When I was in fourth grade, I worked part-time as a paperboy. Mrs.Stanley was one of my customers. She'd watch me coming down her street, and by the time I'd biked up to her doorstep, there'd be a cold drink waiting. I'd sit and drink while she talked.
Mrs.Stanley talked mostly about her dead husband, "Mr. Stanley and I went shopping this morning." she'd say. The first time she said that, soda(汽水) went up my nose.
I told my father how Mrs. Stanley talked as if Mr. Stanley were still alive. Dad said she was probably lonely, and that I ought to sit and listen and nod my head and smile, and maybe she'd work it out of her system. So that's what I did, and it turned out Dad was right. After a while she seemed content to leave her husband over at the cemetery(墓地).
I finally quit delivering newspapers and didn't see Mrs. Stanley for several years. Then we crossed paths at a church fund-raiser(募捐活动). She was spooning mashed potatoes and looking happy. Four years before, she'd had to offer her paperboy a drink to have someone to talk with. Now she had friends. Her husband was gone, but life went on.
I live in the city now, and my paperboy is a lady named Edna with three kids. She asks me how I'm doing. When I don't say "fine", she sticks around to hear my problems. She's lived in the city most of her life, but she knows about community. Community isn't so much a place as it is a state of mind. You find it whenever people ask how you're doing because they care, and not because they're getting paid to do so. Sometimes it's good to just smile, nod your head and listen.
21. Why did soda go up the author's nose one time?
A. He was talking fast.
B. He was shocked.
C. He was in a hurry.
D. He was absent-minded.
22. Why did the author sit and listen to Mrs. Stanley according to Paragraph 3?
A. He enjoyed the drink.
B. He wanted to be helpful.
C. He took the chance to rest.
D. He tried to please his dad.
23. Which of the following can replace the underlined phrase "work it our of her system"?
A. recover from her sadness
B. move out of the neighborhood
C. turn to her old friends
D. speak out about her past
24. What does the author think people in a community should do?
A. Open up to others.
B. Depend on each other.
C. Pay for other's help
D. Care about one another.