Part III Reading Comprehension (25 points)
Directions: In this section, there are four passages followed by questions or unfinished statements, each with four suggested answers A, B, C and D. Choose the best answer and mark your answer on theAnswer Sheet.
As people set to dinner, I breathed a sigh of relief: the conference was going well. Running it was a part of my job as a university program manager, working on a project to boost biotechnology collaborations between academia and industry. When I started in the role a few years earlier, I thought that maybe, after years of career exploration, I had finally found the right job for me. But at the conference, I found myself wondering whether that was really what I wanted from my career. I'm a scientist, not an even planner-- but I had been too busy organizing the conference to appreciate the research being discussed. Was it time for yet another change?
I started off as a lab scientist .But then discovered that the highly focused nature of lab work wasn’t for me. My next job was at a pharmaceutical company- -conducting literature searches. I enjoyed the work, which allowed me to stay close to research and interact with a variety of people. But I was only offered a short-term contract, so after a year I had to move on. I then became a scientific journal editor. I loved the breadth of science that I was exposed to, but the job required a lengthy commute. So, I made another dramatic change and moved back to the ivory tower for my current job.
It had become a pattern: I spent a few years in each role only to find that it wasn't quite the right fit. I also realized that maybe I was searching for something that didn’t exist.
I began to think about the creative ways to add the scientific stimulation. I sought to my work life. With my previous knowledge and my experience as an editor, I realized I had the skill set to do that through freelance and science writing, such as news articles for journals and blogs .
With my former colleagues’ positive responses, I finally decided I could do my university job on a less than full-time schedule. Fortunately, my manager agreed.
For the last year, l have been a university program manager freelance writer, and I have never been happier. Weaving the two roles together has been a bit tricky at times. But I finally feel I have a career that is tailored to my needs. I have realized that a career is doesn’t need to be “off the shelf.” Jobs can be mixed and matched to get to one that fits.
21.What did the author think of his conference organizing job in Pargraph1?
A. It gave him a sense of achievement.
B. It proved that he was making progress in his career.
C. It was not as meaningful as scientific research.
D. It was too challenging for him.
22.The author left the job as a scientific journal editor because
A. it demanded high work intensity
B. he was offered only a short contract
C. he was not satisfied with the pay
D.it was too far from home
23.What does “something” (paragraph 3) possibly mean?
A. A suitable role B. An ideal job
C. A balanced life D. A fixed pattern
24.What is the author's present job?
A. He works in a university and also writes on the side
B. He is an event planner and also a program manager.
C. He teaches in a university and also writes books.
D. He is a full time manager and also a freelance writer.
25.What is this passage mainly about?
A. The author’s clear career plan.
B. The author’s changing perception of career.
C. The author’s persistence in the face of obstacles.
D. The author’s failure in securing a work contract.
21.C【解析】根据文中第一段第四句话、第五句话和第六句话“ But at the conference, I found myself wondering whether that was really what I wanted from my career. I,m a scientist, not an even planner-but I had been too busy organizing the conference to appreciate the research being discussed Was it time for yet another change?”可知，作者在这次会议上开始对自己职业生涯产生困惑，作者身为科学家却做着组织会议的工作，并且作者在最后发问:是时候该做出改变了吗?据此可推知，作者认为组织会议的工作不如科研有意义，故选C。
22.D【解析】根据文中第二段第五句话和第六句话“ I then became a scientific journal editor.I loved the breadth of science that I was exposed to， but the job required a lengthy commute.”可知，作者辞掉科学杂志编辑工作的原因是这份工作需要漫长的通勤时间，也就是作者认为这份工作的地方离家太远了，故选D。
23.A 【解析】根据文中第三段第一句话和第二句话“ It had become a pattern: I spent a few years in each role only to find that it wasn't quite the right fit. I also realized that maybe I was searching for something that didn' t exist.”可知，作者在每个角色中度过了几年才发现它不合适，同时作者也意识到自己正在寻找一些不存在的东西。据此可推知，第三段第二句话中的 something指合适的角，故选A。
24.D【解析】根据文中最后一段第一句话“ For the last year， I have been a university program manager freelance writer， and I have never been happier..”可知，作者把大学项目经理和自由撰稿人这两个角色放在了一起，故选D。
25.B【解析】题目问这篇文章主要讲的是什么，通读全文可知这篇文章讲的是有关作者工作的事情，再根据最后一段的倒数第一、第二句话“ I have realized that a career doesn' t need to be'orthe shel. Jobs can be mixed and matched to get to one that fits.”可知，作者正在改变他对工作的看法，故选B。