Section I Use of English
Read the following text. Choose the best word(s) for each numbered blank and mark A, B, C or D on the ANSWER SHEET. (10 points)
Fluid intelligence is the type of intelligence that has to do with short-term memory and the ability to think quickly, logically, and abstractly in order to solve new problems. It (1) in young adulthood, levels out for a period of time, and then (2) starts to slowly decline as we age. But (3) aging is inevitable, scientists are finding out that certain changes in brain function may not be.
One study found that muscle loss and the (4) of body fat around the abdomen are associated with a decline in fluid intelligence. This suggests the (5) that lifestyle factors might help prevent or (6) this type of decline.
The researchers looked at data that (7) measurements of lean muscle and abdominal fat from more than 4,000 middle-to-older-aged men and women and (8) that data to reported changes in fluid intelligence over a six-year period. They found that middle-aged people (9) higher measures of abdominal fat (10) worse on measures of fluid intelligence as the years (11).
For women, the association may be (12) to changes in immunity that resulted from excess abdominal fat; in men, the immune system did not appear to be (13). It is hoped that future studies could (14) these differences and perhaps lead to different (15) for men and women.
(16) there are steps you can (17) to help reduce abdominal fat and maintain lean muscle mass as you age in order to protect both your physical and mental (18) . The two highly recommended lifestyle approaches are maintaining or increasing your (19) of aerobic exercise and following Mediterranean-style (20) that is high in fiber and eliminates highly processed foods.
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Section II Reading Comprehension
Read the following four texts. Answer the questions below each text by choosing A, B, C or D. Mark your answers on the ANSWER SHEET (40 points)
How can Britain’s train operators possibly justify yet another increase to rail passenger fares? It has become a grimly reliable annual ritual: every January the cost of travelling by train rises, imposing a significant extra burden on those who have no option but to use the rail network to get to work or otherwise. This year’s rise an average of 2.7 percent, may be a fraction lower than last year’s, but it is still well above the official Consumer Price Index (CPI) measure of inflation.
Successive governments have permitted such increases on the grounds that the cost of
investing in and running the rail network. Should be borne by those who use it, rather than the general taxpayer. Why, the argument goes, should a car-driving pensioner from Lincoln-shire have to subscribe the daily commute of a stockbroker from survey? Equally, there is a sense that the travails of commuters in the south East, many of whom will face among the biggest rises, have received too much attention compared to those who must endure the relativity poor infrastructure of the Mid lands and the North.
However, over the past 12 months, those commuters have also experienced some of the worst rail strikes in years. It is all very well train operators trumpeting the improvements they are making to the network, but passengers should be able to expect a basic level of service for the substantial sums they are now paying to travel. The responsibility for the test wave of strikes rests on the wines. However, there is a strong case that those who have been worst affected by industrial action should receive compensation for the disruption they have suffered.
The Government has pledged to change the law to introduce a minimum service requirement, so that even when strikes occur services can continue to operate. This should from part of a wider package of measures to address the long-running problems on Britain’s railways. Yes, more investment is needed ,but passengers will not be willing to pay more indefinitely if they must also endure cramped, unreliable services interrupted by regular chaos when time tables are changed, or planned maintenance is managed incompetently. They threat of nationalization may have been seen off for now, but it will return with a vengeance if the justified anger of passengers is not addressed in short order.
21 The author holds that this year’s increase in rail passenger fares
- [A] has kept pace with inflation.
- [B] is a big surprise to commuters.
- [C] remains an unreasonable measure.
- [D] will ease train operators burden.
22 The stockbroker in Paragraph 2 is used to stand for
- [A] rail travelers.
- [B] car drivers.
- [C] local investors.
- [D] ordinary taxpayers.
23 It is indicated in Paragraph 3 that train operators
- [A] have suffered huge losses owing to the strikes.
- [B] have failed to provide an adequate service.
- [C] are offering compensation to commuters.
