有部電影片叫bernard and doris，這是真人實事改編，其中有個片段蠻有趣的。
doris繼承父親菸草大亨james buchanan duke巨額財產，13歲就為個女富豪，個性跋扈不受控制，也因為沒經濟困擾所以熱愛冒險，而同志管家bernard個性害羞唯命是從，2人在個性上互補且相伴終老。
Most of Western music since the Renaissance has been based on a seven-note scale known as the diatonic scale, but when did the scale originate? A fragment of a bone flute excavated at a Neanderthal campsite has four holes, which are spaced in exactly the right way for playing the third through sixth notes of a diatonic scale. The entire flute must surely have had more holes, and the flute was made from a bone that was long enough for these additional holes to have allowed a complete diatonic scale to be played. Therefore, the Neanderthals who made the flute probably used a diatonic musical scale.
Journalist: Every election year at this time the state government releases the financial disclosures that potential candidates must make in order to be eligible to run for office. Among those making the required financial disclosure this year is a prominent local businessman, Arnold Bergeron. There has often been talk in the past of Mr. Bergeron's running for governor, not least from Mr. Bergeron himself. This year it is likely he finally will, since those who have discounted the possibility of a Bergeron candidacy have always pointed to the necessity of making financial disclosure as the main obstacle to such a candidacy.
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Hunter: Hunters alone are blamed for the decline in Greenrock National Forest's deer population over the past ten years. Yet clearly, black bears have also played an important role in this decline. In the past ten years, the forest's protected black bear population has risen sharply, and examination of black bears found dead in the forest during the deer hunting season showed that a number of them had recently fed on deer.
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A prominent investor who holds a large stake in the Burton Tool Company has recently claimed that the company is mismanaged. As evidence for this claim, the investor cited the company's failure to slow production in response to a recent rise in its inventory of finished products. It is doubtful whether an investor's sniping at management can ever be anything other than counterproductive, but in this case it is clearly not justified. It is true that an increased inventory of finished products often indicates that production is outstripping demand. In Burton's case it indicates no such thing, however: the increase in inventory is entirely attributable to products that have already been assigned to orders received from customers.
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Last year a record number of new manufacturing jobs were created. Will this year bring another record? Well, any new manufacturing job is created either within an existing company or by the start-up of a new company. Within existing firms, new jobs have been created this year at well below last year’s record pace. At the same time, there is considerable evidence that the number of new companies starting up will be no higher this year than it was last year and surely the new companies starting up this year will create no more jobs per company than did last year’s start-ups. So clearly, the number of new jobs created this year will fall short of last year’s record.
99.One of the limiting factors in human physical performance is the amount of oxygen that is absorbed by the muscles from the bloodstream. Accordingly, entrepreneurs have begun selling at gymnasiums and health clubs bottles of drinking water, labeled “SuperOXY,” that has extra oxygen dissolved in the water. Such water would be useless in improving physical performance, however, since the amount of oxygen in the blood of someone who is exercising is already more than the muscle cells can absorb.113.As a large corporation in a small country, Hachnut wants its managers to have international experience, so each year it sponsors management education abroad for its management trainees. Hachnut has found, however, that the attrition rate of graduates from this program is very high, with many of them leaving Hachnut to join competing firms soon after completing the program. Hachnut does use performance during the program as a criterion in deciding among candidates for management positions, but both this function and the goal of providing international experience could be achieved in other ways. Therefore, if the attrition problem cannot be successfully addressed, Hachnut should discontinue the sponsorship program.115.In countries where automobile insurance includes compensation for whiplash injuries sustained in automobile accidents, reports of having suffered such injuries are twice as frequent as they are in countries where whiplash is not covered. Some commentators have argued, correctly, that since there is presently no objective test for whiplash, spurious reports of whiplash injuries cannot be readily identified. These commentators are, however, wrong to draw the further conclusion that in the countries with the higher rates of reported whiplash injuries, half of the reported cases are spurious: clearly, in countries where automobile insurance does not include compensation for whiplash, people often have little incentive to report whiplash injuries that they actually have suffered.
A product that represents a clear technological advance over competing products can generally command a high price. Because technological advances tend to be quickly surpassed and companies want to make large profits while they still can, many companies charge the maximum possible price for such a product. But large profits on the new product will give competitors a strong incentive to quickly match the new product's capabilities. Consequently, the strategy to maximize overall profit from a new product is to charge less than the greatest possible price.
