2010 考研英语试题二 Read the following text. Choose the best word(s) for each numbered blank and mark A, B, C or D on ANSWER SHEET
  1. (10 points) Research on animal intelligence always makes me wonder just how smart humans are. 1 fly 2 is an 4 the fruit-fly experiments described in Carl Zimmer’s piece in the Science to live shorter lives. This suggests that 3 in not being too terrifically bright. out, is a high-priced option. It takes more upkeep, burns the starting line because it depends on learning ? a bulbs burn longer, that there Times on Tuesday. Fruit flies who were taught to be smarter than the average fruit
Intelligence, it 5 more fuel and is slow 6 gradual 7
? instead of instinct. Plenty of other species are able to learn, and
one of the things they’ve apparently learned is when to 8 . Is there an adaptive value to 9 intelligence? That’s the question behind this at all the species of our
new research. I like it. Instead of casting a wistful glance 10 own intelligence might be. This is 12
we’ve left in the dust I.Q.-wise, it implicitly asks what the real 11
the mind of every animal I’ve ever met.
Research on animal intelligence also makes me wonder what experiments animals would 13 on humans if they had the chance. Every cat with an owner, 14 , is running a small-scale study in operant conditioning. we believe that 15 animals ran the labs, they would test us to 16 17 19 the limits of our patience, our faithfulness, our 18 , they would hope to study a the results memory for terrain. They would try to decide what intelligence in humans is really , not merely how much of it there is. question: Are humans actually aware of the world they live in? 20
are inconclusive.

  1. [A] Suppose
  2. [A] tended
  3. [A] thinner
  4. [A] tendency
  5. [A] insists on
  6. [A] off
  7. [A] incredible
  8. [A] fight
  9. [A] invisible
[B] Consider [B] feared [B] stabler [B] advantage [B] sums up [B] behind
[C] Observe [C] happened [C] lighter [C] inclination [C] turns out [C] over
[D] Imagine [D] threatened [D] dimmer [D] priority [D] puts forward [D] along [D] gradual [D] think [D] different
[B] spontaneous [C]inevitable [B] doubt [B] limited [C] stop [C] indefinite

  10. [A] upward
  11. [A] features
  12. [A] outside
  13. [A] deliver
  14. [A] by chance
  15. [A] if
  16. [A] moderate
  17. [A] at
  18. [A] Above all
  19. [A] fundamental
  20. [A] By accident
[B] forward [B] influences [B] on [B] carry [B] in contrast [B] unless [B] overcome [B] for [B] After all
[C] afterward [C] results [C] by [C] perform [C] as usual [C] as [C] determine [C] after [C] However
[D] backward [D] costs [D] across [D] apply [D] for instance [D] lest [D] reach [D] with [D] Otherwise [D] hostile [D] Better still
[B] comprehensive [C] equivalent [B] In time [C] So far Part A
Section II Reading Comprehension Directions: Read the following four texts. Answer the questions below each text by choosing A, B, C or D. Mark your answers on ANSWER SHEET
  1. (40 points) Text1 Habits are a funny thing. We reach for them mindlessly, setting our brains on auto-pilot and relaxing into the unconscious comfort of familiar routine. “Not choice, but habit rules the unreflecting herd,” William Wordsworth said in the 19th century. In the ever-changing 21st century, even the word “habit” carries a negative connotation. So it seems antithetical to talk about habits in the same context as creativity and innovation. But brain researchers have discovered that when we consciously develop new habits, we create parallel synaptic paths, and even entirely new brain cells, that can jump our trains of thought onto new, innovative tracks. But don’t bother trying to kill off old habits; once those ruts of procedure are worn into the hippocampus, they’re there to stay. Instead, the new habits we deliberately ingrain into ourselves create parallel pathways that can bypass those old roads. “The first thing needed for innovation is a fascination with wonder,” says Dawna Markova, author of “The Open Mind” and an executive change consultant for Professional Thinking Partners. “But we are taught instead to ‘decide,’ just as our president calls himself ‘the Decider.’ ” She adds, however, that “to decide is to kill off all possibilities but one. A good innovational thinker is always exploring the many other possibilities.”
All of us work through problems in ways of which we’re unaware, she says. Researchers in the late 1960 covered that humans are born with the capacity to approach challenges in four primary ways: analytically, procedurally, relationally (or collaboratively) and innovatively. At puberty, however, the brain shuts down half of that capacity, preserving only those modes of thought that have seemed most valuable during the first decade or so of life. The current emphasis on standardized testing highlights analysis and procedure, meaning that few of us inherently use our innovative and collaborative modes of thought. “This breaks the major rule in the American belief system ? that anyone can do anything,” explains M. J. Ryan, author of the 2006 book “This Year I Will...” and Ms. Markova’s business partner. “That’s a lie that we have perpetuated, and it fosters commonness. Knowing what you’re good at and doing even more of it creates excellence.” This is where developing new habits comes in.
  21. The view of Wordsworth habit is claimed by being A. casual B. familiar C. mechanical D. changeable.

  22. The researchers have discovered that the formation of habit can be A. predicted B. regulated C. traced D. guided

  23.” ruts”(in line one, paragraph
  3) has closest meaning to A. tracks B. series C. characteristics D. connections ?

