Mr Young worked in a hospital in the capital. He was busy all the time and had 1 time to have a rest. And one day he 2 unwell and couldn’t go on 3 . He decided to spend a week’s holiday in a quiet village where he could go 4 or fishing. He 5 off at a small railway station and soon got the village. He took a room hotel and went to sleep as soon as he had a good meal.
At first Mr Young enjoyed 6 there. He could do everything he wanted and 7 wherever he liked. Nobody disturbed him and knocked at the door at midnight. But 8 the fourth day he was in trouble. After lunch it was very 9 . He went swimming in the river. Suddenly he saw a beautiful bird in a big tree. He wanted to catch it, so he walked to it, 10 it found him and flew away and soon was gone. He began to pick some flowers in the forest and before long he lost his way.
The sun had gone down and night had fallen before Mr Young found a small restaurant in 11 village. He came in and told them to bring him some bread, two eggs and a glass of tea. After a while his food 12 . Soon he ate up all the bread and eggs. When he was going to have the tea, he found there was a fly in the glass.
“What’s in my tea?” Mr Young called out, “ 13 fly?”
“It’s 14 , sir”, said the owner of the restaurant,” I had told them to pick all the flies 15 of your tea before they brought it to you!”
( )1. A. a little B. little C. a few D. few
( )2. A. feel B. feels C. felt D. was feeling
( )3. A. work B. to work C. working D. works
( )4. A. swim B. swam C. swum D. swimming
( )5. A. was getting B. gets C. get D. got
( )6. A. himself B. him C. he D. his
( )7. A. went B. go C. goes D. gone
( )8. A. in B. go C. at D. for
( )9. A. hot B. hotter C. hottest D. the hottest
( )10. A. but B. and C. or D. so
( )11. A. other B. another C. the other D. others
( )12. A. brought B. bring C. was brought D. was bringing
( )13. A. A B. An C./ D. the
( )14. A. more B. more impossibly C. impossible D. impossibly
( )15. A. up B. off C. over D. out
Yesterday my son and I went to the grocery store. In front of us 16 was a little girl with her mother. The little girl was asking her mother for a box of Smarties. The polite way she was asking 17 broke the mother’s heart. “I’m sorry, honey, but we have no money to buy it.”
My son was watching that dialogue. By the way, he had been raking leaves in our garden to 18 himself some money to buy a bike. As he watched the mother and daughter leave the 19 , he ran to the candy counter and bought a box of Smarties with his money. Then he ran out after the little girl and her mother, and gave them the 20 . He came back and told me what he told them, “Every kid should have a pack of Smarties because they can make you 21 .”
I was so excited 22 I bought a pack of Smarties for my son. I told him that I was proud of him, and that was for his act of generosity because he gave his own Smarties to others. Quickly, he 23 , “But you do nice things for people and you never get anything for it.” I explained, “When you do something nice for someone, you shouldn’t 24 get anything, but when you do get something you should be very 25 .”
( )16. A. in order B. in line C. in place D. in control
( )17. A. almost B. hardly C. seldom D. never
( )18. A. buy B. pay C. provide D. raise
( )19. A. store B. house C. mall D. centre
( )20. A. money B. box C. leaves D. bike
( )21. A. happy B. smart C. sweet D. lovely
( )22. A. and B. as C. that D. but
( )23. A. replied B. told C. lied D. talked
( )24. A. answer to B. apply to C. expect to D. turn to
( )25. A. hopeful B. wonderful C. thankful D. helpful
Almost all cultures celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another in some way. Different cultures celebrate the beginning of a new year in different ways, and at different times on the calendar.
In Western countries, people usually celebrate New Year at midnight on December 31st -January 1st. People may go to parties, sometimes dressed in formal clothes, and they may drink champagne(香檳酒)at midnight. During the first minutes of the new year, people cheer and wish each other happiness for the year ahead. But some cultures prefer to celebrate the new year by waking up early to watch the sun rise. They welcome the new wear with the first light of the sunrise.
Many cultures also do special things to get rid of bad luck at the beginning of a new year. For example, in Ecuador, families make a big doll from old clothes. The doll is filled with old newspapers and firecrackers. At midnight, these dolls are burned to show the bad things from the past year are gone and the new year can start afresh(重新). Other common traditions to keep away bad luck in a new year include throwing things into rivers or the ocean, or saying special things on the first day of the new year.
Other New Year traditions are followed to bring good luck in the new year. One widespread Spanish tradition for good luck is to eat grapes on New Year’s Day. The more grapes a person eats, the more good luck the person will have in the tear. In France, people eat pancakes for good luck at New Year. In the United States, some people eat black-eyed peas for good luck-but to get good luck for a whole year you have to eat 365 of them!
( )26. The reading is mainly about_____.
A. the meaning of “Happy New Year!”
B. several different New Year traditions
C. what to eat on New Year’s Day
D. why people dress up nicely on New Year’s Day
( )27. It’s clear that_____.
A. some cultures celebrate New Year in the morning
B. the Western people celebrate New Year only on New Year’s Day
C. people in Ecuador go to parties on December 31st-January 1st
D. no cultures do special things to celebrate New Year
( )28. In some cultures, people throw things into rivers or oceans to_____.
A. bring good luck B. keep away bad luck
C. forget everything D. plan for the next year
( )29. To have a happy new year,_____.
A. friends talk to each other in special ways
B. families make big dolls filled with old clothes
C. some people get up early to watch the sunrise
D. Europeans eat 365 grapes on New Year’s Day
( )30. When eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day, people think_____.
A. one pea brings one day of luck
B. black-eyed peas are the best medicine
C. the peas are too black and taste bad
D. the peas are helpful to count numbers