- [D] are trying to repair relations with the unions
24 If unable to calm down passengers, the railways may have to face
- [A] the loss of investment.
- [B] the collapse of operations.
- [C] a reduction of revenue.
- [D] a change of ownership.
25 Which of the following would be the best title for the text?
- [A] Who Are to Blame for the Strikes?
- [B] Constant Complaining Doesn’t Work
- [C] Can Nationalization Bring Hope?
- [D] Ever-rising Fares Aren’t Sustainable
Last year marked the third year in a row that Indonesia’s bleak rate deforestation has slowed in pace. One reason for the turnaround may be the country’s antipoverty program.
In 2007, Indonesia started phasing in a program that gives money to its poorest residents under certain conditions, such as requiring people to keep kids in school or get regular medical care. Called conditional cash transfers or CCTs, these social assistance programs are designed to reduce inequality and break the cycle of poverty. They are already used in dozens of countries worldwide. In Indonesia, the programme has provided enough food and medicine to substantially reduce severe growth problems among children.
But the CCT programs don’t generally consider effects on the environment. In fact, poverty alleviation and environmental protection are often viewed as conflicting goals, says Paul Ferraro, an economist at Johnns Hopkins University.
That’s because economic growth can be correlated with environmental degradation, while protecting the environment is sometimes correlated with greater poverty. However, those correlations don’t prove cause and effect, The only previous study analyzing causality, based on an area in Mexico that had instituted CCTs, supported the traditional view. There, as people got more money, some of them may have more cleared land for cattle to raise for meat, Ferraro says.
Such programs do not have to negatively affect the environment, though. Ferraro wanted to see if Indonesia’s poverty-alleviation program was affecting deforestation. Indonesia has the third-largest area of tropical forest in the world and one of the highest deforestation rates.
Ferraro analyzed satellite data showing annual forest loss from 2008 to 2012, including during Indonesia’s phase in of the antipoverty program - in 7,468 forested villages across 15 provinces. “We see that the program is associated with a 30 percent reduction in deforestation,” Farrow says.
That’s likely because the rural poor are using the money as makeshift insurance policies against inclement weather, Ferraro says. Typically. if rains are delayed, people may clear land to plant more rice to supplement their harvest. With the CCTs, individuals instead can use the money to supplement their harvests.
Whether this research translates elsewhere is anybody’s guess. Farrow suggests the results may transfer to other parts of Asia, due to commonalities such as the importance of growing rice and market access. And regardless of transferability, the study shows that what’s good for people may also be good for the environment. Even if this program didn’t reduce poverty. Ferraro says, “the value of the avoided deforestation just for carbon dioxide
emissions alone is more than the program costs”
26 According to the first paragraph, CCT programmes aim to
- [A] Facilitate health-care reform
- [B] help poor families get better off
- [C] Improve local education systems
- [D] lower deforestation rates
27 The study based on an area in Mexico excited to show that
- [A] cattle raising has been a major livelihood for the poor
- [B] CCT programs have helped preserve traditional lifestyles
- [C] antipoverty efforts require the participation of local farmers
- [D] economic growth tends to cause environmental degradation
28 In his study about Indonesia, Farrow intends to find out
- [A] its acceptance level of CCTs
- [B] its annual rate of poverty alleviation
- [C] the relation of CCTs to its forest loss
- [D] the role of its forests in climate change
29 According to Ferraro, the CCT program in Indonesia is valuable in that
- [A] it will benefit other Asian countries
- [B] it will reduce regional inequality
- [C] it can protect the environment
- [D] it can benefit grain production
30 What is the text centred on?
- [A] The effects ofa program.
- [B] The debates over a program.
- [C] The process of a study.
- [D] The transfer ability of a study.
As a historian who’s always searching for the text or the image that makes us re-evaluate the past, I’ve become preoccupied with looking for photographs that show our Victorian ancestors smiling (what better way to shatter the image of 19th- century prudery?). I’ve found quite a few, and - since I started posting them on Twitter - they have been causing quite a stir. People have been surprised to see evidence that Victorians had fun and could, and did, laugh. They are noting that the Victorians suddenly seem to become more human as the hundred-or -So years that separate us fade away through our common experience of laughter.
