私立中原大學八十九學年度進修學士班考試命題紙


所組別:進修學士班 科目:英文 考試時間:7月22日第2節

每題兩分
I. Read the following passage and answer the questions based on it.
What happens when people throw things away? In this passage, we will consider two instances which led to some very strange developments:
1. In 1884 there was a trade fair at New Orleans in the south of the U.S.A. It provided publicity for the new cotton crop and was intended to attract possible buyers. We know that a Japanese firm attended the firm. It is said-but cannot be checked-that the Japanese gave away small hyacinth bulbs as souvenirs. Somehow, people obtained these bulbs and grew them in fish ponds or large pots of water. They were surprised to find that this new water hyacinth grew rapidly, and then went on growing. In some cases, it spread across fish ponds and kept out light. People soon started to get rid of the plant, which was thrown into ditches or rivers.
Within about ten years, the water hyacinth had become a serious menace in several southern states in the U.S.A. Congress called on the Army to get rid of the weed-and the struggle has been continuing ever since then. Now mile after mile of useful transport routes are choked by the weed. Canals and rivers have become impassable. The latest plan is to import weevils from Argentina. These weevils feed, it is hoped, only on water hyacinths. If all goes well, they will get rid of the weed. Experts hope that they will not then develop a taste for a useful plant such as cotton.
2. Each year many tourists visit the swamps of Florida. In the past, many of them bought small alligators to take home as pets. At first, they kept their pets in the bath or a similarly large container. However, when the alligators became too large or too hungry, people were anxious to get rid of them. Some small alligators were flushed down the toilet. Others were dropped in ditches and found their way into underground drainage systems. You can perhaps guess what was bound to happen in a large city like New York. On their inspection tours of the city's underground drains, workmen reported that they had seen huge black monsters. In three cases, the men claimed that they had been attacked by these strange creatures. When an investigation was made, it was found that some of the alligators had reached the drainage and sewer system and were living there, eating rats and anything else they could find.
1. Which of these was NOT a factor common to the two incidents?
A. Both dealt with events after people had thrown things away.
B. Both had unexpected results.
C. Both occurred in the U.S.A.
D. Both were the result of lack of care.
2. The information about a Japanese firm and the souvenirs is given to us as
A. a belief
B. a fact
C. fiction
D. biography
3. One function of the trade fair was apparently to
A. develop trade in bulbs and plants
B. attract buyers of cotton plants
C. encourage the growing of cotton
D. develop the trade in tropical fish
4. The great disadvantage of the water hyacinth plant is that it
A. grows too quickly
B. can grow on land or sea
C. does not like the light
D. cannot be eaten by anything>
5. One danger connected with the plan to use weevils is that
A. they may not want to eat hyacinths
B. the climate may be unsuitable for them
C. they, too, may spread and cause unexpected problems
D. they also attack and damage vegetables or trees which are useful as timber
6. In the second paragraph, "souvenirs" are things which
A. come from a foreign country
B. remind us of a place or person
C. do not cost much money
D. are used as samples or specimens
7. In the third paragraph, the expression "it is hoped" tells us that
A. the new plan is very important
B. the experts are not sure what will happen
C. the author is an optimist
D. the Argentine Government may not allow people to import the weevils
8. In Florida, alligators apparently live in _____
A. baths
B. fish-ponds
C. large containers
D. water
9. In the last paragraph, "bound to" means
A.enabled to
B. fastened to
C. certain to
D. likely to
10. The investigation mentioned in the last paragraph was probably made
A. in Florida
B. underground
C. in swamps and rivers
D. by alligators
II.. Read the following passages and fill in the missing item chosen from the lists that follows.

