Former child star Emma Watson is making a great career for herself in adulthood.
前童星艾瑪‧華森在成年之後闖出一片天。

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  Many people who became famous as child actors find it difficult to secure good movie roles once they reach adulthood. This is certainly not the case with Emma Watson. Famous for her portrayal of the brainy and loyal friend of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Watson is now forging a strong career for herself as an actor and model. Watson was just 11 years old when she appeared in the first Harry Potter movie. Now at age 27, she starred in the 2017 live-action version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The movie turned out to be a smash hit, and Watson garnered positive reviews for playing Belle. Prior to appearing in the Disney blockbuster, Watson earned the People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor for her role in the coming-of-age movie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Her own coming-of-age story would make for a good movie, too.
  Watson was raised in Britain, but she was born on April 15, 1990, in Paris, France. Although Watson had studied acting, dancing, and singing in England, she had never acted in a professional capacity prior to auditioning for the role of Hermione Granger. Watson appeared in all eight movies in the Harry Potter franchise, the last of which was released in 2011. At the age of 19, Watson also began a career as a model with a fashion label called People Tree. Her modeling career got a big boost when Burberry chose her to represent its collections in 2009 and 2010. For Watson, 2014 was another big year as she earned a degree in English from Brown University and was appointed to be a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. In that role, she advocates for women's rights. Watson's ability to have a flourishing and diverse career means we will probably be seeing more of her for years to come.

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1. Why is Emma Watson different from many other ex-child actors?
(A) She has appeared in more films than most of them.
(B) She only acts in foreign movies.
(C) She has also become a successful adult actor.
(D) She was more successful as a child star than an adult star.
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2. Which of the following is NOT true?
(A) Watson first appeared in a movie at the age of 15.
(B) Watson appeared in all of the Harry Potter movies.
(C) Watson is both a model and an actor.
(D) Watson graduated from university in 2014.
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3. What is People Tree?
(A) The name of a movie Watson has acted in.
(B) A fashion company Watson worked for.
(C) A school Watson once attended.
(D) A UN organization.
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4. Which of the following happened first?
(A) Watson became a UN advocate.
(B) Watson did modeling for Burberry.
(C) Watson graduated from university.
(D) Watson moved from France to England.

1. portrayal n. 飾演;描繪;肖像
: portray vt. 描繪;飾演
The actor received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Spider-Man.
那名演員因為飾演蜘蛛人而頗受好評。
*critical acclaim  備受好評
 acclaim n. & vt. 讚揚,稱讚
In fairy tales, witches are typically portrayed as evil women.
在童話故事裡,巫婆通常被描繪成邪惡的女子。

2. appear vi. 出現
: disappear vi. 消失
disappear without a trace  消失得無影無蹤
As soon as the singer appeared on stage, the fans started to scream.
那位歌手一上臺,粉絲就開始尖叫。
The man disappeared without a trace after committing several murders.
那名男子犯下多起謀殺案後便消失得無影無蹤。

3. version n. 版本
Our company plans to launch a new version of the product in July.
我們公司預計在七月發行該項產品的新版本。

4. a smash / huge / big hit  造成轟動的人事物
smash a. 極為成功的
The award-winning director's latest movie is a smash hit.
那位得獎導演的最新電影造成轟動。

5. positive a. 正面的;積極的
: negative a. 負面的;消極的
The review of the Japanese author's new book was generally positive.
這位日本作家的新書廣泛受到正面的評價。
People who have a negative attitude towards life are usually unhappy.
對生命抱持消極態度的人通常不快樂。

6. review n. & vt. 評論;審核
Last night, we went to see a movie which has received great reviews.
我們昨晚去看了一部獲得好評的電影。
Regarding your proposal, the board needs more time to review it.
關於你的提案,董事會需要多點時間審核。

7. professional a. 專業的;職業的
: professionally adv. 專業地
It was impressive to watch children cooking like professional chefs.
看到小朋友像專業主廚般烹調食物,真是令人印象深刻。
The manager thinks highly of the new employee because he handles everything professionally.
這位新進員工處理任何事情都很專業,因此經理很看重他。
*think highly of...  對……評價很高

8. capacity n. 職位;容量;能力
In my capacity as general manager of this company, I would like to recommend Mr. Peter Johnson for the job.
本人以本公司總經理的身分推薦彼得‧強森先生從事這份工作。

9. release vt. 發行;釋放,解放
The publisher just released a book about the complete history of teddy bears.
那家出版社剛發行了有關泰迪熊完整歷史的書籍。

