國中英語基測出現過 USA 的考題。

Marie Colvin was a world-famous war reporter. She was born in New York, USA, in 1956 and died in Homs, Syria, in 2012.

When she was a student at Yale University, Colvin decided that she wanted to be a reporter in the future. She joined the Sunday Times, a UK newspaper, in 1985 and soon became its Middle East reporter. Besides the Middle East, she also reported from other parts of the world: Chechnya, Kosovo and Sri Lanka, for example. When she was reporting on the war in Sri Lanka, she lost her left eye. But that never stopped her. She still went to dangerous places that few reporters wanted to visit and stayed when others left.

Colvin showed great empathy in her stories. For her, war reporting was not just some quick interviews and a few photos. She wrote about real people and their real lives. Her writing made you feel so strongly about these people’s stories, just like they were your own. She hoped that through her work the world would understand what really happened in war, and would take action to stop the fighting.

On February 22, 2012, the day after she gave her report on the war in Homs, Colvin was killed when the house she was staying in was attacked. She always knew what price a war reporter might have to pay. She already lost an eye before. This time, she gave her life to the work she could not give uptelling the true stories to the world.

war 戰爭
1.
What is the reading mostly about?
Marie Colvin’s war reports.
Marie Colvin’s schooldays at Yale.
Marie Colvin’s experiences in Homs.
Marie Colvin’s working life.
2.
What does it mean when someone has empathy?
They are able to understand how other people feel.
They are good at taking war photos.
They are good at helping people change their own lives.
They like to read other people’s life stories.
3.
Which is true about Marie Colvin?
She was not sure what to do in the future until she worked for the Sunday Times.
She was killed in Homs when she was interviewing soldiers there for her report.
The experience in Sri Lanka did not change her way of reporting news.
The chance to study at Yale made her leave her job in the Middle East.