71.Thereweresamngchildren all the way. Clearlytheyknew at whattime the trainpassedtheirhomes and theymade it theirbusiness to standalong the railway, were to completestrangers and cheerthem up as theyrushedtowardsPenage. Oftenwholefamiliesstoodoutsidetheirhomes and waved and smiled as if those on the trainsweretheirfavoriterelatives. This is the simplevillagepeople of Malaysia.I warmoved.
I had alwaystraveled to Malaysia by plane or car, so this was the firsttime I was on a train.I did not partierelish the longtrainjoumey and had broughtalong a dozenmagazines to read and reread. I lookedabout the train. There was not one familiar I sighed and sat down to read my Economics
It was not longbefore the train was across the Causeway and in Malaysia. JohoreBaru was justanothercitylikeSingapore, so I was tired of looking at the crods of people as theyhurriedpast. As we wentbeyond the city, I watchd the smaightrows of rubbertrees and miles and miles of green. Then the firstvillagecameintosight. Immediately I camealive, I decided to waveback.
Fromthen on my joumeybecameinteresting.I threw my magazineinto the wastebasket and decided to join in Malaysianlife.Theneverythingcamealive.The mountainsseemed to speak to me.Even the treesweresmiling.I stared t everything as if I was looking at it for the firsttime.
The day passedfast and I evenforgot to have my lunchuntil I felthungry. I looked at my wat ch and was surprisedthat it was 3:00 pm.Soon the trainpulled up at Butterwi I looked at the people all around me.They all lookedbeautiful. When my unclearrivewith, I threw my aroundthim to give him a (拥抱).I had neverdonethisbefore. He seemedsurprised and then his weather-beatenfacewarmed up with a hugesmile. We walked arm in arm to his car.
I lookedforward to the returnjourney.
The authorexpected the trainturp to be .
(A)adventurous (B)pleasnt (C)exciting (D)dull
5. The photographerpublished a photo on his personalblog and was surprised to discoverthreeyears ago that it had beensharedamongFacebookusers as a photo
of “abandonedorphans”, withsomepeopleevenweaving ____ talesabout the kids, like “theirmother had died and theirfatherleftthem”.
(A) hilarious (B) negotiable (C) reliable (D) intricate
57. You are from a middle class family, and live in a normalsizehomewithout any showypossessions, but you are surrounded by surprisingconsumption. Thiscontrast is beginning to botheryour 6-year-old son. You are worriedthat he willwant to live as they do, and wonder if you shouldmove.
Sometimes big pocketmoney, joyfulbirthdayparties, specialplayrooms and super-big housestell you thatyourneighborsprobablyhavemoremoneythan you do, and thatthey’re not as careful as you are withmoney, but you may findthattheycook and dig in the gardenwiththeirchildrenjust as often as you do, talkwiththem as freely and read to themeverynight.
Or you may findthatsome of theseparentsstay in on wing of their big housewhilechildrenplay by himself, way off in a wing of his own. In thatunfortunatecase, he is basicallygrowing up alonewithoutbeinglookedafterproperly, but this can happen to a child who lives in a normal-sizehouse, too, if he has a TV. A computer and a few videogames in his room. Even the mostcaringparentdoesn’t walk in and out of it to see whatshow her child is watching, whatInternetsite he has found and if he’s playingthatvideogame.
Too muchuncontrolledscreenthen may lead to a certainloss of innocence (天真), and if it doesn’t, you mightdecide to move. Don’t judgeyourneighbor too harshly (严厉地), though. Theresomethingsthat are rightwithalmost any neighbor and somethingsthat are wrongwith the best of them. --- likethosesuper-big houses. The wealth of theirowners ---- and the way theythrowmoneyaround---- may makeyour son feelsorry for himself, unless you help him understandthat you and his dad savesome of the money, givesome to people who don’t haveenough and use the rest to pay for whatever the familyneeds.
Childrenwant ----- should be providedwith---- explanationswhentheirparents don’t givethemwhattheywant.
What is the problemwith the worriedparent in the text?
(A) Her house isn’t as big as her richneighbor’s.
(B) Her son is leftalonewithoutanyone in charge.
(C) She can’t provide her son with a specialplayroom.
(D) She worriesabout the effect of her neighbor on her son.