Is There a Way to Keep the Britain's Economy Growing?
(1) In today's knowledge economy, nations survive on the things they do best. Japanese design electronics while Germans export engineering techniques. The French serve the best food and Americans make computers.
(2) Britain specializes in the gift of talking. The nation doesn't manufacture much of anything. But il has lawyers, stylists and business consultants who earn their living from talk talk and more talk The World Foundation think tank says the UK's four iconic jobs today are not scientists engineers, teachers and nurses. Instead, they're hairdressers, celebrities, management consultant,and managers. But can all this talking keep the British economy going? The British govemmenl thinks it can.
(3) Although the country's trade deficit was more than 60 billion in 2006, UK's largest in th postwar period, officials say the country has nothing to worry about. In fact, Britain does hay a world-class pharmaceutical industry, and it still makes a small sum from selling arms abroad.It also trades services- accountancy, insurance, banking and advertising. The government believes Britain is on the cutting edge of the knowledge economy. After all, the country .Shakespeare and Wordsworth has a literary tradition of which to be proud. Rock'n' roll is at English language medium, and there are billions to be made by their cutting-edge bands, hother words, the creative economy has plenty of strength to carry the British economy.
(4) However, creative industries account for only about 4 percent of UK's exports of goods an services. The industries are finding it hard to make a profit, according to a report of thNational Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. The report shows only 38 percen of British companies were engaged in "innovation activities", 3 percentage points below the EU average and well below Germany (61 percent) and Sweden (47 percent).
(5) In fact, it might be better to call Britain a "servant" economy--there are at least 4 million people "in service", The majority of the population are employed by the rich to cook, clean,and take care of their children. Many graduates are even doing menial jobs for which they do not need a degree. Most employment growth has been, and will continue to be, at the low-skill end of the service sector--in shops, bars, hotels, domestic service and in nursing and care homes.
23. Paragraph 2__________
24. Paragraph 3 __________
25. Paragraph 4 __________
26. Paragraph 5 __________
A. Growth of Economy
B. "Servant" Economy
C. Strength of the Creative Economy
D. Weakness of the Creative Economy
E. Gift of Talking
F. Export of Talking Machines
27. Every country has its own way __________
28. The British government doesn't seem __________
29. The creative industries find it difficult__________
30. Many graduates are employed __________
A. to find jobs
B. to do low-skill lobs
C. to feed its people
D. to handle disputes
E. to make a profit
F. to worry about the British economy
27.c。题干：每个国家都有其__________的方法。利用题干关键词可以定位到第一段首句。该句说：在今天的知识经济时代，各个国家都靠自己的强势领域而生存。因此选to feed its people(养活自己的人民)与survive相对应。
29.E。题干：创新行业发现很难__________。利用题干关键词可以定位到第四段的主题句：“The industries are finding it hard to make a profit，according to a report of the National Endowment for Science，Technology and the Arts.”(根据国家科学技术艺术捐赠委员会的一份报告，这些创造性行业在获得利润上很困难)。因此，E为正确答案。