英銘老師: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。例如在此篇文章的第一段中,有提到“proverb” (諺語),所以文章一定跟” 諺語”有關。


 

Almost every language has its share of proverbs. “Too many

 

cooks spoil the broth”—so goes a proverb that is familiar to most

 

Americans. People in Iran expressed the same thought with different

 

words: “Two midwives will deliver a baby with a crooked head.” So do

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the Russians: “With seven nurses, the child goes blind.” The

 

Japanese: “Too many boatmen run the boat up the top of the

 

mountain.”

 

These lean, didactic, aphoristic statements, so varied in their

 

languages, seem to distill a universal wisdom. Is it possible that all

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human beings share certain feelings about life in common and thus

 

produce like-sounding proverbs? In the Samoan fishing culture,

 

which is dependent on the canoe, islanders would have no difficulty

 

in recognizing the kinship of the English proverb, “It never rains but it

 

pours”, to one of their own: “It leaks at the gunwale, it leaks in the

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keel.” An old saying of the Nandi tribe in Africa goes: “A goat’s hide

 

buys a goat’s hide and a gourd a gourd.” This is equivalent to the

 

Biblical injunction, “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”

 

They say that the best proverbs—no matter what the

 

language—have certain characteristics in common: they all are

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concerned about life in general and cover a vast range of human

 

endeavor—love and war, birth and death, sickness and health, and

 

work and play. But it remains a mystery why some civilizations are

 

rich in proverbs and others are not.

( ) 1. What does the proverb, “Too many cooks spoil the broth”, advise people to do?

(A) Try to do one thing at a time.

(B) There should be only one person in charge of cooking.

(C) One should be responsible for the task he is assigned to do.

(D) Sometimes it’s better not to have too many people involved in a task.

( ) 2. Which of the following statements is didactic?

(A) Oblige us with your presence.

(B) I will teach you to meddle in my affair.

(C) He has more sense than to do so.

(D) It is better to cherish what one has now than feel sorry afterwards.

( ) 3. The word, “injunction” means _____.

(A) an order (B) a request (C) a saying (D) an entry

( ) 4. The equivalent to “It leaks at the gunwale, it leaks at the keel” is:

(A) Too many boatmen run the boat up to the top of the mountain.

(B) An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

(C) It never rains but it pours.

(D) A stitch in time saves nine.

解析

英銘老師: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。例如在此篇文章的第一段中,有提到“proverb” (諺語),所以文章一定跟” 諺語”有關。

詳細解析 請看國考專門店 英銘國考英文周刊-No.23-閱讀測驗篇

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