In 1784, five years before he became president of the United States, George Washington, 52, was nearly toothless. So he hired a dentist to transplant nine teeth into his jaw—having extracted them from the mouths of his slaves.
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That’s a far different image from the cherry-tree-chopping George most people remember from their history books. But recently, many historians have begun to focus on the role slavery played in the lives of the founding generation. They have been spurred in part by DNA evidence made available in 1998, which almost certainly proved Thomas Jefferson had fathered at least one child with his slave Sally Hemings. And only over the past 30 years have scholars examined history from the bottom up. Works of several historians reveal the moral compromises made by the nation’s early leaders and the fragile nature of the country’s infancy. More significantly, they argue that many of the Founding Fathers knew slavery was wrong—and yet most did little to fight it.
More than anything, the historians say, the founders were hampered by the culture of their time. While Washington and Jefferson privately expressed distaste for slavery, they also understood that it was part of the political and economic bedrock of the country they helped to create.
For one thing, the South could not afford to part with its slaves. Owning slaves was “like having a large bank account,” says Wiencek, author of An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America. The southern states would not have signed the Constitution without protections for the “peculiar institution,” including a clause that counted a slave as three fifths of a man for purposes of congressional representation.
And the statesmen’s political lives depended on slavery. The three-fifths formula handed Jefferson his narrow victory in the presidential election of 1800 by inflating the votes of the southern states in the Electoral College. Once in office, Jefferson extended slavery with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803; the new land was carved into 13 states, including three slave states.
Still, Jefferson freed Hemings’s children—though not Hemings herself or his approximately 150 other slaves. Washington, who had begun to believe that all men were created equal after observing the valor of black soldiers during the Revolutionary War, overcame the strong opposition of his relatives to grant his slaves their freedom in his will. Only a decade earlier, such an act would have required legislative approval in Virginia.
36. George Washington’s dental surgery is mentioned to
[A] show the primitive medical practice in the past.
[必威体育官网，B] demonstrate the cruelty of slavery in his days.
It was inevitable that this primacy should have narrowed as other countries grew richer. Just as inevitably, the retreat from predominance proved painful. By the mid-1980s Americans had found themselves at a loss over their fading industrial competitiveness. Some huge American industries, such as consumer electronics, had shrunk or vanished in the face of foreign competition. By 1987 there was only one American television maker left, Zenith. (Now there is none: Zenith was bought by South Korea's LG Electronics in July。) Foreign-made cars and textiles were sweeping into the domestic market. America's machine-tool industry was on the ropes. For a while it looked as though the making of semiconductors, which America had which sat at the heart of the new computer age, was going to be the next casualty。
[C] stress the role of slaves in the U.S. history.
52. The loss of US predominance in the world economy in the 1980s is manifested in the fact that the American________。
[D] reveal some unknown aspect of his life.
[A] TV industry had withdrawn to its domestic market
37. We may infer from the second paragraph that
[B] semiconductor industry had been taken over by foreign enterprises
[A] DNA technology has been widely applied to history research.
[C] machine-tool industry had collapsed after suicidal actions
[B] in its early days the U.S. was confronted with delicate situations.
[D] auto industry had lost part of its domestic market
[C] historians deliberately made up some stories of Jefferson’s life.
首先我们审题，根据题干中的1980s(数字)，我们可以定位到原文第二段。然后逐一看选项A“电视工业萎缩回到了国内市场(即：该工业失去了国际市场)。” “根据第二段，到80年代中期，面对其工业竞争力的日益衰退，美国人感到无计可施(at a loss)，美国某些大的行业——如电子消费品——在园际竞争的压力下，面临萎缩或消亡的威胁。到1987年为止，美国仅存的电视制造商只有Zenith一家了(现在已荡然无存：Zenith于7月份——指文章写作年代的7月份——被韩国LG电子有限公司收购了)。这里并没有直接提到美国电视失去国际市场，事实上，它连国内市场也保不住了。因此A选项错误。B“半导体行业被外国公司接管。” 第二段最后一句提到，在一段时间内，半导体制造业看上去好像要成为下一个受害者。“看上去好像”的潜台词就是“事实上并不是如此”，因此B与原文意思相反。C“机械制造业自取灭亡”，第二段提到了机械制造业“岌岌可危”。这显然也是说它正在失去国内外市场，并未提到它的灭亡是由其自身原因造成的。on the ropes解释为“岌岌可危”并不解释为“自杀”。而第二段第六句提到，进口车和纺织品涌进(美国)国内市场。由此可知：D “汽车制造业失去了部分国内市场”与原文意思一致。选项D为正确答案。
[D] political compromises are easily found throughout the U.S. history.
38. What do we learn about Thomas Jefferson?
[A] His political view changed his attitude towards slavery.
[B] His status as a father made him free the child slaves.
如2002第一篇：“If you intend using humor in your talk to make people smile, you must know how to identify shared experiences and problems. Your humor must be relevant to the audience and should help to show them that you are one of them or that you understand their situation and are in sympathy with (支持)their point of view. Depending on whom you are addressing, the problems will be different. If you are talking to a group or managers, you may refer to the disorganized methods of their secretaries; alternatively if you are addressing secretaries, you may want to comment on their disorganized bosses。”
[C] His attitude towards slavery was complex.
41. To make your humor work, you should
[D] His affair with a slave stained his prestige.
[A] take advantage of different kinds of audience.
39. Which of the following is true according to the text?
[B] make fun of the disorganized people.
[A] Some Founding Fathers benefit politically from slavery.
[C] address different problems to different people.
[B] Slaves in the old days did not have the right to vote.
[D] show sympathy for (同情)your listeners.
[C] Slave owners usually had large savings accounts.
[D] Slavery was regarded as a peculiar institution.
40. Washington’s decision to free slaves originated from his
如2004年第二篇：“Can this merely be coincidence? One theory, dreamt up in all the spare time enjoyed by the alphabetically disadvantaged, is that the rot sets in early. At the start of the first year in infant school, teachers seat pupils alphabetically from the front, to make it easier to remember their names. So short-sighted Zysman junior gets stuck in the back row, and is rarely asked the improving questions posed by those insensitive teachers. At the time the alphabetically disadvantaged may think they have had a lucky escape (幸运的逃脱了). Yet the result may be worse qualifications, because they get less individual attention, as well as less confidence in speaking publicly。”
[A] moral considerations.[B] military experience.
48、The 4th paragraph suggests that
[C] financial conditions.[D] political stand.
[A] questions are often put to the more intelligent students.
[B] alphabetically disadvantaged students often escape from class. (逃学)
[C] teachers should pay attention to all of their students.
[D] students should be seated according to their eyesight.
如2005年第三篇文章“Of all the components of a good night’s sleep, dreams seem to be least within our control. In dreams, a window opens into a world where logic is suspended and dead people speak. A century ago, Freud formulated his revolutionary theory that dreams were the disguised shadows of our unconscious desires and fears; by the late 1970s, neurologists had switched to thinking of them as just “mental noise” —the random byproducts of the neural-repair work that goes on during sleep. Now researchers suspect that dreams are part of the mind’s emotional thermostat, regulating moods while the brain is “off-line”. (今天研究者认为梦是人思想情绪的自动调节器，在睡眠的时候调节情绪的)And one leading authority says that these intensely powerful mental events can be not only harnessed but actually brought under conscious control, to help us sleep and feel better. “It’s your dream,” says Rosalind Cartwright, chair of psychology at Chicago’s Medical Center. “If you don’t like it””