Of course, I need to concede that my collection of ‘Smiling Victorians’ makes up only a tiny percentage of the vast catalogue of photographic portraiture created between 1840 and 1900, the majority of which show sitters posing miserably and stiffly in front of painted backdrops, or staring absently into the middle distance. How do we explain this trend?
During the 1840s and 1850s, in the early days of photography, exposure times were notoriously long: the daguerreotype photographic method (producing an image on a silvered copper plate) could take several minutes to complete,resulting in blurred images as sitters shifted position or adjusted their limbs. The thought of holding a fixed grin as the camera performed its magical duties was too much to contemplate, and so a non-committal blank stare became the norm.
But exposure times were much quicker by the 1 880s, and the introduction of the Box Brownie and other portable cameras meant that, though slow by today’s digital standards, the exposure was almost instantaneous. Spontaneous smiles were relatively easy to capture by the 1890s, so we must look elsewhere for an explanation of why Victorians still hesitated to smile.
One explanation might be the loss of dignity displayed through a cheesy grin. “Nature gave us lips to conceal our teeth.” ran one popular Victorian maxim, alluding to the fact that before the birth of proper dentistry mouths were often in a shocking state of hygiene. A flashing set of healthy and clean, regular “pearly whites” was a rare sight in Victorian society, the preserve of the super- rich (and even then, dental hygiene was not guaranteed).
A toothy grin (especially when there were gaps or blackened gnashers) lacked class: drunks,
tramps and music hall performers might gum and grin with a smile as wide as Lewis Carroll’s
gum-exposing Cheshire Cat, but it was not a becoming look for properly bred persons. Even Mark
Twain,a man who enjoyed a hearty laugh, said that when it came to photographic portraits there
could be “nothing more damning than a silly, foolish smile fixed forever”.
31 According to paragraph 1, the author’s posts on Twitter
- [A] illustrated the development of Victorian photography
- [B] highlighted social media’s tole in Victorian studies
- [C] re-evaluated the Victorian’s notion of public image
- [D] changed people’s impression of the Victorians.
32 What does the author say about the Victorian portraits he has collected?
- [A] They are rare among photograph of that age
- [B] They show effect of different exposure times
- [C] They mirror 19th-century social conventions
- [D] They are in popular use among historians
33 What might have kept the Victorians from smiling pictures in the 1890s?
- [A] Their inherent social sensitiveness
- [B] Their tension before the camera
- [C] Their unhealthy dental condition
- [D] Their distrust of new inventions
34 Mark Twain is quoted to show that the disapproval of smiles in pictures was
- [A] a thought-provoking idea
- [B] a misguide attitude
- [C] a controversial vies
- [D] a deep-rotted belief
35 Which of the following questions does the text answer?
- [A] Why did most Victorians look stern in photographs?
- [B] When did the Victorians start to view photograph differently?
- [C] What made photograph develop slowly in the Victorian period?
- [D] How did smiling in photograph become a post-Victorian norm?
From the early days of broadband advocates for consumers and Web-based companies worried that the cable and phone companies selling broadband connections had the power and incentive to favor affiliated websites over their rivals. That’s why there has been such a strong demand for rules that would prevent broadband providers from picking winners and losers online, preserving the freedom and innovation from what have been the lifeblood of the Internet.
Yet that demand has been almost impossible to fl- in part because of push-back from broadband providers anti -regulatory conservatives and the courts. A federal appeals court unchanged in again. Tuesday, but instead of providing a badly needed resolution. It only prolonged the fight. At issue before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the dirtiness of Columbia Court was the latest take of the Federal Communications (FCC) orn net neutrality, adopted on a party -line vote in 2017. The publican penned order not only eliminated the strict net neutrality rules the FCC had adopted. When it had a democratic majority in2015. But rejected the commission’s authority. To require broadband providers to do much of anything. The order also declared that state and local governments couldn’t regulate broadband providers either.
