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I came to study in the United States a year ago

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I came to study in the United States a year ago .Yet I did not know the real American society until I was injured in a car accident because after the accident I had to see a doctor and go to court. After the accident,my roommate called a doctor for me. I was very grateful and determined to repay him one day. But the next day, he asked me to pay him $200 for what he..

    I came to study in the United States a year ago .Yet I did not know the real American society until I was injured in a car accident because after the accident I had to see a doctor and go to court.

     After the accident,my roommate called a doctor for me. I was very grateful and determined to repay him one day. But the next day, he asked me to pay him $200 for what he had done. I was astonished. He had good reason to charge me, he said. And if I wanted to collect money from the person who was responsible for my injury, I‟d have to have a good lawyer. And only a good doctor can help me get a good lawyer .Now that he had helped me find a good doctor, it was only fair that I should pay him.

     But every day I went to see the doctor, I had to wait about 50 minutes. He would see two or three patients at the same time, and often stop treating one so as to see another. Yet he charged me $115 each time .The final examination report consisted of ten lines, and it cost me $215.

     My lawyer was all smiles the first time we met. But after that he avoided seeing me at all. He knew very well the other party was responsible for the accident, yet he hardly did anything. He simply waited to collect his money. He was so irresponsible that I decided to dismiss him. And he made me pay him $770.

     Now I had to act as my own lawyer. Due to my inexperience, I told the insurance company the date I was leaving America. Knowing that, they played for time…and I left without getting a cent.

     66. The author‟s roommate offered to help him because________.

     A. he felt sorry for the author

     B. he thought it was a chance to make some money

     C. he knew the doctor was a very good one

     D. he wanted the author to have a good lawyer

    67. A good doctor is essential for the author to __________.

     A. be properly treated

     B. talk with the person responsible for the accident

     C. recover before he leaves America

     D. eventually get the responsible party to pay for his injury

    68. The word“charge”in the third paragraph means_________ .

     A. be responsible B. accuse C. ask as a price D. claim

    69. Both the doctor and the lawyer in this passage are very__________.

     A. friendly B. selfish C. professional D. busy

    70. What conclusion can you draw from the story?

     A. Going to court is something very common in America.

     B. One must be very careful while driving a car.

     C. There are more bad sides in America than good sides.

     D. Money is more important than other things in the US.

2.When I was about 12, I had an enemy, a girl who liked to point out my shortcomings(缺点). Wee

    k by week her list grew: I was very thin, I wasnt a good student, I talked too much, I was too

    proud, and so on. I tried to hear all this as long as I could. At last, I became very angry. I ran to my father with tears in my eyes. He listened to me quietly, then he asked. “Are the things she says true or not? Janet, didn‟t you ever wonder what you‟re really like ? Well, you now have that girl‟s opinion. Go and make a list

    of everything she said and mark the points that are true. Pay no attention to the other things she said.”

    I did as he told me. To my great surprise, I discovered that about half the things were true. Some of them I couldn‟t change (like being very thin), but a good number I could—and suddenly I

    wanted to change. For the first time I go to fairly clear picture of myself. I brought the list back to Daddy. He refused to take it.“That‟s just for you,” he said.“You know better than anyone else the truth about yourself. But you have to learn to listen, not just close your ears in anger and feeling hurt. When something said about you is true, you‟ll find it will be of help

    to you. Our world is full of people who think they know your duty. Don‟t shut your ears. Listen to them all, but hear the truth and do what you know is the right thing to do.”

    Daddy‟s advice has returned to me at many important moments. In my life, I‟ve never had a better piece of advice.

    56. What did the father do after he had heard his daughter‟s complaint?

    A. He told her not to pay any attention to what her“enemy” had said.

    B. He criticized (批评) her and told her to overcome her shortcomings.

    C. He told her to write down all that her“enemy” had said about her and pay attention only to

    the things that were true. D. He refused to take the list and have a look at it. 57. What does “Week by week her list grew” mean?

    A. Week by week she discovered more shortcomings of mine and pointed them out to me. B. She had made a list of my shortcomi ngs and she kept on adding new ones to it so that it was growing longer and longer.

    C. I was having more and more shortcomings as time went on. D. Week by week, my shortcomings grew more serious. 58. Why did her father listen to her quietly? A. Because he believed that what her daughter‟s “enemy” said was mostly true.

