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    It was the small hours of the morning when we reached London Airport. I had cabled Lond trom Amsterdam, and there was a hired car to meet, but there was one more unfortunate happening before I reached my fiat. In all my travels I have never, but for that once, been required by the British customs to open a single bag or to do more than state that I carried no goods liable to duty. I was, of course, my fault; the extreme tiredness and nervous tension of the journey had destroyed my diplomacy. I was, for whichever reason, so fired that I could hardly stand, and to the question, "have you read this?" I replied with extreme foolishness, "Yes, hundreds of times. "

  "And you have nothing to declare?"

  "Nothing. "

  "How long have you been out of this country?"

  "About three months. "

  "And during that time you have acquired nothing?"

  "Nothing but what is on the list I have given you. "

  He seemed momentarily at a loss, but then he attacked. The attack, when it came, was utterly unexpected.

  "Where did you get that watch?"

  I could have kicked myself. Two days ago, when playing water games with a friend in the bath, I had forgotten to take off my ROLEX OYSTER, and it had, not unnaturally, stopped. I had gone into the market and bought, for twelve shillings and six pence, an ugly time piece that made a strange noise. It had stopped twice, without any reason, during the journey.

  I explained, but I had already lost face. I produced my own watch from a pocket, and added that I should be grateful if he would confiscate the replacement.

  "It is not a question of confiscation," he said, "there is a fine for failing to declare dutiable goods. And now may I please examine that Rolex?"

  It took another quarter of an hour to persuade him that the Rolex was not contraband; then he began to search my luggage.

1.[单选题]What did the writer think of the watch he bought in the market?
  • A.He was fond of the watch because it was a Rolex.
  • B.He found the watch useful though it was very cheap.
  • C.He didn't like the watch at all.
  • D.He was indifferent to the watch.
  • 解题思路:推理题。从作者描述这块手表时所用的语言,如“ugly”“made a strange noise”可以看出作者并不喜欢这块表。
2.[单选题]What must have happened to the writer in the end?
  • A.He must have spent a long time at the customs and must have been let go without any punishment.
  • B.He must have been given a fine as a punishment.
  • C.His Rolex must have been confiscated.
  • D.His cheap watch must have been confiscated.
  • 解题思路:推理题。从海关官员说“这不是没收的问题,不申报关税要罚款”可见作者最后被罚款。fine有“罚款”的意思。
3.[单选题]When did the writer arrive at London airport?
  • A. In the early morning.
  • B.Late at night.
  • C. At noon.
  • D.Late in the morning.
  • 解题思路:细节题。文章第一句话说“It was the small hours of themorning when we arrived at London Airport.”,这里的“smallhours”意思是“凌晨”,可知作者是在凌晨到达。故选A。
4.[单选题]What do you think is the tone of the story?
  • A.Humorous.
  • B.Sarcastic.
  • C.Solemn.
  • D.Matter-of-fact.
  • 解题思路:推理题。作者在文中用了很多对话,说明语气是轻松的,且从作者叙述的方式可以看出写作手法很幽默。故选A。
5.[单选题]What can we conclude from the questions asked by the customs officer?
  • A.He was just doing his duty by asking the passenger some usual questions.
  • B.He must have noticed the writer' s ugly watch.
  • C.He wanted to embarrass the writer.
  • D.He must have noticed the writer's tiredness.
  • 解题思路:推理题。海关官员问作者的表是从哪来的,而且是非常突然地发问,可推测他已经注意到那块表了。故选B。
  • 参考答案:C,B,A,A,B