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今日のブログは、時間に余裕がある人にしか付き合ってもらえないかも知れない。以下は、この春の早稲田-理工(正確には、基幹理工 先進理工 創造理工だが、こういうネーミングはその大学の先生の自己満足でしかないように思える〔おっと、今日は最初から挑発的〕で出された問題。






Choose the best answer from a−d for questions 7 and 8.

7. Paragraph A below consists of five sentences 1−5, which are not in the correct order. Rearrange the sentences and choose the correct order.

(1) Dr. Calcagno said the likeliest explanation for the behavior is the selection pressure of harvesting ― over generations, those caterpillars that did not descend, or did not go far enough, did not survive.
(2) O. scapulalis does not exhibit this descending behavior, called geotaxis.
(3) “There could be other reasons that explain the tendency to move down, but we have no evidence of what those reasons could be,” he said.
(4) This harvesting-induced selection, he added, could be widespread in other pests.
(5) Through field and laboratory tests, the researchers discovered that before it stops eating and spins its cocoon, the corn borer travels down the stalk, usually reaching a height at which it is safe.

a.1−3−4−5−2      b.1−4−3−2−5
c.5−3−2−1−4      d.5−2−1−3−4 (正解)

8.Paragraph A above and the four paragraphs B−E below make up a five-paragraph passage but are not arranged in the correct order. Rearrange the five paragraphs and choose the correct order.

[B] In a paper in The Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vincent Calcagno, a biologist now at McGill University, and colleagues show that, behaviorally, that makes all the difference in the world. For mugwort is neither harvested nor grazed, while corn has been harvested for centuries.
[C] In harvesting, either mechanically or by hand, the stalks are cut off some height ― often 6 to 15 inches ― above the ground. Any corn borers above that height will surely not survive when the stalks are shredded, burned or fed to animals.
[D] One thing about evolution ― you never know what’s going to influence it. Take the European corn borer, for instance. Researchers have just made a strong case that a certain aspect of its behavior has evolved because of human harvesting of corn.
[E] The corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis, is a pest caterpillar that spends spring and summer feeding on its host corn stalk before spinning a cocoon for the winter. It is almost identical to a related species, O. scapulalis ― in fact, until recently the two were thought to be one. But O. scapulalis’s host plant is not corn, but a weed known as mugwort.

a.B−C−D−E−A         b.D−E−A−C−B
c.D−E−B−C−A (正解)    d.B−C−A−E−D

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