Mr．Evans and I work in the same office．He is the oldest of all．So he is told to manage us．He is strict with us all and make us listen to him．We know he is kind and often ready to help everybody，so we all like him．
Mr．Evens began to work in our factory when he was 23．He’s worked here for 25 years．Once he pulled our boss’s son out of the river when the water washed the boy away．The boss thanked him very much and has paid him more since then．
He has his house and car，and a servant does all the housework for his family．Of course he lives a light life．But sometimes he looks unhappy．We asked him what happened to him，but he never told us why．One day I met him at a party．We began to drink together．He was sad that night and drank much．And when the party was over，he couldn’t go home by himself．I had to take him home．On the way to his house，I asked，“ Can you tell me how you and your wife divide up work at home?
“I manage our children and the servant，” answered the man．
“What about your wife?”
“She manages our money and me!” our head said angrily．
（ ）1．Mr.．Evens is _____ now．
A．23 B．25 C．48 D．49
（ ）2．We like Mr. Evans because _____．
A．he is the head of our office B．he is older than us all
C．he makes us listen to him D．he is a kind-hearted man
（ ）3．The phrase “wash away” in the story means _____．
A．冲走 B．洗去 C．冲击 D．冲出
（ ）4．Mr. Evans is paid more because _____．
A．he is very able
B．he saved the boss’s son
C．he is paid with his workmate
D．he’s worked in the factory for 25 years
（ ）5．_____，so sometimes Mr.．Even looks unhappy．
A．He has to do much housework
B．He has to listen to his wife
C．His children don’t listen to him
D．Something is wrong with him
What shaking the head means is not always the same in different countries. Maybe some visitors would be surprised when they first come to India. When they talk to an Indian, they would find he would often shake his head. The visitors might think that the Indian doesn’t like what they say. But in fact, they would be completely wrong.
Indians always shake their heads when they talk to others. It doesn’t mean “No”. If someone wants to visit India, he should know this, or he will be in trouble.
One day, a foreign officer went to India on business. He hired a car and asked an Indian to drive him. When he told his driver to take him to his office, the Indian shook his head at once. The officer said again and the driver shook his head again. At last the officer, of course, got angry.
“How dare you refuse my order?” he shouted, “Drive me to my office at once!”
The driver answered in quite a loud voice, too. “Yes, sir!” But to the officer’s surprise, the driver shook his head at the same time.
The car started and the foreign officer was now too surprised to say a word. He thought about it for a while, and then he nodded with a smile, “‘No’ means ‘Yes’here!”
( ) 1.What does shaking one’s head mean all over the world?
A.Yes. B.No. C.Glad. D.Yes or No.
( ) 2.What should you do in India if you agree with somebody?
A.Shake your head. B.Nod your head.
C.Speak in a loud voice. D.Say it again and again.
( ) 3.Why did the officer go to India?
A.He went there to visit his friend B.He went there to buy a car.
C.He went there to learn driving. D.He went there because of his job.
( ) 4.Why did the officer get angry?
A.Because the driver didn’t understand him.
B.Because the driver still shook his head after he said again.
C.Because the driver didn’t like the officer.
D.Because the driver didn’t answer in a loud voice.
( ) 5.What can we learn from the story?
A.When you are in India, you should always shake your head.
B.You shouldn’t shake your head if you’re a driver.
C.Shaking head will make others get angry.
D.Different countries have different customs.
A young student was walking in the desert and happened to find some clear water. He filled his leather canteen (皮革水壶) so he could bring some back to his teacher. After a four-day journey he presented the water to his teacher. The teacher took a long drink, smiled warmly and thanked his student for the water. The young student returned to his village with a happy heart.
Later, the teacher let another student taste the water. He spat it out and said it was awful. It was no longer fresh because it was in the old leather canteen for such a long time. The student asked the teacher, “Master, the water is terrible. Why did you pretend (假装) to like it?” The teacher replied, “You only tasted the water. I tasted the gift. The water was an act of loving-kindness and nothing could be sweeter.”
Now we understand this lesson best when we receive gifts of love from others. Whether it’s a broken cup or a gold watch, the natural and proper response (反应) is appreciation and expressed thankfulness because we love the idea within the gift.
