Mike was starting the fourth grade in the autumn. He felt that he was old enough to ride a bike
to school like other kids. But there were two problems! The fit was that he didn't know if his parents
would let him ride a bike to school. The second and the bigger of the two problems was that he didn't
have a bike, because he and his parents had just moved to the town this summer.
Mike started to get over his problems. Fit, he asked his parents if they would let him ride a bike
to school in the autumn. To his surprise, they said, "Sure, Mike, you are old enough, but you don't have
a bike!" Mike began to think about how to solve the problem. Finally, he thought of an idea. He asked
the neighbo if he could mow (割) their law (草坪) to earn money to buy a bike. For all of them
needed to mow their law, they told Mike that would be fine, if his parents agreed. Mike's parents
were pleased that he found a way to buy a bike himself. They agreed and taught Mike how to mow the
lawn properly. Finally, he had enough money to buy his bike. He bought a beautiful black and red
1. Mike wanted to ______.
A. begin to study in autumn
B. ride a bike to school
C. mow the lawn for his family
2. What was the bigger problem for Mike?
A. He didn't have a bike.
B. He was not old enough to ride a bike.
C. His parents didn't want him to ride a bike.
3. What is the right order of the following events according to the article?
① Mike had two problems.
② like bought a bike.
③ Mike thought he was never too young to ride a bike.
④ Mike mowed the law for his neighbo.
4. Which one is WRONG according to the passage?
A. Mike's family was new on his block (街区).
B. Mike was a gardening worker.
C. Mike bought a black and red bike.
5. Which is the best title?
A. Mike's Kind Neighbo
B. Mike's New Bike
C. How to Earn Money
A woman was at the cinema, and she was enjoying the film very much, but there was a man in the next seat, and he
began looking on the floor under him. The woman was angry and whispered "What are you doing there? What are you
looking for?" "A piece of hard chocolate(巧克力)," the man whispered to her. "I dropped it on the floor." "A piece of
chocolate?" the woman said angrily. "It's dirty now! Take this and be quiet, please! I'm listening to the film!" She gave
the man a big piece of chocolate. "But," the man said, "my teeth are in the piece on the floor!"
1. The man sat __________ the woman.
B. in front of
C. next to
D. far from
2. The woman was angry because __________.
A. the man spoke loudly
B. the man didn't talk to her
C. she dropped a piece of chocolate
D. she couldn't listen to the film clearly
3. The word "whisper" mea "speak in a __________ voice".
4. In fact the man was busy looking for his __________.
The classical study of family size and IQ was conducted in the Netherlands. It was based on the military
examinatio of more than 386,000 Dutchmen. Researche found that the brightest subjects came from the
smallest families and had few, if any, brothe and siste when they were born. Thus the fitborn child in
a family of two was usually brighter than the last child in a family.
The effects of family size on intelligence (智力) may be explained by what a house full of children does
to the home environment. It increases the amount of time a child spends with other children and decreases
the amount of parental attention he or she receives. For example, a parent with one restless child is likely to
sit and play with the child. The same parent with two or three restless children is more likely to ask them to
play with each other. Some psychologists say that when a child interacts (交往) with an adult alone, the child
lear more and therefore intelligence is increased. Researche have also found that parents often expect more
from their fit-born, which motivates (激发) such children to seek a higher standard.
Not all psychologists agree that fitbor tend to be more intelligent. They say that the data need to be
examined more closely for other possible explanatio. For example, in industrialized natio most large
families come from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Thus environment, not family size or birth order,
may be influencing intelligence. On the other hand, there may be genetic variatio (基因突变) within families
that also explain the cause of differences.
If fitbor have advantages in the area of intelligence, research has also shown that they may be more
conforming (墨守陈规) and have poorer social skills than their younger siblings (brothe and/or siste).
Although more research needs to be done in this area, it is clear that such facto as birth order, the order in
which boys and girls are born into a family, the number of yea that separate siblings probably have an effect
on the development of intelligence, peonality, and social relatiohips.
