The 1900 house
The bowler family was one of more than 400 families who applied to 1900 house, a reality TV shout which took a typical family back a hundred years to se how people lived in the days before the internet, computer games and even electricity.
The bowler family spent three months in a London home without a telephone, computers, TV, or fast food. The bowlers wore clothes from 1900, are only food available in English at that time, and cooked their meals on a single stove. Paul bowler still went to work every day in a then uniform. The children changed their clothes on the way to and from school and their classmates didn’t know about then unusural home life. Joyce stayed at home, cooking and cleaning like a typical housewife of the time, though everything took three times as long.
So does Joyce think that people’s lives were better in the old days?
“I think people in the old days had just ad many troubles and worries,” Joyce said.
And I don’t think their life was better or worse, there were lots of things back then that
I’m happy I don’t have to deal with nowadays, but on the other hand life was simpler.” “We had a lot more time with our family, and it was hard being nice to each other all the time,” eleven-year-old Hilary said.
So what did the Bowler family miss most about modern life while living in the 1900 house?
Paul,39:” telephone and a hot shower”
Joyce,44:” a quick cup of tea from a kettle you could just turn on”
Hilary,11:” rock CD”
Joseph,9:” hamburger and computer games” 【題組】54.
While the Bowler family was living in 1900 house,_____.
(A) the mother spent more time on housework
(B) the two children wore the then clothes for school
(C) they prepared their meals together on a stove
(D) they ate simple foods they had never seen
56. What is the parents’ main excuse for adopting the drastic measures described above in monitoring their children?
(A) The parents think that they need to know what’s going on with their children when the latter are exposed to all kinds of
influences from the outside world.
(B) The parents don’t believe there is such thing as respect for the children’s privacy.
(C) While the media are advertising the high-tech surveillance equipment, the parents cannot resist the temptation to try it.
(D) The parents are too busy to watch over their children in traditional, time-consuming ways.
(E) The parents are simply very curious about their children’s activities though they do not seriously believe that their
children will get into troubles.
Chinese-American architect, I. M. Pei, has brought the past into the present. He designed and built a large pyramid as the
Egyptians did in the past. However, he used new high technology materials and processes. Pei’s pyramid is the new main
entrance to the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
Pei used pioneering techniques to develop the pyramid’s glass curtain wall. The pyramid is made of the special
high-strength optical-quality glass that makes such walls possible. The see-through glass walls give the structure a sense of
transparency and lightness. Many other elements of the pyramid are also technologically advanced.
Pei’s glass pyramid is the first modern addition to the Louvre, which was originally a palace for the kings of France and
now houses one of the world’s largest and most important art collections.
The pyramid has been criticized by people who are puzzled by the unexpected combination of this high-tech pyramid and
the surrounding nineteenth-century stone buildings in a traditional style. However, Pei felt the project was a chance to integrate
artistic design with his commitment to urban renewal—a plan to renew the city and help it meet current needs. Pei explained
his choice of the pyramid as the “simplest geometric shape, the best.” The new addition to the Louvre is not merely an entrance;
it is built above a huge below-ground network of services and passages. Pei hoped to revitalize the Louvre and give it new life
and energy. His goal was to make it easy for people to enter the Louvre and to make the Louvre a part of the life of present-day