Gratitude (感恩) doesn’t always come naturally. Unfortunately, many people value only the thing given, rather than the feeling in it. We should remind ourselves and teach our children about the beauty of feelings and expressions of gratitude. After all, gifts from the heart are real gifts.
1. The young student got some clear water from ________.
A. his teacher B. his classmates C. the village D. the desert
2. Another student thought the water was ________ after trying it.
A. fresh B. sweet C. hot D. terrible
3. Which of the following is True according to the passage?
A. The teacher tasted the water and spat it out.
B. The young student presented the water to the teacher.
C. The young student brought some water back to his classmates.
D. Another student took a long drink and thanked the young student.
4. Why did the teacher pretend to like the water?
A. Because he hadn’t had water for a long time.
B. Because he could feel the act of love from the water.
C. Because he wished to get one more gift from the student.
D. Because he knew water went bad in old leather canteens.
5. The story is mainly about ________.
A. each of the gifts has its same story
B. it’s better to accept a gift with a sad face
C. everything is nice with a thankful heart
D. it isn’t easy to prepare a gift with your heart
A boy who was cleaning shoes in the street said to a young man passing by, "Let me clean your shoes." The young man said, "No, thank you." "You may pay me only a pound, sir," said the boy. But the young man refused(拒绝) again. Then the boy told him that he would clean his shoes for nothing. The young man agreed to this, and soon one of his shoes was shining brightly. The man put the other shoe on the boy, but the boy refused to clean it unless(除非) he was paid two pounds for his work. The young man refused to pay anything and went away. But the dirty one looked so bad that he couldn't walk away. He had to turn back and gave the boy two pounds. In a very short time his shoes shone brightly.
( )1. The boy was a shoe __________.
A. cleaner B. maker C. repairer D. seller
( ) 2. At first the young man refused to clean his shoes, because ___________.
A. he couldn't pay B. he had not enough money
C. he didn't think it necessary D. he had just cleaned his shoes
( ) 3. Then the young man agreed to clean his shoes, because the boy asked for _______.
A. two pounds B. one pound C. nothing D. few money
( )4. The boy refused to clean the second shoe, because ___________.
A. it was very dirty B. the young man paid only one pound
C. it was difficult to clean D. he asked to be paid two pounds
( ) 5. What do you think of the boy?
A. Generous. B. Hard-working. C. Polite. D. Smart.
“Dreams may be more important than sleep. We all need to dream.” Some scientists say. Dreams take up about one quarter of our sleeping time. People have several dreams each night. Dreams are like short films. They are usually in color. Some dreams are like old films. They come to us over and over again. That may be because the dreamer is worrying about something. Dreaming may be a way of trying to find an answer.
Some people get new ideas about their work from dreams. They may have been thinking about their work all day. These ideas can carry over into dreams.
Sometimes we wake up with a good feeling from a dream. But often we can’t remember the dream. Dreams can disappear (消失)quickly from memory（记忆）.
Too much dreaming can be bad. The more we sleep, the longer we dream. The mind is hard at work when we dream. That’s why we may have a long sleep and still wake up tired!
( ) 1. It may be less important to sleep than to _______.
A. think B. dream C. work D. study
( ) 2. Dreams and films are usually ______.
A. very long B. in colour C. about work D. very sad
( ) 3. Why do some people often dream about their work?
A. Because they are tired in the daytime.
B. Because they are not interested in their work.
C. Because they may be thinking about their work all day.
D. Because they have too much work to do.
( ) 4. When we sleep more, we have a ______ dream.
A. shorter B. longer C. worse D. weaker
( ) 5. The main idea of the story is that______.
A. what dream is B. people like to sleep
C. dreams are like films D. we always remember dreams
Yesterday the police were joined by more than 20 volunteers in the continuing search for the two missing teenagers, Vicky Gray and Tom Hunter, and their guide, Gavin Jones. The police said that they had disappeared during an adventure tour of Cape York Peninsula.
This was the second day of the search and the police were now very worried about the safety of the three missing people.
The police said that the search had covered a wide area, but the rainforest was thick and their work was made harder by the recent rain. Later on Chief Inspector (警官) Roger Fleet said, “The travelers had a radio with them. If they had been in trouble, they would have called us.”
