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I was in a rush as always, but this time it was for an important date I just couldn’t be late for! I found myself at a checkout counter behind an elderly woman seemingly in no hurry as she paid for her groceries. A PhD student with not a lot of money, I had hurried into the store to pick up some flowers. I was in a huge rush, thinking of my upcoming evening. I did not want to be late for this date.

We were in Boston, a place not always known for small conversation between strangers. The woman stopped unloading her basket and looked up at me. She smiled. It was a nice smile—warm and reassuring—and I returned her gift by smiling back.

“Must be a special lady, whoever it is that will be getting those beautiful flowers,” she said.

“Yes, she’s special,” I said, and then to my embarrassment, the words kept coming out. “It’s only our second date, but somehow I am just having the feeling she’s ‘the one’.” Jokingly, I added, “The only problem is that I can’t figure out why she’d want to date a guy like me.”

“Well, I think she’s very lucky to have a boyfriend who brings her such lovely flowers and who is obviously in love with her,” the woman said. “My husband used to bring me flowers every week—even when times were tough and we didn’t have much money. Those were incredible days; he was very romantic and –of course—I miss him since he’s passed away.”

I paid for my flowers as she was gathering up her groceries. There was no doubt in my mind as I walked up to her. I touched her on the shoulder and said, “You were right, you know. These flowers are indeed for a special lady.” I handed her the flowers and thanked her for such a nice conversation.

It took her a moment to realize that I was giving her the flowers I had just bought. “Have a wonderful evening,” I said. I left her with a big smile and my heart warmed as I saw her smelling the beautiful flowers.

I remember being slightly late for my date that night and telling my girlfriend the story. A couple of years later, when I finally worked up the courage to ask her to marry me, she told me that this story had helped to seal it for her—that was the night that I won her heart.

61. Why was the writer in a hurry that day?

A. He was to meet his girlfriend.            B. He had to go back to school soon.

C. He was delayed by an elderly lady.        D. He had to pick up some groceries.

62. What does the underlined phrase “her gift” (Paragraph 2) refer to?

A. Her words.           B. Her smile.        C. Her flowers.       D. Her politeness.

63. Why did the writer give his flowers to the elderly lady?

A. She told him a nice story.             B. She allowed him to pay first.

C. She gave him encouragement.         D. She liked flowers very much.

64. Which of the following is Not True?

   A. Strangers in Boston seldom have small conversations.

   B. The girlfriend was very angry because the writer was late.

   C. The old lady’s husband has passed away.

   D. The writer and his girlfriend got married at last.

65. What is the message conveyed in the story?

A. Flowers are important for a date.               

B. Small talk is helpful.

C. Love and kindness are rewarding (有回报的).      

D. Elderly people deserve respecting.

 

考点:人物传记/故事类阅读
答案:
 A  B  C  B  C 【解析】             
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Perhaps the most amazing building put up in the 19th century was the Crystal(水晶的)Palace which was built in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition of 1851. The Crystal Palace was different from all the other buildings in the world, for it was made of iron and glass. It was one of the biggest buildings of all the time and a lot of people from many countries came to see it. Plenty of goods were sent to the exhibition from all parts of the world. There was also a great deal of machinery on show. Though in those days, travelling was not as easy as it is today, steamboats carried thousands of visitors across the Channel from Europe. On arriving in England, they were taken to the Crystal Palace by train. There were six million visitors in all, and the money from the exhibition was used to build museums and colleges. Later, the Crystal Palace was moved to the South London. It remained one of the most famous buildings in the world until it caught a fire and was destroyed in 1936.            

56. People from many countries came to the Crystal Palace mainly to _________________. 

   A. go shopping                                                                    B. visit an exhibition

   C. pay a visit to the queen                                                        D. enjoy the Crystal Palace itself

57. The Crystal Palace was unusual because ____________________.

A. it was the biggest building in the world then                   B. so many visitors had been there

   C. it was built with iron and glass                                      D. it was burnt down at last

58. The money from the exhibition in the Crystal Palace was contributed to _________________.

   A. decorating the Crystal Palace                                   B. building museums and colleges

   C. buying steamboats to carry visitors                        D. building highways to the Crystal Palace

59. According to the passage, the Crystal Palace ______________in 1936.

   A. was burned down in a terrible fire                           B. was damaged in a snowstorm

   C. was moved away to the south of London          D. was destroyed in an earthquake

60. We can infer from the passage that the writer ________________________.

A. believes that the Crystal Palace is very useful

B. thinks that the Crystal Palace is pretty wonderful

C. expects the splendid Crystal Palace to be rebuilt this year

D. considers that the rebuilding of Crystal Palace is a waste of money

 


 

第二节 完型填空(共20小题;每小题1.5分,满分30分)

One night, a poor young artist stood at the gate of the subway station, playing his violin. Many people ___36___ and put some money into the   _37_   of the young man.

The next day, the young artist came to the same place again. Different from the day before, he ___38___ out a large piece of paper, ___39___ it on the ground and put some stones on it. Then he began ___40___. Before long, many people were attracted by the ___41___ on that paper which said, “Last ___42___, a gentleman named George Sang put an important thing into my hat by ___43___. Please come to claim(认领) it soon.”

A middle-aged man ran there in a hurry and rushed ___44___ the crowd to the violinist and grabbed his shoulders and said, “Yes, ___45___ is you. You did come here. I knew that you are an ___46___ man and would certainly come here.”

The story ___47___out to be this: George Sang bought a ___48___ ticket a few days ago. The awards ___49___ yesterday and he won a(n) ___50___ of $500,000. On his way home, he took out 50 dollars and put it in the violinist’s hat, However, the lottery ticket(彩票) was also thrown in. The violinist was a ___51___ at an Arts College. He had ___52___ the ticket to Vienna and would take a plane that morning. ___53___, when he found the lottery ticket, he cancelled(取消) the flight and came back to where he was given the lottery ticket.

Later someone asked the violinist ___54___he didn’t take the lottery ticket for himself. The violinist said, “Although I don’t have much ___55___, I live happily; but if I lose honesty, I won’t be happy forever.”

36. A. picked up        B. sped up        C. broke down D. slowed down

37. A. hat          B. pocket C. bag       D. plate

38. A. brought B. made   C. took     D. put

39. A. lie  B. laid       C. lied       D. lain

40. A. selling    B. playing          C. speaking      D. reading

41. A. news      B. notice  C. words  D. advertisement

42. A. night      B. morning       C. evening        D. noon

43. A. purpose B. mistake        C. design D. occasion

44. A. across    B. over     C. through        D. among

45. A. that        B. it  C. he         D. this

46. A. brave     B. attractive    C. confident     D. honest

47. A. looked    B. carried          C. reached        D. turned

48. A. train       B. lottery C. plane   D. subway

49. A. closed    B. ended  C. opened         D. launched

50. A. prize       B. price    C. reward         D. fund

51. A. professor       B. worker          C. violinist         D. student

52. A. applied  B. booked         C. kept     D. renewed

53. A. However     B. Otherwise         C. Therefore    D. Instead

54. A. what      B. why      C. where  D. when

55. A. happiness      B. lottery C. honesty        D. money