I have loved my mother’s desk since I was just tall enough to see above thetop of it as Mother sat doing letters. Standing by her chair, looking at the ink bottle,pens, and white paper, I decided that the act of wring must be the most wonderful thingin the worldYears later, during her final illness, Mother kept different things for mysister and brother. “But the desk,” she’d said again, “ is for Elizabeth.”I never saw her angry, never saw her cry. I knew she loved me; she showed it in action.But as a young girl, I wanted heart-to-heart talks between mother and daughter.They never happened. And a gulf opened between us. I was “too emotional.” But she lived“ on the surface”.As years passed and I had my own family. I loved my mother and thanked her for ourhappy family. I wrote in careful words and asked her to let me know in any way she chosethat she did forgive me.I posted the letter and waited for her answer. None came.My hope turned to disappointment, then little interest and, finally, peace, it seemedthat nothing happened. I couldn’t be sure that the letter had even got to Mother. I onlyknew that I had written it, and I could stop trying to make her into someone she was not.Now the present of her desk told me, as she had never been able to, that she was pleasedthat writing was my chosen work. I cleaned the desk carefully and found some papers inside— a photo of my father and a one-page letter, folded and refolded many times.Give me an answer, my letter asks, in any way you choose. Mother, you always chosethe act that speaks louder than words.
( C ) What ’s the best title of the passage?
A. My letter to mother
B. Mother and Children
C. My mother’s desk
D. Talks between Mother and me Passage 2
In 1998, World Cup Football Match held in France took up a new rule. Instead of theusual black and white ball, a colorful ball was used in the game. The new ball was madeup of 32 pieces of three colors: red, blue and white. Interestingly enough, the Frenchnational flag happened to be in three colors, too. Besides, 32 teams took part in thecoming World Cup. But early football was made up of eight pieces of leather. As time wentby, more pieces of leather were used, from 12 pieces to 18 to 26 and then to 32 now.About three million such new footballs were made. And then some players were playinghe new ball in their training. The makers have warned the goalkeeper that the new ballflies in a direct line at a fast speed.After trying the ball for some time, a footballer said that the ball was quite differentfrom the traditional (传统的) black and white one, and that the goalkeeper would find itharder to catch them. Another footballer said that there would be more goals. “For theplayer on the ground, the new ball is easier to control as it flies. A good player canshoot in more goals,” he said.
1.What’s the best title for this passage?
A. Football of New Kind B. 98 World Cup Football Match
C. Goalkeepers and Players D. Three-color Flag of France
【答案与解析】这篇短文的大意是：1998 年在法国举行的世界杯足球赛实行了新的规则。比赛中使用红、白、黄三色相间的球。这种球由 32 块皮革缝制而成，十分凑巧的是，当时正好有 32支球队参赛。足球制造商在此之前提醒守门员，说这种球沿直线飞行，速度极快。试用一段时间之后，球员发现这种球与传统的黑白相间的二色球有很大不同。这种球更容易控制，但守门员很难抓到，在一场球赛中有可能进更多的球。
1.A。全文围绕这种由 32 块皮制成的红、白、蓝相间的新式足球作了详细的介绍，故答案非 A莫属。