1. The underlined word "subjects" in the 1st paragraph mea _____. （ ）
A. branches of knowledge
B. peo chosen to be studied in experiments
C. citize of a country
D. things talked about in a conveation, discussion or book
2. According to the research, usually the elder in a two-child family is _____. （ ）
A. cleverer than the younger
B. no cleverer than the younger
C. less clever than the younger
D. as clever as the younger
3. Why are fitbor encouraged to seek a higher standard? （ ）
A. They are more likely to obey othe.
B. Their parents spend less time with other children.
C. They are more conforming.
D. Their parents expect more from them..4. The best title for this passage would be _____. （ ）A. Family Size and IQ
B. Boys Cleverer Than Girls?
C. The Development of Intelligence
D. Facto Influencing IQ
It was Monday. M. Smith's dog was hungry , but there was not any meat in the house.
Coidering that there was no better way. M. Smith took a piece of paper, and wrote the following
words on it:"Give my dog half a pound of meat."Then she gave the paper to her dog and said gently:"Take this to the butcher(* peon whose job is selling meat)and he's going to give you your lunch today."
Holding the piece of paper in its mouth, the dog ran to the butcher's. It gave the paper to the butcher.
The butcher read it carefully, recognized that it was really the lady's handwriting and soon did it as he was asked to. The dog was very happy, and ate the meat up at once.
At noon, the dog came to the shop again. It gave the butcher a piece of paper again. After reading it,
he gave it half a pound of meat once more.
The next day, the dog came again exactly at noon. And as usual, it brought a piece of paper in the
mouth. This time, the butcher did not take a look at paper, and gave the dog its meat, for he had regarded the dog as one of his custome(*people who buy sth. from a shop).
But, the dog came again at four o'clock. And the same thing happened once again. To the butcher's
more surprise, it came for the third time at six o'clock, and brought with it a third piece of paper. The
butcher felt a bit puzzled . He said to himself, "This is a small dog. Why does M. Smith give it so much
meat to eat today?"
Looking at the piece of paper, he found that there were not any words on it!
1. M. Smith treated her little dog quite .
2. It seemed that the dog knew well that the paper M. Smith gave it .
A. might do it much harm
B. could do it much good
C. would help the butcher
D. was worth many pounds
3. The butcher did not give any meat to the dog .
A. before he felt sure that the words were really written by M. Smith
B. when he found that the words on the paper were not clear
C. because he had sold out all the meat in his shop
D. until he was paid enough by M. Smith
4. From its experience, the dog found that .
A. only the paper with M. Smith's words in it could bring it meat
B. the butcher would give the meat to it whenever he saw it
C. M. Smith would pay for the meat it got from the butcher
D. a piece of paper could bring it half a pound of meat
5. At the end of the story, you'll find that .
A. the dog was clever enough to write on the paper
B. the dog dared not go to the butcher's any more
C. the butcher was told not to give any meat to the dog
D. the butcher found himself cheated by the clever animal
I began working in journalism when I was eight. It was my mother's idea. She wanted me to "make
something" of myself, and decided I had better start young if I was to have any chance of keeping up
with the competition.
With my load of ma
gazines I headed toward Belleville Avenue. The crowds were there. There were
two gas statio on the corner of Belleville and Union. For several hou I made myself highly visible,
making sure everyone could see me and the heavy black lette on the bag that said THE SATURDAY
EVENING POST. When it was supper time, I walked back home.
"How many did you sell, my boy?" my mother asked.
"Where did you go?"
"The corner of Belleville and Union Avenues."
"What did you do?"
"Stood on the corner waiting for somebody to buy a Saturday Evening Post."
"You just stood there?"
"Didn't sell a single one."
"My God, Russell!"
Uncle Allen put in, "Well, I've decided to take the Post." I handed him a copy and he paid me a
nickle(五分镍币). It was the fit nickle I earned.
Afterwards my mother taught me how to be a salesman. I would have to ring doorbells, address
adults with self-confidence, and peuade them by saying that no one, no matter how poor, could afford
to be without the Saturday Evening Post in the home.
One day, I told my mother I'd changed my
mind. I didn't want to make a success in the magazine
"If you think you can change your mind like this," she replied, "you'll become a good-for-nothing."
She iisted that, as soon as school was over, I should start ringing doorbells, selling magazines. Whenever I said no, she would scold me.
My mother and I had fought this battle
almost as long as I could remember. My mother, dissatisfied
with my father's plain workman's life, determined that I would not grow up like him and his people. But
never did she expect that, forty yea later, such a successful journalist as me would go back to her
husband's people for true life and love.
1．Why did the boy start his job young?
A．He wanted to be famous in the future
B．The job was quite easy for him.
