II. Grammar and vocabulary
Directions: After reading the passages below, fill in the blanks to make the passages coherent and grammatically correct. For the blanks with a given word, fill in each blank with the proper form of the given word;for the other blanks, use one word that best fits each blank.
I hated dinner parties. But I decided (25)__________ (give) them another try because I’m in London. And my friend Mallery invited me. And because (26)__________ dinner parties in London are very different from those in New York. In New York, “I’m having a dinner party” means “I’m booking a table for 12 at a restaurant you (27)__________ hardly afford and we’ll be sharing the check evenly, (28)__________ you eat.” Worse, in Manhattan, there is always someone who (29)__________ (leave) before the bill arrives. They’ll throw down cash, half of what they owe, and then people like me, who don’t drink, end up (30)__________ (pay) even more. But if I try to use the same trick, the hostess will shout: “Where are you going?” And it’s not like that I can’t say I have somewhere to go: everyone knows I have nowhere to go.
But in London, dinner parties are in people’s homes. Not only that, the guests are an interesting mix. The last time I went to one, the guests were from France, India, Denmark and Nigeria; it was like a gathering at the United Nations. In New York, the mix is like a gathering at Bloomingdale’s, a well-known department store. Personally, I think dinner parties in London are (31)__________ (impressive) than this.
For New Yorkers, talking about other parts of the world means Brooklyn (District) and Queens (District) in New York. But at Mallery’s, when I said that I (32) __________ (be) to Myanmar recently, people knew where it was. In New York people would think it was a usual new club.
Several factors led to my recent car accident. First of all, a heavy snow and freezing rain that had fallen the day before made the road I was driving on dangerous. The road had been cleared, (33)__________ itwas still dangerously icy. Despite the slippery road, I was stupidly going along (34)__________about 50 miles an hour, instead of driving more cautiously. Another factor was a dirty green van that suddenly pulled onto the road from a small crossroad of the street about fifty yards ahead of me. The road (35)__________(cover) with a sheet of ice at that point and if I applied my brakes, I would steer into the van. So I carefully drove my car into the next lane, and though the rear (后部) of my car began skidding back and forth, for a moment I got the idea (36)__________ everything was OK as I drove past the slow-moving van.
Unfortunately, the rear of my Volkswagen was heavy (37)__________the engine was there and also because there was a new weight-lifting set (38)__________(lay) in the back seat, the result of (39)__________was that after I passed the van, my car turned completely around on the slippery road. I was desperately sliding down the highway backwards at 50 miles an hour. Then I slid off the road, (40)__________(hit) a wooden fence post. My left rear taillight was broken in the process. Then I suddenly saw a telephone pole about only 6 feet to the right of me, and I realized my accident could have really been a disaster.