My oldest friend is Sally. We met thirty years ago when we were both five years old.It was my first day at school so I was very unhappy and I wanted my mother. Sally gave me some candy and we became friends immidiately. We were together nearly everyday until we finished school twelve years later.
Then I went to college, but Sally didn’t. She got married when she was just eighteen and had three children. I studied for four years because I wanted to be an accountant.I had a lot of new friends, and I didn’t see Sally very often. Sometimes we didn’t see each other for months, but we often talk on the telephone.
Now I’m married, too. I live near Sally and we meet every week. She’s a student now, and I have a baby, so we can give each other a lot of advice.
IX. Mark the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the correct word(s) for each of the blanks.
To many people, their friends are the most important in their life. Really good friends always ____(1)____ joys and sorrows with you and never turn their backs on you. Your best friend may be someone you have known all your life or someone you have grown____(2)______with.
There are all sorts of things that can ______(3)______ about this special relationship. It may be the result of enjoying the same activities and sharing experiences. Most of us have met someone that we have immediately felt relaxed with as if we had known them for ages. However, it really takes you years to get to know someone well _____(4)______ to consider your best friend.
To the majority of us, this is someone we trust completely and _____(5)______ understands us better than anyone else. It’s the person you can tell him or her your most intimate secrets.
8. They _______ small cups of coffee after they _______ dinner.
A. had drunk/ finished B. drank/ finished
C. were drinking/ finished D. drank/ had finished
9. When he _______ at the station, his train _______.
A. arrived/ left B. arrived/ had left
C. had arrived/ left D. had arrived/ left
10. While I _______ for him to call up, he _______ a good time in the bar.
A. waited – was having B. have waited – was having
C. was waiting – have had D. was waiting – was having
VII. Mark A, B, C, or D to show the underlined part that needs correction in each question.
1. While I didmy homework, I hada good idea.
A B C D
2. Many of the storiesarebased at rumor.
A B C D
3. John’s friendshad celebrateda farewell partyfor him last Sunday.
A B C D
4. After she boughtherselfa new motorbike, she sold her bicycle.
A B C D
5. She did not know where most of the people in the roomare from.
A B C D
VIII. Read the passage carefully and choose the correct answer.
Last year I went to Nepal for three months to work in a hospital. I think it's important to see as much of a country as you can, but it is difficult to travel around Nepal. The hospital let me have a few days’ holiday, so I decided to go into the jungle and I asked a Nepalese guide, Kamal Rai, to go with me.
We started preparing for the trip at six in the morning, and left camp with two elephants carrying our equipment. It was hot but Kamal made me wear shoes and trousers to protect me from snakes. In the jungle there was a lot of wildlife, but we were trying to find big cats, especially tigers. We climbed onto the elephants' backs to get better view, but it is unusual to find tigers in the afternoon because they sleep in the heat of the day.
Then, in the distance, we saw a tiger, and Kamal told me to be very quiet. We crept nearer and found a dead deer, still bleeding. This was the tiger's lunch! Suddenly I started to feel very frightened.
We heard the tiger a second before we saw it. It jumped out like a flash of lightning, five hundred kilos plus and four meters long. I looked into its eyes and face, and saw right down the animal's throat. It grabbed Kamal's leg between its teeth, but I managed to pull Kamal away. One of our elephants ran at the tiger and made it go back into the grass, so we quickly escaped to let the tiger eat its lunch. That night it was impossible to sleep!
1. The writer went to Nepal ________.
A. for holiday B. for treatment C. for business D. on tour
2. When having a few days off, he decided to go into ________.
A. the remote villages B. the mountains
C. the seaside D. the tropical forest
3. It's difficult to find tigers in the afternoon because ________.
A. was like a flash of light B. saw them a second before they saw it
C. jumped out very fast D. jumped out of the grass at about four meters.
5. Which of the followings is not true according to the passage?
A. Tigers are members of the cat family.
B. The writer was made to wear shoes and trousers to protect him from the heat of the day.
C. Kamal narrowly escaped being killed.
D. It was such a terrible experience that the writer couldn't sleep that night.
IX. Mark the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the correct word(s) for each of the blanks. MARIA’S HOMECOMING
When the bus (1) _______ in a small square, Maria was reading her magazine and didn’t realize that she had arrived at her destination. “This is Santa Teresa,” Martin said. “You’ve arrived home!” I suppose your cousin will be (2) _______ for us. Come on. I’ll carry the bags.” Maria thought, “All those years when I (3) _______ in New York, I used to dream if this moment. And now it’s real, I can’t believe it! Here I am, I’m really standing in the square.” Santa Teresa was Maria’s birthplace, but she often left the town at the age of six. She had some (4) _______ of the town, and some photos, but did she belong here still? She didn’t know. Nobody was waiting in the square. Perhaps her cousin Pablo hadn’t received Maria’s letter. “What are we going to do now?” asked Martin. “There isn’t (5) _______ a hotel here!”
1. A. reached B. got C. stopped D. came
2. A. expecting B. waiting C. welcoming D. receiving
3. A. was living B. have lived C. live D. am living
4. A. recall B. memories C. thinking D. remembering
5 A. even B. hardly C. too D. very
X.Arrange these words or groups of words in the correct order.
1. to / play/ five / he / piano / started / the / years / ago