Bikes are popular in the Netherlands.In fact,nearly half of all travel in the Netherlands is by bike.Now,one Dutch bike designer,Thomas,has taken the country’s interest in bikes by making a school bus bike.

The big bike has eight sets of pedals for kids,a driver seat for an adult,and three other seats,comfortably letting little kids for their trip to and from school.The bike even has a motor,which can help with high hills or at times when few kids on it.

So far,Thomas tells Fast Company,he’s sold 25 school-bikes,at a price of $25,000 each—less than it would cost to buy a traditional school bus with the same number of seats.Along with the traditional color,the bikes are colored yellow so that they can be seen easily.

Thomas says he’s sold school bus bikes to neighboring countries such as Belgium,England and Germany,but so far,the school bus bike hasn’t been sold in the United States.If the US agrees to buy this kind of school bus bike,it could do a lot of good to improve exercise for a young age and help them keep healthy.

1.How do people in the Netherlands usually go to work?

A. By car. B. By bus.

C. By bike. D. On foot.

2.The school buses are yellow in the Netherlands because    .

A. the color yellow is easy to paint

B. yellow buses can be seen easily

C. yellow is the national color of the Netherlands

D. it’s the designer’s favorite color

3.Which country of the following hasn’t bought a school bus bike?

A. America. B. Germany.

C. England. D. Belgium.

4.Which of the following is TRUE?

A. Thomas made a new kind of school bus.

B. A school bus usually costs $25,000.

C. Thomas sold bikes to Asian countries.

D. Riding school bus bikes helps keep kids healthy.

When I was a child,my parents often took me to an old house in a thick forest.No other children ever stayed there.I didn’t even have the choice of playing with a brother or sister.

I could never understand what the attraction of the house was,even for my parents,who enjoyed nothing better than to sit in silence with a good book.The woman in the house,my father’s distant cousin,was a terrible cook and her food was inedible.

One day,when I was wandering around the garden behind the house,I noticed a wooden house which had clearly been abandoned.As I walked towards it,I heard a noise,like an animal moving hurriedly away.Then I saw a man with a long beard standing at the door.I was greatly surprised.

“Please don’t tell them you saw me,” he said.“They never use this place,and I have nowhere else to live.” “Don’t worry,” I said.“I won’t tell anyone.But are you all right out here?I mean—do you have enough to eat?” The old man shook his head.

The same evening,I took a small plastic bag into the dining room and,while no one was looking,emptied some of the food into it.Later,I got out of the back door secretly and gave the food to the old man,whose name I had discovered was Taff.

I had never seen anything else as lovely as the smile of satisfaction on Taff’s face when he ate the food.From then on,my visits to the old house had a purpose,and I enjoyed every minute of the rest of my stay.

1.How did the writer feel about staying in the old house at first?

A. He was happy to be with his parents.

B. He enjoyed reading good books there.

C. He was pleased with the woods.

D. He felt very lonely.

2.The underlined word “inedible” is closest in meaning to “   ”.

A. too bad for him to eat

B. nice to look at

C. not enough to eat

D. as delicious as usual

3.What can we know about the old man from the passage?

A. He was poor and hungry.

B. He helped to repair the old house.

C. He liked to play hide-and-seek with the writer.

D. He raised many animals.

4.The story mainly tells us    .

A. it’s nice to raise wild animals

B. it’s valuable to help others

C. it’s good to live in the forest

D. it’s comfortable to live in the old house

After years of heated debate, gray wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park. Fourteen wolves were caught in Canada and transported to the park. By last year, the Yellowstone wolf population had grown to more than 170 wolves.

Gray wolves once were seen here and there in the Yellowstone area and much of the continental United States, but they were gradually displaced by human development. By the 1920s, wolves had practically disappeared from the Yellowstone area. They went farther north into the deep forests of Canada, where there were fewer humans around.

The disappearance of the wolves had many unexpected results. Deer and elk populations — major food sources (来源) for the wolf – grew rapidly. These animals consumed large amounts of vegetation (植被), which reduced plant diversity in the park. In the absence of wolves, coyote populations also grew quickly. The coyotes killed a large percentage of the park’ s red foxes, and completely drove away the park’ s beavers.

As early as 1966,biologists asked the government to consider reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone Park.They hoped that wolves would be able to control the elk and coyote problems.Many farmers opposed the plan because they feared that wolves would kill their farm animals or pets.

The government spent nearly 30 years coming up with a plan to reintroduce the wolvers. The U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service carefully monitors and manages the wolf packs in Yellowstone.Today,the debate continues over how well the gray wolf is fitting in at Yellowstone.Elk,deer,and coyote populations are down,while beavers and red fores have made a comeback.The Yellowstone wolf project has been a valuable experiment to help biologists decide whether to reintroduce wolves to other parts of the country as well.

1.What is the text mainly about?

A. Wildlife research in the United States.

B. Plant diversity in the Yellowstone area.

C. The conflict between farmers and gray wolves.

D. The reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone Park.

2.What does the underlined word “displaced” in paragraph 2 mean?

A. Tested. B. Separated. C. Forced out. D. Tracked down.

3.What did the disappearance of gray wolves bring about?

A. Damage to local ecology. B. A decline in the park’s income.

C. Preservation of vegetation. D. An increase in the variety of animals.

4.What is the author’s attitude towards the Yellowstone wolf project?

A. Doubtful. B. Positive. C. Disapproving. D. Uncaring.

Once upon a time,there lived a poor farmer and his wife.One day,having _______ their day’s labor and eaten their simple _______,they were sitting by the fire.And then they had a quarrel over who should _______ the door—it was blown open by the _______.

“Darling,shut the door!” said the man.

“_______,do it yourself!” the woman answered.

“I will not shut it,and you shall not shut it,” said the man,“but let the one who speaks the _______ word shut it.”

His words _______ the wife,so the old couple,well satisfied,went to _______ in silence.

In the middle of the night they heard a _______,and looking around,they found that a wild dog had ________the room,and that he was busy ________ their food.Not a word,however,would either of these ________ people say,and the dog,having eaten as much as he wanted,went out of the house.

The next morning the woman went ________ by herself.

When she was ________,a barber entered and said to the husband,“Why are you ________ here alone?” The farmer didn’t say a word.The barber then shaved(剃)his head,but still he did not ________.He shaved off half his beard,but even then the man kept silent.“The man is crazy!” cried the barber,and he ________ escaped out of the house.

At this moment the man’s wife ________ from the shop.She,seeing her husband in such a(n)________ condition,cried,“Ah!What have you been ________?”

“You spoke the first word,” said the farmer,“so,please shut the door.”

1.A. found B. divided C. began D. finished

2.A. breakfast B. supper C. lunch D. soup

3.A. shut B. paint C. repair D. answer

4.A. cloud B. snow C. wind D. air

5.A. All right B. No problem C. Good idea D. No way

6.A. last B. only C. first D. same

7.A. troubled B. pleased C. angered D. surprised

8.A. chair B. field C. bed D. table

9.A. noise B. knock C. voice D. song

10.A. filled B. left N C. cleaned D. entered

11.A. preparing B. eating C. smelling D. cooking

12.A. weak B. careless C. silly D. patient

13.A. shopping B. swimming C. walking D. dancing

14.A. free B. in C. ill D. out

15.A. singing B. sleeping C. sitting D. working

16.A. look B. speak C. stand D. arrive

17.A. quickly B. happily C. carefully D. sadly

18.A. returned B. ran C. came D. moved

19.A. dangerous B. nervous C. angry D. strange

20.A. drinking B. doing C. offering D. taking

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