C．His mother had high hopes for him.
D．The competition for the job was fierce.
2．From the dialogue between the boy and his mother, we learn that the mother was _______.
3．What did the mother do when the boy wanted to give up?
A．She forced him to continue.
B．She punished him.
C．She gave him some money.
D．She changed her plan.
4．The phrase "this battle
"in the last paragraph refe to
A．the war between the boy's parents
B．the arguing between the boy and his mother
C．the quarrel between the boy and his custome
D．the fight between the boy and his father
5．What is the text mainly about?
A．The early life of a journalist.
B．The early success of a journalist.
C．The happy childhood of the writer.
D．The important role of the writer in his family.
Christopher Thomas, 27, was a writer by night and a teacher by day when he noticed he was always
tired and was losing weight fast. Diagnosed with diabetes(糖尿病), Thomas would need to inject himself with iulin(胰岛素) three times a day for the rest of his life or risk nerve damage, blindness, and even
death. And if that weren't bad enough, he had no health iurance.
After a month of feeling upset, Thomas decided he'd better find a way to fight back. He left Canton,
Michigan for New York, got a job waiting tables, nicknamed himself the Diabetic Rockstar, and created
diabeticrockstar.com, a free online community for diabetics and their loved ones-a place where over
1,100 people share peonal stories, information, and resources.
Jason Swencki's son, Kody, was diagnosed with diabetes at six. Father and son visit the online
children's forums(论坛) together most evenings. "Kody gets so excited, writing to kids from all over,"
says Swencki, one of the site's voluntee. "They know what he's going through, so he doesn't feel alone."
Kody is anything but alone: Diabetes is now the seventh leading cause of death in the United States,
with 24 million diagnosed cases. And more people are being diagnosed at younger ages.
These days, Thomas's main focus is his charity(慈善机构), Fight It, which provides medicines and
supplies to people-225 to date-who can't afford a diabetic's huge expees. Fightit.org has raised about
$ 23,000-in products and in cash. In May, Thomas will hold the fit annual Diabetic Rockstar Festival
in the Caribbean.
Even with a staff of 22 voluntee, Thomas often devotes up to 50 hou a week to his cause, while
still doing his fulltime job waiting tables. "Of the diabetes charities out there, most are putting money into
finding a cure," says Bentley Gubar, one of Rockstar's original membe. "But Christopher is the only
peon I know saying people need help now."
1. Which of the following is TRUE of Christopher Thomas?
A. He needs to go to the doctor every day.
B. He studies the leading cause of diabetes.
C. He has a positive attitude to this disease.
D. He encourages diabetics by writing articles.
2. Diabeticrockstar.com was created for ________.
A. diabetics to communicate
B. voluntee to find jobs
C. children to amuse themselves
D. rock sta to share resources
3. According to the text, Kody ________.
A. feels lonely because of his illness
B. benefits from diabeticrockstar.com
C. helps create the online kid's forums
D. writes children's stories online
4. What can we learn about Fight It?
A. It helps the diabetics in financial difficulties.
B. It organizes parties for volunteer once a year.
C. It offe less expeive medicine to diabetics.
D. It ow a wellknown medical website.
5. The last paragraph suggests that Thomas ________.
A. works fulltime in a diabetes charity
B. employs 22 people for his website
C. helps diabetics in his own way
D. tries to find a cure for diabetes
Chopin was born in March, 1810 near Waaw in Poland. He was one of the greatest musicia in the world. In 1831, he was not famous though he could play the piano very well. One day, he went to Paris
to visit the most famous Hungarian pianist Liszt. Liszt liked him very much.
One night, at a concert, Liszt went to the piano and all the people shouted. As all the lights in the hall
went off, a wonderful piano concert started. The music was so good that all the listene almost forgot
everything except the music. The audience thought that Liszt reached a new level in playing the piano.
Suddenly, all the lights were turned on when the music came to an end. And there stood a young man
near the piano itead of the famous pianist Liszt.
Liszt planned this. As the lights went off, Liszt left his chair and let Chopin take his place and play the
piano. So with the help of Liszt, Chopin soon became famous.
( )1. Chopin was very famous when he was in his own country.
( )2. The piano concert, started after all the lights went off.
( )3. When the music came to an end, Chopin stood at the piano.
( )4. The audience knew someone else was playing the piano itead of Liszt before the lights were
( )5. Chopin became famous because of his own talent and the help of Liszt.
