Years ago, I lived in a building in a town. There was another building across form mine, and it was only a few meters away. There lived a woman whom I had never met. I could see her sit by the window each afternoon, drinking or reading.
Several months later, I noticed her window was very dirty. Everything was not clear through the window. I wondered why the woman didn’t wash her window.
One sunny morning, I decided to clean up my apartment, including washing my windows. Late in the afternoon when I finished the cleaning, I sat down for a rest by the window. What a surprise! The woman sitting by her window was clearly seen! Her window was clean! Suddenly, I realized I had made a mistake. I was watching her through my dirty window all the time!
That was quite an important lesson for me. Since then, whenever I wanted to judge(判断) someone, I asked myself first, “ Am I looking at him through the dirty window of my heart?” Then I try to clean the window of my own world so that I may see the world clearly.
( )1. The writer lived in years ago.
A. a hotel B. a village C. a town D. the countryside
( )2. The woman often drank and read by the window .
A. in the morning B. in the afternoon C. in the evening D. the whole day
( )3. One sunny morning, the writer decided to do some .
A. reading B. cleaning C. shopping D. cooking
( )4. The writer was surprised to find the woman’s window was .
A. far B. broken C. clean D. dirty
( )5. From the passage(文章), we can learn .
A. we should judge ourselves before we judge others
B. we should judge others through the dirty windows
C. we shouldn’t clean the windows often
It was Mother’s Day. A man stopped his car at a flower shop to order some flowers. He wanted the shopkeeper to send the flowers to his mother, who lived two hundred miles away.
As he got out of his car, he found a young girl sitting on the road crying.
He asked her what was wrong and she replied, “I want to buy a red rose for my mother, but I only have seventy-five cents. A rose costs two dollars.”
The man smiled and said, “Come into the shop with me, and I’ll buy you a rose.”
He bought the little girl her rose and ordered his own mother’s flowers. As they were leaving, he offered to drive the girl home. She said, “Yes, please! You can take me to my mother.” She brought him to a cemetery(墓地),where she placed the rose on the grave.
The man was moved. He returned to the flower shop, picked up the flowers he ordered, and drove two hundred miles to his mother’s house.
Today is the day for your mother. Send a flower to your kind and beautiful mother.
( ) 1.The man went to the shop to .
A. have a rest B. help the girl
C. buy some food D. order some flowers
( ) 2.The man’s mother lived away from him.
A. 2 kilometers B. 75 miles C. 200 miles D. 200 kilometers
( ) 3.The girl was crying on the road because .
A. she was hungry B. she got hurt
C. she couldn't afford a rose D. she couldn’t find her way home
( ) 4. After the man bought the girl a rose, they went to together.
A. the cemetery B. his shop
C. the girl’s home D. his mother’s house
( ) 5. We can learn from the passage that .
A. the girl loved flowers very much
B. the girl loved her mother very much
C. the shopkeeper sent the flowers to the man’s mother
D. the man drove to his mother’s house to look after her
Hearing what I said, my dad laughed kindly. I continued, “I owe your thanks, and I hope you realize how much you did for me as my dad.”
I could almost hear him smiling on the other end. I knew he was touched and felt a little shy. His voice sounded shaky.
“Well, we got you educated,” he said, laughing generously.
“You did more than that,” I said, “You did well.”
“You like your house now, and your life?” he asked quietly.
“Yeah, Dad, I’m happy. You don’t have to worry—things are going great for us.”
I told him I loved him and he told me he loved me and I hung up the phone. As I got ready for bed, I thought about what an amazing conversation we had.
Ten hours later, my mother called, waking me up. I could hardly understand what she was trying to say.
“Your father’s dead!” she cried. “I found him lying on the dinning room floor.”
Suddenly I was standing straight up beside my bed, holding the phone and sobbing .
I was a thousand miles away. All I could think about was how many hours, minutes and seconds it would take me to jump on a plane and get there. I thought about my mother sitting there alone with my father, and I couldn’t move fast enough.
The flight was long and painful. I had planned on going home to see my dad and mom in another month, and I cried aloud, thinking I was too late. Then I suddenly realized the incredible miracle of it all: I hadn’t been late at all. Actually, everything had been right on time.
1.When did Dad die?
