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Part One

Text Appreciation


Text Appreciation


  • Text Analysis

  • 1.Setting

  • 2.Characters

  • 3.Structure

  • 4.Further Discussion

  • II.Writing Device

    • Humor

  • III.Sentence Paraphrase


  • Text Analysis

This story is set in a boarding house where life, especially evening life, is notoriously dull for the odd collection of people who live there.

But one of the guests manages to think of something which does stir up quite a bit of interest.

The end of Setting.


  • Text Analysis

Please find supporting details of the character sketches in the text.

try to keep everyone talking

Mrs. Mayton


Mr. Monty


as polite as pale

keep any ball rolling

Miss Wicks


knitting all the time

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  • Text Analysis

Please find supporting details of the character sketches in the text.




not particularly smart

walk in sleep,

doze all the time

Mr. Calthrop




have a chilling effect

possess a brain

Mr. Penbury

The end of Characters.


  • Text Analysis

Part I(Paras. 1—11)

Part II (Paras. 12—33)

Part III (Paras. 34—88)

Part IV (Paras. 89—91)

an idle discussion about where Mr. Wainwright has gone and serving to introduce the characters who live in the boarding-house.

Mr. Penbury announces that Mr. Wainwright is dead.

Mr. Penbury direct a general rehearsal of their alibis while waiting for the police.

a suspense ending

The end of Structure.

How is the story started?

  • Text Analysis

Read the first part of the text for details.

The story starts with a question from the landlady Mrs. Mayton.

This as an appropriate and direct beginning. The question immediately arouses the attention of the boarders gathered in the drawing room. This first bit of conversation is actually the beginning of an idle conversation conducted by bored people to kill time. But this part gives us a brief introduction of all the boarders and prepares us for an unexpected turn of events.

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Why did Mrs. Mayton ask this question?

  • Text Analysis

Read the first part of the text for reference.

It didn’t matter to her in the least where Mr. Wainwright had gone.

What she is really interested in is the money paid by the boarders. And sometimes, as a landlady, she felt obliged to whip up a little interest to start an idle conversation.

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What did Mr. Penbury say that got everybody’s attention? What was his purpose by doing this?

  • Text Analysis

Read the second part of the text for reference.

He announced that Mr. Wainwright is dead, which shocked everyone except Miss Wicks.

He might feel too bored at such an evening hour and tried to stir up some interest to kill time, so he can be described as the director of this little melodrama.

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What was Mr. Penbury’s suggestion? What effect did he want to cultivate?

  • Text Analysis

Read the second part of the text for reference.

He told them he had phoned the police and propose that they consider their alibis while waiting for the police to come.

By directing a general rehearsal of their alibis, he tried to arouse everybody’s attention and created an atmosphere of tension and horror, which might be better than boredom.

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What did everyone respond to Mr. Penbury? How did they try to offer their alibis?

  • Text Analysis

Read the third part of the text for details.

Most of them tried hard to clear up a little ground by considering their alibis, though they are nervous, excited, anxious, impatient, angry, …

Being the only person to know the inside story, Miss Wicks responded to Mr. Penbury’s conspiracy amusedly by making up a vivid plot of killing “Mr. Annoyance”.

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What was the end of the story? Did it surprise you? to offer their alibis?

  • Text Analysis

Read the last three paragraphs for reference.

The story ends when they hear footsteps entering and hear Mr. Wainwright’s cough.

It really has all the basic qualities of a little mystery story and keeps us readers guessing who has killed Mr. Wainwright until we come to this surprise ending. We suddenly realize that the almost everyone including we readers have been fooled.

The end of Text Analysis.

Humor to offer their alibis?

  • Writing Device

The author skillfully mixed humorous elements in his story, which help to make the characterization and the plot more vivid and interesting.

Read the following examples from the text and try to analyze the humorous effects.

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Humor to offer their alibis?

  • Writing Device

He was as polite as he was pale. (be polite because of being pale)

She had knitting for seventy years, and looked good for another seventy. (Hyperbole is used to achieve humor)

Bella was the boarding-house lovely, but no one taken advantage of the fact. (No one is interested in her)

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Humor to offer their alibis?

  • Writing Device

She had promised to knit at her funeral. (Is it possible to do sth. at one’s own funeral?)

