A well dressed man entered a famous jewelry shop one day. He 1 to buy a pearl for his wife’s birthday. The 2 didn't matter, since business had been good for him that year.
After 3 a number of beautiful and expensive pearls, he chose 4 black one. It would 5 5,000 dollars. He paid, took the black pearl, shook hands with the salesman and left.
A few days later, the man 6 and said that his wife liked the pearl so much that she wanted another one just like this. It 7 be exactly the same size and quality, 8 she wanted to have a 9 of earrings.
The salesman seemed 10 . Then the man suggested that the salesman advertise in the newspaper to 11 $25,000 for such a pearl. So the salesman did.
Many people 12 the advertisement, but nobody 13 a pearl which was just the right size and quality. Just when the jeweler had given up, a little old lady came into his 14 . She took out one such black pearl 15 her purse.
“I don't like to 16 with the pearl,” she said sadly. “It was given to me by my mother, who had received it from her 17 mother. But I really need the 18 .”
The salesman was very glad and quickly paid her for the pearl. Then he called the 19 to tell him the good news. However, the man could never be 20 . Clever readers, can you guess why?
31. A. reported B. said C. wished D. knew
32. A. color B. design C. price D. size
33. A. examining B. checking C. testing D. watching
34. A. a big B. a good C. an expensive D. an unusual
35. A. cost B. pay C. worth D. buy
36. A. arrived B. came C. returned D. stopped
37. A. could B. might C. should D. had to
38. A. as B. if C. though D. when
39. A. box B. lot C. number D. pair
40. A. jobless B. homeless C. helpless D. careless
41. A. ask B. give C. offer D. pay
42. A. answered B. liked C. read D. saw
43. A. bought B. had C. sold D. wanted
44. A. room B. house C. office D. shop
45. A. from B. of C. off D. with
46. A. deal B. go C. part D. talk
47. A. dear B. poor C. old D. own
48. A. price B. money C. pound D. interest
49. A. old lady’s office B. rich man’s hotel C. his neighbor’s house D. television station
50. A. found B. bought C. paid D. heard
When someone says, “Well, I guess I'll have to face the music”, it doesn't mean that he is planning to go to hear a singer or attend a concert. It is something far less unhappy than you are called in by your leader to explain why you did this and that or why you did not do this or that.
At some time or another, every one of us has to “face the music”, especially as children. We can all remember father’s angry words “I want to talk to you”, and only because we did not listen to him. What a bad thing it was!
In the middle or at the end of every term, we students have to “face the music”. The result of the exam will decide whether we will face the music or not. If...that means parents cold faces and contempt (轻视) of the teachers and classmates.
“To face the music” is well known to every American, young or old. It is at least 100 years old. It really means that you have to do something, no matter how terrible the whole thing might be, because you know you have no choice.
51. “To face the music” means “to____”.
A. do something that we don’t like to
B. go to the theatre
C. go to the music show
D. do something that we want to
52. In the third paragraph, “If...”really means “If____”.
A. we don't do a good job B. we get an “A” in the exam
C. the exam is easy D. the exam is difficult
53. Which of the following is NOT true according to the passage?
A. “To face the music” is well known in the United States.
B. “To face the music” has a history of more than 100 years.
C. The young Americans know what “to face the music” means.
D. Only the old in the United States know the meaning of “to face the music”.
As one comes to some crossroads, he or she sees a sign which says that drivers have to stop when they come to the main road ahead. At other crossroads, drivers have to go slow, but they do not actually have to stop unless, of course, there is something coming along the main road; and at still others, they do not have either to stop or to go slow, because they are themselves on the main road.
Mr. Williams, who was always a very careful driver, was driving home from work one evening when he came to a crossroad. It had a “SLOW” sign. He slowed down when he came to the main road, looked both ways to see that nothing was coming, and then drove across without stopping completely.
At once he heard a police whistle, so he pulled into the side of the road and stopped. A policeman walked over to him with a notebook and a pen in his hand and said, “You didn’t stop at that crossing.”
“But the sign there doesn't say ‘STOP’.” answered Mr. Williams, “It just says ‘SLOW’, and I did go slow.”
The policeman looked around him, and a look of surprise came over his face. Then he put his notebook and pen away, scratched (抓) his head and said, “Well，I'm in the wrong street！”