Read the following four texts. Answer the questions below each text by choosing A, B, C or D. Mark your answers on the ANSWER SHEET. (40 points)
When I ask experienced college teachers and administrators to describe how college students have changed over the years, I often get an answer like this, “Today’s students are more accomplished than past generations, but they are also more emotionally fragile.”
That rings true to me. Today’s students are amazing, but they bathe one another in oceans of affirmation and praise, as if supporting one another against some insecurity. Whatever one thinks of the campus protests, the desire for trigger warnings and safe spaces does seem to originate from a place of emotional fragility.
And if you hang around the middle aged, you hear a common story line to explain the rise of the orchid generation. Once upon a time, the story line goes, kids were raised in a tough environment. They had to do hard manual chores around the house and they got in fights on the playground. Then they went off to do grueling work in the factory or they learned toughness and grit in the military.
But today, helicopter parents protect their children from setbacks and hardship. They supervise every playground conflict, so kids never learn to handle disputes or deal with pain.
Emotional fragility is not only caused by overprotective parenting. It’s also caused by anything that makes it harder for people to find their goals. We are all fragile when we don’t know what our purpose is, when we haven’t thrown ourselves with abandon into a social role, when we haven’t committed ourselves to certain people, when we feel like a swimmer in an ocean with no edge.
If you really want people to be tough, make them idealistic for some cause, make them tender for some other person, make them committed to some worldview that puts today’s te
According to the first paragraph, compared with the past generations, today’s students are ________.
more versatile yet less tough
The following aspects are all the symptoms of today’s students on fragility EXCEPT that they ________.
live by complimenting each other
may launch campaign in university to express their anger
support the belief of each other
yearn for safety in face of protest
According to Paragraph 3, “orchid generation” ________.
do much work at home
favor the military life
live a good life physically
grow up under hostile circumstances
According to the passage, what is NOT the reason why people feel fragile?
They refuse to get involved into society.
They doubt the meaning of life.
They have psychological problems.
They make no promises to someone.
Which of the following would be the most appropriate title for the text?
Making Modern Toughness.
Admitting Emotional Fragility.
Setting Clear Goals in Life.
Avoiding Overprotective Parenting.