I ran into a local store today to pick up a few things. With an important meeting to attend, I was in a hurry , so I didn’t take a cart (手推车) on my way inside. As I walked between the shelves in the store, I passed by a young couple and their baby. I continued going through the store, picked up a few items I needed and ended up standing behind this couple in the checkout line.
While waiting, I noticed that the young father was holding his money tightly and nervously. The young mother was carrying a baby in her arms and asked the cashier (收银员) for a job application.
When the total was rung up, they had to pick items out of their cart because they didn’t have enough money. But all their items were basic necessities(必需品) that they needed most. It just broke my heart to watch the couple try to think about what they could do without. However, they were able to whittle down their items and paid the bill with the money that they had.
After they left, I quietly asked the cashier to add those items to mine. The cashier rang everything up, and then got me a shopping cart. We put in their items and I hurried over to their car. “This is for you,” I told them.
The young father just looked at me with such appreciation and thanked me. I will never forget the expression in his eyes. As I was getting into my car, they drove over. The young mother said, “Miss, thank you so much.”
Tears welled up in my eyes---as they are again now, while I write this. “You are so welcome. Pay it forward some day,” I replied.
56. The underlined phrase “whittle down” in Paragraph 3 probably means “__________”.
A. add to B. break down C. pay for D. cut down
57. The author felt __________ to watch the couple taking some items out.
A. angry B. sad C. excited D. interested
58. It can be inferred from the passage that __________.
A. the young mother didn’t have a job then
B. the young father felt so sorry to accept help
C. the cashier treated the young couple impolitely
D. the young couple bought something unnecessary
59. The author’s main purpose in sharing the story is to tell us __________.
A. what a great plan she made B. to take a cart while shopping
C. to help those who are in need D. how to pick out basic necessities
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We will drive to the home of the Church of England—Canterbury, the county town of Kent, and enjoy a tour of the ancient Cathedral and its walled city.
We’ll travel on through some of the country roads of Kent only in mini tourist coaches(长途汽车) and arrive in Dover at the coast just 32 miles across the sea from France and mainland Europe. We can enjoy the wonderful view of White Cliffs and Dover Castle before returning to the most beautiful castle（城堡）in England—Leeds Castle.
The Leeds Castle is surrounded by a lake with its history dating back as far as the Doomsday Book. We can explore its inside part and grounds before we return to London whenever we like.
Prices: Adult—￡55.00; Under16—￡ 50.00; A 10% off for a family
Time: Saturdays & Sundays
Return mini coach travel
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Tour of Canterbury Cathedral
Scenic drive through Kent
Visit to the White Cliffs of Dover
Entrance to Leeds Castle
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60. What can we learn from the passage?
A. Tourists can enjoy all of the best sights in England
B. Leeds Castle is the oldest and most beautiful castle in England
C. The country roads of Kent can’t be reached by large tourist coaches
D. Tourists can be picked up and sent to wherever they choose in England
61. The Greens, together with a 10-year-old son, need to pay __________ for the tour.
A. ￡ 115 B. ￡144 C. ￡160 D. ￡155
62. We can call to book the tour __________.
A. at 8:00 a.m., Sunday B. at 19:00, Friday
C. at 13:00, Saturday D. at 17:00, Wednesday
63. What’s the writer’s purpose in writing the passage?
A. To attract more tourists to join them.
B. To introduce some culture in England.
C. To show tourists more beautiful sights.
D. To ask more tourists to ride their mini coaches.