Some people argue that the pressure on international sportsmen and sportswomen kills the essence of spor-the pursuit of personal excellence. Children kick a football around for fun. When they get older and play for local school teams, they will become competitive but they still enjoy playing. The individual representing his country cannot afford to think about enjoying himself, and he has to think only about winning. He is responsible for the entire nation's hopes, dreams and reputation.
A good example is the FIFA World Cup. Football is the third most important sport in the world. Winning the World Cup is perhaps the summit of international sporting success, Mention Argentina to someone and the chances are that he'll think of football. In a sense, winning the World Cup put Argentina, on the map,
Some sports fans and supporters get quite unreasonable about the World Cup. People in England felt that their country was somehow important after they won in 1966. In 1978, thousands of the Scots sold their cars, and even their houses, and spent all their money traveling to Argentina,where the finals were played.
So, am I arguing that international competition kills the idea of sport? Certainly not! Do the Argentinean really believe that because eleven of their men proved the most slilful at football, their nation is in every way better than all others? Not really. But it's nice to know that you won and that in one way at least your country is the best.
1. What is the author's main purpose in the passage?
A. To explain the role of sport.
B. To compare Scotland with Argentina.
C. To show that Argentina is better than all others.
D. To prove that football is the world's third most important sport.
2. In the second paragraph, the underlined word "summit" means____.
C. highest point
3. According to the passage, Argentina is world-famous because of its____.
A. obvious position on the map
B. sucess in the World Cup
C. excellence in the most important sports
D. large number of sports fans and supporters
4. If a sportsman only thinks about winning, he will____.
A. fail to succeed
B. lose enjoyment
C. be successful
5. What is the author's atitude towards international games?
A. Nations that meet on a football field are unlikely to meet on a battlefield.
B. Nations that win the World Cup are regarded as best in all aspects.
C. Nations that win in international games prove the best on the sports feld at least.
D. Nations that give much atention to international competitions are world-famous in many ways.
1. [答案] A
2. [答案] C
[解析]题干大意是:第二段中画线词“summit"的意思是:根据第二段最后三句"Winning the World Cup s..Mention Argentina to someone and the chances are that he'll think of football. In a sense, winning the World Cup put Argentina on the map."可知，赢得世界杯可能意味着获得了国际足球运动的最大胜利;一提起阿根廷，大家可能会想到足球;在某种意义上，阿根廷因为赢得了世界杯才名扬四方。由此可推知I,summit在此处意为“最高点，顶点”，与C项(最高点)意思最为相近。award:奖,奖品;summary: 总结; mountaintop:山顶。故选C。
3. [答案] B
[解析]题干大意是:根据文章，阿根廷世界闻名的原因是Mention Argentina to someone and the chances are that he'll think of football. In a sense, winning the World Cup put Argentina on the map."可知，一提起阿根廷，大家可能会想到足球;在某种意义上，阿根廷因为赢得了世界杯才名扬四方。故选B.
[解析]题干大意是:如果一名运动员只想着赢，他会___ ,根据第一段倒数第二句 "The individual representing his country cannot afford to think about enjoying himself, he has to think only about winning."可知，代表国家的个人是不能得到乐趣的，他必须只想着赢。由此可推知，如果一名运动员只想着赢，他会失去运动的乐趣。故选B.
5. [答案] C
[解析]题干大意是:作者对于国际比赛的态度是什么?根据最后一段最后一句“But it's nice to know that you won and that in one way at least your country is the best"可知，作者认为在国际比赛中的获胜至少证明这个国家在体育运动方面实力强大。故选C.