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後，選出最適當的答案。 ▲ 閱讀下文，回答第 41−45 題 The phenomenon of undraftedHarvardgrad and previous NBA benchwarmerJeremy Lin is
translatingintoseriousmoney, as Knicks’ ticketpricessoar and stores can’t keep up withdemand
for Lin jerseys and “Linsanity” merchandise. Not longafterbeing let go by two NBA teams (Rockets, Warriors), Lin is the biggeststory in
basketball. He’s led the Knicks to fivestraightwins, highlighted by a dominant, 38-pointperformanceagainst the Lakers. In any event, fans can’t seem to get enough of Lin and his “Lincredible”
underdogsuccessstory. Since he started his magical run on February 4, Lin’s #17 jersey has been
the NBA’s bestseller. Yahoo! SportsalsoreportsthatsinceLinsanitysurfaced, Knicksmerchandisesaleshavebeentops in the NBA, sportsstores in midtownManhattanhavesold out multipleshipments of Lin gear, the Knickshavejacked up ticketprices by 27%, and the stockprice of the
teamownership (MadisonSquareGarden Co.) has risen 6.2%. Apparelmanufacturersseemunable to keep up with the surprisedemand for Lin gear. The
KnicksStorewebsitecurrentlystatesthat it is sold out of Lin’s home and roadjerseys. As expected
in today’s economy, though, whentraditionalmethodscome up short, entrepreneurs on the web fill
in the gaps. A “Jeremy Lin” search at eBayyields 6,598 results, includingsignedplayingcards,
jerseys, and T-shirts. At design-your-own merchandisesite Cafè Press, there are currently 21
differentdesigns, includingLinsanitypajamas and LinsanityiPadcases, bothwithChineselettering. Lin’s breakoutwould be a greatstory no matterwhat his ethnicbackground, but the factthat so
few NBA playerslooklike him—his parents are fromTaiwan—has boosted the Lin phenomenon to
the nextlevel. And, speaking of Asia, that’s whereLinsanity may be its mostinsane. Reuters and
othersnotethat the biggestmarket for the NBA outsideNorthAmerica is China. Tens of millions of
Chinesefanshavebeenwatching Lin’s highlights on state-run sportschannelsover the pastweeks.
Especiallyafter the retirement of China’s Yao Minglastyear, Lin looks to be a crowdfavorite—
and a dreamspokesperson for all sorts of brands and products.
【題組】41. Which of the following is NOT about Lin’s surprisingsuccess?
(A) He had the 38-pointperformance in the Knicks vs. Lakersgame.
(B) The sale of his No. 17 jersey was stagnant.
(C) A wideselection of Lin-themedmerchandise can be madeavailable.
(D) He was the biggestcontributor of Knicks’ fiveconsecutivewins.
Archaeologicalliterature is rich in descriptions of pot making. Unlikemodernindustrialpotters, prehistoricartisanscreatedeach of theirpiecesindividually, using the simplesttechnology but demonstratingremarkableskill in making and adorningtheirvessels.
Line The clayused in prehistoric pot making was invariablyselectedwith the utmostcare:
(5) often it was tradedoverconsiderabledistances. The consistency of the clay was crucial:
it was poundedmeticulously and mixedwithwater to make it entirelyeven in texture. By
carefulkneading, the potterremoved the air bubbles and made the clay as plastic as
possible, allowing it to be moldedintoshape as the pot was built up, When a pot is fired.
It loses its water and can crack, so the potteradded a temper to the clay, a substancethat
(10) Helpedreduceshrinkage and cracking.
Sincesurfacefinishesprovided a pleasingappearance and alsoimproved the durability
In day-to-day use, the pottersmoothed the exteriorsurface of the pot with wet hands. Often
A wet claysolution, known as a slip, was applied to the smoothsurface. BrightlycoloredSlipswereoftenused and formedpainteddecorations on the vessel. In latertimes. glazes
(15) cameinto use in someareas. A glaze is a form of slipthatturns to a glasslikefinishduringhigh-temperaturefiring. When a slip was not applied, the vessel was allowed to dry slowlyuntil the externalsurface was almostlikeleather in texture. It was thenrubbedwith a
roundstone or similarobject to give it a shiny, hardsurface. Somepotswereadornedwithincised or stampeddecorations.
(20) Mostearlypottery was thenfiredoveropenhearths. The vesselswerecoveredwithFast-burningwood; as it burned, the asheswould all around the pots and bakethemEvenlyover a few hours. Far highertemperatureswereattained in specialovens, known
As kilns, whichwould not onlybake the clay and remove its plasticity, but alsodissolveCarbons and ironcompounds. Kilnswerealsoused for glazing, when two firingswereNeeded, Oncefired, the potswereallowed to coolslowly, and smallcrackswererepairedBeforetheywereready for use.
