. Vocabulary and Phrases: 20%
Directions: Choose one answer that best paraphrases the meaning of the underlined
word or phrase in each sentence. (
(B) 1.That naughty boy often turns a deaf ear to my friendly advice.
(B) 2.Smog may contain noxious elements, and may be a factor causing lung cancer.
(C) 3.Smallpox has been practically rooted out in the civilized world.
(A) 4.Some people denounce the government for probing into their private lives.
(C) 5.Ted was a mediocre scientist who never made any unique discoveries.
(D) 6.The Congress, by a unanimous vote, decided to decrease taxes.
(A) 7.In America, a program that lets users get music free from the Web has ignited the first great
(B) 8.In the wake of the dramatic summit, the leaders of the North and South are preparing to
strike out on an unpredictable journey toward reunification.
(A) 9.Inspired by viagra, researchers are rushing to unlock the mysteries of female desire and the
answers are turning out to be much more complex than anyone expected.
(C) 10.Ted was clearly cut out for great things.
. Writing Ability: 20% (
Directions: Each of the following sentences contains four underlined words or ases.
Choose the one that is either ungrammatical or unidiomatic.
(B) 1.No matter how diligent you may study a language, you can never master it overnight. A B C D
(C) 2.We prefer staying indoors reading than going swimming in the pool with them all. A B C D
(B) 3.No sooner had they got off the ship when they were approached by a woman who wanted to A B
(B) 4.Tom is so lazy that he has laid in the hammock since ten o’clock in the morning. A B C D
(D) 5.Many Americans are worried about the divorce rate, just as they are about the tendency for A B C people to live together without get married.
D (A) 6.Schools used to teaching many subjects that, although interesting, were not really necessary
(A) 7. Facing with a generation of youngsters who have an increasingly difficult time getting hired, A B C educators are testing new methods of preparing students for employment.
D (B) 8.Why is it that Americans have a very serious problem with overweight than people in other
(C) 9 .Employers are giving schools up-to-date informations on job opportunities A B C D
(C) 10.If you chopped wood for half an hour a day, you can take off 26 pound of fat a year. A B C D
. Reading Comprehension: 40%
A. Read the following passage and write on the answer sheet the letter of the answer that
best fills blank. For each correct answer you gain 1 point. (
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the __1__ love, the
search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the __2__ of mankind. These passions, like great
winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a deep ocean of anguish,
I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy—ecstasy so great the I would often sacrifice
all the rest of life for a few hours of this __3__. I have sought it, next because it __4__
loneliness--that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the
world into the cold __5__ lifeless abyss. I have sought it, finally, because in the union of love I hve
seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have __6__.
This is what I sought, and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what—at last—I
With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I
have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to __7__ the Pythagorean power by
which number holds sway above the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.
Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, let upward toward the heavens. But always
pity brought me back to earth. __8__ of cries of pain reverberate in my hear. Children in famine,
victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a heavy burden to their sons, and the whole
world of loneliness, poverty, and pain __9__ a mockery of what human life should be. I long to
alleviate the evil, but I cannot, an I too suffer.
This has been my life. I have found it worth __10__, and would gladly live it again if the
(Bertrand Russell, “What I Have Lived For”)
B.Read the following 10 questions and choose the best answer for each. Write on the
answer sheet the letter of the right answer for each question. For each correct answer
you gain 1 point. (
(D) 11.The explorers were very tired, but they did not pause. They kept moving and pushing their way through the dangerous, deep snowdrifts. They were afraid that if they stopped to rest
(D) 12.There is no form of emotional expression that is more natural or more universal than music. Nations have existed that have been ignorant of sculpture, painting, and architecture; but no nation has ever lacked _____.
(D) 13.It may be that community action is about the only effective means available today to avoid
excessive growth of government, or at least to prevent the size of government from _____.
(A) 14.In the United States, Arbor Day is a day for planting trees. Most states Celebrate Arbor Day,
and in some states the day is a legal holiday. The date varies among the states because the
best time for tree planting depends upon _____.
(D) 15.People who have nothing to boast of but their illustrious ancestors are like a potato—the
(D) 16.Ignorance is the mother of suspicion. We can rid ourselves of our suspicions only by _____.
