(2011年太原質量檢查)BELIEVE it or not，the color of the tie Barack Obama wore to the inauguration(就職典禮)is now a hotly debated topic.The level of public interest in Obama’s tie might seem strange but many people believe his choice will symbolize the type of government he plans to run，as the color of a politician’s tie is thought to convey ideas of power，trustworthiness and more.
Polities of ties
It may be the least practical item of male dress，but it is arguably the most expressive.In the UK and many other coun-tries around the world，conservative (保守的) politicians may wear a blue tie and their liberal opponents a red one.In America，the colors go the other way round.The Republicans have in recent years become associated with the color red，and the Democrats with blue.But in spite of this，Bush wears blue ties more often than any other color.
What they mean
According to Sharon Haver，editor of focusonstyle.com，in America the feelings associated with colors overrule their political significance.“A guy who wants to be regarded as strong and in charge would wear red，”Haver says.Unsurprisingly，the business tycoon Donald Trump is known for wearing red ties.But what about blue?According to Haver，“Blue is a softer color...Look at the sky.It’s peaceful and calm and trustworthy.”
Selecting the right tie for the right occasion
●Perfect job interview tie
Perhaps no other tie-wearing occasion is as important as the job interview.Gilchrist，the fashion expert，advises playing it safe and choosing a conservative one.Best choices are solids，stripes or small patterns.An excellent color is burgundy(深紅色) or another serious color.Avoid pink or yellow，which suggests that the wearer lacks gravity.
Pattern ties，Gilchrist suggests，should be limited to a maximum of three colors.A striped tie is a safe choice as this is acceptable to everyone.Last，Gilchrist recommends saving the expensive“hip”tie for those applying for glamorous creative jobs.
When picking out the right tie for taking a girl out on a date，spend more time considering color than pattern.According to studies，women are attracted to men wearing the color blue，because blue gives the image of a“stable，faithful，constant，always there”person.So what is the worst color to wear on a date?“Flattened caterpillar(毛蟲)yellow-green，”according to Gilchrist，“it will repel both sexes equally.”
1.Why are people interested in the tie that Obama wore to the inauguration?
A.Because they think the tie he wore will enable them to know about his personalities and policies.
B.Because they want to advise him how to select an appropriate tie for such a big occasion.
C.Because they think the tie will tell if he is trustworthy as they expected when he assumes office.
D.Because they believe the tie is an essential part of dressing to a mature politician like Obama.
2.What can we infer about Bush，the former president，from the passage?
A.He was probably liberal in his policies when he was in power.
B.He was a Republican when he served as president.
C.He wore only blue ties and had no ties of alternative colors.
D.He wanted to make himself unique by the tie that he wore.
3.The example of“the business tycoon Donald Trump” is given to __________.
A.prove that color reflects people’s feelings to a certain degree
B.show that Donald is so wealthy that he can afford expensive ties
C.tell that Donald is physically strong and can handle everything
D.explain that red is a popular color，especially with businessmen
4.Which of the following statements is TRUE according to the text?
A.Ties can be ignored by politicians since they are the least practical item of male dress.
B.Do choose ties carefully before dating，because it is the most important occasion.
C.Why to avoid pink or yellow ties in job interviews is that they don’t match the atmosphere.
D.The more colorful the tie is，the more likely you’ll get the job you want.
解析：選C?？疾橥评砼袛?。全文介紹了領帶的顏色與政治家們的主張與行為之間的聯系，可見領帶對政治家們的重要性，因此A項錯誤;最后部分談到求職面試和男女約會時如何選領帶，說找工作的面試是最重要的場合，因此B項錯誤，此時應該選用代表嚴肅的顏色，因此D項錯誤，從Perfect job interview tie中的敘述可知C項正確。