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Questions 1-1 Oare based on the following passage.

This passage is adapted from Colm Toibin, The master ©2004 by Colm Toibin. The novel is based on the life of writer Henry James (1843-1916).


On one of his strolls in Rye, Henry stopped at the door of Mr. Milson, who after the flrst meeting greeted him instantly as Mr. James, and knew him as the American writer, having his walk in a Rye he was slowly growing to admire and love. Upon his second or third conversation with Mr. I\Iilson, duting his time as a resident of Point Hill, he observed that he longed for a permanent spot in the are山 in the countryside, or indeed in the town itself. Since Mr. Milson enjoyed talking, and since he was not interested in literary matters, and since he had not been to America and knew no other Americans, and since Henry's knowledge of ironmongery was rudimentary, the two men discussed houses, ones 1s which had been for rent in the past, others which had been put on the market or sold or withdrawn, and others, much coveted, which had never been bought or sold or rented in living memory. Each time he visited, once they had in巾ated their subject,

Mr. Milson showed him the card on which Henry's London address was inscribed. He had not mislaid it, he had not forgotten, he insisted, and then enticingly would mention some great old house, perfect for a bachelor's needs, but sorrowfully would have to admit that the house remained firmly in its owner's hands and seemed unlikely to leave them in the foreseeable future.

Henry viewed his conversations with Mr. Milson as a form of play, just as his conversations with fishermen about the sea, or with farmers about the harvest, were forms of polite relaxation, a way of drinking in England, allowing its flavors to come to him in phrases, turns of speech and local references. Thus even when he opened the letter which arrived at his London address, having noticed that the handwriting on the envelope was not that of someone accustomed to writing letters, and even when he saw the name Milson as the sender, he was still puzzled by its provenance. Only when he read it a second time did he realize who it was from and then, as though he had received a blow in the stomach, he understood what the letter said. Lamb House in Rye had fallen vacant, Milson told him, and could be had. His first thought was that he would lose it, the house at the quiet corner at the top of a cobbled hill whose garden room Edward Warren had drawn so lovingly, the establishment he had glanced at so achingly and covetously on his many tours of Rye, a house both modest and grand, both central and secluded, the sort of house which seemed to belong so comfortably and naturally to others and to be inhabited so warmly and fruitfully by them. He checked the postmark. He wondered if his ironmonger was freely broadcasting the news of this vacancy to all comers. This was, more than any other, the house he loved and longed for. Nothing had ever come easily, magically like this. He could do what he liked, he could send a cable, he could take the next train, but he remained sure that he would lose it. There was no purchase, however, in thinking, or regretting or worrying: there was 011.ly one solution and that was to rush to Rye, thus insuring that no omission on his part could cause him not to become the new inhabitant of Lamb House.

Before he left he wrote to Edward Warren, imploring him to come to Rye also as soon as he could to inspect the inside of the house whose exterior he had so admired. But he could not wait for Warren and he certainly could not work, and on the train he wondered if anyone watching him would know how momentous this journey was for him, how exciting and how potentially disappointing He knew that it was merely a house; others bought and sold houses and moved their belongings with ease and nonchalance. It struck him as he traveled towards Rye that no one, save himself, understood the meaning of this. For so many years now he had had no country, no family, no establishment of his own, merely a flat in London where he worked. He did not have the necessary shell, and his exposure over the years had left him nervous and exhausted and fearful. It was as though he lived a life which lacked a facade, a stretch of frontage to protect him from the world. Lamb House would offer him beautiful old windows from which to view the outside: the outside, in turn, could peer in only at his invitation.


1)Over the course of the passage, the main focus of the narrative shifts from

A) a summary of tl1e reasons for Henry's unhappiness in Rye to a description of his attempt to find happiness there.

B) a depiction of llfe in the town of Rye to a meditation on Henry's reasons for deciding to move there.

C) a contrast between Henry's personality and Mr. Milson's personality to a presentation of an important similarity between them.

D) an account of Mr. Milson's search for a suitable property for Henry to a porperty of Henry's musings on the meaning of having a home.


解析:A错在unhappiness,B错在reasons for deciding to move there.C错在personality.

