新课标高中英语阅读精选――高一之三( 新课标高中英语阅读精选――高一之三(21--
  30) ――高一之三 )
Passage 21 A man was looking for things of old times. One day he came to a village and found a blue bowl which looked very old. The bowl was on the ground and a cat was drinking milk from it. A farmer, the owner of the cat, was lying beside the bowl. In order not to draw the farmer's attention to the value of the bowl, the man said to him in a soft voice, "What a nice cat you have! Won't you sell it to me?" "How much would you give me for it? " the farmer opened his eyes and asked. "Twenty dollars. Would it be enough?" A few minutes later, the farmer agreed. After he paid the farmer, the man said, "My cat will certainly feel thirsty. May I take the bowl so that the cat can have milk? " But the farmer said, "I'm sorry I can't give it to you. Thanks to the bowl, I have already sold twenty cats." 164w
  1. The man liked. A. keeping old things B. travelling from village to village C. meeting farmers D. buying cats
  2. Why did the man want to buy the cat ? Because. A. it was very lovely B. the cat cost more money than the bowl C. he thought he could easily get the bowl if he bought the cat D. he hadn't enough money to buy both the cat and the bowl
  3. After he bought the cat, the man asked for the bowl, because he thought. A. the bowl should go with the cat B. the bowl had a beautiful colour C. the farmer didn't know the value of the bowl D. the cat could not live without the bowl
  4. The farmer kept the bowl so that he could . A. let another cat use it B. sell more cats C. sell more bowls D. use the bowl himself
  5. From the story we can see the farmer . A. had only one bowl B. was very poor C. didn't like cats D. was clever Passage 22 A young passengerwas looking everywhere for his ticket because the conductor was coming to punchthe ticket. He was looking for it in all the pockets of his coats and trousers. What surprised the other passengers most was that they found he had the ticket in his mouth. The conductor quickly pulled the ticket out of his mouth, punched it and gave it back to him. When the conductor moved on, all the other passengers couldn't help laughing. One of them said to him at last, "I'm sure you felt foolish just now, sitting there looking everywhere for your ticket when it was right in your mouth all the time." "Foolish?" answered the passenger, "I was chewingthe date off." 124w
  1. From the story we know that the young passenger.
A. really lost his ticket B. was looking for a lost ticket C. didn't buy a ticket for the trip D. didn't remember where he had put his ticket
  2. The other passengers were surprised because. A. the passenger lost his ticket B. the passenger was chewing his ticket C. they saw the ticket was just in the passenger's mouth D. the conductor moved away without questioning the passenger
  3. It is clear that the conductor . A. knew the young man lost his ticket B. didn't know the young man lost his ticket C. knew why the young man was looking for the ticket D. didn't know why the young man put his ticket in his mouth
  4. Which of the following is true about the conductor? A. He thought the man was too busy. B. He knew the man would get off at the next station. C. He thought the man was forgetful. D. He knew why the man failed to find his ticket.
  5. The best title for this story is. A. Ticket Without Date B. Eating Ticket C. A Clever Conductor D. A Foolish Passenger 词汇扩展 ① passenger n. 旅客 ② punch vt. 剪 ③ chew v. 嚼 Passage 23 In a certain school there was a young fellow who caused all sorts of trouble. He talked back to his teachers, he refused to do his homework and he was disrespectful to everyone. Finally the headmaster decided to call the young man's father. The father came to the school to see the headmaster and the two of them discussed lots of problems the young man was causing. As the headmaster talking, the phone rang. He excused himself to the parent and answered it. The person on the other end wanted some information. "Certainly, " said the master, "I have it right here in my desk." He reached for his desk drawer and opened it. There, much to his surprise, was a big, red book with the name: "The Dirty Joke Book." The father of the student was surprised when he saw the book! "Well, Sir." he said to the master, "I suggest you practise what you tell the students to do!" As it turned out, the master had taken the book from a student, put it in his desk drawer, and he had completely forgotten about it! Needless to say, the headmaster had a lot of explaining to do! 199w
  1. The father went to the school because . A. his son refused to do his homework B. a young man of his school was rude to him C. he had a lot of problems to discuss with the headmaster D. his son had caused a lot of trouble at school
  2. The "Dirty Joke Book" was . A. the master's B. the young man's C. the father's D. some other students'
  3. Why was the father surprised when he saw the book? A. Because the book was so expensive that few people could own one. B. Because he thought the master had been reading it.
C. Because he hadn't thought his son was so bad as to read such a book. D. Because he lost it long ago and at last found it there.
