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(1)

This is a talk by a London taxi(出租车)driver.

“I?ve been a taxi driver for nearly ten years. Most London taxi drivers have their own taxis.”

“It?s a nice job most of time. you meet a lot of people. I always work at night, because there is too much traffic during the day. I live twenty miles(英里)outside London and I go to work at 5:30 in the afternoon.”

“I usually go home between 2 and 3 in the morning.”

“Some very strange things happened late at night 。The other day I was taking a woman home from a party 。She had her little dog with her. When we got to her house, she found that she had lost her key. So I waited in the car with the dog while she climbed in through the windows.”

“I waited and waited. After half an hour of ringing the bell I decided to find out what was going on 。I tied the dog to a tree and started to climb in through the window. The next thing I knew was that the police came. They thought I was a thief(小偷)。

Luckily the woman came downstairs(下楼)。She must have gone to sleep and forgotten about me and the dog!”

1.The driver always worked at night because it was easier to _____。

A. drive B. make money ? C. climb in through the window D. meet a lot of people

2.The woman climbed in through the window because _____。

A. she wanted to have a sleep

B. her husband didn?t open the door for her

C. she didn?t want to pay the driver

D. she couldn?t find her key

3.The story happened _____。

A. early in the morning B. late at night

C.20 miles outside London D. near the police station

4.Which of the following is wrong?

A. The driver worked until between 2 and 3 in the morning.

B. The police made a mistake.

C. The woman had no money to pay the driver.

D. The woman had forgotten about the driver and the dog.

5. The driver climbed in through the window to

A. get money from the woman

B. return the dog to the woman

C. see what was happening in the house

D. phone the police

KEY: 1-5 ADBCC

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There are fifty states in the United States. The largest in population is California, the largest in area is Alaska. Alaska is the smallest in population and Rhode Island is the smallest in size. The oldest states are the ones along the Atlantic coast. The newest states are Alaska and Hawaii. Alaska is also the coldest state. California and Florida are the warmer. Henry and his family live in Seattle, a big city, on the Pacific coast. But Los Angeles and San Francisco, also on the Pacific coast, are larger than Seattle. Henry?s cousin, Susan, lives in New York. It is the largest city in the United States. Thousands of people visit New York each year. The most important city in the 1

United States is Washington, D.C. It is the capital, but it is much smaller than New York.

1. How many states are there in the U. S. A. ?

A. Five B. Forty- Five. C. Fifty D. Fifteen.

2. Which state is the largest in population?

A. California. B. Rhode-Island.

C. Alaska D. Los Angeles.

3. Which state is the oldest, the newest, and the smallest in population?

A. Rhode Island. B. Seattle. C. San Francisco. D. Alaska.

4. Which of the following is true?

A. The oldest states are the ones along the Pacific coast.

B. Washington is the most important and the largest city.

C. New York is the largest city in the United States.

D. Henry?s cousin lives in the Seattle.

5. Why is Washington, D. C. the most important American city?

Because _________。

A. it is the largest city B. it is the largest in population

C. it is the most beautiful city D. it is the capital of the United States

KEY: 1. C 2. A 3. D 4. C 5. D

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Mrs Black lives in a small village. Her husband is dead. Her son, Jack, lived with her. He worked in a shop in the village, but then he found a job in town named Greensea. He went to live there. Mrs Black was very angry. She got on a train and went to see her son. Then she said to him, "Jack,why do you never telephone me?"

Jack laughed, "But, mother, you haven?t got a telephone. "“No. "she answered, "I haven?t, but you have got one. "

1. The old Black ______。

A. is dead B. lives with his wife

C. went to a small village D. worked in a shop

2. Jack lived with his mother ______ he worked in the village.

A. before B. when C. after D. so

3. Greensea is _________。

A. a big city B. a small village C. a town D. a man?s name

4. Jack didn?t phone his mother because ______。

A. he had no phone B. he was very busy

C. his mother had no phone D. he went home every day

5. Jack?s mother was very angry because ______。

A. Jack didn?t want to ring her up

B. Jack had a telephone but she hadn?t

C. she didn?t know how to make a telephone

D. she didn?t know she couldn?t be called

KEY: 1. A 2. B 3. C 4. C 5. D

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Danny was just tired about the way things were going.His mom came to the school and went on and on about Rick Jackson.It seemed that she would never stop talking.“Somebody?s got to 2

stop that boy! " she was shouting.”Rick?s troubling everybody in the neighborhood(四邻).And he loves to pick on(结交)little boys like Danny."

