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When I was a kid in Minnesota, watermelon was expensive. One of my father's friends, Bernie, was a rich businessman, who owned a large store in St. Paul.
Every summer, when the first watermelons arrived, Bernie would call. Dad and I would go to Bernie's place. We' d sit on the edge of the dock(码头), feet dangling(摇晃), and got ready for a big meal.
Bernie would take his knife, cut our first watermelon, hand us both a big piece and sit down next to us. Then we'd bury our faces in watermelon, eating only the heart—the reddest, juiciest, firmest, sweetest, most seed-free part—and throw away the rest.
Bernie was my father's idea of a rich man. I always thought it was because he was such a successful businessman. Years later, I realized that it was not Bernie's wealth itself but his way of dealing with it that my father liked. Bernie knew how to stop working, get together with friends and eat only the heart of the watermelon.
What I learned from Bernie is that being rich is a state of mind. Some of us, no matter how much money we have, will never be free enough to eat only the heart of the watermelon. If you don't take the time to dangle your feet over the dock and enjoy life's small pleasure, your work is probably hurting your life.
For many years, I forgot that lesson I'd learned as a kid on the loading dock. I was too busy making all the money I could.
Well, I've relearned it. I hope I have time left to enjoy the success of others and to take pleasure in the day. That's the heart of the watermelon. I have learned again to throw the rest away.
1
We learned from the second paragraph that the writer and his father were feeling ______.
A.relaxed
B.worried
C.hungry
D.proud
本题答案:
  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • 参考答案:A
  • 系统解析:
    根据第二段We' d sit on the edge of the dock(码头), feet dangling(摇晃), and got ready for a big meal.可知我们感到很放松,故选A
2
How did the writer and his father eat the watermelon?
A.They ate it in a polite way.
B.They only ate its best part.
C.They ate every part of it.
D.They shared only one piece.
本题答案:
  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • 参考答案:B
  • 系统解析:
    根据第三段Then we'd bury our faces in watermelon, eating only the heart—the reddest, juiciest, firmest, sweetest, most seed-free part—and throw away the rest. 描述,可知他们只吃最好的部分,故选B
3
In the eyes of the writer's father, Bernie ______.
A.was just a rich businessman
B.worked hard all the time
C.lived a rich but healthy life
D.knew how to make money
本题答案:
  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • 参考答案:C
  • 系统解析:
    根据第四段可知这只是作者父亲的一种生活方式,他父亲认为伯尼过着富有健康的生活,故选C
4
The underlined part "the heart of the watermelon" in the last paragraph refers to ______.
A.the best part of the watermelon
B.the writer's busy life
C.the writer's decision of making money
D.the writer's hope of enjoying life
本题答案:
  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • 参考答案:D
  • 系统解析:
    联系上文I hope I have time left to enjoy the success of others and to take pleasure in the day.可知选D
5
It can be learned from the passage that ______.
A.one has to work hard to reach his goal
B.a friend in need is a friend in deed
C.watermelon is the healthiest fruit
D.one should keep work-life balance
本题答案:
  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • 参考答案:D
  • 系统解析:
    这篇短文主要讨论一个生活方式的问题,告诉我们应该在工作和生活之间保持平衡。故选D