1. Even (11)____ she could not (12)_____ time, my three-year-old granddaughter was wearing a watch when I visited. Later, when I was (13)______ my coat to leave, I asked her what time (14)______. She looked at her watch blankly, then brightened. "It's time for you to go, " she answered (15)_______.
11. A. though B. that C. XXX D. then
12. A. tell B. count C. say D. call
13. A. bringing B. putting on C. wearing D. removing
14. A. it was B. was it C. was D. XXX
15. A. disappointedly B. angrily C. triumphantly D. timidly

2. My sister is a frequent dieter. After a determined (16)______ one spring, she was feeling particularly pleased with herself: She had (17)_______ to get (18)______ a dress she had been unable to wear for years. As she headed out of the door on her way to work, I mentioned that the (19)_______ was sticking out of the neckline in back. "It's a ten," she replied curtly. "Leave it (20)______ it is!"
16. A. effort B. failure C. reduce D. work
17. A. succeeded B. managed C. enabled D. likely
18. A. on B. for C. into D. off
19. A. sign B. label C. cloth D. logo
20. A. where B. what C. like D. on

III. Choose the best answers
21. Nearly everyone _____ money.
A. likes B. like C. is liked D. are like
22. This torch is definitely superior _____ that one.
A. than B. with C. to D. for
23. Peter is going to marry _____a secretary in his office.
A. with B. to C. for D. XXX
24. Mr. Blank wants to buy this flat. Do you think he is _____to pay for it?
A. can B. enable C. able D. rich
25. That man is the _____.
A. car's owner B. cars' owner C. owner of the car D. owner for the car
26. Oranges are said to be rich _____ vitamins.
A. in B. on C. at D. with
27. X: Peter was absent yesterday.
Y: _____________.
A. And so was your sister.
B. So did Paul and John
C. And so are my friends too.
D. I am too.
28. Blessed ____the _____ for they shall inherit the earth.
A. are…meek B. is…meeks C. are…meeks D. is…meek
29. Peter said to John, "What are you up to?" We cab tell from this that Peter was probably
A. worried about John B. suspicious of John
B. satisfied with John D. envious of John
30. When I entered my new school, I _____that the system was different.
A. find B. have found C. found D. was finding
31. The boy on the left is Peter. I suppose the other boy must be a friend of _____.
A. he B. his C. him D. he's
32. God helps those who help _______.
A. himself B. herself C. yourself D. themselves
33. Early _____one morning, I heard people arguing outside our door.
A. XXX B. in C. at D. on
34. After a storm, the prices of vegetables and other commodities _____ for a few days.
A. rise B. rises C. raise D. raises
35. If we consider this problem more carefully, we _____a solution to it.
A. would find B. have found C. finding D. will find
36. Look at these words. Please can you tell me _______?
A. what do they mean B. their meaning
B. the meaning to them D. what are they meaning
37. If you leave ice in the sun, it always ______.
A. will melt B. melt C. melting D. melts
38. Next year, he _____ to assistant supervisor.
A. will be promoted B. promotes C. promoted D. will promote
39. Mary will _____ if you say anything about the color of her shoes.
A. embarrass B. be embarrassed C. embarrassing D. have embarrassed
40. I spent one hundred dollars yesterday but I am not sure what
A. did I spend it on B. I spent it on
C. had I spent it on D. I spent it on for
41. I shan't be long. I'll be back in a few _____time.
A. minutes B. minutes' C. minute's D. minute
42. Our cat eats all sorts of things but she shows quite a _____ for fish, so we often give her some.
A. choice B. option C. delight D. preference
43. Last week, my brother and I went to visit my uncle. He is a farmer and _____ hard to earn a living.
A. works B. worked C. had worked D. has been worked
44. Peter lost his identity card some time last week but I think he _______it now.
A. has found B. found C. finds D. had found
45. Look! I can see a bus ______ the distance.
A. from B. in C. at D. to
46. X: Would you like to go swimming with us tomorrow, Mary?
Y:____________. I'm recovering from an illness. But thanks anyway.
A. That's a very foolish suggestion.
B. Yes, I'd love to go.
C. Yes, if you don't mind.
D. I'd rather not.
47. Meat _____bad if it is not kept in a refrigerator.
A. goes B. makes C. does D. comes
48. I need some coins for a parking meter. Could you please _____ this note?
A. break B. exchange C. change D. transform
49. This is the dress which I bought _____last week.
A. them B. it C. XXX D. that
50. I cannot remember ever _________anything like that to her.
A. say B. said C. saying D. to say

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