Social scientists agree that everyone in ageneration is not identical. Nevertheless, many demographers assert that generalizations about the distinct characters of birth groups are helpful forsocial analysis. They aid in designing policy and education targeted toward the unique characteristics of specific cohorts. A case in point are those born between 1981 and 2000, dubbed “The Millennial Generation” because they are the first adults of the 21st century. According to the Pew Research Center, a think tank, the current group of 13- to 29-year-olds is more ethnically and racially diverse than any other similarly-aged cohort in our history. Many believe this explains their tendency to see the mselves as global citizens. Millennials have been described as “digital natives” because of their total comfort with technology. This is in stark contrast with previous generations, such as the Silent Generation, born before 1946; the Baby Boomers, born during the spike in births between 1946-1964 that followed World War II; or even Generation X, born between 1965-1980. Millennials inhabit a world where personal devices have always existed and are all around us, as ubiquitous as the air we breathe.Because two-thirds of Millennials voted for Barack Obama for president in 2008,some suggest that Millennials are more politically progressive than previous generations.While some authors call Millennials narcissistic, others believe rather that this generation is notably unselfish and eager to be of service to others. Many sociologists believe that understanding Millennials will make those who work with them more productive citizens.
“Cohort”(line 8) as used in the passage most likely refers to any group
(A) of 13 year-olds
(B) made up of U.S. citizens
(C) of civic-minded global citizens
(D) that shares certain characteristics
(E) of extremely diverse individuals;
2. It can be logically inferred from the passage that the parents of the Baby Boomers
(A) were born after 1946
(B) belonged to Generation X
(C) were called “Hie Boomers”
(D) belonged to The Silent Generation
(E) were more progressive than the Millennials
3. It can be logically inferred from thepassage that the Baby Boomers
(A) fought in World War II
(B) were born before 1946
(C) were younger than The Boomers
(D) were more diverse than the Millennial
(E) were less progressive than the Millennials
4. Which of the following is true based on the passage?
(A) The Pew Research Center studies voting habits.
(B) Generalizations about generations may aid educators.
(C) Members of Generation X have never seen a cell phone.
(D) Generations usually receive nick names that reflect their natures.
(E) Social scientists universally agree that it is useful to categorize generations.
The Millennial Generation(1981-2000)
The Silent Generation (before 1946)
The Baby Boomers(1946-1964)
Baby Boomers出生于(1946-1964)，那他们的父母倒推20+年，应该是1946年前出生，所以属于Silent Generation。