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      SSAT阅读(一)

     In the sixteenth century, an age of great marine andterrestrial exploration, Ferdinand Magellan led the first expedition to sailaround the world. As a young Portuguese noble, he served the king of Portugal, buthe became involved in the quagmire of political intrigue at court and lost theking's favor. After he was dismissed from service to the king of Portugal, he offered to serve the future EmperorCharles V of Spain.
     A papal decree of 1493 had assigned all land in the NewWorld west of 50 degrees W longitude to Spainand all the land east of that line to Portugal. Magellan offered to provethat the East Indies fell under Spanishauthority. On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from Spain with fiveships. More than a year later, one of these ships was exploring the topographyof South America in search of a water routeacross the continent. This ship sank, but the remaining four ships searchedalong the southern peninsula of South America. Finallythey found the passage they sought near a latitude of 50 degrees S. Magellannamed this passage the Strait of All Saints, but today we know it as the Strait of Magellan.
     One ship deserted while in this passage and returned to Spain, so fewer sailors were privileged to gazeat that first panorama of the Pacific Ocean.Those who remained crossed the meridian we now call the International Date Linein the early spring of 1521 after ninety-eight days on the Pacific Ocean. During those long days at sea, many of Magellan's men diedof starvation and disease.
     Later Magellan became involved in an insular conflict inthe Philippinesand was killed in a tribal battle. Only one ship and seventeen sailors underthe command of the Basque navigator Elcano survived to complete the westwardjourney to Spainand thus prove once and for all that the world is round, with no precipice atthe edge.

1.The sixteenth century was an age of great ___exploration.
A. cosmic B. land C. mental D. common man E. none of theabove

2. Magellan lost the favor of the king of Portugal whenhe became involved in a political ___.
A. entanglement B. discussion C. negotiation D. problems E.none of the above

3. The Pope divided New World lands between Spain and Portugalaccording to their location on one side or the other of an imaginary geographicalline 50 degrees west of Greenwichthat extends in a ___ direction.
A. north and south B. crosswise C. easterly D. south eastE. north and west

4. One of Magellan's ships explored the ___ of South America for a passage across the continent.
A. coastline B. mountain range C. physical features D.islands E. none of the above

5. Four of the ships sought a passage along a southern ___.
A. coast B. inland C. body of land with water on threesides D. border E. answer not available

6. The passage was found near 50 degrees S of ___.
A. Greenwich B. The equator C. Spain D. Portugal E. Madrid

7. In the spring of 1521, the ships crossed the ___ nowcalled the International Date Line.
A. imaginary circle passing through the poles B. Imaginaryline parallel to the equator
C. area D. land mass E. answer not found in article

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