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。例如在此篇文章的一開始，有提到”marriage” (婚姻)、”Alaska” (阿拉斯加)、” the oil industry”(石油工業)，所以文章一定就是把阿拉斯加與石油工業比喻成婚姻關係。
The marriage coasted for 30 years. From the late 1950s on,
Alaska and its bride, the oil industry, enjoyed a mutually enriching
bond. Then, on March 24, 1989, the industry betrayed us. Alaskans
awoke that day to more than 10 million gallons of crude oil, bled from
the grounded tanker Exxon Valdez, roaming unchecked in one of our
treasures, Prince William Sound. It was as if a spouse had murdered
one of the children.
( ) 1. The passage would most likely be found in _____.
(A) a newspaper editorial (B) a book on marriage counseling
(C) a novel about Alaska (D) a report on the oil industry
( ) 2. What happened to Exxon Valdez on March 24, 1989?
(A) It was severely wounded and bled. (B) It came across a prince.
(C) It leaked a great deal of oil. (D) It murdered its child.
( ) 3. The word “spouse” in the passage refers to _____.
(A) the oil industry (B) Alaska (C) Exxon Valdez (D) Prince William Sound
( ) 4. What is the passage mainly about?
(A) The sour relationship between a marriage relationship of two Alaskans.
(B) The relationship between Alaska and the oil industry.
(C) The excessive usage of oil and its negative effects.
(D) The soaring rates of domestic violence and child abuse in Alaska.