داستان چهارم ردینگ – سطح ۳
Grade 3 , 630L
“We should stop,” I said.
Mary rolled her eyes as we passed another gas station. Just then I heard a beep and a light flashed on the dashboard. I didn’t have to look. I knew what it was. The car was telling us we were almost out of gas.
“Told you,” I said.
“Thatcher,” said Mary, “just be calm.” Her fingers closed tightly around the steering wheel. A heavy mist began to roll over the highway.
“I am calm,” I said. “This is getting serious. Maybe we should turn around.”
“There’s a gas station just over this hill,” Mary replied, nodding ahead.
We crested the hill and saw no gas station. I looked sideways at Mary. She scowled back at me. I shook my head. I couldn’t help feeling anxious.
“Just around this curve,” Mary said, “There’s a gas station just around this next curve. You’ll see.”
Imagine this passage continues. What is probably the next sentence?
- We continued driving for an hour without seeing a gas station.
- “I hope grandma has dinner ready when we arrive,” I said.
- Sure enough, we rounded the curve and again saw nothing.
- “You know best,” I told Mary, “I was wrong to question you.”
- I yanked the steering wheel and the car zoomed off the road.
This passage focuses on two people in a car. The car is about to run out of gas. Mary (the driver) pays this little attention. She drives by a gas station just as the low gas warning comes on. Thatcher (the passenger) seems worried about this. He voices his concern to Mary, who dismisses this by rolling her eyes and telling him to calm down. Near the end of the passage, things seem to be getting worse. Mary tells Thatcher that there is a gas station “‘just over this hill.'” However, after they crest the hill, they “saw no gas station.” After this, Thatcher’s confidence in Mary is shaken. She scowls at him. He shakes his head and reports, “I couldn’t help feeling anxious.” Given this information, we can assume that the story probably continues downhill—things most likely continue to get worse for Mary and Thatcher. For this reason, it makes sense to assume that Mary’s prediction of an impending gas station is again proven to be wrong. Choice (C) presents this situation. Therefore it is correct.
Although it seems logical to assume Mary and Thatcher continue ahead without seeing a gas station, they could not continue ahead for an hour. They lack the gas necessary to drive for such a long time. We know this to be true because the low gas warning comes on. Therefore choice (A) is incorrect.
We know that Thatcher is “anxious” about the car running out of gas. So he is probably not preoccupied about grandma’s cooking. Therefore choice (B) is incorrect.
After Mary’s first prediction about the impending gas station is proven wrong, she “scowls” at Thatcher, and Thatcher just shakes his head. This lets us know that the two are at odds, and that Thatcher DOES NOT think Mary knows best. Therefore choice (D) is incorrect.
Although Thatcher is “anxious,” we do not have reason to believe he is aggressive or violent. Therefore he would not likely yank the steering wheel. This is too extreme. So choice (E) is incorrect.