Blondin was a very famous acrobat(杂技师) in the 19th century. He used to walk on a tight--rope across the Niagara Falls(瀑布). On September 8th, 1860, a crowd of about 300,000 people gathered at Niagara to watch Blondin carry a man across! Three men had offered to go with him, but they falled to appear, so Blondin asked his manager, Mr. Colcord, to climb on his back, Colcord agreed to go this so as not to disappoint the crowd, but he was terrified. The crossing was very difficult because Colcord was heavier than Blondin thought. After he had gone a short way, Blondin had to stop in order to rest. He asked Colcord to get down. At first Colcord refused, but at last he had to. He clung to (紧紧握住) Blondin’s leg and the rope in order not to fall, Blondin had to stop six times during the crossing so as to rest. Sometimes the rope swung(荡，摆动) as much as 40 feet! At last both men crossed safely. The crowd sighed with relief(松一口气) and so did poor Mr. Colcord.
1. How did Blondin walk across Niagara Falls on September 8th , 1860?
A. On a tight—rope with his manager on his back.
B. On a tight—rope by himself.
C. On a tight—rope with three men on his back.
D. On a tight—rope with one of his helpers on his back.
2. Why do you think the three men did not appear?
A. They couldn’t walk on tight-rope. B. They did not dare to take the risk.
C. They were ill. D. They had met with an accident.
3. Mr. Colcord agreed to act with Blondin because he .
A. was brave
B. was Blondin’s true friend
C. did not want to disappoint the 300,000 people
D. was Blondin’s manager
4. Blondin stopped six times during the crossing .
A. in order to help Colcord
B. in order to get his strength back
C. because Colcord clung to his leg and the rope
D. because Colcord was heavier than him
5. Blondin’s nationality was .
A. American B. Canadian
C. Englishman D. not mentioned in the passage
One day last November, Tom Baker stopped out of his house into the morning light and headed across the rice fields toward the bank of the Rapti River. Tom, a 32-year-old school teacher in the farming village of Madanpur, was going for his morning bath.
As he approached(走近) the river, the head of a tiger(老虎) suddenly appeared over the edge of the river bank. Before he could turn to run, the tiger was upon him. It jumped on his shoulder and threw him to the ground, its huge jaws attacked his head in a killing bite.
Peter Smith was also on his way to the river and saw the attack. He screamed. The tiger lifted its head and roared(吼叫) at him. Peter ran.
From the window of his house John Brown heard the tiger roar and ran out to see it attacking a man. He screamed, too, and all the villagers ran out shouting as the tiger dropped its victim(牺牲品) and ran off. When the villagers reached the river bank, Tom was already dead.
For the villagers, the horror of the incident intensified(加剧) by the tales of man-eating tigers that has once run around in the countryside, killing hundreds.
1. How many people saw the tiger before it was driven off?
A One person. B. Two persons. C. Three persons. D. Four persons.
2. What was the victim’s professional job?
A. A hunter. B. A teacher. C. A farmer. D. A manager.
3. The reason why the tiger attacked the man was .
A. it was hungry B. it was angry
C. it was frightened by the man D. not mentioned in the passage
4. When did the attack take place?
A. Early in the morning B. At noon
C. Late in the afternoon D. At five before dark
5. According to the passage, the underlined word screamed in the third paragraph
probably means ____.
A. gave a sharp cry because of fear. B. shouted out for help.
C. made some loud noise. D. cried out in pain.
B. Blondin 的真正朋友
D. Blondin 的经理
4. Blondin 在过境时停了六次。
一个猎人 一位老师 农民。D.经理。
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