Relations between the United States and Colombia suffered for many years because of an incident involving the Republic of Panama. By the en& of the Spanish-American War, Americans felt that an easier and faster: way was needed to, get ships, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Some people in the United States first believed that a canal across Nicaragua was the answer. However, President Theodore Roosevelt decided that a canal through Panama would be a better choice, in order to build the canal, the United States had to negotiate a treaty with Colombia, which at that time-controlled Panama. Roosevelt offered Colombia, $10 million plus $ 250,000 a year for 99 years for a six-miles-wide strip of land across Panama. Colombia rejected the United States’offer. This angered President Roosevelt, and negotiations with Colombia, ended. In 1903，a revolution broke out in Panama.
United States ships were sent by President Roosevelt to protect the Panamanian revolutionaries from Colombia forces. The revolution succeeded, and Panama declared its independence from Colombia. The United States then negotiated with the newly formed government. A treaty was signed, and the United States began building the canal.
As a result of the incident, Colombia and the United States remained on bad terms for many years. Not until 1921, when the United States agreed to pay Colombia some compensation for its lost territory, did relations between the two countries improve.
1.According to the passage, the United States and Colombia were on bad terms bemuse the United States had ______.
A. at first wished to build a canal through Nicaragua
B. promised to pay Colombia $10 million for A Panama
C. wished to build a canal through Panama
D. protected Panamanian revolutionaries from Colombia
2.From the information in the passage, it can be concluded that the United States ______.
A. wanted to build a canal because it was considering starting a war
B. built a canal through Panama at the risk of ruining relations with, Colombia
C. believed that a canal through Nicaragua would be profitable
D. had lost the Spanish-American War
It can be inferred from the passage that an important reason for
3.the decision of the United States to build a canal was to ______.
A. develop trade relations with Europe
B. improve relations with South American countries
C. prevent European ships from reaching the Pacific Ocean
D. reduce travel time for its ships in case of war
4. As it is used in the second paragraph of the passage, the phrase "on bad terms" means ______.
A. to learn to accept something
B. on conditions that one/somebody else decides
C. to have a bad relationship
D. to get along with somebody
3.D 细节推断题。依据为第一段第二句“By the end of the Spanish—American war, American felt that an easier and faster way was needed to get Ships from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean(即在西班牙和美国战争结束之前，美国人觉得需要有一个更加容易快捷的方法把战舰从大西洋开到太平洋去。)
4.C 词义推断题。on bad terms 是“关系紧张”的意思。