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     They are among the 250,000 people under the age of 25 who are out of work in the Netherlands, a group that accounts for 40 percent of the nation’s unemployed. A storm of anger boils up at the government-sponsored(政府资助的) youth center, even among those who are continuing their studies.
“We study for jobs that don’t exist.” Nicollete Steggerda, 23, said.
 After three decades of prosperity, unemployment among 10 member nations of the European Community has exceeded 11 percent, affecting a total of 12.3 million people, and the number is climbing.
    The bitter disappointment long expressed by British youths is spreading across the Continent. The title of a rock song “No Future” can now be seen written on the brick walls of closed factories in Belgium and France.
   Recent surveys have found that the increasing argument in the last few years over the deployment(
布局
) in Europe of North Atlantic Treaty Organization missiles and the possibility of nuclear war have clouded European youths’ confidence in the future.
    One form of protest tends to put the responsibility for a country’s economic troubles on the large numbers of “guest workers” from Third World nations, people welcomed in Western Europe in the years of prosperity.
Young Europeans,
brought up in an extended period of economic success and general stability, seem to resemble Americans more than they do their own parents. Material enjoyment has given them a sense of expectation, even the right, to a standard of living that they see around them.
 “And so we pass the days at the discos, or meet people at the café, and sit and stare.” Said Isabella Gcuit. “There is usually not much conversation. You look for happiness. Sometimes you even find it.”

1.Unemployment in the Netherlands has affected ____.
A)one million people
B)approximately 12.3 million of people
C)250,000 people
D)roughly 0.6 million people

2.What Nicollete Steggerda said(Para.2) suggests that ____.
A)school education is not sufficient
B)the students’ aim in study is not clear
C)the students can’t get work after graduation
D)the students lose their motivation in their study

3.British youths ____.
A)are trying to seek their fortune on the Continent
B)are indifferent to the unemployed on the Continent
C)have been the first to show their disappointment over joblessness
D)are sympathetic to the unemployed in France and Belgium

4.The author states all the items listed except ____.
A)European youths are worried about a new world war in the future
B)Widespread unemployment is beyond European youths’ expectation
C)the rock song “No Future” is an expression of the disappointment of European youth
D)about 40% of the guest workers are out of work in Western Europe now

5.It seems that young Europeans ____.
A)are more like Americans than their elders in their way of thinking
B)look on life as their elders do
C)look more like Americans than their elders do
D)expect more from Americans than from their elders

 

 

There are about fifteen hundred languages in the world.

But only a few of them are very ___1   . English is one of these. Many, many people use it, not only in England and the U. S. A, but in other parts of the world. About 200, 000, 000 speak it as their own language. It is difficult to say how many people are learning it as a __2_  language. Many millions are trying to do so.

Is it easy or difficult to learn English? Different people may have different ___3    Have you ever __4     ads of this kind in the newspapers or magazines?

“Learn English in six month, or your ___5__ back ...” “Easy and funny? Our records and tapes ___6__ you master your English in a month. From the first day your ___7__ will be excellent. Just send...” Of course, it never ___8__ quite like this.

The only language that seems easy to learn is the mother tongue. We should remember that we all learned our own language well when we were ___9__. If we could learn English in the same way, it would not seem so difficult. ___10__ what a small child does. He listens to what people say. He tries what he hears. When he is using the language, talking in it, and ___11_ in it all the time, just imagine how much ___12__ that gets!

So it is hard to say that learning English is easy, because a good command of English ___13__ upon a lot of practice. And practice needs great effort and ___14__ much time. Good teachers, records, tapes, books, and dictionaries will ___15   . But they cannot do the student’s work for him.

 

1. A. difficult           B. important              C. necessary              D. easy

2. A. native             B. foreign                 C. useful                       D. mother

3. A. questions         B. problems              C. ideas                    D. answers

4. A. found               B. watched                C. noticed           D. known

5. A. knowledge        B. time                C. money                 D. English

6. A. make               B. help                C. let                 D. allow

7. A. spelling          B. grammar             C. English             D. pronunciation

8. A. happened             B. know                C. seemed           D. felt

9. A. students               B. children                   C. babies                       D. grown-ups

10. A. Imagine                   B. Mind                 C. Do                D. Think of

11. using                 B. thinking                C. trying                      D. practicing

12 A. time                 B. money                   C. language               D. practice

13 A. depends              B. tries                   C. has                  D. takes

14 A. uses              B. takes                          C. gets             D. costs

15A. do                B. work                    C. help                D. master

 

 

答案与解析:
1.D)roughly 0.6 million people.
参考原文第一句They are among the 250,000 people under the age of 25 who are out of work in the Netherlands, a group that accounts for 40 percent of the nation’s unemployed. 250,000≈D×40%

2.C) the students can’t get work after
graduation.
原文是We study for jobs that don’t exist, 目的很明确, 是为了工作, 所以BD皆错;
A
本文未有提及.

3.C) have been the first to show their disappointment over joblessness. 对应原文The bitter disappointment long expressed by British youths is
spreading across the Continent.

4.D) about 40% of the guest workers are out of work in Western Europe now. 如果第一题做对了, 就知道40%不是the guest workers而是the nation’s unemployed. 其他三个选项皆可对应原文.

5.A) are more like Americans than their elders in
their way of thinking.
对应原文Young Europeans, brought up in an extended period of economic success and general stability, seem to resemble Americans more than they do their own parents. Material enjoyment has given them a sense of expectation, each the right, to a standard of living that they see around them.

参考译文:
  荷兰有25万年龄在25岁以下的失业者,占全国失业人口的40%。在政府资助的青年中心,愤怒的情绪沸沸扬扬,甚至那些继续就读的学生也怒火中烧。
  一个23岁的青年,尼古莱特?斯蒂格达说,我们为工作而学习,但却没有工作。
  30年的繁荣之后,欧共体十成员国的失业率已超过11%,受影响的人数达1230万之多,而且人数还在上升。
  英国青年长期以来所表现出来的极度失望情绪正在欧洲大陆蔓延开来。比利时和法国倒闭工厂的砖墙上,写着一首摇滚乐的歌名:没有未来
  近来的调查表明,最近几年,北大西洋公约组织在欧洲的导弹布局引起了越来越多的争论,以及核战争可能爆发,这些给欧洲青年对将来的信心蒙上了一层可怕的阴影。
  一种形式的抗议倾向于将国内的困难归咎于来自第三世界国家的大量外来劳工,这些劳工曾在西欧的繁荣时期极受欢迎。
  有一个相当长的经济繁荣和普遍稳定时期,年轻的欧洲人就成长在这个时期,与其说他们像父母更不如说像美国人。物质享受给了他们一种期盼感,渴望达到耳濡目染的生活标准。物质享受甚至给了他们权利,有权去享受这种标准的生活。
  就这样了,我们在迪斯科舞厅打发时光。要么在咖啡厅跟人坐坐,可人坐在那,却呆如木鸡。伊莎贝拉?奎尔说,没有什么好说的。你去放松放松,有时真的放松了。

 

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