英语四级六级培训课程

Long Life

时间:2022-3-31 作者:江沪英语网

A man was selling medicines at a fair. At first he sold bottles of a cure for colds for just a dollar a bottle.
Many people wanted to buy it and the man’s young assistant moved quickly through the crowd collecting money and handing out bottles of the cold cure.
Then, when he had a big crowd, the man held up a very small bottle.
"And now, ladies and gentlemen, " he shouted. "here is the medicine you have been waiting for. The cure for old age. Drink just one bottle of this and you will live forever.""And, ladies and gentlemen," the man continued, "I’m not going to charge you a hundred dollars a bottle for this wonderful medicine. I’m not going to charge you fifty dollars a bottle. I’m not going to charge you twenty five dollars a bottle. No, ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to charge you just ten dollars a bottle. Think, my friends, for ten dollars you can live forever."Most of the people in the crowd did not believe this.
One person shouted, "if it will make you live forever, why don’t you drink it?"Then another person cried , "Yes, you look as if you’re at least sixty years old. ""Thank you, sir, thank you," the man replied, "I’m so glad you said that. My real age is three hundred and twenty nine. "The crowd laughed at this but there were still a few people who wanted to believe the man. One of them spoke to the man’s assistant as she passed by. "Is that true," he asked, "that he’s three hundred and twenty-nine?"“Don’t ask me," the assistant said, "I’ve only worked for him for a hundred and fifty years."Notes:
(1) fair n.集市(2) charge v.收钱;要价(3) look as if看起来Exercises:
依据短文选择正确答案:
① What did the man sell at first?
A. a cure for coldsB. empty bottlesC. a cure for old ageD. a medicine that made people live forever.
② Why didn’t the people believe the man was selling medicine that could cure old age?
A. The medicine was too cheap.
B. The medicine was too expensive.
C. He looked quite old himself.
D. He didn’t look honest.
③ How old did the man selling medicine say he was?
A. at least sixtyB. over three hundredC. a hundred and fiftyD. he didn’t say④ How much did the man charge for the cure for old age?
A. one dollar a bottleB. twenty-five dollars a bottleC. ten dollars a bottleD. fifty dollars a bottle⑤ We can infer from the passage that_____ .
A. the man was very honestB. the assistant was also very honestC. the man was very stupidD. neither the man nor the assistant was honest, for they were cheating people
67.长生不老
一人在集市卖药。起先他卖一USD一瓶的治感冒的药。
不少人想买药,那人的年青助手飞速穿行于人群中,一边收钱,一边递药。
然后当围观的人多起来时,那人举起一个小瓶子。
“听着,女性们,先生们,”那人喊道,“这就是你们一直想要的药。
消除衰老的药。只吃一瓶,就会长生不老。”
“女性们,先生们,”那人接着说道,“对这种神奇的药,我不计划卖一瓶100USD。我不计划卖一瓶50USD,我也不计划卖一瓶25USD。我只计划卖一瓶10USD。想想吧,朋友们,只花10USD,你们就能长生不老。”
人群中大部分人不相信他的话。
一人喊道:“假如这药能使人长生不老,你为何不吃?”
接着另一人叫道:“是哇,你看起来至少60岁。”
“谢谢,先生,谢谢,”那人回答,“我非常高兴你这么说。我的实质年龄是329岁。”
听到他的话,人群中发出一阵笑声,但仍有几个人想相信他的话。其中一人当那个助手经过时问她,“他已329岁了,这是不是真的?”他问。
“别问我,”助手说,“我只为他工作了150年。”

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