It must have been around nine O’clock when I drove back home from work because it was already dark. As I came near to the gates I turned off the headlamps of the car so as to prevent the beam(光荣) from swinging(摇摆)in through the window and waking Jack, who shared the house with me. But needn’t have done so, I noticed that his light was still on, so he was awake anyway--- unless he had fallen asleep while reading. I put the car away and went up the steps, Then I opened the door quietly and went to Jack’s room. He was in bed awake but he didn’t even turn towards me.
“What’s up, Jack?” I said.
“For God’s sake(看在上帝面上), don’t make a noise,” he said.
The way he spoke reminded me of someone in pain who is afraid to talk in case he does himself a serious injury(伤害).
“Take your shoes off, Neville,” Jack said.
I thought that he must be ill and that I had better humour (迁就)him to keep him happy, “There’s a snake here” he explained, “It’s asleep between the sheets. I was lying on my back reading when I saw it. I knew that moving was out of the question. I couldn’t have moved even if I’d wanted to .” I realized that he was serious. “I was relying on you to call a doctor as soon as you came home.” Jack went on.” It hasn’t bitten me yet but I daren’t do anything to upset it. It might wake up. I’m sick of this,” he said, ：” I took it for granted that you would have come home an hour ago.”
There was no time to argue or apologize for being late. I looks at him as encouragingly as I could and went out to telephone the doctor.
1. When he got home, Neville found that ______?
A. Jack had fallen asleep while reading B. Jack had been reading for some time
C. Jack’s light was not turned off D. Jack was ready to answer the door
2. The underlined phrase out of the question means _______.
A. impossible B. no problem C. no doubt D. without difficulty
3. Which of the following statements is NOT true according to the passage?
A. Neville and Jack lived in the same house
B. Neville thought that Jack had fallen ill
C. Neville really believed that Jack was not making a joke
D. Neville refused to argue or to make an apology for coming late
4. The reason why Neville thought that Jack must be ill is that Jack _______.
A. asked Neville to take off his shoes
B. made a gesture to show the presence of the snake
C. was afraid to upset the snake sleeping between the sheets
D. behaved strangely as if he was badly hurt
5. According to the passage, Neville should have been home at _______.
A. 7p. m B. 8p. m C. 9p. m D. midnight
1C 2 A 3 D 4 D 5 B
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