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1. Reading comprehension阅读理解………………
CHARLIE CHAPLIN (2)
One of Charlie Chaplin's most famous films was“The Gold Rush”, which
was made in 1925. The film was set in California in the middle of the nine
teenth century.At that time, gold was discovered in California and thousands of
people rushed there to look for gold, so it became known as“the gold rush”.
People said gold could easily be picked up by washing sand from the river in a
pan of water. This was known as“panning for gold”.
In the film, Chaplin and his friend are in California. So far, they have
been unlucky in their search for gold and have no money at all. Chaplin and
his friend are caught on the edge of a mountain in a snow storm in a small
wooden house. They have nothing to eat. They are so hungry that they cook a
pair of shoes, by boiling them in a pan of water. Chaplin sits down at the table
and eats the shoe with a knife and fork, enjoying every mouthful. He makes it
seem as if this is one of the most delicious meals that he has ever enjoyed.
In the earliest days of the cinema, all the films were silent. There was__
music or dialogue. Then people began __ play music in the cinema
__the film was being shown. Sometimes a small__ of people played
music. More often, one __, for example, a woman, played the piano.
She used to __ at the film and play the right __ of music for the film.
If there were army officers, she played army__ . If it __ a love
scene, she __ soft music. If onesgroupsof people were fighting or running
__some others, she __ to play fast, exciting music. One pianist in
Canada thought __ something special __ play. It sounded __ a
group of people coming down the street and playing music. A bus came nearer
and nearer. Finally the people __ to stop playing when the bus got too
close. At the end __ this scene, the cinema manager went __ the
pianist and said angrily“What do you __ you are doing?”The pianist
had forgotten to look at the __. It was the middle of a love scene.
1.the gold rush指的是一群梦想发财致富者迅速涌往新发现的金矿的热潮。其中的rush是名词，指一种“突然或紧张的活动”。如Christmas rush指圣诞节前的购物热。
2.be set in以……为背景，(戏剧、影片的)背景是……
The story was set in the second world war.这个故事是以二战为背景的。
3.become known as成为人们熟知的
辨析：be known as“作为……而出名”，后跟主语的身份或名称；be known to“为某人所熟知或熟悉”，后跟人；be known for“因……而出名”，for表示原因。
It is very difficult for a nearsighted man to pick up a needle from the ground.
So far, no further information has been obtained.
短语链接：up to this/that time到这/那时为止
6.in one's search for寻找
注意另一表达法in search of在结构上的不同，两个短语使用的介词不同，前者只能用for，后者只能用of。
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