A. Soon after he made the telephone call.
B. The next morning.
C. Before the writer hung up the phone.
D. Ten hours later after the telephone call.
2. From the story, we can infer Dad was_____ when he died.
A. happy B.sad C. angry D.upset
3. The writer lives___________.
A.in a place not far away. B.in the same city
C.a thousand miles away D.at home
4.The writer thought__________
A. his father did well. B.his father do enough.
C.his father did badly D.his father is too old to do.
5.From the last part, we can know__________
A.the writer will be sad. B.the writer will change pain into power.
C.the writer will be happy. D.the writer won’t do anything.
I first went to Harrow in the summer term．The school had the biggest swimming pool I had ever seen．It was a good joke to come up behind a naked boy, and push him out the pool. I made quite a habit of this with boys of my own size or 1ess．
0ne day I saw a boy wrapped in a towel on the side of the poo1．He was no bigger than 1 was，so I thought him a fair game．Coming secretly behind，I pushed him in，holding on to his towel so that it would not get wet．1 was surprised to see an angry face come out from the water, and being of great strength making its way by face strokes(猛力地划)to the shore．I fled，but didn’t succeed．He overtook me，pulled me hard，and threw me into the deepest part of the poo1．I soon climbed out on the other side，and found myself surrounded by a crowd of younger boys．“Do you know what you have done? ” They said．“It’s Amery：he is in Grade Six．He is champion at gym．he has won his football award．”
1 was frightened and felt ashamed．How could I tell his position when he was wrapped in a bath towel and so small．He didn’t seem pleased at all．so I added in a most brilliant word．“My father．who is a great man．is also small．”At this he laughed，and after some general words about my rude behavior and how I had better be careful in the future，expressed all was over．
1．The writer thought Amery “a fair game” because the boy________.
A．1ooked like an animal B．1oved games
C．was of similar size D．was good at sports
2．The writer felt “ashamed” because ________.
A．He was laughed at by other boys B．Amery turned out to be in the same grade
C．He pushed Amery hard and hurt him D He played a joke on an outstanding athlete
3．By saying “My father who is a great man，is also small”，the writer______.
A．tried to please Amery B．challenged Amery
C．wanted to make Amery afraid D．thought his father is great
4．Which of the following is TRUE?
A．The writer could run faster than Amery．
B．The writer liked playing jokes on boys of all sizes．
C．Amery was a student in Grade Four．
D．Amery forgave the writer for his rude behavior．
5．The best title of the article is________.
A A Swimming Experience B A Fair Game
C An Accident D Be Careful in the Future
It was Mother’s Day last Sunday. My uncle’s restaurant was very busy .It seemed that every family took their mothers out to eat that day to show thanks and loves to them.
At noon, my uncle called me from the restaurant. “Henry ,people are lining up outside, ”he said .”Can you come to help out?”
“Sure,” I stopped playing computer games at once and went to the restaurant with my brother George. All we had to do was bring food and water to the tables and take dirty dishes away when the customers finished eating.
The chefs(厨师) and their helpers were working very fast and hard. The kitchen manager was calling out orders. The kitchen helpers were running to get things in place. The chefs were working like magicians，turning meat and vegetables into delicious food in just minutes
I can’t remember how many times I bought things in and out through that kitchen door. I just remember that at the end of the day, my legs were very sore（疼痛的） .When I got home ,I was very really tired. The next day ,when my classmates asked me how I had spent Mother’s Day, I answered. “ It is a long story. It felt like I walked all the way from Beijing to Shanghai.”
( )1.What was Henry doing when his uncle called him?
A. Taking a walk. B. Doing his homework
C. Playing ball games D. Playing computer games.
( )2.What did Henry and George help to do?
1.take dirty dishes away
2.bring food and water to tables
3.call out orders
4.turn meat and vegetables into food
A. 1.2 B.3.4 C.1.3 D.2.4
( )3.From the passage, we can learn that_________
A. it was Father’s Day last Sunday B .Henry’s parents have a restaurant
C. Henry is a student D. George is Henry’s uncle
( )4. What kind of passage is it?
A. A true story B. A piece of news
C.A short notice D. A research report
Katherine Commale is an 11-year-old girl from Pennsylvania. At the age of five she began raising money to buy nets for children in Africa to help stop the spread of malaria.（痢疾）
When she was five, she learnt about malaria in Arica. She learnt that every 30 seconds a child died from disease. She, also learnt that people wouldn’t get that disease if they had enough bed nets. “I was really sad to learn that a child died every half a minute because of malaria,” says Katherine. “I wanted to send nets right away, so that’s what I did.”
