Twenty years ago, I drove a taxi for a living. One night I went to pick up a passenger at 2:30 a.m. When I arrived to collect, I saw a small woman in her eighties standing before me. I took the suitcase to the car, and then returned to help the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the car.
She kept thanking me for my kindness. "It's nothing," I told her. "I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated."
"Oh, you're such a good man." She said. When we got into the taxi, she gave me an address, and then asked, "Could you drive through downtown?"
"It's not the shortest way," I answered quickly.
"Oh, I'm in no hurry," she said. "I'm on my way to a hospice (临终医院). I don't have any family left. The doctor says I don't have very long time." I quietly shut off the meter (计价器). For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked, the neighborhood where she had lived. Sometimes she asked me to slow down in front of
a special building and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.
At dawn, she suddenly said, "I'm tired. Let's go now."
We drove in silence to the address she had given me.
"How much shall I give you?" she asked.
"Nothing," I said.
"You have to make a living," she answered. "Oh, there are other passengers," I answered.
Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly and said, "You gave an old woman a little moment of happiness."
36. The story happened ____________.
A. one night twenty years ago
B. at 2:30 in the afternoon twenty years ago
C. when the driver was twenty
D. when the old lady walked toward the car
37. The old lady went through the city because ______________.
A. she wanted to show she knew the city very well
B. she didn’t want to reach the hospice early
C. she wanted to see some places for the last time
D. she let the driver earn more money
38. Why did the taxi driver not get any money from the old woman?
A. He wanted to help her. B. He shut off the meter by mistake.
C. Others had paid him. D. He was in a hurry to take other passengers.
39. Which is NOT true according to the passage?
A. It took them 2 hours to drive through the city.
B. The old lady was the writer’s relative.
C. The writer made a living by driving a taxi.
D. The old lady got happy because of the writer’s kindness.
40. What can we learn from the story?
A. Giving is always for returning.
B. People should respect the old.
C. People should learn to thank for others’ help.
D. An act of kindness can bring people pleasure.
People use their mouths for many things. They eat, talk, shout and sing. They smile and they kiss. In the English language, there are many expressions using the word “mouth.”
For example, if you say bad things about a person, the person might protest and say “Do not bad mouth me.” Sometimes, people say something to a friend or family member that they later regret because it hurts that person’s feelings. Or they tell the person something they were not supposed to tell. The speaker might say: “I really put my foot in my mouth this time.” If this should happen, the speaker might feel down in the mouth. In other words, he might feel sad for saying the wrong thing.
Another situation is when someone falsely claims another person said something. The other person might protest: “I did not say that. Do not put words in my mouth.”
Some people have lots of money because they were born into a very rich family. There is an expression for this, too. You might say such a person, “was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.”
This rich person is the opposite of a person who lives from hand to mouth. This person is very poor and only has enough money for the most important things in life, like food.
Parents might sometimes withhold sweet food from a child as a form of punishment for saying bad things. For example, if a child says things she should not say to her parents, she might be described as a mouthy child. The parents might even tell the child to stop mouthing off.
But enough of all this talk. I have been running my mouth long enough.
41. In what kind of situation will a person say “Do not bad mouth me.”?
A. When he feels down. B. When he feels sad.
C. When he is said bad things to. D. When he feels disappointed.
42. If a person feels sorry for what he has said, he might say “__________”.
A. Do not bat mouth me B. I really put my foot in my mouth this time.
C. Do not put words in my mouth. D. Stop mouthing off.
43. If a person lives from hand to mouth, he is __________.
A. poor B. rich C. lazy D. hard-working
44. What does the last underlined sentence mean?
A. I have run a long way. B. I have stopped talking.
C. I have learned a lot D. I have talked too much
45. What is the passage mainly about?
A. People use their mouths for many things.
B. There are many different mouths in English.
C. There are many expressions about “mouth” in English.
D. People make good use of “mouth”.