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46. (1) He is a strict but kind-hearted father, _______ the children respect but are afraid of.

 (2)My most famous relative of all, _______ who really left his mark on America, was Rob Sussel, my great-grandfather.

 (3) He is a good man, _____ you can trust on all your life.

47. (1) Mr. Smith is _______ a good teacher _______ we all respect.

(2) Mr. Smith is _______ a good teacher _______ we all respect him.

 (3) I want to buy _____ book _____ he bought yesterday.

 (4) He is _____ teacher _____ the headmaster praised at the meeting in public.

 

 

Birth defects soar due to pollution

By Chen Jia (China Daily)

 

Every 30 seconds, a baby is born with physical defects in China, all thanks to the country's degrading environment, an official of the National Population and Family Planning Commission (NPFPC) has said.

"The number of newborns with birth defects is constantly increasing in ______ urban and rural areas," Jiang Fan, vice-minister of the NPFPC said ______ a conference in Beijing recently. "And the rather alarming increase has forced us to kick off a high-level ______[prevent] plan."

She said that "more than half" of the pregnancies in the country had benefited from the commission's scientific ____________[guide]  since 2007.

A free pre-pregnant examination program has ______ eight provinces with the highest rate of birth defects, she said, refusing to divulge further details.

"The government must take measures to prevent birth defects," Li Bin, minister of the NPFPC said.

According to Hu Yali, a professor at the Affiliated Drum Tower Hospital of Nanjing University, environmental pollution accounts for "10 percent of the causes" of physical defects in Chinese infants.

"Our research shows that chemical waste pollution has been the main factor to influence the health of pregnant women and their babies in some areas," she was quoted as having said by Takungpao.com.

China's coal-rich Shanxi province, a center of noxious emissions from large-scale chemical industries, has recorded the highest rate of birth defects, NPFPC said.

"The problem of birth defects is related to environmental pollution, especially in eight main coal zones," said An Huanxiao, the director of Shanxi provincial family planning agency.

Researchers also linked the high rate of birth defects in the country ______ air pollution.

If pregnant women are exposed to air pollution, it increases the risk of giving birth to under-weight infants, said a study conducted by Yale University.

 

 

48. (1) ____ nice, the food was all eaten up soon.

(2) ____ nice, the food should be made by adding more sugar.

A. Tasting          B. Taste          C. Tasted             D. To taste

49. (1) You haven’t been to Beijing, have you?

______. And how I wish to go there again.

(2) --- You haven’t been to Beijing, have you?

--- ______. But how I wish to go there.

A. Yes, I have.     B. Yes, I haven’t      C. No, I have      D. No, I haven’t

 

 

 

How far will US housing prices fall in 2009?(Agencies)

The year 2008 was horrible for real estate and, according to some experts, 2009 could be ______. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Jan. 29, prominent housing economist Ken Rosen suggested home prices could drop an ______[add]  6% to 7% this year.

Rosen, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, told the Associated Press that the decline in housing prices is only about three-quarters complete, and the cumulative slump could reach 24% this year.

New Home Sales

Home prices are tumbling across the country, but sales of existing homes rose a surprising 6.5% in December as investors and other bargain hunters took advantage of falling prices, the National Association of Realtors said early this week.

But ______[sell] of new homes dropped 14.7% in December to the lowest level ______record, the US Commerce Dept. reported on Jan. 29. The sign of the bottom, said Rosen, will be when housing price declines slow from 1% to 2% a month to half a percent.

Other experts agreed that government action is necessary to bring about a ______[recover] or at least to ______[less] the severity of the crisis.

 

 

Many of the home electric goods which are advertised as liberating the modern woman tend to have the opposite effect, because they simply change the nature of work instead of eliminating it. Machines have a certain novelty value, like toys for adults. It is certainly less tiring to put clothes in a washing machine, but the time saved does not really amount to much: the machine has to be watched, the clothes have to be carefully sorted out first, stains removed by hand, buttons pushed and water changed, clothes taken out, aired and ironed. It would be more liberating to pack it all off to a laundry and not necessarily more expensive, since no capital investment is required. Similarly, if you really want to save time you do not make cakes with an electric mixer, you buy one in a shop.

If one compares the image of the woman in the women’s magazine with the goods advertised by those periodicals, one realizes how useful a projected image can be commercially. A careful balance has to be struck: if you show a labor-saving device, follow it up with a complicated recipe on the next page; on no account hint at the notion that a woman could get herself a job, but instead foster her sense of her own usefulness, emphasizing the creative aspect of her function as a housewife. So we get cake mixes where the cook simply adds an egg herself, to produce “that lovely home-baked flavor the family love”, and knitting patterns that can be made by hand, or worse still, on knitting machines, which became tremendously fashionable when they were first introduced. Automatic cookers are advertised by pictures of pretty young mothers taking their children to the park, not by professional women presetting the dinner before leaving home for work.

 

25. According to the passage, many of the home electric goods which are supposed to liberate women_________

A. remove unpleasant aspects of housework.

B. Save the housewife very little time.

C. Save the housewife’s time but not her money.

D. Have absolutely no value for the housewife.

 

26. According to the context, capital investment refers to money _____ 

A. spent on a washing machine.   B. borrowed from the bank.

C. saved in the bank.            D. lent to other people.

 

27. The goods advertised in women’s magazines are really meant to ________

A. free housewives from housework.

B. Encourage housewives to go out to work.

C. Turn housewives into excellent cooks.

D. Give them a false sense of fulfillment.

 

 

 

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