One of the qualities that most people admire in others is the willingness to admit one’s mistakes. It is extremely hard sometimes to say a simple thing like “I was wrong about that, ”and it is even harder to say, “I was wrong, and you were right about that. ”
I had an experience recently with someone admitting to me that he had made a mistake fifteen years ago. He told me he had been the manager of a certain grocery store in the neighborhood where I grew up, and he asked me if I remembered the egg cartons （箱子）. Then he related an incident and I began to remember clearly the incident he was describing.
I was about eight years old at the time, and I had gone into the store with my mother to do the weekly grocery shopping. On that particular day, I must have found my way to the dairy food department where the incident took place.
There must have been a special sale on eggs that day because there was an impressive display of eggs in dozen and half-dozen cartons. The cartons were stacked three or four feet high. I must have stopped in front of a display to admire the stacks. Just then a woman came by pushing her grocery cart and knocked off the stacks of cartons. For some reason, I decided it was up to me to put the display back together, so I went to work.
The Manager heard the noise and came rushing over to see what had happened. When he appeared, I was on my knees inspecting （examining）some of the cartons to see if any of the eggs were broken, but to him it looked as though I was the criminal. He severely scolded me and wanted me to pay for any broken eggs. I protested my innocence and tried to explain, but it did no good. Even though I quickly forgot all about the incident, obviously the manager did not.
1.The author was ______ when he wrote this article.
A. about 8 B. about 18
C. about 23 D. about 15
2.Who was to blame for knocking off the stacks of cartons?
A. The author. B. The manager.
C. The woman. D. The author’s mother.
3.When the manager scolded him the author _______.
A. was frightened and cried B. tried to explain
C. did not say anything D. felt the manager was right
4.It can be inferred that the author _______.
A. regrets arguing with the manager for what he didn’t do
B. would like to tell people never to be fooled by an egg sale
C. has forgiven the manager for what he did to him fifteen years ago
D. expects the woman to say sorry to him for the mistake she made
1. I had an experience recently with someone admitting to me that he had made a mistake fifteen years ago. ”和第三段第一句“I was about eight years old at the time, ”可知，一个人向“我”承认他在15年前犯的错误，而当时“我”大概8岁，故作者现在大概8+15=23岁，所以该题正确答案为C.
2.Just then a woman came by pushing her grocery cart and knocked off the stacks of cartons.”可知，实际上是一位推车的女士撞倒了（装鸡蛋的）纸箱堆，所以这位女士应当受到责备。故正确答案为C.
3.He severely scolded me and wanted me to pay for any broken eggs. I protested my innocence and tried to explain, but it did no good. ”可知，在被冤枉时，“我”尽力地去解释，故正确答案为B.
We laugh at jokes, but seldom _____ about how they work.
A. we think B. think we
C. we do think D. do we think
试题分析： 考查倒装。句意为：“我们因笑话而笑，但很少去思考笑话怎样让我们笑。”考查部分倒装。seldom 为否定副词放句首，句子需用部分倒装，故选D项。
考点 : 考查倒装