Almost every family buys as least one copy of a newspaper every day.Some people subscribe to as many as two or three different newspapers But why do people read newspapers?
Five hundred years ago，news of important happenings--battles lost and won，kings or rulers overthrown(推翻)or killed--took months and even years to travel from one country to another.The news passed by word of mouth and was never accurate.Today we can read in our newspapers of important events that occur in far away countries on the same day they happen.
Apart from supplying news from all over the world，newspapers give us a lot of other useful information There are weather reports，radio，television and film guides，book reviews，stories，and of course.advertisements.The bigger ones are put in by large companies to bring attention to their products.They pay the newspapers thousands of dollars for the advertising space，but it is worth the money for news of their products goes into almost every home in the country For those who produce newspapers，advertisements are also very important.Money earned from advertisements makes it possible for them to sell their newspapers at a low price and still make a profit.
41 The phrase “subscribe to‟‟ in the first paragraph means“ ___C_____”
A.go to the newspaper stand and buy
B.send their own news stories to
C.agree to buy for a specific period of time
D become faithful readers of
42 The habit of reading newspapers is __A___
B.found among a few families
43.Before the time of the newspaper，__D____
A bad news traveled quickly and good news slowly
B few people cared about events that took place in far away countries
C.kings and rulers were often overthrown or killed
D.news was passed from one person to another
44 The author seems to agree that money spent on advertisements is __C____
C well spent
D.of no use to anyone
45.Which of the following statements is TRUE? A
A.Five hundred years ago it took a long time for news to reach other countries.
B.Newspaper advertisements turn people’S attention away from their products.
C.The news that we read in newspapers is mainly about new products.
D When newspapers are sold at a low price，the newspaper producers will lose money.
One silly question I simply can‟t stand is“How do you feel”.Usually the question is asked of a man in action—a man on the go.walking along the street.or busily working at his desk So what d0 you expect him to say?He‟11 probably say.“Fine.I‟m all right.”But “you‟ve put a bug in his ear”一maybe now he‟s not sure If you are a good friend，you may have seen something in his face，or his walk.that he did not realize that morning It starts him worrying a little.First thing you know.he looks in a mirror to see if everything is aⅡ fight，while you go merrily on your way asking someone else.‘‘How do you feel?” Every question has its time and place It‟s perfectly acceptable，for instance，to ask ‘‘How do you feel?‟‟ if you‟re visiting a close friend in the hospital But if the fellow is walking on both legs，hurrying to make a train，or sitting at his desk working，it‟s no time to ask him that silly question. When George Bernard Shaw，the famous writer of plays was in his eighties，someone asked him“How do you feel”，Shaw put him in his place.‘‘When you reach my age”，he said.“either you feel all right or you‟re dead”