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故事梗概:

Sam在去购物的路上遇到一个需要帮助的盲人,他热心地将盲人扶过马路。他购物回来的时候又遇到了那个盲人,但是他惊讶地发现……

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2. 可适当增加细节,以使行文连贯。

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请认真阅读下面短文,并根据所读内容在文章后表格中的空格里填入一个最恰当的单词。

注意:每个空格只填一个单词。

Many of us keep asking the question. What is personal development? It simply means that you do a daily activity to improve your day-to-day performance. Self-development or personal growth also covers a broad set of areas. It is also about improving yourself mentally and physically and all the areas of personal development are therefore to improve your mind, heart, body and spirit. There are a few steps that lead to success through personal development.

Hoping for success through personal development requires you to set a goal. Setting a goal is an organized personal planning. This is a reliable method for identifying (确认) the areas you need to succeed in — be it your professional (专业的) career or personal life. To start setting a goal, the first step you need to take is to decide which direction you want to take your life in. From the very first step, your goal will keep you focused on the direction you have chosen and will act as a reference (参考) for the times when you feel that you have deviated (脱离) from your determined path.

Habits play a key role in one’s life and help one succeed in the career. There is a simple habit plan that you can follow in your everyday life to make positive progress. For example, the healthy habit of going to the gym would keep you energetic throughout the day. There are also many personal development habits that you can develop for a successful career. There is the habit of never leaving a question unanswered, and the habit of going through daily tasks and reviewing the progress of your goal would be of great benefit. Good habits can be inculcated (反复灌输) only in the formative years of one’s life and one mustn’t hesitate then.

A true fact is that success through personal development of habits requires discipline (自律). Well, that is the secret of developing really good habits with a few clear values and not having to work at keeping them. Most habits need great efforts at their formative stage. It may take some time but when it’s done, you will feel the real value of the habit as it will benefit you. It will help you enjoy most of your daily tasks. There are also some bad habits which play an important part in one’s life. By means of discipline, they can remind us of the important approaches that need to be changed as soon as possible.

Success through personal development

General introduction to personal development

●In a narrow sense, it means 1. your daily performance.

●In a broad sense, it covers many areas, including 2. and physical improvement.

3. of goal setting for success

●It is a method for you to decide the areas and direction you need to succeed in.

●It will keep you moving towards the? 4. you have chosen and prevent you from deviating from your determined path.

The relationship between habits and success

●Good habits are? 5. for one’s life and success in career.

●You can make positive progress by? 6. a simple habit plan, such as going to the gym.

●You can develop personal development habits for a successful career, such as 7. daily tasks and the progress of your goal.

8. of discipline for development of habits

●Most good habits are formed by means of great 9., which need discipline, but you can get much benefit from them.

●Discipline helps us to change important approaches 10. after we have noticed the bad habits.

 

 

 

My three-year-old son, Dayton, lay on the couch, held the family iPad and clicked on the Angry Birds app. It was a beautiful, sunny Wednesday morning and all he wanted to do was play a video game. I felt guilty. Why hadn’t I planned some activity for us to do together? I’d been wanting for months to spend more time with Dayton, take him to a story hour at the library or to the Native American Museum. But whenever I thought of it I was busy doing something else.

It was so much easier with Sydney. She was always coming to me with a book she wanted me to read to her. She loved playing dress up, having tea parties and social activities I liked too. I’d left my teaching job when she was born to devote my full time to being a mother. But I worried I was shortchanging (忽视) Dayton. What if I made today all about him?

“Let’s do something fun together, just you and me, Dayton. What would you like to do?” I asked. He didn’t hesitate, “Crystal Bridges.”

“Sounds good,” I said, trying to hide my surprise. Crystal Bridges, an art museum in nearby Bentonville, is home to world famous paintings and sculptures (雕塑) by American artists. We’d been there as a family a few times, but an art museum was not exactly the first thing I think of when I was looking for someplace fun to take a three-year-old boy to. Was this really what he wanted? Still, this was Dayton’s day. I told myself to just go with the flow, but even as we were in the car I couldn’t help but wonder what I was getting myself into.

We finally got to the museum. Dayton glanced toward the entrance. Suddenly he ran to a sculpture of the word  LOVE. With his hand, Dayton followed the curves (弧形) of the letters. He moved slowly through the space between the  V  and the  E,  then climbed to the top of the L and sat there, a big smile across his face, as if he’d just gotten to the top of a jungle gym (儿童游戏用的攀登架).

