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The Underworld Cabaret  驚豔異世界

by Marcus Maurice
Enter a world of vampires and amazing entertainers.
踏入一個擁有吸血鬼和許多精湛藝人的世界吧。

  More than three million people have passed through the Gothic doors of Australia's most popular cabaret restaurants, Dracula's. For people who want a night full of entertainment, including burlesque, comedy, music, and quality food, Dracula's cannot be _(1)_. Upon arrival, customers are _(2)_ by the underworld decorations or a chance to ride on the ghost train to the Theater of the Vampyre. As customers get comfortable at Dracula's, they can explore the multi-level castles or enjoy the intense _(3)_. At Dracula's, a three-course meal is _(4)_, but the main event of the evening is actually the two-hour performance by some of Australia's most talented performers.
  This wild experiment started in 1980, _(5)_ a small section of a warehouse on a back street in Melbourne was transformed into the first Dracula's, which modeled its entertainment on the very popular musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The locals _(6)_ with the eccentric comedy and intimate atmosphere of the first one, so more Dracula's popped up in Queensland and Victoria.
  _(7)_ the night time shows can be a little risqué, Dracula's has launched Drax 4 Kids, a matinee show for children's birthday parties. Instead of renting a bounce castle or hiring a clown to entertain for birthday parties, Drax 4 Kids stages a fast-paced interactive stage production that will stimulate children's imaginations and get their goose bumps popping. No matter the age, Dracula's has entertainment for everyone.
1. (A) beating  (B) beat  (C) bit  (D) bitten
2. (A) occupied  (B) thrilled  (C) denied  (D) inspected
3. (A) efficiency  (B) endurance  (C) permission  (D) atmosphere
4. (A) reserved  (B) served  (C) preserved  (D) conserved
5. (A) when  (B) which  (C) where  (D) what
6. (A) got in touch  (B) fell in love  (C) found fault  (D) teamed up
7. (A) Despite  (B) Unlike  (C) While  (D) Once


