Part                         Cloze                     (15 minutes)

Directions: There are 20 blanks in the following passage. For each blank there are four choices marked A), B), C) and D) on the right side of the paper. You should choose the ONE that best fits into the passage. Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the centre.

The horse and carriage is a thing of the past, but love and marriage are still with us and still closely interrelated. Most American marriages, 62 first marriages uniting young people, are the result of mutual attraction and affection 63 than practical considerations.

In the United States, parents do not 64     marriages for their children. Teenagers begin 65   in high school and usually find mates through their own academic and social 66 .

Though young people feel free to choose their friends from  67  groups, most choose a mate of similar 68 . This is due in part to parental guidance.

Parents can not  69   spouses (配偶) for their children, but they can usually 70  choices by voicing disapproval of someone they consider unsuitable.  71 , marriages between members of different groups (interclass, interfaith, and interracial marriages) are  72 , probably because of the greater mobility of today's youth and the fact that they are  73  by fewer prejudices than their parents. Many young people leave their hometowns to attend college, serve in the armed forces, 74  pursue a career in a bigger city. Once away from home and family, they are more 75  to date and marry outside their own social group. In mobile American society, interclass marriages are neither 76 nor astonishing. Interfaith marriages are 77  the rise, especially between Protestants (基督教徒) and Catholics (天主教徒) . On the other hand, interracial marriages are still very 78  . It can be difficult for interracial couples to find a place to live, maintain friendships, and 79 a family. Marriages between people of different national 80  (but the same race and religion) have been commonplace here 81  colonial times.

62. A) specially     B) naturally C) particularly   D) fortunately

63. A) more        B) rather C) less         D) better

64. A) arrange      B) engage C) manage      D)propose

65. A) appointing    B) dating C) marrying     D)playing

66. A) positions     B) associations C) contracts     D) contacts

67. A) separate      B) identical C) independent   D) different

68. A) background   B) situation C) circumstance  D) condition

69. A) object        B)reject C) select        D) approve

70. A) influence     B) make C) afford        D) provide

71. A) Therefore     B)However C) Moreover     D)Likewise

72. A) declining     B) prohibiting C) increasing     D)reducing

73. A) respected      B)retained C) reserved       D) restricted

74. A) but           B) or C) so            D) unless

75. A) likely          B) possible C) reluctant       D) eager

76. A) scarce         B) risky C) rare           D) rigid

77. A) in             B) at C) for            D) on

78. A) normal         B) uncommon C) ordinary        D) usual

79. A) raise           B) settle C) grow           D) unite

80. A) source          B) convention C) origin          D) immigrant

81. A) since           B) with C) by             D) during

Part Ⅵ                            Translation                        (5 minutes)

Directions: Complete the sentences by translating into English the Chinese given in brackets. Please write your translation on Answer Sheet 2

82. If she had not become a Japanese citizen,                            (冠军属于)China.

83. Many overweight people can bring down their blood pressure just by                 (减轻体重)10 to 20 pounds.

84. By the end of the 15th century what had developed into being was a modified,          (大大地丰富了的英语).

85. Young as he is, the child has developed the ability to look at things                  (从成人的角度).

86. The history professor has spent most of his time in icy Alaska, where the Eskimos

 still                              (坚持传统习俗).


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