Five-year-old Katherine made presentations at churches and schools. She told students and others how important bed nets were for Africans. After people heard the presentations, many of them donated money. Katherine sent the money to NBN. NBN is an organization that sends bed nets to Africa.
Besides, every holiday Katherine makes something called “bed net gift certificate” with the help of her friends and brothers. On each 10-dollar certificate there is a message. It explains that a bed net would be sent to Africa. When more certificate orders come, Katherine gets help from students in her school.
Katherine has helped to raise$200,000 for NBN. “It makes me proud to help African children. I Won’t stop working until everyone in Africa has a bed net,” says Katherine.
( )1.Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage?
A. When Katherine was six, she began helping children in Africa.
B. Katherine learnt that two children died from malaria one minute.
C. Katherine did a lot and helped to raise $20,000 for NBN.
D. Katherine’s parents helped her make “bed net gift certificate”.
( )2.In paragraph 4, “It” refers to” _________”.
A. a 10-dollar note B .a gift certificate
C. an organization D. a message
( )3.From the passage we know Katherine did the following except_________
A .raising a great deal of money for NBN
B. giving presentations at churches and schools
C. explaining the importance of nets for Africans
D. ordering people to learn to use the nets well
( )4.It can be inferred from the passage that________
A. Katherine’ s work is very helpful and meaningful
B. the spread of malaria in Africa will be more serious
C. every child in Africa gets a net with Katherine’s help
D. Katherine has received much money from NBN.
I was inspired by a video of a young Pakistani man. He celebrated his 22nd birthday with 22 random acts of kindness. I mentioned to my daughter Tamara that I’d like to copy the young man’s idea for my upcoming 55th birthday in December. She agreed and so we decided to make it happen the next day.
We wore clumsy reindeer antlers(鹿角) to make people smile, placed cheerful stickers on the shirts of children, cleaned up a park, and passed out delicious Mexican hot chocolate to those in the park--many of whom appeared homeless.
At the end of the day, we passed out carnation flowers(康乃馨) in a retirement home after their dinner. At first, I found myself questioning my motivation and how it would be received. It turned out that the local Unity Church had a large group there at the same time singing to the people living in the home.
At first, I was surprised how almost every man enjoyed receiving a flower, not only from Tamara, but also from such an old man as me. Then, I found myself giving the women longer caring hugs. one commented that she had not been hugged like that for years. Then my heart was permanently touched when another woman told me that she had not been hugged like that by a man for five decades!xkb1.com
I didn’t count the number of kind acts we did that day, and neither do I count that birthday as one of the good ones. Without doubt, I KNOW it was my best!
1.How did the author decide to celebrate his birthday?
A. To go abroad for sightseeing.
B. To perform some kind acts for others.
C. To make some chocolate himself.
D. To record a piece of video about his life.
2.What’s the author’s concern at the retirement home?
A. The old females there wouldn’t like carnation flowers.
B. His daughter wouldn’t be willing to hug the old men there.
C. People there might feel tired after the church singing.
D. People there might reject the kindness from him and Tamara.
3.Which of the following can best describe the author?
A. Caring and thoughtful.
B. Curious and generous.
C. Modest and friendly.
D. Polite and careful.
4.Which of the following can be the best title of the text?
A. My Random Act of Kindness.
B. A Loving Daughter.
C. My Best Birthday Ever.
D. An Unforgettable Day.
Many pets got separated from their families almost two years ago, when Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast. A New Jersey family was one of them. They lost their dog. He got away from their backyard during the storm.
Chuck James said that his family searched for the brown-and-white dog named Reckless for months after the October 2012 storm. Reckless was a cute dog which brought much pleasure to the whole family, and the youngest daughter Tiffany loved him most. They played together, watched TV together, ate popcorn together and Reckless even saw Tiffany off when she headed for the kindergarten every morning. Chuck James kept on searching for the lovely dog in every possible way, but no luck.
“We reported him missing and called the shelters from time to time, just hoping they had him,” James said. “We always kept our hopes up, but finally it was time to move on.”
