时代英语·高一 2019年1期



There is an old saying in China that goes, “The days of the Sanjiu period are the coldest days.” “Sanjiu period”, which is in Minor Cold, refers to the third nine-day period (the 19th to the 27th days) after the day of the Winter Solstice (冬至). There are many different customs related to Minor Cold in China.

Eating hotpot

During Minor Cold people should eat some hot food to benefit the body and defend against the cold weather. Winter is the best time to have hotpot and braised mutton with soy sauce. But it is important to notice that too much spicy food may cause health problems.

Eating huangyacai

In Tianjin, there is a custom to have huangyacai, a kind of Chinese cabbage, during Minor Cold. There are large amounts of vitamins A and B in huangyacai. As huangyacai is fresh and tender, it is fit for frying, roasting and braising.

Eating glutinous rice (糯米饭)

According to tradition, the Cantonese eat glutinous rice in the morning during Minor Cold. Cantonese people add some fried preserved (腌制的) pork, sausage and peanuts and mix them into the rice.

Eating vegetable rice

In ancient times, people in Nanjing took Minor Cold quite seriously, but as time went by, the celebration of Minor Cold gradually disappeared. However, the custom of eating vegetable rice is still followed today. The rice is steamed and is unspeakably delicious. Among the ingredients, aijiaohuang (a kind of green vegetable), sausage and salted duck are the specialties in Nanjing.

1. What do we know about Minor Cold?

A. It lasts twenty-seven days.

B. It refers to the Winter Solstice.

C. It marks the first day of winter.

D. It includes the Sanjiu period.

2. What is the special custom in Tianjin in Minor Cold?

A. Eating hotpot.

B. Buying cabbage.

C. Having huangyacai.

D. Having vitamin A and B pills.

3. How do the Cantonese eat glutinous rice?

A. They fry and toast it.

B. They eat it with some vegetables.

C. They steam it with soy sauce.

D. They mix it with many other things.

4. Which part of a newspaper may the text be from?

A. Travel. B. Culture.

C. Fashion. D. Science.


It was late one evening. I cant remember what it was about, but my dad and I had a very big argument (爭吵) when my mom was away. We both said things we didnt mean, and in the end I said, “Im leaving.” And he said, “Good. The sooner, the better.”

I threw a few things in a suitcase and closed the door angrily behind me, not knowing where I was going. After walking aimlessly for about 20 minutes, I stopped at a local supermarket. Then my phone rang. It was my mom calling. She said, “Hey, Mary. Where are you? Dad is worried about you.”

“How can he worry about me? Ive been away for nearly half an hour, but he didnt call,” I said with annoyance (煩恼). My anger returned and I remembered all the hateful things hed shouted to me. “Listen, Mom. You can tell Dad that Im fine. Ill call you tomorrow,” I said and hung up.

I walked around the store, trying to get my thoughts together. By the time I paid for my purchases, it had been much later than I used to be out alone. When I left the supermarket, a large piece of white paper was in front of me. On the piece of white paper were these words: “Please come home! I miss you and Im worried about you!”

Then a car pulled up beside me. Hanging out of the window was my dad. Beside him, smiling gently, sat my mom. And thats when I started laughing. I laughed so hard that I cried. Despite (尽管) my best efforts to run away from home, my father finally managed to track me down. I couldnt leave now, not with him sitting there with caring eyes.

5. How did Marys father feel when hearing she decided to leave home?

A. Worried. B. Angry.

C. Nervous. D. Surprised.

6. After her mother called her, Mary ___ .

A. became angrier than before

B. cried and calmed down

C. gave in to her father

D. agreed to go home

7. What does the underlined word “purchases” in Paragraph 4 mean?

A. Goods Mary bought.

B. Lessons Mary learned.

C. Actions Mary regretted.

D. Telephone calls Mary made.

8. What probably happened at the end of the story?

A. Mary returned home happily.

B. Mary still refused to go home.

C. Marys mother hated her father.

D. Marys father became angry again.