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SSAT阅读(八)

(八) 38. Questions 38-39.

King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette ruled France from 1774to 1789, a time when the country was fighting bankruptcy. The royal couple didnot let France'sinsecure financial situation limit their immoderate spending, however. Eventhough the minister of finance repeatedly warned the king and queen againstwasting money, they continued to spend great fortunes on their personalpleasure. This lavish spending greatly enraged the people of France. Theyfelt that the royal couple bought its luxurious lifestyle at the poor people'sexpense.

Marie Antoinette, the beautiful but exceedingly impracticalqueen, seemed uncaring about her subjects; misery. While French citizens beggedfor lower taxes, the queen embellished her palace with extravagant works ofart. She also surrounded herself with artists, writers, and musicians, whoencouraged the queen to spend money even more profusely.

While the queen's favorites glutted themselves on hugefeasts at the royal table, many people in France were starving. The Frenchgovernment taxed the citizens outrageously. These high taxes paid for theentertainments the queen and her court so enjoyed. When the minister of financetried to stop these royal spendthrifts, the queen replaced him. The intensehatred that the people felt for Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette kept buildinguntil it led to the French Revolution. During this time of struggle andviolence (1789-1799), thousands of aristocrats, as well as the king and queenthemselves, lost their lives at the guillotine. Perhaps if Louis XVI and MarieAntoinette had reined in their extravagant spending, the events that rocked France wouldnot have occurred.

38.The people surrounding the queen encouraged her to spendmoney ____.
A. wisely B. abundantly C. carefully D. foolishly E.joyfully

39. The minister of finance tried to curb these royal ___.
A. aristocrats B. money wasters C. enemies D. individualsE. spenders

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