A certain good woman one day said something that hurt her best friend of many years.She____immediately and would have done anything to have taken the words back.____she said hurt the friend so much that this good woman was herself hurt____the pain she caused.____to cancel what she had done，she went to an older，wiser woman in the village，explained her situation，and asked for____.
Listening to her，the older woman___the younger woman’s distress and knew she must help her.She also knew she could never____her pain，but she could teach.She knew the____would depend only on the character of the younger woman.She said，“Tonight，take your best feather pillows and put a single feather on the doorstep of each house in the town____the sun rises.”
The young woman hurried____to prepare for her chore，even though the feather pillows were very____to her.All night long，she labored alone in the cold.Finally the sky was getting____，she placed the last feather on the steps of the last house.Just as the sun rose，she returned to____.
“Now，” said the wise woman，“Go back and____your pillows with the feather you have put on the steps.Then everything will be____it was before.”
“You know that’s____！The wind blew away each feather as fast as I placed them on the____！” The younger woman was surprised.
“That’s true，” said the older woman.“Never forget.Each of your____is like a feather in the wind.Once spoken，no amount of effort，____how heartfelt or sincere，they can never return to your mouth.Choose your words well and____them most of all in the presence of those you love.”
4.A.By means B．In an effort
C．In addition D．On account
13.A.her home B．the older woman
C．her bedroom D．the feather pillow
4.4】解析： 考查介词短语辨析。句意为：为了努力消除她所做的一切，她去找村子里年长的、聪明的女人。in an effort to do sth.意为“试图做某事”，符合语境。
5.5】解析： 考查名词辨析。根据第二段第一句话中“she must help her…she could teach”可知，她来是寻求建议的。ask for advice意为“请求建议”。
6.6】解析： 考查动词辨析。 句意为：听着年轻女人的述说，这位老妇人感觉到了她的忧伤，并且知道得帮助她。sense意为“感觉到”，符合语境。
11.1】解析： 考查形容词辨析。由上文“take your best feather pillows…”可知，这些枕头是她非常心爱的。
18.8】解析： 考查名词辨析。句意为：你要永远记住，你的每句话就像是风中的羽毛，覆水难收。本文中提到这个善良的女人用话语伤害了她的好友，且由下文“Once spoken…they can never return to your mouth.”提示可知应选C项。
Why does the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy lean? It leans because of a mistake. It has leaned almost since the day the tower was built.
In 1173, the people of Pisa, Italy, wanted to build a bell tower. They wanted the tower to be the most beautiful bell tower in all of Italy. The city also needed a bell tower because the church did not have one.
However, there was a problem. As soon as the first floor of the building was finished, the tower started to lean. Builders tried to make the building straight again as they added more floors, but they couldn’t figure out how to make it stop leaning.
It took almost 180 years to finish the tower. Since then, the tower has leaned by another millimeter every year. Today, the Leaning Tower has eight floors and is 54.5 meters tall. By 1990, it was leaning by about 4 meters to one side. It was also slowly sinking into the ground. Many people became worried that it would soon fall apart.
In 1998, repair works began on the tower, and by the end of 2001, it had been moved back by 45 centimeters. The tower will still lean, however, so it will need to be repaired again—in another 200 years.
why did the people of Pisa want to build the tower?
- A.They needed a new church
- B.They wanted to build the tallest tower in Tower
- C.They needed a bell tower.
- D.They wanted to build a leaning tower.
When did the tower begin to lean?
- A.from the first day it was built
- B.after the first floor was built
- C.after the last floor was built
- D.180 years after it was built
When was the tower finished?
- A.in 1173
- B.in 1180
- C.in 1353
- D.in 1474
Before being repaired,, the tower leaned every year by another _______
- A.1 millimeter
- B.45 centimeters
- C.54.5 millimeters
- D.4 meters
Which of the following is NOT true about the tower?
- A.It was sinking into the ground
- B.People were worried it might fall apart
- C.It was repaired between 1990 and 1998.
- D.It will need to be repaired again in 200 years.