Q32 a surge in new home sales and a drop in weekly

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Q32: A surge in new home sales and a drop in weekly unemployment claims suggest that the economy might not be as weak as some analysts previously thought . A. claims suggest that the economy might not be as weak as some analysts previously thought B. claims suggests that the economy might not be so weak as some analysts have previously thought C. claims suggest that the economy might not be as weak as have been previously thought by some analysts D. claims, suggesting about the economy that it might not be so weak as previously thought by some analysts E. claims, suggesting the economy might not be as weak as previously thought to be by some analysts Answer: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Q33: The health benefits of tea have been the subject of much research; in addition to its possibilities for preventing and inhibiting some forms of cancer, the brewed leaves of Camellia sinensis may also play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. 15
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A. in addition to its possibilities for preventing and inhibiting B. in addition to its possibilities to prevent or inhibit C. besides the possibility that it prevents and inhibits D. besides the possible preventing and inhibiting of E. besides possibly preventing or inhibiting Answer: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Q34 to Q36: Firms traditionally claim that they downsize (i.e., make permanent personnel cuts) for economic reasons, Line laying off supposedly unnecessary staff (5) in an attempt to become more efficient and competitive. Organization theory would explain this reasoning as an example of the “economic rationality” that it assumes underlies all organi- (10) zational activities. There is evidence that firms believe they are behaving rationally whenever they downsize; yet recent research has shown that the actual economic effects of downsizing (15) are often negative for firms. Thus, organization theory cannot adequately explain downsizing; non-economic factors must also be considered. One such factor is the evolution of (20) downsizing into a powerful business myth: managers simply believe that downsizing is efficacious. Moreover, downsizing nowadays is greeted favorably by the business press; the (25) press often refers to soaring stock prices of downsizing firms (even though research shows that stocks usually rise only briefly after downsizing and then suffer a prolonged decline). (30) Once viewed as a sign of desperation, downsizing is now viewed as a signal that firms are serious about competing in the global marketplace; such signals are received positively by key actors— (35) financial analysts, consultants, shareholders—who supply firms with vital organizing resources. Thus, even 16
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if downsizers do not become economi- cally more efficient, downsizing’s mythic (40) properties give them added prestige in the business community, enhancing their survival prospects.
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