1. Comment on the following statement: In pursuing a dream, one must keep a balance between one's strong wish for the dream to come true and realities of one's abilities and circumstances
It's very common that everyone has a dream and wishes the dream to come true. In order to realize a dream, you'll find it very useful to break a "big dream" down to some smaller plans and then work out each step to realize a plan. When you do this, you must take your own abilities and circumstances into consideration and try to match them with your steps and plans. When you have a good understanding of all factors (因素) and put them into a nice balance, you will certainly stand a better chance of succeeding in your plans and realizing your dreams.
2.What does the expression "the American Dream " mean?
We know that Americans value (珍视) the ability to start with a dream and then realize that dream through one's own efforts. I guess the American Dream would mean different things to different people. However, in most cases, the dream would be associated with success in one's life or career in the form of a better quality of life or a notable achievement. The efforts towards that end may include an education to improve oneself, hard work to earn money or set oneself up in the world. In a word, the American Dream is a person's hope to win a good life in America.