東大過去問 2020年 第5問(総合)

/ 3月 19, 2020/ 第5問(総合), 東大過去問, 過去問/ 2 comments




“Let’s make a bet,” my father said, on my fifteenth birthday. I remember very clearly being fifteen; or rather, I remember what fifteen feels like to a fifteen-year-old. The age is a diving board, a box half-opened.
We were sitting in stiff wooden chairs on the lawn, watching the evening settle over the neighborhood, all of that harmless fading light softening the world.
“I bet you’ll leave here at eighteen and you’ll never come back,” he said. “Not once.”
We lived two hours outside of Los Angeles, in a suburb attached to a string of other suburbs, where (A)the days rarely distinguished themselves unless you did it for them.
“You don’t even think I’ll come back and visit?” I said.
“No,” he said. “I don’t.” My father was a reasonable man. He did not generalize. He was not prone to big, dubious statements, and he rarely gambled. I felt hurt and excited by the suggestion.
“What about Mom?” I asked.
“What about her?”
I shrugged. It seemed she had little to do with his prediction.
“And James?” I asked.
“Not sure about James,” he said. “I can’t bet on that one.”
James was — and still is — my younger brother. I felt little responsibility for him. At ten, he was (ア26) but anxious and very much my parents’ problem. My mother adored him, though she thought ( B ). Make no mistake: we were equally loved but not equally preferred. If parents don’t have favorites, they do have allies.
Inside, my mother was cooking dinner while James followed her around the kitchen, handing her bits of paper he’d folded into unusual shapes. Even then, he had a talent for geometry.
“Where will I go?” I asked my father. My grades were merely (ア27). I’d planned — vaguely, at fifteen — to transfer somewhere after a few years at the local junior college.
“It doesn’t matter where,” he said, waving away a fly circling his nose.
Next door, the quiet neighbor kid, Carl, walked his dog, also called Carl, back and forth across his lawn. The weather was pleasant.
“What happens if I do come back?” I asked.
“You’ll lose if you come back,” he said.
I hated to lose, and my father knew it.
“Will I see you again?” I asked. I felt ( イ )in a way that felt new, at fifteen, as though the day had turned shadowy and distant, already a memory. I felt ( イ ) about my father and his partly bald head and his toothpaste breath, even as he sat next to me, running his palms over his hairy knees.
“Of course,” he said. “Your mother and I will visit.”
My mother appeared at the front door with my brother, his fingers holding the back pocket of her jeans. “Dinnertime,” she said, and I kissed my father’s cheek as though I were standing on a train platform. I spent all of dinner feeling that way too, staring at him from across the table, mouthing goodbye.
My eighteenth birthday arrived the summer after I’d graduated from high school. To celebrate, I saw the musical Wicked  at a theater in Los Angeles with four of my friends. The seats were deep and velvety. My parents drove us, and my father gave us each a glass of champagne in the parking lot before we entered the theater. We used small plastic cups he must have bought especially for the occasion. I pictured him walking around the supermarket, looking at all the cups, deciding.
A week after my birthday, my father woke me up, quieter than usual. He seemed (ア28). I still had my graduation cap tacked up on the wall. My mother had taken the dress I’d worn that day to the dry cleaner, and it still lay on the floor in its cover.
“Are you ready to go?” he asked.
“Where are you taking me?” I wanted to know.
“To the train station,” he said slowly. “It’s time for you to go.”
My father had always liked the idea of traveling. Even just walking through an airport gave him a thrill — it made him (ア29), seeing all those people hurrying through the world on their way to somewhere else. He had a deep interest in history and the architecture of places he’d never seen in person. It was the great tragedy of his life that he could never manage to travel. As for my mother, it was the great tragedy of her life that her husband was (ア30) and didn’t take any pains to hide it. I can see that now, even if I didn’t see it then.
“Where’s Mom?” I asked. “And where’s James?”
“The supermarket,” my father said. James loved the supermarket — the order of things, all (ア31) in their rows. “Don’t cry,” Dad said then, smoothing my pillowcase, still warm with sleep. He had a pained look on his face.
“Don’t cry,” he said again. I hadn’t noticed it had started. (C)My whole body felt emotional in those days, like I was an egg balanced on a spoon.
“You’ll be good,” he said. “You’ll do good.”
“But what about junior college?” I asked. “What about plans?” I’d already received a stack of shiny school pamphlets in the mail. True, I didn’t know what to do with them yet, but I had them just the same.
“No time,” my father said, and the urgency in his voice made me hurry.



(A) 下線部(A)の内容を本文に即して日本語で説明せよ。

(B) 下に与えられた語を正しい順に並び替え、空所( B )を埋めるのに最も適切な表現を完成させよ。

equal, fooled, into, me, she, thinking, we, were

(C) 下線部(C)の内容をこの場面に即して具体的に日本語で説明せよ。

(D) 以下の問いに答えよ。


a) average
b) cheerful
c) frightened
d) intelligent
e) neat
f) solemn
g) tolerant
h) unhappy


a) angry
b) delighted
c) excited
d) sentimental
e) unfair


a) The author finally decided to go to the local junior college.
b) The author had planned to leave home since she was fifteen.
c) The author had to leave home because there was conflict between her parents.
d) The author’s father drove her away because he hated her.
e) The author’s father predicted that she would not come back home although he and her mother would visit her.








(A) ありきたりの郊外の町で過ごした日々は、毎日が代わり映えのしないものであったということ。

(B) she fooled me into thinking we were equal

(C) 父との別れに際し、涙が溢れていることに自分でも気が付かなかったほど、当時の筆者は感情をコントロールできなかったということ。

(D) (ア) 26-d、27-a、28-f、29-b、30-h、31-e

(イ) d

(ウ) e

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  1. (ウ)の選択肢から、主人公は女性と推測できるので、訳中の「僕」は「私」にした方が良いのでは。

    1. その通りですね。和訳と解答の作業を別にやっていたので、気が付きませんでした。ありがとうございます!訂正しておきました。

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