One of my biggest qualms is the futility of convincing my students to read. Today’s kids seem to convulse at the idea of going through a book until its end. What’s worse, in my thirty years of teaching English, it seems students get more and more repulsed to the idea of reading as time goes on. I now appreciate the fact that my family didn’t own a TV set when I was young. I had to be imaginative to pass time –that’s why I read. Reading has taught me to imagine and think. I have always marvelled at how words in a page can take me to places, even worlds I had never fancied in my wildest dreams. Too bad many kids nowadays are hooked into digital devices that can show them everything in one click. Yup, no more time to read. 17.Based on the passage above, which of the following assumptions may be considered as absolutely true? (A)Television has not yet been invented at the time of the narrator’s childhood.(B)All kids born recently have no natural propensity to read. (C)Modern-day devices prevent kids from reading. (D)English has been taught as a staple school subject. 18.Which of the following statements best encapsulates the author’s main assumption? ______________________________________________________________________________ 19.Judging from the content of the statement and the authoritativeness of the speaker, which of the following is the most reasonable and trustworthy?
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