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John | 19th May 2011, 08:02 AM | HKDSE英文科Paper 1 | (1734 Reads)

Pirates of the Caribbean第四集On Stranger Tides會在五月十九日上映。以下是第三集At World’s End電影小說的一些閱讀理解題。

The film Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides will be released on 19 May 2011.  Here are some reading questions on an extract from the film novel Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End. 

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Passage:

From his spot high in the crow’s nest, a pirate trained his spyglass on the horizon.

Nothing. No sign of any ship besides his own and the two they traveled with. The Caribbean Sea was calm, the bright sun sparkling off the ocean waves. Everything was peaceful.

So why did he have such a strong sense of foreboding? 

He lifted his spyglass again. This time he could see a smudge on the horizon. It might be a ship sailing toward them. Worse, it might be an East India Trading Company ship. 

The pirate knew what would happen if they were taken by Company agents. He’d heard stories of the recent executions . . . pirates hanged by the dozen, the thunk of the gallows’ trapdoor the last sound they ever heard. And in the last few months, the executions were becoming more and more frequent. The East India Trading Company was intent on wiping out the Pirates of the Caribbean — and beyond.

 1.      Whom does the pronoun he refer to in the sentence “So why did he have such a strong sense of foreboding?” in the third paragraph?
A.      An East India Company agent
B.      A pirate
C.      A crow
D.     A smudge 

2.      How many pirate ships are mentioned in the passage?
A.      One
B.      Two
C.      Three
D.     Four 

3.      How many ships are mentioned in the passage?
A.      One
B.      Two
C.      Three
D.     Four 

Answers (1-B; 2-C; 3-D)

From his spot high in the crow’s nest, a pirate trained his spyglass on the horizon.

Nothing. No sign of any ship besides his own (ship) and the two they traveled with. The Caribbean Sea was calm, the bright sun sparkling off the ocean waves. Everything was peaceful. (從第一段的a pirate知道這段pink的一句中的his說的是海盜,該句說,his own (ship) and the two they traveled with,指那個海盜(a pirate)自己所在的船和與他的船一起travel的兩條船,這三條都是pirate ship)

So why did he have such a strong sense of foreboding? (“He” 指的是第一段的a pirate) 

He lifted his spyglass again. This time he could see a smudge on the horizon. It might be a ship sailing toward them. Worse, it might be an East India Trading Company ship. (這裡的a shipan East India Trading Company ship,如果你沒有看Pirates of the Caribbean那幾齣戲,你可能不能確定an East India Company ship 是否海盜船,但留意,最後的一大段有線索:The East India Trading Company was intent on wiping out the Pirates of the Caribbean — and beyond. 說的是東印度公司決心鏟除加勒比海的海盜,然後再鏟除其他地方的海盜。所以an East India Company Ship不可能是一艘pirate ship,因此passage提及的pirate ship是三艘,但passage提及的ship 是四艘,那是三艘pirate ship加一艘East India Trading Company ship) 

The pirate knew what would happen if they were taken by Company agents. He’d heard stories of the recent executions . . . pirates hanged by the dozen, the thunk of the gallows’ trapdoor the last sound they ever heard. And in the last few months, the executions were becoming more and more frequent. The East India Trading Company was intent on wiping out the Pirates of the Caribbean — and beyond.

 後話

HKDSE Reading題目,可以說千差萬別,如果用referral question的概念,我們知道pronoun refernoun可以和pronoun距離頗遠,skill有指引作用(如本文第一題)。但是,問的如果是「數目題」,數目的講法可以很多,明講的暗講的、加的、減的,以上這句是指引,但要具備真正的閱讀能力,才能從passage知道「明」、「暗」、「加」、「減」。(如本文第二、三題)

有關「數目」的問題,還可看http://englishwizard.mysinablog.com/index.php?op=ViewArticle&articleId=3017903 
  

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