There are 10 blanks in the following passage, For each bland there are four choices marked A, B, C and D. You should choose the ONE answer that best completes the passage. Then mark the corresponding letter on the Answer Sheet with a single line through the center.
He has been proclaimed “the finest mind alive”, “the greatest genius of the late 20th century”, and “Einstein’s heir (继承人)”. Known to millions, ___46__, for his book A brief History of Time (《时间简史》), Stephen Hawking is a star scientist in more ways than one. His gift ___47___ revealing the mysteries of the universe in a style. that non-scientists can enjoy ___48___ Hawking an instant celebrity (名人) and his book a bestseller in both Britain and America. It has ___49___ in the Guinness Book of Records for spending 184 weeks in The Sunday Times “top-ten” lists, and has sold more than five million copies worldwide --- virtually unheard – of success for a science book.
How did all this happen? How has a man ___50___ is almost completely paralysed (瘫痪) and unable to speak ___51__ through a computer overcome these ___52___ obstacles and achieved far more than most people ever dream of?
Hawking says: “I soon realized that the rest of the world won’t want to know you if you’re bitter or angry. You have to be ___53__ if you’re to get much sympathy or help.” He goes on: “Nowadays, muscle power is obsolete (无用). What we need ___54___ mind power --- and disabled people are ___55___ good at that ___55__anyone else.” (2005 words)
46. A. far and wide B. by far C. far and away D. so far
47. A. of B. to C. for D. at
48. A. is made B. has been made C. was made D. made
49. A. earned a place B. achieved a fame C. made a name D.gained reputation
50. A. whose B. who C. where D. which
51. A. besides B. despite C. except D. aside from
52. A. difficult B. incredible C. very D. surprising
53. A. negative B. positive C. sensitive D. aggressive
54. A. is B. is to C. are D. are to
55. A. not so…as B. as…as C. the same…as D. so…than