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2019高考英语选修8Unit5Meetingyourancestors配套练习题含解析

Meeting your ancestors

李仕才

一、阅读理解。

It used to be one of the world's most splendid train stations,sitting on the French­Spanish border—but then it fell into disrepair.Now,writes Chris Bockman,the building is showing new signs of life.

The train station was built in iron and glass,complete with a hospital,a restaurant and living quarters for customs officers from both France and Spain.At the time it was nicknamed the “Titanic of the Mountains”.

重庆快乐十分But after the day the station was opened in 1928 by the French president and the Spanish king,flaws quickly became obvious.The rail gauges(轨距)were different,so passengers still had to change trains.It made transporting goods too slow.In the early 1930s,as few as 50 passengers a day were using the station.And then things got worse.During the Spanish Civil War,the tunnels on the Spanish side were sealed off to prevent Republican rebels(反叛者)from bringing weapons http://www.like2us.com/doc/info-3515eb4cdb38376baf1ffc4ffe4733687e21fca4.html ter,the French lost interest in the line.When a train derailed on the French side in 1970,that signaled that France abandoned the line.

The grand building itself went to rot.The tracks rusted,the ceilings fell in with the severe winter weather and vandalism (故意破坏财物的行为)did the rest.

But a few years ago the local government in Aragon decided to buy the place and restore it,claiming it was a major part of Spanish history。The French government has agreed to reopen the line on its side too。If all goes to plan,the “Titanic of the Mountains” could be back in business within five years before the end of 2022。It is reported that the massive wooden ticket counters at the station have already been restored。

1.The following factors contributed to the shutdown of the train station EXCEPT ________.

A.its poor appearance

B.different gauges

C.the Spanish Civil War

D.slow transporting speed

2.When the train station reopens,it may celebrate its ________ anniversary.

A.52nd B.72nd

C.94th D.89th

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