(2012·安徽卷)In Asia，there are special competitions where kites have complex designs and are fitted with instruments that make musical sounds as the wind blows through them.Although all kites have a similar structure (结构)，they are widely different in size and shape.Kitefighting competitions are also held，in which competitors use their kites to attack and bring down their opponents'(对手) kites or cut their strings(线).
For more than 15 years，the Big Wind Kite Factory has been giving kitemaking and kiteflying classes for the children on an island in Hawaii.In its kitemaking lessons，students can make kites in as little as 20 minutes!Children as young as four years old can learn how to fly a kite.Jonathan Socher and his wife Daphne started the kite factory in 1980.Their kites are made of nylon(尼龙).Their designs are Hawaiian themes created by Daphne.The designs are cut out of the nylon with a hot knife that seals the edges and then fastened directly onto the kite.
The kite that is used to give lessons is a regular diamond kite with a rainbow pattern.The difference between this kite and the ones they make during the lessons is that it is a twostring controllable kite.Big Wind employees fly the kite and for a few minutes show students how pulling on one line and then on the other controls the direction the kite goes in.Then the controls are given to the students.
Jonathan insists that it is not necessary to make a huge impressive kite to have fun making and flying kites.Even the simplest structure can work，and can give hours of fun.Go on，give it a try!
1.Which of the following is true according to the text?
A.A hot knife is used to iron the nylon.
B.Children never fly kites on their own in flying lessons.
C.Kite strings must not be cut in kitefighting competitions.
D.Daphne designs kites for the Big Wind Kite Factory.
答案 D [考查细节理解。根据第二段最后一句可知，使用加热过的刀是切割尼龙，而不是熨烫尼龙，故A错。B项与第三段最后一句“Then the controls are given to the students.”相悖。根据第一段最后一句可知C项错误。由第二段倒数第二句和倒数第四句可知D项表述正确。]
2.What is different about the kite used for flying lessons?
A.It has two strings. B.It is simple in design.
C.It has a rainbow pattern. D.It is shaped like a diamond.
答案 A [考查细节理解。根据第三段第二句“The difference between this kite and the ones they make during the lessons is that it is a twostring controllable kite.”可知，与孩子们在制作课上制作的风筝不同的是飞行课上使用的风筝是双线控制的，故选A。]
3.According to Jonathan，what do you need to have fun with kites?
A.A large kite. B.Any type of kite.
C.A complex structure. D.A kite that impresses others.
答案 B [考查推理判断。最后一段表明的是Jonathan的观点。根据他的观点可推知，他认为即使构造最简单的风筝也可以给你带来快乐，不一定非要制作大而华丽的风筝，故选B。]
4.What is mainly described in the text?
A.A kite factory. B.Kiteflying lessons.
C.Special competitions. D.The kitemaking process.
答案 A [考查主旨大意。通读全文可知，本文主要介绍了一家风筝厂15年来一直坚持为夏威夷一座岛屿上的孩子开设制作风筝和放风筝的课程，故选A。B、C、D三项只是文章的细节，并不是主旨。]
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