A man may usually be known by the books he reads as well as by the company he keeps, for there is a companionship of books as well as of men, and one should always live in the best company, whether it be of books or of men.
A good book may be among the best of friends. It is the same today as it always was，and it will never change. It is the most patient and cheerful of companions. It does not turn its back upon us in times of adversity or distress. It always receives us with the same kindness, amusing and instructing us in youth, and comforting and consoling us in age.
Men often discover their affinity to each other by the love they have for a book. The book is a truer and higher bond of union. Men can think, feel，and sympathize with each other through their favorite author. They live in him together and he, in them.
Books possess an essence of immortality. They are by far the most lasting products of human effort. Temples and statues decay, but books survive. Great thoughts are as fresh today as when they first passed through their author’s minds ages ago. What was then said and thought still speaks to us as vividly as ever from the printed page. The only effect of time has been to sift out the bad products, for nothing in literature can long survive but what is really good.
Books introduce us into the best society; they bring us into the presence of the greatest minds that have ever lived. We hear what they said and did; we see them as if they were really alive; we sympathize with them, enjoy with them, grieve with them; their experience becomes ours, and we feel as if we were actors with them in the scenes which they describe.
【題組】48. It can be inferred that the participants of the Marathon of Sands___________.
(A) always come back for a second try to win a sense of accomplishment
(B) will feel bored when running the race because viewers are not allowed to join the running
(C) can rest at a beautiful oasis overnight for a good sleep and abundant supply of water
(D) may learn to work through challenges in life and understand more about their limits as well
44 Eight kinds of beer and freshly shucked oysters make the hotel an oasis for travelers trekking through the
(A)Travelers receive eight kinds of beer and freshly shucked oysters at the hotel for free.
(B)The hotel is not the only place with cold beer and fresh oysters in the remote area.
(C)Because the area is so remote, travelers are extremely satisfied with the beer and fresh oysters the hotel
(D)Because the hotel has beer and oysters, travelers come from all over the world to try them out.