The three travelers left Cooktown very early on Saturday morning in a Toyota car. They took a small dirt road that runs down to the Daintree River, a dangerous river full of crocodiles (鳄鱼). Chief Inspector Roger Fleet said the tourists wouldn’t have got into trouble if they had stayed on the main road.
A photo of Vicky and Tom was found by a policeman under the “Be Careful about crocodiles” sign near the river. Why was the photo left behind? This is just one of the unanswered questions. Other questions are: Why was the Toyota parked and locked at the edge of the rainforest? The police said that the travelers had left a map of the area behind. Why? Why had someone drawn a cross on the place where the car is? Is this a sign? What does it mean? If anyone can give information or has seen these three young people, contact the local police in Cooktown.
1. This article is probably taken from ________
A. a newspaper B. a magazine C. a storybook D. a guidebook
2. Which word best describes the search of the three missing people?
A. Helpless B. Tough C. Delightful D. Successful
3. Which of the following things wasn’t found by the police?
A. A touring map. B. A photo of the travelers.
C. The travelers’ radio. D. The travelers’ car
4. All the following questions are unanswered except________.
A. why they left a photo behind B. why they came to this area
C. why their Toyota was parked in the place D. why a cross was drawn on the map
5. The article asks people to ________.
A. join the police in searching for the missing people
B. tell the police about the travelers’ ages and their appearance
C. learn the lesson and stop taking adventure tours
D. provide information about the missing people
Born into a farmer’s family, life was not easy when I was a kid. We were so poor that we often did not know where our next meal was coming from. I had to sell cabbages at the marketplace to support my family.
A storyteller once came to the marketplace, and I went to listen to him. My mother was unhappy with me for forgetting my job. But that night, while she was making clothes for us under the weak light of an oil lamp, I couldn't help retelling stories I'd heard that day. She listened impatiently at first, since in her eyes professional（职业的） storytellers were smooth-talking men—nothing good ever came out of their mouths. But slowly she was attracted by my retold stories, and from that day on, she never gave me any task on market days, unspoken agreement to enjoy new stories. As a repayment（回报）for Mother's kindness and a way to show off my memory, I'd retell the stories for her in lively detail. Soon, she wasn't the only member of my audience, which later included my elder sisters, my aunts, even my stubborn grandmother.
I knew she was worried about me. Talkative kids are not well thought of in our village, for they can bring trouble to themselves and to their families when they talk too much. Mother often reminded me not to talk so much, wanting me to be a silent and modest teenager. However, my natural desire（渴望）to talk never went away, and that is what makes my name – Mo Yan, which means ‘no speaking’. This strong wish to talk also improved my ability to express myself, which is important for writers who are also considered as storytellers.
1. Mo Yan lived a/an ________ life when he was young.
A. hard B. colourful C. easy D. rich
2. From the second paragraph, we can learn that ________.
A. little Mo Yan was interested in selling vegetables
B. his mother was attracted by the retold story at first
C. his mother didn’t let him listen to the new stories again
D. little Mo Yan had quite a good memory
3. Why did his mother dislike the professional storytellers?
A. Because she thought they never said anything good.
B. Because she thought they couldn’t make much money.
C. Because she thought they would affect Mo Yan’s schoolwork.
D. Because she thought most people didn’t like listening to stories.
4. In Mo Yan’s opinion, a writer should be a ________ child when they were young.
A. silent B. modest C. talkative D. trouble-making
5. Which is the best title（标题）of the passage?
A. My Unlucky Childhood B. A Storyteller’s Childhood
C. My Kind Grandmother D. More talking leads to success
Mr Jackson is having a meeting. He looks at the clock on the wall. It is 7:45. “The last bus left fifteen minutes ago,” he thinks. “I’ll have to stay in a hotel tonight.”
Mr Jackson always drives home after work. He lives outside the city. There is something wrong with his car, so today he has to take a bus to his office.
The meeting is over. When he goes out of the warm office, it begins to snow. He wants to have some warm food and soup first. Most restaurants are full of people and he has to go into a small one. The waiter shows(出示) him the menu(菜单).
“Some hot soup, please,” says Mr Jackson.
Later, the waiter brings the soup to him. When Mr Jackson is drinking, he finds something in it. “Come here, boy,” he says. “Look, there is a hair in my soup!”
The waiter says, “it’s usually a fly(苍蝇) in the soup, I remember.”