Mrs.Green, Danny?s teacher, was concerned(担心)a lot.“I didn?t know that Danny was being picked on, " she answered.”He?s never said anything about this to me! " Mrs.Green looked at Danny.“How long has this been going on? " she asked.Danny could only shake his head and look at the floor.He knew if he said a word about this, he would have trouble after school.

Danny hadn?t said anything about the problem because he wanted to do things with the boys in the neighborhood.After all, most of them were nice to him.He hated to leave the gang just because of Rick.Maybe the time had come to find new friends.He felt it hard to make up his mind.

1.We learn from the reading that ______.

A.Danny was not a good student

B.Danny?s mother talked too much about the school

C.Danny?s teacher knew something about Danny?s problem before

D.Danny wanted to get away from Rick

2.When Danny?s mother came for Mrs Green, the matter was now ______ to Mrs Green.

A.serious B.common C.untrue D.similar

3.Danny now ______.

A.was tired of the school and his friends

B.had no friends at all

C.was not sure what he should to with the problem

D.made some new friends in the neighborhood

4.Danny didn?t say anything about the matter to Mrs Green because ______.

A.she had known it

B.the other boys would tell her

C.he didn?t want to be in trouble

D.his mother didn?t want him to say it

5.The word ?gang? in the reading means ?______?.

A.a place for boys to play games

B.a group of young people

C.a school bus for children to and from school

D.the teacher?s office

KEY: 1.D 2.A 3.C 4.C 5.B

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Foulsham House is a fine, large house of the 1790s.It stands by the River Byer, in twenty—five hectares(公顷)of the best farmland in the southwest.

The house was built by Smithson, and the story goes back to George, the son of King of Whales, who fell in love with the beautiful Lady Kitty, at one of the first Foulsham?s wild woods(野外)parties.Many years ago many great men rode on the hills about Foulsham House, and many fine girls took tea in the Green Room.

The house has eight bedrooms, three bathrooms(浴室), two living—rooms, and a dining—room with a real Adam fireplace.Its library has a good view over the park and the river.All rooms are light and airy, with good, high windows, and wood floors. 3

At the back of the house there is room for four cars.The third Foulsham once kept there.In many other ways, this house of the 1790s meets the needs of the 1990s.

If you wish to know more about Foulsham House, write to:

Harvey.Platt, Longford &Son

6, Castle Green, Gilham, Byreside.

1.Foulsham House is ______.

A.an old farm house

B.a 25—house for people to come to listen to its story

C.a large house for people to come to listen to its story

D.a house with a history of nearly two hundred years

2.We learn from the reading that ______.

A.Smithson built the house for wild wood parties

B.many important people had been to Foulsham House

C.George and Lady Kitty loved the house and had many parties here

D.the Green Room is a place for many girls to make tea

3.The sentence ?Its library has a good view over the park and the river, ? means ?______?.

A.The park and the river can be seen clearly from the library

B.The library has a picture of the park and the river on the wall

C.The library was built in the park by the river

D.Books about the park and the river can be read in the library

4.Which of the following is true?

A.The 3rd Foulsham often rode his horses at the back of the house.

B.The house has a room for four cars at the back of the house.

C.The road behind the house is wide enough for 4 cars to go.

D.There is some parking behind the house.

5.We can infer(推断) that Harvey ______.

A.wants the house to meet the needs of modern life

B.wants people to know the history of the house

C.wants to sell the house

D.wants some money to make the house meet today?s needs

KEY: 1.D 2.B 3.A 4.D 5.C

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John sent for a doctor because his wife was ill. He called the doctor and made sure they would meet at five. He arrived at the doctor?s at twenty to five. He thought, "It?s a little bit earlier. I?ll wait for a moment. It?s good to keep the time."

Then he stopped his car in front of the doctor?s. He looked around and saw a noisy square(广场)not far from here. He went there and sat down on a chair to enjoy the last light of afternoon sun and make himself quiet. He saw some children playing and some women talking to each other happily.

Suddenly he heard a girl crying. He came up to her and asked some questions. Then he knew she got lost. John tried to find out her address and took her home. The girl?s parents were very thankful.

