For her first twenty-four year, she'd been known as Deb bie--a name that didn't suit her good looks and elegant manner. "My name has always made me think I should Be a cheer leader," She complained. "I just don't feel like a Debbie!"
One day, while filling out an application form for publishing job, the young woman suddenly changed middle name, Lynne, for her first name Debbie. "That was the smartest thing I ever did," She says now. "As soon as I stopped calling myself Debbie. I feh more comfortable with myself.., and other people started to take me more seriously". Two years after her successful job interview, the former waitress is now a successful magazine editor friends and associates call her Lynne.
Naturally, the name change didn't cause Debbie/I.ynne's professional achievement but it surely helped if only by adding a bit of self-confidence to her talents. Social scientists say that what you're called can affect your life. Throughout history, names have not only identified people But also described them. "... As his name is, so is he..." says the Bible. For better or worse, qualities such as friendliness or reserves, simpleness or charm may be suggested by your name and encourageother people before they even meet you.
Of course, names with a good sense can work for you even encouraging new acquaintances. A recent survey showed that American men thought Susan to be the most attractive female name, while women believed Richard and David were the most attractive to men. One woman I know turned down a blind date with a man named Harry because "he sounded dull". Several evenings later she came up to me at a party, pressing for an introduction to a very nice man with whom they looked at each other all evening. "Oh, 'I said. "You mean Harry? "She was ill at ease.
1. Debbie's changing her name______.
A. had actually little to do with her career
B. was what she happened to do when filling out the form
C. did have an effect on her success
D. entirely contributed to her luck
答案: C 指导：由第三段第一句话可知A错，B和D不准确。
2. The author introduced Harry to the woman______.
A. at the request of the woman herself
B. to tell her that names didn't matter really
C. to make her feel uneasy in mind
D. the person is more important than his/her name
答案: A 指导：由最后一段中“...pressing for an in troduction to a very nice man...”推测可知。presssb.to do sth.敦促某人做某事。
3. The name Debbie may be connected with something______.
答案: A 指导：cheerleader指带领观众欢呼的人，即常说的拉拉队队长，这样的人在生活中往往是又高又大、体格健壮的人，而作者说她的名字往往使她想起这个词。
4. The best possible tide for the passage may be______
A. Names are the most important
B. Your name is your fortune
C. Don't care much for names
D. Names and making friends
答案: B 指导：本文主要通过Debbie的例子说明名字给人带来的影响，故B最符合文意。