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          Stealing the Crown Jewel Colornel Thomas Blood lived in England in the 17th century. He was a very clever thief. In fact,by the middle of the century, he had become one of the most wanted men in the country. Colonel Blood decided to steal the Crown Jewels after visiting the Tower of London in 1671. At that time, the Jewels were kept in a locked room in the basement of the Tower.Only one man, a guard named Talbot Edwards,had the key to the room, and it was his duty to show visitors in and out. After looking at the Jewels for several minutes, Colonel Blood thanked Mr Edwards, and said that he would come again soon.'I’II bring my wife next time,' he said. 'I’m sure she will love the Jewels.' Over the next few months, Colonel Blood and his wife visited the Jewels regularly. On each visit, they talked to Mr Edwards, and were soon introduced to his wife and daughter. Talbot Edwards said that his daughter was looking for a husband.'I have a handsome, wealthy nephew,' Colonel Blood told Mr Edwards. 'I’m sure he will like your pretty daughter. I will bring him to see you.' On the morning of May 9th 1671, Colonel Blood called on Talbot Edwards with two friends and a young man who was pretending to be his nephew. While the 'nephew' talked to Mrs and Miss Edwards, Colonel Blood asked Mr Edwards if his friends could see the Crown Jewels. As soon as the four men were inside the room where the Jewels were kept, Colonel Blood hit Mr Edwards over the head with a mallet, and tied him up. He and his friends then stole the Jewels, and started to run from the tower. They nearly escaped, but were finally captured by a group of watchmen. Colonel Blood was sent to jail. He did not, however, stay there long. When the King asked him about the robbery, he was so charming that the King just laughed at his story and pardoned him. I Colonel Blood ... a) lived in England in the 1700s. b) was a well-known thiefi c) was not very intelligent. d) stole the Crown Jewels twice. [共10題]

          (1) Colonel Blood ...

          (A) lived in England in the 1700s.

          (B) was a well-known thiefi

          (C) was not very intelligent

          (D) stole the Crown Jewels twice.


          (2) Talbot Edwards was ...

          (A) the owner of the Crown Jewels

          (B) a good friend of Colonel Blood.

          (C) Colonel Blood's nephew

          (D) a guard at the Tower of London.


          (3) Colonel Blood and his wife ...

          (A) did not like the Crown Jewels.

          (B) visited the Crown Jewels a number of times.

          (C) spent five months at the Tower of London

          (D) had a handsome, wealthy son.


          (4) When Colonel Blood arrived at the Tower on May 9th 1671, he was accompanied by ...

          (A) two other men

          (B) his nephew

          (C) three other men.

          (D) Mrs and Miss Edwards.


          (5) Colonel Blood and his friends ...

          (A) escaped from the Tower of London

          (B) were hit over the head with a mallet

          (C) were captured by some watchmen

          (D) were tied up by Mr Edwards.


          (6) The King decided to ...

          (A) send Colonel Blood's friends to jail

          (B) execute Colonel Blood.

          (C) give Colonel Blood a small plot of land

          (D) set Colonel Blood free.


          (7) he refers to

          (A) Colornel Thomas Blood (B) a criminal

          (C) a wanted man (D) Talbot


          (8) . 'I’m sure she will love the Jewels.' In the sentence , “she” is

          (A) Mrs Blood (B) Mrs Edwards

          (C) Miss Edwards (D) Colornel Thomas Blood


          (9) Colornel Thomas Blood lived in

          (A) the 17th century (B) London

          (C) the tower (D) a jail


          (10) pardoned means

          (A) freed (B) jailed

          (C) forgave (D) thanked


          Soong Mei-Ling(3) Soong Mei-ling was one of the most( well-known) Chinese women of the twentieth century. She was the youngest of the three beautiful Soong sisters who played a major role in politics in China at the time of the ending of the Qing Dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China. Her eldest sister, Ai-ling, married H.H. Kung, a powerful and rich banker. It was said she loved money. The second sister, Ching-ling, loved China, and became the wife of Dr Sun Yat-sen. Mei-ling married the Nationalist general Chiang Kai-shek because she loved power. Mei-ling was born in Hainan in1898, the daughter of Charlie Soong a Methodist minister and businessman. As a little girl she was rather plump and cheerful and somehow always managed to get her own way. At the age of eight she was sent to the United States to go to school, where she did well She graduated from Wellesley College in Massachusetts in 1917 with a degree in English Literature. Because of her education Mei-ling spoke excellent English. After graduation Mei-ling returned to China and she met Chiang Kai-shek in 1920. She married him in 1927 after his divorce Some people think this marriage was a great love affair. Other people think it was more( a marriage of convenience). Mei-ling never had any children. During the war against Japan Mei-ling acted as her husband's interpreter and translator. She worked hard to promote the Chinese cause during the war, especially in the United States. She .were on speaking tours, drawing crowds of up to 30,000 people, and appeared on the cover of 25me magazine as the 'Dragon Lady'. In 1943 she became the first Chinese national and only the second woman to speak before the US Congress. After the defeat of her husband's government in 1949, Mei-ling moved to Taiwan. She lived there until her husband's death in 1975. She then emigrated to the USA and lived on her family's estate in Lattington, Long Island, near New York. She spent much of her time painting. Mei-ling died peacefully at her apartment in New York on October 23, 2003 at the age of 105. [共10題]

          (1) Soong Mei-ling...

