unit 5
Section A
Comprehension o f the text
1. Because 22 million people live alone, which suggests that it is an overwhelming phenomenon in the United States.
2. Because they can find inspiration in solitude.
3. The more positive one is toward oneself, the less the need for staying with others.
4. It depends. If they live with their friends, the friends' temporary leaving will be received as a
welcome change. However, if they live alone, the temporary absence of friends may leave them with a feeling of emptiness.
5. Because the need to talk is the most basic need of a solitary person.
6. They may call friends to tell them important things, or talk to themselves, their pets, the television,
or even to strangers.
7. To stay rational, settle down in a comfortable way and find pleasure from the current life. wait for
anything happy that may happen.
8. The writer thinks that as ordinary people's solitary life differs from that of great minds (like poets
and philosophers), they should cherish the thought that "since we are here, we may as well accept it and make the best of it".
1. humble 2. slippery 3. tame 4. inspiration 5. crept
6. apology 7. observation 8. dictate 9. inadequate 10. solitary
Exercises on Web course only:
1l. choked 12. waterproof 13. poetry 14. commodity
1. cast out 2. all by himself 3. stay up late 4. was fond of 5. at one sitting
6. filled up with 7. speaks highly of 8. set forth 9. at length 10. for the time being
1.K 2.H 3.M 4.B 5.A 6.0 7.J 8.D 9.F 10.1
1. efficiency 2. status 3. performance 4. standard 5. coordination
6. sense 7. career 8. quality 9. supply 10. accuracy
Word Cjuifdin8
1. underestimated 2. underpaid 3. overslept 4. Underdeveloped
5. overestimated 6. overcharged 7. underweight 8. overloaded
1. simplified 2. electrician 3. recovery 4. childlike
5. autobiography 6. underline 7. terrorist 8. overreact
sentence structure
1. The distance between them is not so great as to be unbridgeable.
2. The unity of the masses with the party is never so strong as it is now.
3. The punishment was harsh because Maggie would lose her position, but it was not so bad as losing her pay.
4. I've heard the terrible noise once or twice before, but never so loud as this one.
5. Men are never so peaceful, so graceful with each other as they are now.
1. You might as well go there to see whether there is the information you need.
2. We might as well call it freedom.
3.You might as well ring and tell them you're going to visit them.
4. We might as well walk home.
5. We might as well find an easier one to read.
1. This little man is not so innocent as he appears.
2. There's nothing I can do about the problem, so you might as well turn to Professor Wang for help.
3. Both sides speak highly of the fruits in their cooperation in different areas, and hope that the cooperation can be furthered.
4. On the one hand, an image of being close to the people can get a new policy more easily accepted.
On the other hand, it will "encourage people to speak their minds and come up with constructive
5. His sense of loneliness rose and fell and he sometimes would talk at length to himself and his pets
and the television.
6. After all, money is not everything. The richest people are not necessarily the happiest.
1 .B 2.D 3.A 4.B 5.C 6.C 7.D 8.D 9. B 10. A
11 .C 12. B 13.A 14.C 15.D 16.B 17.C 18.A 19.D 20.C
Structured Writing
XV. Some people prefer to live alone whereas some others have to live alone for one reason or another.
Those people believing in inspirational solitude argue that no companion is more companionable than
solitude. Literary giants such as William Wordsworth, John Milton and Henry Thoreau enjoyed living
alone on purpose. Hunters or explorers enjoy themselves as they venture out to tame the great wild
areas. On the other hand, there are some other people who have to live alone due to various reasons:
being divorced, widowed or never married. Many of them feel bitter to live in solitude. They have no
one to talk to and as a result they talk at length to themselves and to their pets and to the television.

Section B
Reading skills
1.A 2.C 3.B 4.C
Comprehension o f the text
II.1.F 2.T 3.T 4.F 5.F 6.T 7.T 8.F
1. abstract 2. holy 3. Nevertheless 4. odds 5. complicate
6. tolerate 7. depression 8. resorting 9. exclaimed 10. disorder
Exercises on Web course only:
11. chew 12. vibrate 13. stale 14. jury
1. When he received the admission notice from the university, he knew it was time he struck out on his own.
2. I had to keep the video camera readily accessible in case I saw something that needed to be filmed.
3. Every time she tried to argue with her identical twin Katie, she would end up crying her eyes out.
4. Serious violence has sprung from the conflict over insignificant, irritating differences.
5. There are many people who believe sincerely that you can train children for life without resorting
to punishment.
6. Alan signed a dorm contract with his roommate to head off possible conflicts.
7. He was required to fill in a form before the job interview.
8. Her major concern is how she will make sure the people on the teams get along with one another.
9. Against all the odds, it has worked, and this is a measure of just how strong they both were as individuals when they came to the marriage ten years ago.
10. What I'd like to do is to help them to see that they don't need to give up on the computer, that they
can actually be the master of it.