A Welcome Gift
Dario and his mother loved their new apartment. The living room was large enough for their piano. That night, the two of them 36 sat side by side at the piano. They played jazz music to celebrate their new home. The loud 37 music filled the room and made them feel very happy.
36. A. sat B. stood C. lay D. walked
37. A. voice B. ring C. music D. cry
The next morning, 38 however , their happiness disappeared. Someone had left a 39 note under their door during the night. One of their neighbors had written to complain(抱怨) about the sound of the piano. Dario’s mother asked the building superintendent(管理员) if he knew anything about it. But he said that they were all 40 nice people and he couldn’t imagine any of them had done that. Later that morning, Dario suggested that they write a letter to their 41 neighbors and apologize for their playing.
38. A. therefore B. however C. otherwise D. instead
39. A. note B. poster C. bill D. report
40. A. proud B. rich C. lucky D. nice
41. A. neighbors B. friends C. relatives D. audience
“Maybe we could go and 42 visit everyone in person.” his mother said.
“What if we invited them to come here for a 43 party instead? Dario asked.
42. A. blame B. instruct C. question D. visit
43. A. party B. concert C. show D. play
They both loved the 44 idea. Over the next few days, they sent out invitations and prepared desserts 45 for their guests. They decorated the apartment with streamers(彩带) and party lights.
44. A. experience B. idea C. performance D. action
45. A. to B. with C. for D. from
Finally, the day of the party 46 arrived . Some guests brought presents. Others brought flowers. Some even brought desserts to 47 share. One woman, Mrs. Gilbert, 48 presented Dario’s mother with a book of piano music by Chopin.
46. A. continued B. arrived C. passed D. finished
47. A. order B. sell C. share D. advertise
48. A. treated B. presented C. helped D. served
“I heard you playing the other night,” she said. “The sounds woke me out of bed. I 49 worried that you might play like this every night. So I wrote a short note. I hope you don’t think I disliked the playing.”
Dario’s mother smiled at Mrs. Gilbert. “I think maybe we 50 owe you an apology.” she said. “I didn’t 51 realize how late it was when we were playing. Maybe we should play some quieter music at night.
49. A. promised B. admitted C. agreed D. worried
50. A. give B. send C. offer D. owe
51. A. realize B. remember C. understand D. accept
“You play, you play!” Mrs. Gilbert said. “I like what you play! Just not so loud at night.” She pointed to the book she had given them. “These songs are not such 52 loud music.”
“These songs are beautiful music.” Dario’s mother said. “We will be 53 happy to play them in the evening.”
52. A. sweet B. strange C. funny D. loud
53. A. brave B. sorry C. happy D. afraid
“And we won’t play so loud or late!” Dario said. He was already looking forward to 54 practicing the new music. More than that, however, he was happy to see the big smile on his mother’s face. It gave him a feeling of 55 warmth and made him feel that they were home at last.
54. A. changing B. practicing C. recording D. writing
55. A. equality B. freedom C. warmth D. Sympathy