An embarrassing experience
It was the small hours of the morning when we reached London Airport.I had cabled Lond trom Amsterdam,and there was a hired car to meet,but there was one more unfortunate happening before I reached my fiat.In all my travels I have never,but for that once,been required by the British customs to open a single bag or to do more than state that I carried no goods liable to duty.I was,of course,my fault;the extreme tiredness and nervous tension of the journey had destroyed my
diplomacy.I was,for whichever reason,so fired that I could hardly stand,and to the question,"have you read this?"I replied with extreme foolishness,"Yes,hundreds of times."
"And you have nothing to declare?"
"How long have you been out of this country?"
"About three months."
"And during that time you have acquired nothing?"
"Nothing but what is on the list I have given you."
He seemed momentarily at a loss,but then he attacked.The attack,when it came,was utterly unexpected.
"Where did you get that watch?"
I could have kicked myself.Two days ago,when playing water games with a friend in the bath,I had forgotten to take off my ROLEX OYSTER,and it had,not unnaturally,stopped.I had gone into the market and bought,for twelve shillings and six pence,an ugly time piece that made a strange noise.It had stopped twice,without any reason,during the journey.
I explained,but I had already lost face.I produced my own watch from a pocket,and added that I should be grateful if he would confiscate the replacement.
"It is not a question of confiscation,"he said,"there is a fine for failing to declare dutiable goods.And now may I please examine that Rolex?"
It took another quarter of an hour to persuade him that the Rolex was not contraband;then he began to search my luggage.
1、What do you think is the tone of the story?
2、When did the writer arrive at London airport?
A．In the early morning.
B．Late at night.
D．Late in the morning.
参考解析：细节题。文章第一句话说“It was the small hours of themorning when we arrived at London Airport．”，这里的“smallhours”意思是“凌晨”，可知作者是在凌晨到达。故选A。
3、What must have happened to the writer in the end?
A．He must have spent a long time at the customs and must have been let go without any punishment.
B．He must have been given a fine as a punishment.
C．His Rolex must have been confiscated.
D．His cheap watch must have been confiscated.
4、What can we conclude from the questions asked by the customs officer?
A．He was just doing his duty by asking the passenger some usual questions.
B．He must have noticed the writer's ugly watch.
C．He wanted to embarrass the writer.
D．He must have noticed the writer's tiredness.
5、What did the writer think of the watch he bought in the market?
A．He was fond of the watch because it was a Rolex.
B．He found the watch useful though it was very cheap.
C．He didn't like the watch at all.
D．He was indifferent to the watch.
参考解析：推理题。从作者描述这块手表时所用的语言，如“ugly”“made a strange noise”可以看出作者并不喜欢这块表。