Part III Reading Comprehension (40 minutes)
In this section, there is a passage with ten blanks. You are required to selectone word for each blank from a list of choices given in a word bank followingthe passage. Read the passage through carefully before making your choices.Each choice in the bank is identified by a letter. Please mark thecorresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 witha single line through the centre. You may not use any of the words in the bankmore than once.
Questions 36 to 45 are based onthe following passage.
The fact is, the world has beenfinding less oil than it has been using for more than twenty years now. Notonly has demand been __36__, but the oil we have been finding is coming fromplaces that are __37__ to reach. At the same time, more of this newly __38__oil is of the type that requires a greater investment to __39__. And becausedemand for this precious resource will grow, according to some, by over 40percent by 2025, fueling the world’s economic __40__ will take a lot moreenergy from every possible source.
The energy industry needs to getmore from existing fields while continuing to search for new __41__. Automakersmust continue to improve fuel efficiency and perfect hybrid(混合动力的)vehicles. Technologicalimprovements are needed so that wind, solar and hydrogen can be more __42__parts of the energy equation. Governments need to formulate energy policiesthat promote __43__ and environmentally sound development. Consumers must bewilling to pay for some of these solutions, while practicing conservationefforts of their own.
Inaction is not an __44__. Solet’s work together to balance this equation. We are taking some of the __45__needed to get started, but we need your help to go the rest of the way.
36. N) soaring
37. E) difficult