阅读下列材料,从每小题所给的四个选项（A、B、C 和 D)中,选出最佳选项。
Karen Christiansen in Madison, Wisconsin, is licking stamps and addressing envelopes. Soon she and her fiance will be sending out invitations to their wedding. Meanwhile, Wei Yashung is at the hairdresser’s in Shanghai, China. She knows she will have a long wait. It’s May 18,the most popular day to get married in China. The room is filled with brides preparing for their special day.
“Everyone feels very emotional at this time. There are a lot of rituals and superstitions（迷信）at the wedding, ”says Maxine Rowe, an anthropologist.
Karen’s aunt and sisters help her check off the things she needs according to old customs. They recite the traditional verse, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.”Friends and relatives gather around and contribute grandmother’s locket（纪念品盒）,a cousin’s wedding veil, or a blue garter to prepare for the ceremony.
Many wedding traditions in western cultures began long ago and were designed to protect the couple from ad luck.“The wedding veil is a Greek custom intended to hide the bride from evil spirits,” says Maxine.“The Romans contributed the custom of bridesmaids to confuse the spirits. Wedding bouquets had strong-smelling herbs to scare witches and devils.”
In China, thousands of couples choose May 18 for heir wedding day.“In the past, people consulted an almanac（历书）to find lucky days,” explains Maxine.“But in modern times a new tradition is being formed.”May 18 sounds very close in Chinese to “wo yao fa,” or “I will get rich.”It is considered a good omen to get married on this day.
Some people don’t think it’s a good idea for everyone to get married on the same day.“It’s silly and superstitious,” one reporter wrote. But hairdressers, florist, and owners of restaurants say it’s the best day. They can raise their prices and their services are fully booked. Maybe they are the ones who should be saying, “I will get rich.”
1. The overall structure of this passage can be called .
[A] comparison and contrast
[B] description of events in order of time
[C] details leading to conclusion
[D] generalization followed by details
2. An anthropologist in Paragraph 2 probably studies .
[A] hairstyles [B] Jewels [C] Almanac [D]customs
3. Why do Karen’s friends and relatives contribute a cousin’s wedding veil？
[A] Because it is something old.
[B] Because it is something new.
[C] Because it is something borrowed.
[D] Because it is something blue.
4. The word “omen” in Paragraph 5 probably means .
[A] a sign of star [B] a sign of present [C] a sign of past [D] a sign of future
5.What’s the writer’s tone in the last sentence “Maybe they are the ones who should be saying, ‘I will get rich.’”?
[A] Humorous. [B] Tolerant. [C] Matter-of-fact. [D] Furious.
1.A 【解析】本题问全文通篇行文结构，选项 A：比较与对比。contrast 表不同处的比较，comparison 表相同处的比较，全文通过中西方婚礼比较，不同人对婚礼习俗观点的比较，可以得知选项 A 正确。选项 B： 按时间顺序描述；选项 C：细节形成结论；选项 D：细节概括。
2.D 【解析】在 Pra.2 有 rituals（仪式） and superstitions（迷信）at the wedding，故人类学家可能会研究婚礼习俗，选项 D 正确。选项 A：发型；选项 B：珠宝；选项 C：年鉴，本文都未从说明。
3.C 【解析】在 Pra.3 中 Karen 的朋友和亲戚赠送表亲的婚纱是婚礼旧习俗中属于必需品中的 something borrowed（借来的东西）。选项 A 指祖母的纪念品盒；选项 D 指蓝色吊袜带。
4.D 【解析】“omen”原义为预兆、先兆。在 Pra.5 中指 5 月 18 号这天结婚预示我要发财之意。与选项 D
对应。选项 A 指标记；选项 B 指现在的标示；选项 C 指过去的标示，均与本文不符。
5.A【解析】最后一段中，花店和餐饮业由于 5 月 18 号这天盛行婚礼促进他们的生意，让他们赚更多的钱。所以作者说“或许他们才应该说‘I will get rich.’”作者此时的语气幽默诙谐的，具有调侃之意。选项 B： 容忍的；选项 C：实际的，现实的；选项 D：愤怒的，都不正确。