Part IReading Comprehension (2x20)
Directions: There are 4 passages in this part. Each passage is followed by some questions or incomplete statements. For each of them there are four choices marked A, B, C and D. You should decide on the best choice and mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet.
Some people argue that the pressure on international sportsmen and sportswomen kills the essence of sport-the pursuit of personal excellence. Children kick a football around for fun. When they get older and play for local school teams, they will become competitive but they still enjoy playing. The individual representing his country cannot afford to think about enjoying himself, and he has to think only about winning. He is responsible for the entire nation's hopes, dreams and reputation.
A good example is the FIFA World Cup. Football is the third most important sport in the world. Winning the World Cup is perhaps the summit of international sporting success. Mention Argentina to someone and the chances are that he'll think of football. In a sense, winning the World Cup put Argentina, on the map.
Some sports fans and supporters get quite unreasonable about the World Cup. People in England felt that their country was somehow important after they won in 1966. In 1978, thousands of the Scots sold their cars, and even their houses, and spent all their money traveling to Argentina, where the finals were played.
So, am I arguing that international competition kills the idea of sport? Certainly not! Do the Argentinean really believe that because eleven of their men proved the most skillful at football, their nation is in every way better than all others? Not really. But it’s nice to know that you won and that in one way at least your country is the best.
1. What is the author's main purpose in the passage?
A.To explain the role of sport.
B.To compare Scotland with Argentina.
C. To show that Argentina is better than all others.
D. To prove that football is the world's third most important sport.
2. In the second paragraph, the underlined word "summit"means"
A. award B.summary C. highest point D. mountaintop
3.According to the passage, Argentina is world-famous because of its____
A. obvious position on the map B. success in the World Cup
C. excellence in the most important sports D.large number of sports fans and supporters
4.If a sportsman only thinks about winning, he will___.
A.fail to succeedB.lose enjoyment
C.be successfulD. be unreasonable
5.What is the author's attitude towards international games?
A. Nations that meet on a football field are unlikely to meet on a battlefield.
B. Nations that win the World Cup are regarded as best in all aspects.
C. Nations that win in international games prove the best on the sports field at least.
D.Nations that give much attention to international competitions are world-famous in many ways.