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2013年考研英语阅读理解练习(二)

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  You're busy filling out the application form for a position you really need; let's assume you once actually completed a couple of years of college work or even that you completed your degree. Isn't it tempting to lie just a little, to claim on the form that your diploma represents a Harvard degree? Or that you finished an extra couple of years back at State University?

  More and more people are turning to utter deception like this to land their job or to move ahead in their careers, for personnel officers, like most Americans, value degrees from famous schools. A job applicant may have a good education anyway, but he or she assumes that chances of being hired are better with a diploma from a well-known university. Registrars at most well-known colleges say theydeal with deceitful claims like these at the rate of aboutone per week.

  Personnel officers do check up on degrees listed on application forms, then. If it turns out that an applicants lying, most colleges are reluctant to accuse the applicant directly. One Ivy League school calls them impostors(骗子); another refers to them asspecial cases. One well-known West Coast school, in perhaps the most delicate phrase of all, says that these claims are made byno such people.

  To avoid outright(彻底的)lies, some job-seekers claim that they attended or were associated with a college or university. After carefully checking, a personnel officer may discover that attending means being dismissed after one semester. It may be that being associated with a college means that the job-seeker visited his younger brother for a football weekend. One school that keeps records of false claims says that the practice dates back at least to the turn of the century-that's when they began keeping records, anyhow.

  If you don't want to lie or even stretch the truth, there are companies that will sell you a phony(假的)diploma. One company, with offices in New York and on the West Coast, will put your name on a diploma from any number of non-existent colleges. The price begins at around twenty dollars for a diploma from Smoot State University.The prices increase rapidly for a degree from the University of Purdue. As there is no Smoot State and the real school in Indiana properly called Purdue University, the prices seem rather high for one sheet of paper. 1 2 下一页 尾页

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  •   1. The main idea of this passage is that     .

      A) employers are checking more closely on applicants now

      B) lying about college degrees has become a widespread problem

      C) college degrees can now be purchased easily

      D) employers are no longer interested in college degrees

      2. According to the passage, special cases refer to cases where     .

      A) students attend a school only part-time

      B) students never attended a school they listed on their application

      C) students purchase false degrees from commercial films

      D) students attended a famous school

      3. We can infer from the passage that      .

      A) performance is a better judge of ability that a college degree

      B) experience is the best teacher

      C) past work histories influence personnel officers more than degrees do

      D) a degree from a famous school enables an applicant to gain advantage over others in job petition

      4. This passage implies that      .

      A) buying a false degree is not moral

      B) personnel officers only consider applicants from famousschools

      C) most people lie on applications because they were dismissed from school

      D) society should be greatly responsible for lying on applications

      5. As used in the first line of the second paragraph, the word utter means   .

      A)address

      B)thorough

      C)ultimate

      D)decisive

      Passage 2

      1.B 2.C 3.D 4.D 5.C

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