1. Mr Jackson usually goes home ____________.
A. by bus B.by car C.by bike D. on foot
2. __________, so Mr Jackson has to stay in the office.
A. There is no bus B.There is a very important meeting
C.Something is wrong with his car D.It is very cold outside
3. The last bus leaves at ___________.
A.7:30 B.7:45 C.7:55 D.8:05
4. Mr Jackson wants to have some hot soup first because ___________.
A.the restaurant is very warm B. he is hungry
C.there are few people in the restaurant D.he feels cold after he leaves his office
5. The waiter’s words mean that __________.
A.the soup in the restaurant is nice B.the hair is Mr Jackson’s
C.there are usually flies in the soup D.he has to say sorry to Mr Jackson
A mother camel was walking with her son through the desert．They were looking for water and grass．
The son asked his mother what water and grass looked like．The mother replied that water was blue and looked like the sky，while grass was green and nice．
After they had walked a day and a night，her son suddenly cried，“Look，mother，there’s water and grass over there．”
“What a foolish talk，child!”
The water and grass was on the left，while the desert was on the right．Because the mother camel had been blind in her left eye since she was a baby，she could see nothing with her left eye．
After they had gone another day and night，the young camel found a second oasis，but his mother still did not believe him．She said that was not an oasis，but a desert．She said she knew more than her son and couldn’t be wrong．
Her son got angry．When he saw an oasis again，he left his mother without telling her．He ran into the grass and ate his fill（吃个够）．
（ ）1．The mother camel could see thing _____．
A．only with the left eye B．only with the right eye
C．with both of her eyes D．with neither of her eyes
（ ）2．The young camel saw the oases _____．
A．just on the left
B．just on the right
C．neither on the left nor on the right
D．not only on the left but also on the right
（ ）3．The son did not know what water and grass looked like_____．
A．when they met the water and grass for the first time
B．when he found the second oasis
C．before he found the first oasis
D．after he found the water and grass for the fist time
（ ）4．The mother camel did not believe her son had found the oases because_____．
A．the son was a foolish child
B．she was very clever
C．she thought she knew more than her son and she was always right
D．the son was too young to know what water and grass looked like
（ ）5．It was when the young camel found an oasis the _____ time that the young camel got
very angry and left his mother．
A．first B．second C．third D．fourth
People often said Thomas Edison was the greatest genius of his age．There are only a few men in all of history，who have changed the lives of other men as much as the inventor of the first useful electric light．But Edison could never be pleased only because someone said he was a genius．"There is no such a thing as genius，" Edison said．He thought what people called genius was mostly hard work．
But Edison was a thinker as well as a worker．From his earliest days as a child he wondered about the secrets of nature．He tried to understand them，and then he tried to learn what he could usefully do with them．
Edison enjoyed thinking．He knew that most people would do almost anything instead of the difficult work of thinking，especially if they do not think very often．But he knew，too，that thinking could give men enjoyment and pleasure．
Edison could not understand why anyone could not be interested in life．As he loved to think，he also loved to work．On the day he became 75 years old，someone asked him what idea he had about life．"Work，" he answered，"Discovering the secrets of nature and using them to make men happier．" He said he had enough inventions in his mind to give him another 100 years of work．
（ ）1．What is genius according to Thomas Edison?
A．Hard thinking． B．Hard work．
C．Useful ideas． D．Useful inventions．
（ ）2．How did Edison always deal with the secrets of nature after exploring them?
A．To write down what he had learned． B．To carry out a new experiment．
C．To make them useful in life． D．To share them with others
（ ）3．What could not Edison understand?
A．He couldn’t understand how anybody enjoyed life．
B．He couldn’t understand if anybody loved working．
C．He couldn’t understand why anybody loved thinking．
D．He couldn’t understand why anybody was tired of life．
（ ）4． Was Edison a good thinker or a good worker?
A．He was a good thinker．
B．He was either a good worker or a good thinker．
C．He was a good thinker and he was a good worker，too．
D．He was neither a good thinker nor a good worker．
（ ）5．What does the last sentence in the passage mean?
A．Edison was born to be a great inventor
B．Edison was able to live another 100 years
C．Edison was ready to make his 100th invention
D．Life was too short for Edison to work for human beings
Have you ever gone traveling on the train that was named after the letter D?
