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A friend of mine named Paul received an expensive car from his brother as a Christmas present.On Christmas Eve when Paul came out of his office,a street urchin was walking around the shining car.“Is this your car,Paul?”he asked.
Paul answered,“Yes,my brother gave it to me for Christmas.” The boy was surprised.“You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn't cost you nothing?Boy,I wish…” He hesitated.

Of course Paul knew what he was going to wish for.He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what the boy said surprised Paul greatly.

“I wish,” the boy went on,“that I could be a brother like that.” Paul looked at the boy in surprise, then he said again, “Would you like to take a ride in my car?”

“Oh yes,I'd love that.”

After a short ride,the boy turned and with his eyes shining,said,“Paul,would you mind driving in front of my house?”

Paul smiled a little.He thought he knew what the boy wanted.He wanted to show his neighbours that he could ride home in a big car. But Paul was wrong again. “Will you stop where those two steps are?” the boy asked.

He ran up to the steps. Then in a short while Paul heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast. He was carrying his little crippled brother. He sat him down on the step and pointed to the car.

“There she is, Buddy, just like I told you upstairs. His brother gave it to him for Christmas and it didn't cost him a cent. And some day I'm going to give you one just like it…then you can see for yourself all the nice things in the Christmas windows that I've been trying to tell you about.”

Paul got out and lifted the boy to the front seat of his car. The shining-eyed older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began an unforgettable holiday ride.

注:urchin 顽童    hesitate 犹豫    neighbour 邻居    crippled 残疾    cent 美分

1.The street urchin was very surprised when ________.

   A.Paul received an expensive car

   B.Paul told him about the car

   C.he saw the shining car

   D.he was walking around the car

2.From the story we can see the urchin ________.

   A.wished to give his brother a car

   B.wanted Paul’s brother to give him a car

   C.wished he could have a brother like Paul's

   D.wished Paul could be a brother like that

3.The urchin asked Paul to stop his car in front of his house ________.

   A.to show his neighbours the big car

   B.to show he had a rich friend

   C.to let his brother ride in the car

   D.to tell his brother about his wish

4.We can infer(推断)from the story that ________.

   A.Paul couldn't understand the urchin

   B.the urchin had a deep love for his brother

   C.the urchin wished to have a rich brother

   D.the urchin's wish came true in the end

5.The best name of the name story is _________.

   A.A Christmas Present

   B.A Street Urchin

   C.A Brother Like That

   D.An Unforgettable Holiday Ride

KEY:  1.B    2.A    3.D    4.B    5.C

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