2014考研英语真题

贡献者: 毛马吉

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As many people hit middle age,they often start to notice that their memory and mental clarity are not what they used to be .We suddenly can't remember ___we put the keys just a moment ago,or an old acquaintance's name,or the name of an old band we used to love .As the brain ___,we refer to these occurrences an“senior moments.”___ seemingly innocent,this loss of mental focus can potentially have a(n)___impact on our professional,social,and personal___.

Neuroscientists,experts who study the nervous system,are increasingly showing that there's actually a lot that can be done .It ___out that the brain needs exercise in much the same way our muscles do,and the right mental ___can significantly improve our basic cognitive ___.Thinking is ___essentially a ___of making connecti in the brain .To a certain extent,our ability to ___in marking the connecti that drive intelligence is inherited . ability to ___in making the connecti are made through effort and practice,___,because these connecti are made through effort and practice,scientists believe that intelligence can expand and fluctuate ___ mental effort .

Now,a new Web-based company has taken it a step ___and developed the first“brain training program”designed to actually help people improve and regain their mental ___.

The Web-based program ___ you to systematically improve your memory and attention skills . The program keeps ___of your progress and provides detailed feedback ___ your performance and improvement .Most importantly,it ___modifies and enhances the games you play to ___ on the strengths you are developing - much like a(n)___ exercise routine requires you to increase resistance and vary your muscle use .

1.[A]where [B]when [C]that [D]why

2. [A]improves [B]fades [C]recovers [D]collapses

3. [A]If [B]Unless [C]Once [D]While

4. [A]uneven [B]limited [C]damaging [D]obsucure

5. [A]wellbeing [B]envirenment [C]relationahip [D]outlook

6. [A]turns [B]finds [C]points [D]figures

7. [A]roundabouts [B]resp es [C]workouts [D]associati

8. [A]genre [B]functi [C]cicumstances [D]criterion

9. [A]channel [B]condition [C]sequence [D]process

10. [A]persist [B]believe [C]excel [D]feature

11. [A]Therefore [B]Moreover [C]Otherwise [D]However

12. [A]according to [B]regardless of [C]apart from [D]instead of

13. [A]back [B]further [C]aside [D]around

14. [A]sharpness [B]stability [C]framework [D]flexibility

15. [A]forces [B]reminds [C]hurries [D]allows

16. [A]hold [B]track [C]order [D]pace

17. [A]to [B]with [C]for [D]on

18. [A]irregularly [B]habitually [C]c tantly [D]unusually

19. [A]carry [B]put [C]build [D]take

20. [A]risky [B]effective [C]idle [D]familiar

阅读理解:Text 1

In order to“change lives for the better”and reduce“dependency.”GeorgeO ome,Chancellor of the Exchequer,inroduced the“upfront work search”sebeme. Only if the jobless arrive at the jobcentre with a CV. register for online job search,and start looking for work will they be eligible for benefit - and then they should report weekly rather than fortnightly. What could be more reasonable?

More apparent reasonableness followed. There will now be a seven-day wait for the jobseeker's allowance.“There first few days should be spent looking for work,not looking to sign on.”he4 claimed,“We're doing these things because we know they help people stay off benefits and help those on benefits get into work faster.”Help?Rellay?On first hearing,this was the socially concerned chancellor,trying to change lives for the better,complete with“reforms”to an obviously indulgent system that demands too little effort from the newly unemployed to find work,and subsidises laziness. What motivated him,we were to understand,was his zeal for“fundamental fairness”- protecting the taxpayer,controlling spending and ensuring that only the most descring claimants received their benefits.

Losing a job is hurting:you don't skip down to the jobcenter with a song in your heart,delighted at the prospect of doubling your income from the generous state. It is financially terrifying,psychologically embarrassing and you know that suport is minimal and extraordinarily hard to get. You are now not wanted;you are now excluded from the work environment that offers purpose and structure in your life. Worse,the crucial income to feed yourself and your family and pay the bills has disappeared. Ask anyone newly unemployed what they want and the answer is always:a job.

But in O omeland,your first instinct is to fall into depency - permanent dependency if you can get it - supported by a state only too re to indulge your falsehood. It is as though 20 years of erer-thougher reforms of the job search and benefit administration system never happend. The principle of British welfare is no longer that you cna insure yourself against the risk of unemployment and receive unconditional payments if the disaster happens. Even the very phrase“jobseeker's allowance”is about redefining rhe unemployed as a“jobseeker”who had no fundamental right to a benefit he or she has earned through making national insurance contributi . Instead,the claimant receives a time-limited“allowance,”conditional on actively seeking a job;no entitlement and no insurance,at $71.70 a week,one of the least generous in the EU.

21. George O orue's scheme was intended to

[A]provide the unemployed with easier access to benefits.

[B]encourage jobseekers active engagement in job seeking.

[C]motivate the unemployed to report voluntarily.

