“If you want to see a thing well, reach out and touch it!”
That may seem a strange thing to say. But touching things can help you to see them better.
Your eyes can tell you that glass ball is round. But by holding it in your hands, you can feel how smooth and cool the ball is. You can feel how heavy the glass is.
When you feel all these about the ball, you really see it.
With your skin, you can feel better. For example, your fingers can tell the difference between two coins in your pocket. You can feel a little drop of water on the back of your hand, too.
You can even feel sounds against your skin. Have you ever wanted to know why some people like very loud music? They must like to feel the sounds of music.
All children soon learn what “Don’t touch!” means. They hear it often. Yet most of us keep on touching things as we grow up. In shops, we touch things we might buy, such as food, clothes and so on. To see something well, we have to touch it.
The bottoms of our feet can feel things, too. You know this when you walk on warm sand, cool grass or a bad floor. All feel different under your feet.
There are ways of learning to see well by feeling.
One way is to close your eyes and try to feel everything that is touching your skin. Feel the shoes on your feet, the clothes on your body, the air on your skin. At first, it is not easy to feel these things. You are too used to them!
Most museums are just for looking. But today some museums have some things to touch. Their signs say, “Do touch! There you can feel every thing on show. If you want to see better, reach out and touch. Then you’ll really see!”
1. By touching things _______.
A. you will have a strange feeling
B. you will learn how to reach out
C. you can tell the difference between them
D. you can tell what colors they are
2. Which of the following can be the best title of the story?
A. Touching by Feeling B. To See or to Feel
C. To See Better — Feel D. Ways of Feeling
3. When people buy things in shops, they often _______.
A. try them on first B. put their right hand on them
C. just has a look D. feel and touch them
4. Why does it say, “At first, it is not easy to feel these things?”
A. The things are used by people, too.
B. People are used to the things.
C. People know how to use the things.
D. The things are easy to feel.
5. Which of the following is true?
A. Touching can help people learn things better.
B. Our feet, fingers, hands and skin can help us enjoy music.
C. People have to learn to see by feeling as they grow up.
D. Visitors cannot feel the things on show in some museums.
2. C。主旨题。根据文章中出现的 When you feel all these about the ball, you really see it 以及 To see something well, we have to touch it 和 …to see well by feeling 等我们可以推测出只有触摸，我们才能更好的看到并了解这个物体。因此答案为 C。
4. B。细节题。作者叫你去 feel the shoes on your feet...，但一开始人们并不习惯去感觉它们，因为 you are too used to them。由此可知答案为 B。
5. A。判断题。全文的中心就是告诉我们触摸能帮助人们了解事物。因此答案是 A。
Read the following time table and then answer the following question.
Train Time Table
lv. (Leave) Boston Ar. (Arrive) Midway Ar. New York
5:10 AM EX.(Except)Sun. 7:00 AM 10:45 AM
7:10 AM Daily 9:00 AM 12:45 PM
9:10 AM Ex. Sat. & Sun. 11:00 AM 2:45 PM
10:00 AM Ex. Hol.(Holiday) 11:45 AM …
1:15 PM Daily 3:15 PM 5:45 PM
3:40 PM Ex. Hol. 5:40 PM 8:15 PM
5:20 PM Daily 7:20 PM 9:55 PM
1. What is the shortest time between Boston and New York by train?
A. 5 hours 35 minutes B. 5 hours 5 minutes
C. 4 hours 30 minutes D. 4 hours 25 minutes
2. How many trains have to spend over five hours on the way from Boston to New York?
A. 5 B. 3 C. 7 D. 2
3. On Christmas Day, how many trains at least can you take from Boston to New York?
A. 2 B. 4 C. 5 D. 3
【答案与解析】本文为从Boston 到New York的列车时间表。
1.C。计算比较题。通过计算可发现从Boston 到New York的1:15 PM列车只需要4 hours 30 minutes可推知此题答案为C。
2.B。计算题。通过计算可发现5:10 AM、7:10 AM、9:10 AM这三辆列车从Boston 到New York需要五个多小时，由此可推知此题答案为B。
3. D。判断题。因为圣诞节属于节日，所以不能乘坐 10:00 AM Ex. Hol. 和 3：40 PM Ex. Hol. 这两班列车，而圣诞节又可能是星期六或星期天，所以有不能乘坐5：10 AM Ex. Sun. 和 9:10 AM Ex. Sat. & Sun. 这两班列车。这样一定能乘坐的就只有三班车了。故选D。
Can you remember any of the bad habits you used to have when you were very young? Perhaps, as a baby, you used to suck your thumb(拇指). Of course, you do not do that any more, but you can surely remember your mother’s efforts to train you. The good habits you now have in such matters as personal cleanliness were part of this early training.
We may not suck our thumbs any more, but as we get older we get other bad habits. We can’t give them up easily, either.(Anyone who has tried to give up smoking knows this very well!) Each period brings its own problems. In babyhood, it’s thumb-sucking; in childhood, it’s nail-biting; in our teens, it’s smoking; in middle-age, it’s over-eating, and so on. And if anyone tells you that he has no bad habits, you can be sure that he must have the worst habit of all.
1. Generally speaking, a child likes ______.
A. sucking thumbs B. biting nails C. smoking D. eating too much
2. According to the passage, now we have good habits such as personal cleanliness, for which we benefit from _______.
A. the social conditions B. some strict rules
C. our friends’ kind help D. our mothers’ early training
3. At the end of the story the writer says "And if anyone tells you that he has no bad habits, you can be sure that he must have the worst habit of all". Here what do you suppose the worst habit is?
A. Reading. B. Playing. C. Walking. D. Lying.
4. Which of the following is NOT true to the passage?
A. It is very difficult to get rid of our habits.
B. At different ages people have different bad habits.
C. Giving up smoking is as difficult as giving up other bad habits.
D. Sucking thumbs is a young child’s bad habit.
1. B。细节题。根据 …in childhood, it’s nail-biting 可知答案为B。
2. D。细节题。根据第1段 …your mother’s efforts to train you. The good habits you now have in such matters as personal cleanliness were part of this early training 可知答案为D。
4. D。细节题。根据原文A、B、C 三项说法是正确的;根据原文第2段 In babyhood, it’s thumb-sucking; in childhood, it’s nail-biting 可知 D 项说法是错误的，所以此题答案为 D。