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"we started thinking that now would be a great time to start looking at the Internet as a source of information about how people influence each other...." said Chris Danforth.

從全世界部落格文字了解快樂程度?來聽聽Chris Danforth, an applied mathematician at the University of Vermont, 的研究結果吧!


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Getting a Read on World Happiness Through the Words of Bloggers

從全世界部落格文字了解快樂程度

05 August 2009

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Link to address to listen to the news report and answer the following questions.

Note: There might be more than one answer to each question.


1. What have Chris Danforth and his colleague been trying to find out about people on the Internet?

A)how they think about a certain issues.

B)how they express themselves on blogs

C)how they affect each other

D)all of the above


2.How did they achieve this goal?

A)they wrote a program to gather expressions of feelings published online.

B)they establish a website inviting bloggers to share their feelings.

C)they did a online survey about people's opinions of happiness

D)they sorted out the expressions from a particular blog


3.How did they measure the expressions of feelings?

A)they counted the frequency of words related to personal feelings

B)they scored the words related to feelings according to a scale from sadness to happiness.

C)they simply listed the words on a word list

D)they invited language experts to examine the degree of happiness among the words.


4.What are the types of the words they scored?

A)sadder, sad, happy, happier

B)sad, neutral, happy

C)angry, sad, happy

D)sad, happy, numb


5.What was the unexpected thing Chris Danforth mentioned?

A)sadness and happiness are on the same level

B)people are shy about expressing happiness

C)sadness is more common than happiness

D)happiness has been growing.


6.Which day is NOT one of those day that people feel happy (according to Chris)?

A)Valentine's day

B)Christmas

C)New Year's Eve

D)Obama's day of winning the election


7.Which day is the saddest day, to most people in the world (according to Chris)?

A)The day Michael Jackson was known as dead.

B)The day of Taiwan’s flood on August 8th.

C)The day on which Mother Teresa was dead.

D)The day of 911 disaster.


8.What did Chris suggest at the end of the interview?

A)There is only a thin line between sadness and happiness.

B)People around the world tend to express sadness more often happiness.

C)People around the world tend to express happiness more often sadness.

D)Although the situation seems sad, but the degree of happiness is still climbing.

 

全文連結: http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/Wordmaster/2009-08-05-voa1.cfm

Answer:

1.

C

2.

A

3.

B

4.

B

5.

D

6.

C

7.

A

8.

D

 

 
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