原來如此
  1. For people who want a night full of entertainment, including burlesque, comedy, music, and quality food, Dracula's cannot be beat.
    對於想要一個充滿娛樂之夜的人們而言,包括滑稽歌舞雜劇、喜劇、音樂和高檔食物,德古拉餐廳無可比擬。
    理由:
    a. 本空格測試以下固定用法:
    ... cannot be beat  ……無可比擬
    Molly designs evening gowns that cannot be beat.
    茉莉設計了幾款無可比擬的晚禮服。
    b. 根據上述,(B) 項應為正選。
  2. Upon arrival, customers are thrilled by the underworld decorations or a chance to ride on the ghost train to the Theater of the Vampyre.
    一進到餐廳,客人便會被異世界中的擺設裝飾所震撼,或是對有機會搭乘前往吸血鬼劇院的幽靈列車而感到興奮不已。
    理由:
    a. (A) occupy vt. 佔據;使用(房間、座位等)
    All the bathrooms on the plane were occupied, so the only thing I could do was wait.
    飛機上所有洗手間都有人在使用,因此我唯一能做的就是等待。
    (B) thrill vt. 使興奮;刺激
    衍: be thrilled with / about / at...  對……感到興奮
    Jack was thrilled at the prospect of seeing his girlfriend again.
    傑克對於即將再次與他女友相見感到相當興奮。
    *prospect n. 預期
    (C) deny vt. 否認
    衍: deny V-ing  否認從事……
    Hank denied having anything to do with the crime.
    漢克否認與該罪行有關。
    (D) inspect vt. 仔細研究;檢查
    同: examine vt.
    The doctor inspected the baby and saw that she didn't react to any sounds.
    醫生仔細檢查那名嬰兒,發現她對任何聲音都沒有反應。
    b. 根據語意,(B) 項應為正選。
  3. As customers get comfortable at Dracula's, they can explore the multi-level castles or enjoy the intense atmosphere.
    當客人在德古拉餐廳感到放鬆自在時,他們還可以探索多層次的城堡抑或是享受這緊張的氣氛。
    理由:
    a. (A) efficiency n. 效率,效能
    The boss praised Leo for his efficiency.
    老闆對里歐的效率讚譽有加。
    (B) endurance n. 忍耐;耐力(不可數名詞)
    衍: endure vt. 忍受
    Lisa showed remarkable endurance during the marathon because she hurt her leg but still finished.
    莉莎在馬拉松期間展現出無比的耐力,因為她的腳受傷但仍然完成比賽。
    We endured our father's long lecture out of respect.
    我們基於尊重而忍受著爸爸冗長的訓話。
    (C) permission n. 允許,許可
    衍: without (one's) permission  未經(某人的)允許
    Matt used my computer without my permission, which made me angry.
    馬特未經我允許就使用我的電腦,這讓我很生氣。
    (D) atmosphere n. 氣氛,氛圍
    Christian took his girlfriend to a restaurant with a romantic atmosphere.
    克里斯汀帶女友去一間很有情調的餐廳用餐。
    b. 根據語意,(D) 項應為正選。
  4. At Dracula's, a three-course meal is served, but the main event of the evening is actually the two-hour performance by some of Australia's most talented performers.
    德古拉餐廳裡有供應三道菜的餐點,不過當晚的重頭戲其實是由澳洲最具天賦的一些表演者所帶來兩小時的演出。
    理由:
    a. (A) reserve vt. 保留;預訂
    We've reserved the banquet room for the wedding dinner.
    我們預訂了宴會廳作為婚宴用。
    (B) serve vt. 供應(飯菜、食物);款待
    I served my guests exotic foods from Europe.
    我以歐式風味的菜餚來款待客人。
    (C) preserve vt. 保存(使免遭破壞)
    Use this special paper to preserve your photos for years to come.
    使用這種特殊紙張來長久保存你的相片吧。
    (D) conserve vt. 節約使用
    To conserve energy, always turn off lights before you leave the house.
    出門前要關燈才能節約能源。
    b. 根據語意,(B) 項應為正選。
  5. This wild experiment started in 1980, when a small section of a warehouse on a back street in Melbourne was transformed into the first Dracula's...
    經營德古拉餐廳這項瘋狂的試驗始於 1980 年,當時在墨爾本的一條小街上,有一間倉庫的一小部份被改造成首家德古拉餐廳……
    理由:
    a. 空格前有表『時間』的先行詞 1980(1980 年),空格後為一完整子句,可知空格內應置入可修飾時間的關係副詞 when 來引導形容詞子句以修飾 1980。
    At midnight, when the house is silent, I finally felt totally at peace.
    當夜深人靜時,我終於感到完全地平靜。
    b. 根據上述,(A) 項應為正選。
  6. The locals fell in love with the eccentric comedy and intimate atmosphere of the first one, so more Dracula's popped up in Queensland and Victoria.
    當地人皆愛上了第一家德古拉餐廳這種古怪的喜劇和融洽的氛圍,因此在昆士蘭省和維多利亞省有更多德古拉餐廳突然大批湧現。
    理由:
    a. (A) get in touch(with sb)  (與某人)取得聯繫
    衍: keep in touch with sb  與某人保持聯絡
    = keep in contact with sb
    I'll get in touch with you right after the meeting is over.
    會議結束後我會馬上跟你聯絡。
    Jenny promised to keep in touch with me after she moved away.
    珍妮答應搬走後會和我保持聯絡。
    (B) fall in love(with sb)  (與某人)戀愛
    Ideally, people should fall in love when they are ready and not when they are lonely.
    理想上來說,人們應該在準備好時才談戀愛,而不是在他們寂寞的時候。
    (C) find fault(with sb)  挑剔(某人)
    It is hard to get along with Ed because he always finds fault with others.
    艾德很難相處,因為他老是挑剔他人。
    (D) team up(with sb)  (與某人)合作
    Steve teamed up with Eric to host the awards ceremony.
    史提夫與艾瑞克合作主持那場頒獎典禮。
    b. 根據語意,(B) 項應為正選。
  7. While the night time shows can be a little risqué, Dracula's has launched Drax 4 Kids, a matinee show for children's birthday parties.
    雖然夜間的表演可能有些低俗不雅,不過德古拉餐廳還推出了 Drax 4 Kids(暫譯:德古拉兒童餐廳),裡頭則有為小朋友的生日派對所準備的日間演出。
    理由:
    a. while 作連接詞時,可表『雖然』,此時 while 為副詞連接詞,等於 though 或 although,其所引導的副詞子句通常置於句首,其後加逗點,再接主要子句。
    While that company has good medical coverage, the pay it offers is extremely low.
    雖然那家公司有很好的醫療保險,但薪資實在太低了。
    b. 根據上述及語意,(C) 項應為正選。

