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As a group of young African immigrants struggle to adapt to life in the United States, an after-school drama program at White Oak Middle School aims to make their lives easier by first making them a little harder.
Project X is a program that uses drama, dance, poetry and other creative outlets to help students discuss the tough and sometimes painful problems they face as pre-teen immigrants with language barriers. A final unveiling of their creation will be performed for friends and family at the end of the year at Imagination Stage.
Wanjiru Kamau, coordinator of White Oak’s African Club said it’s important to give troubles to group members to help them find their place at the school. “It comforts those who are uncomfortable, and it discomforts those who are comfortable,” Kamau said of Project X.
Kamau teamed up with Imagination Stage after she noticed that many African students seemed uncomfortable talking about problems, such as being laughed at by their fellow students about how they look and talk. When most of the kids join the club, they speak little or no English, Kamau said. Each week, the club typically draws five to ten students who are originally from Africa for discussion sessions and the Project X programme.
“We are going to express ourselves through our words and our actions, and that’s powerful,” said teaching artist Meg Green as she introduced fill-in-the-blank poems the students wrote about their identities.
One student, Frank Ketchouang, 13, wrote, “I am from the world; I am love,” which drew oohs and aahs from the group. Ketchouang has been in the United States for less than a year, said Program Coordinator Chad Dike. When Ketchouang started attending Project X, he had been in the United States for two months and spoke no English. Now he’s one of the group’s most outgoing members and helps translate instructions from English to Creole for the group’s newest member, who is from Haiti.
Many people will give up when there’s a language barrier, “but these students prove them wrong”. Kamau said. “You do have something to give. You are important. When TV, media, etc. are bringing them down, this program is bringing them up.”
【小题1】Project X is intended for helping the young African immigrants to_________.

A.get over language barriers, W( d; a+ d9 b: J# b( L
B.enrich after-school life : Z% N: N% H7 O! h9 W: E3 Z
C.overcome tough problems: P; j) _( G% K
D.become more creative' E- Q# @% ?8 M. M
【小题2】How well the members learn in the Project X program is shown by_________.
A.their annual creative performances+ C4 F$ Z0 a& e2 Z0 j( E
B.their annual scores gained at school ^ j- D- X, T( N9 Q7 K4 ?5 g: F3 I; N
C.the comments of friends and family ! f& W) K: j. J5 Q: V+ c$ @4 [6 d
D.the comments of the program teachers% b# \- G; I( L
【小题3】What do we know about the Imagination Stage?
A.It’s established by Kamau for Project X./ e& d$ I. Z7 V3 Q
B.It’s a cooperative partner of White Oak’S African Club.& F# ^0 S! S* ?9 N& F6 P
C.It’s a project designed by White Oak Middle School.+ L6 Z8 i3 g' _
D.It’s operated once at the end of each year.3 K6 b+ j4 B3 X" C' H7 D% ^
【小题4】According to the author, what Franck Ketchouang wrote was______.
A.silly$ `$ W9 _+ ?# O* \, e8 V2 @ B.simple+ F$ D( Z3 Z# ]: h D" J; I C.excellent8 [0 g* S) M, @2 P( W D.contradictory' M2 J! K' [# R' H" F3 f
【小题5】The passage is written mainly to_______.
A.introduce the Project X program c1 ]' R: \1 S
B.inspire immigrants to never give up+ g% e4 F- Q. X$ T; M% `
C.advocate White Oak’S African Club 1 G+ B/ [' A2 X0 P) V2 V9 \
D.call for more attention to immigrants
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答案
【小题1】C
【小题2】A
【小题3】B
【小题4】C
【小题5】A

解析试题分析:这篇文章是介绍一个Project X项目,旨在通过每年的创造性的表演帮助年轻的非洲移民克服困难的问题。
【小题1】细节题:从文章第二段的句子:Project X is a program that uses drama, dance, poetry and other creative outlets to help students discuss the tough and sometimes painful problems they face as pre-teen immigrants with language barriers.可知Project X是想帮助年轻的非洲移民克服困难的问题,选 C
【小题2】细节题:从文章第二段的句子:A final unveiling of their creation will be performed for friends and family at the end of the year at Imagination Stage可知会员对Project X了解的多好是通过每年的创造性的表演展示的。选A
【小题3】细节题:从文章第四段的句子:Kamau teamed up with Imagination Stage after she noticed that many African students seemed uncomfortable talking about problems, such as being laughed at by their fellow students about how they look and talk.可知Imagination Stage 是由White Oak’S African Club.的合作伙伴,选B
【小题4】细节题:从文章倒数第二段的句子:One student, Frank Ketchouang, 13, wrote, “I am from the world; I am love,” which drew oohs and aahs from the group.可知Franck Ketchouang写的是很优秀的,选 C
【小题5】主旨题:从全篇文章和第二段的句子:Project X is a program that uses drama, dance, poetry and other creative outlets to help students discuss the tough and sometimes painful problems they face as pre-teen immigrants with language barriers.可知这篇文章是介绍一个Project X项目,选A
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