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Text 2William Shakespeare described old age as" second childishness"-no teeth, no eyes, no

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William Shakespeare described old age as" second childishness"-no teeth, no eyes, no taste. In the case of taste he may, musically speaking, have been more perceptive than he realised. A paper in Neurology by Giovanni Frisoni and his colleagues at the National Centre for Research and Care of Alzheimers's Disease in Italy, shows that frontotemporal dementia can affect musical desires in ways that suggest a regression ,if not to infancy,then at least to a patient's teens.

Frontotemporal dementia, a disease usually found with old people, is caused, as its name suggests,by damage to the front and sides of the brain. These regions are concerned with speech, and with such"higher"functions as abstract thinking and judgment.

Two of such patients intrigued Dr Frisoni. One was a 68-year-old lawyer, the other a 73-year- old housewife. Both had undamaged memories, but displayed the sorts of defect associated with frontotemporal dementia-a diagnosis that was confrrmed by brain scanning.

About two years after he was first diagnosed, the lawyer, once a classical music lover who re-ferred to pop music as"mere noise" , started listening to the Italian pop band "883". As his command of language and his emotional attachments to friends and family deteriorated, he continued to listen to the band at full volume for many hours a day. The housewife had not even had the lawyer's love of classical music, having never enjoyed music of any sort in the past. But about a year after her diagnosis she became very interested in the songs that her ll-year-old granddaughter was listen ing to.

This kind of change in musical taste was not seen in any of the Alzheimer's patients, and thus appears to be specific to those with frontotemporal dementia. And other studies have remarked on how frontotemporal-dementia patients sometimes gain new talents. Five sufferers who developed artistic abilities are known. And in another case, one woman with the disease suddenly started composing and singing country and western songs.

Dr Frisoni speculates that the illness is causing people to develop a new attitude towards novel experiences, Previous studies of novelty-seeking behaviour suggest that it is managed by the brain'sright frontal lobe. A predominance of the right over the left frontal lobe, caused by damage to the

latter,might thus lead to a quest for new experience. Alternatively, the damage may have affected

some specific nervous system that is needed to appreciate certain kinds of music. Whether that is a

gain or a loss is a different matter. As Dr Frisoni puts it in his article, there is no accounting for

taste.

46. The writer quotes Shakespeare mainly to

[A] praise the keen perception of the great English writer.

[B] support Dr. Frisoni 's theory about a disease.

[C] start the discussion on a brain disease.

[D] show the long history of the disease.

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第1题

For Shakespeare, old age is the "second childishness" for they have the sameA.favorite.B.m

For Shakespeare, old age is the "second childishness" for they have the same

A.favorite.

B.memory.

C.experience.

D.sense.

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第2题

Throughout this text the author mainly intends to ______.A.underline the difficulties dire

Throughout this text the author mainly intends to ______.

A.underline the difficulties directly related to aging

B.argue that old age need not be a barrier to success

C.comment on different theories of mental decline in old age

D.state how people can counter the impact of aging on mental faculties

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第3题

Throughout this text the author mainly intends to ______.A.underline the difficulties dire

Throughout this text the author mainly intends to ______.

A.underline the difficulties directly related to aging

B.argue that old age need not be a barrier to success

C.comment on different theories of mental decline in old age

D.state how people can counter the impact of aging on mental faculties

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第4题

In this text the authors main intent is to______.A.underscore the difficulties related to

In this text the authors main intent is to______.

A.underscore the difficulties related to aging

B.critique different theories of mental decline in old age

C.argue that old age need not be a barrier to great accomplishments

D.understand how people can counter the impacts of aging on mental faculties

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第5题

According to the text, most great thinkers and artists______.A.were productive even in the

According to the text, most great thinkers and artists______.

A.were productive even in their later years

B.were most successful before the age of 30

C.made contributions regardless of age

D.contributed the most before old age

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第6题

The tone of the text can best described as ______.A.optimistic and humorousB.analytical bu

The tone of the text can best described as ______.

A.optimistic and humorous

B.analytical but concerned

C.passionate but pessimistic

D.scholarly and cautious

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第7题

The tone of the text can be best described as _____.A.optimistic and humorous.B.analytical

The tone of the text can be best described as _____.

A.optimistic and humorous.

B.analytical but concerned.

C.passionate but pessimistic.

D.scholarly and cautious.

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第8题

How old was Shakespeare when he died?

A.47 years old

B.52 years old

C.57 years old

D.58 years old

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第9题

age=50的情况下,下面代码运行的结果是: if age > 40: if age > 60: print('Turning old') else: print('Middle age') else: print('Young age')

A、Turning old

B、Middle age

C、Young age

D、Turning old Middle age

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第10题

Which is a work written in Shakespeare's old time.A As You Like ItB Twelfth NightC

Which is a work written in Shakespeare's old time.

A As You Like It

B Twelfth Night

C The Tempest

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