A friend of mine asked me the question, "Who said life was going to be fair, or that it was even meant
to be fair?" Her question was a good one. It reminded me of something I was taught as a youngster: Life isn't
fair. It's a bummer, but it's absolutely true.
One of the mistakes many of us make is that we feel sorry for ouelves, or for othe, thinking that life
should be fair, or that someday it will be. It's not and it won't. One of the nice things about surrendering (承认)
to the fact that life isn't fair is that it keeps us from feeling sorry for ouelves by encouraging us to do the
very best we can with what we have. We know it's not "life's job" to make everything perfect it's our own
challenge. Surrendering to this fact also keeps us from feeling sorry for othe because we are reminded that
everyone is dealt a different hand; everyone has his own strengths and problems in the process of growing up,
facing the reality and making decisio; and everyone has those times that they feel cheated or unfairly treated.
The fact that life isn't fair doesn't mean we shouldn't do everything in our power to improve our own lives
or the world as a whole. Itead, it suggests that we should. When we don't recognize or admit that life isn't
fair, we tend to feel pity for othe and for ouelves. Pity is a self-defeating (自我挫败的) emotion that does
nothing for anyone, except to make everyone feel woe than they already do. When we do recognize that life
isn't fair, however, we feel compassion (同情) for othe and for ouelves. And compassion is a heatfelt
emotion that delive loving-kindness to everyone it touches. The next time you find youelf thinking about
the unfair world, try reminding youelf of this very basic fact. You may be surprised that it can push you out
of self-pity and into helpful action.
1. The words "a bummer" in the fit paragraph probably mea ___.
A. a chance
B. a disappointment
C. a choice
D. an embarrassment
2. Which statement is TRUE according to the passage?
A. We cannot just feel sorry, but take actio.
B. We may feel woe when we realize the unfaimess.
C. Life will become fair someday through our great efforLs.
D. Pity is a self-defeating emotion delivering loving-kindness.
3. The best title for the passage is___.
A. Push You out of Self-pity
B. Face the Problems in Your Life
C. Encourage Youelf to Do the Best
D. Surrender to the Fact that Life Isn't Fair
Although it is less often read than such Wells' novelsas The War of the Worlds,the basic
story of The Island o fDr Moreau is very well known through several extremelyloose film
adaptatio (改编 ). Prendick, aBritishscientist,has an accident at sea and by chance finds
himself on amysterious island where Dr Moreau and his assistant Montgomery are engaged
in strange experiments of turninganimals into huma.
Wells was a social reformer,and his novels reflect(反映) his thoughts and theories about
human society. Much of Wells'writing concer ( either directly or indirectly) socialclass,
but Moreau deals with the then-newly advanced theoryof evolution (进化)-and then works
to relate how that theory influences man' s belief in God. Wells sometimes mentioned this in
his novels,but nowhere in his work i.s this line of thought more clearly and specifically seen
Sometimes Wells tries to influence his reade strongly, while on other occasio,he does
it gently. But in The Island of Dr Moreau,Wells achieves a perfect balance of the twoextremes.
It is an impressive achievement,and in this see I coider Moreau possibly the best of
Wells' works. The novel is as interesting for the story it tells as it is for its themes that are still
very important today.
Moreau is not as horrific as Wells' many other novels--- he often included horror and
cruelty in his science fiction. Still,this is not a book that you can read and then put away: it
stays in your mind in a most disturbing way. Stronglyrecommended.
1.We learn from Paragraph 2 that Wells ______
A. expressed his ideas about society in his novels
B. didn't mention the theory of evolution in Moreau
C. used his pen to fight for human rights
D. paid little attention to social developments
2. Which of the following can be learned from the passage?
A. Most of Wells' novels remain unknown.
B. Wells was a science fiction writer.
C. The Island o f Dr Moreau is a horror story.
D. Wells' writing style is humorous.
3. The author's attitude towards The I.sland o f Dr Moreau is that of ______
4. The passage is probably taken from
A. an official document
B. a scientific article
C. a newspaper report
D. a book review
Joe Biggs was a butcher (屠夫). His shop was in a village in one of the most beautiful parts of southern
England. He worked in it for many yea while his father was there. Then, when his father reached the age
of 65, he stopped working in the shop. Joe was alone in it, so he had to work harder.
