閱讀測驗是很多考生畏懼的英文題型之一，其實閱題測驗的的解題並不難，因為外國人寫文章都愛用破題法，只要看第一段即可知道文章大概在講什麼內容。例如在此篇文章的開頭，有提到”time” (時間)、”measure” (測量)、”invention”(發明)，所以文章一定跟”人類發明器具來測量時間”有關。
Times, as we understand and measure it, is a human invention.
The science of studying time, as well as the art of making
instruments that measure time, is known as horology. Different
instruments have been used to keep track of time over the years, in
an effort to count time in equal units. Sundials, or sun clocks, were
used as early as 3500 B.C. and divided daylight time into equal
hours. In Europe, in the fourteenth century, the hourglass was used.
Time was then measured by having a quantity of sand, water, or
mercury run from the upper to the lower part over a set period of
time. The first spring-powered clock was invented in Germany
around 1510. The power for this clock came from a metal coil inside
called a mainspring. To operate the clock, a person would wind the
mainspring by turning a key.
Battery-powered clocks were first used in the 1840s, with
electric and quartz-powered clocks coming into use in the early
1900s.With the invention of battery and electric-powered clocks,
there was no longer the need to wind a mainspring. As a result,
time-keeping became much more accurate.
( ) 1. The passage above is about _____.
(A) the importance of being always on time
(B) the significance of making time-keeping instruments
(C) the evolution of humans’ ideas of time.
(D) the development of horology.
( ) 2. Which of the following is also called “sun clocks”？
(A) Sundials. (B) Hourglasses.
(C) Spring-powered clocks. (D) Battery-powered clocks
( ) 3. Which of the following is NOT mentioned in the passage to help humans measure time？
(A) fire (B) sand (C) water (D) quartz
( ) 4. According to the author, humans invented different time-keeping instruments in order to _____.
(A) wake up a person on time (B) measure time in equal units
(C) make good use of time (D) emphasize the importance of time