| One thing that British and Chinese cultures share is a love for fine tea. Today, when we think of Western|
tea culture, we often think of the English and beautiful china tea cups.
People believe that an English lady, Anna, first introduced the idea of afternoon tea. In the 18th and 19th
centuries, the English ate only two main meals each day-breakfast and a heavy supper that would last for
several hours in the evening. As a result, people often got very hungry during the long wait between these
two meals. To solve this problem, Anna came up with the clever idea of inviting some friends to join her for
an afternoon meal between four and five o'clock. This meal included cakes and sandwiches, and tea was
served to wash down the food. In order to make this afternoon meal important, fine china cups and plates,
and sliver teapots, knives, forks and spoons were used. Soon, afternoon tea parties became popular social
occasions. Today, afternoon tea parties continue to play an important part in the social life in modern Britain.
Will you come for coffee?
Coffee also has an important role in British culture. People often use the words "Will you come for coffee?"
to mean "Would you like to come to my home for a chat (聊天)?" Normally, several different drinks such as
tea, hot chocolate or a soft drink like orange juice will be served as well as coffee, and you will be asked what
you would like. However, you will not normally be served wine at a "coffee" party.
Coffeehouses and the London Stock Exchange
In the 17th century London, coffeehouses were busy and noisy places. Businessmen and bankers went to
coffeehouses to do their business, as well as to drink coffee. In fact, the London Stock Exchange
(股票交易所) is believed to have started from these coffeehouses.
|1. Anna introduced the idea of drinking afternoon tea because she . |
|A. enjoyed chatting with her friends at home |
B. loved fine tea and beautiful china tea cups
C. wanted to share nice food with her friends
D. found people felt hungry during the long wait between the two meals
|2. What does "social occasions" mean in Chinese? |
|A. 集体婚礼 |
|3. If someone says to you "Will you come for coffee?", you . |
|A. will be offered coffee only |
B. are asked what you would like to drink
C. will be asked to have a chat with him or her
D. are invited to take part in an afternoon tea party
|4. From the last paragraph we can see . |
|A. a new business was started in coffeehouses |
B. coffeehouses are still used by businessmen and bankers
C. businessmen and bankers went to coffeehouses just for coffee
D. most people wouldn't like to go to coffeehouses because of the noise
|5. Which is the best title of the article? |
|A. British And Chinese Cultures |
B. The Beginning Of Tea And Coffee
C. Coffeehouses And Business
D. English Tea And Coffee Culture