I once knew a young man, nineteen years of age, who lived with absolute outward
(外表的) confidence and self-possession for a number of years before I discovered that he
could not read or write. His various methods of trick, which were also skills of
self-protection, were so skillful and so desperate (绝望) that neither I nor any of his other
adult friends were aware of his entire helplessness in face of written words until we went
to dinner one night at a local restaurant—and suddenly discovered that he could not read.
Even here, it was not the first time we went out to eat, but something like the secondor third, that Peter’s desperation shocked me. The first time, he was clever enough to
cover the truth. He studied the menu for a moment, then looked up to the waitress and
asked her if he could have “just a coke and a hamburger”. He told me later that he had
done the same thing many times before and that he had learned to act as if he wereexamining the menu: “Then I ask for a coke and a hamburger... Sometimes they give mea hamburger on a plate with salad and potatoes...Then I ask them for a roll and make myown hamburger.”
As we began to go out to eat more frequently, Peter would ask to go to HowardJohnson’s. I soon discovered the reason for his choice: The photographs, attached in
cellophane (玻璃纸) containers to each of the standard items on the menu, could help him
not to struggle with the shape of words at all. Howard Johnson’s, whether intentionally or
not, had provided the perfect escape for the endangered pride of an adult who was
【 】56. When he went to a restaurant, Peter would __________.
[A] pretend that he could not read or write[B] pretend to be studying the menu[C] be desperate for help from other people
[D] protect himself by playing a musical instrument
【 】57. The young man was not found to be illiterate until __________.
[A] he dined out with his adult friends at Howard Johnson’s[B] he could no longer come up with various ways of deception[C] he had dinner with his friends at a certain local restaurant for the second or
third time[D] he was not careful enough to be aware of his entire helplessness in face of
【 】58. What did the young man usually have at a restaurant?
[A] Standard items on the menu. [C] Foods that other people ordered.
[B] A hamburger made by himself. [D] A coke and a hamburger.
【 】59. The word “self-possession” (Para.1) probably means __________.
[A] self-confidence [C] self-discipline
[B] self-consciousness [D] self-devotion
【 】60. Why did the young man like to go to Howard Johnson’s?
[A] Howard Johnson’s provided a perfect escape when anything dangerousshould happen.
[B] The menu at Howard Johnson’s gave a clear introduction of the food itserved.
[C] The photographs attached to the main items on the menu helped conceal his
[D] He would feel at ease because eaters at Howard Johnson’s were all adultnon-readers.
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