Most supermarkets need a very large floor area, sometimes at least ten times as big as that of an ordinary shop. There are usually two doors, one as an entrance and the other as an exit. The rest of the side facing the street is largely of plate glass, with goods or advertising material displayed. The other three walls are normally decorated in light colours, giving an impression of cleanliness (清洁) and brightness. Most supermarkets are on one floor only, goods being stored in rooms at the back or upstairs.
At right-angles to the window stretch long structures about six feet high with a number of shelves on each side. Similar shelf units or frozen food containers extend round the walls. Broad aisles between the shelf units and ample (足够的) space between them and the window and also the far wall allow room for the circulation of many people. Individual commodities (商品), in tins, bags, boxes or other containers, are stacked (堆放) in groups on the shelves, and each group is labelled with a price ticket. Metal baskets near the entrance are taken by the shoppers who collect in them the goods they select from the shelves.
Between the shelf units and the window in one half of the shops are a number of small counters about three feet high. Beside each sits a cashier (现金出纳员), who operates a machine for totalling the cost of each customer's purchases. The customer places the basket at one end of the counter so that it can be emptied by the cashier who records the price of the commodities one by one, before putting each on a moving section of the counter top. The goods are collected and packed into the customer's bag by another assistant at the end of the counter. The cashier finally hands a printed slip recording all prices to the customer, who pays the total, collects the bag and leaves.
36 Which of the following statements is NOT true, according to the passage?
A Most supermarkets have a very large floor area.
B Most supermarkets have a floor area as large as that of an ordinary shop.
C Most supermarkets are on one floor only.
D Some supermarkets have a floor area at least ten times as big as that of an ordinary shop.
37 In most supermarkets goods are stored
A upstairs or in rooms at the back.
B upstairs and in rooms at the back.
C downstairs or in rooms at the back.
D downstairs and in rooms at the back.
38 A supermarket usually has
A lots of rooms for shoppers to sit in.
B lots of rest rooms for shoppers to use.
C ample space for shoppers to move round.
D lots of rooms where new varieties of goods are on display
39 Who empties the basket?
A The shopper.
B The cashier.
C The customer.
D The purchaser.
40 What does the customer collect before he or she leaves?
A The bag.
B The printed slip.
C The metal basket.
D The cash.
36. B 37. A 38. C 39. B 40. A