Unit6 Women, Half the Sky
Part II Reading Task
1.They liked girly toys such as a miniature kitchen, and Barbies.
2.To convert a gas-guzzling SUV into a hybrid electric vehicle.
3.Because she didn’t know anything about c ars and was afraid of being cheated by the
4.She was craving independence and wanted to live away from home for some time.
5.It helped her earn six engineering credits, which of course made it easier for her to become an
7.In her view, if you find a subject is difficult to learn, it does not mean you’re not good at it. It
just means you have to set your mind and work harder to get good at it.
8.Because he had confidence in her abilities believing she could have done better if she had
9.No, she wasn’t always confident. She had moments of panic, worried that as a woman she
would be unable to understand thermodynamics.
10.She considers it wrong because it is based on a faulty premise.
11.It is flexible and more powerful than we imagine.
12.What she means is not to accept others’ opinions blindly but to use one’s own judgment.
Working On Your Own
Part One: The author describes how she stumbled into engineering.
Part Two: The author writes about how she has overcome obstacles, including the bias against women, on her way to success.
Part Three: The author draws the conclusion that women can do anything men can so long as they believe in their own abilities.
1)she was not a tomboy.
not to an engineering department.
she didn’t know the first thing about engineering.
because she craved independence from her parents.
already earned her six credits in engineering.
2)math and design.
she participated in a national competition to convert an SUV into a hybrid electric vehicle.
work harder at it.
that she should study more.
had to work hard at courses she found difficult, which encouraged her to keep going.
Language Sense Enhancement 1.
(7)hard and fast conclusions
(10)consider the possibility
4)ironic 5)stumbled into
1)convert RMB into US dollars in the foreign exchange office at the airport.
2)didn’t know the first thing about cooking as she looked puzzled as to how to cook rice
with the rice cooker.
3)their faulty equipment the team had accomplished some very useful work.
4)allowing me to work flexible hours as long as I work eight hours a day.
5)couldn’t help thinking the book must be quite fascinating.
1)will not panic/feel panic; ’ll be at a disadvantage
3)crave; One indication; to distinguish
II.Synonyms in Context
1.I’ve had en ough
2.When I was old enough to work and earn money
3.can’t got enough sleep at night
4.has so far collected enough of them
5.have strong enough arms
6.have just enough money to live on
(2)not know the first thing about
(3)mechanical (4)when it comes to
(6)gritted her teeth
(8)at a disadvantage
1)He is a man of few words, but when it comes to playing computer games, he is far too
clever for his classmates.
2)Children who don’t know any better may think these animals are pretty cute and start
playing with them.
3)There is no way to obtain a loan, so to buy the new equipment, I’ll just have to grit my
teeth and sell my hybrid car.
4)The hunter would not have fired the shots if he had not seen a herd of elephants coming
towards his campsite.
5)I find it ironic that Tom has a selective memory---he does not seem to remember painful
experiences in the past, particularly those of his own doing.
Nancy Hopkins is a biology professor at MIT. She craves knowledge and works hard. However, as a scientist, she could not help noticing all kinds of indications of gender inequality on campus. Men and women professors did the same work, but when it came to promotion the administrators were rather selective. It was ironic that after so much cultural progress, women were still at a disadvantage in institution of higher education. When her request for more lab space was refused, she knew she had to fight. So she gritted her teeth and complained to the President. The fight ended in victory and Nancy was converted into a gender-equity advocate.