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    One-room schools are part of the heritage of the United States, and the mention of them makes people feel a vague longing for “the way things were2” One-room schools are an endangered species, however. For more than a hundred years, one-room schools have been systematically shut down and their students away to centralized schools. As recently as 1930 there were 149,000 one-room schools in the United States. By 1970 there were 1,800. Today, of the nearly 800 remaining one-room schools, more than 350 are in Nebraska. The rest are scattered through a few other states that have on their road maps wide-open spaces between towns. (来源:英语博客 http://space.englishcn.com)

    Now that there are hardly any left, educators are beginning to think that maybe there is something yet to be learned from one-room schools, something that served the pioneers that might serve as well today. Progressive educators have come up with progressive-sounding names like “peer-group teaching” and “multi-age grouping” for educational procedures that occur naturally in the one-room school. In a one-room school the children teach each other because the teacher is busy part of the time teaching someone else. A fourth grader can work at a fifth-grade level in math and a third –grade level in English without the stigma associated with being left back or the pressures of being skipped ahead. A youngster with a learning disability can find his or her own level without being separated from the other pupils In larger urban and suburban schools today, this is called “mainstreaming”. A few hours in a small school that has only one classroom and it becomes clear why so many parents feel that one of the advantages of living in Nebraska is that their children have to go to a one-room school.

1. It is implied in the passage that many educators and parents today feel that one-room school
A) need to be shut down.
B) are the best in Nebraska.
C) are a good example of the good old days.
D) provide good education.

2. Why are one-room schools in danger of disappearing?
A) Because they all exist in one state.
B) Because they skip too many children ahead.
C) Because there is a trend toward centralization.
D) Because there is no fourth-grade level in any of them.

3. What is mentioned as a major characteristic of the one-room school system in the second paragraph?
A) Some children have to be left back.
B) Teachers are always busy.
C) Pupils have more freedom.
D) Learning is not limited to one grade level at a time.

4.Which of the following can best describe the author’s attitude toward one-room schools?
A) Praising.
B) Angry.
C) Critical.
D) Humorous.

5.It can be inferred from the last sentence that parents living in Nebraska

A) don’t like centralized schools.
B) received education in one-room schools.
C) Prefer rural life to urban one.
D) Come from other states.

Passage 2


David Jones and His Salary

    Computer programmer David Jones earns £35,000 a year designing new computer games, yet he cannot find a bank prepared to let him have a cheque card. Instead, he has been told to wait another two years, until he is 18.

    The 16-year-old works for a small firm in Liverpool, where the problem of most young people of his age is finding a job. David’s firm releases two new games for the home computer market each month.

    But David’s biggest headache is what to do with his money. Despite his salary, earned by inventing new programs, with bonus payments and profit-sharing4, he cannot drive a car, buy a house, or obtain credit cards.

    He lives with his parents in Liverpool. His company has to pay £150 a month in taxi fares to get him the five miles to work and back every day because David cannot drive.

    David got his job with the Liverpool-based company four months ago, a year after leaving school and working for a time in a computer shop.“I got the job because the people who run the firm knew I had already written some programs," he said.

    “I suppose £35,000 sounds a lot but I hope it will come to more than this year.” He sends some of his money on his money on records and clothes, and gives his mother £20 a week. But most of his spare time is spent working.

    “Unfortunately, computing was not part of our studies at school,” he said.” But I had been studying it in books and magazines for four years in my spare time. I knew what I wanted to do and never considered staying on at school. Most people in this business are fairly young, anyway.”

    David added:“I would like to earn a million and I suppose early retirement is a possibility. You never know when the market might disappear.

1. Why is David different from other young people of his age?

A) Because he earns an extremely high salary.

B) Because he is not unemployed.

C) Because he does not go out much.

D) Because he lives at home with his parents.

2. David’s greatest problem is

A) finding a bank that will treat him as an adult.

B) Inventing computer games.

C) Spending his salary.

D) Learning to drive.

3. He was employed by the company because

A) he had worked in a computer shop.

B) He had written some computer programs.

C) He had worked very hard.

D) He had learned to use computers at school.

4. He left school because

A) he did not enjoy school.

B) He wanted to work with computers and staying at school did not help him.

C) He was afraid of getting too old to start computing.

D) He wanted to earn a lot of money.

5. Why does David think he might retire early?

A) Because you have to be young to write computer programs.

B) Because he wants to stop working when his is a millionaire.

C) Because he thinks computer games might not always sell so well.

D) Because he thinks his firm might go bankrupt.

Passage 3

Driven to distraction

    Joe Coyne slides into the driver’s seat, stars up the car and heads to town. The empty stretch of interstate gives way to urban congestion, and Coyne hits the brake as a pedestrian suddenly crosses the street in front of him.

    But even if he hadn’t stopped in time, the woman would have been safe. She isn’t real. Neither is the town. And Coyne isn’t really driving. Coyne is demonstrating a computerized driving simulator that is helping researchers at Old Dominion University (ODU) examine how in-vehicle guidance systems affect the person behind the wheel.

    The researchers want to know if such systems, which give audible or written directions, are too distracting --- or whether any distractions are offset by the benefits drivers get from having help finding their way in unfamiliar locations.

    “We’re looking at the performance and mental workload of drivers,” said Caryl Baldwin, the assistant psychology professor leading the research , which involves measuring drives’ reaction time and brain activity as they respond to auditory and visual cues.

    The researchers just completed a study of the mental workload involved in driving through different kinds of environments and heavy vs. light traffic. Preliminary results show that as people “get into more challenging driving situations, they don’t have any extra mental energy to respond to something else in the environment,” Baldwin said.

