It came as something of a surprise when Diana, Princess of Wales, made a trip to Angola in 1997, to support the Red Cross’s campaign for a total ban on all anti-personnel landmines. Within hours of arriving in Angola, television screens around the world were filled with images of her comforting victims injured in explosions caused by landmines. “I knew the statistics,” she said. “But putting a face to those figures brought the reality home to me; like when I met Sandra, a 13- year-old girl who had lost her leg, and people like her.”
The Princess concluded with a simple message: “We must stop landmines”. And she used every opportunity during her visit to repeat this message.
But, back in London, her views were not shared by some members of the British government, which refused to support a ban on these weapons. Angry politicians launched an attack On the Princess in the press. They described her as “very ill-informed” and a “loose cannon” (亂放跑的人)
The Princess responded by brushing aside the Criticisms: “This is a distraction (干擾) we do not need. All I’m trying to do is help.”
Opposition parties, the media and the public immediately voiced their Support for the Princess. To make matters worse for the government, it soon emerged that the Princess’s trip had been approved by the Foreign Office, and that she was in fact very well-informed about both the situation in Angola and the British government’s policy regarding landmines. The result was a severe embarrassment for the government.
To try and limit the damage, the Foreign Secretary, Malcolm Rifkidnd, claimed that the Princess’s views on landmines were not very different from government policy, and that it was “working towards” a worldwide ban. The Defense Secretary, Michael Portillo, claimed the matter was “a misinterpretation or misunderstanding.”
For the Princess, the trip to this war-torn country was an excellent opportunity to use her popularity to show the world hoow much destruction and suffering landmines can cause. She said that the experience had also given her the chance to get closer to people and their problems.
1. Princess Diana paid a visit to Angola in 1997 _____.
A. to clarify the British government’s stand on landmines
B. to establish her image as a friend of landmine victims
C. to investigate the sufferings of landmine victims there
D. to voice her support for a total ban of landmines
2. What did Diana mean when she said “... putting a face to those figures brought the reality home to me” (Line 5, Para. 1)?
A. Meeting the landmine victims in person made her believe the statistics.
B. She just couldn’t bear to meet the landmine victims face to face.
C. The actual situation in Angola made her feel like going back home.
D. Seeing the pain of the victims made her realize the seriousness of the situation.
3. Some members of the British government criticized Diana because _____.
A. she had not consulted the government before the visit
B. she was ill-informed of the government’s policy
C. they were actually opposed to banning landmines
D. they believed that she had misinterpreted the situation in Angola
4. How did Diana respond to the criticisms?
A. She made more appearances on TV. B. She paid no attention to them.
C. She rose to argue with her opponents. D. She met the 13-year-old girl as planned.
5. What did Princess Diana think of her visit to Angola?
A. It had caused embarrassment to the British government.
B. It had greatly promoted her popularity.
C. It had brought her closer to the ordinary people.
D. It had affected her relations with the British government.
1. D。由題干in 1997直接定位于文章第一句to support the Red Cross’s Campaign for a total ban on all anti-personnel landmines，D項是原文的同義改寫。
2. D。本句中的figures，指的不是前面提到的統計數字，而是后面列舉的小女孩Sandra等深受地雷傷害的人;另一個是bring sth. home這個短語是指“活生生的揭示，以強調的形式清楚的表示”。所以本句的意思是親眼看到被地雷傷害的人使王妃深切感受到了事實。
3. C。由some members of the British government定位與第三段第一句，此處表明英國政府批評戴安娜的原因，即政府不支持禁雷。從第三段第二句可知，王妃的出訪是得到了外交部的批準的，排除A，B和D是政府在媒體上對王妃的批評之辭，并沒有說明真實的原因。
4. B。第四段第一句說明了王妃對政府對她的批評所持的態度。brush aside意思是“不理，漠視”，相當于pay no attentionto sth.
5. C。文章最后一段用王妃的話總結了她出訪安哥拉的意義，即讓她有機會貼近普通民眾， C項是原文的同義轉述。