Mum’s Christmas Surprise
Molly ran back home from school and dropped her schoolbag on the sofa. Then on the table she saw ＂Mum’s Wish Book＂— a mail order catalog(商品目录) from a gift shop. ＂Mum,＂ she said excitedly to herself, ＂this year you’ll get the gloves you want!＂ Molly had walked a dog for a neighbor and saved her __1___ all year to buy Mum the gloves.
She opened ＂Mum’s Wish Book＂ and hoped that she could find these __2___ in it. Teas ran down her face when she saw the gloves in the catalog. Mum wouldn’t buy them for herself, because the family had a __3___ time on the farm. She once heard Mum say to Dad, ＂Maybe some day, I’ll have the money to get them.＂
Molly ran out by the back door and went straight to the post office. There she carefully filled out the order form torn from the catalog.
＂I need to buy a stamp to __4___ the form.＂She said to Mr. Smith, the only worker in the post office.
＂Umm, a pair of gloves?＂said Mr. Smith, as he passed a stamp to her.
＂Yes, It’s a Christmas gift for Mum, but please don’t tell her. It’s our __5___ , OK?＂ Molly didn’t realize how white Mr. Smith’s beard was until that moment. In face, he reminded her of Santa Claus.
As Molly walked back home, she decided to tell Dad her secret. ＂You’ve got to check the mailbox every day,＂ said Molly __6___ to Dad. He nodded, with a big smile.
Coming home from school every day, Molly peeked at(偷看) Dad when Mum wasn’t __7___ , but every time he shook his head.
On Christmas Eve, Dad came back from mailbox, still empty handed. Molly felt __8___ when she went to bed, because she didn’t have the gloves for Mum.
Before Christmas dinner, as Mum took the apple pies out of the oven, Molly began __9___ the table. Suddenly, they heard someone pulling up the driveway. From the window they saw Mr. Smith making his way to the door, with a box in his hand. Mr. Smith __10___ Mum the box, ＂I believe this is yours.＂
Mum looked from Dad to Molly and opened the box. Her eyes lit up when she saw the gloves. ＂Oh, who bought these for me?＂ she asked.
＂Santa did,＂ said Molly smilingly.
＂Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!＂Mr. Smith, with a loud laugh.
It was Christmas that no one would ever forget.
1. A. time
2. A. flowers
3. A. hard
4. A. design
5. A. secret
6. A. patiently
7. A. working
8. A. sad
9. A. pushing
10. A. bought
【解析】考查名词及语境的理解。A. time 时间；B. money金钱；C. energy精力；D. Food食物；句意：茉莉给一个邻居遛狗，为了给妈妈买手套，积攒了一整年的钱。根据Molly had walked a dog for a neighbor可知茉莉给邻居遛狗，在挣钱，故选B。
【解析】考查名词及语境的理解。A. flowers花；B. sunglasses太阳镜；C. gloves手套；D. chocolates巧克力；句意：她打开＂妈妈的愿望书＂，希望她能在里面找到这些手套。根据前文的 to buy Mum the gloves.可知此处茉莉想给妈妈买手套。故选C。
【解析】考查动词及语境的理解。A. design设计；B. check核查；C. complete完成；D. send发送。句意：她对史密斯先生说：＂我需要一张邮票来邮寄这个表格＂，根据前文的went straight to the post office和后文的I need to buy a stamp可知，茉莉去邮局需要邮票，因此她是要邮寄东西，故选D。
【解析】考查名词及语境的理解。A. secret秘密；B. choice选择；C. dream 梦想；D. task任务；句意：这是我们的秘密，好吗？根据前文的It’s a Christmas gift for Mum, but please don’t tell her.和后文的 she decided to tell Dad her secret.可知她不想让她的妈妈知道，故是一个秘密，故选A。
【解析】考查副词及语境的理解。A. patiently耐心地；B. doubtfully怀疑地；C. proudly骄傲地；D. quietly安静地，悄悄地；句意：茉莉悄悄地对爸爸说：＂你一定要每天检查邮箱。＂根据前文的she decided to tell Dad her secret.可知此处她告诉爸爸这个秘密，因此要悄悄地说，故选D。
【解析】考查动词及语境的理解。A. working工作；B. looking看；C. smiling微笑；D. talking讨论；句意：茉莉每天从学校回家，当妈妈不看的时候，她就偷看爸爸，但是每次爸爸都摇头。根据It’s a Christmas gift for Mum, but please don’t tell her.和Molly peeked at （偷看） Dad可知茉莉不想让妈妈知道，因此她在妈妈不看她的时候，偷看爸爸。故选B。
【解析】考查形容词及语境的理解。A. sad悲伤的；B. strange奇怪的；C. angry生气的；D. tired疲倦的；句意：茉莉上床睡觉时感到难过，因为她没有收到给妈妈的手套。根据后文的because she didn’t have the gloves for Mum.可知因为没有收到给妈妈的手套，因此难过。故选A。
【解析】考查动词及语境的理解。A. pushing推；B. changing 改变；C. setting设置,摆放；D. booking预订；句意：在圣诞节晚饭前，当妈妈从炉子里拿出苹果派时，茉莉开始摆桌子。根据Before the Christmas dinner可知晚饭前，茉莉应摆桌子。故选C。
【解析】考查动词及语境的理解。A. bought买；B. handed 递交；C. lent借；D. returned回来；句意：史密斯先生递给妈妈那个盒子，＂我认为这是你的。＂根据后文的Mum looked from Dad to Molly and opened the box. 可知妈妈打开了盒子，故此处应是史密斯先生递给妈妈那个盒子。故选B。