James said the family had planned to get a new dog. The dog was to be a tenth birthday surprise for their eldest daughter, Ally. The family of five went to the Monmouth County SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to adopt a new animal. When James and his wife walked close to the first cage, they saw a familiar face inside.
“He was a little bigger than I remembered because they had fed him well,” James joked. “But then he was lying on my wife’s feet and I knew it was him. It was unbelievable. I know this dog is meant to be with our family.”
When SPCA officials asked if they could prove the animal was their dog, a friend sent a selfie showing the family with their dog before Sandy hit the East Coast.
“We’re all so happy to have him back,” James said. The family is living in a hotel while their home is being repaired. This weekend, the Jameses went on a camping trip with Reckless to celebrate the dog’s return.
1. What happened to Jameses when Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast?
A. Their house lay in ruins after the storm.
B. Their pet dog Reckless went missing.
C. Their pet dog Reckless was adopted by another family.
D. They found their pet dog Reckless badly injured.
2. Having searched for Reckless for months, the Jameses found him in .
A. an animal hospital
B. one of their friends’ houses
C. the Monmouth County SPCA[
D. the backyard which was under repair
3. The meaning of the underlined word “selfie” is closest to “ ”.
A. document B. credit card
C. text message D. picture
4. Which is the text mainly about?
A. A dog got separated from his family in a storm.
B. A lost dog found his way home with difficulty.
C. A family looked for a new dog but found the old one instead.
D. Dogs are always devoted friends of human beings.
Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford, England on 8th January, 1942. He went to school in St Albans--a small city near London. Although he did well, he was never top of his class. After leaving school, Hawking went first to Oxford University where he studied physics, then he went to Cambridge University where he studied cosmology. As he himself admits(承认), he didn't work hard. He was a very lazy student, and did very little work. However, he still got good marks.
It was at the age of 20 that Hawking first noticed something was wrong with him. He started to bump (撞上 )into things. When he visited his family at Christmas time, his mother was so worried that she made him see a doctor. Hawking was sent to hospital for tests. Finally, the result came back. Hawking had motor neurone disease, an incurable illness which would make him unable to speak, breathe or move without the help of a machine. Doctors said they had no way to help him. He would die before he was 23.
At first, Hawking became very sad. After a while, though, he began to see his life in a different way. As he later write, "Before my illness was diagnosed(诊断), I had been very bored with life. There bad not seemed to be anything worth doing. But shortly after I came out of hospital, I suddenly realized that there were a lot of worthwhile things I could do." Hawking married, found a job at Cambridge University, and had three children. He also went on to do some of the most important scientific research.
Today, Hawking still works at Cambridge University as a professor. He strongly believes that his story shows that nobody, however bad their situation(处境) is, should lose hope. "Life is not fair, "he once said. "You just have to do the best you can in your own situation."
1. As a university student, Stephen Hawking _______.
A. worked very hard B. studied maths and physics
C. was the best student in his class D. was lazy and did very little work
2. Hawking first noticed something was wrong with him when ______.
A. he was sent to hospital for tests B. his mother made him, see a doctor
C. he was twenty years old D. he visited his family at Christmas time one year
3. In this passage the word "incurable" means ______.
A. 无法治愈的 B. 难以确诊的 C. 常见的 D. 可以治愈的
4. When Hawking was first diagnosed with motor neurone disease, he __.
A. made up his mind to get married B. began to ,see his life in a different way
C. thought that nothing in life was worth doing D. became very unhappily
5. What would be the best title for this passage?
A. Motor Neurone Disease B. Life is Fair
C. Professor Stephen Hawking D. A Lazy Boy
Every year on my birthday, from the time I turned 12, a white gardenia (栀子花) was sent to my house. No card came with it. Calls to the flower shops were not helpful at all. After a while I stopped trying to discover the sender’s name and was just very pleased with the beautiful white flower in soft pink paper.
But I never stopped imagining who the giver might be. Some of my happiest moments were spent daydreaming about the sender. My mother encouraged this imagining. She’d ask me if there was someone for whom I had done a special kindness. Perhaps it was the old man who I looked after when he was ill. As a girl, I had more fun imagining that it might be a boy.