  24. Ms. Markova’s comments suggest that the practice of standard testing A, prevents new habits form being formed B, no longer emphasizes commonness C, maintains the inherent American thinking model D, complies with the American belief system
  25. Ryan most probably agree that A. ideas are born of a relaxing mind B. innovativeness could be taught C. decisiveness derives from fantastic ideas D. curiosity activates creative minds
Text 2
It is a wise father that knows his own child, but today a man can boost his paternal (fatherly) wisdom ? or at least confirm that he’s the kid’s dad. All he needs to do is shell our $30 for paternity testing kit (PTK) at his local drugstore ? and another $120 to get the results. More than 60,000 people have purchased the PTKs since they first become available without prescriptions last years, according to Doug Fog, chief operating officer of Identigene, which makes the over-the-counter kits. More than two dozen
companies sell DNA tests Directly to the public , ranging in price from a few hundred dollars to more than $25
  00. Among the most popular : paternity and kinship testing , which adopted children can use to find their biological relatives and latest rage a many passionate genealogists-and supports businesses that offer to search for a family’s geographic roots . Most tests require collecting cells by webbing saliva in the mouth and sending it to the company for testing. All tests require a potential candidate with whom to compare DNA. But some observers are skeptical, “There is a kind of false precision being hawked by people claiming they are doing ancestry testing,” says Trey Duster, a New York University sociologist. He notes that each individual has many ancestors-numbering in the hundreds just a few centuries back. Yet most ancestry testing only considers a single lineage, either the Y chromosome inherited through men in a father’s line or mitochondrial DNA, which a passed down only from mothers. This DNA can reveal genetic information about only one or two ancestors, even though, for example, just three generations back people also have six other great-grandparents or, four generations back, 14 other great-great-grandparents. Critics also argue that commercial genetic testing is only as good as the reference collections to which a sample is compared. Databases used by some companies don’t rely on data collected systematically but rather lump together information from different research projects. This means that a DNA database may differ depending on the company that processes the results. In addition, the computer programs a company uses to estimate relationships may be patented and not subject to peer review or outside evaluation.
  26.In paragraphs 1 and 2 , the text shows PTK’s . [A]easy availability [B]flexibility in pricing [C] successful promotion [D] popularity with households
  27. PTK is used to . [A]locate one’s birth place [B]promote genetic research [C] identify parent-child kinship [D] choose children for adoption
  28. Skeptical observers believe that ancestry testing fails to. [A]trace distant ancestors [B] rebuild reliable bloodlines [C] fully use genetic information [D] achieve the claimed accuracy

  29. In the last paragraph ,a problem commercial genetic testing faces is . [A]disorganized data collection [B] overlapping database building
  30. An appropriate title for the text is most likely to be. [A]Fors and Againsts of DNA testing [B] DNA testing and It’s problems [C]DNA testing outside the lab [D] lies behind DNA testing
Text 3
The relationship between formal education and economic growth in poor countries is widely misunderstood by economists and politicians alike progress in both area is undoubtedly necessary for the social, political and intellectual development of these and all other societies; however, the conventional view that education should be one of the very highest priorities for promoting rapid economic development in poor countries is wrong. We are fortunate that is it, because new educational systems there and putting enough people through them to improve economic performance would require two or three generations. The findings of a research institution have consistently shown that workers in all countries can be trained on the job to achieve radical higher productivity and, as a result, radically higher standards of living. Ironically, the first evidence for this idea appeared in the United States. Not long ago, with the country entering a recessing and Japan at its pre-bubble peak. The U.S. workforce was derided as poorly educated and one of primary cause of the poor U.S. economic performance. Japan was, and remains, the global leader in automotive-assembly productivity. Yet the research revealed that the U.S. factories of Honda Nissan, and Toyota achieved about 95 percent of the productivity of their Japanese countere pants a result of the training that U.S. workers received on the job. More recently, while examing housing construction, the researchers discovered that illiterate, non-English- speaking Mexican workers in Houston, Texas, consistently met best-practice labor productivity standards despite the complexity of the building industry’s work. What is the real relationship between education and economic development? We have to suspect that continuing economic growth promotes the development of education even when governments don’t force it. After all, that’s how education got started. When our ancestors were hunters and gatherers 10,000 years ago, they didn’t have time to wonder much about anything besides finding food. Only when humanity began to get its food in a more productive way was there time for other things. As education improved, humanity’s productivity potential, they could in turn afford more education. This increasingly high level of education is probably a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition for the complex political systems required by advanced economic performance. Thus poor countries might not be able
to escape their poverty traps without political changes that may be possible only with broader formal education. A lack of formal education, however, doesn’t constrain the ability of the developing world’s workforce to substantially improve productivity for the forested future. On the contrary, constraints on improving productivity explain why education isn’t developing more quickly there than it is.

  31. The author holds in paragraph 1 that the important of education in poor countries . [A] is subject groundless doubts [B] has fallen victim of bias [C] is conventional downgraded [D] has been overestimated
  32. It is stated in paragraph 1 that construction of a new education system . [A]challenges economists and politicians [B]takes efforts of generations [C] demands priority from the government [D] requires sufficient labor force
  33.A major difference between the Japanese and U.S workforces is that . [A] the Japanese workforce is better disciplined [B] the Japanese workforce is more productive [C]the U.S workforce has a better education [D] ]the U.S workforce is more organize
  34. The author quotes the example of our ancestors to show that education emerged . [A] when people had enough time [B] prior to better ways of finding food [C] when people on longer went hung [D] as a result of pressure on government
  35. According to the last paragraph , development of education . [A] results directly from competitive environments [B] does not depend on economic performance [C] follows improved productivity [D] cannot afford political changes
Text 4
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