For hundreds of years, Japan has been hit, from time to time, by enormous (巨大的) tsunamis（海啸）. These
|For hundreds of years, Japan has been hit, from time to time, by enormous (巨大的) tsunamis（海啸）. These awful sudden risings of the sea are caused by earthquakes or underwater volcanic actions. The story of the boy Yuuki is the story of such a disaster.|
Yuuki lived with his family in a seaside village, below a small mountain. One day, as he played on top of the mountain, Yuuki felt a small earthquake but it was not strong enough to frighten anybody and passed quickly. Soon after, however, Yuuki noticed the sea darken and begin running away from the shore very fast, leaving behind wide stretches of beach that had never been seen before.
With a grasp, Yuuki remembered reading that just before a terrible tsunami, the sea suddenly and quickly rolls backward. He ran to the beach, warning the villagers who had gathered to admire the new beach land.
“Get back!” shouted the boy, “There is a terrible danger!”
But no one listened. They laughed at him and continued playing in the new sand and watched the sea roll backward even more.
Desperate, Yuuki could think of only one thing to do. He lit a tree branch, raced to the rice fields and began burning the harvested rice. Then he called out, “Fire! Fire! Everyone run to the mountain! Now!”
When everyone reached the mountain-top, a villager cried out, “Yuuki is mad! I saw him set the fire.” Yuuki hung his head in shame, but said nothing as the villagers cursed him. Just then, someone shouted, “Look!”
In the distance what seemed to be a huge dark line was speeding towards the shore. As it got nearer the people realized the long thin line of darkness was the returning sea, towering like a mountain.
The villagers watched in terror as the water struck the shore, smashing over their homes then tearing out the land as it receded.
On the mountain everyone stared speechlessly at the destruction below.
“I'm sorry I burned the fields,” said Yuuki, his voice trembling.
“Yuuki,” village-chief answered. “You saved us all.”
The villagers cheered and raised Yuuki into the air. “We were going to
celebrate our rice harvest tonight,” said one, “but now we’ll celebrate that we’re all still alive!”
小题1:Where was Yuuki when the earthquake struck?
a. Yuuki set fire to the rice fields.
b. The villagers laughed and played on the beach.
c. The land was torn away by the water.
d. Yuuki ran to warn the villagers.
e. The villagers stared at the destruction.
f. The people were cursing Yuuki.
小题1:细节理解题。根据短文One day, as he played on top of the mountain, Yuuki felt a small earthquake的描述可知，发生地震的时候，Yuuki在山上玩耍。故选B。
小题3:细节理解题。根据He lit a tree branch, raced to the rice fields and began burning the harvested rice的描述可知，Yuuki焚烧稻田逼迫村民山上才拯救了村民。故选D。
小题4:细节理解题。根据短文“We were going to celebrate our rice harvest tonight,” said one, “but now we’ll celebrate that we’re all still alive!”的描述可知，村民原本准备庆祝水稻丰收。故选D。