    B. Because he had been so angry with his daughter‟s shortcomings that he wanted to show this by keeping silent for a while.

    C. Because he knew that his daughter would not listen to him at that moment. D. Because he wasn‟t quite sure which girl was telling the truth.

    59. Which do you think would be the best title for this passage? A. Not an Enemy, but the Best Friend B. The Best Advice I‟ve Ever Had

    C. My Father

    D. My Childhood

3 Mr.Clinton and his 13-year-old son Tony are basketball fans. Last October 10th was Tonys

    birthday, so Mr.Clinton decided to drive him to New York, for the first game of the World Series.

They had no ticket but hoped to buy a pair from scalpers.

     It was a two hours ride. After they arrived, they walked in the street for two hours, carrying a sign(牌子) that read, We need two tickets. There were many scalpers around, but the cheapest

    ticket was $200. They were about to leave when suddenly a man stopped them. He took out two tickets and handed them to Mr. Clinton.

     “How much do you want?”

     “Just a present,” said the man. “Enjoy the game.”

     Mr. Clinton wouldn‟t accept, so the man explained, “I‟m Jackson. Hans is my boss. He and his wife haven‟t missed a World Series in 18 years. But he is ill and can‟t watch the game this time. So he told me to give the two tickets to people who I thought would actually enjoy the game. A lot of people looked as if they might just take the tickets and sell them. Then I saw you and I followed you for a while. You seemed very disappointed. You made me think of my dad and me when I was a chi ld. I dreamed of going to a World Series game with my father. But my dream never came true.”

     How do you suppose this made Mr. Clinton and his son feel? Here is what Mr. Clinton said: “This is the most wonderful thing that ever happened to us. My boy and I must have turned to each other over 30 times and said, „I can‟t believe this.‟ We still never forget Jackson and Hans.”

    54. The underlined word scalpers in the first paragraph means ______.

     A. people who buy tickets at a reasonable price

     B. people who sell tickets at a reasonable price

     C. people who buy tickets at a high price

     D. people who sell tickets at a high price

4 The sun was shining as Kevin walked to the old bench(长凳) where he met Mike every

    afternoon after school. They were good friends and loved to play football. They didnt have

    enough money to buy a real football, but Mike had made a ball out of old socks covered with a piece of plastic. It wasn‟t beautiful, but it worked well. The two friends didn‟t stop kicking and running until very late.

     The next afternoon, Mike and Kevin met again at the old bench. Soon the home-made ball was spinning(旋转) across the grass as the boys laughed and shouted happily. The ball was stopped by a boy wearing a nice pair of sneakers(运动鞋). Kevin was upset when he saw it was Steven.

     The next morning, Kevins mother gave him an envelope(信封). Your uncle sent you a

    birthday present, she smiled. Kevins eyes grew big when he saw the $100 bill. Later that day,

    a pair of new sneaker lay next to his chair, and in the corner, a real football.

     The next afternoon, Steven invited Kevin to play football on the field next to the library. Steven did not want Mike to join them only because Mike‟s sneakers were dirty and he was not good at football. When the game was over, Kevin and Steven walked past the old bench where Mike was sitting. Steven picked up a stone and threw it at him. Kevin, holding his new football in his hands, walked on and did not look back.

     One afternoon, as Kevin walked past the old bench, he saw something lying under it. He looked closer and saw it was the home-made ball. Kevin was full of sorrow at the sight of his old home-made ball, and he let out a sad sigh(叹气). As his sadness turned to anger, he picked up his

    new football and kicked it into the air. Kevin kicked it so hard that it flew past the library and over the school gate. Then Kevin walked to the bench and picked up his home-made ball. Holding it in

his hands, Kevin sat down and waited.

     57. The best title for this passage is ______.

     A. A Home-Made Football B. Playing Football

     C. Two Close Friends D. A New Football

5 ;河北省唐山一中高一月考, Remember that people on line may not be who they seem,

    because you can't see or even hear the person. It would be easy for someone to misrepresent himself/herself. Thus someone who says that she is a 12-year-old girl. could really be an old

    man.

    58. The underlined word misrepresent means _____.

    A. making a wrong judgment about B. understanding somebody wrongly

    C. giving a wrong description of D. forming a wrong opinion about

    Climbing attracts people because it‟s good exercise for almost everyone. You use your whole body,

    especially your arms and legs. This sport gives your body a complete workout. When you climb, both your mind and your body can become stronger.