Then he was off again, tearing across bridges and up some stone steps. He found a yellow butterfly and dashed after it, the two of them doing a kind of dance together. “I see you found something yellow,” I said. “That’s your favourite colour, isn’t it?” Dayton nodded excitedly, as if this was the most amazing thing there was to know about him. I probably never would have noticed it.

I was still considering this when Dayton had ran to a distant spring. “Is the water cold?” he asked.

“Yes,” I said. “It comes from under the ground.”

“Must be the coldest water in the world!” he said. Usually, I felt compelled (强迫) to tell him that a rock or a tree wasn’t the biggest in the world. But that day I let it go.

He ran almost the whole way and led me inside the museum to a big room designed for children. Dayton got a box of tangrams (七巧板) and in minutes there before him appeared a ... What was it?

“It’s a car,” he said. To me they were just pieces of plastic, but Dayton’s mind was so different from mine. For him everything was so fresh and exciting that I had to run so as not to miss a single thing. I could understand my son’s amazement, now that I was finally seeing the wonder of who he was made to be.

1.Seeing her son playing a video game on the couch, the author _____ .

A. got very angry

B. felt sorry for it

C. wondered what he wanted to do

D. planned to take him to the library

2.What can we learn from Paragraph 2?

A. The author’s daughter loved reading very much.

B. The author was a fulltime mother when Sydney was born.

C. The author loved her daughter more than her son.

D. The author wanted to spend a day with her two kids.

3.The author was surprised when her son wanted to go to the art museum because _____ .

A. she thought that she had always shortchanged her son

B. her son had never gone to the art museum before

C. there were many famous paintings and sculptures in the art museum

D. she didn’t think a three-year-old child would consider an art museum as a fun place

4.What did Dayton do during his visit to the museum?

A. He bought a box of tangrams.

B. He ran after two yellow butterflies.

C. He explored the sculpture of the word LOVE.

D. He had a taste of the water from Crystal Bridges’ spring.

5.What’s the author’s understanding about her son’s amazement?

A. He had a great interest in art.

B. He had a different mind from his sister.

C. He needed more attention from the family.

D. He saw the world as being alive with colours and sounds.

6.Which would be the best title for the passage?

A. A day at the museum

B. A world-famous museum

C. What children are thinking about

D. How to keep children away from video games

 

The comic-book superhero Daredevil (超胆侠) became blind by accident, but his blindness only made his other senses superhuman.

It’s commonly believed that deaf or blind people may have other Daredevil-like senses. But the reality is that people with one impaired (受损的) sense don’t have general improvements in their other senses, but rather very specific brain changes, new research shows.

Scientists are now uncovering some of the brain differences that underlie changes or improvements in other senses.

“For example, research shows that people who are deaf from birth tend to be more sensitive to light or movement in their peripheral vision (周边视觉), compared with people who can hear,” said Christina Karns, a neuroscientist at the University of Oregon.

Karns and her colleagues wanted to know whether the areas of the brain responsible (负责的) for hearing were also organized differently in deaf people, compared with people who could hear. In experiments with people who can hear, when the participants see a light flashed in their peripheral vision and hear two beeps at the same time, they experience the illusion (错觉) that they saw two flashes of light. Karns’ team did the same experiment with deaf individuals, except that the beeps were replaced with puffs of air on the participants’ faces.

Deaf people reported seeing two flashes of light when they felt two puffs of air, suggesting they use touch the same way hearing people use sound to improve visual accuracy (精确性). “Hearing people are doing this all the time,” said Karns, who presented her findings. “Deaf people don’t have sound, so they end up building a visual system that’s more accurate.”

But the improvements in deaf people’s other senses are very specific. Studies show that vision in the fovea, the central part of the eye, is no better in deaf people than in hearing people. Also, the improvements aren’t seen in people who become deaf later in life.

One of the big questions driving research on this topic is whether being deaf or blind frees up brain areas for other senses. Stephen Lomber, a neuroscientist at the University of Western Ontario, and colleagues found that cooling down the hearing cortex (皮层) of deaf cats caused the animals to lose their improved peripheral vision, suggesting those brain areas had, indeed, been related to vision.

Taken together, the research into the differences between deaf people’s brains and hearing people’s brains shows there’s a lot of hope for ways we can train our brains. But humans haven’t developed super senses just yet.

