Question No. 14
W： Is there anything I can do to help with dinner?
M： Well, I already set the table.
W： Then, how about if I pour the iced tea?
M： Not just yet. The bread needs to be cut, and the wine’s not open.
W： OK. Where’s the cutting board?
Question No. 15
M： Do you know what reflects the pace of life of a country?
M： Walking speed and the accuracy of clocks.
W： Really? So which country has the fastest pace?
M： Well, clocks in Switzerland keep correct time, and the people are in a rush.
W： You know, I think it depends on the individual.
Question No. 16
M： Where’s my file? I saved something on this computer yesterday, but it’s gone.
W： All files get deleted when you turn off the school computers.
W： The school doesn’t want students to leave junk on them.
M： My file was not junk! It was my final report!
W： I guess you’re out of luck.
Questions No. 17 to 19
M： What are you reading?
W： A report on how Americans identify their ethnic backgrounds.
M： That’s interesting. You know, my favorite actor’s mother is Irish, and his father’s from Nigeria. Are all Americans aware of their roots?
W： Hmm. According to this, quite a few describe their ancestry simply as American, about 7%, and African-Americans make up about 9% of the population.
M： So, what’s your ethnic background?
W： Well, I’m Italian and Polish. Italian ranks 7th and Polish, 8th.
M： What background is the most common? English?
W： No, although it’s more common than people who call themselves American, it’s not even in the top three.
M： Many Irish immigrants came here because of the famine in the 1800s, right?
W： Yes. Nearly 11% say they have Irish roots ― pretty high, but it’s not the highest. More people in America claim German ancestry than any other.
M： Now I understand how complex American society is.
【解答】2011年度 本試験 第３問
問14 ④ 問15 ④
問17 ④ 問18 ①