Named after the letter D, the new trains run at speeds of 200 to 250 kilometers one hour. These are much faster than Z-type and T-type trains. For example, it used to take people 12 hours to travel from Shanghai to Beijing. But now it only takes 10 hours. The most interesting part of the bullet（子弹头）trains is the revolving (旋转)seats. People can adjust (调整)their seats as they like, so that it is easy for you to talk with others around you face to face. The new trains run between big cities. They make the long trips much faster and more comfortable.
All coins have two sides. However, many passengers still won’t choose the bullet trains for some reasons. The ticket prices of the bullet trains are much higher. For an easy example, a hard seat ticket from Beijing to Jinan is only RMB90 for T-type trains. But on the bullet trains all the seats are soft. And they cost RMB 153 to 154. On the other hand, the bullet trains stop at the small stations such as Tianjin only for one minute.
( ) 1. Passengers who take the D106 train in Tianjin have to hurry because .
A. it stops for three minutes B. there are too many passengers
C. it runs too fast D. it stops for only one minute
( )2. What is the most interesting part of the bullet trains?
A. The hard seats. B. The revolving seats.
C. The beautiful colors. D. The train tickets.
( )3. How long does it take to travel from Shanghai to Beijing on a bullet trains now?
A. 20 hours. B. 12 hours. C. 10 hours. D. 5 hours.
( )4. The bullet trains make the long trips .
A. faster and more comfortable B. more dangerous
C. more boring D. cheaper
( )5. Why won’t many passengers choose the bullet trains?
A. Because they can’t enjoy scenery on the way.
B. Because they are too small.
C. Because they stop too often.
D. Because the ticket prices are too high.
A doctor entered the hospital in a hurry. He changed his clothes and went directly to the surgery room（外科手术室）.
He found the boy’s father walking in the hall waiting for the doctor. On seeing him, the dad shouted, “Why did you take all this time to come? Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger?”
The doctor smiled and said, “I am sorry, I wasn’t in the hospital and I came as fast as I could after receiving the call. And now, I wish you’d calm down.”
“Calm down?! What if your son was in this room right now, would you calm down?” said the father angrily.The doctor smiled again and replied, “We will do our best to save your son.”
After some hours the doctor went out happily. “Thank goodness! Your son is saved!” And without waiting for the father’s reply he went on his way running. “If you have any questions, please ask the nurse!”
“Why is he impolite? Why didn’t he wait some minutes so that I could ask about my son’s illness.” said the father when seeing the nurse minutes after the doctor left.
The nurse answered, “His son died yesterday in a road accident. He was at the burial when we called him for your son’s surgery. And he left running to finish his son’s burial.”
（ ）1.Who was impolite in fact?
A.The doctor. B.The boy’s father.
C.The nurse. D.The doctor’s son.
（ ）2.By saying “I wish you’d calm down”, the doctor expected the father to ________.
A.be relaxed B.go out
C.be worried D.sit down
（ ）3.What happened to the doctor’s son?
A.He was in need of a doctor.
B.He was saved by his father.
C.He was dead in a road accident.
D.He was lying in the hospital.
（ ）4.Where was the doctor when the hospital called him?
A.He was at home.
B.He was in his office.
C.He was at his son’s burial.
D.He was in the hall of the hospital.
（ ）5.Which is NOT true about the doctor?
A.He was responsible.
B.He could keep his cool.
C.He was hardworking.
D.He had no kindness to the patient.
Once a king was walking around a pool with his ministers(大臣). Suddenly he came up with an idea. He asked, “How many buckets(桶) would you need to hold all the 1 in the pool?” The ministers couldn’t give an answer. The king was angry, “You 2 answer my question in three days!”
Three days passed, but 3 of the ministers had the answer. Just then, a child said that he knew it. The king told the ministers to 4 the child to the pool. To his surprise, the child 5 and said with a smile, “It’s very 6. We don’t need to go to the pool.” This made the king pleased. “All right. Let us know your 7.” The child said, “If you know the 8 of the bucket, the answer is known. 9 it is as big as the pool, there is one bucket of water; half as big, two buckets...”
“Stop! That’s it. You have the answer. They were thinking of the things 10 the wrong way.”
Sometimes to get out of a difficulty, one must change his or her way of thinking.
