Here is a question I have often asked at dinner parties:
You’re on an island with only one other person, your best friend. He’s dying of cancer. In his final days, he tells you, “I have 100,000 dollars in a bank back home. When I die, make sure my son goes to medical school.” Then he dies. But his son is a no-good playboy who has no interest in going to medical school and will waste that money away in a very short time. But your son is entering college, and he is willing to become a doctor. Which one do you give the money to for medical school?
I’ve asked this question of everyone from the president of a famous university to an ordinary young soldier, and it has never failed to get a discussion going. Everyone has an opinion, most of them different, but all of them correct. Sometimes this one topic lasts the whole evening.
1. Which of the following is TRUE to the passage?
A. Only the clever people can answer the question rightly.
B. Some people refuse to answer such a silly question.
C. Everyone at the dinner party seems to be interested in the question.
D. Most of the people have the same answer.
2. What the writer often says at dinner parties is _______.
A. not a true story B. a true story C. a strange story D. just a joke
3. Why does the writer often ask people such a question? Because ______.
A. he wants to find the answer for a research B. he is interested in such a question
C. he likes to make fun of people at parties
D. he wants to offer people a topic in which everyone could say something
4. Which of the following decisions is most likely NOT correct?
A. You give the money to your friend’s son. B. You give the money to your son for medical school.
C. You keep the money for your future medical care. D. You keep the money for your friend’s son.
Is there a strange something high up in the world’s tallest mountains? If so, is it a big bear? Is it a monkey? Or is it a kind of man?
No one knows. This mystery(谜) has puzzled the world for years.
In 1887, a mountain climber found large footprints(脚印) in the snow. They looked like the footprints of a very large man. But men don’t walk without shoes in the snow!
In 1906, other climbers saw more than footprints. Far away they saw a very large animal standing on two legs. As they watched, it ran very quickly.
Fifteen years later, newspapers, had new stories about the “something”. A mountain climber said he had seen the “snow man” walk slowly across the snow, far below him. He said it looked like a very large man.
From then on, more and more people had stories to tell. But not until 1951 did a mountain climber bring back pictures of large footprints. His pictures showed clearly that the snowman walked on two legs, so it was not a bear or a monkey. Could it be an ape(猿) man? The mystery grew! And the mystery keeps growing. Some day we may find out just what it is that makes the large footprints.
1. The passage is about _______.
A. some mountain climbers B. some strange animals C. some large footprints D. the mystery of the snowman
2. Why were people interested in the footprints?
A. They were footprints of a large bear. B. They looked like the footprints of a large man.
C. They were found in the snow. D. They were found in the world’s tallest mountains.
3. The pictures of large footprints were taken by a mountain climber in _______.
A. 1887 B. 1906 C. 1921 D. 1951
4. Why did the mystery grow when a mountain climber brought back pictures of the large footprints?
A. They were footprints of an ape man. B. They were footprints of a snowman.
C. The pictures showed clearly how the snowman walked.
D. The pictures showed clearly how an ape man walked on two legs.
5. Since a mountain climber first found the large footprints in the snow, the mystery of the snowman has puzzled the world for ______ years.
A. over one hundred B. ninety-five C. Eighty D. fifty
When Laura reached school-going age the discussions about moving became more urgent(紧迫的). Her father did not want the children to go to school with the village children and for once her mother agreed with him. Not because, as he said, they ought to have a better education than they could get at Lark Rise; but because he feared they would tear their clothes and catch cold and get dirty heads going a mile and a half to and from the school in the village. So empty cottages in the market town were examined and often it seemed that the next week or the next month they would be leaving Lark Rise for ever; but again each time something would happen to prevent the removal, and gradually a new idea came up. To gain time, their father would teach the two eldest children to read and write, so that, if asked by the School Attendance Office, their mother could say they were leaving the small village shortly, and in the meantime, they were being taught at home.
So their father brought home two copies of Mavor’s First Reader and taught them the alphabet; but just as Laura was beginning on words of one syllable(音节), he was sent away to work on a distant job, only coming home at weekends. Laura, left at the c-a-t s-u-t-s on the m-a-t’s stage, then had to carry her book round after her mother as she went about her housework, asking, “Please, Mother, what does h-o-u-s-e spell?” or “W-a-l-k, Mother, what is that?”
Often when her mother was too busy or too tired to attend to her, she would sit and fix her eyes on a page that might as well have been printed in Hebrew(希伯来语) for all she could make of it, frowning(锁眉) and studying the print as though she would make out the meaning by force of concentration(专注).
After weeks of this, there came a day when, quite suddenly, as it seemed to her, the printed characters took on a meaning. There were still many words, even on the first page of that simple book, she could not understand;but she could jump those yet make sense of the whole. “I’m reading!I’m reading!” she cried aloud. “Oh, Mother!Oh, Edmund!I’m reading!”
1. The children’s father decided to teach them to read and write so that they _______.
A. had an excuse not to have to move B. had a reason for not attending school
C. could write to the School Attendance Office D. would be educated before they left the village
2. The underlined part left at the c-a-t s-u-t-s on the m-a-t’s stage means that _______.
A. Laura was working hard and learning quickly B. her father had no time to teach her
C. her mother was too busy to attend to her D. Laura knew little about how to read and write
3. From the passage we can infer that _______ made Laura stare at a page in her book.
A. her lack of concentration B. her inability to understand
C. her need to understand Hebrew D. her determination to understand
4. Laura finally discovered she could read when she ________.
A. understood the main idea B. understood all the words in her book
C. recognized the printed characters D. jumped the first pages of her book
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