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THE WALKING DEAD

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  • 2012-10-26
  • 國外研究顯示,景氣衰退初期,基於大眾緬懷先前榮景的心態,象徵沒落貴族的吸血鬼及其相關商品一夕爆紅。但當景氣走上惡化不歸路時,醜陋且「無感」的殭屍,取代了吸血鬼成為新一代流行霸主。緩慢拖行,不生不死的殭屍,不正好是那些拖著大家向下沉淪的舊企業或舊勢力的最佳寫照嗎? 10月份AMC驚悚殭屍大軍再度來襲! 你,準備好了嗎?

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    字彙 Flashcards :使用說明
    • 精選多益 / 全民英檢中高級 / 托福單字片語
    • vampire (n) 吸血鬼
    • mania (n) 狂熱
    • dominate (v) 控制支配
    • culture (n) 文化
    • streak (n) 一系列
    • zombie (n) 殭屍
    • backlash (n) 強烈反擊
    • gothic (adj) 歌德式的
    • seduction (n) 誘惑
    • mindless (adj) 盲目愚蠢的
    • repulsive (adj) 令人厭惡的
    • clumsy (adj) 笨拙的
    • let alone:更別提
    • socialize (v) 交際
    • prey (n) 獵物
    • stagger (v) 搖搖晃晃蹣跚而行
    • = lurch (v)
    • corpse (n) 屍體
    • insatiable (adj) 貪得無厭
    • craving (n) 渴望
    • flesh (n) 人肉
    • provide (v) 提供
    • drama (n) 戲劇(性)
    • interaction (n) 互動
    • conflict (n) 衝突
    • survivor (n) 倖存者;生還者
    • apocalypse (n) 啟示錄;世界末日
    • vivid (adj) 生動鮮明的
    • revival (n) 復活;再流行
    • in addition to N:除…以外
    • well-choreographed 精心設計的
    • carnage (n) 大屠殺
    • gruesome (adj) 陰森可怕的
    • gore (n) 血;血塊
    • tackle (v) 處理
    • moral (n) 道德
    • bankruptcy (n) 破產
    • induce (v) 引發
    • coma (n) 昏迷
    • scavenge (v) 搜尋
    • abandon (v) 遺棄
    • join hands with N :聯手…
    • before long :很快地
    • fend off :擋開;避開
    • formidable (adj) 可怕的;難纏的
    • horde (n) 一大群
    • compete (v) 競爭
    • struggle (v) 奮力;掙扎
    • at all costs :不計一切代價
    • definitely (adv) 絕對地
    • recommend (v) 推薦
    • marathon (n) 馬拉松


    Vampire mania has dominated popular culture in a nonstop streak from “Twilight” to “The Vampire Diaries” for the past few years. Now zombies are making a comeback as a/an  __  1__    against all the gothic, romantic vampire stories.   __ 2 __   vampires who are skilled in the arts of love and seduction, zombies are mindless, clumsy and repulsive. They don’t talk, _  3 __   socialize with their prey. These lurching corpses just swarm the land and have an insatiable craving for human flash.   __ 4   __ provides the drama is the interaction and  __  5  __  among survivors in a zombie apocalypse.

    AMC’s hit TV series “The Walking Dead” is one of the most vivid examples of the  __ 6 __ . In addition to well-choreographed carnage and gruesome slasher-film gore, The Walking Dead is a serious drama tackling moral bankruptcy in the human race.

    It begins with Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes, who wakes up from a gun-shot induced coma to find zombies    __7   __ across the abandoned town. Staggering home, he finds his wife and son have   __ 8 __  . He then heads for Atlanta to search for his family. Eventually he finds them and joins hands with other survivors in a camp outside of the town. Before long, he learns that he has to not only fend off the formidable zombie hordes    __9__    compete with other survivors who struggle to survive at all costs.

    I enjoy “The Walking Dead” a lot and definitely recommend you check it out. You can pick up the Season 1 DVD and have a  __  10 __   before Season 3 begins.

    A. marathon B. let alone C. revival D. backlash E. what
    F. vanished G. unlike H. but I. conflict J. scavenging


    聽力請先下載擴充軟體:安裝方式說明
    Vampire mania has dominated popular culture in a nonstop streak from “Twilight” to “The Vampire Diaries” for the past few years. Now zombies are making a comeback as a backlash against all the gothic, romantic vampire stories. Unlike vampires who are skilled in the arts of love and seduction, zombies are mindless, clumsy and repulsive. They don’t talk, let alone socialize with their prey. These lurching corpses just swarm the land and have an insatiable craving for human flesh. What provides the drama is the interaction and conflict among survivors in a zombie apocalypse.

