Andy was a little country boy. He lived in the house on the side of a hill. There was a railroad track below the house and Andy often watched the train as it passed by.
One day, as Andy was crossing the track, he saw that there was something wrong with it. One of the rails seemed to be out of its place. Just then he heard a noise. Dear, dear! The train was coming! It would soon be there! He must try to stop it in some way.
Andy die not think of any danger to himself, but he ran and stood in the middle of the track, not far from the place where the rail was broken, and then he held out his arms and waited.
On and on came the train. The engineer saw the boy on the track and whistled for him to get out of the way. But Andy stood still and did not move.
The engineer had to stop the train. He was very angry as he cried out to the boy and asked him why he stood on track.
But when Andy pointed to the broken rail the man understood everything. Andy saved the train and the lives of all the people on it.
( )1.When Andy was young, _____.
A. he often liked playing at the foot of the hill
B. he often enjoyed listening to the click of rails
C. he often ran on the track up and down
D. he often watched the train pass by
( )2.One day, as Andy went across the track, ____.
A. he thought there was something wrong with it B. he saw the train was coming
C. he found one of the rails was broken D. he heard a noise
( )3.When the train was coming,____.
A. Andy ran to the train to stop it B. Andy stood on the track to hold out his arms
C. Andy ran out of the track quickly D. Andy cried out to the engineer
( )4.As soon as the engineer saw the boy on the track,____.
A. he asked Andy why he stood there B. he shouted at Andy
C. he asked Andy to get out of the way D. he whistled for Andy to leave the track
( )5.When Andy pointed to the broken rail,____.
A. the engineer got off the train and repaired it
B. the engineer got very angry
C. the engineer understood why the boy tried to stop the train
D. the engineer came out to see what was the matter
According to a recent report from the UN, the world’s population continues to grow. It could reach 8.9billion in the year of 2025.
But during the past 10 years or so, a large rapid drop in the world’s birth rate(出生率) has taken place. Families generally(通常地) are smaller now than they were a few years ago. It is happening in both developing and developed countries.
China has already cut its rate of population growth by about one half since 1970. Each Chinese family is allowed to have no more than one child. And the hope is to reach a zero population growth rate by 2000.
Several countries in Europe already have a negative growth rate. Expert(专家) said that these countries would not have enough workers in the future. And the people who are working could face much higher taxes(税) to support the growing retirees(退休人员).
( )1.In the past ten years,____.
A. there are fewer and fewer people
B. the world’s population has not been growing as fast as it used to be
C. the world’s birth rate has risen
D. the number of people has grown up
( )2.In china each family is allowed to have only one child so that ____.
A. the birth rate can be cut down
B. half of the number of people has been cut down
C. the number of people has dropped by 1/2
D. each family is smaller
( )3.A negative growth rate means ____.
A. the birth rate is unknown B. the death rate is larger than the birth rate
C. the birth rate is to large D. the birth rate is larger than the death rate
( )4.In European countries ____.
A. not many people would like to work
B. how to support the retired would be a big problem
C. the people who are working would refuse to pay taxes
D. the retirees live on their families
( )5.The underlined word “cut” in the third paragraph means ____ in Chinese.
A. 分割 B. 切 C. 伤害 D. 减少