Our village carpenter (木匠), John Hill, came one day and made a dining table for my wife. He made it just the right size to fill the space between the two windows. When I got home that evening, John was drinking a cup of tea and writing out his bill for the job.
My wife said to me quietly," It’s his ninth cup of tea today. " But she said in a loud voice," It’s a beautiful table, dear, isn’t it?"
"I’11 decide about that when I see the bill," I read:
One dining table, 10 November, 1989.
Cost of wood: $ 17. 00
Paint: $ 1.50
Work:8 hours($ l an hour) $ 8. 00
Total: $ 36.50
When I was looking at the bill, John said," It’s been a fine day, hasn’t it? Quite sunny." "Yes," I said," I’ m glad it’s only the 10"‘ of November. "
"Me, too," said John. " You wait. It’ 11 be a lot colder by the end of the month. "
"Yes, colder... and more expensive! Dining tables will be $20 more expensive on November
John looked hard at me for half a minute. Was there a little smile in his two blue eyes? I gave his bill back to him.
" If it isn’t too much trouble, John, " I said, " please add it up again and you can forget the date. "
I paid him $ 26. 50 and he was happy to get it.
13. Why did John talk about the weather when the writer was looking at the bill?
A. Because he didn’t want the writer to go through the bill carefully.
B. Because it was really a fine day.
C. Because he wanted the writer to check the bill carefully.
D. Because he wanted to tell the writer what the weather was like.
14. Why did the writer say that dining table would be $ 20 more expensive on November
A. Because it was difficult to make dining tables in cold weather.
B. Because paint would be more expensive.
C. Because the cost of wood would be more expensive.
D. Because he thought John would certainly add to the cost of the dining table.
15. The writer thought John would ask for ______ if he made a dining table on the last day of November.
A. $56.50 B. $
16. From the story we know that ______.
A. John made a mistake in the bill
B. John tried to fool the writer in order to get more money for his work
C. John had written out the bill before the writer got home
D. John still wanted to get $ 36. 50 for his work in the end
(D) 本文记述了John Hill为我家做餐桌，结账收费时，竟然把工作日期与工资、费用加了起来，从而愚弄作者以便从中多赚钱的故事。
13. A 推断题。根据上下文语境，在作者查看账单时，John Hill故意谈论天气，目的不是想要作者对账单仔细核查，而是想分散作者的注意力。
14. D 推断题。根据John Hill在开账单时，把做工日期加入费用、工资之中可推断，作者认为在
15. A 细节题。John Hill在开账单时，是在
16. B 推断题。根据文章中的描述：我在看账单时，他故意谈论天气情况，当我发现问题时，他盯着我，脸上没有笑容，可知他不是弄错了而是想愚弄作者多得钱。