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布魯克林大橋(英語:Brooklyn Bridge),原稱為紐約與布魯克林大橋(英語:New York and Brooklyn Bridge),是美國最老的懸索橋之一,建於1883年,其1,825公尺(5,988英尺)長的橋面橫跨東河連接美國紐約州紐約市的曼哈頓與布魯克林。完工時是世界上最長的懸索橋以及第一座使用由鋼鐵製成的懸索的橋樑。布魯克林大橋啟用後,它已成為紐約市天際線不可或缺的一部分,在1964年成為了美國國家歷史地標。
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things.
John Appleseed

Opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was the first long-span suspension bridge to carry motor traffic, and it quickly became the model for the great suspension bridges of the following century. Spanning New Yorks East River, it provided the first traffic artery between Manhattan Island and Brooklyn. Before that, the only transportation was by ferries, which were slow and could be dangerous in winter.

The construction of a bridge over the East River had been discussed since the early 19th century, but

the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861 deflected all consideration of the project. When the war ended in
1865, the bridge became an important issue once more. In 1867, the New York State legislature passed an act incorporating the New York Bridge Company for the purpose of constructing and maintaining a bridge between Manhattan Island and Brooklyn.
John Augustus Roebling was chosen to design the bridge. Born in Germany in 1806, he held radical views as a student and was listed by the German police as a dangerous liberal. He emigrated to America in 1830 to escape political discrimination.
Roebling proposed a bridge with a span of 1,500 feet (465 m), with two masonry towers in the East River serving as the main piers. The bridge that was actually built is longer1,597 feet (486 m), the longest suspension bridge at that time.

36. What was the purpose of building the Brooklyn Bridge?
(A) To replace an old bridge.
(B) To set up a model for bridge construction.
(C) To build a suspension bridge for the Civil War.
(D) To provide faster and safer transportation than boats.

37. Which of the following is closest in meaning to “deflected in the second paragraph?

(A) Blocked. (B) Detected.
(C) Engaged. (D) Indicated.

38. Which of the following is true about the Brooklyn Bridge?
(A) It was built in 1865.
(B) It is shorter than originally planned.
(C) It was first proposed after the Civil War.
(D) It was built by the New York Bridge Company.

39. According to the passage, which of the following correctly describes John Augustus Roebling?
(A) He participated in the Civil War and was seriously wounded.
(B) He was chosen to design the bridge because of his radical views.
(C) He was the first person to propose the construction of the bridge.
(D) He moved to America because he was discriminated against in his home country.