No company likes to be told it is contributing to the moral decline of a nation. “Is this what you intended to accomplish with your careers?” Senator Robert Dole asked Time Warner executives last week. “You have sold your souls, but must you corrupt our nation and threaten our children as well?” At Time Warner, however, such questions are simply the latest manifestation of the soul-searching that has involved the company ever since the company was born in 1990. It’s a self-examination that has, at various times, involved issues of responsibility, creative freedom and the corporate bottom line.
At the core of this debate is Chairman Gerald Levin, 56, who took over for the late Steve Ross in 1992. On the financial front, Levin is under pressure to raise the stock price and reduce the company’s mountainous debt, which will increase to $ 17.3 billion after two new cable deals close. He has promised to sell off some of the property and restructure the company, but investors are waiting impatiently…
1. Senator Robert Dole criticized Time Warner for .
A. Its raising of the corporate stock price
B. Its self-examination of soul
C. Its neglect of social responsibility
D. Its emphasis on creative freedom
1.C 从一段Senator Robert Dole的诘问“You have sold your souls, but must you corrupt our nation and threaten our children as well?”及开篇语“No company likes to be told it is contributing to the moral decline of a nation.”可以看出，Time Warner被指责的主要原因是他们的音乐成为社会道德沦丧的祸根，所以C符合题意。
2. Which of the following is true according to the passage?
A. Luce is a spokesman of Time Warner.
B. Gerald Levin is liable to compromise.
C. Time Warner is united as one in the face of the debate.
D. Steve Ross is no longer alive.
2.D 二段“At the core of this debate is chairman Gerald Levin, 56, who took over for the late Steve Ross in 1992”中，late是“已故的”意思，说明Steve Ross已去世，所以D选项正确。