练习 | The First Woman Presidential Candidate in the USA

练习 | The First Woman Presidential Candidate in the USA

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美国首位女总统候选人

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The first woman presidential candidate in the USA
美国首位女总统候选人

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This is the BBC News.

Hello, I’m Johnson Izard. 

Hilary Clinton has become the first woman ever to lead a presidential ticket for a major party in the United States. Delegates of the Democratic Party national convention in Philadelphia officially nominated the former senator and secretary of state as the presidential candidate. Her defeated rival, Senator Bernie Sanders rounded off the count by formally asking the convention to suspend its normal rules and approve her nomination by acclamation. The convention chair representative Marcia Fudge put that to delegates. 

Senator Sanders has moved in the spirit of unity to suspend the rules and nominate Hilary Clinton by acclamation as the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party. Is there a second? All in favor of the motion say Aye. Aye. Oppose no. The ayes have it. 


VOCABULARY

1. round off: to finish an activity or complete sth. in a good or suitable way 圆满结束;圆满完成。例句:She rounded off the tour with a concert at Carnegie Hall. 她在卡内基大厅举行了一场音乐会,以此圆满结束了她的巡回演出。
2. suspend v. to officially stop sth. for a time; to prevent sth. from being active, used, etc. for a time 暂停;中止;使暂停发挥作用(或使用等)。例句:Production has been suspended while safety checks are carried out. 在进行安全检查期间生产暂停。The constitution was suspended as the fighting grew worse. 鉴于战斗趋于激烈,宪法暂停实施。In the theatre we willingly suspend disbelief (= temporarily believe that the characters, etc. are real). 在剧院看戏时,我们自愿对一切暂不置疑。
3. acclamation n. (technical 术语) the act of electing sb. using a spoken not written vote (口头表决)拥护,赞成。例句:The decision was taken by acclamation. 该决议是经口头表决而作出的。
4. motion n. (可数名词) a formal proposal that is discussed and voted on at a meeting 动议;提议。搭配:to table / put forward a motion提出一项动议;to propose a motion (= to be the main speaker in favour of a motion) 提出动议。例句:The motion was adopted / carried by six votes to one. 这项提议以六比一的票数通过。
5. aye 
(CONVENTION) 是,对,同意(用于英国英语方言中) Aye means yes; used in some dialects of British English. 例句:“Do you remember your first day at school?” — “Oh aye. Yeah.”“你还记得第一天上学吗?”“噢,是的,当然。”
(ADV) 赞成票 If you vote aye, you vote in favour of something.
(N-PLURAL) 投赞成票的人 The ayes are the people who vote in favour of something.

QUESTIONS
Choose the best answer.

Question 1: What’s the news mainly about?
A. Hilary Clinton was officially nominated as the presidential candidate.
B. Hilary Clinton was the former senator and secretary of the USA.
C. Bernie Sanders was Hilary Clinton’s defeated rival.
D. Marcia Fudge was the Philadelphia convention chair representative.

Question 2: Which of the following statements is FALSE?
A. Bernie Sanders approved Hilary Clinton’s nomination by acclamation.
B. Bernie Sanders has moved in the spirit of unity to nominate Hilary Clinton as the party’s presidential candidate.
C. Hilary Clinton was officially nominated as the presidential candidate with 99% support in the party.
D. Hilary Clinton probably will be the next president of the United States. 

SUGGESTED ANSWERS

1. A 主旨题。根据新闻的导语部分:Hilary Clinton has become the first woman ever to lead a presidential ticket for a major party in the United States. Delegates of the Democratic Party national convention in Philadelphia officially nominated the former senator and secretary of state as the presidential candidate. 可以判断A为正确选项。其余三个选项均为该新闻的补充信息。
2. C 判断题。根据新闻主体的最后部分:Is there a second? All in favor of the motion say Aye. Aye. Oppose no. The ayes have it. 可知,没有反对票,而C选项说有99%的支持率,所以C项错误,根据题问,C为正确选项。


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  • 来源:刘立军 2016-08-25