16. According to the new reports published by the World Health Organization (WHO), _____ any of the
classified dangerous diseases to break out, the measure of quarantine would be taken.
(A)were (B) they were (C) were they (D) there were
23.23. The type of jazz, _____ as “swing,” was first introduced by Duke Ellington when he composed and
recorded “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing.”
(A)knowing (B) knew (C) was known (D) known
30.30. The _____ your manner, the _____ you’ll get rejected by your supervisor.
(A)gentler …… less likely (B) more gentle …… less likely
(C) gentler …… less likelier (D) more gentler …… less likelier
Most people, when 31 deserts, immediately come up with the images of dry, flat areas with little vegetation
and little or even no rainfall. However, this understanding is wrong. Many deserts have 32 geographical
formations, ranging from soft, rolling hills to stark, jagged cliffs. Moreover, most deserts have a permanent
source of water, meaning that they are not dry or barren. In addition, although deserts do not 33 a high
amount of rainfall, there are many plants that can easily survive on only small amounts of water. That is why
deserts are often full of such plant life. Desert plants have a variety of 34 for obtaining the water they
need for survival. Some plants, mostly different species of cacti, are able to store a large amount of water in
their leaves or stems. Most of these plants will 35 a large supply of water during a rainfall so they can last
until the next rainfall. 【題組】31. (A)thinking of (B) savoring (C) allotting (D) plotting
According to most of our experiences, in Taiwan aborigines seem to possess more distinguished qualities
and better abilities than others in many aspects. The first and easiest thing to notice is their 36 . In
addition to darker skin, most aborigines have a more defined face, such as bigger eyes, a more protruding nose,
thicker lips, etc. Another widely-known trait of these indigenous people is their artistic capabilities. Not only
are they 37 who are able to chant with accurate pitches, wide ranges and beautiful voices, but they also
have a great command of 38 with excellent rhythms and body movement. Even more obviously, they
dominate the world of 39 . Whether it is in local professional sports or in the Olympics or in any kinds of
sports competitions, these truly native Taiwanese have taken up much of the list of top sportsmen, and have
demonstrated extraordinary physical coordination and incredible 40 .
【題組】36. (A)personality (B) outfit (C) appearance (D) mentality
Low-carbohydrate diet books have been topping best-sellers’ lists for many years, but many doctors and
dieticians have publicly warned that low-carb, high-protein diets are very likely to be imbalanced and potentially
dangerous. One dietician, Sheila Kelly, says Americans are always looking for the “quick fix” diet plans. The
attraction of the low-carbohydrate diets lies in their claim to help people reach the goal of rapid weight loss.
Perhaps the most famous low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet is the Atkins diet. A person who chooses this diet
might have a ham and cheese omelet with sides of bacon and sausage for breakfast, a hamburger (without bun)
for lunch, and a steak for dinner. Kelly describes that such a diet functions as a “seductive” concept. This diet
emphasizes that dieters could “watch the pounds melt away” while they eat “all of the high-fat foods” they want.
Americans, on average, spend more than $33 billion a year on the diet industry, but they are not getting any
thinner. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the number of obese people in America
has been rising every year. Dr. Atkins’ low-carb diet first became a hit in 1972. Thirty years later, when he
re-released his diet book with the new title “Dr. Atkin’s New Diet Revolution,” the sequel still became a national
best seller, an indicator that the public was still very much into this diet at that time. Even in the 21st century,
this diet is still practiced. According to Dr. Atkin, Americans’ weight problem, mainly obesity, comes from the
fact that they eat too many carbohydrates. His contention is that most people blame fat for their overweight
problem. However, the true culprit for making people fat is actually the fat converted from carbohydrates by
excess insulin. For Kelly, and other dieticians, the high total fat and saturated fat content in the Atkins diet is the
main cause of their concerns.
【題組】41. What will be a good title for the above passage?
(A)Principles of a Healthy Diet
(B)Truth about Atkins Diet
(C) Americans’ Health Problem
(D) Importance of Health
44.【題組】44. In Line 13, what is the meaning of “very much into this diet”?
(A)People like to criticize this diet.
(B)People are deeply attracted by this diet.
(C) People are informed of this diet.
(D) People resent this diet.
45.【題組】45. What is the main reason for health experts to be worried about the Atkins diet?
(A)This diet does not include vegetables.
(B)This diet is expensive.
(C) This diet is too strict for people to follow.
(D) This diet may result in people’s intake of too much fat.
How would you react to someone who tried to sell you a car that runs on fresh air? Perhaps you would think
he was peddling potentially planet-saving technology. More likely, you would dismiss him as a conman or even
call the police. That is precisely the pitch being made by French auto engineer Guy Nègre, a good-humored man
in his mid-60s who claims to have developed a state-of-the-art car powered by compressed air: one that produces
a fraction of carbon emissions of a standard engine, reaches speeds of more than 30 mph, travels 65 miles on a
one-minute recharge and, best of all, costs just a little over £3,000.
Nègre is quick to point out the drawbacks of existing eco-car technology. “Whatever people may tell you
about hybrids, they are only marginally less polluting than the most efficient combustion engines,” he says.
“Hydrogen power is expensive and impractical. Fuel cells are pricey and unproven, and electric cars are based on
costly and unreliable battery technology.”
Given the number of false green-auto dawns, you might wonder why air-powered vehicles should be any
different. While Nègre’s air cars have similar carbon emissions to electric cars (it all depends how the electricity
to power the pumps that fill their air tanks is generated), he argues that air power is a superior technology.
“Compared to electric cars, air-powered cars cost a much lower price to buy, they don’t need expensive batteries
to be replaced every five years or so, and crucially they take a comparatively much shorter time to recharge.”
I confess I was so skeptical that I reserved judgment until I had driven one of his cars. The version I drove
was an early prototype, a three-wheeler with no bodywork, steered by a joystick. OK, it didn’t deliver the
smoothly upholstered power so beloved by conventional car enthusiasts. And it possessed all the glamour of
souped-up lawnmower. But it worked, easily reaching speeds above 25 mph in the limited space of the factory
car park. For those who hope to get around in a very eco-friendly way without insisting on power and speed, I do
see the future.
【題組】46. What is probably a “conman” (in the first paragraph)?
(A)a rude advocate for some ideals or for a revolution
(B)a confident person who is always positive about everything
(C) a crazy expert highly obsessed with technology
(D) a liar who tricks people in order to get their money
47.【題組】47. Which of the following is TRUE about Guy Nègre?
(A)He was a French environmental activist who protested against air pollution regulations.
(B)He was about 65 years old when the author met him.
(C) He was a serious person who never joked about anything.
(D) He invented an eco-friendly car using hydrogen as its power.
48.【題組】48. Which of the following is NOT one of the advantages of the air-powered car?
(A)greener, or cleaner, than an electric car
(B)lower cost than that of a hybrid or electric car
(C) no need to replace expensive batteries every few years
(D) shorter time for recharge
49.【題組】49. What is TRUE about the author’s test drive of one of the air-powered cars?
(A)The author drove the latest model of Nègre’s air-powered cars.
(B)The car had three wheels and was controlled by a steering wheel.
(C) The speed of the car was 25 miles per hour as its maximum.
(D) The site of the test drive was the parking lot of where the car was made.
50.【題組】50. What did the author think about the air-powered cars after he tried one?
(A)They were obviously not as good as the inventor Guy Nègre had said.
(B)They would be only suitable for milder drivers like women or the elderly.
(C) They might not be powerful or fast enough, but could fit the basic needs.
(D) They would never be popular unless they come in four wheels.