Every year just after Christmas the January Sales start. All the shops reduce their prices and for two weeks, they are full of people looking for bargains. My husband and I do not normally go to the sales as we don’t like crowds and in any case are short of money as we have to buy lots of Christmas presents.
Last year, however, I took my husband with me to the sales at the large shop in the center of London. We both needed some new clothes and were hoping to find a television set. When we got to Oxford Street, it was so crowded that we decided to split up and meet again at the underground station. So I left my husband and started looking around the shops. Unfortunately all the clothes were in very large sizes and so were not suitable for me. But I did buy a television at a very cheap price, so I felt quite pleased with myself.
When I arrived at the station, my husband was not there. So I sat down in a nearby café to have a cup of tea. I quickly finished my tea when I saw my husband and went out to meet him. He looked very happy. Then I saw he was carrying a large and heavy cardboard box. “Oh, dear!” I thought. Yes, we had no new clothes but two televisions. We shall not be going to the sales again.
1. In January, _______.
A. lots of people go shopping for discount
B. people have a lot of money to spend after Christmas
C. all the shops close for a two-week Christmas holiday
D. people don’t have enough money to go looking for bargains
2. In this passage, the word “bargain” could best be replaced by “something _______”.
A. given to people
B. offered at a reduced price
C. offered, sold or bought which is expensive
D. sold for the purpose of reaching an agreement
【应试指导】词义猜测题。第一段第二句前一分句中的“reduce their prices”意为“降低它们的价格”，由此不难猜测，bargains的意思为“降价商品”。故选B。
3. The husband and wife in the story _______.
A. wished to buy a TV
B. went to the sales the year before
C. often went to the sales to buy clothes
D. were usually not short of money after Christmas
4. The phrase “split up” in the second paragraph means “_______”.
A. break apart
B. cause to break
C. become pieces
D. go in different directions
【应试指导】词义猜测题。第二段第三句后一分句中的“meet again at the underground station”意为“在地铁站会合”。由此不难猜测，第二段中的“split up”意为“去往不同的方向”。故选D。