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Bruce, Angela, Wesley
Stroll through a bazaar in Marrakesh or Fes and eventually you will come across a stall lined with pairs upon pairs of brightly colored shoes. These Moroccan slippers, or babouche, are easily recognizable. They have flat soles and are open at the back. Styles with a round toe are Berber babouche and ones with pointed toes are the Arabic version.
In terms of design, anything goes. You can find anything from simple leather slippers to shoes that are covered in embroidery and beads.
The babouche originated in the Middle East thousands of years ago and were worn by nomadic Bedouins that lived throughout North Africa. The French name for the slipper most likely comes from the Arabic word babush or the Persian word papush. The shoes became extremely popular in 17th-century France when they were worn as a fashionable status symbol among wealthy courtiers.
摩洛哥拖鞋起源於數千年前的中東，生活範圍遍及北非的游牧民族貝都因人都穿這種鞋。這種拖鞋的法語名稱最有可能來自阿拉伯語的 babush 或是波斯語的 papush。這種鞋在十七世紀的法國變得極為流行，當時富裕的宮廷大臣把它視為一種時尚身分的象徵。
Interestingly, while Moroccan slippers were gaining traction in France, they were being banned in Morocco. After parts of Morocco were recaptured from the Spanish, the ruler Moulay Ismail ibn Sharif outlawed black slippers because he felt they were a sign of the Spanish Catholics. He allowed Jewish residents to wear the black shoes, though, since it was part of their custom at the time. Meanwhile, Muslims were required to wear yellow slippers.
Over the centuries, the shoes have gone in and out of style. They have even been featured on high-end runways and in fashion magazines in recent years. Thanks to their overwhelming popularity, you don’t need to plan a trip to Morocco to get your hands on some. However, if you do want a more authentic pair, it is recommended that you buy your Moroccan slippers in Fes, where there are tanneries that produce the leather used for the shoes.
1. Who were first known for wearing Moroccan slippers?
(A) French royalty. (B) Nomadic tribes. (C) Fashion models. (D) Persian merchants.
2. According to the passage, which of the following statements is true?
(A) Moroccan slippers have both flat soles and high heels.
(B) You will see only one color of Moroccan slippers in a market of Fes.
(C) For religious reasons, Moulay Ismail ibn Sharif banned black babouche.
(D) Muslims were allowed to wear black shoes because it was their tradition.
3. According to the passage, which of the following is NOT true about Moroccan slippers?
(A) The toes of Moroccan slippers come in only one shape.
(B) The name originated from an Arabic or Persian word.
(C) They are traditionally made out of leather.
(D) They are now considered fashionable.
4. Which of the following images is a picture of Moroccan slippers?
題解: 根據第一段，摩洛哥拖鞋的鞋底扁平，後部開口，四張圖中僅有 (C) 符合，故選之。
答案： 1. B 2. C 3. A 4. C