Joe worked five and a half days a week. His shop shut at one o'clock on Thuday, and it was shut the
whole of Sunday. Saturdays were the busiest days.
Joe had a big fridge in his shop, but he tried not to buy too much meat at a time.
One Thuday a woman came into the shop at five minutes to one. "I'm sorry I'm very late," she said,
"but some people have just telephoned to say that they are going to come to dinner tonight, and I need some
Joe only had one piece of good meat in the shop. He had sold all the rest earlier in the day. He took the
piece out and said to the woman. "This is ￡7 15." "That piece is too small," the woman awered. "Haven't
you got anything bigger?"
Joe went into the room behind his shop, opened the fridge, put the piece of meat into it, took it out again
and shut the door of the fridge with a lot of noise. Then he brought the piece of meat back to the woman and
said, "This piece is bigger and more expeive. It's ￡9. 30."
" Good," the woman awered with a smile, "give me both of them, please."
1. Joe worked alone in the shop _____.
A. on Saturdays
B. on Thudays
C. after his father died
D. after his father stopped working
2. Joe sold meat in his shop _____.
A. on Thuday afternoo
B. on Sundays
C. on Fridays
D. every day
3. One day a woman came to his shop _____.
A. at 1:55, Tuesday
B. at 1:05
C. to say sorry to him
D. because someone had suddenly telephoned her
4. Joe only had one piece of good meat because _____.
A. Joe's fridge was too small.
B. he tried not to buy too much meat at a time
C. he knew that the meat would go bad (变质)
D. he had no money to buy more
5. Which of the following is TRUE?
A. The woman wanted to buy the two pieces of meat together.
B. The woman didn't want the expeive piece of meat.
C. Joe brought the woman a different piece.
D. People bought all the meat from him.
I used to watch her from my kitchen window. She seemed so small as she muscled her way through
the crowd of boys on the playground. The school was across the street from our home and I would
often watch the kids as they played during break. I remember the fit day I saw her playing basketball.
I watched in wonder as she ran circles around the other kids. She managed to shoot jump shots just
over their heads and into the net. The boys always tried to stop her but no one could. I began to notice
her at other times, basketball in hand, playing alone.
One day I asked her why she practiced so much. Without a moment of hesitation she said, "I want
to go to college. The only way I can go is to get a scholahip. I am going to play college basketball. I
want to be the best. My daddy told me if the dream is big enough, the facts don't count. "Well, I had to
give it to her-She was determined. I watched her through those junior high yea and into high school.
Every week, she led her school team to victory.
One day in her senior year, I saw her sitting in the grass, head in her arms.I walked across the street
and sat down in the cool grass beside her. Quietly I asked what was wrong. "Oh, nothing," came a soft
reply, "I am just too short." The coach told her that at 5'5" she would probably never get to play for a
top ranked team-much less offered a scholahip. So she should stop dreaming about college. She was
heartbroken and I felt my own throat tighten as I seed her disappointment. I asked her if she had
talked to her dad about it yet. She told me that her father said those coaches were wrong. They just did
not undetand the power of a dream. He told her that if she truly wanted a scholahip and that nothing
could stop her except one thing-her own attitude.
The next year, as she and her team went to the Northern California Champiohip game, she was
offered a scholahip and on the college team. She was going to get the college education that she had
1. The author was probably the girl's __________.
2. Why was the girl heartbroken?
A. She was coidered too short to be a top player.
B. Her coach stopped her training because of her height.
C. She couldn't be on a college basketball team.
D. She wouldn't be admitted by an ideal college.
3. We can learn from the passage that__________.
A. her family wouldn't like to pay her college fees
B. her father forced her to play basketball in college
C. being a top basketball player can win you a scholahip for college
D. she wouldn't like to turn to his father for help when in difficulty
4. Which word can best describe her father?
5. Which proverb best matches the story?
A. Practice makes perfect.
B. Rome was not built in a day.
C. Where there is a will, there is a way.
D. Pride comes before a fall.
Nasreddin was cutting a branch off a tree in his garden. While he was sawing, another man passed in the
street. He stopped and said, "Excuse me, but if you continue to see that brancd like that, you will fall down
with it." He said this because Nasreddin was sitting on the branch and cutting it at a place between himself and
the trunk of the tree.
Nasreddin said nothing. He thought, "This is some foolish peon who has no work to do and goes about
telling other people what to do and what not to do."
