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科目:英 文  

I. Read the following story, and then answer the following questions.
   
 
The Theory of Relativity
   
  It would not be amiss to say that Albert Einstein (1879-1955) is already recognized as the topmost physicist of the twentieth century. Einstein's theory of relativity, forerunner of the atomic age, has revolutionized scientific thinking throughout the entire world. But because of its complexity, it has been understood by only a handful of people. One at a social gathering at Princeton, which is where Einstein made his home, the physicist was asked by his hostess, speaking on behalf of her other guests, to explain his theory: "I realize it's very complicated, but perhaps you could give us the gist of it."The complaisant physicist said that he could best divulge his theory by telling a story. The guests clustered around to listen.
"I was once strolling in the country with a friend who was blind," said Einstein. "it was an extremelyhot day, and my friend and I both were sweltering under the direct rays of the sun. I suggested that a
drink of fresh milk might cool us off.
  "'Milk' said my friend. 'Drink I know, but what is milk?'
"'A white liquid,' I told him.
"'Liquid I know, but what is white?'
'"The color of a swan's feathers.'
"'Feathers I know, but what is a swan?'
"'A bird with a crooked neck.'
"'Neck I know, but what is crooked?'
"'At this point, on the verge of becoming impatient with my companion, I took his arm and straightened it. 'That's straight,' I said. Then I bent his arm at the elbow. "'That's crooked.'
"'Ah!' said my blind friend. 'Now I understand what you mean by milk.'"
Einstein ended his story and smiled. There was general silence.
"Oh," the hostess said finally. "Now I think I see the problem of explaining relativity!"
 
  After reading the story mark A for true or B for false for the following statements (3 points each)
  1. Albert Einstein is considered to be the greatest physicist of the nineteenth century.
  2. Many people understand Einstein's theory of relativity.
  3. Einstein was from Harvard University.
4. Einstein told the story of a walk with a blind friend to illustrate why it was difficult to explain
his theory.
  5. Einstein used the blind man's neck to show what crooked means.
  6. Einstein's hostess wanted Einstein to explain his famous theory in a simple way.
  7. The hostess was the only person really interested in Einstein's theory.
  8. Einstein's theory has changed the scientific thinking only in the Western world.
  9. Einstein's theory is the result of the atomic revolution.
  10. Einstein successfully explained his theory.
   
  11. Which title seems most appropriate for this story? Write the letter for the best answer. (1 point)
    A. Einstein Simplifies His Theory
    B. The Importance of Einstein's Theory of Relativity
    C. The Problem of Explaining Relativity
    D. Why Einstein is the Topmost Physicist
       
II. Vocabulary from the reading. In each group match the words on the left with their descriptions on the right using the letters. (3 points each)
   
 
12. forerunner   A. walk slowly
13. gist   B. make known
14. divulge   C. something that precedes
15. stroll   D. substance of something
         
16. verge   A. obliging
17. amiss   B. benefit
18. behalf   C. on the point
19. complaisant   D. wrong
         
20. cluster   A. be affected by the heat
21. swelter   B. to sweat
      C. to form a close group
      D. to support
   
III.
Mark the correct letter for the best answer. (3 points each)
  22. My dog likes the park, so I ______ go to the park everyday to walk my dog.
    A. never B. ever C. always D. sometimes
     
  23. The young man ______ his girlfriend of many years.
  A. married with B. married to C. married D. married unto
           
  24. Unfortunately another couple had an argument and the girl ______ with the boy.
    A. broke from B. broke up with C. broke with D. broke up from
     
  25. Her mother was sick, so she had to ______ medicine.
  A. have B. take C. eat D. use
                 
  26. Paul was a good student; ______, his athletic ability was poor.
  A. therefore B. and C. so D. however
                 
  27. Which word or phrase is NOT appropriate?
  A. toilet B. toilet room   C. restroom D. lavatory
                 
  28. Which sentence is NOT correct?
 
A. We were going home. B. They were at home.
C. I had gone home. D. He were at home.
           
  29. He put a lot of ______ into the project.
  A. difficulty B. effort C. efforts D. difficulties
                 
  30. Which sentence is NOT correct?
 
A. His death was a suicide. B. He committed suicide.
C. He killed himself. D. He suicided.
                 
  31. My cousin Joe lives in Australia and goes to an exclusive school for boys. ______ plans to graduate next year.
  A. She B. They C. He D. They
                 
  32. Which word or phrase is NOT appropriate?_______ his appearance, he is a good worker.
  A. Irregardless of B. Regardless of C. In spite of D. Despite
                 
  33. Her parents were proud ______ their daughter.
  A. at B. from C. with D. of
                 
34. I _____ thinking of you recently.
  A. be. B. were C. been D. was
 
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