1. A) It is a Spanish soup.
2. C) To make it thicker.
3. B) It is mainly made of vegetables.
4. D) It comes from a special kind of pig.
5. C) They do not make decent gifts.
6. D) $30-$40.
7. A) They go well with different kinds of food.
8. C) It is Italy's most famous type of red wine.
1. D) She is the owner of a special cafe.
2. A) They bear a lot of similarities.
3. A) By giving them regular cleaning and injections.
4. C) They love the animal in her cafe.
5. D) It is mostly garbage.
6. B) TV commercials.
7. C) Trying to trick children into buying their products.
8. C) They seldom had junk food.
9. B) Decoding secret messages.
10. D) They helped the U.S. army in World War Two.
11. A) A military code that was never broken.
12. C) A lot of knowledge-intensive jobs will be replaced.
13. D) In the personal care sector.
14. B) They charge high prices.
15. A) The disruption caused by technology in traditionally well-paid jobs.
9. C) Tombs of ancient rulers.
10. B) It's hardly associated with great civilizations.
11. A) It carries about one fifth of the world’s fresh water.
12. B) We are always in a rush to do various things.
13. C) She was accustomed to tight schedules.
14. D) Reading a book about slowing down.
15. B) She came to enjoy everyday tasks.
16. C) It linked a stone pit to some waterways.
17. B) Saws used for cutting stone.
18. A) To provide services for the stone pit.
19. B) Dr. Gong slipped in needles where he felt no pain.
20. D) Previous medical treatments failed to relieve his pain.
21. C) More and more patients ask for the treatment.
22. B) They quarreled a lot and never resolved their arguments.
23. C) Neither of them has any brothers or sisters.
24. A) They tend to be self-assured and responsible.
25. D) They tend be well adjusted.
16. C) They pose a threat to the local ecosystem.
17. D) Their distinctions are artificial.
18. A) Only a few of them cause problems to native species.
19. A) Respect their traditional culture.
20. C) Drinking alcohol on certain days of a month.
21. D) They have a break from 2:00 to 5:30.
22. D) He had the company's bedroom extensively renovated.
23. B) Its articles should be short and inspiring.
24. D) He treated the employees like members of his family.
25. C) Several hundred of its employees got fired.
26. K) puzzled
27. M) removed
28. A) chronicles
29. L) remnants
30. F) maximum
31. D) fascinates
32. I) perfect
33. J) precision
34. E) hypothesis
35. O) slightly
(Did Sarah Josepha Hale…)
26. K) reputed
27. C) characters
28. M) supposed
29. E) fierce
30. H) obsessed
31. A) campaign
32. N) traditional
33. I) proclamation
34. F) inspired
35. L) rest
(When Elon Musk says…)
26. D) enabling
27. A) amassed
28. N) terrified
29. L) smart
30. F) exaggerated
31. E) eventually
32. C) emotional
33. B) casual
34. J) precious
35. O) venture
(Peer Pressure Has a Positive Side)
36. H) Matthew D. Lieberman, a social cognitive neuroscientist…
37. C) Older adolescents scored about 50 percent higher…
38. L) And although anxious parents may not welcome…
39. J) If humans are generally geared to recall details…
40. G) The results: Teens who played the Iowa…
41. A) Parents of teenagers often view their children's friends…
42. I) The study also found that when subjects thought…
43. F) The brains of teenagers, but not adults, showed…
44. K) Yet our schools focus primarily on students…
45. D) Yet in the years following the publication of…
(Grow Plants Without Water)
36. C) Extreme conditions produce extremely tough plants…
37. H) After completing her Ph.D. on seeds, Farrant began…
38. A) Ever since humanity began to farm our own food…
39. K) Understanding the basic science first is key…
40. E) The big difference between "drought-tolerant" plants…
41. I) Once Farrant and her colleagues feel they have…
42. G) What else can do this dry-out-and-revive trick? …
43. B) Biologist Jill Farrant of the University of Cape Town…
44. F) Resurrection plants, defined as those capable of…
45. D) Farrant calls them resurrection plants…
(In the real world, nobody cares that you went to an Ivy League school)
36. J) Wealthy universities talk up the benefits…
37. G) I was lucky enough to have my tuition covered…
38. C) In reflection, my firm belief in the power of…
39. K) The Washington Post reported on a recent study…
40. B) Looking back now, nine years later, I can't remember…
41. H) So what about all that name recognition? ….
42. N) Maybe students who choose less prestigious universities…
43. A) As a high school junior, everything in my life…
44. E) While it may have been practical, it wasn't prestigious…
45. I) According to The Boston Globe, students…
Passage One (The Ebro Delta, in Spain…)
46. C) Rice farmers in the Ebro Delta are waging a battle of similar importance.
47. D) Using one evil to combat the other.
48. C) Its immediate priority is to bring the pest under control.
49. B) It will invade other rice-growing regions of Europe.
50. A) Cultivating ideal salt-resistant rice varieties.
Passage Two (Photography was once an…)
51. A) It was a painstaking effort for recording life’s major events.
52. D) whether it prevented people enjoying what they were doing
53. C) They are more absorbed in what catches their eye.
54. B) They focus more on the exhibits when taking pictures.
55. D) Even the very thought of taking a photo can have a positive effect.
Passage One (Human memory is notoriously…)
46. A) identify human faces more efficiently
47. C) To understand computers' problems with facial recognition.
48. D) It decreases as the database size increases.
49. A) They cannot easily tell apart people with near-identical appearances.
50. B) There do not exist public databases with sufficient face samples.
Passage Two (There're currently 21.5 million…)
51. B) They are acting in an irrational way.
52. A) impractical
53. C) Choose majors that will serve society’s practical needs.
54. C) It is well reflected in their average starting salary.
55. D) College students should fund their own education.
Passage One (Economically speaking, are we better…)
46. A) It is based on questionable statistics.
47. D) It is a more comprehensive measure of people's economic well-being.
48. B) It neglected many important indicators of people's welfare.
49. D) It can compare a country's economic conditions between different periods of time.
50. C) It has not improved as much as reported by the Census Bureau.
Passage Two (If you’ve everstarted a sentence…)
51. A) They may become exhausted by making too many decisions for themselves.
52. C) Decision fatigue may prevent people making wise decisions.
53. B) When they help others to make decisions.
54. D) They refrain from trying anything new.
55. A) It is vital for one to reach the goal desired.