Part ⅠReading Comprehension (30%)
Directions: There are three passages in this part each passage is followed by some questions or unfinished statements. For each of them there are four choices marked A, B, C and D. You should decide on the best choice and blacken the corresponding letter on the Answer Sheet.
Questions 1 to 5 are based on the following passage:
In 1866, sailors on a German ship called Paula threw a bottle with a message into waters hundreds of miles off the western coast of Australia. One hundred and thirty-one year later, (76) the bottle was found on an Australia island.
It’s believed to be the oldest-known message in a bottle, in terms if the amount of time that has passed between when it was written and when it was found. Before this discovery, Guinness(吉尼斯) world Records said that the oldest was 108 years old, found in Germany in 2015. Australian and German researchers worked together to check whether the note is real or not.
Tonya Illman was walking on the beach in January when she spotted the old bottle. “I picked it up thinking it might look nice on display in my home,” Illman says, according to an account on her husband’s website. (77) The bottle was partially filled with wet sand. Shortly after, Illman’s son’s girlfriend poured out the contents and found a tightly rolled note covered in a piece of string.
Too damp to open initially, according to the account, the group waited for it to dry and were amazed to see that it was carefully handwritten in German. “The first thing that caught my eye was the year 1866,” said Illman’s husband Kym. “It seemed totally unlikely to us that the note and bottle could have lasted that long.”
The pair reached out to the Western Australia Museum, which set out to study the document. “Extraordinary finds need extraordinary evidence to support them, so we contacted colleagues in German for help to find more information,” Ross Anderson, who is in charge of works of art in the museum, said in a statement.
But this message is no SOS or love letter.
1. According to Guinness World Records, the second oldest message was found ________.
A. in 2014 B. in 2015 C. 2017 D. in 2016
2. Which of the following is TRUE?
A. A sailor named Paula threw the old bottle into waters in 1866
B. Kym found the old bottle first
C. This oldest message was found in Germany
D. The oldest message was 131 years old
3. From the passage, we learn that__________.
A. Tonya found the bottle first
B. Tonya and Kym contacted researchers in Germany for help
C. Illman’s son broke the bottle to take out what was inside
D. The note was written in English
4. The word damp in Paragraph 4 is closet in meaning to _________.
A. wet B. dry C. cool D. hot
5. Which of the following is probably the best title for this passage?
A. The Oldest-Known Message Found in Australia
B. The Old-Known Message Found in Germany
C. An Extraordinary Evidence of History
D. A Guinness Beer Bottle
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