請依下文回答第 41 題至第 45 題
The story of Orlando’s stunningtransformationfromswamp and sinkhole to a metropolisbegan, inevitably, withWaltDisney and MickeyMouse. DisneyfirstflewovercentralFlorida in an airplane on the fateful day of November 22,
1963. The KennedyassassinationwouldmarkAmericaforever. So would the decisionWaltDisneymadethat day to turn
an inlandFloridaagriculturalcenterinto an epicenter of worldtourism.
DisneychoseOrlandofirstbecause it was at the confluence of two of the mostimportantthoroughfares, whattoday
are Interstate 4 and Florida’s Turnpike. Moreover, sinceWaltDisney’s originalthemepark—Disneyland, in southernCalifornia—coveredfewerthan 300 acres and was soonringedwith the suburbanblightthat its successinevitablyattracted—motels, stripmalls, and copycatamusementparks, Disneyhoped to rectify in Florida his mistake of not
makingDisneyland big enough. He set out to create a new, bigger, betterMagicKingdom. Here, arrivingvisitorswould
not be permitted to choosetheir own parkingspaces; smilingDisneycharacterswould do that for them. Besides, water in
thisMagicKingdomcould not be the tannicbrowncommon in centralFlorida. So Bay Lake was drained, the sludgeremoved, and clearwaterpumpedinto the resultinglagoon. Even dry landwould be turnedintoanotherDisneyillusion:
As you traverse the themepark, you are actuallywalking on the roof of an immense, undergroundcontrolbuildingfromwhich the operation is run, staffed, and supplied.
【題組】44 According to the article, what was the problemwith the Disneyland in California?
(A) Its successmade it overcrowded. (B) It providednothing but a Disneyillusion.
(C) It was too far awayfromhotels, motels, and malls. (D) It failed to competewithotheramusementparks.
1. In order to solve the problems of overpopulation in overcrowdedcities, engineershavebegunhugeprojectsworking on ways to improve the cities’ _______and the publictransportation.
(A) rehabilitation (B) conjuncture (C) infrastructure (D) evacuation
Tens of thousands of theatreticketswill be givenaway to youngpeoplenextyear as part of a governmentcampaign to inspire a lifelonglove for theatre.
The plan to offerfreeseats to peopleagedbetween 18 to 26—fundedwith £2.5 million of taxpayers’ money—was announcedyesterday by AndyBurnham, the CultureSecretary. It received a cautiouswelcomefromsome in the artsworld, who expressedconcernthat the tickets may not reach the mostunderprivileged.
The plancomes as West End theatres are enjoyingrecordaudiences, thankslargely to musicalsteaming up withtelevisiontalentshows. Attendancesreached. 13.6 million in 2007, up 10 percent on 2006, itself a recordyear. Totalsaleswere up 18 percent on 2006 to almost £470 million.
One theatresourcecriticised the Government’s priorities(优先考虑的事) in fundingfreeticketswhenpensionerswerestruggling to buy food and fuel, saying: “I don’t know why the Government’s wastingmoney on this. The Yong Vic, as The Timesreportedtoday, offersexcellentperformances at cheapprices.”
There was praise for the Government’s planfromDominicCooke of the RoyalCourtTheatre, who said: “I support any move to get youngpeopleintotheatre, and especially one thataims to do it all overEngland, not just in London.”
Ninety-fivepubliclyfundedtheatrescouldapply for fundingunder the two-yearplan. In return, theywillofferfreetickets on at least one day eachweek to 18 to 26-year-olds, first-come, first-served. It is likely to be on Mondays, traditionally a quietnight for the theatre.
Mr. Burnhamsaid: “A youngpersonattending the theatre can find it an excitingexperience, and be inspired to explore a new world. But sometimespeoplemiss out on it becausetheyfear it’s ‘not for them’. It’s time to changethisperception.”
JeremyHunt, the ShadowCultureSecretary, said: “The realissue is not gettingenthusiasticchildreninto the theatre, but improvingartseducation so thatmoreyoungpeoplewant to go in the firstplace. For too manychildrentheatres are a no-go area.”
【題組】46. Critics of the planarguedthat ______.
(A) the theatreswould be overcrowded (B) it would be a waste of money (C) pensionerswouldn’t get freetickets (D) the governmentwouldn’t be able to afford it