The man continued on his way. Of coue, after a few minutes. The branch fell and Nasreddin fell with it.
"My God!" he cried. "That man knows the future !" and he ran after him to ask how long he was going to
live. But the man had gone.
1.One day Nasreddin was cutting a branch ______ a tree in his garden. （ ）
2.While Nasreddin was sawing, another man ______. （ ）
A.told him to stop working
B.told him he would fall down
C.would borrow something from him
D.would help him saw that branch
3.After the man went away, Nasreddin thought that ______. （ ）
A.that was a silly fellow
B.that was a wise peon
C.that was a proud peon
D.that fellow cheated him
4.What happened to Nasreddin after a few minutes? （ ）A.The brancd fell.
B.Nasreddin fell down to the ground.
C.Nasreddin was hurt himself.
D.Both A and B.5.This story is about ______. （ ）A.a foolish man
B.a wise man
C.cutting a tree
D.the necessity of taking good advice
It was Thanksgiving morning. I was busy preparing the traditional Thanksgiving turkey when the
doorbell rang. I opened the front door and saw two small children in rags huddling together on the
"Any old pape, lady?" asked one of them.
I was busy. I wanted to say "no" until I looked down at their feet. They were wearing thin little
sandals(凉鞋), wet with heavy snow.
"Come in and I'll make you a cup of hot cocoa."
They walked over and sat down at the table. Their wet sandals left marks upon the floor. I served
them cocoa and bread to fight agait the cold outside. Then I went back to the kitchen and started
The silence in the front room struck me. I looked in. The girl held the empty cup in her hands, looking
at it. The boy asked in a flat voice, "Lady, are you rich?"
"Am I rich? Pity, no!"
I looked at my wornout slipcove(椅套). The girl put her cup back in its saucer(茶碟)carefully and
said, "Your cups match your sauce." They left after that, holding their pape agait the wind. They had
reminded me that I had so much for which to be grateful.
Plain blue china cups and sauce were only worth five pence. But they matched.
I tasted the potatoes and stirred(搅动)the meat soup. Potatoes and brown meat soup, a roof over
our heads, my man with a regular job, these matched, too.
I moved the chai back from the fire and cleaned the living room. The muddy marks of little sandals
were still wet upon my floor. Let them be for a while, I thought, just in case I should begin to forget how
rich I am.
1. Which of the following would be the best title for the text?
A. Lady, are you rich?
B. A story of Thanksgiving Day
C. Don't forget how rich you are
D. Does cups and sauce match well?
2. The writer let the two children come in and served them well because________.
A. she wanted to sell old pape to them
B. she wanted to invite them to her Thanksgiving party
C. she showed great pity and care on them
D. she had the same experience as them in the past
3. Which of the following statements is NOT true according to the passage?
A. The girl thought the writer was rich just because she wanted to make the writer happy.
B. The writer had thought she wasn't rich because her supplies were not expeive.
C. If cups and sauce match well, they are a best pair even though cheap.
D. After hearing what they said, the writer seemed to undetand what a rich life was.
4. The writer left the muddy marks of little sandals on the floor for a while to________.
A. show that she was a kindhearted lady
B. remind her that she shouldn't forget how rich she was
C. leave room for reade to think about what being rich is
D. prove that she had undetood what meant being rich
5. It can be inferred from the text that whether you are rich depends on________.
A. how much money you have made
B. what attitude you have had towards life
C. the way you help othe
D. your social relatiohip
When my father was getting ready for work, our house was ruled by knocks and words. He used to come
dowtai to breakfast.
The morning paper lay beside his plate. He always read the'Deaths'fit; and then he knocked once on the
table. One of my siste brought his toast (烤面包片), already buttered for him. Usually he said nothing, but
once I heard him say, "I love you very much, Edith. I would love you more if you buttered my toast on both
sides." He read the paper all through breakfast.
Two knocks on the table meant 'I am ready for my tea'. If a single knock followed, that meant 'More toast,
please.' After breakfast he said, "Boots." The paper was spread (展开) for him over the back of an armchair.
