There is something grimly ridiculous as well as pathetic in the messy way we manage things in our crude attempt as civilization. While we are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of the people’s money annually in improving the breed of pig, or in fighting cattle disease, we are neglecting the most valuable asset of all, the children of the nation. A million dollars of the people’s money can be spent upon a speedway so that rich people might have an opportunity of exercising their blooded stock, while not a penny can be found in the State appropriations (拨款 ) to find food for starving children.
This foolish state of affairs was brought out in strong relief when the school teachers organized themselves into a relief committee to find ways and means for supplying food to the hungry children under their charge. This organization was brought about by the pitiable plight of the children, many of whom had become so weakened for lack of proper nourishment that they fainted at their desks while trying to study their lessons. The teachers have called their organization the“Children ’s Relief Society, ”and the day after the organization was perfected they were enabled to issue tickets to the most destitute (赤贫的 ) of the children which entitled them to immediate relief.
Besides this effort on the part of the teachers, emergency measures for the relief of hundreds of pupils in other schools have been adopted by the committee of school board members. The newspapers reported that relief came in this case in the form of two soup kitchens which were opened and equipped so as to provide for hundreds of the starving children.
Destitution has visited hundreds of families as the result of the business depression. Not only have the educational authorities taken up the matter, but various generous societies have begun active work for relieving the distress. All of which is excellent in every way, yet it is not enough; it does not go far enough, for it ought not to be left to charity, but ought to be made a State duty.
We learn from the first paragraph that _____.
A. we manage things well as civilization
B. we are rich enough to spend money freely
C. we need to care for the starving children
D. rich people should exercise their blooded stock
What motivated school teachers to organize the“Children ’s Relief Society ”?
A. The distressing situation of the children.
B. The improper ways of supplying food to the children.
C. The charge of food unaffordable for children.
D. The weak performance of children in study.
What would the Children’s Relief Society do after its establishment?
A. They would provide food directly to poor children.
B. They would teach lessons to poor children for free.
C. They would give poor children tickets to get food.
D. They would relieve poor children’s pressure.
4)What other effort for the relief of children is mentioned in the passage?
A. The committee of school board members has taken emergency measures.
B. People from the newspapers have built soup kitchens to provide for starving children.
C. The educational authorities have set up funds to provide help.
D. Generous societies have adopted hundreds of pupils in schools.
According to the passage, who should be most responsible for the relief of children ’s starvation?
A. The teacher.
B. Children ’s Relief Society.
C. Charitable societies.
D. The State.
1) C 2) A 3) C 4) A 5) D