“Only one?” I answered “You’re luckier than I am.” (self-mockery to imply a lot people hate him)

“But let me suggest that you give the statement to the police with slightly less emphasis.” (the satirical tone to imply that he might no be telling the truth.)

The end of Writing Device.

But life—and particularly evening life—was notoriously dull in her boarding-house, and every now and again one tried to whip up a little interest. (Para. 2)

every now and then, from time to time

to stir up, to arouse interest

Life in the boarding-house was terribly boring especially in the evening. To liven up the atmosphere, every now and then someone tried to stir up a little interest.

go to 2

… but he was as polite as he was pale and he lways did his best to keep any ball rolling. (Para. 4)

His politeness and paleness were of the same degree, implying, humorously, that he was polite because he was pale.

to keep any conversation going once it has been started

go to 3

Bella was the boarding-house lovely, but no one had taken advantage of the fact. (Para. 7)

to make use of sb./sth. in an unfair or dishonest way to get what one wants

Bella was young and pretty and was seen as the beauty of the boarding-house, but no one had shown any particular interest in her.

Notice the humorous touch here.

go to 4

He possessed a brain, and since no one understood it when he used it, it was resented. (Para. 13)

(brains) intelligence, the ability to learn and understand things quickly, solve problems and make good decisions

Mr. Penbury was intelligent, but no one in the boarding-house liked him for that. He was too smart for them, and everybody felt annoyed.

go to 5

But Mrs. Mayton never allowed more than three minutes to go by without a word and so when the silence had reached its allotted span, she turned to Penbury and asked: (Para. 13)

the time given for a particular purpose

to pass

But Mrs. Mayton would not tolerate any silence for more than three minutes. So when no one broke the silence within three minutes, she lost her patience and turning to Penbury, asked.

go to 6

The effect was instantaneous. Bella gave a tiny shriek. Mrs. Mayton’s eyes became two startled glass marbles. Monty Smith opened his mouth and kept it open. Mrs. Calthrop, in a split second, lost all inclination to doze. (Para. 21)

Mr. Penbury’s announcement brought about an immediate effect. Bella gave a sudden shout in a weak and frightened voice. Mrs. Mayton became so shocked that her eyes opened wide and looked like two glass marbles. Mr. Calthrop, in an instant, became fully awake and had no intention of dozing off again.

Notice the effect of characterization.

go to 7

“But so have you!” exclaimed Monty, with nervous aggression. (Para. 40)

in a nervous and aggressive manner, ready to quarrel or attack

to cry out suddenly and loudly from anger

It was obvious that Mr. Monty didn’t like Penbury’s remark. He therefore quickly retorted, trying to pick holes in what Penbury had said.

go to 8

If found the spot all right. (Para. 48)

used to emphasize that one is sure of sth; there is no doubt that sth. is true.

e.g. Don’t worry. You will get the money back all right.

That’s the man I saw in the car all right.

The weapon went through his heart.

go to 9

“Would you oblige next, Mr. Calthrop? We all know you walk in your sleep. …” (Para. 59)

(fml) to do sth. for sb. as a favor or a small service

Would you please do me a favor and be the next to give your alibi, Mr. Calthrop? We all know you are a sleep walker. ( suggesting he might have committed the murder in his sleep.)

go to 10

“I should be the last person to refute such an emphatic statement,” he said. (Para. 65)

More examples

used to emphasize that one definitely does not want to do sth., that sb./sth. is the least likely or suitable

He said that he would certainly not say that Mr. Calthrop’s statement was untrue.

go to 11

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She is the last person to tell a lie.

He’d be the last person to go along with the plan.

That’s the last thing I should expect him to do.

She is the last person in the world one would suspect.

back to 10

“If you’ll be so good,” answered Penbury. “Just as a matter of form.” (Para. 76)

(formality): sth. which has to be done even though it has no practical importance or effect.

Will you be so kind as to give your alibi now since we’ve all had our turn? It is something you have to do.

The end of Sentence Paraphrase.

Part One to offer their alibis?

Text Appreciation

This is the end of Part One. Please click HOME to visit other parts.

Part to offer their alibis?Two

Language Study


Language Study to offer their alibis?