Then John hurried to the doctor?s. The doctor said angrily when he saw him, "You?re late. Why did you keep me waiting for twenty minutes? " John said nothing but one 4

word—“Sorry! "

1.John drove to the doctor?s ______.

A.late B.on time C.in time D.in no time

2.John went to the square to ______.

A.spend the time B.enjoy himself

C.see the children and the women D.help the girl

3.The girl cried because ______.

A.someone hit her B.she fell off her bike

C.her parents were angry with her D.she didn?t find the way home

4.At last John got to the doctor?s at ______.

A.twenty to five B.twenty past five

C.five o?clock D.forty past five

5.From the story, we know John is a ______.

A.busy person B.quiet person

C.helpful person D.lucky person

KEY: 1.C 2.A 3.D 4.B 5.C

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The big red American car was much too wide for an English country road. When Jack saw it coming toward him, he stopped his own car at the side if the road to make room for it to past. The American car went slowly past, so close that he could see the driver?s face quite clearly. “Where have I seen that face before ?" he thought, "Wait a minute! I remember now. It was in the newspaper!" He took out the newspaper from his bag, turned quickly to the middle page. There was a picture of the face in it. Yes, it bad a large mouth and small ears, and his eyes were behind dark glasses.

”Wanted by the police," read by Jack. "The City Bank will give a lot of money to anyone who helps the police to catch this man. "

“Call the police at once," he said to himself. But a few minutes later, he was sad. "This man was caught this morning," answered the police.

1. In which country did the story happen?

A. It happened in America.

B. It happened in Australia. 。

C. It happened in England.

D. The story didn?t tell us.

2. Why did Jack stop his car?

A. He wanted to see who the driver was.

B. He didn?t want to pass by first.

C. The road was too narrow for the two cars to pass at the same time.

D. Because it was good for an Englishman to stop to let other go.

3. Who was wanted by the police in this passage?

A. Jack.

B. The driver in the American car.

C. Either Jack or the driver.

D. Neither Jack nor the American driver.

4. what did Jack do when he had read the newspaper again?

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A. He drove to the City Bank

B. He drove to the police.

C. He made a telephone call.

D. He stopped the American car.

5. Who caught the man with a large mouth and small ears?

A. The police. B. Jack

C. Nobody. D. The American driver

KEY: 1. C 2. C 3. D 4. C 5. A

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Linda and David have travelled by air from London to Sydney, Australia. Linda has promised(答应)her mother that she will ring her to let her know that they have arrived safely. This is something she had done ever since she was a child. David thinks it is not a good idea to ring so far, to spend too much, and to say so little.

“If there were an accident. " He says, ?they?d know soon enough. Bad news travels fast. "

But Linda has promised that she would ring. "However," she says, "?it doesn?t cost much when you just think that it?s the other side of the world. It?s only six pence per second (每秒六便士)。"

”If you?re on that telephone for less than one minute, I?ll eat my hat,? David says, "And one minute?s nearly four pounds(英镑)。 "

“That?s no more than you?d pay for a new hat," ??Linda answers.

She has asked the man at the hotel (旅馆) desk to get her the number. The telephone rings. Linda picks it up.

”Hello, Mum. Is that you ?" She says.

“Six pence per second," David reminds(提醒) her.

”Hello, love. " It is Mrs Lee, Linda?s mother, speaking from London. "I can hear you very clearly just like you are in the next room. It?s a better line than when you called me from your office. Do you remember? I shouted at that time, and still you couldn?t hear me sometimes. " “Yes, Mum. "Linda puts in. 。 "I just wanted to ring to ……。 "

”I remember how you rang when you went to Betty?s house to eat, when you were a little girl. And then when you …" Mrs Lee is a great talker

“Nearly four pounds. " says David.

Linda tries to tell her mother that it is time to say goodbye.

”Yes, all right,“says Mrs Lee," But you will write, won?t you, as you did when you were at work …"

Once again, Mrs Lee talks about the pass. and there is no stopping her.

”Four pounds fifty, ?says David.

At last, Linda cuts her mother short, promises to write, and rings off.

“There! That wasn?t long, was it ?"

