The Season for Sneezing  打噴嚏的季節

Allergies can make eyes water, noses run, and drive even the calmest people crazy.

  An allergy is an overreaction by the immune system to something that is harmless to most people. Allergens are any substances that trigger an allergic reaction, ranging from dust to pollen to nuts. Allergies are sometimes passed down genetically, but it isn't guaranteed that children will have allergies if a parent does. _(1)_
  Airborne-allergy symptoms are similar to typical flu-like symptoms, but in serious cases, they can eventually progress to asthma. Food and insect venom allergy symptoms can be mild to severe. _(2)_ Medical attention should be sought if there is difficulty breathing, severe swelling, dizziness, or an extreme drop in blood pressure because these are signs of anaphylactic shock (過敏性休克) and could turn into a life-threatening situation.
  Treatments for allergies can vary. Some allergens can simply be avoided, _(3)_ A different option for allergy sufferers is getting a vaccination. Vaccines expose the allergy sufferer to tiny amounts of the allergen. _(4)_
  To people affected by allergies, the phrase "spring is in the air" actually means allergy season has begun because when the weather gets warmer, allergies flourish. While a tidy house cuts down on allergy symptoms, _(5)_ Allergens must be present in our lives so that we can develop our own immunity towards them. Contrary to what most mothers think, getting a little dirty is actually good for us.

(A) Mild symptoms can trigger rashes, an upset stomach, or an itchy mouth and throat.
(B) staying inside all the time or becoming a clean freak is not the solution.
(C) In addition, if a child does have allergies, they may not be the same ones as their parents.
(D) doctors' offices will most likely be filled with people sneezing.
(E) Over time, the sufferer's immune system should build a tolerance to the allergen and become less allergic to it.
(F) but others are inescapable and require over-the-counter or prescription medication to keep reactions under control.

1. 第一題空格應選 (C)
a. 空格前提到,過敏(allergies)有時是基因遺傳,但不保證父母其中一人會過敏,所生的子女就同樣會過敏(it isn't guaranteed that children will have allergies if a parent does)。
b. (C) 選項中提到,要是子女會過敏,那也不一定會和父母親的過敏症狀相同。前後兩句皆有關鍵字 allergies,也都提到父母與子女之間過敏的遺傳關係,語意連貫,故選之。