  4. Who should read "The Dirty Joke Book"? A. Grown-ups. B. Children. C. Neither A nor B. D. Both A and B.
  5. In the end, the master had to explain . A. what kind of book "The Dirty Joke Book" was B. why children should not read such a book C. that he had not read the book D. when he took the book from a student Passage 24 There was once a storekeeper whose shop was often visited by an old man who never paid his bill. The storekeeper never asked the old man for his debts, and after half a year, the old man came in, took an orange skin, and painted a craneon the wall. Whenever the guests of the store sang, the crane would begin to dance, and for this reason the storekeeper grew rich. After ten years the old man returned, summonedhis crane from the wall and flew off into the sky on its back. The storekeeper built a tower which has been called the Yellow Crane Tower. 108w
  1. I'm sure the story took place in . A. Hangzhou B. Wuhan C. Guilin D. Beijing
  2. The old man never paid his bill . A. because of his poverty B. because of his bad memory C. because he wanted to question the storekeeper's friendship D. because he wanted to test what kind of man the keeper was
  3. , the storekeeper never asked the old man for his debts. A. Being afraid of him B. Being busy with his own job C. Having pity on him D. Having enough money
  4. , the storekeeper had grown rich. A. With more shoppers coming to the store B. With the yellow crane singing and dancing C. Because the absence of the old man D. Because the old man's paying back the money
  5. Why did the storekeeper build the tower? A. To remember the unusual event. B. To develop his business. C. To show off his riches. D. To warn others not to eat free. 词汇扩展 ① crane n. 鹤 ② summon v. 召唤 Passage 25 Two men were travelling in a very lonely and wild part of America. For days they had not even seen a house, but only a few cabins made of wood. One day they met an old Indian hunter. They found that he knew their language and they had a talk with him. They asked him if he could tell what the weather would be like within the next few days. "Oh, yes," he said, "rain is coming, and wind. Then there will be snow for two days, but after that, it'll be bright and sunny again." "Isn't that wonderful?" said one man to his friend. "This old Indian knows more of the secret of nature than we do with all our science." Then he turned to the old man, "Tell me," he said, "How do you know all that?" The Indian replied, "I heard it on the radio." 148w

  1. For days the two travelers hadn't seen in a far desolate part of America. A. a wooden house B. anything C. wood D. a common human house
  2. One day the two men met an old Indian, who . A. lived by hunting animals B. wanted to hunt with them C. wanted to join them D. wanted to have a word with them
  3. One of the two travelers asked the Indian . A. to stay with them B. to teach them his language C. to tell them something about the weather for the next few days D. to lead the way
  4. Hearing what the travelers asked, the Indian . A. told them that he didn't know anything about the weather B. told them what he knew at once C. told them that he liked to listen to the radio D. told them that he knew more about the weather than they did
  5. The Indian knew all that . A. by studying the secrets of nature B. by reading the newspaper C. by watching carefully D. by listening to the radio Passage 26 Mr. Chen living next door to us has a habit of drinking. The best present to him, of course, is wine. Now his eldest son brought a bottle of Mao Tai. He was glad and stared at it for some time. Then wrote "105" on the corner of the trademark with a pencil, meaning he had already drunk 105 bottles of the famous wine. Two days later, a stranger came. He offered to pay ten yuan for the empty Mao Tai bottle. Mr. Chen was pleased and sold it. Several weeks later, his second son brought him another bottle of Mao Tai. While examining and enjoying it, he was suddenly terrified, for he found "105"- the very mark on it. 120w
  1. The story is mainly about . A. two sons of Mr. Chen's B. wine, the best present C. the secret of "105' D. an empty bottle worth 5 yuan
  2. The story tells us that the stranger was a man who . A. took back empties B. made false famous wine C. promotedthe sale of Mao Tai D. knew how to meet people's needs
  3. Mr. Chen sold his empty Mao Tai bottle because . A. he had already numbered it "105" B. he knew his second son would bring him another C. the price offered was high enough D. he hoped the bottle could be used again
  4. When examining and enjoying the wine given by his second son, Mr. Chen was terrified because he found . A. the wine was mixed with water B. he should have marked it "106" C. the wine had exceededthe time limit D. his second son had been cheated
  5. According to the story, who do you think learned a lesson? A. The stranger. B. Mr. Chen. C. No one. D. Mr. Chen's eldest son. 词汇扩展 ① empty adj. 空的 ② promote vt. 促进 ③ exceed vt. 超出 ④ cheat vt. 欺骗 Passage 27 Mr. and Mrs. Jones's flat was full of suitcases, trunksand packed-up furniture. The two of them were busy with pencils and paper, checking their lists of luggage, when there was a ring at the door. Mrs. Jones went to open it,
and saw a well-dressed middle-aged lady outside. The lady came to welcome them to their new home. The Joneses invited her in, after apologizing for the state of the flat. "Oh, please don't stand on ceremonywith me," she answered. "Do you know, in some parts of this town neighbours are not at all friendly. There are some streets, and even some blocksof flats, where people don't know their neighbours, not even their next-door ones. But in this block of flats, everybody is friends with everybody else. We are one big, happy family. I am sure that you will be very happy here." The well-dressed lady got a shock when she came to visit the flat the next time, because she found a quite different man and woman in it. Mr. and Mrs. Jones had not had the courage to tell her that they were not the new owners of the flat, who were going to move in the next day, but the old owners who had lived beside her for two years without her ever having visited them or even noticed their existence. 229w
  1. Mr. and Mrs. Jones's flat was full of suitcases and other packed-up things . A. because they received a lot of things B. because they were going to post them C. because they bought a lot of things D. because they were going to move out
  2. When there was a ring at the door, the Joneses . A. were talking to a well-dressed lady B. were checking their list of luggage C. were writing a letter D. were packing up their furniture
  3. The well-dressed lady thought that Mr. and Mrs. Jones were . A. her old neighbours B. her friends C. the new owners of the flat D. members of her family
  4. What did the lady think of the people in that block of flats? A. She thought that everybody was friends with everybody else. B. She thought that people didn't know their neighbours. C. She thought that neighbours didn't know their neighbours. D. She thought that people only knew their next-door ones.
  5. Why did the lady get a shock when she came to visit the flat the next time? A. Because she found that Mr. and Mrs. Jones were her new neighbours. B. Because the Joneses still stayed there. C. Because the Joneses told her that they were going to leave from there. D. Because she found a quite different man and woman in the flat. 词汇扩展 ① trunk n. 大衣箱 ② furniture n. 家具 ③ luggage n. 行李 ④ ceremony n. 典礼 ⑤ block n. 街区 Passage 28 A woodcutter was working in the forest when he found a box full of gold coins. Unfortunatelythe woodcutter's wife was the kind of woman who could not keep a secret. Somehow, he had to prevent her from talking about the gold. He thought about this for a long time, then made a decision. He made some careful preparations, then went home to get his wife. "I
 

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