I. CLOZE (30 points)
Fill in each of the blanks below with a word provided in the
brackets. You may change the words into their proper forms if needed
so that the words you put in will be grammatically and semantically
appropriate. You can Only use the words in the brackets ONCE. Write
your answers oh your Answer Sheet.
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At the White House on New Year's Day, 1907, Theodore Roosevelt set a
world record for shaking hands—8,150 of them, according to his
biographer Edmund Morris, including those of "every aide, usher and
policeman in sight." Having done his exuberant political duty, says
Morris, Teddy went upstairs and privately, disgustedly, scrubbed
We may presume that on Inauguration Day in January 2001, President
Trump will not try to (1) _______ Roosevelt's record. Trump's views
are known; "1 think the handshake is (2)_______ Shaking hands, you
catch the flu, you catch this, you catch all sorts of things."
Donald Trump may be right. The more you think about it, the more
disgusting the handshake becomes. Although it is a public gesture, a
reflexive (3) _______ of greeting, the handshake has a clammy
dimension of (4) _______. The clamminess is illustrated in principle
by the following: a young (5) _______ rushed up to James Joyce and
asked, "May 1 kiss the hand that wrote Ulysses?” Joyce replied, "No.
It did lots of other things, too."
Most of us don't think about it. The handshake is expected and is
(6) _______ automatically in a ritual little babble of
nicetomeetyouhowdoyoudo? If you had an attack of fastidiousness and
refused to shake someone's (7) _______ hand, then the handshake
would become an awkwardness and an issue, a refusal being an
Now that he is almost a candidate, how is the fussy, hygienic Donald
to keep his (9) ______ in an election year's orgies of
grip-and-grin? Mingling with the (10) ________, he will presumably
shake tens of thousands of germy hands. The most graceful (11)
________--- The Hindu namaste (slight bow, hands clasped near the
heart as in prayer) --- would not play well in American politics.
One (12) ______ might be to shake your own hand, brandishing the
two-handed clutch in front of your face like a champ while looking
the voter in the (13) _______. No. Too much self-congratulation. A
politician mustn't (14) _______ his narcissism.
Best not to think about it. Television has taken so much of the
physicality — the sheer touch—out of politics that we should (15)
_______ the vestigial handshake, the last, fleeting, primitive human
contact, flesh to flesh, sweat to sweat, pulse to pulse. A true
politician loves shaking hands.
II. PROOF-READING & ERROR CORRECTION (20 points)
The following passage contains TEN errors. Each indicated line
contains a maximum of ONE error. In each case, only ONE word is
involved. You should proofread the passage and correct it in the
When ∧ art museum wants a new exhibit, (1) an__
it never buys things in finished form and hangs (2) _never_
them on the wall. When a natural history
museum wants an exhibition, it must often (3) exhibit
Not too many decades ago it seemed "obvious" both to the
general public and to sociologists that modern society has
changed people's natural relations, loosed their responsibilities
to kins and neighbors, and substituted in their place (2)_______
for superficial relationships with passing acquaintances. (3)_______
However, in recent years a growing body of research has
revealed that the "obvious" is not true. It seems that if you are
a city resident, you typically know a smaller proportion of your
neighbors than you if you are a resident of a smaller community. (4)
But, for the most part, this fact has a few significant (5) _______
consequences. It does not necessarily follow that if you know few
of your neighbors you will know no one else.
Even in very large cities, people maintain close social ties within
small, private social, worlds. Indeed, the number and quality of
meaningful relationships do not differ from more and less (6)
urban people. Small-town residents are more involved with kin
than do big-city residents. Yet city dwellers compensate by (7)
developing friendships with people who share similar interests
and activities. Urbanism may produce a different style of life,
but the quality of life does not differ between town and city. Or
are residents of large communities any likely to display (9) _______
psychological symptoms of stress or alienation than are
residents of smaller communities. However, city dwellers do
worry more about crime, and which leads them to a distrust of (10)
III. READING COMPREHENSION (45 points)
In this section there are five reading passages followed by a total
of 30 multiple-choice questions. Read the passages and then write
your answers on your Answer Sheet.
For most of the 20th century, the solution to the mystery of the
original Americans-where did they come from, when, and how?---
seemed as clear as the geography of the Bering Strait, the climate
of the last ice age, and the ubiquity of finely wrought stone
hunting weapons known as Clovis points.
According to the ruling theory, bands of big-game hunters trekked
out of Siberia sometime before 11,500 years ago. They crossed into
Alaska when the floor of the Bering Strait, drained dry by the
accumulation of water in a frozen world's massive glaciers, was a
land bridge between continents, and found themselves in a trackless
continent, the New World when it was truly new.
The hunters, so the story went, moved south through a corridor
between glaciers and soon flourished on the Great Plains and in the
Southwest of what is now the United States, their presence widely
marked by distinctive stone projectile points first discovered near
the town of Clovis, New Mexico. In less than 1,000 years, these
Clovis people and their distinctive stone points made it all the way
to the tip of South America. They were presumably the founding
population of today's American Indians.
Now a growing body of intriguing evidence is telling a much
different story. From Alaska to Brazil and southern Chile, artifacts
and skeletons are forcing archaeologists to abandon Clovis orthodoxy
and come to terms with a more complex picture of earliest American
settlement. People may have arrived thousands to tens of thousands
of years sooner, in many waves of migration and by a number of
routes. Their ancestry may not have been only Asian. Some of the
migrations may have originated in Australia or Europe.
1. Which of the following statements best describes (he main idea of
A. Hunters from Siberia crossed the Bering Strait 11,500 years ago.
B. The Clovis people may not have been the first to arrive.
C. Clovis points were first found in New Mexico.
D. During the last ice age, the Bering Strait was dry land.
2. The word trekked in Line 5 means
3. According to this passage, the Clovis people may come to North
D. New Mexico.
4. The Clovis people are named after the place where
A. they first camped in North America.
B. their tents and burials were first found.
C. they crossed into North America.
D. their stone points were first found.
5. Scientist now believe that Native Americans originally came from
A. Siberia in a single migration about 11,500 years ago.
B. al! parts of North and South America.
C. Europe only.
D. many places, including Siberia, Europe, and Australia
IV. WRITING (55 points)
Task 1: (20 points)
The local newspaper is printing a series of articles in which
students describe some aspect of school life. Write for this series
describing your lunchroom or another area during a typical lunch
hour within 150 words. You may want to describe the sights, sounds,
or smells that you would experience there.
Write your response on your Answer Sheet.