1.Most people think people with one impaired sense _____.

A. experience great changes in their brains

B. tend to become a superman like Daredevil

C. generally have a super ability in other senses

D. should improve their other senses through training

2.According to Karns’s experiment, deaf people _____.

A. have a much better fovea than hearing people

B. have totally different brains from hearing people

C. have obvious illusions about light flashed in front of them

D. take advantage of their touch to improve visual accuracy

3.In Paragraph 8, the experiment with deaf cats is used to show _____.

A. the hearing cortex helps train our brains

B. deaf cats like using their improved peripheral vision

C. the ability of Daredevil can become a reality in our life

D. brain areas for other senses have a relationship with vision

4.What does the passage mainly talk about?

A. Whether deaf people have superhuman vision.

B. How deaf people use their other senses in life.

C. Experiments on the superhuman vision of the deaf.

D. Differences between deaf people and hearing people.

 

Ridgewood is a small town 20 miles from Manhattan, New York. It is a quiet town, perfect for raising children away from the rapid pace of the city. However, besides hours of homework, many Ridgewood children have too many after-school activities — from swimming to piano classes. Some kids compare their life to that of a New York general manager who has an 80-hour workweek.

Children's schedules filled with homework and activities made a lot of townspeople worried, so the town decided to start a movement called “Ridgewood Family Night — Ready, Set, Relax!” The mayor (市长) made a public statement, calling for a town-wide night for families to do nothing. And schools and clubs agreed to support the movement so families could relax and get together.

Some parents like to talk about their childhood, one without so many scheduled after-school activities. As kids, they just went out to play with neighborhood friends after school. However, almost all these parents take their children to their regularly scheduled activities. These fathers and mothers feel it is their duty to make sure their children are prepared to survive in today's high-pressure work environment. They are afraid that their children can't enter the “right” universities and won't succeed in a more and more competitive world.

However, it seems that Family Night worked, at least to a certain degree. Cars moved freely around Ridgewood's normally busy downtown streets. Some families ate supper together for the first time in months. One family watched home movies of when the children were little, baked cookies and played games together.

At first, some people were excited that they could take back their lives. But sadly, few families now believe that one night will change them. Nearly all of the townspeople are sure that they will fall back into the old habit.

1.How can people benefit from Family Night?

A. They can learn and share knowledge.

B. They can rest and enjoy family time.

C. They have more time to discuss family matters.

D. They have enough time to talk about schoolwork.

2.What can we learn about the movement?

A. It is held once a week.

B. It was partly successful.

C. It first started in Manhattan.

D. It needed the mayor's support.

3.How do most Ridgewood people look at Family Night?

A. It won't change their lifestyle.

B. It will help take back their lives.

C. It can't be accepted by the public.

D. It may help break kids' bad habits.

 

Gobblers Knob Hunting Preserve is one of the newest shooting (射击) clubs in Southwestern Pennsylvania. This club is open to the public and provides the sportsman with 350 acres (英亩) of farmland.

Gobblers Knob offers pheasant (野鸡) and rabbits hunting down on the farm. We can provide a professional guide service with dogs if needed. Training birds are available. Here at Gobblers Knob we hunt pheasants from September 1 through April.

Come on out, enjoy the Pennsylvania historic farmland and socialize in our club house. If you want to stay overnight and spend your weekend here, we are only minutes from hundreds of hotel rooms and many restaurants of your choice. The area has a lot of places of interest.

Guided Hunting Packages

Morning hunts start at 8:00 a.m.

Afternoon hunts start at 1:00 p.m.

Package 1???? 1 or 2 guns for one half day, 10 pheasants or 20 rabbits.??? $280.00

Package 2??? 1 to 4 guns for one half day, 15 pheasants or 30 rabbits.??? $405.00

Package 3????? 1 to 4 guns for one half day, 10 pheasants and 20 rabbits.?? $535.00

Package 4????? 1 to 4 guns for one half day, 20 pheasants or 40 rabbits.??? $550.00

Package 5????? 2 to 5 guns for one half day, 25 pheasants or 50 rabbits.??? $680.00

Package 6???? 2 to 5 guns all day, 20 pheasants and 20 rabbits.??? ??????? $910.00

Package 7???? 2 to 5 guns all day, 30 pheasants and 30 rabbits.??? ??????? $1160.00

Package 8???? 2 to 5 guns all day, 50 pheasants or 100 rabbits.??? ??????????? $1195.00

All Guided Hunting Packages include:

A professional guide service with dogs

Training birds

Hunters with their own dogs are welcome

1.If you need 3 guns and hunt 15 pheasants for one half day, you will pay _____.