One month before my graduation, my father died. I felt very sad and didn’t want to go to the coming graduation dance at all. And I didn’t care whether I had a new dress or not. But my mother, in her own sadness, would not let me miss any of those things. She wanted he children to feel loved and lovable. In truth, my mother wanted her children to see themselves much like the gardenia—lovely, strong and perfect with perhaps a bit of mystery.
My mother died ten days after I was married. I was 22. That was the year the gardenia stopped coming.
1. Which statement is true according to the passage?
A. The author found the sender by calling the flower shops.
B. In fact, the flower was sent by a boy.
C. It was a pleasant moment for the girl to imagine the sender.
D. The author got a gardenia every year after she was married.
2. The mother let her daughter go to the graduation dance because_________
A. She hoped she would miss her father. B. She thought education was most important.
C. She hoped she would find a friend. D. She wanted her to be happy and strong.
3. Which of the following would be the best title for the passage?
A. A Childhood Dream B. A Mother’s Love
C. A Graduation Party D. A Special Birthday
After his parents’ meeting, Wang Jiaming, 14, from Beijing knows that he will face invisible(看不见) “enemies”--- “other excellent students”. “ Look at such and such a student. You and he are taught by the same teachers. Why couldn’t you be as ___1_ as him?” his mother would say. Many students hear _2___ words from their parents. After the parents’ meeting, their parents begin to __3__ them with other students, especially those who are praised by teachers. “ I want to encourage my child to _4__ them,” explained Li Shulan, a mother of a 14-year-old boy from Xi’an, Shanxi. However, many children, like Wang, don’t like it. “I feel very ___5__ and sometimes even “hate” those students,” Wang said.
Parents have good intentions (意图), but in fact they could ___6__ children’s self- esteem(自尊), said Lin Ying, a psychological(心理的)teacher at Xiamen Hubin Middle School in Fujian. If children feel hurt, they should let parents know it. “You can choose a relaxing occasion(场合), for example, over the dinner, and tell your parents your feelings,” Lin said. “Also, some articles online explain ___7__ it could be bad for children. You may want to show such articles to your parents.”
It’s not all bad, though. Liu Jiayang, 13, from Taizhou, Zhejiang said students could take the chance to learn to be open-minded. “I find the students that my mom talks about really have strong ___8__ that I don’t have. I take them as examples and try to __9_ with them,” she said. “During the process (过程), always keep in mind that you’re unique(特别的). Never _10__ heart,” Lin added.
( ) 1. A. bad B. right C. good D. new
( ) 2. A. important B.different C. similar D. same
( ) 3. A. expect B. encourage C. compare D. connect
( ) 4. A. care for B. learn from C. agree with D. turn to
( ) 5. A. amazed B. annoyed C. pleased D. surprised
( ) 6. A. hide B. show C. hurt D. protect
( ) 7. A. when B. why C. what D. how
( ) 8. A. methods B. rules C. habits D. points
( ) 9. A. put up B. turn up C. catch up D. set up
( ) 10. A. meet B. keep C. follow D. lose
Hemingway was one of the famous writers. He was born in America in 1899. His father was a doctor and loved sports very much, and his mother taught music. Among the six children in the family, Hemingway was the second oldest.
Hemingway had written many books in his life. The Old Man and the Sea is one of the most famous and also my favorite. It came out in 1952. The main character in the book is a fisherman. He is an old man and fishes alone. People think he is a man with bad luck, because he doesn’t get a fish in eighty-four days. Every evening, he comes home with his empty boat. But the old man believes himself. Then on the eighty-fifth day the man gets a big fish. Although he meets a lot of trouble, the old man never gives up.
( ) 1. Hemingway’s father was a fan of _____.
A. books B. sports C. music D. art
( ) 2. The Old Man and the Sea was published(出版) in _____.
A. 1852 B. 1899 C. 1952 D. 1989
( ) 3. The old man doesn’t get a fish until the _____ day.
A. fifteenth B. eightieth
C. eighty-fourth D. eighty-fifth
( ) 4. What does the old man do when he can’t get a fish?
A. He has to look for food somewhere else.
B. He doesn’t give up fishing.
C. He doesn’t fish any more.
D. He has nothing to do.
( ) 5. What can we learn from the old man?
