“It’s no use, Mum,” said Johnny. “I’m just no good at dancing.”
“You’ve got to keep trying. Tonight will be different , dear. Try a turn with that pretty Lisette.”
Johnny _ 1 _ . Every Saturday night used to be the best of the week. He and his parents went to the dance at the Club, where his hero, Alcide, played the accordion （手风琴） with the band. But lately everything had changed. Now that Johnny was older, he was __2___to dance with a girl!
When Johnny and his parents arrived at the Club, music had already started. Johnny got up his 3 to approach Lisette. “May I have this dance?” Johnny asked. “That’s all right,” said Lisette. Johnny struggled to keep up with Lisette’s 4 steps, but he was always one beat behind her. Then Johnny heard his friend Pierre say, “Look! Johnny has two left feet!” 5_
burst from the crowd. Johnny 6 and ran outside, determined never to go to another dance.
The next Saturday, Alcide to Johnny’s house for some potatoes. He happened to hear Johnny playing the accordion. Alcide’s eyes 7 . “Bring that accordion and play some songs tonight,” Alcide said. Then he drove off, leaving Johnny staring open- mouthed after him.
At the Club, Johnny scanned the crowd for Lisette and 8 her. The band played for a long time before Alcide said, “Dear friends, I got a surprise for you tonight. Young Johnny is going to join us!” 9 , Johnny stepped up on the platform, his eyes on the floor. He began to play, and the band joined in behind him. When the song ended, he heard cheers. Johnny kept playing until the dance was 10 . “You did a fine job tonight. Play with us again next Saturday night,” Alcide said. “Yes, sir!” said Johnny. 11 he went outside, Johnny saw Lisette and her friends near the door. Lisette stepped forward , smiling. “You played really good tonight!” she said.
“Thank you,” Johnny blushed （脸红）. As he walked on, Pierre 12 moved out of the way for him to pass.
Johnny patted his accordion. Come to think of it, in his whole life, he had never once seen Alcide out on the dance floor.
1. A. answered B. sighed C. smiled D. laughed
2. A. expected B. invited C. allowed D. chosen
3. A. spirits B. feelings C. courage D. strength
4. A. smooth B. clumsy C. slow D. small
5. A. Shouts B. Laughter C. Applause D. Cheers
6. A. broke away B. went out C. broke up D. turned out
7. A. opened B. rolled C. sharpened D. widened
8. A. caught B. searched C. sought D. spotted
9. A. Struggling B. Trembling C. Wandering D. Whispering
10. A. in B. out C. over D. on
11. A. As B. Because C. Until D. So
12. A. still B. even C. ever D. almost
There was a very special teacher who made a far-reaching difference in my life.
Fall, 1959, the first day of class at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School was about to begin. “Who”, I asked a senior, “is Mrs. McNamara, my 10th grade English teacher?” He just laughed and said something about my being in 1 . Soon, I understood what he meant. Mrs. McNamara had a pattern of activity that she repeated again and again. We would have a literature reading task for 2 . The next day, when we came to class, there would be two or three topics on the blackboard 3 to the homework reading. We were expected to write an in-class essay about one of the topics. The following day, she would 4 the corrected and graded essays and each person would be called 5 to stand in front of the class and to read out his/her essay. The class were required to criticize （评论） that essay, 6 the grade of everyone in class would be reduced.
The first time that I 7 her read-write-criticize method, I had not bothered to do the homework and had written something without knowing what it meant. 8 the extreme embarrassment I suffered, standing before my classmates, 9 myself. No one laughed at me; no one would be 10 enough, or foolish enough, to do that in Mrs. McNamara’s class. The embarrassment came from within and along with it came a strong determination not to let it happen again.
Mrs. McNamara kept all of our written work in files; it was easy to see the 11 in writing that had occurred. What was not so easy to see was the inner transformation that had taken place, at least for me. What Mrs. McNamara forced me to do was to see myself as others see me and, having done that, I could improve myself. And I 12 . Thank you, Mrs. McNamara.
1. A. trouble B. sorrow C. danger D. anger
2. A. review B. performance C. practice D. homework
3. A. added B. related C. contributed D. compared
4. A. collect B. return C. send D. receive
5. A. on purpose B. at first C. by chance D. in turn
6. A. so B. and C. but D. or
7. A. tried B. adopted C. examined D.experienced
8. A. Remember B. Predict C. Bear D. Imagine
9. A. playing jokes on B. making a fool of
C. setting a trap for D. taking advantage of
10. A. brave B. careless C. proud D. selfish
11. A. improvements B. pains C. difficulties D.advantages
12. A. did B. could C. had D. would
Passage 3 (2009年全国卷1)
The True Story of Treasure Island
It was always thought that Treasure Island was the product of Robert Louis Stevenson’s imagination. ___1 ___，recent research has found the true story of this exciting work.
Stevenson, a Scotsman, had lived 2 for many years in 1881 he returned to Scotland for a 3 . With him were his American wife Fanny and his son Lloyd.
Each morning Stevenson would take them out for a long 4 over the hills. They had been 5 this for several days before the weather suddenly took a turn for the worse. Kept indoors by the heavy rain. Lloyd felt the days 6 . To keep the boy happy Robert asked the boy to do some drawing.
One morning, the boy came to Robert with a beautiful map of an island. Robert 7 that the boy had drawn a large cross in the middle of the island. “What’s that?” he asked “That’s the 8 treasure “said the boy. Robert suddenly 9 something of an adventure story in the boy’s picture. While the rain was pouring, Robert sat down by the fire to write a story. He would make the 10 a twelve-year-old boy just like Lloyd. But who would he the pirate（海盗）?
Robert had a good friend named Henley, who walked around with the help of a wooden leg. Robert had always wanted to include such a man in a story. Thus Long John Silver the pirate with a wooden leg, was 11 .
So thanks to a rainy September in Scotland a friend with a wooden leg and the imagination of a twelve-year-old boy we have one of the greatest 12 stories in the English language.
1．A．However B．Therefore C．Besides D．Finally
2．A．alone B．next door C．at home D．abroad
3．A．meeting B．story C．holiday D．jib
4．A．talk B．rest C．walk D．game
5．A．attempting B．missing C．planning D．enjoying
6．A．quiet B．dull C．busy D．cold
7．A．doubted B．noticed C．decided D．recognized
8．A．forgotten B．buried C．discovered D．unexpected
9．A．saw B．drew C．made D．learned
10．A．star B．hero C．writer D．child
11．A．read B．born C．hired D．written
12．A．news B．love C．real-life D．adventure