26-year-old Anna Cherdantseva,from the city of Ufa in Russia,is a full-time employee of a furniture company,spending up to 10 hours every day trying out new sofas for comfort and safety.
Last month,Russian furniture giant M25 Group announced that it was taking application for a new position.Although all new products are tested in a specialized laboratory,management decided that in order to better meet the needs of consumers it needed some feedback(反馈) on real-life use of its sofas.In just a few days,M25 received over 5,000 job applications.
“We selected candidates in several stages,” M25 Group spokesperson Anastasia Russkih said.“Initially we checked their CVs,and then we let them tell us why they wanted the job.” Eventually,the furniture company shortlisted just 7 candidates,out of which Anna Cherdantseva,a 26-year-old marketing expert,proved to be the most suitable for the job.“It was a real fight for my dream job,” Anna said after getting selected.
Despite describing herself as an active person,Cherdantseva said that spending about 10 hours a day sitting on sofas didn’t sound bad at all.“Of course I will spend a lot of time on new sofas.The more time I spend on them,the better it will be for my work,” she told reporters.
Anna Cherdantseva is at present on a three-month probation(试用期) at M25,but the company claims that as long as she proves to be up to the task,they plan on offering her a permanent position.The young woman will receive a monthly salary of 56,000 rubles($1,000) for the first three months.It’s not so bad for sitting on the job.
1.What does Anna Cherdantseva work as?
A.A sofa seller. B.A sofa designer.
C.A sofa tester. D.A sofa maker.
2.How did Anna Cherdantseva get her new job?
A.By going through fierce competitions.
B.By dressing up as a marketing expert.
C.By being strongly recommended by a friend.
D.By making friends with the boss of M25 Group.
3.What does Anna Cherdantseva think of her new job?
4.What can be inferred about Cherdantseva from the text?
A.She usually does a lot of physical sports.
B.Her new job requires standing for long hours.
C.The total pay for her probation will be l,000 dollars.
D.Whether she will be permanently hired is still unknown.
According to a historian,uniforms were introduced into the United States around 1979 to deal with the problems of violence among students.Statistical reports state that only 15% of primary schools and around 10% of secondary schools in the United States have strictly carried out the uniform policy.
In recent times it has become the most debated topic among parents and educators,with many critics stating the fact that wearing uniforms has no effect on the thought process of a student nor does it considerably reduce inequality among the masses.Students are instructed to follow certain rules.For boys,pants,shirts with turtlenecks,sweaters and jackets are acceptable,while in some schools,shorts are strictly forbidden;similarly,for girls,long skirts,blouses,pants and flat-heeled shoes are acceptable.
School uniforms in other countries such as Thailand,Indonesia,India and Pakistan were introduced during the British colonial period.In these countries,girls in senior schools usually wear broad trousers and boys wear pants and shirts.In preschool though,girls wear skirts and blouses and boys wear short pants and shirts.In other parts like New Zealand and Australia where the British colonial rule was in effect,the uniform system was followed in the public school system.The dress sense closely resembled that of the English students.
The purpose of a school uniform is to promote team spirit,discipline and increase equality among all students.Though uniforms have intended to wipe out the discrimination in the weaker section,critics have a different story to say.According to them,uniforms have no such great effect on students.This standardized dress has not helped students remove any barriers and is adding costs to the parents.
In many countries,though students’ wearing uniforms has produced some positive results,in the United States,the implementation(实施)requires a lot of efforts before we can achieve full success.
1.What does the underlined word “masses” in the second paragraph refer to?
2.What can we know about the uniform system in Australia according to Paragraph 3?
A.The uniform system in the public school follows Britain.
B.The Australian students dress more casually.
C.The uniform system is the same as that in New Zealand.
D.Most Australian students wear school uniforms.
3.What’s the intention of school uniforms at first?
A.To encourage students to be more diligent.
B.To improve students’ academic achievement.
C.To prevent students fighting with each other.
D.To promote the equality among students.
4.What’s the attitude of the critics towards school uniforms?