One day last November, Tom Baker stopped out of his house into the morning light and headed across the rice fields toward the bank of the Rapti River. Tom, a 32-year-old school teacher in the farming village of Madanpur, was going for his morning bath.
As he approached(走近) the river, the head of a tiger(老虎) suddenly appeared over the edge of the river bank. Before he could turn to run, the tiger was upon him. It jumped on his shoulder and threw him to the ground, its huge jaws attacked his head in a killing bite.
Peter Smith was also on his way to the river and saw the attack. He screamed. The tiger lifted its head and roared(吼叫) at him. Peter ran.
From the window of his house John Brown heard the tiger roar and ran out to see it attacking a man. He screamed, too, and all the villagers ran out shouting as the tiger dropped its victim(牺牲品) and ran off. When the villagers reached the river bank, Tom was already dead.
For the villagers, the horror of the incident intensified(加剧) by the tales of man-eating tigers that has once run around in the countryside, killing hundreds.
40 How many people saw the tiger before it was driven off?
A One person. B. Two persons. C. Three persons. D. Four persons.
41. The reason why the tiger attacked the man was .
A. it was hungry B. it was angry
C. it was frightened by the man D. not mentioned in the passage
42. When did the attack take place?
A. Early in the morning B. At noon
C. Late in the afternoon D. At five before dark
43 According to the passage, the underlined word screamed in the third paragraph probably means ____.
A. gave a sharp cry because of fear. B. shouted out for help.
C. made some loud noise. D. cried out in pain.
When did you last see a polar bear(北极熊）? On a trip to a zoo,perhaps? If you had attended a winter activity in New York a few years ago, you would have seen a whole polar bear club. These "Polar Bears" are people who meet frequently in the winter to swim in freezing cold water. That day, the air temperature was 3℃, and the water temperature was a little higher. The members of the Polar Bear Club at Coney Island, New York are usually about the age of 60. Members must satisfy two requirements. First, they must get along well with everyone else in the group; this is very important because there are so many different kinds of people in the club. Polar Bears must also agree to swim outdoors at least twice a month from November through February.
Doctors don't agree about the medical effects of cold-winter swimming. Some are worried about the dangers of a condition in which the body's temperature drops so low that finally the heart stops. Other doctors, however, point out that there is more danger of a heart attack during summer swimming because the difference between the air temperature and water temperature is much greater in summer than in winter.
The Polar Bears themselves are satisfied with the benefits of cold-water swimming. They say that their favorite form of exercise is very good for the circulatory system(循环系统）because it forces the blood to move fast to keep the body warm. Cold-water swimmers usually turn bright red after a few minutes in the water. A person who turns blue probably has a very poor circulatory system and should not try cold-water swimming.
The main benefits of cold-water swimming are probably mental.The Polar Bears love to swim all year round; they find it fun and relaxing. As one 70-year-old woman says,"When I go into water, I pour my troubles into the ocean and let them float away."
44.The members of the Polar Bear Club must meet the following requirements except that_____.
A.they must swim outdoors at least 8 times in the four cold months
B.they must reach the age of 60
C.they should be easy to make friends with
D.they must agree to swim outdoors from November through February
45.According to the passage, some doctors believe it is true that_____.
A.Polar Bears are bears swimming in freezing water
B.cold-water swimming can make the body temperature dangerously high
C.you are healthy if cold-water swimming turns your skin color blue
D.cold-water swimming causes more heart attacks in summer than in winter
46.The Polar Bears like to swim year-round, for_____.
A.it is an easy way to keep the body warm in winter B.they can remain young
C.they find it enjoyable and interesting D.they might meet fewer troubles in life
47.The passage is mainly about_____.
A.the requirements of the Polar Bear Club
B. a group of cold-water-swimming livers
C.the Polar Bears' life in New York
D. doctors' ideas about cold-water swimming
Everyone knows what a needle is. Of course there are needles and needles: Needles for sewing machines, needles for injection(注射), you name it. But few people think of the wonder : a needle works in the hands of those who practice acupuncture(针刺疗法).
During the past ten years or so, I have been suffering from terrible headache. It seems to be getting from bad to worse these days . Last night I got a sudden pain in my head. It was so terrible that I could hardly bear(忍受)it. Although I swallowed all kinds of pain-killers(止痛药), I didn’t feel any better, It seemed that there was nothing I could do but phone for a doctor.
One of our neighbours happened to be with us. He was not a doctor, but he timidly(胆怯地) offered his help, saying “Do you mind if I tried acupuncture on you? These needles may possibly do you some good.” I agreed. In a moment, he had taken out a few needles from his purse. Without a moment’s delay, he fixed a few needles into the skin on my head here and there, Before long, I felt thoroughly relieved(缓解疼痛).
Just then, the doctor sped through my house and said, “Where is our patient?”
“Sorry, Doctor, You are too late, It’s killed!” I answered in delight.
It’s miracle , isn’t it?
48. The underlined phrase from bad to worse in the second paragraph refers to the man’s .
A. character B. life C. headache D. health
49. Which of the following statements is NOT true according to the passage?
A. the neighbour fixed needles on his own head B. The neighbour is a kind-hearted person.
C. The man’s pain was killed before the doctor arrived
D. Soon after the acupuncture, the man was completely recovered.
50. The sentences” You are too late. It’s killed .” mean that .
A. the pain was killed because the doctor came late
B. the man was killed because the doctor came too late
C. before the doctor came the man’s headache was already cured
D. it was too late and the man had gone away
51. The passage tells us that .
A. everyone knows that acupuncture is a miracle
B. the neighbour wanted to use acupuncture on every patient
C. the effect of acupuncture on the man was unbelievable
D. the patient did not believe in acupuncture
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52. This passage is most probably from ______.
A. a TV programme B. a teacher’s lecture C. a newspaper D. the Internet
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A. Zhongwen site B. A Is For Love C. Clavis Sinica D. A few Chinese words
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A. Learn Mandarin online B. Wanfang Data
C. Rainland kids discover Chinese D. The Chinese Outpost
75. The underlined word “gateway” in the last paragraph probably refers to ______.5
A. an opening in a wall that can be closed by a gate
B. a place through which you can go to another place
C. the space when a door is open
D. a means of getting or achieving something