【解説】2007年センター試験英語第5問B「ヴィジュアル会話文」

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問1

問題次の会話文について、下の問に答えよ。

Carol and Tomo are in the school cafeteria. They’ve just finished lunch
and have a little time before their next class begins.

Carol : I’ve just learned a new game. Would you like to try it?

Tomo : Sure.

Carol : I have a clean sheet of paper, so all you need is a pencil.

 She marks three dots on the paper with her pencil.

Carol : The game begins with these dots. Actually, you can start with any
number of dots. But, at first, it’s best to start with three or four.

 She adds another dot on the paper.

Tomo : Where on the paper do we mark the dots?

Carol : You can place them anywhere you like. Now, join any two dots with
a line. Players toke turns drawing a line.

 She joins two dots that are next to each other with a curved line.

Tomo : Don’t you have to draw a straight line?

Carol : No. Any kind of line will do. In fact, you can even make a loop
starting and ending at the same dot. But you can’t draw a line that cross itself, or any other line.

Tomo : O.K. And?

Carol : When you’ve drawn a line, put a new dot somewhere on it. Each dot
may have only three lines connected to it. So, since a new dot places on
a line already has two lines connected to it, it can only have one more.

Tomo : I see. Are there any other rules?

Carol : No. That’s it. You continue playing until you can’t draw another
line.

Tomo : And the player who draws the last line is the winner?

Carol : Exactly. Now that you understand the rules, let’s play!

問1
このゲームでルールを破っているパターンはどれか。次の1~4のうちから1つ選べ。

【解説】

本文にこうあります。

you can’t draw a line that cross itself, or any other line.
自分が引いた線自体や、他の線と交差するのはダメだよ

ということから正解は 3.

しかし、この設問の該当部分が出てくるまでの長さといったら…こういうことがあるので、センター試験では少々意味が取れない英文があっても、そこで立ち止まらずに、どんどん読み進めていく必要がある、ということですね。

実際このゲームのルールですが、完全に理解したうえで、問題を解いた人います?

【正解】3

問2

問題次の会話文について、下の問に答えよ。

Carol and Tomo are in the school cafeteria. They’ve just finished lunch
and have a little time before their next class begins.

Carol : I’ve just learned a new game. Would you like to try it?

Tomo : Sure.

Carol : I have a clean sheet of paper, so all you need is a pencil.

 She marks three dots on the paper with her pencil.

Carol : The game begins with these dots. Actually, you can start with any
number of dots. But, at first, it’s best to start with three or four.

 She adds another dot on the paper.

Tomo : Where on the paper do we mark the dots?

Carol : You can place them anywhere you like. Now, join any two dots with
a line. Players toke turns drawing a line.

 She joins two dots that are next to each other with a curved line.

Tomo : Don’t you have to draw a straight line?

Carol : No. Any kind of line will do. In fact, you can even make a loop
starting and ending at the same dot. But you can’t draw a line that cross itself, or any other line.

Tomo : O.K. And?

Carol : When you’ve drawn a line, put a new dot somewhere on it. Each dot
may have only three lines connected to it. So, since a new dot places on
a line already has two lines connected to it, it can only have one more.

Tomo : I see. Are there any other rules?

Carol : No. That’s it. You continue playing until you can’t draw another
line.

Tomo : And the player who draws the last line is the winner?

Carol : Exactly. Now that you understand the rules, let’s play!

問2
次の(  )に入れるのに最も適当なものを、下の1~4のうちから1つ選べ。

A player loses in this game when it is his or her turn and (  ).

1. all the dots are connected to each other
2. no line can be drawn
3. the dots are all surrounded by lines
4. one of the dots is surrounded by a line

【解説】

A player loses in this game when it is his or her turn and (  ).
「彼か彼女の順番で(   )とき、プレイヤーはこのゲームで負けになる」

選択肢はこうなっています。

1. all the dots are connected to each other
すべての点が互いにつなげられる
2. no line can be drawn
線が描けなくなる
3. the dots are all surrounded by lines
線によって点がすっかり囲まれる
4. one of the dots is surrounded by a line
点の1つが線によって囲まれる

深読みして考えすぎると、どつぼにはまる問題ですね。

Tomo : And the player who draws the last line is the winner?

Carol : Exactly.

「最後の線を書いたプレーヤーが勝者なのですか?」「そのとおり」と言っているので、正解は 2. とわかりますね。

【正解】2

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