Part Ⅲ Reading Comprehension (40 minutes)
Directions：In this section，there is a passage with ten blanks. You are required to select one word for each blank from a list of choices given in a word bank following the passage. Read the passage through carefully before making your choices. Each choice in the bank is identified by a letter. Please mark the corresponding letter for each item on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the centre. You may not use any of the words in the bank more than once.
When someone commits a criminal act, we always hope the punishment will match the offense. But when it comes to one of the cruelest crimes — animal fighting — things __26__ (rarely) work out that way. Dog fighting victims are __27__ (tortured) and killed for profit and “sport,” yet their criminal abusers often receive a __28__ (minimal) sentence for causing a lifetime of pain. Roughly half of all federally-convicted animal fighters only get probation(缓刑).
Some progress has been made in the prosecution(起诉) of animal fighters. But federal judges often rely heavily on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines when they __29__ (determine) penalties, and in the case of animal fighting, those guidelines are outdated and extremely__30__ ( inadequate).
The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which __31__ (creates) these sentencing guidelines, is revisiting them, proposing to raise the minimum sentence from 6-12 to 21-27 months. This is a step in the right __32__ (direction), but we’d like to see the U.S. Sentencing Commission make further guidelines.
Simultaneous to this effort, we’re working with animal advocates and state and federal lawmakers to __33__ (strengthen) anti-cruelty laws across the country, as well as supporting laws and policies that assist overburdened animal __34__ (shelters) that care for animal fighting victims. This help is __35__ (critically) important because the high cost of caring for animal victims is a major deterrent to intervening in cruelty cases in the first place.
A) convenient I) method
B) creates J) mineral
C) critically K) rarely
D) determine L) shelters
E) direction M) strengthen
F) hesitate N) sufferings
G) inadequate O) tortured
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