    59. The word workout underlined in the last paragraph most probably means________

    A. settlement B. exercise C .excitement D. tiredness

    According to a report published on the British medical magazine, The Lancet, a study of 10 German mobile phone users found that when they turned on their phones, their blood pressure goes up by 510 millimeters of mercury (水银柱).

    60. The word “The Lancet” is probably ______.

    A. the name of a magazine B. the name of the research team

    C. the name of a hospital D. the title of a medical report

6 ;河南省方城县月考, We often hear people talking about a generation gap (代沟). The name

    is new, but the idea is

    old. Young people and their parents don‟t understand each other. The world has always kept changing. During the second century after Christ a wise man said, “Bury me on my face because

    in a little while everything will be turned upside down.”

     There has always been a gap between generations, but more people talk about it now. Old Mr. Ellis thinks he understands what has happened.

     “When I was a boy, I thought the world was a beautiful place. My life was very pleasant. But

    when I was older, I learned about people who were treated badly, people who didn‟t have enough to eat. I wanted to help them, and I married a girl who wanted to help them, too. We went to meetings and talked a lot, but it didn‟t seem to make much difference. ”

     “Our children grew up in a world at war. They didn‟t know when the fighting would stop. They wanted their children to have nice clothes and toys. They didn‟t want to think about the future. They thought nothing could be done about it.”

     “Now I have grandchildren, and they have their own ideas. They are trying to make the world better. They are trying to help other people. They‟re making people listen to them. I am proud of their generation.”

    36. The wise man mentioned in the text told people to bury him on his face so that when everything is turned upside down he will _____.

    A. lie on his stomach B. lie on his back

C. stand quietly D. sit in peace

    37. Which generation did NOT want to do anything to make the world a better one?

     A. Mr. Ellis‟ generation B. His children‟s generation

     C. His grandchildren‟s generation D. None of the above.

    38. Which generation is/was more efficient in making the world better one? A. Mr. Ellis‟ generation. B. His children‟s generation.

     C. His grandchildren‟s generation. D. None of the above.

    39. What is the writer‟s attitude towards the generation gap?

     A. Unacceptable. B. Awful. C. Funny. D. Common. 3639 B B C D

    7 ;河南省信阳二高中高二月考, Jean Driscoll can go faster in her wheelchair than the world

    s best marathoners(马拉松运动员) can run!

    In April, Jean finished the Boston Marathon in 1 hour 34 minutes 22 seconds. That‟s about 33 minutes faster than the winning male runner! She competed on the track, too. She was second in the 800 meter wheelchair race at the 1992 Olympics.

    Jean doesnt like to be told shes brave. Im in sports because Im a competitive person!

    Jean was born with spina befida(脊柱裂), a birth illness that damages the spine;脊椎,. She began

    to use a wheelchair to get around in high school. Then she tried wheelchair race and was amazed.”

    Players crashed into each other and fell out of their chairs,” she says, “It was fun.”

    Jean tried other wheelchair sports. At the University of Illinois, her wheelchair basketball team

    won two national titles.

    Now Jean coaches and teaches. She tries to get people to set goals. When I sign my a utograph

    ;亲笔签名,,says Jean, I write, dream big and work hard.

    61What made Jean take part in sports?

     AShe was brave.

    BShe was competitive.

    CShe was strong.

    DShe was disabled.

    62What kind of education did she receive?

     AHigh school.

    BJunior middle school.

    CHigh education.

    DPrimary school.

    63What is Jeans advice on how to succeed?

     AWork hard. BHope for the best.

     CDream a lot. DHave great wishes and work hard.

    BCD

    8;河南省信阳商城高中高一月考, The clock struck eleven at night. The whole house was quiet. Everyone was in bed except me. Under the strong light, I looked sadly before a huge pile of troublesome stuff they call books.

    I was going to have my examination the next day. "When can I go to bed?" I asked myself. I didn‟t

    answer, in fact I dared not.

     The clock struck 12."Oh, dear!" I cried, "ten more books to read before I can go to bed!” We pupils are the most wretched creatures in the world. Dad does not agree with me on this. He did

not have to work so hard when he was a boy ."

