Passage 1 One silly question I simply can ‘t stand is ―How do you feel ‖. Usually the question is asked of a man in action – a man on the go, walking along the street, or busily working at his desk. So what do you expect him to say? He ‘ll probably say, ―Fine, I ‘m all right. ‖ But ―you‘ve put a bug in his ear‖– maybe now he‘s not sure. If you are a good friend, you may have seen something in his face, of his walk, that he did not realize that morning. It starts him worrying a little. First thing you know, he looks in a mirror to see if everything is all right, while you go merrily on your way asking someone else, ―How do you feel? ‖ Every question has its time and place. It ‘s perfectly acceptable, for instance, to ask ―How do you feel? ‖ if you ‘re visiting a close friend in the hospital. But if the fellow is walking in both legs, hurrying to make a train, or sitting at his desk working, it ‘s no time to ask him that silly question. When George Bernard Shaw, the famous writer of plays was in his eighties, someone asked him ―How do you feel ‖, Shaw put him in his place. ―When you reach my age ‖, he said, ―either you feel all right or you ‘re dead.‖ According to the writer, greetings, such as ―How do you feel? ‖ ________ .
A.show one‘s consideration for others
B.are a good way to make friends
C.are proper to ask a man in action
D.generally make one feel uneasy
The question ―How do you feel? ‖ seems to be cored and suitable when asked of _______ .
A.a man working at his desk
B.a person having lost a close friend
C.a stranger who looks somewhat worried
D.a friend who is ill
The writer seems to feel that a busy man should __________ .
A.be praised for his efforts
B.never be asked any question
C.not be bothered
D.be discouraged from working so hard
George Bernard Shaw‘s reply in the passage shows his _________ .
―You‘ve put a bug in his ear ―means that you‘ve __________ .
A.made him laugh
B.shown concern for him
C.made fun of him
D.given him some kind of warning
Passage 2 Acting is such an over-crowded profession that the only advice that should be given to a young person think of going on the stage is ―Don‘t! ‖. But it is useless to try to discourage someone who feels that he must act, although the chances of his becoming famous are slim. The normal way to begin is to go to a drama school. Usually only students who show promise and talent are accepted, and the course lasts two years. Then the young actor or actress takes up work with a theatrical company(剧团 ), usually as an assistant stage manager. This means doing everything that there is to do in the theatre and occasionally acting in very small parts. It is very hard work indeed, the hours are long and the salary is tiny. Of course, some people have remarkable chances which lead to fame and success without this long and hard training. Connie Pratt, for example, was just an ordinary girl working in a bicycle factory. A film producer happened to catch sight of her one morning waiting at a bus stop, as he drove past in his car. He stopped and got out to speak to the girl. He asked if she would like to go the film studio to do a test, and she thought he was joking. Then she got angry and said she would call the police. It took the producer twenty minutes to convince Connie that he was serious. The test was successful. And within a few weeks she was playing the leading part opposite one of the most famous actors of the day. But chances like this happen once in a blue moon! From the very beginning, the author puts it clearly that acting is a profession _______ .
A.sought after by too many
B.too difficult for young people
C.for slim people only
D.one can go into without special training
For someone who feels he must act, it is very likely that _________ .
A.he will become a film star at long last
B.he will become a stage manager
C.he will be well paid
D.he will end up without any success
The film producer found Connie Pratt one morning when she was _________ .
A.at work in a bicycle factory
B.driving past him in her car
C.going to a film studio
D.waiting for a bus
A few weeks after the test. Connie Pratt found herself ________ .
A.the most famous actress of the world
B.playing the leading female role in a play
C.as famous as the greatest actor of the world
D.no less famous than the leading actor of the day
The concluding sentence ―chances like this happen once in a blue moon ‖ means ________ .
A.this is something which happens once in a while
B.this is a highly profitable chance
C.this is something highly possible
D.this is a very rare chance