Ⅰ.Word Study

Ⅱ.Phrases and Expressions

Ⅲ.Word Building


Word list:

  • aggression

  • allot

  • ascend

  • chill

  • eccentric

  • 6. inquire

7. mess

8. moisten

9. oblige

10. shriek


12. vicious

a. to offer their alibis?aggressive

v. aggress

n. aggressor

  • Word Study

1. aggression

Word formations

  • n.a.the act of initiating hostilities or invasion

  • b.the practice or habit of launching attacks

  • Examples:

  • The statement condemned the country’s brutal aggression against its neighbor.

  • Boys usually express their aggression by hitting each other.

  • so far they had showed no aggression towards him.

  • physical/verbal aggression 人身侵犯/口头侵犯

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a. aggressive

a.inclined to behave in a hostile fashion

b.assertive, bold, and enterprising growing; tending to spread quickly

  • Examples:

  • Bailey became increasingly aggressive in his questioning of the witness. 越来越咄咄逼人

  • Today’s executives are hungry, competitive, and aggressive. 雄心勃勃,竞争意识强,有进取精神

  • an aggressive tumor迅速蔓延的肿瘤

2. allot


  • v. a. to parcel out; to distribute or apportion

  • b. to assign as a portion; to allocate

  • Examples:

    • They allotted a parking-space to each employee.

    • Can we do the work within the time they have allotted to us?

    • allocate rations for a week-long camping trip

    • apportion the money fairly




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assign, allot, apportion, allocate

These verbs mean to set aside or give out in portions or shares.

assign/allotrefer to arbitrary distribution, but neither implies equality or fairness of division

  • Examples:

  • The hardest work was assigned to the strongest laborers.

  • We allot a half hour a day for recreation.

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apportion is to divide according to prescribed rules and implies fair distribution

allocate usually means to set something apart from a larger quantity, as of money, for a specific purpose or for a particular person or group

  • Examples:

  • “The first duty of a legislator is to apportion penalties.” “立法者的第一项任务就是分配刑罚”

  • A portion of the budget was allocated for the education of each student.

Word formations

3. ascend

n. ascent



v.a. to go or move upward; to rise

b. to slope upward; to move upward upon or along; to climb

c. to succeed to; to occupy


  • Examples:

  • The stairs in the Five-Star hotel ascend in a graceful curve.

  • They began slowly ascending the rock face.

  • The emperor ascended the kingdom when he was only five.




n.a. a moderate but penetrating coldness

b. a sensation of coldness, often accompanied

by shivering and pallor of the skin

c. a sudden numbing fear or dread

  • Examples:

    • There is a noticeable chill in the air today.

    • A little chill ran down her back.

    • The population experienced a chill at the threat of an invasion.

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Cf. chill/chilling/chilled/chilly a.


a chill/chilling wind

The evenings are getting chilly.

a very chill/chilly response

a chilling ghost story

a bottle of chilled champagne






Synonyms to offer their alibis?

  • Word Study

5. eccentric







a.a. departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern

b. deviating from a circular form or path, as in an elliptical orbit

  • Examples:

  • The old lady has some eccentric habits.

  • Mars, Venus and the other planets move in eccentric orbits.

  • 火星、金星及其他行星沿不正圆的轨道运行。

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Synonyms to offer their alibis?

  • Word Study

  • strange: unfamiliar, distant, not comfortable, constrained, not known

  • When he woke up, he was in a strange place.

  • peculiar: distinct from all others, unusual, unique

  • This fish has a peculiar taste; do you think it’s all right?

  • Language is peculiar to mankind.

  • odd: deviating from what is ordinary, usual, or expected

  • It’s odd that he hasn’t telephoned me.

  • an odd glove 单只手套

  • odd job 临时工作







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Synonyms to offer their alibis?

  • Word Study







  • queer: markedly from the norm

  • “Now, my suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose .”

  • “现在,我的怀疑是宇宙不但比我们所假想的要奇异,而且比我们能假想的还要奇异。” J·B·S·(霍尔丹)

  • quaint: pleasing or old-fashioned peculiarity

  • the quaint streets of New Orleans

  • outlandish: alien or bizarre strangeness

  • They were dressed in a quaint, outlandish fashion.

Word formations


n. inquiry


a. inquiring


  • v. to seek information by asking a question

  • to make an inquiry or investigation

  • Examples:

  • I’ll inquire about the flights.

  • She inquired after my mother’s health.

  • The director inquired ofme about/concerning our work.

  • We inquired into his story, and found it was true.

  • He inquired for the book in a bookshop.

