TV shows and long bus trips

Long bus rides are like television shows. They have a beginning, a middle, and an end ? with commercials thrown in every three or four minutes. The commercials are unavoidable. They happen whether you want them or not. Every couple of minutes a billboard glides by outside the bus window. “Buy Super Clean Toothpaste.” “Drink Good’n wet root beer.” “Fill up with Pacific Gas.” Only if you sleep, which is equal to turning the television set off, are you spared the unending cry of “You Need it! Buy It now!”

The beginning of the ride is comfortable and somewhat exciting, even if you’ve traveled that way before. Usually some things have changed ? new houses, new buildings, sometimes even a new road. The bus driver is particularly reckless or daring, the ride can be as thrilling as a suspense story. Will the driver pass the truck in time? Will the driver move into the right or the left-hand lane? After a while, of course. The excitement die down. Sleeping for a while helps pass the middle hours of the ride. Food always makes bus rides more interesting. But you’ve got to be careful of what kind of food you eat. Too much salty food can make you very thirsty between stops.

The end of the ride is somewhat like the beginning. You know it will soon be over and there’s a kind of expectation and excitement in that. The seat, of course, has become harder as the hours have passed. By now you’ve sat with your legs crossed, with your hands in your lap, with your hands on the arm rests ? even with your hands crossed your head. The end comes just at the right time. There are just no more ways to sit.

1. According to the passage, what do the passengers usually see when they are on a long bus trip?
    A. buses on the road
    B. films on television
    C. advertisements on billboards
    D. gas stations

2. What is the purpose of this passage?
    A. to talk about the similarities between long bus trips and TV shows
    B. to persuade you to take a long bus trip
    C. to display the differences between long bus trips and TV shows
    D. to describe the billboards along the road

3. The writer of the passage would probably favor
    A. bus drivers who weren’t reckless
    B. driving along
    C. a television set on the bus
    D. no billboards along the road

4. The writer feels long bus rides are like TV shows because
    A. the commercials both on TV shows and on the billboards along the road are fun.
    B. They both have a beginning, a middle, and an end, with commercials in between.
    C. The drivers are always reckless on TV shows just as they are on buses
    D. Both traveling and watching TV are not exciting

5. The writer thinks that the end of the ride is somewhat like the beginning because both are
    A. exciting
    B. comfortable
    C. tiring
    D. boring

答案与解析:

1. C.解析:问题问“乘客在乘坐长途旅行的途中看见了什么?”,结合文章主题( 坐长途车就像看电视演出:两者都可分为三个阶段, 而且两者都会被插入广告)直接排除A, C和D(与文章主题偏差较大)。 提示:解题时往往可以参考文章主题内容筛选被选项,缩小答案选择范围 ? 与文章主题相关的选项可能是答案,而与文章主题相差较大的可能不是答案。  选项C直接涉及到文章主题词(广告), 因此C是答案。

解题思路2:该题是细节题,所以答案可能在文章开头部分。 提示:细节题的答案设置顺序往往与文章的发展顺序一致。 第1段的主题词是commercials(该词在第1段中反复出现),该段结尾部分出现了billboard(与commercials 词义相关), 而且接下来的句子中涉及到的内容都涉及到广告, 因此推断“广告”会是一个考点, 因此判断C(C中出现了billboards)是答案。

(观点句)Long bus rides are like(像, 喜欢) television shows. They  have a beginning(开始),a middle(中间部分,中间的),and an end(结束)?with commercials(商业广告)thrown(扔,投,抛)in every(每一的, 每隔的) three or four minutes(分钟).The commercials are unavoidable(不可避免的).They(指代commercials) happen(发生) whether you want them or not(无论…还是).Every couple of(几个的) minutes a billboard(广告牌) glides by(滑过) outside(在...的外面) the bus window(窗户).“Buy(购买) Super(特级的,特大的,极好的) Clean(清洁的, 干净的, 打扫) Toothpaste(牙膏).”“Drink Good’n wet root(格威特露) beer(啤酒).” “Fill up with (用...充满)Pacific Gas(太平洋汽油).” Only if you sleep, which is equal to turning the television set off, are you spared the unending cry of “You Need it! Buy It now!”

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