     The clock struck one. I was quite hopeless now. I forgot all I had learnt. I was too tired to go on. I did the only thing I could. I prayed, “Oh, God, Please help me pass the exam tomorrow. I do promise to work hard afterwards, Amen.” My eyes were heavy, so heavy that I could hardly open them. A few minutes later, with my head on the desk, I fell asleep.

    56. When the author was going over his lessons, all the others in the house were_____ .

     A. asleep B. working in bed

     C. outside D. quietly laughing at him

    57. Reviewing his lessons didn‟t help him because ________. .

     A. it was too late at night B. he was very tired

     C. his eyes l ids were so heavy that he couldn‟t keep them open

    D. he hadn‟t studied hard before the examination

    58. What do you suppose happened to the author?

    A. He went to a church to pray again

     B. He passed the exam by luck

     C. He failed in the exam D. He was punished by his teacher

     59. The best title for the passage would be __________ .

     A. The Night Before the Examination B. Working Far into the Night

    C. A Slow Student D. Going Over My Lessons

    ADCA

    9;河南省信阳商城高中高一月考, F . Scott Fitzgerald, born on September 24,1896, an

    American novelist, was once a student of St.Paul Academy, the Newman School and attended Princeton. University for a short while. In 1917 he joined the army and was posted in Alabama, where he met his future wife Zelda Sayre. Then he had to make some money to impress her.

     His life with her was full of great happiness, as he wrote in his diary:“ My own happiness in the

    past often got such joy that I could share it even with the person dearest to me but had to walk it away in quiet streets and take down parts of it in my diary.”

     This side of paradise, his first novel, was published in 1920. Encouraged by its success, Fitzgerald began to devote more time to his writing. Then he continued with the novel the Beautiful and Damned (1922), a collection of short stories Thales of the Jazz Age (1922), and a play The Vegetable (1923). But his greatest success was the novel The Great Gatsby, published in 1925, which quick brought him praise from the literary world. Yet it failed to give him the needed financial security. Then, in 1926, he published another collection of short stories All the Sad Young Men.

     However, Fitzgerald‟s problems with his wife Zelda had an effect on his writing. During the 1920s he tried to reorder his life, but failed. By 1930, his wife had her first breakdown and went to a Swiss clinic. During this period he completed novels Tender Is the Night in 1934 and The love of the last Tycoon in 1940. While his wife was in hospital in the United States, he got totally addicted to(沉迷于) alcohol. Sheila Graham, his dear friend, helped him fight his alcoholism. 72. How many novels written by Fitzgerald are mentioned in the passage ?

     A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 8

    73. Which of the following is the correct order to describe Fitzgerald‟s life according to the passage?

    a. He became addicted to drinking.

b. He studied at St.Paul Academy.

    c. He published his first novel This Side of Paradise.

    d. The Great Gatsby won high praise.

    e. He failed to reorder his life.

    f. He joined the army and met Zelda.

    A. f-c-e-a-b-d B. b-e-a-f-c-d C. f-d-e-c-b-a D. b-f-c-d-e-a 74. We can infer from the passage that Fitzgerald .

     A. had made some money when he met Zelda in Alabama.

     B. was well educated and well off before he served in the army

     C. would have completed more works if his wife hadn‟t broken down

     D. helped his friend get rid of drinking while his wife was in hospital 75. The passage is probably followed by a concluding paragraph about .

     A. Zelda‟s personal life

     B. Zelda‟s illness and treatment

     C. Fitzgerald‟s friendship with Graham

     D. Fitzgerald‟s contributions to the literary world

    ADCD

    10;河南省郑州市第47中学高一第一次月考, PennsylvaniaWhen Connie Beck and her

    husband awoke to strange noises last weekend, they thought high winds were rattling (使„„发

    出响声) their home.

     What they found was even more unexpected: A deer was taking a bubble (泡沫) bath in their

    bathtub.

     “I wasn‟t exactly dressed for company,” Mrs. Beck said. “We were just waking up.”

     The deer burst through the front door early on Saturday, ran past the couple‟s bedroom and into the bathroom.

     Somehow he managed to turn on the water in the bathtub and knock over a bottle of bubble bath into the bathtub. He then got himself into the bubbly water.

     “You could hear the water running over the kicking,” Beck said.

     The Becks called State Game Commission officials, who arrived with tranquilizers (镇静剂)

    and a lot of laughter.

     “A guy said, „There‟s nothing wrong… he‟s just in there taking a bubble bath,‟” Mrs. Beck said.

