It seems that beauty and women are twins. You are joking? No, I am not. Observe for yourself. Ads on fashion flood TV screens, radio programs, magazines, newspapers, and the streets. Whether they have realized or not, women are besieged (包围)by a sea of fashion. They are taught to think that without beautiful clothes they will grow old and lose their charm. So who dares to neglect dressing up at the cost of their appearance and youth?
But I do not agree with the opinion that women have to show their beauty through their looks. The richness of their mind proves to be more beautiful and attractive than their looks. A woman who has experienced many troubles and may be called “aunt” or “granny” can still maintain her beauty if she has such excellent qualities as knowledge, ability, a kind heart, great courage and concern for others.
In addition, old and young, beautiful and ugly are relative concepts(概念). People who keep a young mind will never feel old. Curious about new things and eager to learn more, they keep up with the tide. Plainly dressed women may have a type of beauty, which is pure and real.
Reading and learning is the best way to keep one youthful. Good books are fertile(肥沃的)soil which can feed the flower of one’s heart and looks.
1. Why does the author say that beauty and women are twins?
A. Women are born to be beauties.
B. Women like to show off their beauty.
C. Women try to maintain their beauty by dressing up.
D. Women are proud of their beauty.
2. According to the author, in order to stay young and attractive, women should ______.
A. follow the fashion
B. dress up in beautiful clothes
C. do more exercises
D. enrich their mind
3. Which of the following is NOT true according to the passage?
A. As a woman grows old, her beauty will gradually disappear.
B. However old she is, a woman with some excellent qualities can still maintain her beauty.
C. Even a plainly dressed woman may have pure and real beauty.
D. A woman with a young mind never feels old.
4. The word “relative” (line 1, paragraph 3) most probably means _______.
5. The author believes that ________.
A. women should lay more emphasis on their own qualities
B. beautiful clothes can make women more attractive
C. women have to show their beauty through their looks
D. women are more curious about new things than men