Maybe it was those long Swedish winters. More than three generations ago, Swedish adults, struggling with the ____41____ of the endless cold nights, began forming “study circles.” They gathered informally to talk about subjects ____42____ from Egyptian art to foreign languages like English. When the Social Democrats gained power in the 1930s, the study circle was ____43____ a matter of national policy. “In Sweden you learn ____44____ you live,” says Barbro Wickberg, an official in the Swedish Education Ministry. Today the government pays 40 percent of the cost of study circles nationwide.
The Swedes have not just created a society of liberal-arts students. Their adult education is also about jobs. The country doesn’t spend very much on cash benefits for the unemployed; ____45____ , it lavishes money on training programs and grants for trainees. “We recognize we have to take care of people in our society. They may as well do something useful,” says Berit Rollen, director of Sweden’s National Employment Training Board.
【題組】41 (A)purpose (B)strength (C)boredom (D)freedom
8. The local government is trying every way to preserve the ancient town’s cultural_____ not only for visitors but also for future generations to admire.
(A) analogy (B) boredom (C) captivity (D) heritage
The _________ to boredom is to provide children with an environment that lets them experience autonomy, control, challenge, and
(A) antidote (B) antigen (C) antibody (D) antipathy