[D]guarantee jobseekers legitimate right to benefits.

22. The phrase“to sign on”most probably means

[A] to check on the ailability of jobs at the jobcentre.

[B]to accept the government's restriction on the allowance.

[C]to register for an allowance form the government.

[D]to attend a government job-training program.

23. What prompted the chancellor to develop his scheme?

[A]A desire to secure a better life for all

[B]An eagerness to protect the unemployed.

[C] An urge to be generous to the claimants.

[D]A passion to ensure fairness for taxpayers.

24.According to Paragraph 3,being unemployed makes one feel

[A]uneasy

[B]enraged

[C]insulted

[D]guilty

25.To which of the followingwould the author most probably agree?

[A]The British welfare system indulges jobseekers laziness.

[B]O orne's reforms will reduce the risk of unemployment.

[C]The jobseekers' allowance has met their actual needs.

[D]Unemployment benefits should not be made conditional

阅读理解:Text2

All around the world,lawyers generate more hostility than the members of any other profession -with the possible exception of journalism. But there are few places where clients have more grounds for complaint than America.

During the decade before the economic cr spending on legal services in America grew twice as inflation. The best lawyers made skyscrapers-full of money,tempting ever more students to pile into law schools.But most law graduates never get a big -firm job. Many of them instead become the kind of nuisance-lawsuit filer that makes the tort system a costlt nightmare.

There are many reas for this. One is the excessive costs of a legal education.There is just one path for a lawer in most American states a four-year undergraduate degree in some unrelated subject,then a three-year law degree at one of 200 law schools authorized by the American Bar Association and an expensive preparation for the bar exam. This le es today's erage law-school graduate with $1000,000 of debt on top of undergraduate debts. Law-school debt means that they have to work fearsomely hard.

Reforming the system would help both lawyers and their customers. Sensible ideas have been around for a long time,but the state-level bodies that govern the profession have been too c ervative to implement them. One idea is to allow people to study law as an undergraduate degree. Another is to let students sit for the bar after only two years of law school. If the bar exam is truly a stem enough test for a would-be lawyer,those who can sit it earlier should be allowed to do so. Students who do not need the extra training could cut their debt mountain by a third.

The other reason why costs are so high is the restrictive guild-like ownership syucture of the business. Except in the District of Columbia,non-lawyers may not own any share of a law firm. This keeps fees high and innovation slow. There is pressure for change from within the profession,but opponents of change among the regulators insist that keeping outsiders out of a law firm isolates lawyers from the pressure to make money rather than serve clients ethically.

In fact,allowing non-lawyers to own shares in law firms would reduce costs and improve services to customers,by encouraging law firms to use technology and improve services to customers,by encouraging law firms to use technology and to employ professional managers to focus on improving firms' efficiency.

After all,other countries,such as Australia and Britain,have started liberalizing there legal professi . America should follow.

26. A lot of students take up law as their profession due to

[A] the growing demand from clients.

[B] the increasing pressure of inflation.

[C] the prospect of working in big firms.

[D] the attraction of financial rewards.

27. Which of the following adds to the costs of legal education in most American states?

[A] Higher tuition fees for undergraduate studies.

[B] Admissi approval from the bar association.

[C] Pursuing a bachelor's degree in another major.

[D] Receiving training by professional associati .

28. Hindrance to the reform of the legal system originates from

[A] lawyers' and clients' strong resistance.

[B] the rigid bodies governing the profession.

[C] the stern exam for would-be lawyers.

[D] non-professionals' sharp criticism.

29. The guild-like ownership structure is c idered“restrictive”partly because it

[A] bans outsiders' involvement in the profession.

[B] keeps lawyers from holding law-firm shares.

[C] aggr ates the ethical situation in the trade.

[D] prevents lawyers from gaining due profits.

30. In this text,the author mainly discusses

[A] flawed ownership of America's law firms and causes.

[B] the factors that help make a successful lawyer in American.

[C] a problem in America's legal profession and soluti to it.

[D] the role of undergraduate studies in America's legal education

阅读理解:Text 3

The USS3-millon Fundamental Physics Prize is indeed an interesting experiment as Alexander Polyakov said when he accepted this year's award in Mach And it is far from the only one of lucrative awards for researchers have joined the Nobel Prizes in recent years. Many,like the Fundamental Physics Prize are funded from the telephone-number-sized bank accounts of internet entrepreneurs. These benefactors have succeeded in their chosen fields,they say,and they want to use their wealth to draw attention to those who have succeeded in science.

What's not to like?Quite a lot,according to a handful of scientists quoted in the News Feature. You cannot buy class,as the old saying goes,and these upstart entrepreneurs cannot buy their prizes the prestige of the Nobels. The new awards are an exercise in self-promotion for those behind them,say scientists. They could distort the status quo of peer-reviewed research. They do not fund peer-reviewed research. They perpetuate the myth of the lone genius.