The Commission argue that other agencies would protect against anti-competitive behavior, such as a broadband-providing conglornerable like AT&T favors its own video- stressing service at the expense of Notfish and Appie TO caps on their rivals streaming services but not their own. On Tuesday. the appeals court. Unanimously upheld the 2017 order deregulating broadband. provides citing a Supreme Court ruling from 2005 that upheld a similarly deregulating more. But Judge. Patricia Millett tightly argued in a concurring opinion that “the result is unhinged from the realities of modem broadband service”, and said Congress on the Supreme Court could intervene to avoid trapping Internet regulations in technological.
In the meantime, the court threw out the FCC’s attempt to block all state rules. On not
neutrality, while preserving the Commission’s power to prompt individual going on between the
Justice Department and California when enacted a tough net neutrally laws in the world of the
The endless legal battles and back- and -forth at the FCC cry out for Congress to act. It needs
to give the commission explicit authority once and for all to bar broadband providers from
meddling in the traffic on their network and to create clear rules protecting openness and
36 There has long been concern that broadband providers would
- [A] bring web-based films under control
- [B] show partiality in treating clients
- [C] slow down the traffic on their network
- [D] intensify competition with their rivals
37 Faced with the demand for net neutrality rules, the FCC
- [A] takes an anti-regulatory stance
- [B] sticks to an out-of-date order
- [C] has issued a special resolution
- [D] has allowed the states to intervene
38 What can be learned about AT&T from Paragraph 3?
- [A] It engages in anti- competitive practices
- [B] It protects against unfair competition
- [C] It is under the FCC’ s investigation
- [D] It is in pursuit of quality service
39 Judge Patricia Millett argues that the appeals court’s decision
- [A] focuses on trivialities
- [B] conveys an ambiguous message.
- [C] is out of touch with reality
- [D] is at odds with its earlier rulings.
40 What does the author argue in the last paragraph?
- [A] Broadband providers’ rights should be protected.
- [B] The FCC should be put under strict supervision
- [C] Rules need to be set to diversify online services
- [D] Congress needs to take action to ensure net neutrality.
In the following text, some sentences have been removed. For Questions 41-45, choose the most suitable one from the fist A-G to fit into each of the numbered blanks. There are two extra choices, which do not fit in any of the blanks. Mark your answers on ANSWER SHEET. (10 points)
In the movies and on television, artificial intelligence (AI) is typically depicted as something sinister that will upend our way of life. When it comes to Al in business, we often hear about it in relation to automation and the impending loss of jobs, but in what ways is AI changing companies and the larger economy that don’t involve doom-and-gloom mass unemployment predictions?
A recent survey of manufacturing and service industries from Tata Consultancy Services
found that companies currently use AI more often in computer-to-computer activities than in automating human activities. Here are a few ways AI is aiding companies without replacing employees:
Better hiring practices
Companies are using artificial intelligence to remove some of the unconscious bias from hiring decisions. ‘There are experiments that show that, naturally, the results of interviews are much more biased than what AI does,” says Pedro Domingos, author of The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World and a computer science professor at the University of Washington. In addition, “(41) _____” One company that’s doing this is called Blendoor. It uses analytics to help identify where there may be bias in the hiring process
More effective marketing
Some AI software can analyze and optimize marketing email subject lines to increase open rates. One company in the UK, Phrasee, claims their software can outperform humans by up to 10 percent when it comes to email open rates. This can mean millions more in revenue. (42) _____ These are “tools that help people use data, not a replacement for people,” says Patrick H. Winston, a professor of artificial intelligence and computer science at MIT.
