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John | 30th Sep 2011, 07:19 AM | HKDSE英文科練習 | (1216 Reads)
Read the following passage and decide if the following are true (T), false (F) or not stated (X).  Put appropriate symbols in the brackets below.

It was nearing midnight and the Prime Minister was sitting alone in his office, reading a long memo that was slipping through his brain without leaving the slightest trace of meaning behind. He was waiting for a call from the President of a far distant country, and between wondering when the wretched man would telephone, and trying to suppress unpleasant memories of what had been a very long, tiring, and difficult week, there was not much space in his head for anything else.

The more he attempted to focus on the print on the page before him, the more clearly the Prime Minister could see the gloating face of one of his political opponents. This particular opponent had appeared on the news that very day, not only to enumerate all the terrible things that had happened in the last week (as though anyone needed reminding) but also to explain why each and every one of them was the government's fault.

The Prime Minister's pulse quickened at the very thought of these accusations, for they were neither fair nor true. How on earth was his government supposed to have stopped that bridge collapsing? It was outrageous for anybody to suggest that they were not spending enough on bridges. The bridge was fewer than ten years old, and the best experts were at a loss to explain why it had snapped cleanly in two, sending a dozen cars into the watery depths of the river below.

And how dare anyone suggest that it was lack of policemen that had resulted in those two very nasty and well-publicized murders? Or that the government should have somehow foreseen the freak hurricane in the West Country that had caused so much damage to both people and property? And was it his fault that one of his Junior Ministers, Herbert Chorley, had chosen this week to act so peculiarly that he was now going to be spending a lot more time with his family?

"A grim mood has gripped the country," the opponent had concluded, barely concealing his own broad grin.

And unfortunately, this was perfectly true. The Prime Minister felt it himself; people really did seem more miserable than usual. Even the weather was dismal; all this chilly mist in the middle of July… It wasn't right, it wasn't normal…

He turned over the second page of the memo, saw how much longer it went on, and gave it up as a bad job. Stretching his arms above his head he looked around his office mournfully. It was a handsome room, with a fine marble fireplace facing the long sash windows, firmly closed against the unseasonable chill. With a slight shiver, the Prime Minister got up and moved over to the window, looking out at the thin mist that was pressing itself against the glass. It was then, as he stood with his back to the room, that he heard a soft cough behind him.

He froze, nose to nose with his own scared-looking reflection in the dark glass. He knew that cough. He had heard it before. He turned very slowly to face the empty room.

"Hello?" he said, trying to sound braver than he felt.

For a brief moment he allowed himself the impossible hope that nobody would answer him. However, a voice responded at once, a crisp, decisive voice that sounded as though it were reading a prepared statement. It was coming — as the Prime Minister had known at the first cough — from the froglike little man wearing a long silver wig who was depicted in a small, dirty oil painting in the far corner of the room.

"To the Prime Minister of Muggles. Urgent we meet. Kindly respond immediately. Sincerely, Fudge.

"The man in the painting looked inquiringly at the Prime Minister.

"Er," said the Prime Minister, "listen… It's not a very good time for me… I'm waiting for a telephone call."

"That can be rearranged," said the portrait at once. The Prime Minister's heart sank. He had been afraid of that.

"But I really was rather hoping to speak —""We shall arrange for the President to forget to call. He will telephone tomorrow night instead," said the little man. "Kindly respond immediately to Mr. Fudge."

"I… oh… very well," said the Prime Minister weakly. "Yes, I'll see Fudge."

1.          The Prime Minister read and understood a long memo. ( )

2.          All political opponents of the Prime Minister alleged that all terrible things that happened in the last week were due to the government’s fault. ( )

3.          The Prime Minister was able to keep calm in the face of accusations of the government’s faults. ( )

4.          The Prime Minister considered accusations of the government’s faults to be unfair. ( )

5.          Which one of the following did NOT happen in the last week?  (A) a bridge collapse; (B) a murder case last month; (C) a hurricane? Answer: ( ) 

6.          Both the Prime Minister and his political opponent felt that a grim mood had gripped the country. ( )

7.          The Prime Minister heard a cough and saw a scared-looking, froglike little man. ( )

8.          The Prime Minister was brave. ( )

9.          The Prime Minister said that he was waiting for a call from the President. ( )

10.      Mr. Fudge was kind. ( ).

Answer Key

1.          The Prime Minister read and understood a long memo. (F)

2.          All political opponents of the Prime Minister alleged that all terrible things that happened in the last week were due to the government’s fault. (F)

3.          The Prime Minister was able to keep calm in the face of accusations of the government’s faults. (F)

4.          The Prime Minister considered accusations of the government’s faults to be unfair. (T)

5.          Which one of the following did NOT happen in the last week?  (A) a bridge collapse; (B) a murder case last month; (C) a hurricane? Answer: (B) 

