I was addressing a small gathering in a suburban Virginia living room – a women’s group that had invited men to join them. Throughout the evening, one man had been particularly talkative, frequently offering ideas and anecdotes, while his wife sat silently beside him on the couch. Toward the end of the evening, I commented that women frequently complain that their husbands don’t talk to them. This man quickly nodded in agreement. He gestured toward his wife and said, “She’s the talker in our family. ” The room burst into laughter; the man looked puzzled and hurt. “It’s true,” he explained. “When I come home from work I have nothing to say. If she didn’t keep the conversation going, we’d spend the whole evening in silence. ”
26. What is most wives’ main expectation of their husbands?
[A] Talking to them.
[B] Trusting them.
[C] Supporting their careers.
[D] Sharing housework.
26.【解析】根据题干信号词“most wives’ main expectation of their husbands”可定位到文章第四段尾句most wives want their husbands to be, first and foremost, conversational partners, but few husbands share this expectation of their wives. 从该句中的 expectation 可以知道，妻子寄予丈夫的主要希望是 conversation partners，所以A项为正确答案。从第四段可以看出，支持事业和分担家务并不是女性们抱怨的主要内容，排除C项和D项。而通篇并没有谈论信任，故排除B项。