1）In particular, there was (and perhaps still is) a belief in fairies. Not all of these __21__ are the friendly, people-loving characters that appear in Disney films, and in some folk-tales they are __22__ and cause much human suffering.
【21. C项，同义原词的复现；22. B项，异形近义词的复现】
2）On August 26, 1999, New York City was struck by a terrible rainstorm. The rain caused the streets to __36__ and the subway system almost came to a stop.
36. A. break
3）Garth’s email was short, but I learned more from that __52__ message than I ever did from a textbook.
4) When it was 5:00pm, I was ready to go home. I was about to turn off my computer __49__ I received an email from Garth, my Director.
5) “I have been a soloist for over ten years. __53__ the doctor thought I was totally deaf, it didn’t __54__ that my passion couldn’t be realized.
6) These tell the story of a mother whose baby grows __23__ and pale and has changed so much that is almost __24__ to the parents.
23. A. sick
24. A. uncomfortable
【23. A项。根据后面pale一词可推断出sick与pale, 以及后面的changed so much相吻合，符合常理，而slim, short和small与pale没什么逻辑上的联系，故不予考虑；24. D项。由前半句和下文句子的意思可以知晓“孩子身体虚弱面色苍白，病得厉害整个外貌变得非常厉害，连父母都认不出来了”，而其他三项与句子的语境信息在逻辑上没什么相关性。】
7) … Still others faced the storm bravely, walking miles to get to work. I __40__ to be one of people on the way to work that morning. I went from subway line to subway line only to find that most __41__ had stopped. After making my way through crowds of people, I finally found a subway line that was __43__....
40. A. used
41. A. practice