     The animal was soon brought under control, removed from the house and released.

     He was unharmed except for a little cut above the eye, said Mrs. Beck. We were also

    fortunate. There wasnt much damage, except for the front door, some marks on the tub, and a few hoof () prints on the floor.

    43. When did the story take place?

     A. On the night of Friday. B. On the late night of Saturday.

     C. On the early morning of Saturday. D. On Sunday evening.

    44. When Mrs. Beck said, “I wasn‟t exactly dressed for company,” (in paragraph 3) she ______.

     A. was joking about the incident B. meant she never liked people to visit

     C. explained she was about to go to work D. wished she could have new clothes 45. After the animal burst through the door and entered the bathroom, he _______.

     A. managed to cover himself with bubbles B. kicked over the tub

     C. began to swim in the tub D. happened to turn on the bath taps

    46. When he was removed from the house, _______.

     A. the deer was set free

     B. the deer destroyed the tub and the floor

     C. the officials made fun of the couple

     D. the officials discovered the deer was badly injured in the eye

    43-46. CA DA

    11 ;河南省郑州市智林学校高一第一次月考, Everyone would like to be a millionaire , a

    person with a lot of money, but can you imagine having over $30 million and only being 20 years old? Britney Spears from Kentwood, a small town in Louisiana, is only 20 years old. She is a world famous film star with not only $30 million but also a $2 million house in LA. At her young age, she can look after her family financially (经济上) all her life. This year is a big year for

    Britney. She is now on a 31-day tour of the US and every concert is a sell-out. That means she plays in front of a crowd of around 18,000 people every time. Its a tiring schedule but brings her

    a lot. When touring, she goes to bed around 1 a.m. and then has a lie-in until 1 p.m. the next day. Her philosophy (人生观) is to take care of the body and relax but always make sure you work hard and have fun.

    Spears is not pleased with only touring and selling nearly 40 million records so she decided to step into the movie business and try a bit of acting. She made an appearance in “Austin Power 3” this year and she is filming a teenage light play that will come out in March 2003. In this movie, she has a starring role.

    For Britney, acting is another way to express herself and she is enthusiastic (热心的) about it all.

    If her movies are successful, her money in the bank is sure to grow by another few million dollars but she does it for the love, not the money, as she herself tells the reporters . 56. We can infer (推断) from the text that most millionaires are __________.

     A. older than 20 B. around 20 C. in their 30s D. in their 40s 57. The underlined word “you” in the first paragraph refers to __________.

     A. a person in general B. a special person

     C. Britney Spears D. a person interested in money

    58. Which of the following is not true according to the text?

     A. Though young, Britney can support her family now.

     B. While touring, Britney sleeps about 12 hours a day.

     C. The teenage comedy movie was based on Britney‟s own story.

     D. Britney will be even richer with her movies successful.

    59. According to Britney Spears, she works __________.

     A. to be a great actress B. for the enjoyment C. for money D. to be more famous AACB

    12 ;湖北省监利中学高一第一次月考, A HALF - EMPTY BASKET

     Once there was a poor farmer and his farm belonged to(属于) a rich man. One day he

    brought a basket of apples to the rich mans house. On the doorsteps, he met two monkeys

    dressed like children. They jumped onto the basket to eat the apples and threw some on the ground. The farmer politely took off his hat and asked the monkeys to get off. They obeyed(服从) and the

    farmer went into the house. He asked to see the rich man. A servant took him to the room where the rich man was sitting.

     "I have brought you the basket of apples you asked for," he said.

     "But why have you brought a half-empty basket?" the rich man asked.

     "I met your children outside, and they stole() some of the apples."

    65. Why did the farmer bring apples to the rich man? Because

     A. he was poor B. he liked the rich man

     C. his farm belonged to the rich man D. the rich man‟s children liked apples

    66. What did the monkeys do when the farmer was on the doorsteps?

     A. They jumped and jumped. B. They played.

     C. They ran away. D. They ate some of the apples. 67. The monkeys left the basket because

     A. they had thrown apples on the ground

     B. the farmer had politely asked them to get off

     C. they were afraid of the hat

     D. the farmer wa s angry wit h them

    68. How did the rich man feel when he saw the basket? He felt

     A. pleased B. unhappy C. excited D. moved

    CDBB

    13 ;江苏省姜堰市溱潼中学高一10月月考, BANG! the door caused a reverberation (

    ). It was just standing there, with father standing on one side, and I on the other side.

