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Freerice is a free online game and learning tool, which allows players to raise rice to fight world hunger while learning through educational, multiple-choice games. For every question the user answers correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated to the World Food Programme.
The ingenious idea behind Freerice came to John Breen as he was trying to help his son study for the SAT, a college entrance exam in America. A computer programmer, Breen developed a computer-based, multiple-choice quiz to help his son build vocabulary. The quiz is designed to adjust to the user’s vocabulary level so that questions are challenging yet not too difficult. Breen, also passionate about ending world hunger, soon realized that putting the quiz online could aid this important cause.
Currently, besides English vocabulary, the available subjects include multiplication tables, pre-algebra, chemical symbols, English grammar, SAT, basic foreign language vocabulary for English speakers, human anatomy, geography, the identification of famous artwork, and literature. Total score is displayed as a mound of rice and the amount of grains.
One month after the start of the viral marketing program, users had earned enough points for one billion grains of rice. The United Nation’s World Food Program stated that this amount could feed 50,000 people for one day, since it takes 400 grams or about 19,200 grains of rice to feed one adult for a day. Using this calculation, enough rice was donated in 2008 to feed over 6,000 people daily for each day of that year. Since its operation, as of April 3, 2013, Freerice players had earned sufficient rice for over 10 million meals, assuming 2 meals per day. Since players are constantly clicking, Freerice can feed about 100 families of four each day if we get 6 million grains of rice every day.
【題組】62. According to the passage, which of the following is TRUE?
(A) One billion grains of rice is enough to feed 60,000 people for one day.
(B) It takes about 400 grains of rice to feed one adult for a day.
(C) Rice donated in 2008 was sufficient for over 10 million meals.
(D) It takes 6 million grains of rice to feed about 100 families of four each day.
Miyazaki is one of animation’s most admired and successful directors. He said Friday that at the age of 72, he now wants to do other things besides slaving away over his drawings to meet feature film deadlines.
“This will never happen again,” Miyazaki said at the conclusion of a nearly 2-hour-long news conference in which he shared his thoughts on everything from war to Italian cuisine, one of his favorites.
The co-founder of Studio Ghibli said he hopes to work for another decade, but at a slower pace that might allow him to perhaps even take Saturdays off.
Among other things, he plans to work on his Ghibli Museum, where he says the exhibits need refreshing. “I might even become an exhibit myself,” he said.
While avoiding the limelight, Miyazaki hasn’t shied away from controversy. In the past few months, his outspoken opposition to efforts to revise Japan’s pacifist constitution has drawn fire from rightists who favor a higher profile for the military.
Miyazaki’s heartfelt aversion to war is nothing new: He stayed away from the Academy Awards ceremony where Spirited Away was awarded an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film, saying he found it hard to celebrate “because of the deeply sad events taking place in the world” – a reference to the war in Iraq.
Miyazaki has used traditional animation throughout the animation process, though computer-generated imagery was employed starting with Princess Mononoke. However, in his 2008 film Ponyo, Miyazaki went back to traditional hand-drawn animation. Miyazaki’s own career centers on grueling hard work: Miyazaki has mostly eschewed computer graphics for painstakingly hand-drawn animation.
Miyazaki’s success has helped keep Japan one of the world’s biggest markets for animation. His sale of worldwide distribution rights for Studio Ghibli’s works to Walt Disney Studios in 1996 helped win him a global audience.
Miyazaki’s films generally portray a fantasy world in which technology is eclipsed by mysticism and nature. “Miyazaki’s extraordinary vision unites romanticism and humanism,” said Marco Mueller, the 2005 director of the Venice Film Festival. “The sense of wonder that his films transmit reawakens the sleeping beauty in all of us.”
20. I am delighted to extend a special welcome to our distinguished guests who have _____
accepted the invitation to participate in this activity.
(A) painstakingly (B) graciously (C) functionally (D) potentially