A little boy thought he was one of the most unlucky boys in the world, because he had the disease and became a disabled(残废的) man. He seldom played with his classmates and always kept to himself. Quite often he lowered his head when his teachers asked him questions.
One spring, his father got some young trees from his neighbor and asked each of his children to plant one in the yard. “I’ll give a gift to the one whose tree grows the best,” he said.
The little boy wanted to get the gift, so he was very glad to do it and watered the tree every day. But he felt ashamed of himself again when he saw his brother and sister jumping and dancing happily while watering. 3 Then an idea occurred to him that if he stopped watering it, the young tree will die earlier. Then he didn’t have to take care of it any more.
A few days later, when he went to see the young tree, to his surprise, compared with(与……相比较) other young trees, his tree grew better. Later he knew his father helped him get the gift.
From then on, the little boy became more optimistic and spent more time talking and playing with others. He wasn’t lonely any more.
1. The little boy hardly played with his classmates because _________.
A he was very shy
B he was disabled
C he was not handsome
D they didn’t like him
2. The father would give the child ______ if he or she grew a tree best.
A a new bag
B a bike
C a computer
D a gift
3. Which of the following sentences can be put into the blank?
A He watered the tree every day happily.
B He had to water the tree in a wheelchair instead.
C He spent most of time playing with them.
D The tree died a few days later.
4. The underlined word “optimistic” means _______ in Chinese.