Part Ⅳ ReadingComprehension (Reading in Depth) (25 minutes)
Directions: There are 2 passages in thissection. Eachpassage is followed by somequestions or unfinishedstatements. For each of themthere are fourchoicesmarked (A), (B), (C) and (D). You shoulddecide on the bestchoice and mark the correspondingletter on AnswerSheet 2 with a singlelinethrough the centre.
Questions 57 to 61 are based on the followingpassage.
Throughoutthislong, tenseelection, everyone has focused on the presidentialcandidates and how they’ll changeAmerica. Rightly so, but selfishly, I’m morefascinated by MichelleObama and what she might be able to do, not just for thiscountry, but for me as an African-Americanwoman. As the potentialFirstLady, she wouldhave the world’s attention. And thatmeansthat for the firsttimepeoplewillhave a chance to get up close and personalwith the type of African-Americanwomanthey so rarely see. Usually, the lives of blackwomen go largelyunexamined. The prevailingtheory se ( 贵.州,学.习,网 )hTTp://wWw.gZu521.cOmems to be that we’re all hot-temperedsinglemothers who can’t keep a man. Even in the world of make-believe, blackwomenstill can’t escape the stereotype of being eye-rolling, oversexedfemalesraised by our never-married, alcoholic (酗酒的) mothers.
Theseimageshavehelpeddefine the way all women are viewed, includingMichelleObama. Before she evergets the chance to commit to a cause, charity or foundation as FirstLady, her mosturgent and perhapsmostcomplicatedduty may be simple to be herself.
It won’t be easy. Because few mainstreampublicationshavedone in-depthfeatures on regularAfrican-Americanwomen, little is knownabout who we are, what we think and what we face on a regularbasis. For better or worse, Michellewillrepresent us all.
Just as she willhave her critics, she willalsohavemillions of fans who usuallyhavelittleinterest in the FirstLady. ManyAfrican-Americanblogshavewrittenaboutwhatthey’d like to see Michellebring to the WhiteHouse—mainlyshowing the worldthat a blackwoman can support her man and raise a strongblackfamily. Michellewillhave to work to pleaseeveryone—an impossibletask. But for manyAfrican-Americanwomenlike me, just a little of her poise (沉着), confidence and intelligencewill go a long way in changing an imagethat’s beenaround for far too long. 【題組】61. What do manyAfrican-AmericanwomenhopeMichelleObamawill do?
(A) Helpchange the prevailingviewaboutblackwomen.
(B) Help her husband in the task of changingAmerica.
(D) Fullydisplay her finequalities.