A Clever dog
A dog owner claimed that his pet, when given money, would go to the news stall to buy a paper. His friend insisted on a demonstration and handed the dog some money – The dog trotted off, but an hour later he had still not returned with the paper.
“How much did you give him?” asked the owner.
“Well, that explains it. When you give him five dollars, he goes to a movie.”
(1) claim v.聲稱
(2) when given money是 when he
was given money 的省略
(3) news stall n.售報亭
(4) insist on 堅持
(5) demonstration n.演示
(6) trot off 小步跑開
① What could the dog do, according the owner, when it was given money?
A. It could trot.
B. It could understand the news.
C. It could go to the news stall to buy a paper.
D. It could tell the news on a paper.
② Why did his friend insist on a demonstration?
A. Because he had a doubt about it.
B. Because he wanted to see whether this dog was as good as his .
C. Because he had too much money to know how to spend it.
D. Because he liked this game.
③ How much money should the man give the dog to make him buy a paper?
A. One dollar
B. Two dollars
C. Five dollars
D. It didn’t say.
④ How long did the two men wait for the dog to return?
A. Half an hour
B. One hour
C. One and a half hour
D. Two hours
⑤ Where did the dog go, according to the owner?
A. To the news stall.
B. To the owner’s house.
C. To the cinema
D. It was missing.
“五元?！?br /> “這就是了。你給它五元錢時，它就去看電影?！?br /> 練習參考答案：
It Seemed like Hours
As a band instructor at an elementary school, I require my students to turn in practice sheets signed by their parents so I can be sure they are putting in enough time. I had to laugh, however, when one parent wrote on her child’s sheet, “Practiced 17 minutes, but it seemed like hours.
(1) band n.樂隊
(2) instructor n.指揮
(3) turn in上交;歸還
(4) signed by their parents:由他們的父母簽名的。這是一個分詞短語作定語修飾sheets.
(5) so I can be sure they are putting in enough time:這樣我才能確定他們投入了足夠的時間。這是so that 引導的目的狀語從句，其中that省略。
① The author is a member of the musical band at the elementary school.
② The instructor requires the students to hand in practice sheets once a month.
③ The purpose of the instructor’s requirement is to make sure that the students are putting in enough time.
④ One child practiced for several hours, but the parent mistook for only 17 minutes.
⑤ From the passage we can infer that the parent is not keen on music.
作為一個小學的樂隊指揮，為了確保學生投入足夠的時間練習，我要求他們上交由他們父母簽字的練習單?？墒怯幸淮?，一位家長的簽字把我逗樂了。練習單上寫著：“練習了17分鐘，但猶如幾個時辰?！?br /> 練習參考答案：
To prevent our dog, Lacy, from pestering visitors to our house, my mother often massaged her as she lounged beneath the kitchen table, her favorite resting spot. One day a contractor came over to talk about a home-improvement project. As he and my mother sat across the table discussing the renovations, my mother slipped off her shoes and mindlessly soothed Lacy with her feet. My mother had been talking for about a half-hour when to her great embarrassment she heard Lacy bark outside the front door.
(1) prevent (from)v.避免;阻止
(2) pester v.使苦惱;困擾
(3) massage v.按摩;揉捏
(4) lounge v.懶洋洋地坐著或站著
(5) contractor n.承包商
(6) improvement n.改進;改善
(7) renovation n.修復;修理
(8) slip off滑脫;掉
(9) mindlessly adv.不注意地
(10) soothe v.撫慰;使鎮靜
(11) embarrassment n.局促;不安
① What kind of a dog was Lacy?
② What did the mother often do to make visitors feel at home?
③ Who came one day? What for?
④ How long had the mother been talking when she felt greatly embarrassed?
⑤ Why did she feel embarrassed?
① She is a dog that likes to pester visitors.
② She massaged her.
③ A contractor came for home-improvement project.
④ About a half-hour.
⑤ Because she was massaging not the dog but the contractor’ s foot.
I Want to Get Out
A bar owner locked up his place at 2 a. m. and went home to sleep. He had been in bed only a few minutes when the phone rang.” What time do you open up in the morning ?” he heard an obviously inebriated man inquire.
The owner was so furious, he slammed down the receiver and went back to bed. A few minutes later there was another call and he heard the same voice ask the same question. “Listen,” the owner shouted ,”there’s no sense in asking me what time I open because I wouldn’t let a person in your condition in-”
“I don’t want to get in,” the caller interjected. “I want to get out
(1) obviously adv.明顯的
(2) inebriated adj.酒醉的
(3) slam v.砰然放下
(4) interject v.突然插話
①A bar owner locked ______ his place at 2 a. m. and went home to sleep.
② He heard an obviously ______ man inquire.
③ The owner was so furious, he _______ down the receiver and went back to bed.
④ A few minutes later there was another call and he heard the____ voice ask the ______question.
⑤ There is no ______in asking me what time I open.
“我不是想進來，”那人打斷他的話，“我要出去?！?br /> 練習參考答案：
① up ② inebriated ③ slammed ④ same ;same⑤ sense
Nest and Hair
My sister, a primary school teacher, was informed by one of her pupils that a bird had built its nest in the tree outside the classroom.
“What kind of bird?” my sister asked.
“I didn’t see the bird, ma’ am, only the nest,” replied the child.
“Then, can you give us a description of the nest?” my sister encouraged her .
“Well, ma’am, it just resembles your hair. ”
(1) inform v.告訴
(2) nest n.窩;巢
(3) description n.描述
(4) encourage v.鼓勵
(5) resemble v. 相似;類似
① The teacher was told by a boy student that a bird had built a nest in the tree outside the classroom.
② The teacher was greatly surprised when she heard the news.
③ The child told the teacher where the bird had gone.
④ The teacher wanted to seize the chance to get the child to learn how to describe a thing.
(5) The child did give a vivid description.
“哦，老師，就像你的頭發一樣?！?br /> 練習參考答案：