Our vicar(教区牧师) is always raising money for one cause or another, but he has never managed to get enough money to have the church clock repaired. The big clock which used to strike the hours day and night was damaged many years ago and has been silent ever since.
One night, however, our vicar woke up with a start: the clock was striking the hours! Looking at his watch, he saw that it was one o'clock, but the bell struck thirteen times before it stopped. Armed with a torch, the vicar went up into the clock tower to see what was going on. In the torchlight, he caught sight of a figure whom he immediately recognized as Bill Wilkins, our local grocer.
“Whatever are you doing up here Bill?" asked the vicar in surprise.
“I' m trying to repair the bell, "answered Bill."I’ve been coming up here night after night for weeks now. You see, I was hoping to give you a surprise.”
“You certainly did give me a surprise!"said the vicar. “You’ve probably woken up everyone in the village as well. S till, I’m glad the bell is working again.”
“T hat's the trouble, vicar, "answered Bill. "It’s working all right. but I’m afraid that at one o' clock it will strike thirteen times and there 's nothing I can do about it.”
“We’ll get used to that, Bill," said the vicar. "Thirteen is not as good as one, but it's better than nothing. Now let's go downstairs and have a cup of tea.”
21. The church clock did not work because ________
A. it was too expensive to repair
B. it disturbed the vicars sleep
C. Bill Wilkins only worked at night
D. the bell had been out of order for many years
22. The vicar was surprised to see Bill Wilkins in the clock tower because________.
A. Bill Wilkins had been hoping to surprise him
B. it was an unusual time and place to find him
C. he had expected to find a figure
D. the clock had struck thirteen times
23. The vicar offered Bill Wilkins a cup of tea because________
A. he thought that Bill Wilkins was thirsty
B. thanks to him, the clock would now strike once an hour
C. he was grateful for the trouble Bill Wilkins had taken
D. he was pleased to have been woken up for nothing
24. How many times did the clock tower strike according to the passage?
Mr. Brown worked in a factory of a small town.He had been there for twenty years before one day he was sent to the capital for important business.He was quite excited because he had never been there before.Before he set off,he asked his wife and three daughters if they wanted him to buy something for them in London.Mrs. Brown began to think it over and then she said she wished her husband would be able to buy a nice umbrella for her,and so did their three daughters.As he was afraid he would forget it,he drew an umbrella on a piece of paper.To his regret,he lost it at the station.
On the train Mr. Brown sat opposite to an old woman.The woman’s umbrella was so nice that he carefully looked at it and said to himself not to forget to buy a few umbrellas like it.When the train arrived at the station in London,he said good-bye to the old woman,took his bag and her umbrella and was going to get off.
“Wait a minute,sir,”shouted the old woman.“That’s my umbrella!”
Now Mr. Brown noticed that he had taken her umbrella.His face turned red at once and said in a hurry,“Oh,I’m very sorry,Madam! I didn’t mean it!”
Seven days later Mr. Brown left the capital.To his surprise,he met the old woman and sat opposite to her again.Looking at the four umbrellas,the old woman was satisfied with herself.It seems that I had a better result than the other four women.” She thought.
25. The underlined word “it” in the first paragraph refers to .
A. his ticket
B. his bag
C. his drawing
D. his umbrella
26. Why did Mr. Brown take the woman’s umbrella?
A. Because he was lost in thought.
B. Because it was much like his own umbrella.
C. Because he thought the woman would not notice it.
D. Because the woman misplaced it beside Mr. Brown.
27. When looking at Mr. Brown with four umbrellas,the woman felt .
28. How did Mr. Brown get the four umbrellas?
A. He picked them on the train.
B. He brought them from his small town.
C. He stole them from four women.
D. He bought them in London.
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