Mark Twain was asked one day if he could remember the first money he ever earned.
He thought a long time and then said, “Yes, it was at school. I can remember everything
about it. School boys in those days did not take good care of their chairs and desks. There was a rule in our school that if anyone damaged his desk or chair, he would have to pay five dollars or the teacher would beat him in front of the whole school.”
“One day I damaged my desk in some way, I had to pay five dollars or be beaten before the
whole school. My father said it would be too bad to have our family disgraced（丢脸） in front of the whole school. He agreed to give me five dollars to hand over the teacher. But before he gave me the money, he took me upstairs and gave me a beating.”
“But as I had had one beating and got used to it ，I decided I would take another beating at
school and keep the five dollars. So that’s what I did. That was the first money I ever earned.”
1. Mark Twain earned his first money _________.
A. when he was a student B. when he became a writer
C. when he taught at a school D. when he was beaten by his father
2. Mark Twain’s father______.
A. was happy to give him the money
B. got angry when he knew what Mark Twain had done at school
C. said sorry to the teacher when he heard the news
D. agreed to beat Mark Twain and then give him the money
3. Mark Twain’s father gave Mark Twain the money and beat him because______.
A. he wanted to teach the boy a lesson
B. he didn’t want the boy to break the desk again
C. he didn’t want to give him the money
D. he didn’t want to have his family disgraced
4. Mark Twain______.
A. gave the money to the teacher
B. bought a desk for the school
C. asked his father to go upstairs
D. kept the money for himself
5. Mark Twain was beaten_______.
A. at home B. only by his father
C. at school D. both at school and at home
词汇及句型积累： damage______ beating______ hand over___________
There is a rule in our school that……________________________
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