A fire drill is, to put it mildly, an inconvenient exercise at the best of times. A fire drill at 2: 00 in the morning in terrible weather conditions, like the one we had on Thursday night and Friday morning last, is incomparably more inconvenient. This is why writing this note to thank you all most sincerely for your excellent co-operation and the spirit with which you endured the inconvenience.
A fire drill is not an idle exercise. It is an extremely serious one and can, in fact, save lives in the long run. Last week fire drill has already reyealed a number of important things regarding fire precautions in the Hall. For instance, there seem to exit a number of "deaf spots" in the Hall, namely, the two rooms in Purser House and some rooms in the Bottom corridor. I have no reason to doubt that residents from these areas could not hear the alarm. I shall request an immediate examination of this problem.
I should, also, remind you that it is a requirement that fire drills should be regularly carried out (at least two in every one year.and each resident should be made fully aware of this and obliged to take part. All residents must take fire precautions with the seriousness they deserve. Failure to do so can result bin fines and expulsion(驱逐.from the Hall. Thank you again for your co-operation.
11. The last fire drill caused much more inconvenience because_________.
A.it was in bad weather
B.there were "deaf spots"
C.a big fire started
D.it was at the weekend
12. The phrase "in the long run"(==L.2, Part.2.)means_________.
13. Some people did not make their appearance at the last drill because_______.
A.they were deaf
B.they could not hear the alarm
C.nobody waked them up
D.they refused to leave their rooms
14. Afire drill is extremely important according to the writer for_________.
A.it is a good physical exercise
B.it cultivates people‘s endurance
C.it is a legal requirement
D.it can save lives in case of a fire
15. Which of the following was NOT stated by the author?
A.A fire drill is very important and useful.
B.The last fire drill received inactive co-operation from the residents.
C.Those who do not take fire precautions will be fined and driven out.
D.It has been made a rule that fire drills will be performed regularly.
Accidents are caused; they don't just happen. The reason may be easy to see: a shelf out of reach, a patch of ice on the misfortune—frustration, tiredness or just bad temper—that show what the accident really is, a sort of attack on oneself.
Road accidents, for example, happen frequently after a family quarrel, and we all know people who are accident-prone, so often at odds with themselves and the world that they seem to cause accidents for themselves and others.
By definition, an accident is something you can not predict or avoid, and the idea which used to be current, that the majority of road accidents are caused by a minority of criminally careless drivers, is not supported by insurance statistics. These show that most accidents involve ordinary motorists in a moments of carelessness or thoughtlessness.
It is not always clear, either, what sort of conditions make people more likely to have an accident. For instance, the law requires all factories to take safety precautions and most companies have safety committees to make sure the regulations are observed, but still, every day in Britain, some fifty thousand men and women are injured from work due to accidents. These accidents are largely the result of human error or misjudgment—noise and fatigue, boredom or worry are possible factors which contribute to this. Doctors who work in factories have found that those who drink too much, usually people who have a high anxiety level, run three times the normal risk of accidents at work.
16. The passage suggests that________.
A.Accidents are usually caused by psychological factors.
B.Accidents mostly result from slippery roads.
C.Drinkers run three times the normal risk of accidents in factories.
D.About 50 000people lose their lives at work in Britain every day.
17.Which of the following is NOT mentioned as a factor of accidents?
18. The word “accidents-prone”(L.2 Para.2)means________.
A.likely to have accidents
B.injured in accidents
C.possible to die in accidents
D.responsible for road accidents
19. What can we infer about the author opinion of accidents?
A.Safety precautions are of little use in accidents.
B.Many accidents can and should be avoided.
C.Factory accidents , unlike road accidents, are inevitable.
D.Most road accidents are caused by just a few careless drivers.
20. The best title for the passage would be __________.
A.Accidents and Anxiety
B.How to Deal with Accidents on Road and in Factories
C.Human Factors in Accidents
D.How to Prevent Accidents on Road and in Factories
Broadband technology is seen as the key to the new digital economy.
In this rapidly changing world, media and technology information Can be sent via phone calls and downloads like music, graphics, business information or films.
The simpler the information, the smaller the package and the narrower the bandwidth needed to deliver it.
Broadband is used for high speed Internet connections at a fixed monthly rate. It turns an exciting telephone line into a high speed digital line capable of carrying data up to 40 times conventional modem speeds.
Any download is available at the click of a mouse-there is no dial-up as there is with standard Internet Service Providers.
For home owners and families there are many advantages. One of the most important is simultaneous (同时的.access to both telephone lines and the Internet. No queses and no delay.
For businesses, broadband can impove customer relations and provide direct access to corporate e-malls and databases. Entire operations can go online.
21. The function that broadband technology has on the new digital economy is ________.
[答案精解]B.推理题。从文中Broadband technology is seen as the key to the new digital economy.宽带技术被看作新数字经济的关键所在。可推断出宽带技术在新数字经济中发挥了至关重要的作用。
22. How much does a user pay if he has broadband technology installed?
A.It depends On the length of time.
B.It depends on the times of dial-up.
C.He pays at a fixed monthly rate.
D.He pays a lot of money.
[答案精解]C.细节题。从文章第三段句首Broadband is used for high speed Internet connections at a fixed monthly rate可以得出，使用者每月所付宽带费是固定的，即at a fixed monthly rate.
23. Compared with the modem speed the broadband technology can transmit data ________.
A.at up to forty times of ordinary speed
B.much more faster
C.at a high speed
D.within a second
[答案精解]A.细节题。从文章中……capable of carrying data up to 40 times conventional modem speeds得知新的传播方式是通常的四十倍。
24. Who can take advantage of the broadband technology according to the passage?
C.Both home owners and businessmen.
D.Only businessmen and their partners.
25. With the broadband technology companies can have all their operations done
A.during the work days.
B.during the whole week
[答案精解]C.细节题。从文章最后一句Entire operations Can go online“整个操作都可在网上进行”一句即可得出答案。