| "Can I see my baby?" asked the happy new mother. When the baby was in her arms, she couldn't |
believe her eyes. The baby was born without ears.
Time proved that the baby's hearing was perfect though he had no ears. He got on well with his
classmates. But one day, he said to his mother, tears in his eyes, "A big boy called me a freak (畸形物)."
The boy's father asked the family doctor,"Could nothing be done?"
"I believe I could graft (移植) on a pair of outer ears if they could be gotten," the doctor said. They
tried to find a person who would be helpful to the boy.
One day, his father said to the son, "You're going to the hospital, son. Mother and I have found
someone who will donate the ears you need. But we must keep it a secret who the person is."
The operation was a great success, and a new person appeared. His cleverness and hard work
made him a very successful person. He married and lived a happy life. He would ask his father, "Who
gave me the ears? I could do enough for him or her."
"I can't tell you," said the father. "The agreement says that you are not allowed to know…not yet."
It was kept a secret for years, but the day did come. He stood with his father over his mother's body.
Slowly, the father raised the thick, brown hair. To his surprise, the son found his mother had no outer ears.
"Mother said she was glad she never had her hair cut," his father said in a low voice, "and nobody ever
thought Mother less beautiful, did they?"
|1. The mother was surprised at the first sight of her baby because the baby ________. |
|A. had no outer ears |
B. was born without hair
C. was in her arms
D. could not hear her
|2. The sentence "…, and a new person appeared" means ________.|
|A. a new baby was born in the hospital |
B. a stranger came into the hospital
C. a new doctor took care of the baby
D. the boy came to live a new life
|3. Why did the boy's mother never have her hair cut? |
|A. Because she liked her thick, brown hair. |
B. Because her work didn't allow her to do that.
C. Because her hair was good for her health.
D. Because she wanted to keep the fact a secret.
|4. Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage? |
|A. The boy couldn't hear without ears at first. |
B. The boy didn't know the truth until his mother died.
C. His parents often encouraged him to work hard.
D. His classmates were always making fun of him.
|5. Which is the best title for the passage? |
|A. A Clever Boy |
B. Kind Parents
C. Great Love
D. An Ear Operation