"The most effective way to communicate an idea or value to large groups of people is through the use of images, not language."
Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position.
The use of images is not always more effective than that of language.
1. On the one hand, images are more vivid and easier for the largest audience to comprehend.
2. On the other hand, images tend to cause ambiguities.
3. The most effective way of communication is combing the use of images and that of language.
The following appeared in a letter from a firm providing investment advice for a client.”
Most homes in the northeastern United States, where winters are typically cold, have traditionally used oil as their major fuel for heating. Last heating season that region experienced 90 days with below-normal temperatures, and climate forecasters predict that this weather pattern will continue for several more years. Furthermore, many new homes are being built in the region in response to recent population growth. Because of these trends, we predict an increased demand for heating oil and recommend investment in Consolidated Industries, one of whose major business operations is the retail sale of home heating oil."
Write a response in which you examine the stated and/or unstated assumptions of the argument. Be sure to explain how the argument depends on these assumptions and what the implications are for the argument if the assumptions prove unwarranted.
A. 前提：we predict an increased demand for heating oil
B. 结论：we recommend investment in Consolidated Industries, one of whose major business operations is the retail sale of home heating oil
1. most homes in the northeastern United States, where winters are typically cold, have traditionally used oil as their major fuel for heating
2. last heating season that region experienced 90 days with below-normal temperatures
3. climate forecasters predict that this weather pattern will continue for several more years
4. many new homes are being built in the region in response to recent population growth
New inhabitants, who have moved there, will not necessarily use the same source as the local residents. If some of them have been accustomed to electric heating, and they have not used oil for heating before, they probably would not choose oil.
And we do not know the detail number of the new residents, if there have 200,000 native residents, and the number of new inhabitants is just 500, thus the new inhabitants are relatively less and they will make little effect on oil consumption.
The cold weather is not the only factor, influencing the need for oil in the local, but a crucial factor. There is a combination of factors, such as the price of oil, the income of a family, the consumption of other sources for heating.
If the price of oil is increasing with the decreasing temperature, many families with finite incomes will limit their consumption of oil.
Although the oil is the traditional heating source, it cannot illustrate all the local residents only use it for heating. With the generalization of natural gas, part of the residents may also use natural gas.
Therefore, even if the weather is getting colder, it is not necessary to boost the total consumption of oil.
The local residents reserve heating oil by many ways, besides the retail.
The wholesale is a general way to purchase the oil, because the price is lower than the retail.
The firm has ignored/overlooked the market competition. There is not only Consolidated Industries, who selling home heating oil. Many other strong peer companies would offer more alluring condition and price to attract the residents to buy their oil.
So even if the residents buy oil, they would not necessarily choose Consolidated.
The _____ nature of the commencement speech did not sit well with the restless group of recent graduates.
After screenwriter Neil Jordan's most recent work opened in selected urban areas, many theatergoers were (i) _____ , but after pundits expressed their (ii) _____ , acceptance of the film's unique structure increased and demand for a wider release surged.
A. skeptical D. diffidence
B. erratic E. approbation
C. ebullient F. trepidation
Many policy makers insist that consumer spending is a strong economic (i) _____ and, therefore, (ii) _____ of retail stores is a contributing factor to low-performing economies. To improve economic conditions in Lakewood, Colorado, the city has begun charging residents a public improvement fee, on top of normal sales tax, which will (iii) _____ tax breaks offered to major retailers to attract their business.
Blank(i) Blank(ii) Blank(iii)
A. stratagem D. a paucity G. indemnify
B. catalyst E. a respite H. liquidate
C. axiom F. an apex I. underwrite
The _____ nature of the commencement speech did not sit well with the restless group of recent graduates.
A protracted拖延;绘制 B concise简明的，简洁的 C verbose冗长的;啰嗦的
D vigorous有力的;精力充沛的 E contrite悔悟了的;后悔的 F premeditated预谋的;预先考虑的
It was clear after the incident that, while she may have answered truthfully in the strictest sense of the word, Sheryl was actually trying to _____ Sergei.
A enlighten启发，启蒙B delude欺骗;哄骗C illuminate阐明，说明
D covet垂涎;觊觎E gull骗;欺诈F 统计纠正错误
Ancient generals, lacking modern technologies such as radio and satellite communication, often found that one of the most significant challenges in warfare was to be accurately _____ the many changes on the battlefield or in the campaign.
A. fortified by
B. adulterated by
C. cognizant of
D. apprised of
E. parodied by
F. chary of
A fortified by加强的B adulterated by掺假的C cognizant of已认识到
D apprised of获悉E parodied by拙劣模仿F chary of谨慎的;仔细的
Attempts to brand the belly dance as an act of seduction are both demeaning and distorting. Throughout Middle Eastern history, Oriental dance---the Western term for belly dance---was primarily performed at such family occasions as weddings, births, and festivals. Early evidence indicates that it originated as a fertility dance. 17,000 year-old rock engravings found in the caves of Addaura, near Palermo in Sicily, depict women swaying their hips in what appears to be a fertility rite, as do ancient Egyptian tomb paintings and Greek sculptures. In some early cultures, women gathered around one of their own when she was in labor, circling and mimicking her contractions with their stomach undulations in an effort to ease her through the birthing process.
Early civilizations were far less regimented than those of today. Even so, it was believed that women were primarily responsible for procreation. Tribes in the South Seas, New Guinea, East Polynesia, Africa, and Greece not only thought that conception would be impossible, but also that the human race would die unless the women performed the fertility dance. In some cases, women were revered for their seeming command over the mysteries of nature; there are even accounts of females being brought into fields to touch the crops, so as to ensure a bountiful harvest.
