It has been said that printing does as much harm as good, since it gives us bad books as well as good ones and _______
falsehood and error no less than knowledge and truth.
(A)flaunts (B)betrays (C)demonstrates (D)propagates
In an attempt to plug dwindling domestic consumption by tapping into overseas markets, some of Japan’s big-name retailers are telling their employees to start speaking English --or find another job. As Japan’s population
(16), the country’s retailers are increasingly looking to boost sales by expanding abroad. Additionally, some firms are waking up to the necessity of being able to speak the global language of business (17) succeed overseas.
Rakuten, Japan’s biggest online retailer, plans to make English the firm’s official language, while Fast Retailing, operator of the Uniqlo apparel chain, wants to make English more common in its offices by 2012 and plans to test its employees for proficiency. "It’s about stopping being a Japanese company. We will become a world company," Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani said last week at a news conference in Tokyo – (18) almost entirely in English. Employees at Rakuten will need to master English by 2012 to avoid facing the sack. "No English, no job," Mikitani told the Asahi newspaper.
Other high-profile Japanese companies, including automakers Toyota Motor and Nissan Motor, have announced moves to make the use of English more common in the workplace. Some experts say the switch to English is healthy but just one of the changes companies need to make to go global. “What's interesting is that these companies really (19) as pioneers,” Jeff Kingston, director of Asian Studies at Temple University's Japan campus. They have a relatively new outlook. They realize that Japan is going to need to strike into foreign markets given the dormant state of its (20),” he said. Facing dwindling domestic demand, Fast Retailing plans to broaden its consumer base by expanding into Malaysia and Taiwan later this year.
(A)in order to (B)is about to (C)as well as (D)no less than
Laser eye surgery is very popular. Each year, more than one million Americans have this type of surgery performed. In the United Kingdom, more than eight thousand people per week undergo the procedure. This is what happens: a very thin layer of the cornea is cut and lifted up. (Its thickness is approximately that of a human hair.) The cornea is never completely severed from the rest of the eye; it remains attached to the remaining cornea, just like a hinge. The exposed tissue is then lasered. When the lasering is completed - and it usually takes no longer than 30 to 90 seconds per eye - the cornea is placed back in its original position. The surgeon then replaces the flap in exactly the same position. No stitching is needed. Nothing is ever inserted directly into the eye. All these advanced techniques result in a very short, post-surgical recuperation period. The patient will experience minimal discomfort during and after the surgery, and, most often, the patient’s eyesight will be dramatically improved. No wonder this procedure is so popular!
【題組】83. How long does the laser eye surgery usually take?
(A) Longer than two minutes per eye.
(B) Less than 30-90 seconds per eye.
(C) No less than three minutes both eyes.
(D) About three minutes per eye.
III. Cloze Test
A ‘text message’ or SMS (short message service) is a short message ( ___28 ___ 160 characters) sent or received from a cell phone or similar device. The act of “texting” has seen a significant rise in ___29 ___ in recent years. Texts can be sent from anywhere there is a cell phone signal, so it’s a safe bet that many texts have been sent from people driving in their cars.
This ___30 ___ the question: how safe is it to send a text while driving?
In an independent test, two drivers’ reaction times were tested. First they were tested as they were texting and driving, next they were tested while driving intoxicated. The study found ___31 ___ the drivers’ reaction time while intoxicated was very poor, reaction time while texting was significantly worse.
Both test subject thought they were good drivers and didn’t realize how much texting would slow their reaction time. But in order to drive safely, it’s necessary to keep your focus on the road. Texting is too distracting and can’t be done safely while driving. While driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal, laws ___32 ___ texting and driving are not yet widely implemented and even if they were, the laws may be difficult to enforce. So the next time you need to send a text while driving, find a place to pull over. You’ll be improving the safety of the road for both yourself and the other drivers.
【題組】28. (A) not more than (B) no more than (C) no less than (D) no much than
<2> Are you for or against death penalty? In countries where it is still legal, it remains a
controversial issue. There are countless arguments raging about.
For those who are for death penalty, the only 21 punishment for a killer is
execution, which stops the killer from killing again. Justice demands that each person
respect the rights and freedom of every other person, or 22 for not doing so. A
killer who took the life of another person gives up his right to life. Why should the taxes be
paid by taxpayers to keep a killer alive? 23 , for those who are against death penalty,
killing the killer is a crime in itself. In some cases, murder is committed not because of
cruelty but out of anger or fear. Everyone makes mistakes and deserves a second chance.
Besides, the idea 24 death penalty stops criminals from committing murder is
doubtful. No study has been able to show the fear of death penalty stops someone from
committing murder 25 other forms of punishments.
Whatever your opinions on death penalty are, no doubt controversy will still be at the
center of the topic.
【題組】25. (A) no less than (B) any more (C) as much as (D) much more