" Four pounds, ninety pence. " David answers. " And you didn?t even say that we?ve arrived. "

1. Linda is telephoning home to ________。

A. tell her mother some bad news

B. say that she and David have arrived safely

C. report an accident to her mother

D. say that she and David have left London

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2. Linda does not think it expensive to ring, because _____。

A. it only costs four pounds and ninety pence

B. it is even more expensive to buy a new hat

C. she had telephoned home since she was a child

D. she will speak from one side of the word to the other

73. David says, ?Nearly four pounds, because ______。

A. he wants to remind Linda of the cost of the cost of the call

B. he wants to buy himself a new hat

C. Linda has not told her mother they have arrived

D. he wants Mrs Lee to know how much the call costs

4. Mrs Lee goes on talking for so long because _______-。

A. she likes to hear all about the past.

B. she likes talking

C. Linda had not told her that she has arrived

D. she is going to pay for the telephone call

5. Linda tries to stop her mother by ________。

A. telling her how much the call is costing

B. writing a letter as she has promised to do

C. telling her that they have arrived safely

D. promising to write, and ringing off

KEY: 1. B 2. D 3. A 4. B 5. D

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In English (英格兰人) nobody under eighteen years old is allowed (允许) to drink in a bar (酒吧).Mr Thompson often went to a bar near his house.But he never took his son, Tom, because he was too young.Then when Tom had his eighteenth birthday, Mr Thompson took him to his usual bar for the first time.They drank for an hour.Tom drank a bit.Then Mr Thompson said to his son,“Now, Tom, I want to teach you a useful lesson.How do you know when you?ve had enough? Well, I?ll tell you.De you see those two lights at the end of the bar? When they seem to become four, you?ve had enough and should go home.”

“But, Dad,”said Tom,“I can only see one light at the end of the bar.”

1.Young people ______ allowed to drink in a bar until eighteen.

A.is not B.are not C.many D.must

2.When Tom was a child, his father often went to a nearby bar______ taking him.

A.by B.for C.with D.without

3.On Tom?s eighteenth birthday, he drank together with his father in that bar for ______.

A.the first time B.once

C.many times D.eighteen times

4.Father wanted to tell his son ______.

A.the time to drink B.something about the light

C.when to stop drinking D.something about the bar

5.In fact (事实上), there ______ at the end of the bar.

A.was one light B.were two lights

C.were three lights D.were four lights

KEY: 1.B 2.D 3.A 4.C 5.A

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In 1620, about half the USA was covered by forests. Today the forests have almost gone. A lot of good land has gone with them, leaving only sand. China doesn?t want to copy the USA?s example. We?re planting more and more trees. We?ve built the " Great Green Wall" of trees across northern part of our country.The Great Green Wall is 7,000 kilometres long, and between 400 and 1,700 kilometres wide. It will stop the wind from blowing the earth away. It will stop the sand from moving towards the rich farmland in the south. More "Great Green Walls" are needed. Trees must be grown all over the world. Great Green Walls will make the world better. 根据短文内容,选择正确答案。

1.In 1620, about ______ the USA was covered by forests.

A.a third B.half C.two thirds D.a fourth

2.A lot of good land has gone with ______.

A.sand B.water C.wind D.forests

3.The Great Green Wall in China is ______ long.

A.7,000 kilometers B.1,700 kilometers

C.7,000 meters D.400 kilometers

4.Trees must be grown in ______。

A.China B.the USA C.some countries D.every part of the world

5.______ will make the world better.

A.The Great Wall B.Tall buildings

C.Great Green Walls D.Flowers and grass

KEY: 1.B 2.D 3.A 4.D 5.C

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The students were having their chemistry(化学)class. Miss Li was telling the children what water was like. After that, she asked her students, "What?s water?”No one spoke for a few minutes.Miss Li asked again,“Why don?t you answer my question?Didn?t I tell you what water is like?”

Just then a boy put up his hand and said,“Miss Li,you told us that water has no colour and no smell.But where to find such kind of water?The water in the river behind my house is always black and it has a bad smell.”Most of the children agreed With him.

“I?m sorry,children.”said the teacher,“Our water is getting dirtier and dirtier.That?s a problem.

1.The students were having their _______ class.

A.English B.Chinese C.chemistry D.maths

2.Miss Li was telling the children what ______ was like.

A.water B.air C.earth D.weather

3.A boy said,”The water in the river behind my house is always _______.”

A.white B.black C.clean D.clear

4.Most of the children _______ the boy.

