Shortly after the war, my brother and I were invited to spend a
few days with an uncle who had just returned from abroad. He had
rented a cottage in the country, although he rarely spent much time
there. We understood the reason for this after our arrival: the cottage
had no comfortable furniture in it, many of the windows were broken
and the roof leaked, making the whole house damp.
On our first evening, we sat around the fire after supper, __1__ to
the stories which our uncle had to tell of his many adventures in
distant countries. I was so tired after the 1ong train journey that I
would have preferred to go to bed; but I could not bear to miss any of
my uncle’s exciting tales.
He was just in the middle of describing a rather __2__ experience
he had once had when his small sailing boat was carried out to sea in
a storm, when there was a loud crash from the bedroom above, the
one where my brother and I were going to sleep.
“It sounds as if the roof has fallen in!” exclaimed my uncle, with
a loud laugh.
When we got to the top of the stairs and opened the bedroom
door, we could see nothing at first because of the thick __3__ of dust
which filled the room. When the dust began to clear, a strange sight
met our eyes. A large part of the ceiling had collapsed, falling right on
to the pillow of my bed. I was glad that I had stayed up late to listen
to my uncle’s stories; __4__, I should certainly have been seriously
injured, perhaps killed.
( ) 1. (A) listen (B) listening (C) listened (D) being listened
( ) 2. (A) entertaining (B) pleasurable (C) terrifying (D) stimulating
( ) 3. (A) layers (B) handful (C) clouds (D) mists
( ) 4. (A) unless (B) because (C) otherwise (D) if only
第1題：根據文章的第7行，得知在晚餐之後，我們坐在爐火邊聽故事。這一題是考文法，身體的動作 + Ving，所以答案是(B)。
Stacy sat at her desk doing her homework.
Rebecca stood by the door wondering what to do next.
Jennifer is lying in bed reading a book.