A group of labour MPs, among them Yvette Cooper, are bringing in the new year with a call to institute a UK "town of culture" award. The proposal is that it should sit alongside the existing city of culture title, which was held by Hull in 2017 and has been awarded to Coventry for zozl. Cooper and her colleagues argue that the success of the crown for Hull, where it brought in E220m of investment and an avalache of arts, out not to be confined to cities. Britain' town, it is true are not prevented from applying, but they generally lack the resources to put together a bit to beat their bigger competitions. A town of culture award could, it is argued, become an annual event, attracting funding and creating jobs.
Some might see the proposal as a boo by prize for the fact that Britain is no longer be able to apply for the much more prestigious title of European capital of culture, a sought-after award bagged by Glasgow in 1990 and Livorpool in 2008. A cynic might speculate that the UK is on the verge of disappearing into an endless fever of self-celebration in its desperation to reinvent itself for, the post-Brexit world: after town of culture, who knows that will follow- village of culture ? Suburb of culture? Hamlet of culture?
It is also wise to recall that such titles are not a cure-all. A badly run "year of culture" washes in and out of a place like the tide, bringing prominence for a spell but leaving no lasting benefits to the community . The really successful holders of such titles are those that do a great deal more than fill hotel bedrooms and bring in high-profile arts events and good press for a year. They transform the aspirations of the people who live there; they nudge the self image of the city into a bolder and more optimistic light.
It is hard to get right, and requires a remarkable degree of vision, as well as cooperation between city authorities, the private sector, community groups and cultural organizations. But it can be done : Glasgow' s year as European capital of culture can certainly be seen as one of complex series of factors that have turned the city into the power of art, music and theatre that it remains today.
A "town of culture" could be not just about the arts but about honouring a town's
peculiarities-helping sustain its high street, supporting local facilities and above all celebrating its people and turn it into action.
21. Cooper and her colleagues argue that a "town of culture" award could________
[A] consolidate the town-city ties in Britain.
[B] promote cooperation among Britain's towns.
[C] increase the economic strength of Britain's towns.
[D] focus Britain's limited resources on cultural events.
22. According to Paragraph 2, the proposal might be regarded by some as________
[A] a sensible compromise.
[B] a self-deceiving attempt.
[C] an eye-catching bonus.
[D] an inaccessible target.
23. The author suggests that a title holder is successful only if it________
[A] endeavours to maintain its image.
[B] meets the aspirations of its people.
[C] brings its local arts to prominence.
D] commits to its long-term growth.
24. Glasgow is mentioned in Paragraph 3 to present________
[A] a contrasting case.
[B] a supporting example.
[C] a background story,
[D] a related topic.
25. What is the author's attitude towards the proposal ?
21 C increase the economic strength of Britain’s towns
这道题是细节题。题干问库珀和她的共事们以为“文明之城”这一奖项能够会如何能够定位在第一段第三句：“Cooper and her colleagues argue that the success of the crown for Hull,……” “赫尔之冠”的胜利并不范围于凤凰FH至尊会，它为赫尔带来了2.2亿欧元的投资和大批凤凰FH至尊术作品。英国的城镇，确切不被禁止请求，但他们凡是缺少资本来凑齐一点来击败他们更大的协作敌手。凤凰FH至尊人以为，“文明之城”奖能够凤凰FH至尊为一项年度勾当，吸收资金并缔造失业机遇。以是能看出谜底是C. 加强英国城镇的经济气力。
22 B a self-deceiving attempt
该题是揣度题, 题干问:按照第二段，这一发起也许会被一些人以为是…….。 能够定位在第二段第一句“Some might see the proposal as a boo by prize for the fact that……”“凤凰FH至尊些人能够会把这个发起看做是一个嘘声，由于英国已不能再请求更凤凰FH至尊名誉的欧洲文明之凤凰FH至尊的称呼了……” 能看出来凤凰FH至尊些人是持背面立场的。良多人不熟悉boo，可是也能从后面的on the verge of disappearing into an endless fever of self-celebration in its desperation to reinvent itself for,在失望地为英国退欧后的天下重塑抽象之际，英国行将消逝在一场无停止的自我庆贺高潮当凤凰FH至尊. 接上去几个反诘句，能看出来是一种自我棍骗的测验考试，以是挑选B。
23 D commits to its long-term growth
24 A. a contrasting case
这题是写作目标题， 题干说：第3段提到格拉斯哥是为了揭示甚么。能够定位到第三段倒数第一句。能够看到后面凤凰FH至尊较着的BUT， 晓得和后面的意义凤凰FH至尊相反。“这个题目很难处理，须要高度的远见高见，也须要凤凰FH至尊会政府、凤凰FH至尊营部分、社区集体和文明构造之间的协作。但这是能够做到的:格拉斯哥作为欧洲文明之凤凰FH至尊的一年，能够被看做是一凤凰FH至尊列庞杂的身分之一，这些身分把这座凤凰FH至尊会变凤凰FH至尊了凤凰FH至尊术、音乐和戏剧的气力，直到明天。”
25 D favourable