A.agreed with B.wrote to

C.heard from D.sent for

5.The water in the river has colour and smell because it is getting _______.

A.more and more B.less and less

C.cleaner and cleaner D.dirtier and dirtier

KEY: 1.C 2.A 3.B 4.A 5.D

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"Cool” is a word with many meanings.Its old meaning is used to express a temperature that is a little bit cold.As the world has changed,the word has had many different meaning. “Cool” can be used to express feelings of interest in almost anything.

When you see a famous car in the street,maybe you will say,“It?s cool.”You may think,“He?s so cool,”when you see your favourite footballer.

We all maximize(扩大) the meaning of “cool”.You can use it instead of many words such as "new” or "surprising”.Here?s an interesting story we can use to show the way the word is used.A teacher asked her students to write about the waterfall(瀑布)they had visited.On one student?s paper was Just the one sentence,“It?s so cool.Maybe he thought it was the best way to show what he saw and felt.

But the story also shows a scarcity(缺乏)of words.Without "cool”,some people have no words to show the same meaning.So it is quite important to keep some credibility(可信性).Can you think of many other words that make your life as colourful as the word "cool”? I can.And I think they are also very cool.

1.We know that the word “cool” has had ________。

A.only one meaning B.no meanings

C.many different meanings D.the same meaning

2.In the passage,the word ”express” means“________”。

A.see B.show C.know D.feel

3.If you are _______ something,you may say,“It?s cool.”

A.interested in B.angry about

C.afraid of D.unhappy with

4.The writer takes an example to show he is ________ the way the word is used.

A.pleased with B.strange to

C.worried about D.careful with

5.In the passage,the writer suggests(暗示)that the word "cool”________.

A.can be used instead of many words

B.usually means something interesting

C.can make your life colourful

D.may not be as cool as it seems

KEY: 1.C 2.B 3.A 4.C 5.D

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A friend of mine named Paul received an expensive car from his brother as a Christmas present.On Christmas Eve when Paul came out of his office,a street urchin was walking around the shining car.“Is this your car,Paul?”he asked.

Paul answered,“Yes,my brother gave it to me for Christmas.”The boy was surprised.“You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn?t cost you nothing?Boy,I wish…”He hesitated.

Of course Paul knew what he was going to wish for.He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what the boy said surprised Paul greatly.

“I wish,”the boy went on,“that I could be a brother like that.”Paul looked at the boy in surprise, then he said again, "Would you like to take a ride in my car?”

“Oh yes,I?d love that.”

After a short ride,the boy turned and with his eyes shining,said,“Paul,would you mind driving 9

in front of my house?”

Paul smiled a little.He thought he knew what the boy wanted.He wanted to show his neighbours that he could ride home in a big car. But Paul was wrong again. "Will you stop where those two steps are? the boy asked.

He ran up to the steps. Then in a short while Paul heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast. He was carrying his little crippled brother. He sat him down on the step and pointed to the car.

“There she is, Buddy, just like I told you upstairs. His brother gave it to him for Christmas and it didn?t cost him a cent. And some day I?m going to give you one just like it…then you can see for yourself all the nice things in the Christmas windows that I?ve been trying to tell you about.” Paul got out and lifted the boy to the front seat of his car. The shining-eyed older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began an unforgettable holiday ride.

注:urchin顽童 hesitate犹豫 neighbour邻居 crippled残疾 cent美分

1.The street urchin was very surprised when ________.

A.Paul received an expensive car

B.Paul told him about the car

C.he saw the shining car

D.he was walking around the car

2.From the story we can see the urchin ________.

A.wished to give his brother a car

B.wanted Paul?s brother to give him a car

C.wished he could have a brother like Paul?s

D.wished Paul could be a brother like that

3.The urchin asked Paul to stop his car in front of his house ________.

A.to show his neighbours the big car

B.to show he had a rich friend

C.to let his brother ride in the car

D.to tell his brother about his wish

4.We can infer(推断)from the story that ________.

A.Paul couldn?t understand the urchin

B.the urchin had a deep love for his brother

C.the urchin wished to have a rich brother

D.the urchin?s wish came true in the end

5.The best name of the name story is _________.