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Keys to offer their alibis?

  • Word Study

  • Filling the blanks with the appropriate forms of “inquire”:

  • Have they made any ____ after me?

  • The object of scientific _____ is to discover the laws of nature.

  • Don't be so _____; I’m not telling you what I’ve promised not to say.

  • An _____ mind is very vital and valuable in pursuing knowledge.

  • I knew I’d face an _____ when I got home.







Word formations

n. a. a cluttered, untidy, usually dirty condition

b. a confused, troubling, or embarrassing condition

v. mess

a. messy

  • Examples:

  • I’ll have to clear up all the mess in this room.

  • The copper industry was in a mess.

  • This illness makes a mess of my holiday plans.

  • She messed up her new dress with red ink.

  • Don’t mess with him when he is angry. 和他捣乱

  • a messy court case一件难缠的官司

8. moisten

Word formations

v. to make or become moist

n. moisture

a. moist

  • Examples:

  • “Moistened by rain and dew, young crops grow strong.” 雨露滋润禾苗壮。

  • His eyes were moist with tears.

  • The sun dries the moisture on the ground.

9. oblige

v.a. to constrain by physical, legal, social, or moral means

b. to make indebted or grateful

c. to do a service or favor for

  • Examples:

  • The law obliges parents to send their children to school.

  • I am obliged to you for your gracious hospitality.

  • Could you oblige me by posting this letter?

  • Grace obliged the company with a song.

Synonyms to offer their alibis?

  • Word Study

10. shriek

n.a. a shrill, often frantic cry

b. a sound suggestive of such a cry

v. toshriek







  • Examples:

  • A sudden terrible shriek froze the passenger to the spot.

  • We heard the shriek of the engine’s whistle.

  • They were all shrieking with laughter.

  • shriek out a warning

11. tense

Word formations

  • a. a. tightly stretched

  • b. in a state of mental or nervous tension

  • v./n. tense

  • Examples:

  • tense muscles

  • The players were tense at the start of the game.

  • He dislikes oral exams most of all; they always tense him up.

  • “Just” is frequently used with the present perfect tense.

n. tension

a. tensile


Translation to offer their alibis?

  • Word Study

12. vicious

a. a. having the nature of vice; evil, immoral, or depraved

b. spiteful; malicious

c.disposed to or characterized by violent or destructive behavior





  • Examples:

  • It was one of the most vicious crimes of the century.

  • She made up a vicious story about me to get even.

  • The vicious dog ought to be on a leash.

  • vicious circle/cycle of poverty-ignorance-poverty

The end of Word Study.


  • every now and then/again

  • to give one’s alibi

  • in a split second

  • to make a remark

  • not… in the least

  • to pop in and out

  • to put out of one’s mind

  • to start the balling rolling

  • to take advantage of

  • to walk in one’s sleep

1. Every now and then/again

on a number of occasions; at regular intervals

  • Examples:

  • Every now and then a ship came into the harbor.

  • Write me a post card every now and again.

  • Every now and then he wiped his eyes with a big pocket-handkerchief.

  • He only comes to London every now and then.

2. To give one’s alibi

  • to give a formal statement or evidence that a person was in another place at the time of a crime

  • Examples:

  • He couldn’t give a reliable alibi so the police didn’t release him.

  • Have you an alibi? 你能证明不在犯罪现场吗?

3. in a split second


More examples:

immediately in a moment

at once in an instant

at a word in a second

right away in a blink

at short notice in a twinkling of an eye

instantly in one breath

instantaneously in the same breath

4. to make a remark to make a statement or commet

  • Examples:

  • They kept making remarks about us.

  • Sophia made no remark as to Gerald’s lie to her.

  • He made an unpleasant comment about my friend.

  • He made a flattering statement about her clothes.

  • Glass, exposed beams, and antiques all combine to make a strong decorative statement.

  • 将玻璃、裸露的柱子和古董结合在一起制造出强烈的装饰效果。

5. not… in the least not… at all

  • Examples:

  • I am not in the least afraid of his threats.

  • I don’t mind in the least.

  • at least:至少;无论如何

  • I waited at least an hour.

  • You might at least answer.

  • least of all: 尤其不

  • Nobody cared, least of all the manager.

  • not least: 相当重要

  • Trade has been bad, not least because of increased costs.