A. $280.00??? B. $405.00

C. $680.00??? D. $910.00

2.What type of writing is this passage?

A. A history paper.

B. A newspaper report.

C. An announcement.

D. An advertisement.

 

As this year comes to a close, I’m full of love and gratefulness in more ways than I can put into words. It’s not a list inside my ____ or written down on paper anywhere, but rather a ____ I have been carrying within me throughout the past few weeks. Just yesterday, I was ____ to my mom that I felt as if I had grown so much in the course of the year.

This year has been a strange year for me. It ____ with much hope and expectation, ____ there were a lot of open wounds that needed to be healed (治愈) before that could happen, even if I didn’t realize it at the time. Still, I was in a ____ place from the beginning and growth was inevitable (不可避免的) as I held a(n) ____ mind and a willingness to change.

It was really a year of ____ and personal development. I have ____ to forgive others, as well as myself, and realized that it’s often my own expectations that lead to? ___. In the past few months I’ve been making great ____ to remove unrealistic expectations from my life. Though, I’ll admit it isn’t always ____. Still, I can say in confidence that I’m ____ this year full of love and gratefulness for all that I have in my ____.

The progress and growth I’ve made this year is just the ____ of the life I plan on leading in the next year and beyond. I spent so much time on ____, more than I have in years, and I feel that my efforts have ____ in so many ways. I’m ____ at a place where I’m excited to live life each day, and I’ve come to realize that ____ I’m not entirely living the life of my dreams at the moment, I’m working hard each day at making that life a ____.

1.A. head??? B. pocket??? C. drawer??? D. hand

2.A. talking??? B. feeling??? C. warning??? D. painting

3.A. saying??? B. complaining??? C. promising??? D. crying

4.A. turned out??? B. held out??? C. started out??? D. went out

5.A. or??? B. for??? C. but??? D. and

6.A. wrong??? B. bright??? C. high??? D. good

7.A. open??? B. young??? C. normal??? D. lively

8.A. relief??? B. growth??? C. panic??? D. pleasure

9.A. forgotten??? B. refused??? C. learned??? D. offered

10.A. improvement??? B. development??? C. encouragement??? D. disappointment

11.A. advances??? B. success??? C. progress??? D. efforts

12.A. enough??? B. certain??? C. easy??? D. common

13.A. ending??? B. missing??? C. sparing??? D. balancing

14.A. eyes??? B. life??? C. mind??? D. dreams

15.A. beginning??? B. lightning??? C. building??? D. thinking

16.A. herself??? B. it??? C. itself??? D. myself

17.A. put off??? B. kept off??? C. paid off??? D. given off

18.A. quickly??? B. finally??? C. simply??? D. quietly

19.A. because??? B. now that??? C. even if??? D. while

20.A. reality??? B. rule??? C. signal??? D. doubt

 

—I will go to Jane’s birthday party this evening. I have heard that there will be amazing performances.

—_____!

A. Have a good time??? B. What a pity

C. Thank you very much??? D. It’s all right

 

Before you leave the house, make sure that the front door is locked and all the windows are _____ shut.

A. suddenly??? B. finally

C. quickly??? D. firmly

 

I was so busy this morning that I only had time to _____ the newspapers, so I can’t understand what you are talking about.

A. glance at??? B. guess at

C. stare at??? D. call at

 

—Should I go to the University of Iowa or Iowa State University?

—Think it over for a few days. You _____ make up your mind right now. There’s no hurry.

A. couldn’t??? B. shouldn’t

C. needn’t??? D. musn’t

 

_____ Lippi became the new head coach of the Chinese football team filled the fans with confidence for the future of the team.

A. When??? B. Whether

C. That??? D. Which

 

On a raining evening, a big earthquake hit the city, causing serious damage to buildings and total _____ among the population.

A. arguments??? B. panic

C. failures??? D. defence

 

—Who do you think will be the winner, Thomas or Henry?

—No matter who wins, it will be a _____ winning. Because both of them have done a good job.

A. narrow??? B. complete

C. likely??? D. mild

 

Much to our surprise, in the last few seconds of the race, Gunnell came from _____ to win another gold medal.