Saving customers money
Energy companies can use AI to help customers reduce their electricity bills, saving them money while helping the environment. Companies can also optimize their own energy use and cut down on the cost of electricity. Insurance companies, meanwhile, can base their premiums on AI
models that more accurately assess risk. Domingos says, “(43) _____“
“Machine leaning often provides a more reliable form of statistics, which makes data more valuable,” says Winston. It “helps people make smarter decisions.”(44) _____
Protecting and maintaining infrastructure
A number of companies, particularly in energy and transportation, use AI image processing technology to inspect infrastructure and prevent equipment failure or leaks before they happen.” If they fail first and then you fix them, it’s very expensive,” says Domingos. “(45) _____
- [A] AI replaces the boring parts of your job. If you’re doing research, you can have AI go out and
look for relevant sources and information that otherwise you just wouldn’t have time for.
- [B] There are also companies like Acquisio, which analyzes advertising performance across multiple channels like Adwords, Bing and social media and makes adjustments or suggestions
about where advertising funds will yield best results.
- [C] One accounting firm, EY, uses an AI system that helps review contracts during an audit. This process, along with employees reviewing the contracts, is faster and more accurate.
- [D] We’re also giving our customers better channels versus picking up the phone to accomplish something beyond human scale.
- [E] You want to predict if something needs attention now and point to where it’s useful for employees to go to.
- [F] AI looks at resumes in greater numbers than humans would be able to, and selects the more promising candidates.
- [G] Before, they might not insure the ones who felt like a high risk or charge them too much, or
they would charge them too little and then it would cost the company money.
Read the following text carefully and then translate the underlined segments into Chinese. Write your answers on the ANSWER SHEET (10 points)
World War II was the watershed event for higher education in modern Western societies. (46) Those societies came out of the war with levels of enrollment that had been roughly constant at 3-5% of the relevant age groups during the decades before the war. But after the war, great social and political changes arising out of the successful war against Fascism created a growing demand in European and American economies for increasing numbers of graduates with more than a secondary school education. (47) And the demand that rose in those societies for entry to higher education extended to groups and social classes that had not thought of attending a university before the war. These demands resulted in a very rapid expansion of the systems of higher education, beginning in the 1960s and developing very rapidly(though unevenly) during the 1970s and 1980s.
The growth of higher education manifests itself in at least three quite different ways, and these in tum have given rise to different sets of problems. There was first the rate of growth: (48) In many counties of Western Europe, the numbers of students in higher education doubled within five-year periods during the 1960s and doubled again in seven, eight, or 10 years by the middle of the 1970s. Second, growth obviously affected the absolute size both of systems and individual institutions. And third, growth was reflected in changes in the proportion of the relevant age group enrolled in institutions of higher education.
Each of these manifestations of growth carried its own peculiar problems in its wake. For example, a high growth rate placed great strains on the existing structures of governance, of administration, and above all of socialization. When a faculty or department grows from, say, five to 20 members within three or four years, (49) and when the new staff predominantly young men and women fresh from postgraduate study, they largely define the norms of academic life in that faculty, And if the postgraduate student population also grows rapidly and there is loss of a close apprenticeship relationship between faculty members and students, the student culture becomes the chief socializing force for new postgraduate students, with consequences for the intellectual and academic life of the institution this was seen in America as well as in France, Italy, West Germany, and Japan. (50) High growth rates increased the chances for academic innovation; they also weakened the forms and processes by which teachers and students are admitted into a community of scholars during periods of stability or slow growth. In the 1960s and 1970s, European universities saw marked changes in their governance arrangements, with the empowerment of junior faculty and to some degree of students as well.
Section III Writing
A foreign friend of yours has recently graduated from college and intends to find a job in China. Write him/her an email to make some suggestions.
- You should write about 100 words on the ANSWER SHEET.
- Do not use your own name in the email. Use “Li Ming” instead (10 points)
Write an essay of 160-200 words based on the picture below. In your essay, you should
- 1) describe the picture briefly,
- 2) explain its intended meaning and
- 3) give your comments.
You should write neatly on the ANSWER SHEET. (20 points)