     We were both in great anger. “Never set foot in this house again!” stormed father. With

    tears welling up in my eyes, I rushed out of the flat and ran along the street.

     The street lights were shining, causing rather sad-feeling. I wandered aimlessly.

     A young father who held a child in his arms walked past me. I felt as if I saw my childhood from another space: happy and carefree.

     But now … I don‟t know whether it is because I have grown up or because dad is getting old. We differ in our ways of thinking. He always put his opinions and codes of behavior on me. Whenever I do something wrong, he never admits it. We are just like two people coming from two different worlds. It feels like there is an iron door between us that can never be opened.

     I wandered the streets, without a destination in mind. My heart was frozen on this hot summer night. As I walked on there were fewer and fewer people on th e streets, until I had only the street lights to keep me company. When I finally reached the high-rise apartment block in which I lived ,I saw that the light was still on.

     I thought to myself: “Is father waiting for me, or is he still angry with me?”

     In fac t, it was nothing. Perhaps, dad was throwing away some of his old stamps. Perhaps he thought they were useless. I never had the courage to tell him that I liked collecting stamps. I cant stand his outrageous(蛮横的)words: I cant throw you away, let alone these old papers?”

     All the lights were off except father‟s.

     Dad was always like this. Maybe he didn‟t know how to express himself. After shouting

    at me, he never showed any mercy or any moments of regret. After an argument he has the habit of creeping up in my sleep and then tucking me underneath the covers.

     This was how he always wasHe has been a leader for so long that telling everyone else what to do has become his second nature.

     The light was still on. “Am I wrong?” I whispered, maybe… With the key in hand, I was as nervous as I had ever been. At last, I decided to open the door. As soon as I opened the door

    tears ran down my cheeks. I suddenly realized that the iron door that I had imagined between us did not exist at all. Loveit second to none.

    62. Decide which is the best order of the following according to what happened in the passage.

     a. I opened the door and entered the house.

     b. Sadly I ran out into the street.

     c. I reached the place where I lived and saw my house still brightly lit.

     d. I thought of my father‟s kindness towards me.

     e. I walked about in the street without any aim.

     A. b, e, d, c, a B. b, e, c, d, a C. b, e, a, c, d D. b, e, c, a, d

    63. What made the writer think of his childhood ?

     A. The sight of the street lights.

     B. The sight of the empty street.

     C. The sight of a father with a child in his arms.

     D. The sight of light in his own house.

    64. Why do you think the father often shouts at his son?

     A. perhaps the father is getting older and older.

    B. perhaps the son has already grown up.

     C. perhaps they never agree with each other.

    D. perhaps the father has got used to doing that.

     65. What conclusion can you come to after reading the passage?

     A. The father treats his son in an unfair way.

    B. The father is actually kind to his son.

     C. The father is neither kind nor cruel to his son.

    D. The father is always finding fault with his son.

     62. 【解析】B 细读全文:把握时间顺序:就可以确定本题答案为B。该题易误选A

    63. 【解析】C 从第四段中可找出答案。

    64. 【解析】D 从倒数第二段可推出答案。该题易误选C

    65. 【解析】B 倒数第三段:每次争吵后:父亲总会趁“我”入睡后给我盖被子?最后一

    句说“Loveits second to none;”等是该题依据。

    14 ;江苏省启东中学高一第一次月考, Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield,

    Massachusetts in 1904. He was famous because of the books he wrote for children. They combine funny words, pictures, and social opinion.

    Dr Seuss wrote his first book for children in 1937. It is called And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street. A number of publishers refused to publish it. They said it was too different. A friend finally published it. Soon other successful books followed. Over the years, he wrote more than forty children‟s books. They were fun to read. Yet his books sometimes dealt with serious subjects.

    By the middle 1940s, Dr Seuss had become one of the best-loved and most successful writers of children‟s books. He had a strong desire to help children. In 1954, Life magazine published a

    report about school children who could not read. The report said many children‟s books weren‟t interesting. Dr Seuss decided to write books that were interesting and easy to read. In 1957, Dr Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat. He used less than 225 words to write the book. This was about the number of words a six-year-old should be able to read.

    The story is about a cat who tries to entertain two children on a rainy day while their mother is

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