1.- How is your mother these days?
– Oh, _____________.
A.She is good
B.She is not very well
D.That’s all right
2.- Thank you for calling.
A.Don’t mention it.
C.Nice talking to you.
D.Call back again.
3.- 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.
4.- Let me introduce myself. I’m Steward．
A.What a pleasure.
B.Pleased to meet you.
C.I don’t know.
D.Thanks a lot.
5.- Congratulations! You won the first prize in today’s speech contest.
A.Yes, I beat the others.
B.No, no, I didn’t do it well.
D.It’s a pleasure.
On February 14th many people in the world celebrate an unusual holiday, St. Valentine’s Day, a special day for lovers. The origin of this holiday is uncertain but according to one story it gets its name from a Christian named Valentine who lived in Rome during the 3rd century A.D. His job was to perform marriages for Christian couples. Unfortunately, the Emperor of Rome didn’t allow Christian marriages. So they had to be performed in secret. Finally Valentine was arrested and put into prison. While he was in prison he fell in love with the daughter of the prison guard. After one year the Emperor offered to release Valentine if he would stop performing Christian marriages. Valentine refused and so he was killed in February, 270 A.D. Before he was killed Valentine sent a love letter to the daughter of the prison guard. He signed the letter “from your Valentine”. That was the first Valentine.
Today Valentines are cards usually red and shaped like hearts with messages of love written in them. On Valentine’s Day tens of millions of people send and receive Valentines. Whether it is an expensive heart-shaped box of chocolates from a secret admirer or a simple hand-made card from a child, a Valentine is a very special message of love.
6.The passage is mainly about a special holiday.
7.Valentine was put into prison because he sent a love letter to the daughter of the prison guard.
8.It is because he refused to accept the Emperor’s offerthat Valentine was killed.
9.Valentines are cards usually red, and shaped like hearts with messages of love written in them.
10.People send Valentines to each other nowadays to celebrate Valentine’s birthday.
One day a bookseller（书商）let a big box of books fall on his foot. “Go to see the doctor,” said his wife. “No, “he said. “I’ll wait until the doctor comes into the shop next time. Then I’ll ask him about my foot. If I go to see him, I’ll have to pay him.”
On the next day the doctor came into the shop for some books. When the bookseller was getting them ready, he told the doctor about his bad foot. The doctor looked at it.
“You must put that foot in hot water every night. Then you must put something on it,” said the doctor.
He took out a piece of paper and wrote on it. “Buy this and put it on the foot before you go to bed every night,” he said.
“Thank you,” said the bookseller. “And now, sir, here are your books.”
“How much?” said the doctor.
“Good,” said the doctor. “I shall not have to pay you anything.”
“Why?” asked the bookseller.
“I told you about your foot. I want two pounds for that. If people come to my house, I ask them to pay one pound for a small thing like that. But when I go to their houses, I want two pounds. And I came here, didn’t I?”
11.What happened to the bookseller one day?
A.He lost a box of books.
B.His foot was wounded by a box of books.
C.He lent the doctor a box of books.
D.He sold out all his books.
12.The bookseller’s wife asked him ______.
A.to go out for some medicine
B.to send somebody for a doctor
C.to go to see the doctor
D.to wait for the doctor to come
13.The bookseller didn’t take his wife’s advice because ______.
A.he was afraid of the doctor
B.he didn’t like to take medicine
C.he couldn’t walk by himself
D.he didn’t want to pay the doctor
14.The doctor paid ______ for the books.
15.The bookseller paid ______ money for seeing the doctor in the end.
C.the same amount of
16.That yellow purse _______her 25 dollars.
17._______clever boy Billy is!
18.They got there an hour _____than the others.
19.- Do you want to wait?
– Five days ________ too long for me to wait.
20.We’ve missed the last bus. I’m afraid we have no ________ but to take a taxi.
Strange things happen to time when you travel, because the earth is divided into twenty-four parts, ___21___ a part. You can have days with more or fewer than twenty-four hours, and weeks with more or fewer than seven days.
Your ship goes into ___22___ time part every day if you make a five-day journey across the Atlantic Ocean. As you go into each part, the time ___23___ one hour. Traveling west, you set your clock back; traveling east, you let it ahead. Each day of your journey has either twenty-five or twenty-three hours.
If you travel by ship across the Pacific, you ___24___ the International Date Line. This is the point where a new day ___25___. When you go across the line, you change your calendar one full day, back or ahead.
26.She likes Mike a lot, but she doesn’t want to get married so early.
27.Don’t you mind my opening the window?
28.I don’t think he can operate the new type of computer.
29.Life is meaningless without a purpose.
30.The People’s Republic of China (PRC), founded on October 1, 1949, covers an area of 9.6 million square kilometers.
31.This new country hopes to establish friendly relations with all its neighbours.
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