（ ）1.A.water B.fish C.flowers D.grass
（ ）2.A.can B.may C.will D.must
（ ）3.A.one B.none C.all D.every
（ ）4.A.make B.stop C.drive D.take
（ ）5.A.thought B.left C.disagreed D.agreed
（ ）6.A.hard B.easy C.impossible D.possible
（ ）7.A.answer B.plan C.question D.key
（ ）8.A.color B.shape C.size D.problem
（ ）9.A.But B.If C.When D.Because
（ ）10.A.by B.on C.at D.in
About 130 years ago. Thomas Edison of the US invented the light bulb (电灯). Edison's bulb has turned night into day ever since. But today， many want to turn the light off.
The European Union (欧盟) recently decided that by 2009， people should stop using the Edison-style light bulb. Instead， they should use compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs节能 灯).
"CFLs save energy and last longer. They Can save money in the long run，" said a British official. CFLs use 67 percent (67%) less electricity than the older bulbs. They last up to 10 times (倍) longer. Scentists say that if everyone used CFLs， electricity use would be cut by 18 percent. There would also be much smaller amounts of greenhouse gases (温室气体) given off.
But it's difficult to make people change their lighting habits. First the CFLs are more expensive. They cost eight times the price of the older bulbs. Many people don't like the CFL bulb. They find it too bright. You cannot change the light of a CFL， either.
CFLs have been around for several years. However. the older lights still make up about two-thirds (2/3) of total(全部的) light bulb sales.
1 Thomas Edison invented the CFL bulb 130 years ago.
2. Countries in the European Union will not use Edison-style bulbs by 2009.
3. Using CFLs helps protect environment.
4. If you get an older bulb for 1 Euro (欧元). the CFL bulb will cost you 8 Euros.
5. CFLs have been widely used instead of the older bulbs for several years.
If we are asked exactly what we were doing a year ago, we might have to say that we could not remember. But if we had kept a book and written in it the account（陈述） of what we did each day, we should be able to give an answer to the question.
It is the same in history. Many things have been forgotten because we do not have any written accounts of them. Sometimes men did keep a record of the important happenings in their country, but often it was destroyed by fire or in a war. Sometimes there were not any written records at all because the people of that time and place did not know how to write. For example, we know a great deal about the people who lived in China 4000 years ago, because they could write and leave written records for those who lived after them. But we know almost nothing about the people who lived even 200 years ago in central Africa, because they had not learned to write.
Sometimes, of course, even if the people cannot write, they may know something of the past. They have heard about it from older people, and often songs， dances and stories have been made about the most important happenings, and those have been sung and acted and told for many generations, for most people are proud to tell what their fathers did in the past. We may call this “remembered history”. Some of it has now become written history, because words are much easier to record the history. But where there are no written records, such spoken stories are often very helpful.
1. Which of the following ideas is not talked in the passage above?
A. Remembered history is less reliable（可靠的） than written history.
B. Written records of the past play a very important part in our learning of the human history.
C. A written account of our daily activities helps us to answer some questions.
D. Where there are no written records, there is no history.
2. Remembered history refers to__________.
A. history based on a person’s imagination（想象）.
B. Stories of important happenings passed from mouth to mouth.
C. Songs and dances about the most important events.
D. Both B and C.
3. Remembered history is regarded as valuable only when _________.
A. it is written down B. there is no written account
C. it proves to be true D. people are interested in it
4. It can be inferred（推断） from the passage that we could have learned much more about our past than we do now if our ancestors（祖先） had ________.
A. kept a written record of every past event
B .not burned their written records in wars
C. told exactly stories of the most important happenings
D. made more songs and dances
5. Which is true according to the passage?
A. People in the old days did not keep records at all.
B. We know everything that happened in the past
C. We may know something of the past completely from songs and dances
D. If we had written down the events that happened, we might have known much about the old days.
The ancient kingdom of Egypt lay along the fertile (肥沃的) valley of the Nile River in northeastern Africa. For nearly three millennia(千年), the Egyptian kings ruled one of the ancient world’s richest and most powerful nations. So long was Egypt’s history that modern writers measure its time not in years but in dynasties.
