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    People have been passionate about roses since the beginning of time.In fact, it is said that the floors of Cleopatral's palace were carpeted with delicate rose petals, and that the wise and knowing Confucius had a 600-book library specifically on how to care for roses.
    The rose is a legend on its own.The story goes that during the Roman Empire, there was an incredibly beautiful maiden named Rhodanthe.Her beauty drew many zealous suitors who pursued her relentlessly.
Exhausted by their pursuit, Rhodanthe was forced to take refuge from her suitors in the temple of her friend Diana.Unfortunately, Diana became jealous.And when the suitors broke down her temple gates to get near their beloved Rhodanthe, she became angry turning Rhodanthe into a rose and her suitors into thorns.
    In Greek legend, the rose was created by Chloris, the Greek goddess of flowers.It was just a lifeless seed of a nymph that Chloris found one day in a clearing in the woods.She asked the help of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, who gave her beauty.Dionysus, the god of wine, added nectar to give her a sweet scent, and the three Graces gave her charm, brightness and joy.Then Zephyr, the West Wind, blew away the clouds so that Apollo, the sun god, could shine and made this flower bloom.And so the Rose was born and was immediately crowned the Queen of Flowers.
    The first true primary red rose seen in Europe was "Slater's Crimson China" introduced in 1792 from China, where it had been growing wild in the mountains.Immediately, rose breeders began using it to hybridize red roses for cultivation.Ever since, the quest for the perfect red rose has been the Holy Grail of rosarians: a fragrant, disease-resistant, long-lasting, long-stemmed, reblooming, perfectly formed rose with a clear non-fading vivid red color.Absolute perfection still hasn't been attained, and of course never will!
    There is a special rose language invented as a secret means of communication between lovers who were not allowed to express their love for one another openly.In the mid 18th century the wife of the British ambassador in Constantinople described this in her letters, which were published after her death.These letters inspired many books on the language of flowers, each describing the secret message hidden in each flower.
A red rose bud stands for budding desire; an open white rose asks "Will you love me?" An open red rose means "I'm full of love and desire", while an open yellow rose asks "Don't you love me any more?" 
1.[单选题]Is it possible to attain the absolute perfection of roses?
  • A.Possible.
  • B.Will surely be possible.
  • C.Impossible.
  • D.Used to be impossible.
  • 解题思路:细节题。根据题干,考生可锁定文章的第四段。该段段末讲。现在还没有培育出完美的玫瑰,永远也不可能达到。
2.[单选题]A good example of being passionate about roses is
  • A.the legend of the rose
  • B.Confucius's books on roses
  • C.the story about Rhodanthe
  • D.the Greek goddess of flowers
  • 解题思路:细节推理题。文章的第一段讲到人们对玫瑰的狂热。然后列举了克娄巴特拉和孔子的例子。因此,考生可判断,孔子的例子说明了人们对玫瑰的狂热。
3.[单选题]Who didn't help the creation of the rose in Greek legend?
  • A.Aphrodite.
  • B.Dionysus.
  • C.Cleopatral.
  • D.Apollo.
  • 解题思路:细节题,考生可锁定文章的第三段。第三段特别讲述了希腊各神与玫瑰的故事,唯独选项c没有提及。
4.[单选题]Why do roses have thorns in Roman legend?
  • A.Suitors were turned into thorns.
  • B.Diana wanted to appreciate roses with thorns.
  • C.Rhodanthe's beauty aroused others' jealousy.
  • D.Suitors pursuit exhausted Rhedanthe.
  • 解题思路:细节题。根据题干,考生可锁定文章的第二段。第二段讲到了玫瑰的传说,最后讲,戴安娜震怒,把罗丹斯变成了玫瑰,把她的追求者变成了花刺。所以玫瑰的刺是其追求者变成的。
5.[单选题]What's the purpose of utilizing rose language?
  • A.Demonstrating romantic feeling.
  • B.Communicating without being known.
  • C.Inspiring publication of books.
  • D.Creating flower languages.
  • 解题思路:细节题。根据题干,考生可锁定文章的第五段。第五段段首讲,创造玫瑰花语是为了情人之间的秘密交流。所以B为正确诜项.
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  • 参考答案:C,B,C,A,B