O. Henry was a pen name used by an American writer of short stories. His real name was william Sydney Porter. He was born in North Carolina in 1862. As a young boy he lived an exciting life. He did not go to school for very long, but he managed to teach himself everything he needed to know. When he was about 20 years old, Henry went to Texas, where he tried different jobs. He first worked on a newspaper, and then had a job in a bank When some money went missing from the bank, O. Henry was believed to have stolen it. Because of that, he was sent to prison. During the three years in prison, he learned to write short stories. After he got out of prison, he went to New York and continued writing. He wrote mostly about New York and the life of the poor there. People liked his stories, because simple as the tales were they would finish with a sudden change at the end to the reader’s surprise.
1.In which order did O. Henry do the following things?
a. lived in New York b. worked in a bank c. travelled to Texas d. was put in prison e. had a newspaper f. learned to write stories
(A)e.c.f.b.d.a. (B)c.b.e.d.a.f. (C)e.b.d.c.a.f (D)c.e.b.d.f.a.
2.People enjoyed reading O. Henry’s stories because ____.
(A)they had surprise ending (B)they were easy to understand
(C)they showed his love for the poor (D)they were about New York City
3.O.Henry went to prison because ____.
(A)people thought he had stolen money from the newspape(B)people thought he had taken money that was not his
(C)he wanted to write stories about prisoner(D)he broke the law by not using his own name
4.What do you know about O. Henry before he began writing?
(A)He was well-educated (B)He was very good at learning
(C)he was devoted to the poor (D)He was not serious about his work
5.Where did O. Henry get most material for his short stories?
(A)His life inside the prison (B)The newspaper articles he wrote
(C)The city and people of New York (D)His exciting early life as a boy
An ape has a larger brain than any animal except man, though it is much smaller than a man’s brain. Apes all belong to the hot countries of the world—tropical Africa and South—east Asia.
The gorilla is the largest of the apes. He is as tall as six feet when standing upright. Many people think that gorillas are very fierce. They are often described as standing upright like a man, beating their fists and roaring. In their home, in the forests of Cetral Africa, however, they are not at all like this, They are peaceful animals and never use their great strength unless attacked. Even then, they retreat if they can.
Gorillas have black faces and long, black, hairy coats. They feed during the day on plants and fruit. At night the old male often sleeps on the ground at the foot of a tree, while the others each make a sleeping platform in the tree bending the leafy branches. Besides this, gorillas climb trees very seldom.
1. Apes live in .
A. different parts of the world B. the cold countries
C. South America and Africa D. the countries of Africa and South—east Asia
2. An ape’s brain is .
A. as large as a man’s brain B. a lot smaller than a man’s brain
C. larger than that of any other animal including man D. a lot larger than a man’s brain
3. A gorilla is about six feet tall when he .
A. stands on his legs B. stand on his arms C. roars D. uses his great strength
4. All gorillas live on .
A. vegetables B. leaves and grass C. plants and fruit D. rice
5. During the night gorilla usually sleep in trees except .
A. the old female gorilla B. the old male gorilla
C. the young gorillas up to six years old D. the baby gorillas