1.- May I introduce myself? I’m Li Hua.
A.I’m Todd Smith. It’s nice to meet you.
B.I’m Todd Smith. How old are you?
D.Oh, here is my card. You can have a look.
2.- I’m sorry. I am late due to the heavy traffic.
A.Well, it’s OK.
B.No, it’s all right.
C.You are welcome.
D.You are wrong.
3.- What do you think of this novel?
A.I’ve read it.
C.It was written by my uncle.
D.I bought it yesterday.
4.- Hi, Tom, how’s everything with you?
– ___________, and how are you?
A.Don’t mention it
B.Hm, not too bad
5.- Please help yourself to the seafood.
A.No, I can’t.
B.Sorry, I can’t help.
C.Well, seafood don’t suit.
D.Well, I’m afraid I don’t like seafood.
A man came into a pet shop carrying a parrot（鹦鹉） in a birdcage, “I want to return this bird.” he said.
The owner guessed the man came to complain that the bird couldn’t talk. “Sir,” he said, “we guarantee（保证） that all our parrots can talk. However, we can’t guarantee when they will talk. It’s all spelled out on your sales receipt.”
“No, no, you don’t understand,” the customer said. “The bird talks, I just don’t like his attitude.”
Puzzled, the store owner said, “You’re right. I don’t understand, explain it to me.”
The customer said, “I bought the bird a week ago. Every morning, I stood in front of his cage and asked, ‘Can you talk?’ I did the same thing every evening. For six days, I got no response. Then, this morning, I shouted at the bird, ‘can you talk, you stupid creature? Can you talk?'”
The customer glared at the parrot. The owner asked, “So, what happened?”
“That bird looked at me and said, ‘I can talk all right. Can you fly?'” the customer said.
6.A man came into a pet shop to return a parrot he had bought.
7.The owner thought the man came probably because the bird was sick.
8.The customer disliked the parrot because of his voice.
9.The parrot kept silent for six days.
10.In the parrot’s answer, “Can you fly?” hurt the customer very much.
A characteristic of American culture that has become almost a tradition is to respect the self-made man – the man who has risen to the top through his own efforts, usually beginning by working with his hands. While the leader in business or industry or the college professor occupies a higher social position and commands greater respect in the community than the common laborer or even the skilled factory worker, he may take pains to point out that his father started life in America as a farmer or laborer of some sort.
This attitude toward manual (体力的) labor is now still seen in many aspects of American life. One is invited to dinner at a home that is not only comfortably but even luxuriously (豪华地) furnished and in which there is every evidence of the fact that the family has been able to afford foreign travel, expensive hobbies, and college education for the children; yet the hostess probably will cook the dinner herself, will serve it herself and will wash dishes afterward; furthermore, the dinner will not consist merely of something quickly and easily assembled from contents of various cans and a cake or a pie bought at the nearby bakery. On the contrary, the hostess usually takes pride in careful preparation of special dishes. A professional may talk about washing the car, digging in his flowerbeds, painting the house. His wife may even help with these things, just as he often helps her with the dishwashing. The son who is away at college may wait on table and wash dishes for his living, or during the summer he may work with a construction gang on a highway in order to pay for his education.
11.From Para. 1, we know that in America _________.
A.people tend to have a high opinion of the self-made man
B.people can always rise to the top through their won efforts
C.college professors win great respect from common workers
D.people feel painful to mention their fathers as labors
12.According to the passage, the hostess cooks dinner herself mainly because _________.
A.servants in America are hard to get.
B.she takes pride in what she can do herself
C.she can hardly afford servants
D.it is easy to prepare a meal with canned food
13.The underlined expression “wait on table” in Para. 2 means “_________”.
A.work in a furniture shop
B.keep accounts for a bar
C.wait to lay the table
D.serve customers in a restaurant
14.The author’s attitude towards manual labor is _______.
15.Which of the following could be the best title of the passage?
A.A Respectable Self-made Family
B.American Attitude toward Manual Labor
C.Characteristics of American Culture
D.The Development of Manual Labor
16.Farmers use water in many ways. ________, they use water to grow crops.
D.Because of this
17.I’ll have a cup of coffee and _____.
B.two piece of breads
C.two pieces of breads
D.two pieces of bread
18.Nancy is considered to be ________ the other students in her class.
B.the most intelligent
C.intelligent as well
D.as intelligent as
19.Tom ________ more than twenty pounds on the novel.
20.Mike is better than Peter _______swimming．
Traffic accidents killed more than 104,000 people in China last year. Chinese cities have more cars than before. Every day many people are ___21___ while they cross the road. Most of ___22___ are old people and children. Old people are often killed because they usually can’t see clearly or hear very well. ___23___ are killed because they are careless.
A car, truck or bus can’t stop very quickly if it is going very fast. The faster a car is traveling, the longer it takes to stop. But people walking in the street do not always understand this. It’s ___24___ for people to know how fast a car is traveling.
The new traffic laws were put into use ___25___ May 1st, 2004. The new traffic laws will make the streets safer for walking and driving.
26.He lives in a small room with only one small window.
27.Don’t you think smoking is harmful to your health?
28.He is the only Chinese who has ever won the award.
29.We should encourage him to have confidence in himself.
30.The traffic jams during morning and afternoon rush hours are a headache in big cities now.
31.She likes to help any one who is in difficulty.
A Day to Remember