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精解字詞
  1. vampire n. 吸血鬼
    Legend has it that vampires achieve everlasting life and eternal youth by sucking people's blood.
    傳說吸血鬼靠著吸人血獲得永生與青春永駐。
  2. entertainer n. 表演藝人
    衍: entertain vt. 使娛樂;招待
    The host entertained those guests with his singing at the beginning of the party.
    派對開始時,主人唱歌以娛樂那些嘉賓。
  3. comedy n. 喜劇
    反: tragedy n. 悲劇;慘劇
  4. quality a. 優質的 & n. 品質
  5. intense a. 緊張的;劇烈的,強烈的
    衍: intense heat  酷熱
    The intense heat of the summer in Taiwan is sometimes unbearable.
    臺灣夏天的酷熱有時讓人受不了。
  6. talented a. 有天賦的
    衍: be talented in...  在……方面很有天份
    = have a talent for...
    Janet is talented in martial arts.
    珍妮在武術方面很有天份。
  7. experiment n. & vi. 實驗,試驗
    衍: do / conduct an experiment on...  對……做實驗(對象通常為動物或人)
    = experiment on...
    do / conduct an experiment with...  用……做實驗(對象通常為事物)
    = experiment with...
    The scientists did experiments on rats to see if the products were safe.
    科學家在老鼠身上做實驗,以查看該產品是否安全。
    We did an experiment with several different approaches.
    我們用了幾種不同的方法做實驗。
  8. model vt. 使仿效,使仿製
    衍: be modeled on / after...  模仿……
    This hotel is modeled after a French castle.
    這間旅館是模仿法國古堡設計的。
  9. eccentric a. 古怪的
  10. intimate a. 融洽的;親密的
    Intimate communication is necessary for true friendship.
    真正的友誼需要親密的溝通。
  11. launch vt. 推出(新商品),發表
    The company will launch a new version of its software soon.
    該公司不久就要推出自家軟體的新版本。
  12. stage vt. 進行(演出);舉辦(活動)
    The theater group will stage four plays next year.
    這個劇團將在明年上演四齣話劇。
    The factory workers staged a strike in response to recent pay cuts.
    那家工廠的員工發動罷工,對最近的減薪政策表達抗議。
  13. fast-paced a. 快節奏的,步調快速的
    Nate was used to the fast-paced life of the city.
    奈特習慣了都市中步調快速的生活。
  14. interactive a. 互動的
    The science museum has interactive exhibits that give kids hands-on experiences.
    這座科學博物館有一些能讓孩子們體驗親手操作的互動式展覽品。
    *hands-on a. 實際動手操作的
  15. stimulate vt. 激發;刺激
    Classical music really stimulates my mind.
    古典音樂非常能夠激發我的思想。

參考字詞

underworld n. 陰間
cabaret n.(有歌舞表演的)夜總會∕餐館
Gothic a. 哥德式的
Dracula n. 德古拉(吸血鬼)
burlesque n. 滑稽歌舞雜劇
warehouse n. 倉庫
risqué a. 情色的,傷風敗俗的
matinee n. 下午演出的戲劇或音樂會;(戲劇或音樂會等的)日場
bounce n. 彈力;(頭髮的)彈性
goose bumps  雞皮疙瘩


片語小舖
  1. pass through...  經過……
  2. a section of...  一部份……
  3. be transformed into...  被改成……
    transform vt. 改變
    This parking lot will be transformed into an apartment complex.
    這座停車場將會改建為公寓大樓。
    *complex n. 綜合樓群
  4. pop up  突然出現;突然發生(= spring up)
    Many cafés have popped up around my university recently.
    最近我的大學校園四周突然冒出許多咖啡店。
中文翻譯&標準答案

驚豔異世界
踏入一個擁有吸血鬼和許多精湛藝人的世界吧。

   已經有三百多萬人通過德古拉餐廳哥德式風格的大門進入澳洲最熱門的歌舞表演餐廳。對於想要一個充滿娛樂之夜的人們而言,包括滑稽歌舞雜劇、喜劇、音樂和高檔食物,德古拉餐廳無可比擬。一進到餐廳,客人便會被異世界中的擺設裝飾所震撼,或是對有機會搭乘前往吸血鬼劇院的幽靈列車而感到興奮不已。當客人在德古拉餐廳感到放鬆自在時,他們還可以探索多層次的城堡抑或是享受這緊張的氣氛。德古拉餐廳裡有供應三道菜的餐點,不過當晚的重頭戲其實是由澳洲最具天賦的一些表演者所帶來兩小時的演出。
   經營德古拉餐廳這項瘋狂的試驗始於 1980 年,當時在墨爾本的一條小街上,有一間倉庫的一小部份被改造成首家德古拉餐廳,它的娛樂形式仿照非常受歡迎的音樂劇《洛基恐怖秀》。當地人皆愛上了第一家德古拉餐廳這種古怪的喜劇和融洽的氛圍,因此在昆士蘭省和維多利亞省有更多德古拉餐廳突然大批湧現。
   雖然夜間的表演可能有些低俗不雅,不過德古拉餐廳還推出了 Drax 4 Kids(暫譯:德古拉兒童餐廳),裡頭則有為小朋友的生日派對所準備的日間演出。Drax 4 Kids 並非用租借充氣彈跳城堡或雇用小丑的方式來製造生日派對的歡樂氣氛,它反倒是上演一段快節奏的互動舞臺演出,這種演出會激發孩子的想像力,還會讓他們突然起雞皮疙瘩。無論年齡大小,德古拉餐廳就是能帶給大家娛樂饗宴。
答案: 1. B 2. B 3. D 4. B 5. A 6. B 7. C

 
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