The goals of the prize-givers seem as scattered as the criticism. Some want to shock,others to draw people into science,or to better reward those who have made their careers in research.

As Nature has pointed before,there are some legitimate concerns about how science prizes - both new and old - are distributed. The breakthrough prize in Life Sciences,launched this year,takes an unrepresentative view of what the life sciences include. But the Nobel Foundation's limit of limit of three recipients per prize,each of whom must still be living,has long been outgrown by the collaborative nature of modern research - as will be dem trated by the inevitable row over who is ignored when it comes to acknowledging the discovery of the Higgs boson. The Nobels were,of course,themselves set up by a very rich individual who had decided what he wanted to do with his own money. Time,rather than intention,has given them legitimacy.

As much as some scientists may complain about the new awards,two things seem clear. First,most researchers would accept such a prize if they were offered one. Second,it is surely a good thing that the money and attention come to science rather than go elsewhere. It is fair to criticize and question the mechanism - that is the culture of research,after all - but it is the prize-givers' money to do with as they please. It is wise to take such gifts with gratitude and grace.

31.The Fundamental physics Prize is seen as

[A] a symbol of the entrepreneurs' wealth

[B] a possible replacement of the Nobel Prizes

[C] an example of bankers' investments

[D] a handsome reward for researchers

32.The critics think that the new awards will most benefit

[A]the profit-oriented scientists

[B]the founders of the new awards

[C]the achievement-based system

[D]peer-review-led research

33.The discovery of the Higgs boson is a typical case which involves

[A]contreversies over the recipients' status

[B]the joint effort of modern researchers

[C]legitimate concerns over the new prizes

[D]the dem tration of research findings

34.According to Paragraph4,which of the following is true of the Nobels?

[A]Their endurance has done justice to them

[B]Their legitimacy has long been in dispute

[C]They are the most representative honor

[D]History has never cast doubt on them

35.the author believes that the now awards are

[A]acceptable despite the criticism

[B]harmful to the culture of research

[C]subject to undesirable changes

[D]unworthy of public attention

阅读理解:Text 4

“The Heart of the Matter,”the just-released report by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences(AAAS),deserves praise for affirming the importance of the humanities and social sciences to the prosperity and security of liberal democracy in America. Regrettably,however,the report's failure to address the true nature of the critics facing liberal education may cause more harm than good.

In 2010,leading congressional Democrats and Republicans sent liners to the AAAS asking that it identify acti that could be taken by“federal,atste and local”to“maintain national excellence in humanities and social scientific scholarship and education.”In resp e,the American Academy formed the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. Among the commission's 51members are top-tier-university presidents,scholars,lawyers,judges,and business executives. As well ad prominent figures from diplomacy,filmmaking,music and journalism.

The goals identif in the report are generally admirable. Because representative government representative government presupposes an informed citizenry,the report supports full literacy,stresses the study of history and government,particularly American history and American government;and encourages the use of new digital technologies. To encourage innovation and competition,the report calls fornicated investment in research,the crafting of coherent curricula that improve students' ability to solve problems and communicate effectively in the 21st century,increased funding for teachers and the encouragement of scholars to bring their learning to bear on the great challengers of the day. The report also advocates greater study of foreign languages,international affairs and the expansion of study abroad programs.

Unfortunately,despite 2% years in the making,“The heart of the Matter”never gets to the heart of the matter,the illiberal nature of library education at our leading colleges and universities. The commission ignores that for several decades America's colleges and universities have produced graduates who don't know the content and character of liberal education and are thus deprived of its benefits.Sadly,the spirit of inquiry once at home on campus has been replacedby the use of humanities and social sciences an vehicles for publicizing“progressive,”or left-liberal propaganda.

Today,professors routinely treat the progressive interpretation of history and progressive public policy as the proper subject of study while portraying c ervative or classical liberal ideas-such as free markets and self-reliance-as falling outside the boundaries of routine,and sometimes legitimate,intellectual investigation.

The AAAS displays great enthusiasm for liberal education. Yet its report may well set back reform by obscuring the depth and breadth of the challenge that Congress asked it to illuminate.

36. According to Paragraph 1,what is the author's attitude toward the AAAS's report?

[A] Critical

[B] Appreciative.

[C] Contemptuous.

[D] Tolerant.

37. Influential figures in the Congress required that the AAAS report on how to

[A] retain people's interest in liberal education.

[B] define the government's role in education.

[C] keep a leading position in liberal education.

[D] safeguard individuals' rights to education.

38. According to Paragraph 3,the report suggest

[A] an exclusive study of American history.

[B] a greater emphasis on theoretical subjects.

[C] the application of emerging technologies.

[D] funding for the study of foreign languages.

40. Which of the following would would be the best title for text?

[A] Ways to Grasp“The Heart of the Matter”

[B] Illiberal Education and“The Heart of the Matter”

[C] The AAAS's Contribution to Liberal Education

[D] Progressive Policy vs. Liberal Education

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