    AMC’s hit TV series “The Walking Dead” is one of the most vivid examples of the revival. In addition to well-choreographed carnage and gruesome slasher-film gore, The Walking Dead is a serious drama tackling moral bankruptcy in the human race.

    It begins with Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes, who wakes up from a gun-shot induced coma to find zombies scavenging across the abandoned town. Staggering home, he finds his wife and son have vanished. He then heads for Atlanta to search for his family and eventually finds them and joins hands with other survivors in a camp outside of the town. Before long, he learns that he has to not only fend off the formidable zombie hordes but compete with other survivors who struggle to survive at all costs.

    I enjoy “The Walking Dead” a lot and definitely recommend you check it out. You can pick up the Season 1 DVD and have a marathon before Season 3 begins.

    Q:The primary purpose of this article is to ______.  
    A. explain why the vampire fad has worn out its welcome
    B. suggest possible causes of the zombie apocalypse.
    C. point out the zombie revival and common themes in zombie dramas.
    D. illustrate the differences between zombies and vampires.

    建議做完聽力和閱讀後, 打開播放器, 跟著一起朗讀文章, 熟悉發音和語調。
    文意選填解答:
    1. D 2. G 3. B 4. E 5. I
    6. C 7. J 8. F 9. H 10. A
    1. as 為介係詞,故第 1 格為名詞。介係詞 against 本身就有「抗衡;對抗」的意思,需搭配具「對抗」意義的字。綜合以上 D 為正解。
    2. 從殭屍「令人厭惡」(repulsive) 可知殭屍「不像」吸血鬼擅長誘惑 (seduction)。介係詞「不像」(unlike) 後,搭配名詞「吸血鬼」(vampires)。unlike 用法詳細解說請見 文法講座第三十七
    3. 殭屍不會說話,「更別提」(let alone) 交際應酬。let alone用法詳細解說請見 文法講座第三十八
    4. 句型結構分析如下:提供戲劇性的事情就是….
    The thing that provides the drama is ….
    [名詞]   [形容詞子句]         [動詞]
    先行詞 the thing + 關代 that 合起來變成代替物的「複合關係代名詞」what。詳細說明請見 文法講座一 文法講座三
    5. 從關鍵字 interaction 可推知「衝突」(conflict) 也是互動的一種。
    6. 從第 1 段 1~3句可知殭屍片「再度翻紅」(comeback)。AMC 影集就是「再度翻紅」(revival) 的證明。
    7. 本題考點為:find + 名詞 + 形容詞。因名詞 zombies 自己會做「覓食」(scavenge) 這動作,所以需使用具「主動執行」意味的 Ving 形容詞。 
    8. 從第 8 格後方「找家人」(search for his family) 可知家人「消失不見了」(vanished)。
    9. 從第九格前方關鍵字 not only 可知本題考點為連接詞「不只 A 而且連 B 也…」not only A but (also) B。
    10. 第三季 (Season 3) 開播前有好多集,要熟悉劇情得「馬拉松」式地接連一直看,才看得完。

    閱讀解答:C
    陰屍路

    過去幾年來,從「暮光之城」到「吸血鬼日記」一系列影劇,吸血鬼熱主宰了流行文化。現在殭屍也重出江湖,和歌德式浪漫吸血鬼故事相抗衡。不像吸血鬼擅長愛與誘惑的藝術,殭屍愚蠢、笨拙且令人生厭。他們不會說話,更別提和他們的獵物互動。這些搖搖晃晃蹣跚而行的死屍只會集結成群,且對人肉有貪得無厭的渴望。戲劇爆點就在於殭屍橫行的末日裡,倖存者間的互動和衝突。

    AMC 熱門電視影集「陰屍路」是殭屍熱再起的鮮明例子。除了精心策劃的大屠殺場景,和殺戮電影中可怕的血花四濺,「陰屍路」是部探討人類「道德破產」議題的嚴肅影集。 故事一開始,代理警長 Rick Grimes 從槍傷引發的昏迷甦醒後,他發現殭屍在荒城裡四處覓食。跌跌撞撞回到家卻發現他的妻子和兒子早已不知去向。接著他決定到亞特蘭大尋找家人。最終,他在城外的營區找到了家人,並和其他倖存者合作。不久,他發現自己不但必須躲避成群結隊的殭屍群,還必須和不擇手段求生存的其他倖存者競爭。

    我很喜歡「陰屍路」這部影集,推薦大家觀賞。你可先租第一季的DVD,趕在第三季開演前,馬拉松式的將兩季劇情補齊。

    問題:這篇文章的主要用意是為了______。
    A. 解釋為何吸血鬼熱已退燒。
    B. 推測引發殭屍末日的可能成因。
    C. 指出殭屍熱再起及殭屍劇集中常見的主題。
    D. 解釋殭屍和吸血鬼之間的差別。
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