A Puma at large (逃遁的美洲狮)
Pumas are large, cat-like animals which are found in America. When reports came into London Zoo that a wild puma had been spotted forty-five miles south of London, they were not taken seriously. However, as the evidence began to accumulate, experts from the Zoo felt obliged to investigate, for the descriptions given by people who claimed to have seen the puma were extraordinarily similar.
在这一段中作者其实告诉我们的是一件事情从不为人知到引起人们的注意，再到引起社会关注的一个过程，重点句式是“experts from the Zoo felt obliged to investigate”专家开始关注。
第一副画面是一个老妇人：“The hunt for the puma began in a small village where a woman picking blackberries saw 'a large cat' only five yards away from her.”
第二幅画面是美洲狮的反应以及专家的现身说法：“It immediately ran away when she saw it, and experts confirmed that a puma will not attack a human being unless it is cornered.”
第三幅画面是美洲狮的飘忽不定：“The search proved difficult, for the puma was often observed at one place in the morning and at another place twenty miles away in the evening.”
第四幅画面是美洲狮对当地带来的影响以及用事实进行的证明：“Wherever it went, it left behind it a trail of dead deer and small animals like rabbits. Paw prints were seen in a number of places and puma fur was found clinging to bushes.”
第五幅画面是见到美洲狮的人的描述：“Several people complained of "cat-like noises' at night and a businessman on a fishing trip saw the puma up a tree.”
第六幅画面是专家得出的结论：“The experts were now fully convinced that the animal was a puma, but where had it come from? As no pumas had been reported missing from any zoo in the country, this one must have been in the possession of a private collector and somehow managed to escape.”
第七幅画面是搜捕工作的艰难：“The hunt went on for several weeks, but the puma was not caught. It is disturbing to think that a dangerous wild animal is still at large in the quiet countryside.”
通过观察几个关键词“well-fed”“almost fully employed people”，我们得出结论： 这篇文章的主题是“1952年之后美国经济的繁荣”。
那么第二段应该从细节初描述经济繁荣的表现，在这里有一个词要特别注意“economic survey”就相当于第一课中的“investigation”. 那么现在需要做的仅仅就是以句号为单位勾划每句话的主语了。
The economy of the United states after 1952 was the economy of a well-fed, almost fully employed people. Despite occasional alarms, the country escaped any postwar depression and lived in a state of boom.
An economic survey of the year 1955, a typical year of the 1950’s, may be typical as illustrating the rapid economic growth of the decade. The national output was value at 10 percent above that of 1954 (1955 output was estimated at 392 billion dollars). The production of manufacturers was about 40 percent more than it had averaged in the years immediately following World War 2. The country’s business spent about 30billion dollars for new factories and machinery. National income available for spending was almost a third greater than it had been in 1950. Consumers spent about 256 billion dollars; that is about 700 million dollars a day ,or about twenty-five million dollars every hour , all round the clock. Sixty-five million people held jobs and only a little more than two million wanted jobs but could not find them. Only agriculture complained that it was not sharing in the room. To some observers this was an ominous echo of the mid-1920’s . As farmer’s share of their products declined , marketing costs rose. But there were , among the observers of the national economy, a few who were not as confident as the majority . Those few seemed to fear that the boom could not last and would eventually lead to the opposite-depression.
1. What is the best title of the passage?
a. The Agricultural Trends of 1950’s
b. The Unemployment Rate of 1950’s
c. U.S. Economy in the 50’s
d. The Federal Budget of 1952
2. In Line 4 , the word “boom” could best be replaced by______.
a. nearby explosion
b. thunderous noise
c. general public support
d. rapid economic growth
3. It can be inferred the national from the passage that most people in the United States in 1955 viewed the national economy with an air of _________.
4. Which of the following were LEAST satisfied with the national economy in the 1950’s?
5. The passage states that income available for spending in the U.S. was greater in 1955 than in 1950 . How much was it ?
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