A. When we are in trouble, we should not give up.
B. When we want to fish, we can get a big fish.
C. We can do everything well because we are young.
D. We can live a better life if we like fishing.
A primary school bus driver stopped the bus in a gas station in Ohio because he had to use the bathroom. Instead of turning off the engine (引擎) and taking the key with him, the driver left the bus running. And he forgot to set the brake (制动器) because he was in a hurry. “It was cold outside, and I didn’t want the kids to get cold while I was using the bathroom,” he told a police officer.
The bus slowly started moving away from the gas station. As the bus picked up speed, the kids began shouting and crying. Ten-year-old Jake ran forward to the driver’s seat and held the steering wheel (方向盘). He pressed hard on the brake pedal (踏板) and managed to stop the bus as it came nearer to a river bed. Jake turned off the engine at last. After the police arrived at the scene, they praised Jake for his great effort.
“That is one cool kid,” said the police officer. “I told him he would make a great police officer when he grew up.”
Jake wasn’t impressed with what he had done. “Stopping the bus,” he said, “was easy compared to playing Grand Theft Auto III,” his favorite action video game. The bus driver was taken to the police station. He was at first charged (指控) with “leaving a child alone while motor is running.” The lawyer said he hoped to upgrade the charge because of the number of children (twenty) on the bus.
“Whatever he is charged with,” the police officer said, “I will see that he never drives a bus again.”
1. Why didn’t the driver turn off the engine when he went to the bathroom? Because _________.
A. he was in a hurry B. he forgot to do it
C. he didn’t want the kids to get cold D. he thought he would be back in a minute
2. What is the correct order? _________
a. The bus started moving.
b. Jake turned off the engine.
c. Jake held the steering wheel.
d. The kids began shouting and crying.
e. Jake ran forward to the driver’s seat.
f. Jake pressed hard on the brake pedal.
A. a-b-c-d-e-f B. a-d-e-c-f-b C. d-a-c-e-f-b D. d-e-a-b-c-f
3. What do we know about Jake? ________
A. He could drive. B. He was eleven years old.
C. He wanted to be a police officer. D. He liked playing Grand Theft Auto III.
4. What does the underlined word “upgrade” mean in the fourth paragraph? __________
A. 改变 B. 取消 C. 加重 D. 减轻
5. What will most probably happen to the bus driver? He will_______.
A. not be charged
B. face the most serious charge
C. not be allowed to drive a bus again
D. only be charged with “leaving a child alone while motor is running”
When I was young，I liked to play jokes on people I knew, especially on my parents and friends. One day my mother was cooking and I was playing with my younger brother Tony. Suddenly I ran to my mother and said: “Tony fell from the open window!” She was very worried and ran out of the kitchen. Then I said: “Don’t worry, I’m just joking.” My mother shouted at me, “If you do it again, I’ll hit you.”
Another day I went swimming with my friends in the sea. I wanted to play a joke on them. In the beginning I swam fast and I called out “Help!”. All my friends came to help me. However, they found that I was joking. But half an hour later I wasn’t joking. I was so fast, soon I got tired and couldn’t swim on in water. I tried my best to call my friends for help, but this time nobody came to help me.
In the end they found I was telling the truth. They came and saved my life. They took me to the hospital. This is the best lesson in my life. From then on I haven’t joked on anyone.
1. When he was young, the writer liked to _______.
A. play with his brother B. help his mother cook
C. play jokes on people D. go swimming with his friends
2. What happened when the writer was playing with his brother? ______
A. He got tired. B. He played a joke on his mother.
C. Tony fell from the open window. D. His mother hit him.
3. In the beginning, all his friends came to help him because he ______.
A. swam fast B. called for help
C. would sink in water D. couldn’t swim on in the water
4. When the writer called his friends for help for the second time, they ______.
A. took him to the hospital at once
B. came and saved him immediately
C. thought at first he was joking again
D. did nothing because the writer had lied to them
5. The story tells us that ________.
A. swimming is dangerous
B. the writer is a naughty boy
C. one can play jokes only on people he knows
D. if someone always tells lies, others won’t trust (信任) him
It was Monday. Mrs. Smith's dog was hungry, but there was not any meat in the house.
Considering that there was no better way. Mrs. 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 (*person 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 customers (*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 Mrs. 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. Mrs. Smith treated her little dog quite_________.
