Pepys and his wife Jane had asked some friends to dinner on Sunday, September 2nd, 1666. They were up very late on the Saturday evening, getting everything ready for the next day, and while they were busy they saw the glow(微弱的光) of a fire start in the sky. By 3 o'clock on the Sunday moning, its glow had become so bright that Jane woke her husband to watch .it. Pepys slipped on his dressing-gown and went to the window to watch it. It seemed fairly far away, and after a time he went back to bed. When he got up in the morning, it looked, though the fire was dying down, as though he could still see some flames. So he set to work to tidy his room and put his things back where he wanted them.
While he was doing this, Jane came in to say that she had heard the fire was a bad one; hundreds of houses had been burned down in the night and the fire was still burning. Pepys went out to see for himself. He went to the Tower of London and climbed upon a high part of the build- ing so that he could see what was happening. From there, Pepys could see that it was, indeed, a bad fire and that even the houses on London Bridge were burning. The man of the Tower told him that the fire had started in a baker's shop in Pudding Lane(小巷) ; the baker's house had caught fire from the over-beated oven(烤箱)and then the flames had quickly spread to the other houses in the narrow lane. So the Great Fire of London, a fire that lasted nearly five days, destroyed most of the old city and ended, as it is said, at Pie Corner.
1. What is the passage about?
A. The Great Fire of London.
B. Who was the first to discover the fire.
C. What Pepys was doing during the fire.
D. The losses caused by the fire.
2.They were up very late because______.
A. it was Sunday morning
B. they were not very sleepy
C. they were preparing for the dinner
D. they saw the great fire start
3. In the sentence" Pepys slipped on his dressing-gown. "" slip on" means________.
A. to be wearing
B. to be pushing
C.to take off
D.to put on
4. Why did the flames spread quickly?
A. The oven became very hot.
B. The houses were close together.
C. The baker did nothing to stop it.
D. The baker's house was burning quickly.
【解析】题干问“他们晚上待到很晚是为了_______”。由第一段第二句They were up very late on the Saturday evening，getting everything readyfor the next day…可知是为第二天的宴会做准备。
【解析】由下文…and went to the window to watch it.可知要去窗户那儿看火光，要穿上睡衣才行。to be wearing表示穿着的状态;to takeoff“脱下”;to be pushing“正在推”，均不符合文义。
【解析】题干问“大火为什么迅速蔓延?”由文章第二段倒数第二句…and then the flames had quickly spread to the other houses in the narrowlane.中的“narrow lane”可推知，这是一个狭窄的小巷，房子一定挨得很紧。