三、阅读理解(共20小题;每小题2分,满分40分)

请阅读下列短文,从每题所给的四个选项(A、B、C和D)中,选出最佳选项,并在答题卡上将该选项的标号涂黑。

A

There was a gardener who looked after his garden with great care .To water his flowers, he used two buckers .One was a shiny and new bucket. The other was a very old and dilapidated one.  Which had seen many years of service, but was now past its best.

Every morning, the gardener would fill up the two buckets. Then he would carry them along the path, one on each side, to the flowerbeds. The new bucket was very proud of itself. It could carry a full bucket of water without a single drop spilled (溢出). The old bucket felt very ashamed because of its holes: before it reached the flowerbeds, much water had leaked along the path.

Sometimes the new bucket would say,“ See how capable I am ! How good it is that the gardener has me to water the flowers every day ! I don't know why he still bothers with you. What a waste of apace you are!”

And all that the old bucket could say was. “ I know I am not very useful, but I can only do my best .I am happy that the gardener still finds a little bit of use in me ,at least .”

One day, the gardener heard that kind or conversation .After was ring the flowers as usual .he said ,”You both have done your work very well .Now I am going to carry you back .I want you to look carefully along the path.”

Then the two buckets did so.All along the path,they noticed,on the side where the new bucket was carried.there was just bare(光秃秃的)earth;one the onther side where the old bucket was carried.there was a joyous row of wild flowers,leading all the way to the garden.

56.What does the underlined word“dilapidated”probably mean?

A.Dirty

B.Dark

C.Worn-out

D.Plain-looking.

57.What was the old bucket ashamed of?

A.His past.

B.His aging.

C.His manner.

D.His leaking.

58.The new bucket made conversations with the old one mainly to         

A.laugth at the old one

B.take pity on the old one

C.show off its beautiful looks

D.praise the gardener’s kindness

59.Why was the old bucket still kept by the gardener?

A.Because it was used to keep a balance

B.Because it stayed in its besr condition

C.Because it was taken as a treasure

D.Because it had its own function

B

Mapping Your World

Different forms of maps are appearing.They allow independent travelers to get local knowledge of places they are visting,from the official to the unusual.Meanwhile,hi-tech developments are ereating new ways for us to map the world.Here are two of our favorites;

Green Maps

Green Maps allows people to share with the world their knowledge of environmentally friendly plaees and autactetions in the local areas. Users add information with a set of icons(图标),making  It easy to read any map ,whatever the  nationalities of those who produce it . At present  there are over five hundred 

Map projects being developed in 54 countries Green Maps’ advertised  idea is “think  global,map local” .It is a wonderful  way of  gaining all sorts of  a place ,ranning from

community garden to good places of bird watching.

Green Maps is not specifically intended for travelers. Not all of its maps are online, so it may be necessary for some users to communicate with producers through the Green Maps website.

Maps Mashups

Many people use online maps developed by Google, but not many know about the mashups of them. Working in a similar way to Green Maps, Maps Mashups allows people to add icons of their own to exsiting maps to express a certain topic. The mashups is so called because it combine all the knowledge you could ever need. It ranges from the extremely useful, such as where all the World. Heritage Site are, to the most bizarre (古怪的),such as where America’s munkest cities are.With the mashups added to the basic Google Maps, a multi-layered (多层的) map can be created.

60.According to the passage,which of the following is a characteristic of Green Maps?

A.Aiming at environmental protection.

B.Introducing local attractions with icons.

C.Offering advice to independent travelers.

D.Cllecting icons worldwide for local maps.

61.Which of the following icons is most probably NOT used in Green Maps?

62. Map Mashups is named with the word “mashups”because      

A.it is produced by users all over the world

B.it gathers various kinds of information

C.it shaers icons with Green Maps

D.it is a branch of Google Maps

63.What do Green Maps and Map Mashups have in common?

A. They are created by local people.

B. They are environmentally friendly.

C. Users can edit maps on the Inernet.

D. Users need to communicate with produces.

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