I’m crazy about chocolate, so it’s no surprise that my favorite book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by the wonderful Roald Dahl. Forget Charlie Bucket, the real hero is Willy Wonka, inventor of the most amazing sweets in the world.
Here are just afew of his delicious creations ： •Hot ice cream for a cold day! What a great idea. Now I can eat ice cream every day! He also invented an ice cream that never melts (融化）—very useful.
•Wallpaper that you can lick. This wallpaper comes in orange, grape, apple and banana flavours. When you lick the pictures, you taste the fruit. Brilliant!
•Grass made of sugar called Swudge. It grows by the chocolate river and the chocolate waterfall in Willy Wonka’s factory.
•Mr. Wonka also invented some special sweets for schoolchildren, such as a kind of chocolate others cannot see when you are eating it. There are also sugar- coated pencils and magic hand-fudge (软糖）—you hold the fudge in your hand and you taste it in your mouth. Finally, there are Wonka’s exploding
sweets — a great way of scaring (恐吓）the school bully! Anyway, these are just a few of his inventions. Read the book if you want to know more.
21. Who invented the most amazing sweets in the world?
A. Willy Wonka. B. Roald Dahl.
C. Charlie Bucket. D. The writer.
22. Wallpaper is a kind of sweet that .
A. never melts B. has tastes of different fruits
C. smells like chocolate D. can not be seen by others
23. Which invention is designed especially for schoolchildren?
A. Hot ice cream. B. Wallpaper.
C. Swudge. D. Sugar-coated pencils.
JOINING A CHOIR
I’ve always loved singing, but singing hasn’t always loved me. I would open my mouth with a beautiful song in my head, fully expecting my voice to follow suit — only to get an awful tone (音调）in return.
Still, without a second thought, I continued to try to sing whenever possible. On car journeys, when my now twenty something sons were small, they would make a great play ( hands over their ears， shouting ‘ No，Mum，stop!’) of going through punishment as I sang along to the radio.
Never in a hundred years would I have thought about joining a choir. And when I did finally become a member of my first choir 15 years ago, something fantastic happened to my life. From the first time I experienced my voice as something special but also comfortable, in harmony (和谐）with the other singers, I lost my heart to singing. It was like falling in love. And everyone in the choir had the same shining smiles and bright eyes — singing made them feel happy, too.
Although it is singing itself that makes me happy，it is also how a choir works together. There is something magical about breathing together. The voice of everyone singing quietly together is powerful and excitingly mysterious (神秘的），almost spiritual.
And there’s the unexpected friendship from the activities we do as a choir: raising money for good causes and taking our singing sometimes to places where people are forgotten and sad.
I am now a member of six choirs and，if I can，sing every day of the week. I stand in front of several hundred people，and know that some，if not all，of each song will sound not bad at all.
24. What did the writer’s sons think of her singing when they were small?
A. Terrible. B. Comfortable. C. Fantastic. D. Boring.
25. When did the writer join her first choir?
A. A week ago. B. Six years ago. C. Fifteen years ago. D. Twenty years ago.
26. What brings the writer the unexpected friendship?
A. Having car journeys with her sons.
B. Helping others by singing in choirs.
C. Having shining smiles and bright eyes.
D. Singing in front of hundreds of people.