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Look at title and describe the photo and the feelings of the people you can see. 1. What do you think of the title of the passage means? 2. What are people

in the photo doing? 3. Do you think this photo has anything to do with D-Day?

D-Day

Scanning:
Read the passage and choose the best answer. The writer is _____. (a) a German soldier (b) a French villager

(c) an American soldier
(d) a British soldier

Put the following sentences in the correct

order.
A. Together with Private Kowalski the

writer entered the village.
B. The writer took part in the D-Day

landings.
C. He went into a barbershop to have his

face shaved and his hair cut

D. Two days later he found himself
outside a peaceful village in France.

E. The soldiers and the French people
drank to celebrate the victory. F. The two of them were warmly welcomed by some Frenchmen. Keys: B. D.A.F.C.E

Read carefully and choose the best answers.

1. When the author and his companions entered the village, they hesitated because _______. A. many of their friends were killed by the enemy B. there might still have been enemy soldiers B C. the enemy had abandoned the village D. the rest of their company hadn’t arrived

2. According to the text, what made the author and his companions feel astonished? A.Receiving the confidential orders to join the D-Day landings troops. B. Five men with guns gathering around them. C. Some women appearing and kissing them in the village. D. Finding themselves outside a peaceful D village in France.

3. In the text, “He ... gave me the best shave I had had in years” means that _______. A. the barber was expert in shaving for customers B. without the tools, the author couldn’t shave by himself C. because of the war, the author didn’t C shave for a long time D. the author had no money to have a shave

4. The author felt that all the fear and danger had been worthwhile because _______. A. the villagers treated them like heroes A B. they checked that the village was safe C. they drunk and cheered with the villagers D. the villagers gave them perfume for their girlfriends

Read the text again and answer the following questions.
1. What’s the main idea of the first paragraph? (within 15 words) We were surprised that we found ourselves outside a peaceful village in France.

2. What’s the meaning of the word “magnificent”? (within 3 words) Very beautiful. 3. Why did some soldiers spit the wine out? (within 10 words)
They had never tasted wine before.

4. Translate the first sentence of Paragraph 2 into Chinese. 傍晚时分,夕阳照耀在农舍、主街道、 商铺、车库和教堂上面,形成了一幅完 美的乡村美景。

Answer the questions with the words in the box.
baggage bedding comb mess yell confidential perfume razor tractor scissors shave (v) stockings

1. How many people knew about the orders to join the D-Day landings? Only a few because they were confidential. 2. What kind of state is the beach likely to be in after the landings? In a mess

3. What kind of vehicle do you often see on or near farms? tractors 4 . How do you speak when you see danger

and want to give a warning?
yell

5. What do men without beards do to their faces every day or so? What do these men use to do this? shave/ a razor 6. What tools do you need to use to cut hair and make it look tidy? scissors

7. What things did the soldiers bring with them for their personal possessions and to be able to rest? baggage and bedding 8. What do women often wear on their legs? stocking

9. What do women often like to wear to smell nice?

perfume

Choose the correct answers ashamed barbershop constitution cheers liberation vinegar worthwhile

1. A barbershop is the usual place___. (a) for women to have a haircut (b) for men to have a haircut and a shave (c) for people to buy things like soap, perfume, tooth paste etc. (d) for people to go when they first arrive in a French village

2. The soldier was ashamed to admit that he was too young to have a girlfriend because___. (a) he wanted a girlfriend, but didn’t have one (b) the villagers treated the soldiers as heroes (c) he hoped to find a French girlfriend at home

3. They said “cheers!” and drank to liberation and to the French constitution in order to___. (a) show they hoped the villagers would soon be free and in good health (b) thank the villagers for the food and for their welcome (c) celebrate freedom and the return to power of the French government (d) introduce the rest of the company to the villagers

4. Some of the soldiers thought the wine was vinegar because___. (a) it’s traditional to spit it out

(b) they had drunk too much
(c) it didn’t come out of a wine bottle

(d) they hadn’t tasted wine before

5. He thought the fear and danger was worthwhile because___. (a) he would remember this special day (b) Many of friends had died (c) the villagers were very grateful to them (d) it reminded him that some friends had died

Key sentences:
1. It was late afternoon, and the sun was

setting on a perfect country scene of
farm buildings. 2. I took off my helmet and yelled, “ American! Put your guns down!”

3. The barber had magnificent moustache,
which he used wax to keep in shape.

4. We all drank to liberation and to the
French constitution. 5. I was too ashamed to admit that I was too young to have a girlfriend.

Language points:
1. worth/worthy/worthwhile worth sth/doing worthy of sth/being done it’s worthwhile to do/doing sth worth one’s salt称职,值得雇佣的

2. unload v 卸下 反义词:load n/v vt. 1) 装,装载 (+with)

The workers are loading the ship
with coal.

工人正把煤装上船。
2) 使摆满;使充满;使长满 (+with)

The air was loaded with soot.

n 1) 负担、重量,装载的东西 c.n He was bent down with his load. 2) (精神方面的)负担;压力 The good news has taken a load off my mind. 去掉思想负担(短语) 3) 装载量(可以译成一车或一船...) The truck was carrying a load of sand. 卡车装运一车沙子。


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