10. represent vt. 代表;象徵
Penny found it an honor to represent her country at the World Chess Championships.
佩妮覺得代表她的國家參加世界西洋棋冠軍賽是件光榮的事。

11. appoint vt. 委派,任命
Kevin was recently appointed to manage the sales department.
凱文近期被指派去管理銷售部門。

12. diverse a. 多樣化的
: diversity n. 多樣性
Experts from a diverse range of research fields attended the seminar.
這場研討會有各個研究領域的專家出席。
The United States is known for its cultural diversity.
美國以其多元文化而聞名。

secure vt. 取得,獲得
brainy a. 聰明的;腦筋好的
forge vt. 建立;偽造
star vi. 主演,當明星
garner vt. 獲得
blockbuster n. 賣座電影
coming-of-age a. 從小到大的,成長的
perk n. 特權,特殊待遇;津貼(常用複數)
audition vi. 試鏡
franchise n. 系列作品;特許經營權
label n. 公司;商標
boost n. 促進,增進
goodwill n. 友好,善意
ambassador n. 代表,大使
advocate vi. 提倡,倡導
flourishing a. 生氣蓬勃的

智慧與美貌兼具的女權主義者 ―― 艾瑪‧華森
前童星艾瑪‧華森在成年之後闖出一片天。
    許多知名童星都發現他們一旦長大成人之後,就很難爭取到好的電影角色。艾瑪‧華森的情況絕非如此。華森因為飾演哈利‧波特聰明又忠誠的朋友妙麗‧格蘭傑而聞名,如今她正在為自己開創演員身兼模特兒的強大事業。當她於第一部《哈利波特》電影中亮相時,她才十一歲。她今年二十七歲,主演了 2017 年的迪士尼《美女與野獸》真人版電影。結果這部電影一炮而紅,華森因為飾演貝兒而獲得正面評價。在出現於迪士尼的強檔鉅片之前,華森因為她在少年成長電影《壁花男孩》中的角色榮獲全美民選獎。她自己的成長故事也可以被翻拍成一部好電影。
  華森在英國長大,但她是在 1990 年四月十五日出生於法國巴黎。雖然華森在英國曾經學習演戲、跳舞以及唱歌,但她在試鏡妙麗‧格蘭傑一角之前從來沒有以職業的身分演過戲。華森出現在《哈利波特》系列的所有八部電影中,最後一部於 2011 年問世。在十九歲那一年,華森在名為 People Tree 的時裝品牌展開模特兒生涯。當巴寶莉選擇她代言該公司 2009 與 2010 年的系列時裝時,她的模特兒生涯便突飛猛進。對於華森而言,2014 年是另一個重要的一年,因為她從布朗大學獲得英語文學學位,並被任命為聯合國婦女親善大使。在那個角色中,她提倡婦女的權利。華森擁有蓬勃又多樣化的職涯意味著我們可能在未來幾年中會更常看到她。

1. 為什麼艾瑪‧華森與許多其他前童星有所不同?
(A) 她比大多數的前童星出現在更多電影中。
(B) 她只飾演外國電影。
(C) 她也已經成為成功的成人演員。
(D) 她擔任童星比擔任成人明星更成功。
題解:根據本文第一段,許多知名童星都發現他們一旦長大成人之後,就很難爭取到好的電影角色。艾瑪‧華森的情況絕非如此,故 (C) 項應為正選。
2. 下列何者為非?
(A) 華森在十五歲那一年首次在電影中亮相。
(B) 華森出現在所有《哈利波特》的系列電影。
(C) 華森既是模特兒也是演員。
(D) 華森在 2014 年從大學畢業。
題解:根據本文第一段,當她於第一部《哈利波特》電影中亮相時,她才十一歲,與 (A) 項敘述不符,故為正選。
3. People Tree 是什麼?
(A) 華森曾經演出的電影名稱。
(B) 華森曾經效力的時裝公司。
(C) 華森曾經就讀的學校。
(D) 一個聯合國組織。
題解:根據本文第二段,在十九歲那一年,華森在名為 People Tree 的時裝品牌展開模特兒生涯,故 (B) 項應為正選。
4. 下列哪一則事件最先發生?
(A) 華森成為一位聯合國擁護者。
(B) 華森為巴寶莉擔任模特兒。
(C) 華森從大學畢業。
(D) 華森從法國搬到英國。
題解:根據本文第二段,華森在英國長大,但她是在 1990 年四月十五日出生於法國巴黎,得知華森先從法國搬到英國後才展開一切事業,故 (D) 項應為正選。

答案:1. C 2. A 3. B 4. D

 

 

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