“Congratulations, Mr. Jones, it's a girl.”
Fatherhood is going to have a different meaning and bring forth a different response from every man who hears these words. Some feel pride when they receive the news, while others worry, wondering whether they will be good fathers. Although there are some men who like children and may have had considerable experience with them, others do not particularly care for children and spend little time with them. Many fathers and mothers have been planning and looking forward to children for some time. For other couples, pregnancy was an accident that both husband and wife have accepted willingly or unwillingly.
Whatever the response to the birth of a child, it is clear that the change from the role of husband to that of father is a difficult task. Yet, unfortunately, few attempts have been made to educate fathers in this process. Although numerous books have been written about American mothers, only recently has literature focused on the role of a father.
It is argued by some writers that the transition to the father's role, although difficult, is not nearly as great as the change the wife must make to the mother's role. The mother's role seems to require a complete change in daily routine and adjustment, and the father's role is less demanding and immediate. However, even though we mentioned the fact that growing numbers of women are working outside the home, the father is still thought by many as the breadwinner in the household.
1 According to the author, how do men feel after they become fathers? _____
A. They feel like they need some more experience.
B. They have a feeling that they must do a lot of planning.
C. Some men feel proud and others uneasy
D. They have a feeling of not caring about things.
2 Which of the following is stated in the passage? ____
A. Some parents have a child accidentally and they are not prepared.
B. Young couples do not want to have children at all these days.
C. Working couples turn to their parents to take care of their children.
D. Many parents look forward to having a girl as their first child
3 In the third paragraph, the author ______.
A. thinks fathers should take their responsibilities in raising children
B. criticizes writers for writing so much about being a father
C. supports the idea that a father should also run the home well
D. complains that husbands cannot get much help being a father
4 The change of the mother's role requires that the wife ______.
A. just do whatever she likes to do in her life
B. change completely to deal with the new situation
C. work only within her own home if she can
D. help her husband with his trade or business
5 Some writers argue that with respect to the change of roles, fathers, compared with mothers, _____.
A. have to bear more burdens
B. make a more difficult adjustment
C. have an easier job to do
D. shoulder more burdens