现代大学英语(精读)2--lesson8

现代大学英语(精读)2--lesson8
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Lesson 8 Psychologically Speaking

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1. Situational Comedy: Feature: 1) It does not have a particular significant social or moral message 2) It can’t be regarded as a great work of art, 3) The main merit is its amusing story.

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2. Conflict of the story: Chief Conflict: mother & daughter: The traditional way of life and life for change and freedom love & marriage Minor Conflict: The fight over Mrs Kent between Mr Kent and the psychologist

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3. Discussion 1) Do you like the conventional way of life, love and marriage? 2) What’s your view about “experimental marriage” and co-habitation before marriage? Will it cause many problems and hurts? How to solve these problems? 3) Do you believe life-long love and marriage? 4) What is generation gap? Do you have this problem?

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1. fuss 1) v. to worry over small things eg. She is always fussing with her clothes. fuss about If you keep on fussing about, we’re sure to be late. fuss over sb. :pay excessive attention to sb. 过 于注意某人 eg. He’s always fussing over his grandchildren. 过于操心

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2) n. unnecessary nervous excitement or activity make/ kick up a fuss ( about/ over sth ) complain strongly eg. She’s kicking up an awful fuss about the high rent.大喊大叫抱怨房租太高 make a fuss of/ over sb/ sth: pay excessive attention to sb./sth. Eg. Don’t make so much fuss over the children.

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2. behave v. behave well/ badly, etc. ( towards sb. ): act or conduct oneself in the specified way. Eg: She behaves ( towards me ) more like a friend than a mother. He has behaved shamefully towards his wife. behave ( oneself ): show good manners; conduct oneself well. Eg: Children, please behave yourself! 放规矩点儿 behavior n.

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3. Puritans: org: members of the party of English Protestants (基督教新教徒)in the 16th and 17th centuries who wanted simpler forms of church ceremony.清教徒 Usu. derog: persons who are extremely strict in morals and who tend to regard pieasure as sinful. 禁欲者;苦行者

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4. Quakers: are considered even more severe than the Puritans. 5. crusade: Originally it referred to one of a series of wars fought in the 11th, 12th,and 13th centuries by Christian armies trying to take Palestine from the Muslims. Here: a determined attempt to change sth. Because you think you are morally right.






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6. in some measure: to some degree. Eg: We hope that the completion of this railway will in some measure help to narrow down the gap between the East and West of China.

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7. clue: n. clue to sth: facts or piece of evidence that hel

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