A. cruelly B. fairly C. kindly D. friendly
2. It seemed that the dog knew well that the paper Mrs. 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 Mrs. 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 Mrs. Smith
4. From its experience, the dog found that ________.
A. only the paper with Mrs. Smith's words in it could bring it meat
B. the butcher would give the meat to it whenever he saw it
C. Mrs. 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(*act in a way that is not honest)by the clever animal
A man and his wife had a small restaurant near a station．The restaurant often stayed open until after midnight, because people came to drink and had meals while they were waiting for trains.
At two o’ clock one morning, a farmer was still sitting at a table there．He was asleep ．The wife of the owner of the restaurant was very sleepy and wanted to go to bed．She looked at the farmer several times and waited for him to wake and go, but each time she looked the farmer was still there sleeping．Then at last she went to her husband and said to him, “You have woken him six times now , but why haven’ t you sent him away? It’ s very late. ”
“Oh, no, I don’ t want to send him away, ” answered her husband with a smile．“You see, whenever I wake him up, he asks for his bill(账单) , and when I give him the bill, he pays it and then goes to sleep again ．”
( ) 1．The small restaurant was owned (拥有) by ____________.
A．a man B．the man’ s wife
C．both the man and his wife D．a farmer
( )2．Why did people come to drink in the restaurant after midnight?
A．Because they liked the restaurant
B．Because it was near the station and they were waiting for trains．
C．Because they wanted to sit there and have a rest.
D．Because they could sleep there after meals.
( ) 3．The farmer was _____________ in the restaurant at two o’ clock in the
A．reading a book B．singing C．helping the owner D．sleeping at a table
( )4．The man’ s wife wanted him to send the farmer at the table
A．she didn’ t like him B．she wanted to go to bed
C．her husband wanted to use the table D．she wanted to clean the
( )5．If the farmer stayed longer, the man and his wife would get ____________ money from him.
A．more B．less C．no D．little
A Japanese toy maker says that they’ve developed a gadget （小器具）that translates dog barks（吠）into human languages and plan to begin selling the gadgets-under the name of Bowlingual-in the US pet stores and present shops this summer.
People laughed when the Japanese toy maker Takara company made the world’s first dog-human translation machine last year. But about 300,000 of them have been sold since it was on sale in Japan last year. Far bigger sales will be expected once an English language translation machine for dogs comes to America in August. The United States is home to about 67 million dogs, more than six times the number in Japan.
“We know that the Americans love their dogs so much, so we don’t think they’ll mind spending $ 120 on this gadget”, the Takara marketing manager said before the journalists at a meeting in Atlanta. Bowlingual, one of US Time magazine’s coolest inventions of 2002, has two parts. A microphone is tied to the dog’s collar（项圈）and sends out sound information to the gadget held by the owner. Then the translation is done in the gadget by a database（数据库）with every kind of barks. Those barks show six feelings－happiness, sadness, disappointment, anger, declaration and desire. Each of the feelings is then translated into words like “Let’s play. ”“Look at me! ”or “Spend more time with me. ”
Takara says it has spent millions of dollars developing the gadget. One thing that seems certain is that the markets for animal translation machine will probably be a dog’s world since Takara has no plans to develop such a gadget for cats. “They are too unpredictable（反复无常）, ”the marketing manager said.
1. The first three paragraphs of the passage mainly tell us that Bowlingual ______.
A. was invented in Japan B. has developed quickly
C. will be sold in America D. sells well for its price
2. The underlined word “they”in the last sentence refers to _____.
A. markets B. dogs C. plans D. cats
3. When was this passage most probably written?
A. In the winter of 2002. B. In the spring of 2003.
C. In the summer of 2002. D. In the autumn of 2003.
4. From the passage, we can see that Takara is ______ the sale of its new gadget in the US.
A. proud of B. pleased with C. confident of D. worried about
A doctor was once teaching a class of medical students at a famous hospital in Edinburgh. An injured man was brought in, and the doctor turned to one of his students and asked him, “What’s wrong with this man?”
“I don’t know, sir,” the student answered. “Shall I examine him and find out?”“There’s no need to examine him,” said the doctor. “You should know without asking questions. He has hurt his right knee. Didn’t you notice the way he walked? He hurt it by burning it in the fire. You see his trouser leg is burnt away at the knee. This is Monday morning. Yesterday was fine, but on Saturday the roads were wet and muddy. The man’s trousers are muddy all over. The man fell down on Saturday night.”