Yesterday's paper was put on the chair for his feet, and his boots were brought to him, freshly cleaned. He
read standing, at the same time putting on his boots and tying the laces (鞋带). With one boot finished, he
At that point one of the girls went outside to the garden gate and waited there. Her job was to stop the bus
when it came. It came early sometimes, and it had to wait for my father. "Overcoat, hat." One of my siste
had already brushed his overcoat. Now she held it open for him and guided his arms into it. Then she pulled
his jacket down under the coat. Another girl came with his hat, nicely brushed. "Handkerchief, pipe." They
were brought and put, with his tobacco, into his pockets. He looked out of the window and said either
'Walking stick' or 'Umbrella'. It was handed to him. Ready now, he was still reading the paper.
He did not put it down until he heard the shout "Bus coming!" Then he kissed my mother and went out.
The girls breathed freely.
How lucky a man is to have a wife and five daughte at home!
1. When the author's father wanted more toast, he would _____. （ ）
A. knock once on the table
B. knock twice on the table
C. say 'More toast, please'
D. say 'I'm ready for more toast'
2. What does "Edith" in paragraph 2 mean? （ ）
A. A kind of bread
B. One of the writer's siste
C. The writer
D. The writer's mother
3. All the daughte were quite busy in the morning because _____. （ ）
A. their father never helped them
B. their father always gave different itructio at the same time
C. each of them had to start and finish her job just on time
D. they were not clever or quick enough to do their jobs4. From the story we may see that _____. （ ）A. the father was so lazy that he hardly did anything
B. the father was the"center" of the family
C. every girl in the family was afraid to do wrong because they didn't know clearly enough what to do
D. the father was hated by all his daughte
Robert Spring, a 19th century forger (伪造者), was so good at his profession that he was able to make his
living for 15 yea by selling false signatures of America. Spring was born in England in 1813 and arrived in
Philadelphia in 1858 to open a bookstore. At fit he became rich by selling his small but real collection of early
U.S. autographs (手稿). Discovering his ability at copying handwriting, he began imitating signatures of George
Washington and Ben Franklin and writing them on the title pages of old books. To lessen the chance of detection
(察觉), he sent his forgeries to England and Canada for sale.
Forge have a hard time selling their products. A forger can't deal with a respectable buyer but people who
don't have much knowledge in the field. Forge have many ways to make their work look real. For example,
they buy old books to use the aged paper of the title page, and they can treat paper and ink with chemicals.
In Spring's time, right after the Civil War, Britain was still fond of the Southern states, so Spring invented a
respectable maiden lady known as Miss Fanny Jackson, the only daughter of General "Stonewall" Jackson. For
several yea Miss Fanny's financial problems forced her to sell a great number of lette and manuscripts.
Spring had to work very hard to satisfy the demand. All this activity did not prevent Spring from dying in
poverty, leaving sharp-eyed experts the difficult task of separating his forgeries from the originals.
1. Why did Spring sell his false autographs in England and Canada?
A. There was a greater demand there than in America.
B. There was less chance of being detected there.
C. Britain was Spring's birthplace.
D. The prices were higher in England and Canada.
2. After the Civil War, there was a great demand in Britain for _____.
A. Southern money
B. signatures of George Washington and Ben Franklin
C. Southern manuscripts and lette
D. Civil War battle pla
3. Robert Spring spent 15 yea _____.
A. running a bookstore in Philadelphia
B. keeping in touch with Miss Fanny Jackson
C. as a forger
D. as a respectable dealer
4. According to the passage, forgeries are usually sold to _____.
A. sharp-eyed experts
B. peo who aren't experts
C. book deale
D. owne of old books
Long, long ago there lived in Greece a king whose name was Midas. He was a greedy man and loved
gold better than anything else in the world.
One day he asked the God (上帝) to give him still more gold. The God decided to punish him and
said:"Very well, in the morning everything that you touch will become gold."
He got up early the next morning. When he touched his bed, it turned to gold. He began to dress, and
his clothes became gold. Midas was delighted. The king went to have his breakfast. He took a cup of milk,
but it immediately turned to gold. Then he took a piece of bread, and that also changed into gold. Midas
now began to feel unhappy. It was good to be the richest man in the world. but he was hungry, and he
could not eat or drink gold. He went out into the garden. His little daughter Was there. When she saw her
father, she ran up to him. King Midas was very fond of his daughter and he kissed her tenderly. Then and
there she turned into a golden statue (雕塑).
Midas was now surprised and sad. He begged the God to take away the Golden Touch.
The God took away his Golden Touch and everything became natural again. Midas never forgot this
lesson. He knew now that gold did not bring happiness.