6. to pop in and out







  • to make brief visit and then leave suddenly

  • Examples:

  • She’s always popping in and out. 她总是来去匆匆。

  • I’ve just popped in to say hello.

  • I’m afraid she’s just popped out for a few minutes.

  • Our neighbor popped in for short call.

  • I am just popping round to the shop.

  • pop round when you get time

  • Pop down to the shops and get a bottle of milk.

7. to put out of one’s mind

Phrases with “mind”

to make one forget something

  • Example:

  • You have to try to put your past suffering out of your mind and make a fresh start.

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有想法, 想念 to offer their alibis?





专心从事,对 专注





  • Phrases and Expressions

be in one’e mind

be in two minds

be on one’s mind

be out of one’s mind

bear in mind

give one’s mind to

go out of one’s mind

keep one’s mind on

take … off one’s mind

Phrases with “mind”

8. to start the ball rolling

to start the conversation/activity

  • Other Phrases:

  • get the ball rolling (= keep the ball rolling)

  • 使(活动、讨论等)不中断

  • have the ball at one’s feet 有希望一蹴而就

  • on the ball 内行;在行

  • That banker is really on the ball.

  • 那位银行家的确很在行。

  • play ball(与with连用)合作

“ball ” phrases

9. To take advantage of

to put in good use;

to avail oneself of profit selfishly by

  • Examples:

  • We should take advantage of all educational opportunities.

  • She’s s using her charm to try to take advantage of him.

  • Cf.

  • make use of:

  • She was making full use of her opportunity.

10. to walk in one’s sleep

to walk around while asleep

  • Example:

  • Children who walk in their sleep usually outgrow the habit. 梦游的孩子通常在长大后会改掉这个习惯。

cry oneself to sleep 哭着睡着了

get/go to sleep 睡着,入睡

in a sound/beautiful sleep 睡得正熟/香

last/long sleep 长眠

put to sleep 使睡着

The end of Phrases and Expressions.


  • Derivatives of “form”

  • Derivatives of “scribe”

  • Affix— rupt

  • Suffix— -mit

form: to offer their alibis?the shape and structure of an objectinform: in 在 内+form形状;在心里造成形状就引申为通知







转换,使 变形




  • Word Building









scribe: from Late Latin “scrĪe” : to write:写,记下














rupt:from Latin “rumpere” : to break















允许,接纳 to offer their alibis?

把 交托给,提交





  • Word Building

Suffix— -mit: Latin suffix: to send 呈交,放开admit: ad-=to 向,对






This is the end of Word Building.

Parenthetical Elements

More Examples

Before going into his room he made an old remark which—in the circumstances—is worth repeating.

Prepositional phrase as a parenthetical expression to add some explanations of the situation

Parenthetical elements are often used as transitional and explanatory expressions or afterthoughts.

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  • Many students choose Saturday for sports or social activities. Sunday, on the other hand, seems to be the best study day for many students. (transitional)

  • Economics, especially at an advanced level, is closely related to mathematics. (explanatory)

  • For an hour—it was that long, I am sure—my eyes stared at the ceiling, and held on to it for dear life. (afterthoughts)

  • I kept out till—approximately—nine o’clock. (explanatory)

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Study the following sentences below, identify parenthetical elements and point out whether they are transitional and explanatory expressions or afterthoughts.



  • When the alarm rang—it had been tested only once—it sounded like the buzz of a distant bee.

  • It was an old store even then, forty-five years ago, and its wide oak floorboards had been worn pleasantly smooth by the shoes sole of three generations.

  • Anyone else, I suppose, would have done it under the circumstances.


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  • Study the following sentences below, identify parenthetical elements and point out whether they are transitional and explanatory expressions or afterthoughts.



  • It was a clear and starry night. No moon, of course, but the stars were extraordinary.

  • The countryside was, in fact, famous for the abundance and variety of its bird life.

  • When you look ahead, you think you have more time than you need. At the beginning of a semester, for example, you may feel that you have plenty of time on your hands.


This is the end of Grammar.

Part Two to offer their alibis?

Language Study

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Part Three to offer their alibis?



Extension to offer their alibis?


  • I.Oral Work

  • II.Quiz

  • III.Writing

  • IV.Listening Lab

  • List

    • Group Discussion

    • Dramatizing

    • Story Telling

Group Discussion

Work in groups of 4-5.

