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1999年英语专业八级考试全真试题(5)

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  TEXT K   First

  text k

  first read the questions.

  39. the agency for international development is a ___ organization.
  a. new b. regional c. un d. us

  40. according to nds's statistics, the number of babies the average phil ipino woman bears dropped by ___ between 1960 and 1993.
  a.4.1 b.6.4 c.2.3 d.2.9

  now go through text k quickly to answer questions 39 and 40.

  when representatives from 170 nations gather in cairo next month for the th ird international conference on population and development, they will vote on th e largest population-control plan in history. it is ambitious. not only does it call for a host of “reproductive fights” and aim to freeze world population at 7 2 billion people by 2050; it also calls for billions of dollars in new governme nt spending on the issue-us $ 13.2 billion by the end of the century.

  some of the plan's provisions have already aroused opposition, most notabl y from pope john paul ii. all this has been gleefully covered by the newspapers. yet scant attention has been paid to many of the dubious social and economic ass umptions that underlie the plan. in particular, it is interesting to see how the se programmes are being sold in places like the philippines, on the front lines of the population debate. for the way the proponents of population control have gone about pushing their programmes raises serious doubts about the integrity of their studies, their ultimate value to development, and the role of foreign-aid groups.

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