One day newly wedded Nancy lost her ring while helping to plant potatoes. Friends were called and the field was searched long but in vain. Later, when the potatoes were harvested, Everyone looked out for the ring but it remained lost. Another year came round and all the farmers working in the field kept their eyes open. The following year was the same. And year after year, whoever had business in the field always had Nancy’s ring in his mind.
the farm changed hands but it went no farther than to cousins. So the memory of the lost ring remained alive until thirty-eight years had passed. came a spring day when a man was ploughing the field behind a pair of horses. Even after thirty-eight years he still looked out for the ring, and knew just which part of the field Nancy had lost it in. At this time, when he came there, he found it .He picked it up, put it carefully into his pocket, left his horse, and ran all the way down to the village and placed it into Nancy’s hand.
1．The underlined word “in vain” in the paragraph1 most probably means “_______”.
A. suggested B. returned no result C. insisted D. decided
2．How did Nancy come to lose her ring?
A．She lost it while helping to harvest tomatoes in the field
B．She lost it while watering the plants in the field.
C．She lost it while working in the field.
D．She lost it while helping to plant potatoes in the field.
3．What did the ploughman do after finding the ring?
A．He picked it up and put it in his pocket.
B．He ran back to tell everybody in the village.
C．He placed it in a secret spot.
D．He returned it to the owner.
4．What can you infer from the story?
A．The ring was invaluable.
B．People on the farm were honest and helpful.
C．The ring’s mysterious disappearance was the work of supernatural power.
D．Nancy no longer expected that her ring would be found again.
Harry is eighteen now. He studies in a middle school. His parents like him very much and hope he can become a famous man. So they often tell him to study hard and they do all for him. They call him at six in the morning, after breakfast his father takes him to school in a car and in the afternoon, as soon as the young man comes back, the supper is ready. Of course, he never washes his clothes or goes to buy something in the shops.
Once Harry’s father was sent to London on business. He would stay there for half a year. Leaving, he told his wife to take good care of their son. The woman had to get up earlier and did all her husband did before. And two months later she was so tired that she was ill in bed. Now the young man got into trouble. He couldn’ t do any housework. He had to do as his mother told him. Even he didn’t know where to get on the bus!
Yesterday Harry’s mother found his shoes were worn out and told him to buy a new pair in the shop. But he didn’t know how to choose. The woman had a sigh(叹息) and gave him a shoe pattern(鞋样) and told him to buy a pair of shoes himself. It’s Saturday today and Harry doesn’t go to school. With a policeman’s help, he found a shop. The shopkeeper was friendly to him. The man brought a lot of shoes and asked him to choose. When he was trying on a pair, suddenly he remembered something and took them off. The man was surprised and asked, “What’s the matter, young man?”
“I’m sorry, I’ve left the shoe pattern at home!”
5. _______ always does some housework in the morning.
A. Harry’s mother B. Harry’s father C. Harry D. Nobody
6. Harry’s parents do all instead of him because _______.
A. he’s too young B. he has poor health
C. they hope he spends all time on studies D. he’s busy with his studies
7. The woman had to look after her son by herself because _______.
A. she was stronger than her husband B. her husband wasn’t at home
C. she knew the young man well D. she was freer than her husband
One Friday morning, Andrew announced to his wife that he finally decided to ask his boss for a salary raise. All day Andrew felt worried --- what if Mr. Larchmont refuses his request? Andrew had worked so hard and of course, he deserves a wage（工资） increase.
The thought of walking into Larchmont’s office left Andrew weak in the knees. Late in the afternoon he finally mustered up the courage to approach his boss. To his delight and surprise, the ever-frugal Harvey Larchmont agreed to give him a raise!
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