Each one selects a character in the story and give him or her a sketch by using some descriptive expressions.

Try to analyze the characterization in the author’s perspective with some humorous remarks.

The end of Group Discussion.


Turn the text into a little play and act it out.

The end of Dramatizing.

Story Telling

Have you read some mystery stories or thrillers, especially with a sense of suspense? Try to retell it to your classmates.

The end of Oral Work.

  • Quiz to offer their alibis?

1.Her jewelry _______ under the spotlights and she became the dominant figure at the ball.

A. blazed B. dazzled

C. glared D. glittered

2. Weeks ______ before anyone was arrested in connection with the bank robbery.

  A. elapsed B. expired

C. overlapped D. terminated


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3. Often such arguments have the effect of _____ rather than clarifying the issues involved.

A. blocking B. obscuring

  C. tackling D. prejudicing 


4. He raised his eyebrows and stuck his head forward and _______ it in a single nod, a gesture boys used then for O.K. when they were pleased.

  A. jerked B. twisted

C. shrugged D. tugged

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  • Quiz to offer their alibis?

5. She had recently left a job and had helped herself to copies of the company’s client data, which she intended to ______ in starting her own business.

  A. dwell on B. base on

  C. draw upon D. come upon

6. I can’t give you that for nothing. What do you take me _____ ?

A. up B. for C. to D. after


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  • Quiz to offer their alibis?

7. Let me _____ the broken glass before someone walks on it.A. cover up B. clear upC. wash up D. spring up

8. If you keep in mind the process of word deviation, you’ll be able to _____ the meaning of many words.A. reason with B. make upC. count on D. figure out


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  • Quiz to offer their alibis?

9. Scientists will have to come _____ new methods of increasing the world’s food supply.A. up with B. up for

C. down with D. down to

10. A thought ______ me that we ought to make a new arrangement. A. occurred B. struck C. turned to D. struck to


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  • Quiz to offer their alibis?

11. _____ in a recent science competition, three individuals were awarded scholarships totaling 36,000.

A. Judged the best B. Judging for the best

C. Judging the best D. Having judged the best

12. You never told us why you were late for the last meeting, _____?A. weren't you B. didn’t youC. had you D. did you


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13. He has ______ that it is difficult for him to travel.

A. too heavy a work load

B. a too heavy work load

C. so heavy a work load

D. such heavy a work load

14. ______ I’ll marry him all the same.

A. Whether he being rich or poor

B. He be rich or poor

C. He being rich or poor

D. Be he rich or poor


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15. If that idea was wrong, the project is bound to fail, _____ good all the other ideas might be.A. whatever B. though C. whatsoever D. however

16. The less the surface of the ground yields to the weight of the body of a runner, ____ to the body.A. the greater the stress B. the stress is greaterC. greater the stress is D. greater is the stress


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17. —Could you give this book to Mr. Chen? —Certainly, ______ him about something else in any case, so it won’t be any bother at all. A. I’ll see B. I see

C. I can see D. I’ll be seeing

18. _____ their assistance, we would be in serious difficulty. A. If it is not for B. Be it not for

C. It being not for D. Were it not for


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19. Some days go by much more quickly than others. Some hours as if they _____.

A. would never end B. should never end

C. will never end D. might never end

20. When she arrived, she found _____ the aged and the sick at home.

A. none but B. nothing but

C. none other D. no other than


The end of Quiz.

Write an essay of about 150 words on either of the topics:

Describe the character you like best.

Comment on the relationship that existed between the guests at the boarding-house.

The end of Writing.

Listen to the story. Try to decide whether the following statements are true or false?

  • The first time Gillian met Maurice, he was watering the flowerbeds near the gates of the hospital.

  • If you want to see Mr. Carmichael in his office, you should go through the main door, turn right, walk down to the end of the corridor. It’s the last but one door on the right.

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  • Dr. Carmichael knew that Gillian was coming.

  • Gillian interviewed the patients during the day and write up results in the evening.

  • Dr. Carmichael never asked Gillian to interview Maurice, because Maurice was already a normal person in his mind.

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  • Maurice did not set fires in the hospital because he had never been given a chance.

  • Gillian tried to persuade Maurice to leave the hospital, but Maurice was unwilling to do so.

  • The end of the story suggests that it was Maurice who set the fire.



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Part Three to offer their alibis?


This is the end of Lesson Two.