Does Modern Technology Make Life More Convenient, or Was Life Better When Technology Was Simpler?
1C 2. D 3. B D
1. D 2. B 3. A
1. C 2. A 3. C 4. B 5. D 6. C 7. D 8. B 9. A C
Skill A: UNDERSTANDING MAIN IDEAS (consolidated)
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W: You look worried. Is everything alright?
M: No. I have a really big problem.
W: Oh, tell me what is wrong.
M: Well, you know that I'm a scholarship student, right?
W: Yes, I know you are.
M: I’m supposed to have a B average every semester, or my scholarship getscancelled. That would be a big problem for me.
W: Wow, that's tough. So what is the problem?
M: I had biology class in the morning. I was supposed to hand in an important assignment, but I overslept. When I finally woke up and ran to class, the professor wasn't there. If I don't hand in this assignment, the best I can do in this class is a C.
W: Why didn't you go to his office? I'm sure he would have been there.
M: I did, but he left for a vacation as soon as the class was over. He probably took everyone's assignment too. Oh, I don't know what to do.
W: You can talk to him when he comes back. I'm sure he will understand that it was an honest mistake. You can't just slip the assignment under his door while he is away.
M: Yes, I guess not. I really should have run faster.
W: No, I think you should have woken up earlier.
2.1. Listen and answer the questions.
The gold rush in California of 1849 is the most famous gold rush of North America. Over 80,000 people, called the 49ers, because of the year 1849, rushed to Northern California to make easy money. The football team from San Francisco is called the 49ers, after the miners. A lot of people died on their way to California. Even when they did reach California, most of the gold spots were taken and there was little land to get gold from.
But there were