Historically, humans get serious about avoiding disasters only after one has just struck them. __62__ that logic, 2006 should have been a breakthrough year for rational behavior. With the memory of 9/11 still __63__ in their minds, Americans watched hurricane Katrina, the most expensive disaster in U.S. history, on __64__ TV. Anyone who didn't know it before should have learned that bad things can happen. And they are made __65__ worse by our willful blindness to risk as much as our __66__ to work together before everything goes to hell.
Granted, some amount of delusion(?)is probably part of the __67__ condition. In A.D. 63, Pompeii was seriously damaged by an earthquake, and the locals immediately went to work __68__, in the same spot-until they were buried altogether by a volcano eruption 16 years later. But a __69__ of the past year in disaster history suggests that modern Americans are particularly bad at __70__ themselves from guaranteed threats. We know more than we __71__ did about the dangers we face. But it turns __72__ that in times of crisis, our greatest enemy is __73__ the storm, the quake or the __74__ itself. More often it is ourselves.
So what has happened in the year that __75__ the disaster on the Gulf Coast?In New Orleans,the Army Corps of Engineers has worked day and night to rebuild the flood walls.They have got the walls to __76__ they were before Katrina,more or less.That's not __77__,we can now say with confidence.But it may be all __78__ can be expected from one year of hustle(æµ).
Meanwhile,New Orleans offcials have crafted a plan to use buses and trains to __79__ the sick and the disabled.The city estimates that 15,000 people will need a __80__ out.However,state officials have not yet determined where these people will be taken.The __81__ with neighboring communities are on going and difficult.
____ 1 A) To B) By C) On D) For
____ 2 A) fresh B) obvious C) apparent D) evident
____ 3A) visual B) vivid C) live D) lively
____ 4 A) little B) less C) more D) much
____ 5 A) reluctance B) rejection C) denial D) decline
____6 A) natural B) world C) social D) human
____ 7 A) revising B) refining C) rebuilding D) retrieving
____ 8 A) review B) reminder C) concept D) prospect
____ 9 A) preparing B) protesting C) protecting D) prevailing
____ 10 A) never B) ever C) then D) before
____ 11A) up B) down C) over D) out
____ 12 A) merely B) rarely C) incidentally D) accidentally
____ 13A) surge B) spur C) surf D) splash
____ 14 A) ensued B) traced C) followed D) occurred
____ 15 A) which B) where C) what D) when
____16 A) enough B) certain C) conclusive D) final
____ 17 A) but B) as C) that D) those
____ 18 A) exile B) evacuate C) dismiss D) displace
____ 19 A) ride B) trail C) path D) track
____ 20A) conventions B) notifications C) communications D) negotiations
答案：1-5 BACDA 6-10 DCACB 11-15 DBACB 16-20 ACBAD
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