6.          Both the Prime Minister and his political opponent felt that a grim mood had gripped the country. (T)

7.          The Prime Minister heard a cough and saw a scared-looking, froglike little man. (F)

8.          The Prime Minister was brave. (X)

9.          The Prime Minister said that he was waiting for a call from the President. (T)

10.      Mr. Fudge was kind. (X).

It was nearing midnight and the Prime Minister was sitting alone in his office, reading a long memo that was slipping through his brain without leaving the slightest trace of meaning behind (Q1clue,他是讀而不明白). He was waiting for a call from the President of a far distant country, and between wondering when the wretched man would telephone, and trying to suppress unpleasant memories of what had been a very long, tiring, and difficult week, there was not much space in his head for anything else.

The more he attempted to focus on the print on the page before him, the more clearly the Prime Minister could see the gloating face of one of his political opponents (Q2clue,是ONE of his political opponents,不是all). This particular opponent had appeared on the news that very day, not only to enumerate all the terrible things that had happened in the last week (as though anyone needed reminding) but also to explain why each and every one of them was the government's fault.

The Prime Minister's pulse quickened at the very thought of these accusations (Q3cluepulse quickened (脈博加速)就不算able to keep calm), for they were neither fair nor true (Q4cluethe Prime Minister認為那些accusationsunfair). How on earth was his government supposed to have stopped that bridge collapsing? It was outrageous for anybody to suggest that they were not spending enough on bridges. The bridge was fewer than ten years old, and the best experts were at a loss to explain why it had snapped cleanly in two, sending a dozen cars into the watery depths of the river below.

And how dare anyone suggest that it was lack of policemen that had resulted in those two very nasty and well-publicized murders? (Q5clue,唔好意思,係兩宗而不是一宗murder) Or that the government should have somehow foreseen the freak hurricane in the West Country that had caused so much damage to both people and property? And was it his fault that one of his Junior Ministers, Herbert Chorley, had chosen this week to act so peculiarly that he was now going to be spending a lot more time with his family?

"A grim mood has gripped the country," the opponent had concluded (Q6clue), barely concealing his own broad grin.

And unfortunately, this was perfectly true. The Prime Minister felt it himself (也是Q6clue,要兩個clue一起看才知道是True); people really did seem more miserable than usual. Even the weather was dismal; all this chilly mist in the middle of July… It wasn't right, it wasn't normal…

He turned over the second page of the memo, saw how much longer it went on, and gave it up as a bad job. Stretching his arms above his head he looked around his office mournfully. It was a handsome room, with a fine marble fireplace facing the long sash windows, firmly closed against the unseasonable chill. With a slight shiver, the Prime Minister got up and moved over to the window, looking out at the thin mist that was pressing itself against the glass. It was then, as he stood with his back to the room, that he heard a soft cough behind him (Q7clue).

He froze, nose to nose with his own scared-looking reflection in the dark glass (也是Q7clue,所以作者寫了his ownthe Prime Minister是在鏡中看到自己驚慌的樣子而不是看到a froglike little man驚慌). He knew that cough. He had heard it before. He turned very slowly to face the empty room.

"Hello?" he said, trying to sound braver than he felt. (Q8clue,這句只說the Prime Minister想顯得比真正的他勇敢,但沒有說他其實是不是勇敢,所以是not stated(X))

For a brief moment he allowed himself the impossible hope that nobody would answer him. However, a voice responded at once, a crisp, decisive voice that sounded as though it were reading a prepared statement. It was coming — as the Prime Minister had known at the first cough — from the froglike little man (Q7distractor而不是clueQ7故意用了froglike little man,令你產生錯覺,以為the Prime Minister看到froglike little man驚慌的樣子,其實the Prime Minister是在鏡子看到自己驚慌的樣子) wearing a long silver wig who was depicted in a small, dirty oil painting in the far corner of the room.

"To the Prime Minister of Muggles. Urgent we meet. Kindly respond immediately. Sincerely, Fudge."

The man in the painting looked inquiringly at the Prime Minister."

Er," said the Prime Minister, "listen… It's not a very good time for me… I'm waiting for a telephone call (Q9clue)."

"That can be rearranged," said the portrait at once. The Prime Minister's heart sank. He had been afraid of that.

"But I really was rather hoping to speak —"

"We shall arrange for the President to forget to call (也是Q9clue,要兩個clue聯繫起來才得到答案). He will telephone tomorrow night instead," said the little man. "Kindly respond immediately to Mr. Fudge."

"I… oh… very well," said the Prime Minister weakly. "Yes, I'll see Fudge." (一路到尾都沒有說Mr. Fudge是否kind,所以是not stated (X)) 

(Adapted from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

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