Alaska, which was called Russian America before it was sold to U. S. A. ,joined the union as the forty-ninth state in 1959.
Alaska is now the largest of all the 50 states of the U. S
It was in 1867 that President A. Johnson's Secretary of State（国务卿） ,Seward bought Alaska from the Russians at a cost of 7.2 million. The buying of the huge northern land mass seemed at first something foolishly done. Not only was Alaska difficult to reach, but it was also hard to bye in, and it appeared to have no importance in time of war. Besides, there are volcanoes there as Alaska hes on the Pacific" ring of fire". In Alaska large treeless areas are covered with snow all the year. For these reasons the buying of Alaska was called "Seward's Fooly" at that time.
However, in 1896 gold was found in Alaska, and people poured tin to the land quickly. Since then other important natural resources were discovered, including oil. Soon people changed their thinking about "Seward's Fooly". But most people visit Alaska in order to see the endless beauty of nature that the northern land discloses to them. For instance, there are a- bout 11,000 islands in Alaska. And in a certain area of Alaska the sun does not set for 82 days
第44题 Alaska belonged to__________before 1867.
A.Russia B.America C.Canada D.Japan
第45题 The buying of Alaska was first called__________.
A.a foolish thing B.Seward's Fooly
C.Johnson's Fooly D.President's Foolishness
第46题 Volcanoes__________in Alaska as__________.
A.are not found ;large parts of the land is covered with snow
B.are not found ;it is at the northern top of America
C.are found; it is on the Pacific" ring of fire"
D.are found;there are so many islands
第47题 Tourists came to Alaska to__________.
A.study its importance in war B.study its volcanoes
C.enjoy its freezing weather D.enjoy its beauty of nature