A.A Christmas Present

B.A Street Urchin

C.A Brother Like That

D.An Unforgettable Holiday Ride

KEY: 1.B 2.A 3.D 4.B 5.C

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Dreams

“Dreams (梦 ) 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 colour. Some dreams are like old films. They 10

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 thoughts can carry over into dreams.

Sometimes we wake up with a good feel-ing from a dream. But often we can?t re-member the dream. Dreams can disappear (消失) quickly from memory (记忆)。

Too much dreaming can be harmful (有害的)。 The more we sleep, the longer we dream. The mind is hard at work when we dream. That is 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. 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

Key:1. B 2. B 3. C 4. A

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A Faithful Dog

More than seven hundred years ago, the Prince of Wales had a very big and brave dog called Gelert.

One day the Prince wanted to go hunt-ing with his men. He told his dog to stay at home and look after his baby son. The baby was in a wooden cradle, which was like a small bed.

When the Prince came back from hunt-ing, Gelert ran out to meet his master. He wagged his tail and jumped up to put his paws on the Prince?s chest. Then the Prince saw the blood on Gelert?s jaws and head.

“What have you done?" the Prince said. He rushed into his house and looked for his baby son. The cradle was lying on its side on the floor. The clothes were torn and there was blood on them. ”So you have killed my son?" the Prince said angrily. "You unfaithful dog!" He took out his sword and killed the dog. Just as Gelert was dying, he managed to bark. Then the Prince heard a baby call to the dog.

The Prince ran out of the house and saw his son lying on the ground unhurt. Near him was a dead wolf. Then the Prince knew that Gelert had defended the baby and killed the wolf.

The Prince ran back into the house but he was too late. Gelert was dead. The Prince was very sad indeed. Tears ran down his face when he realized ?he had killed his faithful friend. The Prince carried the body of his brave dog to the top of a mountain and buried him there. After this, the 11

Prince never smiled again. Every morning at dawn, he walked up the mountain and stood by the dog?s grave for a few minutes.

If you go to Mount Snowdon in Wales, people will show you where Gelert is buried. There is a sign by his grave. It reminds people of a brave and faithful dog.

1. Gelert was the dog of the Prince of ___。

A. Scotland B. England

C. Ireland D. Wales

2. The Prince told the dog to _____ when he was leaving.

A. watch the door

B. take care of his baby at home

C. welcome his friends

D. stop the strangers

3. The dog was very ____ when his master came back from hunting.

A. glad B. fearful C. afraid D. tired

4. The Prince was surprised to see blood on Gelert?s ____。

A. jaws B. paws C. head D. Both A and C.

5. The Prince never smiled again because __

A. the wolf was killed by Gelert

B. he had buried the dog on the top of mountain

C. he had killed his faithful friend Gelert

D. Gelert had killed his baby son

Key: l. D 2. B 3. A 4. D 5. C

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A Different Roast Every Day

Alan worked in an office in the city. He worked very hard and really wanted to take a holiday. He usually went to the seaside, but one day he saw an ad(广告) in a newspaper. " Enjoy country life. Spend a few weeks at Willow Farm. Good food, fresh air, horse riding, walking, fishing. Good prices (价格)。"

“This sounds like a good idea," he thought. "I?ll spend a month at Willow Farm. I?ll enjoy horse riding, walking and fishing. They?ll make a change from sitting by the seaside."

Four days later he returned home.

”What?s wrong with Willow Farm?" his friend Jack asked him. " Didn?t you enjoy country life?"

“Country life was fine," Alan said, "but there was another problem."

”Oh, what?"

“Well, the first day I was there a sheep died, and we had roast mutton (烤羊肉) for dinner." ”Fresh meat is the best."

“I know, but on the second day a cow died, and we had roast beef for dinner."

”Lucky you!"

“You don?t understand," Alan said. "On the third day a pig died and we had roast pork for dinner." ”A different roast every day," Jack said.

" Let me finish," Alan said, " on the fourth day the farmer died and I didn?t dare to stay for dinner!"

