2014上海青浦区高考英语一模试题(附答案)

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Section B

Directions:Complete the following passage by using the words in the box. Each word can only be used once. Note that there is one word more than you need.

A. dip    B. common   C. desired    D. addition    E. embarrassing 

F. carefully   G. muddy     H. fed    I. access      J. raising    K. benefit

Ducks offer certain advantages over hens. Ducks are immune to some   41  

diseases found in hens. Some breeds of duck produce bigger eggs than hens. In   42  , ducks lay eggs over a longer season than hens do.  

Poultry(禽类) keepers with gardens have less to worry about if they keep ducks rather than hens because the former are unlikely to dig up plants and destroy roots. While both hens and ducks   43   the garden by eating pests, hens are known to damage grass beds. Ducks, on the other hand, will search for insects more   44  . Only very delicate plants are at risk from the broad, webbed feet of ducks.

Like all waterbirds, ducks need   45   to water, and duck keepers typically provide this by building a pond. Something this large is not absolutely necessary, however, ducks need only to be able to   46   their heads in the water to keep their nose clean. If a pond is provided, though, it is important to keep baby ducks away from it until they are old enough to put up with the cool temperature of the water.

When   47   ducks, one has to consider just how many the land will support. The rule is generallyabout 100 ducks per acre. If more than this proportion is introduced, there is a risk of pressing the soil, which can lead to   48   conditions for long periods as the rain is not easily absorbed into the ground.

While ducks offer many advantages over hens, they must be given a greater quantity of food, especially if regular eggs are   49  . An adult duck will eat between 170 to 200 grams of food a day. If the ducks live near grass and a pond, they will be able to find for themselves approximately 70% of their daily dietary requirements in warmer months but less than half that in colder times. Therefore, it is important that they be   50   on

enough food, such as grain, every day. 

 

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