1. What did Midas ask the God for at fit?
A. He wanted to become a king.
B. He asked for a gold bed.
C. He wanted to have more gold.
2. What happened the next morning?
A. Everything he touched became gold.
B. The God gave him gold milk and bread.
C. He can't find his golden daughter.
3. Midas was unhappy because _____.
A. his bed became gold
B. his clothes became gold
C. his milk and bread became gold
4. The Chinese meaning of the underlined word "greedy" is _____.
5. Which of the following is true?
A. The king had a wonder breakfast the next morning.
B. The king had nothing for breakfast the next morning.
C. The God gave the king much gold the next morning.
Man has always wanted to fly. Some of the greatest men in history have thought about the problem.
One of these, for example, was the great Italian artist, Leonardo da Vinci. In the sixteenth century he
made desig for machines that could fly. But they were never built.,
Throughout history, other less famous men have wanted to fly. An example was a man in England
800yea ago. He made a pair of wings from chicken feathe. Then he fixed them to his body and
jumped into the air from a tall building. He did not fly very far. He fell to the ground and broke every
bone in his body.
The fit real step took place in France in 1783. Two brothe, the Mongolfie, made a very large
"hot air balloon". They knew that hot air rises. Why not fill a balloon with it? The balloon was made of
cloth and paper. In September of that year, the King and Queen of France came to see the balloon.
They watched it carry the very fit air passenge into the sky. The passenge were a sheep and a
chicken. We do not know how they felt about the trip. But we do know that the trip lasted 8 minutes
and that the animals landed safely. Two months later, two men did the same thing. They rose above
Paris in a balloon of the same kind. Their trip lasted twenty-five minutes and they traveled about 8
1. Leonardo da Vinci .
A. said that man would fly in the sky one day
B. built a kind of machine which never flew
C. drew many beautiful pictures of the birds
D. made desig of flying machines
2. Eight hundred yea ago an Englishman .
A. made a kind of flying machine
B. tried to fly with wings made of chicken feathe
C. wanted to build a kind of balloon
D. tried to fly on a large bird
3. In fact, the Englishman who tried to fly .
A. lost his life
B. flew only 8 minutes
C. was not wounded
D. succeeded in flying
4. The very fit air passenge in the balloon were .
A. the King and Queen
B. two Frenchmen
C. two animals
D. the Mongolfie
George Markov was a famous writer in Bulgaria. In 1969 he suspected that he was going to be
imprisoned or killed because one of his plays was regarded as being an attack on leade of Bulgaria.
Markov managed to reach England and got a job with the BBC, writing something in Bulgaria.
Some of the BBC programmes were critical of life in Bulgaria. Perhaps as a result of this, Markov
received an anonymous telephone call warning him that he would be killed. In September 1978, Markov
stopped his car in London and started to walk to his office. When he was passing a bus line, a man in the
line seemed to drop his umbrella accidently. Markov felt a sudden pain in the leg.
When Markov reached his office, he spoke about the matter to a friend. A few hou later, he began
to feel hot. He was sent to hospital and died four days later. The docto examined his body, and they
were puzzled about the cause of his death. Scientists were asked to help and they found a tiny metal pellet
in Markov's leg. The scientists believed that the two holes in it must contain an unknown poison in them.
A few weeks before Markov was "shot" with a poisoned pellet fired from an umbrella, another
Bulgarian had the same experience in France. Towards the end of August 1978, Kostov felt a sharp pain
in the back when he was leaving a railway station in Paris. He was ill for a few days but became well.
When news of Markov's death became known, Kostov was asked to return to hospital for examination.
Docto found a tiny pellet in his back, but it had stuck in an area from which the poison had not been
able to spread.
The police in both countries are still searching for the reaso why both men were attacked. They
hoped to catch their attacke.
1.Which of the statement is right about the underlined word?
2. Which of the following was not mentioned in the passage?
A. George Markov was working for the BBC
B. George Markov wrote many plays at that time
C. kostov was "shot" with a poisoned pellet
D. Both kostov and George Markov died at last
3. According to the passage, Markov's suspicio turned out to be
4. Who killed Markov?
B. not known
5. We can infer that _________
A. Leade in Bulgaria disliked George Markov
B. The police didn't find the peon who killed George Markov
C. George Markov wrote some critical plays
D. George Markov lived in Bulgaria all his life