1. Where did Alan work? He worked ___。

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A. on a farm B. at a school

C. in a restaurant D. in an office in a city

2. Where did Alan usually go to spend his holiday?

He usually spent his holiday ___。

A. by the seaside B. in the country

C. in the mountains D. on an island

3. Why did Alan decide to spend his holiday at Willow Farm? Because ___。

A. he lived near there

B. he had a good friend there

C. he thought it would make a change from sitting by the seaside

D. he wanted to enjoy the fresh air in the country

4. How many days did he stay on the farm?

A. A few days. B. A week. C. Three days. D. Four days.

5. What made Alan return so soon?

A. He fell ill.

B. The air there was not fresh.

C. The prices were too high.

D. He was afraid that they would have the dead man for dinner.

Key:1. D 2. A 3. C 4. D 5. D

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Bob always took the newspaper to Grandpa White's home last before going home . Grandpa White's was at the end of the road. Bob liked Grandpa White. He was of ten waiting for him near the front gate with sweets or a nice cake. Besides, he often asked Bob about things he was doing—about what he was going to do for the summer and what he liked to do.

The thing that Bob didn't like about Grandpa was his never ending stories about his boyhood in California. Bob never asked to hear about Grandpa's boyhood, but he couldn't get away.

After Grandpa's wife died in October, Bob could see that Grandpa was lonelier than ever. He would often join Bob halfway along the road and walk along with him as he gave out the papers. Grandpa seemed to have all day, and Bob was often late getting his papers to his customers(订报者).Bob didn't want to complain (抱怨 ),but the customers were unhappy.

1. When he took the newspaper to Grandpa White, Bob would often receive .

A. old newspapers B. sweets or a cake C. some money D. an order

2. Which do you think is true?

A. Bob lived with Grandpa.

B. Grandpa didn't like to read newspapers.

C. Bob took the newspaper to Grandpa first.

D. Grandpa had many stories about his boyhood.

3.Bob could do nothing when .

A. he saw Grandpa feeling lonely

B. the customers got their newspapers late

C. Grandpa began to tell him about his boyhood

D. Grandpa asked him about the things he was doing

4.The best title (标题) of the story is .

A. Waiting Bob on His Way

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B. Postman Bob and His Customers

C. Lonely People Need Other People?s help

D. Grandpa White's Never ending Stories

5. The sentence “Grandpa seemed to have all day” means“ ”.

A. Grandpa seemed to be lonely all day

B. Grandpa always seemed to like daytime

C. Grandpa liked telling stories to Bob all day

D. Grandpa liked to stay with Bob all the time

Keys: 1.B 2.D 3.C 3. C 5.D

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The world is not only hungry, but it is also thirsty for water. This may seem strange to you, since nearly 70% of the earth's surface is covered with water. But about 97% of that is sea water, or salt water. Man can only drink and use the other 3%——the fresh water from rivers, lakes, underground, and other sources. And we can not even use all of that. Even worse, some of it has been made dirty.

However, as things stand today, this fresh water is still enough for us. But our need for water is becoming larger and larger quickly——almost day by day. We should take steps to do with this problem now and in this way we can get away from a serious world wide water shortage (缺少) later on.

We all have to learn how to stop wasting our valuable water. One of the first steps is to develop ways of reusing it. Today in most l arge cities, water is used only once and then sent out into a sewer system(下水道). From there it returns to sea or runs into underground places.

But even if every large city reused its water, we still would not have enough. All we'd have to do to make use of sea water in the world is to remove the salt. If we take these steps we'll be in no danger of drying up.

1. The world is thirsty for water because .

A. man hasn't got enough food to eat B. we haven't got enough fresh water

C. only 70% of the earth's surface is water D. more water is sent into sewer systems

2.The underlined word valuable means .

A. much and salty B. fresh and enough C. dear and useful D. clean and helpful

3. What should we do if we want to have enough fresh water?

(a) Make full use of the sea water.

(b) Carry salt water into lakes or rivers.

(c) Try to save the fresh water as much as possible.

(d) Do our best to use the water again.

(e) Drink and use all the water on the earth's surface.

A.(c)and(e) B.(a)and(d) C.(a),(c)and(d) D.(b),(d)and(e)

4.The best but the most difficult way to solve (解决) the water problem of the world is to .

A. remove the salt from sea water B. make the water in cities clean

C. take water from underground D. make the need for water smaller

5. What's the best title (标题) for this passage?

A. The Importance of the Water B. The World's Water Problem

C. The Thirsty World D. Fresh Water and Sea Water

Keys: 1.B 2.C 3.C 4.A 5.B

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Last July, Mr Johnson's 12 year old car died on California's Santa Ana Freeway. It was an hour before the sun went down, and he was 25 miles from home. He couldn't reach anyone to pick him up, so he decided to take a bus. Not knowing the routes(路线), he thought he'd just head east. A bus pulled up, and he asked the driver how far she was going, "Four more lights", she said. There was another bus he could take from there. “This clearly was going to be a long night." Mr Johnson said to himself.

