When I was 12, all I wanted was a signet (图章) ring. They were the “in” thing and it seemed every girl except me had one. On my 13th birthday, my Mum gave me a signet ring with my initials(姓名首字母) carved into it. I was in heaven.
What made it even more special was that it was about the only thing that wasn't being “replaced”. We'd been burnt out in fires that swept through our area earlier that year and had lost everything—so most of the “new” stuff (东西) we got was really just to replace what we'd lost. But not my ring. My ring was new.
Then, only one month later, I lost it. I took it off before bed and it was missing in the morning. I was sad and searched everywhere for it. But it seemed to have disappeared. Eventually, I gave up and stopped looking for it. And two years later, we sold the house and moved away.
Years passed, and a couple of moves later, I was visiting my parents' when Mum told me that she had something for me. It wasn't my birthday, nor was it Easter or Christmas or any other gift－giving occasion. Mum noticed my questioning look. “You'll recognize this one，”she said, smiling.
Then she handed me a small ring box. I took it from her and opened it to find my beautiful signet ring inside.
The family who had bought our house 13 years earlier had recently decided to do some redecorations, which included replacing the carpets. When they pulled the carpet up in my old bedroom, they found the ring. As it had my initials carved into it, they realized who owned the ring. They'd had it professionally cleaned up by a jeweler before sending it to my mother.
And it still fits me.
56．The underlined word “in”in the first paragraph probably means “________”．
A. fashionable B. available
C. practical D. renewable
57．When she got the ring back, the writer was about ________．
A. 13 years old B. 15 years old
C. 26 years old D. 28 years old
58．Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage?
A．The writer's family moved several times.
B．The writer never stopped looking for her ring.
C．The writer's ring was cleaned up by the new house owner.
D．The writer lost her ring in the morning when she took it off.
59．What would be the best title for the passage?
A. My New Ring
B. Lost and Found
C. Lost and Replaced
D. An Expensive Ring
Your glasses may someday replace your smartphone, and some New Yorkers are ready for the switch. Some in the city can't wait to try them on and use the maps and GPS that the futuristic eyewear is likely to include.
“I'd use it if I were hanging out with friends at 3 am and going to the bar and wanted to see what was open，”said Walter Choo, 40, of Fort Greene.
The smartphone－like glasses will likely come out this year and cost between $250 and $600, the Times said, possibly including a variation of augmented(增强的) reality, a technology already available on smartphones and tablets (平板电脑) that overlays information onto the screen about one's surroundings. So, for example, if you were walking down a street, indicators would pop_up showing you the nearest coffee shop or directions could be plotted out and come into view right on the sidewalk in front of you.
“As far as a mainstream consumer product, this just isn't something anybody needs，”said Sam Biddle, who writes for Gizmodo.com. “We're accustomed to having one thing in our pocket to do all these things，”he added, “and the average consumer isn't gonna be able to afford another device (装置) that's hundreds and hundreds of dollars.”
9to5Google publisher Seth Weintraub, who has been reporting on the smartphone－like glasses since late last year, said he is confident that this type of wearable device will eventually be as common as smartphones.
“It's just like smartphones 10 years ago，”Weintraub said. “A few people started getting emails on their phones, and people thought that was crazy. Same kind of thing. We see people bending their heads to look at their smartphones, and it's unnatural，”he said. “There's gonna be improvements to that, and this a step there.”
60．One of the possible functions of the smartphone-like glasses is to ________．
A．program the opening hours of a bar
B．supply you with a picture of the future
C．provide information about your surroundings
D．update the maps and GPS in your smartphones
61．The underlined phrase “pop up”in the third paragraph probably means “________”．
A. develop rapidly
B. get round quickly
C. appear immediately
D. go over automatically
62．According to Sam Biddle, the smartphone-like glasses are ________．
A. necessary for teenagers
B. attractive to New Yorkers
C. available to people worldwide
D. expensive for average consumers
63．We can learn from the last two paragraphs that the smartphone-like glasses ________．
A. may have a potential market
B. are as common as smartphones
C. are popular among young adults
D. will be improved by a new technology