This article tells the story of the author who cared about a widowed customer when he was a newsboy.Every time he sent a newspaper,he would stay for a while to listen to her story.Many years later,the author was concerned by his own newsman.From this,the author realized that the neighborhood should care for each other and listen to others'worries and sorrows.
When I was in fourth grade,I worked part-time as a paperboy.Mrs.Stanley was one of my customers.She’d watch me coming down her street,and by the time I’d biked up to her doorstep,there’d be a cold drink waiting.I’d sit and drink while she talked.
Mrs.Stanley talked mostly about her dead husband.“Mr.Stanley and I went shopping this morning,”she’d say.The first time she said that,soda went up my nose.
I told my father how Mrs.Stanley talked as if Mr.Stanley were still alive.Dad said she was probably lonely,and that I ought to sit and listen and nod my head and smile,and maybe she’d work it out of her system.So that’s what I did,and it turned out Dad was right.After a while she seemed content to leave her husband over at the cemetery.
I finally quit delivering newspapers and didn’t see Mrs.Stanley for several years.Then we crossed paths at a church fund-raiser.She was spooning mashed potatoes and looking happy.Four years ago,she had to offer her paperboy a drink to have someone to talk with.Now she had friends.Her husband was gone,but life went on.
I live in the city now,and my paperboy is a lady named Edna with three kids.She asks me how I’m doing.When I don’t say“fine,”she sticks around to hear my problems.She’s lived in the city most of her life,but she knows about the community.The community isn’t so much a place as it is a state of mind.You find it whenever people ask how you’re doing because they care,and not because they’re getting paid to do so.Sometimes it’s good to just smile,nod your head and listen.
1.Why did soda go up the author’s nose one time?
A.He was talking fast.
B.He was shocked.
C.He was in a hurry.
D.He was absent-minded.
参考解析根据第二段中的“Mrs.Stanley talked mostly about her dead husband.‘Mr.Stanley and I went shopping this morning,’she’d say.”可推测,作者第一次听到Mrs.Stanley说这话时是极为震惊的。
2.Why did the author sit and listen to Mrs.Stanley according to Paragraph 3?
A.He enjoyed the drink.
B.He wanted to be helpful.
C.He took the chance to rest.
D.He tried to please his dad.
参考解析推理判断题。根据第三段中的“Dad said she was probably lonely,and that I ought to sit and listen and nod my head and smile...”可知,作者倾听Mrs.Stanley说话是为了帮助她。
3.Which of the following can replace the underlined phrase“work it out of her system”?
A.Recover from her sadness.
B.Move out of the neighborhood.
C.Turn to her old friends.
D.Speak out about her past.
参考解析词义猜测题。根据第三段最后一句“After a while she seemed content to leave her husband over at the cemetery(墓地).”可知,Mrs.Stanley看来已从失去丈夫的悲痛中走了出来,故选A项。
4.What does the author think people in a community should do?
A.Open up to others.
B.Depend on each other.
C.Pay for others’help.
D.Care about one another.
参考解析推理判断题。根据最后一段中的“You find it whenever people ask how you’re doing because they care,and not because they’re getting paid to do so.”以及本文所讲的故事可推断作者想要表明的观点:社区邻里间应该互相关心。