage stuff, prices can easily run as high as $300 per kg—and a 60-year-old 100-gram batch fetched
$38,000 at auction earlier this year in Guangdong province.
The buyers and sellers in this hot market tend to be those in the tea industry and business types already
speculating in stocks, real estate, or Chinese art. And as with other investing sectors in China today, it’s a
market that can fluctuate wildly. Prices fell by more than half recently after Yunnan farmers jacked up
production and the market was flooded by some low-quality Pu’er passed off as a better vintage.
“The price has kept going up and down like the stock market,” says An Min, a Yunnan native and founder
of Beijing-based Pu’er Tea International Group. Now she and others are becoming concerned about the
speculation that has prices see-sawing. The market frenzy, they say, encourages unscrupulous dealers who try
to sell inferior young teas as high-quality, aged Pu’er. In an interview with the official English language
newspaper, Zheng Bingli, chairman of Yunnan Pu’er Tea Ltd., warned that “such illicit behavior will seriously
harm the growth of the Pu’er tea industry.”
【題組】46. What is the main idea of this passage?
(A) A frenzy of trading in Pu’er tea
(B) The flavor change of Pu’er tea
(C) The significant producers of Pu’er tea
(D) The popularity of Pu’er among tea drinkers
21.【題組】48. Which description about the price of Pu’er tea is true?
(A) The price changes drastically.
(B) The price is decided by the weather.
(C) The price is determined by the government.
(D) The price goes up steadily.
22.【題組】49. What’s An Min and Zheng Bingli’s attitude toward the investment craze in Pu’er tea?
(A) They think the craze can bring the farmers a lot of fortune.
(B) They worry about the prospect of the Pu’er tea industry.
(C) They encourage dealers to be more active in the trading.
(D) They are optimistic about the investment in the tea industry.