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中考英语阅读Black Beauty

●  Have you ever ridden a horse? What does it feel like to ride a horse?
中考英语阅读Black Beauty
语篇类型: 说明文     词数: 340     难度: 3级     话题: 人与社会 (文学与艺术)


 ONE DAY in autumn, Squire Gordon went on a long journey. John went with him and I pulled the cart. The weather was rainy and windy, but we travelled happily until we came to the old wooden bridge.
 The man at the tollgate (收费桥梁的收费处) told us the river was rising fast. “There’s going to be a bad storm tonight,” he said.

 We arrived in the town, but Squire Gordon’s business took a long time. We didn’t leave until late afternoon. The wind was blowing, making a terrible sound.

 Suddenly, we heard a crack, and a huge tree fell across the road in front of us. I stopped still. I was shaking with fear, but I did not turn round or run away.

 “We must go back to the crossroads,” said John, “and drive six miles to the wooden bridge.”

 When we got there, it was nearly dark. There was water on the middle of the bridge, but the Squire did not stop. As soon as my feet touched the bridge, I knew that something was wrong. I stopped dead. “Go on, Beauty,” said the Squire.

 “There’s something wrong, sir,” said John. He got out and tried to lead me forward. “Come on, Beauty,” he said. But I knew that the bridge was not safe.
 Just then the man at the tollgate saw us. “Hey, there! Stop!” he cried.

 “What is it?” shouted the Squire.

 “The bridge is broken in the middle,” he answered. “If you go on to it, you are all going to drown in the river.”

 “Thank God!” said the Squire. “Thank you, Beauty!” said John. We turned around and went along the road by the river. For a long time, no one said anything. Then John said, “Black Beauty saved our lives. He knew the bridge was dangerous.”

 When we returned home, the Squire told Mrs. Gordon, “We are all safe, thanks to Black Beauty!”
 That night, I had good food to eat and a comfortable bed of straw. And I was glad, though I was very tired.

本文节选自《黑布林英语阅读》初二年级第2辑第1册 —— Black Beauty (《黑骏马》)。

① squire n. 乡绅        ② cart n. 马车     ③ crack n. 爆裂声
④ stop dead 突然停止   ⑤ drown v. 淹死   ⑥ straw n. 稻草

>> Reading check
I. Answer the questions.
1. What was the weather like that autumn day?
____________________________________________
2. Why didn’t Squire Gordon leave the town until late afternoon?
____________________________________________

II. Choose the best answer.
1. When a huge tree fell across the road in front of the cart, Black Beauty ______.
A. stopped still B. turned round
C. ran away  D. was not afraid at all
2. ______ warned Squire Gordon that the bridge was broken in the middle.
A. John B. Black Beauty
C. The man at the tollgate D. Mrs. Gordon
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