(A) analyzing them (B) brooding over them (C) forgetting their existence
(C) 17.Our bodies need food and oxygen, and these must be supplied constantly. Food can be stored
in the body, so a person need not eat all the time in order to satisfy this requirement. Our bodies cannot store oxygen; therefore, _____.
(A) food is harder to find than is oxygen
(B) we must keep looking for new supplies of oxygen (C) we must keep breathing all the time (D) oxygen is more important than food
(B) 18.It has been said that knowledge is power, but greater power lies in the ability to utilize knowledge. A trained and powerful mind surely contains something, but its chief value
(B) 19.Often, the purchase of one fine thing requires the purchase of several more so that your appearance may be all of a piece. Poor Richard says, “It is easier to suppress the first desire than to _____.”
(C) 20.Never accept as fact something for which there exists only partial proof. Recognize as true only that which is demonstrated clearly enough to eliminate all reasonable _____.
C. Directions: Read the following passages and select the most appropriate answer for
each question. For each correct answer you gain 2 points. (
Until a century ago, bloodletting was used to treat many ailments. Dating back to before the
time of Christ, the treatment involves letting a type of worm, called a leech, suck blood from the
patient. People believed that there were liquids called humors in the body and that these determined
a person’s personality and health. Bloodletting, they thought, restored a balance to these humors.
At the time, little was known of the workings of the human body, but people did know that the
same liquid, blood, flowed throughout everyone’s body. They knew it was a vital substance, for loss
of any great amount of it meant certain death. Thus, they concluded that all diseases were carried in
the bloodstream, and that if the body was relieved of bad blood, health would return. Bloodletting,
however, came to be use as cure-all. Women were bled to keep them from blushing, while members
of the clergy were bled to prevent them from thinking sinful and worldly thoughts.
From the eleventh to the eighteenth centuries, barbers were the people to go to if you needed to
be bled. This custom explains the significance of the traditional barber’s pole: the white stripes
stand for bandages and the red stripes for blood.
(B) 22.The red and white stripes on barber poles symbolize
(A) 23.Why is bloodletting no longer considered a cure-all?
(A) Because more is known about the workings of the human body
(C) Because barbers were too busy cutting hair
(D) Because today we know that blood is necessary for health
(D)24.In the second paragraph, the word “thus” could be replaced by the word
D.H. Lawrence assailed it as “that small, high, hateful bugle.” The creature he was speaking of
was the mosquito. Most of us think of her—only the females bite—as merely a summertime
nuisance. We barricade ourselves behind screens, invest in insect repellent, and finally apply lotions
when we inevitably get bitten. But for centuries the mosquito has been recognized as more than an
inconvenience. It is also a carrier of some of the world’s deadliest diseases.
As a disease transmitter, the mosquito has been most frequently associated with the fever and
chills of malaria. Although the United States and most developed nations have now either
eradicated or significantly controlled this disease, malaria still afflicts more than a million children
Yellow fever is another disease carried by mosquitoes. It has been brought under control in
North America, so we tend to think of it as an exotic disease. But though it is now confined to
Africa and South America, it retains its deadly power.
Encephalitis, which can cause brain damage or death, is one mosquito-borne human disease
that still appears in the United states. Common birds carry this disease too, but it’s the pesky
mosquito that transmits it to people. Most of the time, your risk of contracting encephalitis is
minimal, but the chances increase when the mosquito population swells. So remember, screens and
insect repellent may be protection from much more than a mere nuisance.
(A)the causes of malaria and yellow fever.
(C)diseases carried by insects. (D) the mosquito’s function as a disease carrier.
(B) 27.According to the passage, people in the U.S. still have a chance of contracting
(A) 28.The final sentence of the passage implies that the writer thinks
(A) disease-carrying mosquitoes still pose a significant threat. (B) screens and insect repellent are ineffective protection against mosquitoes.
(C) the threat of disease being transmitted by mosquitoes no longer exists in the U.S. (D) screens and insect repellent are the best protection against mosquitoes.
(C) 29.The writer quotes D.H. Lawrence’s description of the mosquito to
(A)help the reader visualize the insect’s appearance.
(C)catch the reader’s attention. (D) contrast it with his own description.
(D) 30.The word minimal is closest in meaning to
(A) nonexistent. (B) frightening. (C) average. (D) slight.
Directions: Write an English essay of about 200 words on the following topic.
How to Make Our Society Better
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