54-1324), is perhaps the most famous Westerner traveler setting foot on the Silk Road. He surpassed all the other travelers with his conviction, determination, and influence on followers. He spent 24 years in Asia, reaching places further than any of his predecessors, beyond Mongolia to China. After his staying in China, he went back home to tell the tale which somehow became the most important and influential travelogue. Marco’s book has become the most influential travelogue on the Silk Road ever written in a European language, and it paved the way and opened a new chapter for the arrivals of thousands of Westerners in the centuries to come. His travel has captured and fascinated readers through centuries. The book was considered the most important account of the world outside Europe that was accessible at the time. Even today, it still draws the attention of a great number of researchers and scholars and has been translated into different languages.
A school of experts conduct research and authentication of Marco Polo and his Travels. Along the way, doubts concerning the authentication in his book were confirmed by travelers of the 18th and 19th centuries and the marvelous characters and countries he described did actually exist.
Although Marco Polo was barely recognized from the geographers of his time, some of the information in his book contributed to some important maps of the later Middle Ages, such as the Catalan World Map of 1375, and in the next century, it was read and appreciated with great interest by Henry the Navigator and by Columbus. His system of measuring distances has turned out for later generations of explorers to be remarkably accurate. 【題組】55. Which of the following statements is true?
(A) Much of the information written in his book has been proved correct by travelers of the 18th and 19th centuries.
(B) Marco Polo spent most of his life in Mongolia to study the Silk Road.
(C) Marco Polo was highly recognized and consulted by the geographers of his time.
(D) Henry the Navigator and Columbus followed his routes to discover new worlds.
23. When Marco Polo, the Italian traveler, returned to Italy from China in the 1300s, he _____ with the idea for making pasta.
(A) was returned (B) had told to have returned (C) was said to have returned (D) told to have been returned
25. A man visited a friend and was amazed to find him playing chess with his dog. He watched the game _______ astonishment awhile. "I can’t believe my eyes!" he exclaimed. "That's the smartest dog I've ever seen." "Nah, he's not so smart," the friend replied. "I've _______ him three games out of five." (A) by; fought (B) with; lost (C) with; won (D) in; beaten