80. A report by the American Academy for theAdvancement of Science has concluded that muchof the currently uncontrolled dioxins to which NorthAmericans are exposed comes from the incineration
of wastes.(A) much of the currently uncontrolled dioxins towhich North Americans are exposed comes(B) much of the currently uncontrolled dioxins thatNorth Americans are exposed to come(C) much of the dioxins that are currentlyuncontrolled and that North Americans areexposed to comes(D) many of the dioxins that are currentlyuncontrolled and North Americans are exposedto come(E) many of the currently uncontrolled dioxins to
which North Americans are exposed comeDiction; AgreementMuch is used for an uncountable quantity such aseff ort or rain; many must be used for a countablequantity such as people or dioxins. As the subjectof the subordinate clause, many must then befollowed by the plural verb come rather than the
singular comes.有網友問說看到dioxin無法選many的選項，但是dioxins確實用了複數，表達許多件的uncontrolled dioxins，考試的時候還是少用自己主觀的判定。
A Much is used instead of many.
B Much is used instead of many.其實這題用to which比用that好，因為好的句子介系詞不放句尾，應該要提前。
C Much is used instead of many; that are iswordy.D Th at are is wordy; to maintain the parallel inthis construction, that would have to berepeated in the clause that North Americans
are exposed to.C,D一看就是錯誤答案，因為寫作複雜化，把adj+N變成N that be adj，看到我就刪了。
E Correct. In this concise sentence, many iscorrectly used with dioxins, and the subject
and verb agree.
Veritas GMAT Pace Strategy
Veritas GMAT Pace Strategy
Myth: The first ten questions are more important than the remaining questions on either section. Fact: All questions count the same toward your section score. I'm not going out on much a limb here, admittedly - the Graduate Management Admissions Council takes care to debunk this myth in its book, the Official Guide for GMAT Review. However, this incorrect axiom may be the piece of GMAT mythology that has pervaded the conventional wisdom of test-takers the most, as the adaptive scoring nature of the GMAT has the power to confuse and intimidate many who take the test. Again, no less an authority than the creators of the GMAT themselves will explicitly state that each question counts for the same weight toward your score. So, knowing that, how can you use this to your advantage? 1) DO NOT plan to spend an undue amount of time on the initial questions (some believers of this fallacy advocate spending an additional 50% per question in the first ten, which could put you at a significant advantage later in the exam). Similarly, DO NOT invest an undue amount of emotional stress on those questions. If you cannot answer one, or answer one incorrectly, you'll be able to bounce back on the next question; if you spend six minutes answering one correctly (or worse, six minutes and still make an error that causes you to miss the question), you won't soon make that time up. 2) DO take an extra few seconds to double-check your answer to ensure that you haven't made a silly mistake on an early question. At this point in the test, you can't likely sacrifice extra minutes, but you can certainly invest extra seconds to ensure that you begin on the right track. Early in the test, you won't know for certain whether you'll have time left over at the end, but, if you do, you'd want to have used it to check your work carefully. If you need to guess on the last question or two because you used the time early in the test to double-check your work, that's probably for the best (you'll know it was time well spent if you catch even one error while checking your work). However, if you need to guess on several questions at the end, you've mismanaged your time. Essentially, the first ten questions aren't worth enough each to blow off multiple questions at the end, but they're worth enough collectively that you should invest some extra seconds to avoid mistakes, as you may still have that time remaining later in the exam, and a few extra minutes left over can only be used on that last question.3) DO NOT simply take the above suggestion and run with it. Rather, DO take multiple practice tests before the actual GMAT so that you know within a reasonable estimate where you'll stand on test day. If you routinely have several minutes left over on a section in your practice tests, by all means invest some extra time in an early question that requires that investment of time. If you find yourself regularly pressed for time, you'll want to adapt accordingly.Myth: The verbal section is more important than the quant section, because more people do well on the quant section, so a high verbal score will have greater impact on your score. Fact: Schools look at your individual section scores as well as your overall score, and ideal candidates will have a balanced, high score; in some cases, schools are particularly concerned with a candidate's quantitative abilities, as business school curriculum often requires strong math skills. An admirable quality of business school aspirants is their desire to study as efficiently as possible (putting it nicely) or to beat the system (telling it like it is). Perhaps inspired by the efficiency models of Amazon, IKEA, and
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