When I was ten my dad helped me buy my first ten-speed bicycle from Allen. I put up $60 of my grass cutting and snow shoveling (铲) money and my dad put up the other half I would pay him back over the next six months. Although it was not in the latest style, it was my ticket to the adult world.
I spent that summer and autumn riding happily. My sister Liz, a prisoner(囚犯，俘虏) of her five-speed bicycle, never had a chance to keep up. Just before the Christmas deadline to pay my dad back, we were hit with several snowstorms. This allowed me to shovel enough driveways (车道) to pay off my debt. I was now officially a bike owner; it was a feeling unlike any other.
On that Christmas morning, my dad gave me a used portable (便携式的) record player. I was excited. However, my joy was short-lived after my dad called my sister to the kitchen. “We have one more gift for you. ” he said as he opened the door that led to the garage. There, on the steps, stood a new ten-speed bicycle.
“It’s not fair,” I complained. “I worked so hard for my bike, and it’s not even new. Then Liz gets a new bike. She didn’t have to do anything for it. ” My dad smiled. “She didn’t have to do anything for it because it’s not really for her,” he said. What did that mean? I didn’t want her bike.
By spring Liz and I were tiding all over town together now that she could keep up. As we grew, Liz and I became true friends.
Still I wasn’t smart enough to figure out what my dad meant until years later. That new bike was not a gift for Liz — it was a gift for me. He’d given me the gift of my sister’s company, the ability to stay together rather than drift apart (逐渐疏远) in the face of my ability to travel. He gave me my best friend.
1.What do we know about the author’s bike?
A. It was worth $120.
B. Allen bought it for him.
C. It was very fashionable.
D. He didn’t like it actually.
2.Why did the author think he was officially a bike owner?
A. He had paid off his debt.
B. He had learned to ride a bike.
C. He could also own Liz’s bike.
D. He could sell his bike to Liz.
3.Why was the author’s Christmas joy short-lived?
A. His sister got a new record player.
B. His father didn’t care about him.
C. The record player wasn’t new.
D. His sister got a better gift.
4.Hearing his father say “it’s not really for her (Paragraph 4)”, the author probably felt ________.
A. moved B. satisfied
C. puzzled D. disappointed
5.The author finally realized that ________.
A. the new bike actually belonged to him
B. the new bike wasn’t bought by his father
C. his father actually gave him a more valuable gift
D. his father loved his sister more as a matter of fact
1. 通过文章第一段“I put up $60 of my grass cutting and snow shoveling (铲) money and my dad put up the other half I would pay him back over the next six months.” 可知，我用铲草和铲雪的钱付了60美元，另一半是我父亲付的，“我”要在接下来的半年里还他。所以“我”的车子是120美元。
2. This allowed me to shovel enough driveways (车道) to pay off my debt. I was now officially a bike owner;”可推知，在付清欠父亲的钱之后，“我”才觉得自己是车子的正式主人。
4.What did that mean? I didn’t want her bike.”可知，当时，“我”是不明白父亲的用意的。故选C.puzzled.
5.He’d given me the gift of my sister’s company, the ability to stay together rather than drift apart (逐渐疏远) in the face of my ability to travel. He gave me my best friend. ”可看出，父亲给了“我”妹妹的陪伴、与人亲近沟通的能力及最好的朋友。所以说他给了“我”更有价值的礼物。故正确答案为C.
The rescue worker looks very young but _______ she is more than thirty years old.
A. finally B. actually
C. frequently D. extremely
试题分析：考查副词辨析。 A. 最后；B.实际上；C.经常地；D.极度地 .句意：这个救援人员看起来很年轻，实际上，她已经超过30岁了。故选B