2)Which choice best summarizes what is learned about Henry and Mr. Milson in the first paragraph of the passage?

A) Henry is desperate to move to the areas therefore, Mr. Milson tells him about choice properties that are available for Henry to rent.

B) They have little in cmnmon; therefore, they talk about houses in the area that may be of interest to Henry.

C) Mr. Milson is not fond of new arrivals; therefore, he engages insincerely i11 discussions with Hemy.

D) They are both new to Rye; therefore, they agree to collaborate in order to help each other find places to live.


A错在desperate,C错在not fond of,D错在both new.


3)Which choice most closely captures the literal meaning of the figurative "flavors" referred to in line 32?

A) The qualities of ai1 object that serve to make it memorable

B) The features of an envirorunent that appeal most directly to the senses

C) The aspects of a place that give it its particular character

D) The characteristics of a locale that account for its popularity


要搞清flavors的意思,必须要搞清楚是说什么东西的flavors,从上下文看是指England的flavors. 首先可排A选项,因为England不是一个object,然后可排除D选项,因为说England是一个locale有点勉强,locale是"发生某事的场所"的意思,其次全文没有说England是个popular的地方。剩下的B选项迷惑性很大,因为看到选项中的the feature of an environment很容易觉得England这么大的地方,可以说它的整体环境怎么怎么样,但是关键错在“appeal most directly to senses”,如果是开满鲜花的田野,才可以这么说


4)The passage indicates that Hemy has which reaction when he receives Mr. Milson's letter?

A) He hopes the letter has come from someone other than Mr. Milson.

B) He initially fails to appreciate the letter's significance.

C) He suspects the letter contains bad news.

D) He assumes the letter will communicate false information.


A错在hopes,C错在bad news,D错在false.

5)The passage suggests that after reading and undersstanding Mr. Milson's letter, Henry

A) wonders if Mr. Milson is actually knowledgeable about the property in question.

B) regrets not having paid more attention to the house Mr. Milson is referring to.

C) suspects that Mr. Milson may not be looking out exclusively for his best interests.

D) remains confused about Mr. 汕lson's motivation for helping him.


主人公主要是怕Mr.Milson把这个他很喜欢的房子现在要卖的消息告诉了其他人,"broadcast....to all".


6)Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to tl1e previous question?

A) Lines 34-39 ("Thus…provenai1ee")

B) Lines 39-42 ("Only…said")

C) Lines 53-55 ("He wondered…comers")

D) LiJ1es 55-56 ("This…for")



7)It can be inferred that Hemy bu、 that he will lose the possibility of being able to live in Lamb House because he

A) realizes that his commitments in London will delay his travels.

B) cannot believe that a wish he feels so intensely could possibly be folfilled.

C) worries that his treatJnent of Mr. Milson may have compromised his chances.

D) realizes that his innate indecisiveness might cause him to doubt his own judgment.


证据在第44行到52行那句很长的话,说明了主人公非常想得到这个房子,越想要越怕得不到。D错在不能仅仅将omission就推断出主人公有innate indecisiveness.


8)Which choice best supports the claim that Henry feels that his life has been characterized by a struggle to attain things that he desired?

A) Lines 56-57 ("Nothing…this")

B) Lines 60-64 ("There was…House")

C) Lines 68-72 ("But he ... disappointing")

n) Lines 73-75 ("He knew ... nonchalance")


Nothing.....easily对应struggle to attain


9)The last paragraph mainly serves to

A) sketch a set of events that carry Henry's adventure to its logical conclusion.

B) provide context that explains Henry's particular aspiration.

C) create an mood of anticipation that heightens the drama of Henry's arrival.

D)describe an environment that will serve as the new setting for Henry's experiences.



10)The words "shell;'"exposure;'"fac;ade;'and "frontage" in lines 80-83 primarily serve to

A) establish a parallel between aspects of Henry 's personality and certain features of houses.

B) identify some of the architectural features that first made Lainb House attractive to Henry.

C) emphasize a contrast between Lamb House and other available houses in Rye.

D) provide a metaphor for Henry's pessimism about being able to acquire the house he desires.