Charles Revson, founder of the successful cosmetic (化妆品) firm Revlon, once said, “In our factory we make lipstick. In our advertising, we sell hope.”
We could use a little more hope. I think that is why people buy lottery tickets. One poor mother, who was raising her children by long hours of hard work, was asked,“Why do you waste your money on a lottery ticket when you can hardly make ends meet? ” “Yeah, I buy a ticket every day,”the woman admitted. “But a dollar is not too much to pay for 24 hours of hope.” There are probably better uses for her money than to buying lottery tickets, but she would rather hang onto a little hope than onto her dollar.
We need hope in life. Without it, far too many people come to the conclusion that they are powerless in the face of difficulties. Without hope, they won’t make needed changes. They feel powerless. They can feel sorry for themselves and helpless to do anything about their problems, or they can believe there is a chance for something better.
Norman Cousins, in his book Head First, the Biology of hope, explains the power of hope. He tells of two doctors who were to give a speech at a national meeting of cancer specialists(专家). One was truly puzzled. “I don’t understand it, Bob,” he said. “We use the same drugs, the same dosage(量),and the same schedule of treatment. Yet I get a 22% recovery rate and you get a 74% recovery rate. How do you explain that?”
The other answered, “We both use etoposide, plational, oncovin, and hydroxyurea. You put those letters together and tell people that you are giving them E-P-O-H. I put them together and explain to people that they are receiving H-O-P-E.”
1.Why did the poor mother buy lottery tickets?
A.She did it just for fun.
B.She put her hope on them.
C.She wanted to help others.
D.She won much money through them.
2.The underlined phrase “make ends meet” in Paragraph 2 is closest in meaning to “___________“.
A.earn enough money to buy necessities
B.take part in activities
C.buy lottery tickets
D.make yourself happy
3.How did Bob raise his recovery rate?
A.He used different medicines.
B.He made the patients hopeful.
C.He gave the patients a higher dosage.
D.He used the medicine in a different order.
4.How does the author mainly make his view accepted?
A.By giving examples.
B.By making comparisons.
C.By giving cause and effect.
D.By sharing his own experiences