Tom Smith was a writer. He wrote detective stories for magazines. One evening he could not find an end for a story. He sat with his typewriter in front of him. But he had no idea. So he decided to go to the cinema.
When he came back, he found that he had a visitor. Someone had broken into his house. The man had had a drink, smoked several cigarettes, and had read his story. The visitor left Tom a note:
I have read your story and I don’t think much of it. Please read my suggestions and then you can finish it. By the way, I am a thief. I’m not going to steal anything tonight. But if you become a successful writer, I’ll return!
Tom read the man’s suggestions. Then he sat down and wrote the rest of the story. He is still not a successful writer. And he is waiting for the man to return. Before he goes out in the evening, he always leaves a half-finished story near his typewriter.
(1) Tom Smith wrote about ________.
A.animals B.policemen C.children D.soldiers
(2) Tom went to the cinema because ________.
A.he wanted to meet a visitor
B.he hoped to get ideas
C.he was feeling tired
D.he could not finish a story
(3) The man broke into Tom’s house in order to ________.
A.have a drink
D.read Tom’s story
(4) With the help of the thief’s suggestions, Tom ________.
A.because a successful
B.could finish writing the story
C.could find the thief
D.could write many stories.
(5) Tom is waiting for the thief to return ________ .
A.to meet him
B.to give some money
C.to give him some more ideas
D.to read his story
The lady lived in a first class hotel that faced the park. Her driver called for her every morning at eleven. As he helped her into the car one Saturday morning, she noticed a man in rags (穿戴寒酸衣服) on a bench across the street looking attentively at the hotel with a dreamy expression on his face. He was there again the next morningthe next. It interested the lady. She told her driver to wait and crossed over to the man on the bench.
I simply have to know, she said, why you keep looking at the hotel that way every morning.
The man smiled.
Lady, he said, I’m a penniless failure. I sleep on this bench when the police don’t drive me away, and I dream that some dayjust onceI’m going to spend a night in that smart hotel across the way.
The lady, feeling very pleased with herself, said, Tonight your dream is going to be true. I’m going to pay for the best room in the house for you.
The following morning the woman told the man to come to her breakfast table and asked, How did you sleep?
The man proved disappointing.
Good Heavens, why? she asked, Wasn’t the bed soft and warm enough for you?
It wasn’t that, he explained, you see, down there I can dream I’m in the hotel. Here the whole night through, I kept dreaming I was back on the park bench.
(1) A good title for this passage is ________.
A.Don’t Break a Fond Dream
B.A Rich Lady
C.A Poor Man’s Dream
D.A Smart Hotel
(2) The word smart in this passage means________ .
A.high B.magnificent C.big D.comfortable
(3) When the lady asked the man to her breakfast table, it was ________ .
A.Monday B.Wednesday C.Tuesday D.Saturday
(4) The man would rather sleep on the bench than in the hotel because ________ ,
A.he didn’t like the warm and soft bed
B.he liked to sleep in the park
C.he wanted to have a good dream
D.he couldn’t pay for it
(5) There was ________between the park and the hotel.
A.a river B.a shop C.a forest D.a road