A. Vocabulary (20%)
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__________ 1. ____ people should be give up their seats to those who need them when using public transportation.
__________2. The ______ for my new DVD player are difficult to understand.
__________3.There are several large _________ in Taipei City.
__________4.Most people like to stay _________ during a typhoon.
__________5.If you _________ these shelves to the wall, it will free up more floor space.
__________6.Wouldn’t it be great if we could learn English _________ instead of having to study hard?
__________7.Debra _________ so loudly for her friend’s team that she couldn’t speak the next day.
__________8.See that giant bird with blue feathers? That’s our school _________.
__________9.Chris _________ on how beautiful the night sky looks in the countryside.
__________10.Last Saturday, my friends put together a _________ band and played at a club.
B. Write down T or F. (20%)
_____ 1.Only Canadians plays NBA games.
_____ 2.Tony Hinkle was the inventor of the popular game, basketball.
_____ 3.The orange basketball was created later than the game of basketball.
_____ 4.NBA fans are so crazy that they do some stupid things.
_____ 5.Basketball games are common at parks and gyms.
_____ 6.Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, and Lebron James are all NBA stars.
_____ 7.People can get by without the latest digital camera.
_____ 8.Technology allows some physically challenged people to live independent and normal lives.
_____ 9.Some computers can change text to audio for people who are visually impaired.
_____10.Now, people can turn on lights through mental activity alone without having
wires attached to their heads.
C. Read and choose the correct words or phrases below to fill in the blanks. (20%)
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People all 1 the world are __2__ basketball. But where did basketball come from? Actually, it __3__ to a Canadian teacher ___4__ Dr. James Naismith. He invented basketball so that his students would have a sport to play __5__ on cold winter days. He called it “basketball” because he __6__ a basket at each end of a court for players to __7__ balls into. Later people started using __8__ instead of baskets, but the name stuck.
Seventy years after Naismith __9__ basketball, another man, Tony Hinkle, introduced the orange ball. The orange basketball is now a __10__ of the sport.
D. Read the following paragraphs and choose the correct answers (20%)
People are crazy about the NBA. They gather around their TVs to watch games being played in famous American stadiums. What they may not know is that basketball was invented by a Canadian. The game owes everything to a man from Ontario named Dr. James Naismith. In 1991, Naismith taught at a school on America's northeast coast. It was difficult to exercise during the long, cold winters. So Naismith's clever idea was to invent a game that could be played indoors. He nailed up a peach basket at each end of a court to shoot balls into, and basketball was born.
_____1. What is said about the NBA?
A. It is very popular with people. / B. It is the oldest organized sports association.
C. It was invented by an American. / D. It is most well-known in America.
_____2. Who is James Naismith?
A. A very famous basketball player. / B. The man who started the NBA.
C. The man who created basketball. / D. A basketball coach in the NBA.
_____3. What is TRUE about James Naismith?
A. He is from Canada. / B. His company produces basketballs.
C. He is a talented basketball player. / D. He worked at a school in Canada.
_____4. Why did James Naismith need to think of a new game for his students?
A. Because the school didn't have a lot of sports equipment. /B. Because the school didn't have much money. / C. Because his students were bored of the old games. / D. Because it was hard to exercise in cold weather.
_____5. What is something James Naismith did at his school?
A. He wrote a book on a new sport. / B. He made a special ball.
C. He put up a couple of baskets. / D. He became a full-time coach
After basketball was invented, it spread like wildfire in the U.S. and Canada. Seventy years later, the orange basketball was created. This well-known symbol was made by a man named Tony Hinkle. Somewhere between the invention of the sport and the basketball, the original peach basket was replaced with a net. The game has only become more popular since its beginning. We are so mad about basketball that we shout, scream, cheer, cry, and express every emotion possible--and that's just while watching it on TV. We are even worse when we actually go to a game. Once, I looked up at the big screen at the stadium and saw myself dancing with the mascot! My buddies saw the game on TV and commented on my dance moves the next day. That kind of excitement is just a part of basketball.
_____6. What happened after basketball was invented?
A. It became popular very quickly. / B. It took a long time to get recognized.
C. It died out for several years. / D. It became an official sport of all schools.
_____7. What did Tony Hinkle do?
A. He replaced the peach baskets. / B. He created the orange basketball.
C. He made the nets used in today's basketball. / D. He wrote the rules for basketball.
_____8. What was invented last?
A. Orange basketballs / B. Peach baskets / C. Basketball nets / D. The game of basketball
_____9. According to the passage, what are we like when we watch basketball?
A. We are jealous of the players. / B. We are very quiet and we concentrate hard.
C. We are relaxed and enjoy the game. / D. We become very emotional.
_____10. Who did the author dance with at one basketball game?
A. The coach of the basketball team. / B. Some of the basketball players.
C. A symbol of the basketball team. / D. His friend who bought the tickets.
E. Choose the correct antonyms (20%)
____1. gather a. spread b. collect c. come together
____2.famous a. unknown b. known c. noted
____3.healthy a. well b. strong c. ill
____4.clever a. silly b. smart c. sharp
____5.shout a. yell b. whisper c. scream
____6.jealous a. friendly b. generous c. sour grapes
____7. latest a. old b. the worst c. the newest
____ 8. normal a. regular b. formal c. unusual
____ 9. similar a. different b. identical c. alike
_____10. attach a. affix b. glue c. detach