1.- We are going to have a singing party tonight. Would you like to join us?
A.I’m afraid not, because I have to go to an important meeting.
B.Of course not. I have no idea.
C.No, I can’t.
D.That’s all set.
2.- Excuse me, could you show me the way to the nearest post office?
– ______Oh yes! Two blocks away from here at the Green Avenue. You can’t miss it.
A.I beg your pardon?
B.What do you mean?
D.Mm, let me think.
3.- How is your headache?
A.Not at all.
4.- This box is too heavy for me to carry it upstairs.
A.You may ask for help.
B.I’ll give you a hand.
C.Please do me a favor.
D.I’d come to help.
5.- Must I take a taxi?
– No, you ________ . You can take my car.
A.had better to
D.don’t have to
Mr. Hodges was the owner and editor of a small newspaper. He always tried to bring his readers the latest news.
One day, he received an exciting telephone call from someone who claimed that he had just come through a big flood in a village up in the mountains. He described the flood in great detail, and Mr. Hodges wrote it all down and printed it in his paper that evening. He was delighted to see that no other paper had got hold of the story.
Unfortunately, however, angry telephone calls soon showed that he had been tricked, so in the next day’s paper he wrote: “We were the first and only newspaper to report yesterday that the village of Greenbridge had been destroyed by a flood. Today, we are proud to say that our newspaper is the first one to bring our readers the news that yesterday’s story was quite false.”
6.Mr. Hodges always tries to bring to his readers a lot of pleasure.
7.A big flood up in the mountains was the news that someone gave Mr. Hodges one day.
8.After Mr. Hodges received the news, he published it right away.
9.Mr. Hodges found later the flood was really terrible.
10.Mr. Hodges is a good editor.
When John and Victoria Falls arrived in New York City for one-year stay, they did not bring very many things with them. They had planned either to live in a furnished apartment or to buy used furniture. But they soon learned about a new system that more and more people are using. The renting of home furnishings (bed, tables, dishes, and so on) has become one of America’s fastest growing businesses.
What kinds of people rent their home furnishings instead of buying them? People who are international business or government officials, foreign students, airline workers, young married couples – people whose job or business may force them to move frequently from one city to another. They save a lot of trouble and the cost of moving their furniture each time. They simply rent new furniture when they reach their new homes. Young people with little money do not want to buy cheap furniture that they may soon dislike. They prefer to wait until they have enough money to buy furniture they really like. Meanwhile, they find they can rent better quality furniture than they could afford to buy.
One family, who now have a large, beautiful home of their own, liked their rented furniture so much that they decided to keep renting it instead of buying new things. But usually people don’t like to tell others about it. The idea of renting home furnishings is still quite new, and they are not sure what their neighbors might think.
11.Which of the following has become one of America’s fastest growing businesses?
A.Selling home furnishings.
B.Renting furnished apartments.
C.Selling used furniture.
D.Renting home furnishings.
12.Why do some people prefer to rent furniture?
A.Because the furniture they get in this way is new.
B.Because it saves them a lot of money.
C.Because it saves them much trouble and money.
D.Because they can always get better quality furniture in this way.
13.What can you infer from the passage?
A.The idea of renting furniture is not acceptable.
B.Renting furniture is not popular in the couple’s home town.
C.Only those who don’t have enough money to rent furniture.
D.People usually grow to like the furniture they have rented.
14.Which of the following can best serve as the title of the passage?
A.Rent or Buy?
B.A New Way of Getting Home Furnishings.
D.A New Idea.
15.Young people liked renting home furniture because_________
A.they have less money.
B.they don’t want to buy old furniture.
C.the new furniture is of good quality.
D.they don’t have much money and don’t want to buy the cheap furniture.
16.There have been many ________ in their marriage but they still love each other.
A.right and wrong
B.back and forth
C.ups and downs
D.right and left
17.The painter lived more than a decade in Europe, ________ he could be in close contact with other masters(大师).
18.Australia is one of the few countries ____ people drive on the left of the road.
19.It’s ________ that he was wrong.
20.- Write to me when you get home.
– OK, I _______.
Fruit is good for people. Many people eat some ___21___ every day. Mr and Mrs Black like fruit very much and every Monday Mrs Black goes to buy some fruit in the ___22___ near her house. The man in the shop knows her well and helps a lot. She can buy all ___23___ of fruit there, like apples, pears, oranges and bananas. In different time of the year the price of each kind of fruit is not the ___24___, sometimes high, something low. Mrs Black ___25___ to buy cheap fruit. But Mr Black likes bananas only. She buys bananas for him every week. She only buys cheap items for herself.
26.It is no good hoping to read all these books.
27.Their parents don’t know them as well as their friends do.
28.I saved the baby and became a hero.
29.Do you think you can do it by yourself?
30.I’m thinking about a visit to Paris.
31.They thought that there must be something wrong with their TV set.
Interest is the Best Teacher. (兴趣是最好的老师。)