Part I Reading Comprehension (30%)
Directions: There are three passages in this part. Each passage is followed by some questions or unfinished 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 the Answer Sheet with a single line through the center.
Many a young person tells me he wants to be a writer.(76) I always encourage such people, but I also explain that there’s a big difference between “being a writer’ and writing. In most cases these individuals are dreaming of wealth and fame, not the long hour alone at a typewriter. “You’ve got to want to write,” I say to them, “not want to be a writer”.
The reality is that writing is a lonely, private and poor-paying affair. For every writer kissed by fortune there are thousands more whose longing is never rewarded. When I left a 20-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard to become a freelance(自由栏目)writer, I had no prospects at all. What I did have was a friend who found me my room in a New York apartment building. It didn’t even matter that it was cold and had no bathroom. I immediately bought a used manual typewriter and felt like a genuine writer.
After a year or so, however, I still hadn’t gotten a break and began to doubt myself. It was so hard to sell a story that I barely made enough to eat. But I knew I wanted to write, I had dreamed about it for years. I wasn’t going to be one of those people who die wondering: What if ? (77 ) I would keep putting my dream to the test even though it meant living with uncertainty and fear of failure. This is the shadowland of hope, and anyone with a dream must learn to live there.
1. The passage is meant to ______.
A. warn young people of the hardships that a successful writer has to experience
B. advise young people to give up their idea of becoming a professional writer
C. show young people it’s unrealistic for a writer to pursue wealth and fame
D. encourage young people to pursue a writing career
2. What can be concluded from the passage?
A. Genuine writers often find their work interesting and rewarding.
B. A writer’s success depends on luck rather than on efforts.
C. Famous writers usually live in poverty and isolation.
D. The chances for writer to become successful are small
2、D. 一个作家成功的比率是非常小的。在文章的第二段中提到For every writer kissed by fortune there are thousands more whose longing is never rewarded. 虽然有一些可以得到财富，但上千的作家的努力却得不到回报。说明作家成功是非常困难的。
3. Why did the author begin to doubt himself after the first year of his writing career?
A. He wasn’t able to produce a single book.
B. He hadn’t seen aching for the better.
C. He wasn’t able to have a rest for a whole year.
D. He though that he lacked imagination.
4. “…people who die wondering: What if ?”(Lin4-5, Para-3) refers to “those _____”.
A. who think too much of the dark side of life
B. who regret giving up their career halfway
C. who think a lot without making a decision
D. who are full of imagination even upon death
4、C. 因为这些人总去问what if，说明他们总是犹豫不决，对自己的未来举棋不定，做不出最终决定。
5. “Shadowland” in the last sentence refers to _____.
A. the wonderland on often dreams about
B. the bright future that one is looking forward to
C. the state of uncertainty before one’s final goal is reached
D. a world that exists only in one’s imagination
核心词汇：in most cases, 在多数情况下；dream of, 梦想；free-lance writer, 自由栏目作者；apartment building, 公寓楼；keep doing sth., 坚持做某事