During the Spring and Autumn Period, there lived a great musician named Yu Boya. He played guqin very well. 1 ． Zhong Ziqi was one of them.
One day, Yu Boya came back from a trip to the mountains. He played guqin to express his love for the mountains.
2 ． Zhong said, “How beautifully you’re playing guqin ! When I listen to you playing guqin , I can almost see the mountains in front of my eyes.”
3 ． Then he played another tune( 调子 ). Zhong clapped his hands and cheered again, “What a beautiful tune it is! When I listen to it, I seem to imagine hundreds of boats are sailing down big rivers.”
Boya was surprised at Zhong’s comments( 评论 ). 4 ． Whenever he played a new tune, Zhong could tell what Boya was thinking about when he played the tune.
“You appreciate( 欣赏 ) my music and understand my mind. You know me like a true friend,” Boya said excitedly.
After that, Boya and Zhong became close friends. After Zhong’s death, Boya was so sad that he broke his guqin and decided never to play it again.
This is the story about Yu Boya and Zhong Ziqi. We can learn a lesson from the story. 5 ． If you find your true friends, love them and cherish( 珍惜 ) real friendships.
A ． Boya was pleased to hear Zhong’s words.
B ． It is hard to find a true friend.
C ． Many people enjoyed his music.
D ． He decided to play more tunes for Zhong.
E.Zhong Ziqi stood beside Yu Boya as he was playing guqin.
You can spread joy and happiness with a bright s______. It’s one of the best gifts that you can give to others.
What a shiny scooter( 踏板车 )! Sophie couldn’t keep her eyes off it. Her dad noticed.
“Sophie, you have a scooter already, a really nice one!” “I know, but this one is so shiny and new,” Sophie said. “It is great, but we have to go,” said her dad.
They left the store. Sophie knew her scooter was nice, and it still worked. She just couldn’t stop thinking of that new scooter!
A few weeks later, Sophie and her dad were back in the store.
The scooter was just there, with a big sale sign on it! The girl ran right over to it. Her dad looked at the price.
“I know you’ve been thinking about this scooter a lot, Sophie. The sale price is pretty good, though it’s still a lot of money. I can’t just buy this for you. But what if I pay for part of it, then lend you the money for the rest, and you promise to pay me back?” her dad asked.
“Really?” Sophie said excitedly. “I promise I will pay you back!”
As they were walking towards the cashier desk( 收银台 ), her dad asked Sophie if she knew what it meant to borrow money.
“Yes, it means that I have to give it back to you,” Sophie answered.
Her dad responded, “You’re right, but you can give it back to me a little at a time. Now you get five dollars a week for your allowance( 零用钱 ). You could pay it back to me once a week until you pay off your part of the scooter. It will take several months.”
“Thank you, Dad! I will pay you back with my allowance until I return all the money.”
1 ． Sophie wanted a new scooter because ________.
A ． her old scooter was broken
B ． she didn’t have one
C ． the one in the store was so shiny
D ． the one in the store was very cheap
2 ． Sophie’s father asked her to return the money________ until it was paid off.
A ． once a month
B ． with her allowance
C ． by borrowing her mother’s money
D ． by doing housework
3 ． Why did Sophie’s father let her pay for part of the scooter?
A ． Because she had too much allowance.
B ． Because he didn’t take enough money with him.
C ． Because their family was very poor.
D ． Because he wanted Sophie to know money doesn’t come easily.
4 ． What can we know from the passage?
A ． Sophie promised to return the money happily.
B ． Sophie didn’t want her old scooter any more.
C ． Sophie’s father would buy a third scooter for her.
D ． Sophie regretted paying for her part of the scooter.
Location( 位置 ):
1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 10:00 a.m. —5:00 p. m.
Telephone: (619) 720—8188
https:// museumofus.org/ exhibits/ California—tower
Timken Museum of Art
1500 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: Closed until
Website: http: / / www.timkenmuseum. org
House of Pacific Relations International Cottages
Open Houses: noon—5:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, showcase the national traditions from many lands.
· Larin( 草坪 ) programs: 2:00 p m—5:00 p. m. on Sundays from March through October
Website: http: / / www. sdhpr. org
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Location: Pavilion—Pan American Place, San Diego, CA 92101
Sunday concerts at 2:00 p. m.
International Organ Festival concerts, Monday nights, 7:30 p.m.
Telephone: (619) 702—8138
Website: https:// spreckelsorgan. org
1 ． If you’re interested in music, you can go to________.
A ． California Tower
B ． Timken Museum of Art
C ． Spreckels Organ Pavilion
D ． House of Pacific Relations International Cottages
2 ． When can you visit House of Pacific Relations International Cottages?
A ． At 3: 30 p.m. on Mondays.
B ． At 2:00 p. m. on Sundays in May.
C ． At 11:00 a. m. on Sundays in October.
D ． At 8: 00 a. m. every Saturday and Sunday.
3 ． What can we know from the ads above?
A ． Timken Museum of Art isn’t open now.
B ． California Tower is at 1500 El Prado, San Diego, CA92101.
C ． You can enjoy Lawn programs every Saturday and Sunday.
D ． we can call (619)702—8138 for more information about California Tower.
When Wang Haiyan was young, her favorite toys weren’t Barbie dolls. Instead, she started learning to make shadow puppets( 皮影 ) from her father at 13. Now 43, Wang has spent 30 years practicing and spreading the art.
Shadow puppetry is a form of theater that uses puppets made from leather( 皮 ) or paper, accompanied( 伴奏 ) by music and singing. It was invented during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC—AD 24). It tells us about folk tales and historical stories, passing down culture and customs over thousands of years.
Shadow puppetry is all about creating the puppets and performing with them. Wang’s hometown of Hua county, Shanxi, is known as the birthplace of the folk art.
Puppet—makers must follow 24 steps to make the puppets including washing the leather, carving( 雕刻 ) and painting, according to Wang. Carving is the most difficult part.
“We have a special carving skill—moving the leather under the knife,” Wang said. It took Wang three years to master this skill. She used a brick( 砖块 ) to strengthen her left hand while practicing. It takes about 3,000 carves to make a shadow puppet. “The complex ( 复杂的 ) steps make it hard to hand down the folk art,” she said.
But Wang has found a way to do so. In recent years, she has made shadow puppets based on some cartoon series and given a live streaming performance. She used colors like blue and purple that were hardly seen in shadow puppetry and added more sticks to the puppets to make the performance more lively. “I hope more and more young people enjoy shadow puppetry and pass it down,” she said,
1 ． Making the puppets includes the following steps except ________.
A ． painting B ． carving C ． washing the leather D ． making bricks
2 ． What does Paragraph 2 mainly tell us?
A ． Where shadow puppetry was invented.
B ． What shadow puppetry is.
C ． Why people like shadow puppetry.
D ． When Wang began to learn shadow puppetry.
3 ． What does the underlined phrase “hand down” mean in the fifth paragraph?
A ．传承 B ．提高 C ．酷爱 D ．放弃
4 ． Which of the following statements about Wang Haiyan is TRUE?
A ． She learned all by herself to make shadow puppets.
B ． She didn’t master the carving skill until she was 43.
C ． She expected more young people to spread shadow puppetry.
D ． She was more interested in cartoon series than shadow puppetry.
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