[C] a research report
A. coined B. earned
[A] It is difficult for people to tame them。
C. art collection as a fashion had lost its appeal to a great extent
48. [B] sounds
What makes this slump different from the last, he says, is that there are still buyers in the market, whereas in the early 1990s, when interest rates were high, there was no demand even though many collectors wanted to sell. Christie’s revenues in the first half of 2009 were still higher than in the first half of 2006. Almost everyone who was interviewed for this special report said that the biggest problem at the moment is not a lack of demand but a lack of good work to sell. The three Ds—death, debt and divorce—still deliver works of art to the market. But anyone who does not have to sell is keeping away, waiting for confidence to return.
58. Thailand was once called “Land of the White Elephant” because 。
Directions: There are five passages in this part. Each passage is followed by five questions or unfinished statements. For each of them there are four choices marked A, B, C and D. Choose the best answer and mark the corresponding letter on the ANSWER SHEET
64. The word “ruts”(Line 1, Para.4) has closest meaning to 。
C. Beautiful Inside My Head Forever won over all masterpieces
B. contemporary trends
61. The passage is most probably from 。
A .Sales of contemporary art fell dramatically from 2007 to 2008.
[D] They can be guided。
A. collectors were no longer actively involved in art-market auctions
C. co-happened D. aggravated
The longest bull run in a century of art-market history ended on a dramatic note with a sale of 56 works by Damien Hirst, “Beautiful Inside My Head Forever”，at Sotheby’s in London on September 15th 2008. All but two pieces sold, fetching more than ￡70m, a record for a sale by a single artist. It was a last victory. As the auctioneer called out bids, in New York one of the oldest banks on Wall Street, Lehman Brothers, filed for bankruptcy.
36. The most appropriate title for this text could be ___
D. it was successfully made just before the world financial crisis
57. What do we learn about African elephants from the passage?
59. According to the passage, why is the Thai elephant “out of work”？
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55. [C] longer
33. Which of the following statements is NOT true?
[D] curiosity activates creative minds
In the weeks and months that followed Mr Hirst’s sale, spending of any sort became deeply unfashionable, especially in New York, where the bail-out of the banks coincided with the loss of thousands of jobs and the financial demise of many art-buying investors. In the art world that meant collectors stayed away from galleries and salerooms. Sales of contemporary art fell by two-thirds, and in the most overheated sector—for Chinese contemporary art—they were down by nearly 90% in the year to November 2008. Within weeks the world’s two biggest auction houses, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, had to pay out nearly $200m in guarantees to clients who had placed works for sale with them.
[C] The elephants are no longer useful to their owners。
C. The market generally went downward in various ways.
62. What does Wordsworth mean by “habit rules the unreflecting herd” (Line 2, Para.1)？
A. Fluctuation of Art Prices
[B] prevents new habits from being formed
35. The three Ds mentioned in the last paragraph are ____