51. A. reaction B. clarity C. freedom D. challenge
52. A. improving B. damaging C. adjusting D. stimulating
53. A. though B. so C. while D. since
54. A. purchased B. cherished C. taken D. promoted
55. A. suitable B. responsible C. convenient D. famous
56. A. ensure B. assume C. threaten D. indicate
57. A. ignored B. achieved C. measured D. abandoned
58. A. attractive B. attentive C. alert D. approachable
59. A. incompetent B. guilty C. depressed D. embarrassed
60. A. doubtful B. unknown C. impossible D. improper
61. A. By contrast B. In addition C. For example D. In brief
62. A. popular B. compared C. familiar D. associated
63. A. mean B. tend C. suppose D. expect
64. A. Despite B. Without C. Apart from D. Unlike
65. A. at will B. at random C. in particular D. in moderation
Directions: Read the following three passages. Each passage is followed by several questions or unfinished statements. For each of them there are four choices marked A, B, C and D. Choose the one that fits best according to the information given in the passage you have just read.
Once upon a time it was boarding school adventures and mysteries solved by tweed-wearing detectives that fired young readers’ imaginations. Now, it seems, it is the promise of tales of blood sucking vampires, unstoppable zombies, howling werewolves and terrifying beasts that inspires young audiences to pick up a book.
Teen horror is a genre that seems to be going from strength to strength, with titles like The Demonata and The Saga of Larten Crepsey by Irish born writer, Darren Shan, topping the charts. Indeed Darren Shan’s success has earned him the title of “Master of Children’s Horror” and his books, which also include The Thin Executioner and the vampire series The Saga of Darren Shan, have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.
But what is it about horror fiction that so appeals to young readers, and just how scary do they like it?
“I think horror allows teenagers to focus on real-life issues in a fantastical way, helping them analyse and make sense of the world as they are coming to a greater understanding of it,” says Darren. “In my book, Lord Loss, the main character’s parents and sister are slaughtered by demons. While that’s obviously not going to happen to anyone in the real world, many children will lose people they love during their formative years, whether it’s grandparents dying of old age, or friends or relatives in accidents. A book like this can hopefully help them prepare for when death strikes at them in real life. Good horror is always about helping us prepare for the darker aspects of life – and since we can’t avoid them, we might as well turn them into entertainment!”
Darren tours frequently, attending events in schools and libraries, and talking to young readers helps him gauge what they can and can’t take in terms of frightening content. He explains: “When I’m writing an especially terrible scene, I imagine myself reading it out in a live environment, and ask myself if I would feel comfortable doing so. If not, I’ll go back and tweak the scene. I have no set formula for deciding what is suitable and what is not. I simply go with my gut instinct.”
66. What is the point of the article?
A. To recommend some popular horror books.
B. To analyze why horror fiction fascinates young people.
C. To explore how horror fiction benefits young readers.
D. To introduce how Darren creates horror books.
67. The underlined phrase “going from strength to strength” in Paragraph 2 is closest in meaning to ______.
A. failing to attract attention
B. improving imagination
C. getting darker and scarier
D. becoming increasingly successful
68. Darren Shan thinks that his books interest young people because ______.
A. they are exciting and inspiring
B. they are about the darker aspects of life
C. they deal with real-life issues in a fanciful way
D. they teach people how to deal with real-life problems
69. What can we conclude from the last paragraph?
A. Teenagers feel comfortable with Darren’s imagination.
B. The more frightening a book is, the better it sells.
C. Darren visits schools from time to time to promote his books.
D. Darren sometimes changes his stories to make them less scary.
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