The doctor then turned to the man and said, “You had your pay on Saturday and went to a public house and drank too much. You got muddy and wet on the way home. Because you had drunk too much, you fell on the fire and burnt your knee. Is it right? ” “Yes, sir,” said the man.
1. The medical students were having a lesson .
A. at the library B. in a classroom
C. at a well-known hospital D. in a medical school
2. The man hurt his knee .
A. on Monday B. on Sunday night C. on Saturday night D. on Tuesday
3. How did the doctor know that the man burnt his knee?
A. From the way he walked.
B. By seeing his trouser leg is burnt away at the knee.
C. By seeing the man’s trousers are muddy all over.
D. Both A and B.
4. Which is the right order according to the passage?
①He burnt his knee. ②He got drunk. ③He fell down and got muddy.
④He had his pay.
A. ①②③④ B. ④③②① C. ③④①② D. ④②③①
5. From the passage we know that ________ is very important for medical students.
A. watching and thinking B. taking good care of others
C. learning from others D. teaching
Nobody knows who invented the pencil or when it was invented. A Swiss (
瑞士人) described a pencil in a book in 1565. He said it was a piece of wood with lead (铅) inside it.Pencils
weren’t popular at that time, and people continued to write with pens. In 1795, someone started making pencils from graphite (
石墨) and they became very popular. Today, people make pencils in the same way. They put it inside a piece of wood. One pencil can make a line as long as 55 kilometers.
When people wrote with pens, they had to put the penpoint into ink (
墨水) after writing every few letters. Later someone invented a fountain pen (自来水笔) and this kind of pen could hold ink inside it. A fountain pen can write several pages before you have to fill it again.
Two brothers, Ladislao and Georg Biro, invented the ballpoint pen that we all use today. They left their country Hungary and started producing ballpoint pens in England in 1943 during World War II. Later, a French company called Bic bought the Biro brothers’company. Someone calls ballpoint pens bics. Australians call them biros. Whatever they are called, we use them every day.
( ) 1. When was the pencil invented according to the passage?
A. In 1565. B. In 1795. C. In 1943. D. Before 1565.
( ) 2. What do people use to make pencils today?
A. Graphite. B. Lead. C. Stone. D. Ink.
( ) 3. What does the underlined word "penpoint"mean in Chinese?
笔杆 B. 笔帽 C. 笔尖 D. 笔筒
( ) 4. Where were Ladislao and Georg Biro from?
A. America. B. Australia. C. England. D. Hungary.
( ) 5. What is the passage mainly about?
A. Some famous inventors.
B. The invention of pencils and some kinds of pens.
C. Who invented the pencil.
D. Which kind of pen is the most useful.
It was Jimmy’s birthday, and he was five years old. He got a lot of nice birthday presents from his family, and one of them was a beautiful drum(鼓).
“Who gave him that thing?” Jimmy’s father asked when he saw it. “His grandfather did,” answered Jimmy’s mother.
Jimmy liked his drum very much. He made a terrible noise with it, but his father didn’t mind. He was working during the day and Jimmy was already in bed when he got home in the evening, so he couldn’t hear the noise.
But one of the neighbors(邻居) didn’t like the noise at all, so a few days later, she took a sharp(锋利的) knife and went to Jimmy’s house while he was hitting his drum. She said to him, “Hello, Jimmy, there is something very nice inside your drum. Here is a knife. Open the drum and let’s find it.”
1. Jimmy got a lot of nice presents from his _______.
A. classmates B. friends C. teachers D. family
2. Who gave Jimmy the drum?
A. His father. B. His mother. C. His neighbor. D. His grandfather.
3. Why didn’t Jimmy’s father stop him from making noise with the drum? Because _______.
A. he liked Jimmy very much B. he didn’t hear it
C. Jimmy was in bed D. Jimmy only played in the evening
4. One of the neighbors _______.
A. liked Jimmy very much
B. enjoyed listening to the sound of the drum
C. wanted to show Jimmy a sharp knife
D. didn’t like the noise at all
5. What did Jimmy’s neighbor really want to do? To _______.
A. stop Jimmy making noises B. let Jimmy make a noise on his drum with a knife
C. show Jimmy how to hit the drum D. find something nice in Jimmy’s drum