A. somewhere??? B. anywhere

C. everywhere??? D. nowhere

 

An ancient painting was taken away from the museum last night, but what _____ the police was that there was no sign of the museum being broken into.

A. puzzled??? B. pleased

C. excited??? D. discouraged

 

This kind of seafood is likely to go bad _____ it is treated immediately after it is caught from the sea.

A. as??? B. unless

C. since??? D. when

 

—It _____ like this for ten days. Our clothes have to be dried with a dryer.

—Don’t worry! According to the weather forecast, it will clear up the day after tomorrow.

A. has rained??? B. had rained

C. has been raining??? D. rained

 

There was a heated argument on the Internet as to _____ this kind of behaviour was against the law or not.

A. that??? B. whether

C. if??? D. when

 

The phone rang, but she _____ it and carried on with her work, because she knew what she was doing was more important.

A. heard??? B. prevented

C. ignored??? D. observed

 

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, _____ was remembered for her love poems, published her first work in 1818 when she was at the age of twelve.

A. which??? B. who

C. that??? D. whom

 

Whether the soup smells _____ or not doesn’t make any difference to me, as I can’t smell _____ due to my bad cold.

A. good; good??? B. well; well

C. well; good??? D. good; well

 

What kind of house will you buy in the future? Would you like to live in a house where your plants can call your phone to tell you that they need to be watered? Or a house that helps you cut your energy bill by turning off the lights when you leave a room? It may sound like science fiction, but it already exists! Come and visit the Smart Home at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois. It will show how you can live a green lifestyle by making use of advanced technology throughout the home that makes your life easier and simpler.

The Smart Home uses green technology to record the energy it uses, including electricity, water and gas. The house’s energy dashboard (仪表盘) lets you know your energy use through your television and computer. The house greets you with the new information when you walk in the door. It is able to record when you enter and leave rooms, and can switch the lights, television and music off ?????????????????? .

The Smart Home is made entirely of recyclable and renewable materials. The furniture is made from used light bulbs, plastic bottles and other renewable materials, but you can’t tell from just looking at them. The kitchen countertops (工作台面) are made of recycled glass.

The entire house is designed to control the use of energy. The roof of the Smart Home has a sustainable vegetable garden, which does little harm to nature. Even the personal computer is green: it uses less power than a 60-watt light bulb. The house can raise and lower the window shades by itself.

1.What is the text mainly about? (no more than 8 words)

________________________________________

2.Fill in the blank in Paragraph 2 with proper words. (no more than 5 words)

________________________________________

3.What is the Smart Home made of? (no more than 10 words)

________________________________________

4.What does the unlined word “sustainable” mean in the last paragraph? (no more than 3 words)

________________________________________

5.What do you think of the Smart Home? Explain your reason. (no more than 25 words.)

________________________________________

 

China is a country of many resources. Among its resources are many great rivers, which provide useful transport routes. Water transport is an efficient way to carry heavy loads, such as grain. In ancient times, a waterway was needed between China’s rich farmlands and the capital city. This need inspired engineers to build a canal. According to writings by the ancient thinker Confucius, work on a canal linking the Yangze River with the city of Huai-in began about 486 B.C. For many centuries afterward, Chinese emperors worked on extending this ancient canal.

This canal is now known as China’s Grand Canal. One thousand years after the original canal was begun, it was in extreme need of repair. This was in the year 607, during the Sui Dynasty. By 610 the emperor had had the canal extended. The Grand Canal formed a northeast-southwest link between the Yellow River in the north and the Huai River in the south. The canal remained the main waterway in this part of China for the next five hundred years.

In the thirteenth century, the Mongols had conquered China. The Yuan Dynasty established Beijing as the capital. The city’s growing population needed food, so a new canal was built to extend shipping. Building this part of the Grand Canal required enormous effort and cost. Neither the first attempt nor the second one was successful, so the builders chose another route. Finally this link in the Grand Canal was finished.

By the time of the Ming Dynasty, the Grand Canal had six sections. These were busy with goods until the nineteenth century. Then a series of severe floods struck China. Parts of the Grand Canal were badly damaged. By 1868 it had been largely abandoned as a means of northern route.

The Grand Canal was mostly restored in the twentieth century. It was widened and deepened, and a new section was constructed. Today the canal, which is about 1,200 miles in length, has new locks(运河的水闸). It is busy with ships and barges(驳船) carrying goods to and from cities along its banks.

