People in the United States honor their parents with two special days: mother’s day, on the second Sunday in May, and Father’s day, on the third Sunday in June. These days are set aside to show love and respect for parents. They raise their children and educate them to be responsible citizens. They give love and care. These two days make us think about the changing roles of mothers and fathers. More mothers now work outside the home. More fathers must help with child care.
These two special days are celebrated in many different ways. On Mother’s Day people wear carnations. A red one symbolizes a living mother. A white one shows that the mother is dead. Many people attend religious services to honor parents. It is also a day when people whose parents are dead visit the cemetery(墓地). On these days，families get together at home, as well as in restaurants. They often have outdoor barbecues for Father’s Day. These are days of fun and good feelings and memories.
Another tradition is to give cards and gifts. Children make them in school. Many people make their own presents. These are valued more than the ones bought in stores. It is not the value of the gift that is important, but it is “the thought that counts”. Greeting card stores, florists, candy makers, bakeries(面包师), telephone companies, and other stores do a lot of business during these holidays.
1.Which of the following is NOT a reason for children to show love and respect for parents?
A. Parents bring up children.
B. Parents give love and care to children.
C. Parents educate children to be good persons.
D. Parents pass away before children grow up.
2.On Father’s Day, what do people often do?
A. They wear carnations.
B. They have outdoor barbecues.
C. They attend religious services to honor parents.
D. They visit the cemetery.
3.What do you think “florists” do? _________.
A. They sell flowers.
B. They make and sell bread.
C. They offer enough room for having family parties.
D. They sell special gifts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
4.Which do you think is right about “carnation”? _________.
A. It has only two kinds of colors.
B. It refers to the special clothes people wear on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
C. It’s a kind of flower showing love and best wishes.
D. People can wear carnations only on the second Sunday in May.
1.细节题。根据第一段These days are set aside to show love and respect for parents. They raise their children and educate them to be responsible citizens. They give love and care.说明ABC三项都是尊敬父母的理由，只有D项文章没有提及，故D符合题目要求。
2. 细节理解题。根据倒数第二段提到They often have outdoor barbecues for Father’s Day.他们经常在父亲节进行户外烧烤，故选B项。
3.推理题。根据文章最后一句Greeting card stores, florists, candy makers, bakeries, telephone companies, and other stores do a lot of business during these holidays.说明这些都是一些出售父亲节或者母亲节的礼物的商店，根据上下文的推测说明这里是出售花的生意，故A正确。
4.推理题。根据本句On Mother’s Day people wear carnations. A red one symbolizes a living mother. A white one shows that the mother is dead.说明这里的carnations.是人们在母亲节这一天所佩戴的花，故C正确。
The determined mother has devoted all she has to ________ her son out of trouble.
A. helping B. help
C. have helped D. having helped
试题分析：考查非谓语动词。devote后面加to sth或者to doing sth。 to在这里属于介词，后面应该接名词或v-ing形式，所以，应该是devote oneself to sth/ doing sth。句意：意志坚决的母亲已经把她的全部都奉献出来，来帮助她的儿子走出困境。故A正确。