According to the legend (传说), a ruler named Menes was the first to unite the lands of northern and southern Egypt, an event that historians date to around 3100 B.C. Menes established the First Dynasty, and this event marks the beginning of the ancient Egyptian kingdom. At about the same time as the unification（统一） of Egypt came important advances in agriculture, metalworking, transportation, and communication in the Nile valley and in the Delta region where the Nile spreads out into several branches before reaching the Mediterranean Sea. During this time, the Egyptians also invented a system of hieroglyphs, or picture symbols to record important events.
Menes and the other kings of the First Dynasty ruled during a period of Egyptian history known as the Old Kingdom. At this time, the city of Memphis, just south of the Nile Delta, served as the capital of ancient Egypt. As Egypt’s population increased, the kings ruling Memphis set about conquering（征服） neighboring lands, and as a result the realm(王国) grew wealthier. Menes’ successor, a king named Aha, invaded（入侵） Nubia, the land lying south of Egypt. Another First Dynasty king, Den, successfully fought the Bedouin, a people who lived in the deserts lying both to the east and west of the Nile valley.
1. From the passage we know that ________.
A. the Nile flows into the Mediterranean Sea directly
B. lots of writers feel like writing long stories about ancient Egypt
C. ancient Egypt was a wealthy country in the ancient world
D. the Egyptian kings ruled Egypt for hundreds of years
2. The ancient Egyptian kingdom was started by _______.
A. Menes B. Aha C. Den D. Khufu
3. The underlined word “hieroglyphs” in Paragraph 2 refers to______.
A. paper used to write words
B. pictures painted by ancient painters
C. symbols or pictures used in a writing system
D. poems used to record important events
4. It has been ______ since the unification of Egypt.
A. less than 4000 years B. more than 5000 years
C. more than 3000 years D. less than 2000 years
5. According to the passage, which of the following is TRUE?
A. Nubian and Bedouin fought together against the Egyptians.
B. Menes invaded Nubia, the land to the south of Egypt.
C. The ancient kingdom of Egypt grew richer because of conquering neighboring lands.
D. Memphis is still the capital of Egypt now.
It had been a year since Susan, 34, became blind. Because of a medical misdiagnosis (误诊), she was suddenly thrown into a world of darkness, anger and disappointment. Mark, her husband, drove her to work every day, even though they worked on opposite sides of the city. Soon, however, Mark realized the arrangement wasn’t working. Susan had to start taking the bus again. Just as he thought, Susan was frightened of the idea of taking the bus again. “How am I supposed to know where I am going? I feel like you’re abandoning (抛弃) me,” she responded bitterly.
Mark taught her how to rely on her other senses, especially her hearing, to determine where she was and how to adapt to her new environment. Monday morning arrived, and they went their separate ways for the first time.
On Friday morning, Susan took the bus to work as usual. As she was paying, the driver said, “I do envy(嫉妒) you.” Curious, she asked the driver, “Why do you say that?”
The driver responded, “It must feel good to be taken care of and protected as you are.” “What do you mean?” she asked.
The driver answered, “You know, every morning for the past week, a fine-looking gentleman in a military uniform has been standing across the street watching you as you get off the bus. He makes sure you cross the street safely and he watches until you enter your office building. Then he blows you a kiss, gives you a little salute (敬礼) and walks away.”
Tears of happiness poured down Susan’s cheeks. Mark had given her a gift more powerful than sight — a gift of love that can bring light where there is darkness.
1. Susan became blind because ______.
A. the doctors treated her in the wrong way
B. she had a serious traffic accident
C. she was thrown into a world of darkness
D. she had an eye illness
2. Why did Mark ask his wife to take the bus again?
A. Because he wanted to show her his love.
B. Because he wanted to tell her that he didn’t love her anymore.
C. Because he wanted to train her other senses, especially her hearing.
D. Because he wanted his wife to leave him.
3. Who does the part “a fine-looking gentleman in a military uniform” probably refer to?
A. Susan’s husband. B. Susan’s friend.
C. The bus driver. D. Susan’s brother.
4. Which of the following would be the best title for the passage?
A. A Blind Woman B. A Clever Husband
C. A World of Darkness D. A Powerful Gift of Love
Xiaofan, a smart boy from Shenzhen, used to have difficulty in getting up on time, and his alarm clock was of no use at all. It made him very upset. One day, he had a good idea.