1.The Grand Canal was first built in ancient times to provide ? .

A. water for agriculture.

B. water transport between farmlands and the capital.

C. efficient transportation for the emperor’s army.

D. a convenient way for the emperor’s recreation.

2.From the passage, one can conclude that ancient engineers who began the Grand Canal ? _.

A. worked with limited knowledge and skills.

B. were given a great deal of money for their achievement.

C. found a brilliant and lasting solution to their transportation problem.

D. were inspired by the ancient thinker Confucius.

3.The first large-scale(大规模的) repair of the original canal occurred in about ? .

A. 486 B.C. ??? B. 607 A.D. ??? C. the Yuan Dynasty??? D. the Ming Dynasty

4.Considering its history, one can predict that in the future the Grand Canal will probably? .

A. be extended to further north China.

B. change from a shipping route to a recreation area.

C. need to be repaired and rebuilt.

D. be abandoned in favor of air transport and highways.

 

Terrafugia Inc. said Monday that its new flying car has completed its first flight, bringing the company closer to its goal of selling the flying car within the next year. The vehicle — named the Transition — has two seats, four wheels and wings that fold up so it can be driven like a car. The Transition, which flew at 1,400 feet for eight minutes last month, can reach around 70 miles per hour on the road and 115 in the air. It flies using a 23-gallon tank of gas and burns 5 gallons per hour in the air. On the ground, it gets 35 miles per gallon.

Around 100 people have already put down a $10,000 deposit(定金) to get a Transition when they go on sale, and those numbers will rise after Terrafugia introduces the Transition to the public later this week at the New York Auto Show. But don’t expect it to show up in too many driveways. It’s expected to cost as much as $279,000. And it won’t help if you’re stuck in traffic. The car needs a runway.

Inventors have been trying to make flying cars since the 1930s, according to Robert Mann, an airline industry expert. But Mann thinks Terrafugia has come closer than anyone to making the flying car a reality. The government has already permitted the company to use special materials to make it easier for the vehicle to fly. The Transition is now going through crash tests to make sure it meets federal safety standards.

Mann said Terrafugia was helped by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (联邦航空管理局) decision five years ago to create a separate set of standards for light sport aircraft, which are lower than those for pilots of larger planes. Terrafugia says an owner would need to pass a test and complete 20 hours of flying time to be able to fly the Transition, a requirement pilots would find relatively easy to meet.

1.What is the first paragraph mainly about?

A. The advantages of flying cars.

B. The basic data of the Transition.

C. The possible market for flying cars.

D. The designers of the Transition.

2.Why is the Transition unlikely to show up on too many roads?

A. It causes traffic jams.??? B. It is difficult to operate.??? C. It is very expensive.??? D. It burns too much fuel.

3.What is the government’s attitude to the development of the flying car?

A. The government supports it.??? B. The government is against it.

C. The government sets higher standards to discourage it??? D. The government thinks it is on the way out.

4.What is the best title for the text?

A. Flying Car at Auto Show??? B. The Transition’s First Flight

C. Pilots’ Dream Coming True??? D. Flying Car Closer to Reality

 

Mom was a teacher most of her life. When she wasn’t in the classroom, she was educating her children or grandchildren; correcting our grammar; starting us on collections of butterflies, flowers or rocks; or inspiring a discussion on her most recent “Book of the Month Club” topic. Mom made learning fun.

It was sad for my three brothers and me to see her suffering in her later years. At eighty- five, she suffered a stroke and she went steadily downhill after that.

Two days before she died, my brothers and I met at her nursing home and took her for a short ride in a wheelchair. While we waited for the staff to lift her limp body back into bed, Mom fell asleep. Not wanting to wake her, we moved to the far end of the room and spoke softly.

After several minutes our conversation was interrupted by a muffled sound coming from across the room. We stopped talking and looked at Mom. Her eyes were closed, but she was clearly trying to communicate with us. We went to her side.

“Whrr,” she said weakly. “Where?” I asked. “Mom, is there something you want?” “Whrr,” she repeated a bit stronger. My brothers and I looked at each other and shook our heads sadly. Mom opened her eyes, sighed, and with all the energy she could gather said, “ Not ...was. Say were!” We suddenly realized that Mom was correcting Brother Jim’s last sentence. “If it was up to me…”

Jim leaned down and kissed her cheek. “Thanks, Mom,” he whispered. We smiled at each other and once again shook our heads.

