Visitors to London's Millennium Dome building on the morning of November
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Visitors to London's Millennium Dome building on the morning of November 7, 2000 would have seen much more than they had expected. The Dome, a building which was built to celebrate the beginning of the new millennium, had a special display, called “Money”, containing some of the world’s most famous diamonds.
Shortly after opening time, four men disguised as workmen drove a large digging machine past security guards at the entrance. After coming near the exhibition, they put on masks and released smoke bombs.
Their target was the Millennium Star, a 203-carat perfect blue diamond, thought to be the most beautiful large diamond in the world, and the third largest ever discovered.
Unfortunately for the thieves, the police had been keeping an eye on them for months, after seeing two gang members videotaping the diamonds two months earlier. As the thieves used hammers to break into the glass case containing the diamonds, police dressed as cleaners quickly surrounded and arrested them. The police had also swapped the diamonds for fakes a few hours before the robbery attempt.
The gang had planned to get away by speedboat along the river outside the exhibition. The two drivers of the boat were also arrested after a high-speed chase along the river. If the robbery attempt had succeeded, it would have been the largest in history-----worth 5, 000 million. The thieves were given a total of 71 years in prison, with the two main leaders receiving 18 years each.
Two years later, in February 2002, another gang of thieves succeeded in stealing millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds in Antwerp, a diamond-dealing city in Belgium. They used copied stolen keys and security passes to get into the area containing the diamonds on Sunday night. The robbery wasn’t discovered until Monday morning. The four thieves might have gotten away with the robbery, except for their carelessness----they were captured after they left a garbage bag containing security passes, videotapes, and documents with their names on the side of a road.
26. What’s the best title of the passage?
A. Careless Robbers B. Smart Policemen
C. Diamond Robberies D. Famous Diamonds
27. Why was the first robbery unsuccessful?
A. Because the robbers’ actions were under close observation by police.
B. Because the robbers didn’t designed the robbery carefully beforehand.
C. Because an unexpected thing happened by chance.
D. Because the real diamonds had been replaced.
解析：答案可从第4段第1行 “Unfortunately for the thieves, the police had been keeping an eye on them for months”得知。
28. Why were the second gang of robbers caught eventually?
A. Because they were too careless. B. Because they copied the wrong keys.
C. Because they were videotaped D. Because they used security passes.
解析：答案可从最后1段最后3行，特别是“except for their carelessness”可知。
29. What’s the similarity between the two robberies?
A. Both of them were unsuccessful.
B. Both of them happened in the same city.
C. Both of them were planned carefully in advance.
D. Both of the two gangs were caught on the spot.
解析：从两起抢劫案的过程看选C,本题易错选A，从最后1段第一行“succeeded in stealing”可知A错误。
30. Which of the following statements is True according to the passage?
A. Many visitors had expected to witness the first robbery in London.
B. The Millennium Star is the largest diamond ever discovered.
C. The two main robbers in London robbery were sentenced to 71 years in prison.
D. The two speedboat drivers tried to escape before caught.
解析：从第5段第2行“The two drivers of the boat were also arrested after a high-speed chase along the river”可知