【題組】49. Look at the terms “temper”(line9),
“glazes”(line14), “kilns”(line23), and
“compounds”(24). Which of theseterms is
NOT defined in the passage?
(A) temper (B) glazes (C) kilns (D) compounds
The Van GoghMuseum
One of the mostpopularartists for over a century has beenVincent van Gogh. Born in the
Netherlands in 1853, van Gogh did not begin his paintingcareeruntil he was almost 30 and he
diedbefore he turned 40. Within one shortdecade, van Goghproduced a trulyhugeamount of
art, including 860 oil paintings and 1,300 otherworks. Van Gogh’s tragiclifeended in an
apparentsuicide. He had sufferedmentalillness, hopelesslove, and nearly no appreciation of his
art except for thatfrom his brother and sister-in-law, who supported him. Within a few yearsafter his death, however, manypeoplearound the worldbegan to realizethatthey had lost a
Fortunately, much of van Gogh’s work has beencollected at the Van GoghMuseum in
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. Convenientlylocated, the Van GoghMuseumattractedsome 1.5 millionvisitors per year. Thoughunknown in his lifetime, todayVincent
van Gogh is an icon. If you are not yet one of his millions of fans, you will be after a trip to the
Van GoghMuseum. 【題組】33. Which of thesetopics is NOT discussed in the article?
(A) Van Gogh’s paintingcareer (B) the detailedbuildings of the Van GoghMuseum (C) Van Gogh’s personalproblems (D) the location of the Van GoghMuseum
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短文後，選出最適當的答案。 A blog can be considered as a journalthat can continuouslyallow the users to updatetheir own
words and posttheirworkonlinethroughsoftware. Its simpleinterface is so easy to perform,
demanding no professionalknowledge of web scripting. Thus, anyone who can create a basicworddocument can create and maintain a blog. In addition, one can even add pictures or audiofiles to
improve a blog’s attractiveness. What’s more, a blog is interactive in the sensethatreaders can
respondwithcomments in just a few steps. Onlineforums can alsotakeplace on any blogsite. Mostblogs on the Internet are personal or journalistic. However, therehavebeen an increasingnumber of peopleusingblogs in education. In terms of teaching and learning, studentscould use a
personalblog to document and demonstratetheirdevelopmentovertime. Hence, blogscould be
used to monitor and assessstudents’ work as well as encourageinteractionsbetweenstudents and
teachers. Blogs can be used in manydifferentways. One of them is to providetools for reading in a
languageotherthan one’s mothertongue, through the interactivenature of blogs. One can read and
alsocomment on what one readswith the expectation of a littlediscussion and a quest for commoninterests and individualdifferences. By writing on blogs, people can get feedbackfromotheraudiences all overcyberspace. Studentshave an opportunity to readthingsthey are interested in and
writethingstheytrulywish to write, therebycombiningtheirtextswithconversations in a verypersonal and stimulating way. In otherwords, blogsallowpeople to exchangeinformationwithoutspace and timeconstraints to broadentheirknowledge and meetpersonalneeds and interests at the
sametime. 【題組】42. Which of thesestatements is NOT stated in the passageabove?
(A) Timeconstraintsprevent a lot of peoplefromusingblogs.
(B) It is quitemeaningful to read and write for realpurposesthroughblogging.
(C) People who havesimilarinterests can discussinteractively on blogs.
(D) Anyone who can use worddocumentswould be able to createtheir own blogs.
As we learnedthatmanyanimals can think, what’s more, some of them can do the job likehumans do.
Members of one of the finestdetectiveforces in the worldwear no badges and carry no guns. Theironlyweapons are theirstrength and courage and a diplomafrom an intensiveschool--- the Police Dog CenternearOttawa, Canada.
From the time he entersschool, each dog recruit is instilledwithseveremilitarydiscipline. First he is taught to obey, sit and lie down. Nextcomesfieldtrainingwhere he learns how to trackdownclues, guardprisoners, and rescue a drowning man or a victimpinnedunder a fallentree. Anotherdifficultlesson the dog detectivemustmaster is to acceptfoodonlyonce a day, and from no one but his trainer. Thislesson is his bestinsuranceagainst the jaws of a baitedtrap or the painfuldeathfrompoisonedmeat. In his finallessons the PoliceService dog learns to jumpthroughwindows, to climb up and downladders and to capture an armed man withoutgettingshot. Not onlymust he be tough, but the dog must be a gentleman, too, becausemany of his missions are retrievinglostchildren.
【題組】44. Which of thesequalities is NOT required of a police dog in Canada?
(A) Courage. (B) Strength. (C) Discipline. (D) Beauty.