    But the tradeoffs could be worth it, she said. The next step is to test different ways of giving drivers navigational information and how those methods change the drivers’ mental workload.

    “Is it best if they see a picture … that shows their position, a map kind of display?” Baldwin said. “Is it best if they hear it?”

    Navigational systems now on the market give point-by-point directions that follow a prescribed route. “They ‘re very unforgiving,” Baldwin said. “If you miss a turn, they can almost seem to get angry.”

    That style of directions also can be frustrating for people who prefer more general instructions . But such broad directions can confuse drivers who prefer route directions, Baldwin said.

    Perhaps manufacturers should allow drivers to choose the style of directions they want, or modify systems to present some information in a way that makes sense for people who prefer the survey style , she said.

    Interestingly, other research has shown that about 60 percent of men prefer the survey style, while 60 percent women prefer the route style, Baldwin said. This explains the classic little thing of why men don’t like to stop and ask for directions and women do, Baldwin added.

1. Which statement is true of the description in the first two paragraphs?

A. If Coyne had stopped the car in time, he wouldn’t have hit the woman.

B. The woman would have been knocked over, if Coyne had followed the traffic regulations.

C. Coyne is not really driving so it is impossible for him to have hit the woman.

D. If the woman had not crossed the street suddenly, Coyne would not have hit her.

2. What do researchers want to find out, according to the third and fourth paragraphs?

A. Whether or not audible or written directions are distracting.

B. How long it will take the driver to respond to auditory and visual stimuli.

C. How the driver perform under certain mental workload.

D. All of the above.

3. What are the preliminary results given in the fifth paragraph?

A. Drivers are afraid of getting into challenging driving situations.

B. In challenging driving situations, drivers still have extra energy to handle other things.

C. In challenging driving situations, drivers do not have any additional mental energy to deal with something else.

D. Drivers’ mental load remains unchanged under different situations.

4. The sixth paragraph mainly state that the researchers

A. is designing a visual navigational information system.

B. is designing an audio navigational information system.

C. is designing an audio-visual navigational information system.

D. want to determine the best ways of giving navigational information system.

5. What kind of directions do men and women prefer?

A. Women prefer more general directions and men prefer route directions.

B. Men prefer more general directions and women prefer route directions.

C. Both men and women prefer general directions.

D. Both men and women prefer route directions.

参考答案:

 

One-room Schools

1. D。该题问“该短文暗示当今的许多教育家和父母认为一间房学校怎样?”。暗示表明答案在原文中没有明说。从原文的第1段的段首句,第2段的第1句和最后1句都可发现一间房学校是受到推崇,所以答案是D。

2. C。该题问“为什么一间房学校有消失的危险?”。答案线索词:danger(危险)。依据此在第1段的第2句找到答案相关词endangered (处于危险中的),依据随后的一句中的centralized (集中的)一词找到答案C。C说“有一种集中化的趋势”。

3. D。该题问“第2段中提到的一间房学校的主要的一个特点是什么?”。研究备选答案,依据常理推断:A说“一些学生必须被甩在后面”;B说“教师总是很忙”;C说“学生有更多的自由”;D说“学生一次不是只限于一个年极”。A和B明显不是答案。C在文章中并没有提及,所以答案是D。

4. A。该题问“作者对一间房学校的态度是什么?”。文章对一间房学校的描述是积极的,肯定的。

5. A。该题问“从文章的最后一句推断住在Nebraska州的父母对一间房学校怎样?”。推断表明答案在原文中没有明说。该句说“许多父母认为住在Nebraska州的好处之一是孩子们必须上一间房学校”,所以推断他们不希望孩子上中心学校。

David Jones and His Salary

1. A。该题问“David与和他同龄的其他年轻人有什么不同?”。文章的题目是“David和他的薪水”,可见薪水是本文论述的一个中心。B说“David不是没有工作”,从语义上说,其没有A更切入主题,所以答案是A。

2. C。该题问“David最大的问题是什么?”。答案线索词: the greatest problem(最大的问题)。依据此在第3段的第1句找到答案相关词biggest headache (最头疼的事),依此找到答案C。

3. B。该题问“David被公司雇佣的原因是什么?”。答案线索词: school(学校)。依据此在第5段的第2句找到答案相关词job (工作),依此找到答案B。

4. B。该题问“他离开学校的原因是什么?”。答案线索词: employ(雇佣)。依据此在第7段的第2句找到答案相关句群,该相关句群说“学校不教计算机,他自学了四年,他清楚自己的目标,所以没有考虑继续读中学”。

5. C。该题问“David为什么认为他可能会提前退休?”。答案线索词: retire(退休)。依据此在第8段的第1句找到答案相关词retirement (退休),该相关句说“很难说市场何时消失”。而C说“因为他认为计算机游戏不会总卖的这么好”,所以C是答案。

Driven to distraction

1. C. 根据第一段和第2段的内容可以知道这不是Coyne真实的驾车经历.

2. D. 第3段说: 研究者要了解什么样的驾车指南会使驾车者分心. 第4段说, 他们要研究驾车者在驾驶中的精神负荷, 测试驾车者对声音和图象的反映, 包括时间和大脑的活动, 所以D是答案.

3. C. 第5段最后一句提供了答案.

4. D. 根据第6段第1句可以直接判断答案.

5. B. 文章最后一段说: 大多数男士偏向于general directions, 而女士则偏向于point-by-point directions, 即route style

 
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