          (A) was the oldest Soong sister (B) loved money.

          (C) died in the USA (D) married Dr Sun Yat-sen.


          (2) As a child Mei-ling ...

          (A) did not study hard. (B) did what she wanted to do.

          (C) was unhappy. (D) stayed at home a lot.


          (3) After graduation Mei-ling ...

          (A) went back to China (B) studied English Literature.

          (C) lived in Massachusetts (D) spoke little English.


          (4) During the war against Japan, Mei-ling ...

          (A) stayed in Hainan (B) toured the United States.

          (C) spent her time in Long Island (D) lived in Taiwan.


          (5) From 1949 to 1975 Mei-ling ...

          (A) lived in Taiwan (B) lived in New York.

          (C) lived in Lattington (D) toured the United States


          (6) After 1975 Mei-ling...

          (A) stayed in Taiwan. (B) was her husband's interpreter.

          (C) emigrated from the USA (D) enjoyed painting.


          (7) Which is false

          (A) Mei-ling was born in Taiwan

          (B) Mei-ling was popular in the USA during the war

          (C) Ai-ling and Ching-ling were sisters of Mei-ling

          (D) Mei-ling had tree children


          (8) If someone is “well-known”, he is

          (A) humorous (B) beautiful (C) unusual (D) famous


          (9) Mei-ling could speak English well because

          (A) she likes it

          (B) she grew up in America

          (C) she went to school and college in the USA

          (D) her sisters can speak it well


          (10) a marriage of convenience is one

          (A) where both people love each other

          (B) where one person had been married before

          (C) which is arranged for political or financial reason

          (D) where both people are too old


          The Man Behind the Mask Jim Carrey is today one of the most well-known faces in the world of cinema. Indeed, it is mainly because of his face that he has become so famous. Carrey has a very rubbery face which he can twist into all sorts of weird positions, to complement his crazy behaviour on film. Carrey is also one of the funniest men working in movies today. Hollywood Now recently caught up with Carrey and the actor gave us a rare interview: HN: So Jim, can you tell us about your childhood? JC: I was born in a little place called New Market in Ontario, Canada on January 17th 1962. My family was working class, and poor, so we never had too much money. Then when I was a teenager my father lost his job, so I had to take a job as a janitor. After a while I couldn't carry on with both school and the job so I dropped out of school. HN: How did you feel at that time? JC:I was very angry and that's probably why I began to develop my sense of humour -- it was a way of protecting myself from a cruel world. I didn't have any friends because I didn't want any. HN: When did your career in comedy start? JC:I was 15 when I started performing at Yuk Yuks, a famous Toronto comedy club. People liked my act so I moved to Los Angeles and went on tour with Rodney Dangerfield who taught me how to get the most laughs out of an audience. HN: So what was your big break? JC:I suppose it was back in 1990 when I was the only white guy in a black American late night TV show called in living color. The show wasn’t great but it brought my name to the attention of some film directors here in Hollywood. HN: Tell us about your early films. JC:In 1994 1 starred in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective where I had to act with lots of furry creatures. Then my next film was The Mask and this crazy mix of reality and fantasy made people laugh and take notice of me. I loved taking on this role. HN: What has been your most satisfying cinema experience so far? JC: Probably my part in The Truman Show was my most challenging and showed people that l wasn't just a rubber face. I won a Golden Globe Award for acting this part. HN: You are still busy with new projects. What's next for Jim Carrey? JC:I'll continue to play both funny and straight roles in films. I would like to win an Oscar for my work and, most importantly, I'd like to earn $20 million for each film I make! 1.Jim Carrey ... a) is a famous American actor. b) became famous in 1989 c) is one of the funniest men in films today d) no longer wants to act in films. [共10題]

          (1) Jim Carrey ...

          (A) is a famous American actor.

          (B) became famous in 1989

          (C) is one of the funniest men in films today

          (D) no longer wants to act in films.


          (2) Jim Carrey's childhood was ...

          (A) happy and contented

          (B) difficult and not very happy.

          (C) in Los Angeles and Toronto

          (D) something he no longer cares to talk about.


          (3) Carrey's career in comedy

          (A) only took off after The Mask.

          (B) started when he was still a teenager.

          (C) began on tour with Rodney Dangerfield

          (D) ended with The 55uman Show.


          (4) In Living Color was...

          (A) a big hit

          (B) a comedy for children

          (C) mostly about Black people

          (D) a successful film in 1990


          (5) The Mask

          (A) was Carrey's first film

          (B) is Carrey's most satisfying role.

          (C) included furry creatures.

          (D) made a lot of people laugh.


          (6) In the future Carrey will ...

          (A) only work for US $20 million

          (B) give up comedy roles.

          (C) win an Oscar

          (D) continue to act in movies.


          (7) What is Yuk Yuks?

          (A) a club

          (B) a comedy club

          (C) a cinema

          (D) a theatre


          (8) 1994 is the year when

          (A) he was born

          (B) he join the comedy club

          (C) made his first film

          (D) his father lost the job


          (9) $20 million is the amount of money Carrey

          (A) would like to earn in the future for each movie

          (B) had already earned

          (C) owed to his company

          (D) earned in his first film


          (10) Rodney Dangerfield is the person

          (A) who is a fan of Carrey

          (B) who managed the comedy club

          (C) who gave an award to Carry

          (D) who taught Carry how to get the most laughs out of an audience.






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