Certainly people do not seem less interested in success and its signs now than formerly. Summer homes， European travel， BMWs — the locations， place names and name brands may change， but such items do not seem less in demand today than a decade or two years ago. What has happened is that people cannot confess fully to their dreams， as easily and openly as once they could， lest they be thought pushing， acquisitive and vulgar. Instead， we are treated to fine hypocritical spectacles， which now more than ever seem in ample supply： the critic of American materialism with a Southampton summer home； the publisher of radical books who takes his meals in three-star restaurants； the journalist advocating participatory democracy in all phases of life， whose own children are enrolled in private schools. For such people and many more perhaps not so exceptional， the proper formulation is， “Succeed at all costs but avoid appearing ambitious.”
69. Some people do not openly admit they have ambition because ________.
[A] they think of it as immoral
[B] their pursuits are not fame or wealth
[C] ambition is not closely related to material benefits
[D] they do not want to appear greedy and contemptible
① It never rains but it pours. ② Just as bosses and boards have finally sorted out their worst accounting and compliance troubles， and improved their feeble corporation governance， a new problem threatens to earn them – especially in America – the sort of nasty headlines that inevitably lead to heads rolling in the executive suite： data insecurity. ③ Left， until now， to odd， low-level IT staff to put right， and seen as a concern only of data-rich industries such as banking， telecoms and air travel， information protection is now high on the boss"s agenda in businesses of every variety.
36. The statement “It never rains but it pours” is used to introduce
[A] the fierce business competition.
[B] the feeble boss-board relations.
[C] the threat from news reports.
[D] the severity of data leakage.
① Anyway， the townsfolk can"t understand why the Royal Shakespeare Company needs a subsidy. （②The theatre has broken attendance records for three years in a row.③ Last year its 1，431 seats were 94 percent occupied all year long and this year they"ll do better.）④ The reason， of course， is that costs have rocketed and ticket prices have stayed low.
29. According to the ownsfolk， the RSC deserves no subsidy because ________.
[A] ticket prices can be raised to cover the spending
[B] the company is financially ill-managed
[C] the behavior of the actors is not socially acceptable
[D] the theatre attendance is on the rise
Fortunately， the White House is starting to pay attention. But it"s obvious that a majority of the president"s advisers still don"t take global warming seriously. Instead of a plan of action， they continue to press for more research — a classic case of “paralysis by analysis.”
28. What does the author mean by “paralysis by analysis” （Last line， Paragraph 4）？
[A] Endless studies kill action.
[B] Careful investigation reveals truth.
[C] Prudent planning hinders progress.
[D] Extensive research helps decision-making.
① It"s no surprise that Jennifer Senior"s insightful， provocative magazine cover story， “I love My Children， I Hate My Life，” is arousing much chatter – nothing gets people talking like the suggestion that child rearing is anything less than a completely fulfilling， life-enriching experience.② Rather than concluding that children make parents either happy or miserable， Senior suggests we need to redefine happiness： instead of thinking of it as something that can be measured by moment-to-moment joy， we should consider being happy as a past-tense condition. ③ Even though the day-to-day experience of raising kids can be soul-crushingly hard， Senior writes that “the very things that in the moment dampen our moods can later be sources of intense gratification and delight.”
36.Jennifer Senior suggests in her article that raising a child can bring
[B]enjoyment in progress
[C]happiness in retrospect
Why do so many Americans distrust what they read in their newspapers？ The American Society of Newspaper Editors is trying to answer this painful question. The organization is deep into a long self-analysis known as the journalism credibility project.
59. What is the passage mainly about？
[A] needs of the readers all over the world
[B] causes of the public disappointment about newspapers
[C] origins of the declining newspaper industry
[D] aims of a journalism credibility project
Why mention the elementary schools？ Because thanks to these schools our early mechanics， especially in the New England and Middle Atlantic states， were generally literate and at home in arithmetic and in some aspects of geometry and trigonometry.
Why mention the elementary schools？ Because thanks to these schools our early mechanics， especially in the New England and Middle Atlantic states， were generally literate and at home in arithmetic and in