1. The passage supports which of the following assertions?
A. Belly dancing requires little formal training.
B. The author does not view seduction as a respectable use of the belly dance.
C. Women who have had training in belly dance will have easier pregnancies.
The passage says nothing about the training required for the belly dance. Even though the dance originated in primitive societies, we cannot assume that it doesn't involve a formal or structured learning process. Eliminate choice (A). Choice (B), in contrast, agrees with the author's assertion in the first sentence of the passage, so keep it. Choice (C) seems tempting, in light of what the author discusses at the end of the first paragraph, but such an assertion assumes that there are no other factors affecting a woman's pregnancy. Furthermore, the women in labor described in the passage may not have known how to belly dance. Even if they had, it was the other women’s dancing that is alleged to have helped them, not their own. Choice (B) is the best answer.
2. Which sentence, in which the author makes a conclusion, is not supported with any factual or anecdotal evidence?
答案：Early civilizations were far less regimented than those of today.
In laboratories, healthy adult human brain neurons typically live no more than a few hours, making extensive research impossible. Furthermore, scientists' inability to reproduce healthy neurons has prevented the use of neurons in experimental treatments of severe neurological disorders.
However, two researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have successfully maintained mature, human brain neurons in long-term cultures by using cells obtained during surgery on an 18-month-old victim of unilateral megalencephaly. The rare disorder, in which one side of the brain grows substantially larger than the other, occurs when neurons in the abnormal hemisphere undergo too many cell divisions before they mature. The neuronal imbalance in the brain of the infant caused seizures, prompting surgeons to remove the enlarged hemisphere---a treatment that has proven successful in similar cases. The researchers then took neurons from the excised brain matter and placed them in a blood-rich culture medium. After days, many of the cells had died, but a few continued to grow and divide. Nineteen months later, the team had subcultured colonies of neurons onto new culture plates more than 20 times, with no significant changes in cellular appearance or growth characteristics.
Scientists still don't know what triggers the proliferation of neurons in unilateral megalencephaly. The neurons cultivated at Johns Hopkins---unlike those culled from tumors are not cancerous, and accordingly are much more valuable as research tools. Finally, the experiment presents the possibility that such neurons could be used in experimental treatments that currently use fetal brain cells, sidestepping an uncomfortable ethical issue.
1. It can be inferred from the passage that the removal of a hemisphere of the brain
A. will allow researchers to expand their knowledge of neurological workings
B. is necessary to cure unilateral megalencephaly
C. is a viable medical procedure in some cases
D. is usually performed on infants who suffer from unilateral megalencephaly
E. is a rare procedure that is performed as a last resort
The second paragraph says that the neuronal imbalance causes seizures prompting surgeons to remove the enlarged hemisphere – a treatment that has proven successful in similar cases. "Some cases" is nice and wimpy.
2. The passage supplies information to answer which of the following questions?
A. How old is the average unilateral megalencephaly patient?
B. Can fetal brain cells be used to treat unilateral megalencephaly?
C. Have scientists found a way to allow cells from victims of unilateral megalencephaly to exist outside of the body?
D. How long can neurons culled from tumors be sustained outside the body?
E. Will scientists find further experimental uses for neurons culled from unilateral megalencephaly victims?
3. In the second paragraph, select the sentence in which a term is introduced that requires elucidation in a later sentence.
答案：However, two researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have successfully maintained mature, human brain neurons in long-term cultures by using cells obtained during surgery on an 18-month-old victim of unilateral megalencephaly.
Employees of companies that offer corporate fitness programs consistently take fewer sick-days than do employees of companies that do not offer fitness programs. Thus, corporate fitness programs are shown to have a positive effect on the health of a company's workforce.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?
A. Other benefits offered by companies that do not offer corporate fitness programs surpass the benefits offered by companies that do offer such programs.
B. Companies that offer corporate fitness programs attract employees who are more health conscious than the employees of companies that do not offer such programs.
C. The health benefits of a corporate fitness program depend upon the particular makeup of the program.
D. Employees who participate in corporate fitness programs are not measurably less healthy than people who exercise on their own.
E. People who participate in fitness programs not offered by their employees are generally healthier than people who participate in corporate fitness programs.
1. Which of the following operations carried out on both the numerator and the denominator of a fraction will always produce an equivalent fraction? Indicate all such operations?
A. Adding 2
B. Multiplying by 5
C. Dividing by 100
2. In a certain medical group, Dr. Schwartz schedules appointments to begin 30 minutes apart, Dr. Ramirez schedules appointments to begin 25 minutes apart, and Dr. Wu schedules appointments to begin 50 minutes apart. All three doctors schedule their first appointments to begin at 8:00 in the morning, which are followed by their successive appointments throughout the day without breaks. Other than at 8:00 in the morning, at what times before 1:30 in the afternoon do all three doctors schedule their appointments to begin at the same time? Indicate all such times
A. 9:30 in the morning
B. 10:30 in the morning
C. 11:30 in the morning
D. 12:00 noon
E. 1:00 in the afternoon
3. Set A has 50 members and set B has 53 members. At least 2 of the members in set A are not in set B. Which of the following could be the number of members in set B that are not in set A ? Indicate all such numbers.
答案：A B C D E
1. A中48个成员也同时在B中, 得出符合所得要求(in set B that are not in set A)的最小值53-48=5;
2. A中没有成员同时在B中, 得出符合所得要求(in set B that are not in set A)的最大值53-0=53
What is the area of triangle ABC shown above?
5. Quantity A：the sum of the first 7 positive integers
Quantity B：7 times the median of the first 7 positive integers
A. Quantity A is greater.
B. Quantity B is greater.
C. The two quantities are equal.
D. The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.
解析：QUANT A前7个正整数，也就是1到7之和为28. QUANT B前7个正整数里中位数的7倍，也就是4的7倍为28. 两者相等，所以选C。