Xiaofan went to a shop and bought a tape. Back home, he started to record what he wanted. After that, he took out a tool box and connected his tape player with the new tape to his alarm clock. A special alarm clock was born. At a certain time in the morning, the tape player would play soft music with a low and sweet voice of a young girl, “Wake up, please.” Five minutes later, the tape player would play again, and it might be loud music. At the same time, he could hear a recording of his parent, “Wake up at once, or you’ll be late!”
Several days later, Xiaofan got used to the sound of the recordings. After the recordings, he was still sleepy, and even fall asleep again. That was terrible! So he went to the library and borrowed plenty of books home to deal with his problem of getting up late.
He made it! With the help of what he had learned from the books, he put a mechanical（机械的）arm at the end of the bed. Now if Xiaofan still doesn’t get up at last, the arm in the bed will “beat” him, and even make him out of the bed.
The special bed with a mechanical arm helps Xiaofan a lot, but it is not sold in stores.
1. ________ used to be Xiaofan’s problem in the morning.
A. Playing soft music B. Making a new bed
C. Falling asleep D. Being difficult to get up on time
2. Xiaofan bought ________ in the shop.
A. an alarm clock B. a tape C. a tool box D. a tape player
3. Xiaofan went to the library to ________.
A. return some books B. write a book
C. borrow many books home D. read plenty of books there
4. Now if Xiaofan still doesn’t get up at last, ________.
A. the alarm clock will ring again
B. the arm in the bed will “beat” him
C. he will hear a recording of his parent
D. the tape player will play a recording of a young girl
5. From the passage, we can know that Xiaofan is ________.
A. creative B. outgoing C. lazy D. careless
The Sweetest Sight
I was in the most beautiful city in the world, yet I only wanted home.
It was an amazing week for my husband and me—the trip of a lifetime. Months ago, when my husband told me that he would have a meeting in London, I told him my wish to go to Europe together with him. Then we asked his mother to look after our two children and started off.
During the week’s time, we visited London and Paris—as much as we could, Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and so on. All these were beautiful places we expected to see before. We really had a fantastic time.
On our last night in Paris, after we enjoyed the night sight of the Eiffel Tower, my husband called home. His mother answered the phone. In a second, my husband’s face fell and looked so worried. I could feel there was something bad.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
He didn’t answer and went on to listen. A few minutes later, he said sadly to me that Tony, our seven-year-old son, fell down from his bike and broke his leg. He must be sent to hospital at once.
At that moment, Paris suddenly lost its charm(魅力).
“I don’t want to be here! I shouldn’t be here! I should be home with my kids!”
We hurried back to our hotel and then to the airport…
Finally, we got home. We rushed into our children’s bedroom. Seeing our two children, I suddenly understood the truth: There is no sweeter sight in the world than our children’s faces that greet us at home.
1. Who went to the Europe countries?
A. The writer. B. Her husband.
C. All her family members. D. The writer and her husband.
2.How did they play in Europe?
A. They had a good time there. B. They visited only a few small places.
C. They didn’t enjoy the sights there. D. They only stayed in the hotel.
3.What happened to her family during their stay in Europe?
A. Their two children were ill. B. Their mother was ill in hospital.
C. Their son fell off his bike and broke his leg. D. Everything was all right.
4. What can we learn from the article?
A. The sweetest sight in the world is from family members.
B. There are no interesting places in the world.
C. We should stay at home instead of going out.
D. One family should have only one child.
Jimmy lived in the country, and he loved playing in a very shallow(浅的)river near his house; but then his father got a job in a big city, and he moved there with his family.
Their new house had a garden, but the garden was very small. Jimmy wasn’t very happy.
“Is there a river near here?” he asked his mother on the first morning.
His mother answered,“ No, there isn’t, but there’s a beautiful park near here, Jimmy, and there’s a pool in it. We’ll go there this afternoon.” Then Jimmy was happy.
After lunch, Jimmy and his mother went to the park, Jimmy wanted to walk near the pool, but there was a sign in front of it. His mother read it to him: “WARNING（警告）: This pool is dangerous. 367 people have fallen（下跌）into it.” Jimmy looked into the pool carefully. Then he said, “I can’t see them.”
1. Jimmy’s father worked in a big city.
2. After breakfast, Jimmy and his mother went to the park.
3. The garden was very small.
4. There’s a pool in the country.
5. 367 people have fallen into the pool.