As a company executive(总经理) who spent ten years in federal service, I am often asked what I regard as the biggest difference between working for the government and working for a private company. My invariable response is to say that I look back on my time in government as one of the most exciting and challenging experiences of my life. Furthermore, I never worked as hard as when I was a public servant.
When I worked for the government, I worked with some of the finest, most competent and most committed people I have ever met. I was impressed by the overall quality of our career civil servants then, and I still am. But one of my greatest concerns now is that I will not be able to hold this same high opinion in the future.
Career public servants are leaving government in alarming numbers, and qualified replacements are becoming harder and harder to find. Good people who leave career government service are striving for highly paid positions in private enterprises.
We depend on government to keep this country safe in an uncertain world, to secure justice and domestic order and to solve a host of pressing problems. We need the best possible people performing and overseeing these vital tasks. A high-quality, professional federal service has been a source of national pride for more than a century. But what we have built up during a hundred years can be lost in less time than we imagine. We can't afford to let this happen. We must act now if this country is to be assured of the quality public service it deserves.
21. Career public servants are leaving government in alarming numbers. One of the
reasons may be that______.
A. they received lower pay B. they deserved no fame and glory
C. they performed poorly D. they worked harder than anyone else
22. According to the author, _______, so I will not be able to hold this same high opinion
toward the public servants in the future.
A. I never worked as hard as when I was a public servant
B. I have become a company executive
C. there will not be so many competent and qualified servants in the government as we had before
D. my time in government was not the most exciting experience in my life
23. We depend on government to keep this country safe in an uncertain world, therefore,
A. we should make greater contributions to the country
B. the best possible people are urgently needed to do important tasks
C. we should show deep concern about the nation's future
D. we should become public servants
24. If we neglect the serious problem and make no efforts, we will lose_______.
A. national pride B. high-quality professional federal service
C. good people D. private enterprise
25. Which of the following is NOT TRUE?
A. Those who work for companies are highly paid.
B. More and more public servants have left the government.
C. Career public servants are qualified.
D. Many people of high qualities want to work in the government.
21. A 22. C 23. B 24. B 25. D
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