請依下文回答第 41 題至第 45 題
The story of Orlando’s stunning transformation from swamp and sinkhole to a metropolis began, inevitably, with
Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. Disney first flew over central Florida in an airplane on the fateful day of November 22,
1963. The Kennedy assassination would mark America forever. So would the decision Walt Disney made that day to turn
an inland Florida agricultural center into an epicenter of world tourism.
Disney chose Orlando first because it was at the confluence of two of the most important thoroughfares, what today
are Interstate 4 and Florida’s Turnpike. Moreover, since Walt Disney’s original theme park—Disneyland, in southern
California—covered fewer than 300 acres and was soon ringed with the suburban blight that its success inevitably
attracted—motels, strip malls, and copycat amusement parks, Disney hoped to rectify in Florida his mistake of not
making Disneyland big enough. He set out to create a new, bigger, better Magic Kingdom. Here, arriving visitors would
not be permitted to choose their own parking spaces; smiling Disney characters would do that for them. Besides, water in
this Magic Kingdom could not be the tannic brown common in central Florida. So Bay Lake was drained, the sludge
removed, and clear water pumped into the resulting lagoon. Even dry land would be turned into another Disney illusion:
As you traverse the theme park, you are actually walking on the roof of an immense, underground control building from
which the operation is run, staffed, and supplied.
【題組】44 According to the article, what was the problem with the Disneyland in California?
(A) Its success made it overcrowded. (B) It provided nothing but a Disney illusion.
(C) It was too far away from hotels, motels, and malls. (D) It failed to compete with other amusement parks.
1. In order to solve the problems of overpopulation in overcrowded cities, engineers have begun huge projects working on ways to improve the cities’ _______and the public transportation.
(A) rehabilitation (B) conjuncture (C) infrastructure (D) evacuation
Tens of thousands of theatre tickets will be given away to young people next year as part of a government campaign to inspire a lifelong love for theatre.
The plan to offer free seats to people aged between 18 to 26—funded with £2.5 million of taxpayers’ money—was announced yesterday by Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary. It received a cautious welcome from some in the arts world, who expressed concern that the tickets may not reach the most underprivileged.
The plan comes as West End theatres are enjoying record audiences, thanks largely to musicals teaming up with television talent shows. Attendances reached. 13.6 million in 2007, up 10 percent on 2006, itself a record year. Total sales were up 18 percent on 2006 to almost £470 million.
One theatre source criticised the Government’s priorities(优先考虑的事) in funding free tickets when pensioners were struggling to buy food and fuel, saying: “I don’t know why the Government’s wasting money on this. The Yong Vic, as The Times reported today, offers excellent performances at cheap prices.”
There was praise for the Government’s plan from Dominic Cooke of the Royal Court Theatre, who said: “I support any move to get young people into theatre, and especially one that aims to do it all over England, not just in London.”
Ninety-five publicly funded theatres could apply for funding under the two-year plan. In return, they will offer free tickets on at least one day each week to 18 to 26-year-olds, first-come, first-served. It is likely to be on Mondays, traditionally a quiet night for the theatre.
Mr. Burnham said: “A young person attending the theatre can find it an exciting experience, and be inspired to explore a new world. But sometimes people miss out on it because they fear it’s ‘not for them’. It’s time to change this perception.”
Jeremy Hunt, the Shadow Culture Secretary, said: “The real issue is not getting enthusiastic children into the theatre, but improving arts education so that more young people want to go in the first place. For too many children theatres are a no-go area.”
【題組】46. Critics of the plan argued that ______.
(A) the theatres would be overcrowded
(B) it would be a waste of money
(C) pensioners wouldn’t get free tickets
(D) the government wouldn’t be able to afford it