When I was studying English at a training center in Washington D.C. in 1998, I shared a house with two young Americans, Jim, and Steve. Jim was studying French and Steve Chinese, both at the Foreign Service Institute. We shared many things in common, but we also thought and acted quite differently. Steve was interested in speaking Chinese. He always tried every opportunity to talk with me with his very English-like pronunciation. I was often touched with his diligence. However, I wanted to practice English with him, too. So we often speak at the same time in the other’s mother tongue. Jim was fresh from college and the youngest of the three. He was going out all the time. The only time we met was at breakfast. There was a small round table in our kitchen, where we sat around to enjoy our food. Steve had Chinese fast food such as dumplings or noodles, and I ate bread and boiled eggs. But Jim often just drank a cup of tea because he had nothing in his bridge. He was too busy dating pretty French girls to do any shopping. I often offered him some of my food. But Steve told me in his poor Chinese that I didn’t need to do that. He said that it was Jim’s own fault and that it served him right. Although he was learning Chinese, he still held his American sense of value.
Two years later, I returned to china. The three of us still keep in touch. Jim now works in a travel agency in Paris. He got married to one of the pretty girls. He wrote to tell us that now he can enjoy a delicious breakfast with his beautiful wife every morning in their comfortable living room. Steve wants to work in china. And I’m helping him with this. I have introduced him to the dean of the Overseas Section of our university. He is very interested in Steve. He wants to know if Steve can work here teaching the overseas students Chinese. I have sent the message to
Steve. I’m sure he’d be very happy to accept the job. However, I hope he could try harder to improve himself. Otherwise, all the overseas students would speak with his terrible pronunciation!
1. Which of the following statements is true according to the passage?
A. The three of them were all language majors.
B. Steve and Jim were more alike in character.
C. The author didn’t enjoy talking with Steve.
D. Their living condition was rather poor.
2. What is the author’s opinion of Steve?
A. Steve was a very hardworking fellow.
B.Steve enjoyed cooking Chinese food.
C.Steve enjoyed shopping more than Jim.
D. Steve’s Chinese accent was quite pure.
3. Which of the following is true about Jim?
A. Going out with girls cost him a lot of time.
B. He had a French way of making friends.
C. He learned French in order to date Paris girls.
D. He liked doing housework.
4. What does the last sentence of the 1st paragraph imply?
A. Steve didn’t like offering help to others.
B. American people only eat their own food.
C. Americans and Chinese differ in their sense of value.
D. Steve wanted Jim to do his own shopping.
5. From the last paragraph, we can learn that ______.
A. Jim is a very good husband.
B. Steve enjoys teaching Chinese.
C. The author works for overseas students.
D. The three friends still keep in touch.
【精析】A 题干的大意是：根据文章，下面几个描述哪一个是正确的? 从第一段的第一句和第二句可知，三个人分别学习英语、法语和汉语。所以选项A 为正确答案。
【精析】A 题干的大意是:作者对史蒂夫的看法是什么? 从第一段的第五、六句可知,史带夫对讲汉语十分感兴趣,作者常常被他学习汉语的努力劲儿打动。所以选项A 为正确答案。
【精析】A 题干的大意是: 下列选项中对吉姆的描述正确的是?从第一段倒数第五句可知，吉姆整天忙着与法国女孩约会，连购物的时间都没有。所以选项A为正确答案。
【精析】C 题干的大意是：第一段的最后一句暗示着 。从第一段的最后一句可知，尽管史蒂夫在学习汉语，但他持有的还是美国的价值观，也就是说中美值观不同,故选项C 正确。
【精析】D题干的大意是：根据文章最后一段，我们可以得知 。从最后一段的第二句“The three of us still keep in thouch...”可知，他们朋友三人仍然保持着联，故选项D 正确。