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根据短文内容,从短文后的选项中选出能填入空白处的最佳选项。选项中有两项为多余选项。(E=AB  F=AC  G="AD)"
For the rest of March, a disease will sweep across the US. It will keep kids home from school.    【小题1】    Employees will suddenly lose their ability to concentrate.
The disease, known as “March Madness”, refers to the yearly 65-team US men’s college basketball tournament.    【小题2】 Teams compete against each other in a single-elimination (单局淘汰) tournament that eventually crowns a national champion.
Nearly 20 million Americans will find themselves prisoners of basketball festival madness. The fun comes partly from guessing the winners for every game. Friends compete against friends.   【小题3】  Colleagues against bosses.
Big-name schools are usually favored to advance into the tournament. But each year there are dark horses from little-known universities.
This adds to the madness. Watching a team from a school with 3,000 students beat a team from a school with 30,000, for many Americans, is an exciting experience. Two years ago, the little-known George Mason University was one of the final four teams.   【小题4】 
College basketball players are not paid, so the game is more about making a name for their university and themselves.   【小题5】  About $ 4 billion will be spent gambling (赌) on the event. According to Media Life magazine, the event will bring in $ 500 million in advertising income this year, topping the post – season income of every US professional league, including that of the NBA.
A. Husbands against wives.
B. The players will go all out for the games.
C. But that doesn’t mean money isn’t involved.
D. College students will ignore piles of homework.
E. People are willing to spend more money on watching it.
F. It begins on March 15 and lasts through the beginning of April.
G. Many people had never even heard of the university before the tournament.  

答案
【小题1】D
【小题2】F
【小题3】A
【小题4】G
【小题5】C

解析试题分析:文章主要讲的是美国一年一度的大学生篮球联赛。这项赛事的影响力非常大,人们常拿比赛来进行赌博,虽然运动员没有酬劳,但比赛带来的广告收益可达50亿之多。
【小题1】根据“It will keep kids home from school... Employees will suddenly lose their ability to concentrate.”可知,这种“疾病”的影响很广,孩子不愿上学,大学生无视他们的作业,员工无心工作,故选D。
【小题2】根据“The disease, known as “March Madness”, refers to the yearly 65-team US men’s college basketball tournament.”可知,这种“疾病”实际上是全美大学生篮球赛,空白处介绍的是全美大学生篮球赛的时间,故选F。
【小题3】根据“Friends compete against friends. Colleagues against bosses.”可知,人们互相猜测谁是赢家,朋友之间互相打赌,夫妻之间、同事和老板之间互相打赌,故选A。
【小题4】根据“the little-known George Mason University”可知,George Mason University在比赛前一点也不出名,故选G。
【小题5】根据“College basketball players are not paid, ...About $ 4 billion will be spent gambling (赌) on the event... the event will bring in $ 500 million in advertising income this year,”可知,篮球运动员没有报酬,但这并非意味着比赛与钱无关。花在赌博上的就有40亿,广告收入也达到了50亿。故选C。
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