An 11-year-old schoolboy is ageing (变老) five times faster than his friends because of a strange illness, which is often seen in old men. Now he is fighting against it.
Harry Crowther’s bones (骨头) have started to break into small pieces, and he has poor body condition (状况). However, he does not let it stop him from being an energetic teenager.
His parents know there’s no cure (治愈方法) and that his fast ageing cannot be halted. His mother Sharon Crowther told Sky News, “It’s been hard, but we just take each day as it comes and let Harry live his life to the full.”
The boy told Sky News, “Sometimes my friends look at me for a long time. It’s just annoying and makes me feel very sad.”
Harry, who lives with his mother and IT director father John, 41, sister Emma, 16, and 14-year-old brother Jack, is trying not to let the illness hold him back.
“I want to be a marine biologist (海洋生物学家) when I grow up,” he said. “I will never give up and will just keep trying.”
( ) 1. The underlined word “halted” in the passage means “_______”.
A. stopped B. broken C. developed D. started
( ) 2. When does Harry Crowther feel annoyed according to the passage?
A. When he becomes older year by year.
B. When his parents try to cure his illness.
C. When he can’t achieve his dream.
D. When his friends look at him for a long time.
( ) 3. How many people are there in Harry Crowther’s family?
A. Three. B. Four. C. Five. D. Six.
( ) 4. Which of the following is NOT true about Harry Crowther?
A. He doesn’t give up in his life.
B. He has no friends at all.
C. His father works as an IT director.
D. He is the youngest of the three kids.
( ) 5. What do you think of Harry Crowther?
A. Clever and healthy. B. Brave but rude.
C. Active and brave. D. Strange but energetic.
I found out that sometimes doing a favor for someone could get you into a lot of trouble. I was in the eighth grade at the time, and we were having a final test. During the test, the girl sitting next to me said something to me, but I didn't understand. So I got closer to her and found out that she was trying to ask me if I had an extra pen. She showed me that hers could not write. I happened to have an extra one, so I took it out of my pocket and put it on her desk.
Later, after the test papers had been turned in, the teacher asked me to stay in the classroom when all the other students were out. Then she began to talk to me about honesty and emphasized (重点强调) the fact that when people do something dishonest, they are really cheating themselves. She made me promise that I would think seriously about all the things she had said, and then she told me I could leave. I walked out of the room wondering why she had talked to me about all those things.
The next day, I realized that the teacher thought I had cheated on the test. When she saw me talk to the girl next to me, it looked as if I was copying answers from the girl’s test paper. I tried to explain about the pen, but she said it seemed very strange to her that I hadn't talked of anything about the pen when she talked to me after the test. She continued to believe that I had cheated on the test.
( )6. The story took place exactly ________.
A. in the teacher's office B. in the classroom
C. in the playground D. in the library
( )7. Why did the boy get close to his classmate during the test?
A. Because he wanted to borrow a pen from his classmate.
B. Because he wanted to copy his classmate’s answers.
C. Because his classmate wanted to borrow a pen.
D. Because his classmate wanted to copy his answers.
( )8. When the teacher saw all this, she asked the boy ________.
A. to go on writing his paper B. to stop taking the exam
C. to leave the room immediately D. to stay behind the classroom
( )9. The underlined word “cheated” means “________” in Chinese.
A. 迟到 B. 睡觉 C. 玩耍 D. 作弊
( )10. The boy realized the teacher made a mistake ________.
A. on the day of the test
B. when he was walking out of the room
C. when the teacher talked to him
D. the next day
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