She dropped Mr Johnson off at the end of her route and told him which bus to look for. After waiting 30 minutes, he began to think about a very expensive taxi ride home. Then a bus pulled up. There was no lighted number above its windshield(挡风玻璃). It was out of service. But the door opened, and he was surprised to find that it was the same driver.

“I just can't leave you here," she said. “This isn't the nicest place. I'll give you a ride home." “You'll drive me home in the bus?" he asked, perplexed(困惑的).

“No, I'll take you in my car," she said.

“It's a long way," he protested.

“Come on," she said. “I have nothing else to do."

As they drove from the station in her car, the driver began telling him a story. A few days earlier, her brother had run out of gas. A good Samaritan picked him up, took him to a service station and then back to his car. “I'm just passing the favor along," she said.

When Mr Johnson gave her money as a thank you, she wouldn't hear of it. “That wouldn't make it a favor," she said. “Just do something nice for somebody. Pass it along."

1. Why did Mr Johnson say that he would have a long night? Because .

A. he didn't know the routes B. no driver would give him a ride

C. he perhaps would have to take a taxi

D. he wondered how long he had to wait for the next bus

2. According to (根据)the story, the place where Mr Johnson waited for the second bus was .

A. a little dark B. neither quiet nor nice C. a little unsafe D. neither clean nor beautiful

3. After waiting 30 minutes, Mr Johnson changed his mind because .

A. he got tired and worried B. no bus would come at the time

C. a taxi ride would be more comfortable D. he knew the driver would never return

4. The bus driver drove Mr Johnson home later because .

A. she did as her brother had told her B. she happened to go in the same direction(方向)

C. she wanted to get more money from him

D. she wanted to do something good for other people

5. What can we learn from the story?

A. We should only help the person who helped us.

B. We should remember him if someone helped us.

C. We should help other people as the bus driver did.

D. We should give some money to the person after his help.

Keys:1.D 2.C 3.A 4.D 5.C

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You have heard of Webster Toys(玩具). Webster's have made good, safe interesting toys for more than a hundred years. Now, we sell them, and children play with them, in countries from New 15

Zealand to Germany, and from Japan to Canada. We a e looking for someone to sell our toys in the Far East. He(or She) will be between the ages of thirty and forty. He will already have some years of selling in world markets behind him. He will speak good English and at least one other language of the Far East.

The person we are looking for will live in Australia, and work in our office there, but he will travel for up to six months in any one year. He will know the Far East quite well already. He will know how to sell in old markets, and where to find new ones. He will understand money, and make more than ever, for himself, and for Webster Toys.

Webster's want someone who can stand on his own feet. If you think you are the person we are looking for, write to Mr J. Sloman at our head office.

Webster's Toy Ltd.

Church Mill, Watford

Herts, WD3 6HE,London.

1The head office of the Webster Toys Ltd is in .

A. Australia B. New Zealand C. Germany D. England

2 Children play with Webster toys .

A. in many countries in the world B. in eight countries around the world

C. mostly in four countries of the world D. only in some eastern countries

3 “He will already have some years of selling in world markets

behind him” means he has .

A. sold things for the Webster's for some years

B. already sold toys to some markets in the world

C. already sold things in different parts of the world

D. sold a large number of Webster toys to the world

4 “Someone who can stand on his own feet” means .

A. someone who knows where to do his business

B. a person who understands money better

C. someone who knows how to make room for others

D. a person who can work by himself

5.Which person could be the right one for the Webster's?

A. He(or She) is 35,speaks good English and a Far Eastern language , can travel for up to six months in a year and knows how to make more money.

B. He (or She) is 28,speaks good English and some other foreign languages, enjoy travelling and making more money for the Webster Toys.

C. He(or She) is 40,speaks English and any other Far Eastern languages, knows Far East well and how to make more money for himself (herself).

D. He (or She) has lived in Far Eastern countries for years, speaks good English and other foreign languages, knows how to open new markets.

Keys: 1.D 2.A 3.C 4.D 5.A

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