In my own research, complaints from women about their husbands most often focused not on tangible inequities such as having given up the chance for a career to accompany a husband to his, or doing far more than their share of daily life-support work like cleaning, cooking and social arrangements. Instead, they focused on communication: “He doesn’t listen to me.” “He doesn’t talk to me .” I found, as Hacker observed years before, that most wives want their husbands to be, first and foremost, conversational partners, but few husbands share this expectation of their wives.
In short, the image that best represents the current crisis is the stereotypical cartoon scene of a man sitting at the breakfast table with a newspaper held up in front of his face, while a woman glares at the back of it, wanting to talk.
29. Which of the following can best summarize the main idea of this text?
[A] The moral decaying deserves more research by sociologists.
[B] Marriage break-up stems from sex inequalities.
[C] Husband and wife have different expectations from their marriage.
[D] Conversational patterns between man and wife are different.
29.【解析】文章的关键词是 conversation 或者是 communication，根据关键词复现法，可得正确答案为D项。作者并未在 moral(道德)层面来探讨这个话题，故A 项错误。文章第三段提到 most women she interviewed … as reason for their divorces，即大多数女性都将缺少交流归结为离婚的理由，而B项说是因为性别不平等，与原文内容不相符。第四段的最后一句话：that most wives want …share this expectation of their wives，虽体现了男性和女性有着不同的期待，但是这种期待主要还是体现conversation 方面。C 项并未体现文章的主题词，故不选。