Dear Mr. King,
Your grocery store is outstanding in many ways. I enjoy the selection of produce and fresh bakery items. I have been a long time Supermart shopper and hope to continue for many years. I have found, however, that I must make a separate shopping trip to one of your competitors because there are many items your store does not carry. This becomes inconvenient for me, as my time is valuable, and I do not like to make two trips. Your low prices and excellent customer service keep me coming back to Supermart, but I would be a more satisfied customer if I could find all the items I need in one place.
Specifically, I have never been able to purchase nacho cheese soup at your store. I can find other flavors (味道) of soup, but your store does not carry nacho cheese soup, a common ingredient (原料) in many of my recipes. In addition, I can only find large wonton wrappers, while many other stores carry both large and small and offer a more varied selection for their customers. Another example is Regent Brand Chili Seasoning. Though it is not a leading brand, it is still common on the shelves of other grocery stores in this area and is superior in flavor to its competitors.
I sincerely hope to continue a relationship with your store, and I hope that you will consider the possibility of expanding your goods to be more competitive.
56. According to Bob, the grocery store ________.
A. meets all his needs B. is outstanding in every way
C. offers good customer service D. lacks convenient transportation
57. How does the author present his point in Paragraph 2?
A. By giving examples. B. By analyzing the figures.
C. By providing scientific findings. D. By comparing two different stores.
58. From the letter, we can learn that the author is ________.
A. a very picky reporter B. a competitor of the store
C. a responsible nutritionist D. a regular customer of the store
A Simple Lesson
“Another bad day at school?” my father asked as I came into the room.
“How could you tell? I didn’t shut the door heavily or anything,” I replied. Over the past two months I had either done this or thrown my backpack across the room every time I came home from school. Papa thinks it has something to do with moving to a new house.
“I know this move has been hard on you. Leaving your friends and cousins behind is tough,” Papa said, as he put his arm around my shoulder. “What you must remember is that, with a lot of hard work and some time, you will make new friends.”
“You don’t know how hard it is. This year my baseball team would have won the championship. They won’t even give me a chance to pitch (投球) here. All I get to play is right field, and that’s the worst!”
Papa turned toward me. “Things will get better, I promise you. Let me ask you, do you know why you were named David Lorenzo?”
“Yes, your name is David and grandfather’s name is Lorenzo.”
“Very good, and what makes your grandfather so important?”
“He was the first in the family to come to this country and all that,” I answered.
“That is only partly correct. Your grandfather was a very great man. In Mexico, he had been a teacher. When he came to America he could only get low-paid labor jobs because he didn’t speak the language. It took him two years before he spoke English well enough to be allowed to teach here, but he did it. He never complained because he knew change could be difficult. Did he ever tell you that?” my father asked.
I looked down at my feet, ashamed at my behavior. “No. That must have been hard,” I said sheepishly.
“Your grandfather taught me that if you let people see your talent, they will accept you for who you are. I want you to always remember what my father taught me, even if it takes a few years for people to see who you are,” said Papa.
All I could say was, “Okay.” Then I asked, “What should I do now?”
Laughing, Papa said, “How about you pitch a few to me? You need some work.”
59. Why was the author unhappy that day?
A. Because he moved to a new country.
B. Because his baseball team lost the game.
C. Because he wasn’t offered a chance to pitch.
D. Because he quarreled with his friends at school.
60. The father successfully changed his son’s mood by ________.
A. asking him to train harder
B. playing baseball with him
C. telling his grandfather’s story
D. introducing him some new friends
61. The underlined word “sheepishly” probably means ________.
A. shyly B. patiently C. clumsily D. cautiously
62. What can we infer about the author?
A. He thinks his father lives in the past.
B. He’d rather live with his grandfather.
C. He will continue to dislike school and everything.
D. He will try his best to adapt to the new environment.