1.What do the underlined words “went steadily downhill” mean in the 2nd paragraph?

A. went lower and lower??? B. went worse and worse

C. went down the hill??? D. went downstairs

2.When Mom said, “Whrr”, what did she really want to do?

A. She wanted to tell her sons her will.

B. She wanted to have something to eat before she died.

C. She wanted to correct the mistakes Jim made while talking.

D. She wanted to give her sons something before she died.

3.Which of the following statements is FALSE according to the passage?

A. Mom was a good teacher and never gave up her teaching.

B. Mom was always making her teaching fun.

C. Mom didn’t forget her teaching until she died.

D. Mom stopped teaching when she was at home.

4.What does the writer think of his mother?

A. He loved her but was tired of his mother’s teaching.

B. His mother should have forgotten her teaching and enjoyed the rest of her life.

C. His mother was great because she devoted herself to teaching.

D. His mother was an excellent teacher before she was retired.

 

STA Travel, the world’s largest students and youth travel agency, beats any price! Every day we’re working with our partners around the globe to get you (students, teachers and anyone under 26) the cheapest and most comfortable flights and top-rated accommodations. This part of www.statravel.com provides great tips for green travel — how to pack, how to leave your house or apartment, and how to plan for your trips. You’ll also find a great selection of green travel adventure trips to all corners of the world.

Green travel means responsible (负责任的) travel! Leave as little influence as possible on the places you visit and protect the environment both at home and during your trip. Think “Green” when you pack and when you travel. You’ll help prevent long-term effects on the communities you leave and visit! Here’s some advice on how to do that.

Before you leave

Turn your water heater to its lowest setting.

Turn off your water from the outside.

While you travel

Pack suitable clothes in your luggage, none of which is to harm the environment.

Try products made from recycled materials.

Don’t buy souvenirs produced from endangered species.

Carry a reusable bottle for water and refill it as you go.

Use the bathroom in the airport, NOT on the plane. The fuel used for a single flush (冲洗) could run a car for six miles.

1.Green travellers care most about ????????????????? .

A. flight??? B. accommodations??? C. nature??? D. prices

2.What are the readers advised to do before they go on a trip?

A. Learn about adventure travel.??? B. Pack as few things as possible.??? C. Examine the water quality.??? D. Examine the water supply.

3.Where can we most probably read the text?

A. On a travel website.??? B. In a travel magazine.

C. On an environmental website.??? D. In an environmental magazine.

 

I run a hotel in London. My knowledge on volcano is from my son’s science textbook, which says “volcanic ash is formed during explosive volcanic eruptions when dissolved gases escape __ into the atmosphere”. During the days with the terrible ash cloud which spread Europe from Iceland in May, 2010, I was? __? to a London radio station called LBC. People called in ___ their stories of trouble. Some had missed? __? for holidays, and some couldn’t get home following the volcanic eruption.

The story that most? __? me was a call from Peter, who had just gotten __ the previous weekend to Maz. They had planned to? __? their honeymoon to the Dominican Republic but could not? __? the ash cloud. When James O’Brien, the radio presenter, asked if he was unhappy, Peter said: “Not at all. I’ve married the? __? girl in the world whom I love, so…no…

I’m not __ at all.” Both the presenter and I were so impressed by the beautiful __ .

A little later, after receiving many cancellations(取消预订), an idea __ to me and I called LBC. I spoke to the producer of the show and asked if she could keep __ with Peter to offer him and his wife a room for the weekend at my hotel __ . She later __ to say Peter and Maz were delighted and would love to take up the __ . The producer asked if I would like to __ offer it to them on the radio show, but I said no as I didn’t want it __ to the public.

So, two days later, Peter and Maz arrived at the hotel and? __ . I was so pleased to have made a bad situation better for a young couple. Nobody could ever imagine how? __ I was of myself.

1.A. violently??? B. slightly??? C. slowly??? D. urgently

2.A. relating??? B. listening??? C. connecting??? D. going

3.A. telling??? B. promising??? C. inventing??? D. persuading

4.A. buses??? B. taxis??? C. trains??? D. flights

5.A. amused??? B. struck??? C. satisfied??? D. disappointed

6.A. married??? B. away??? C. home??? D. abroad

7.A. get around??? B. pick up??? C. leave for??? D. turn to

8.A. instead of??? B. except for??? C. in terms of??? D. because of

9.A. greatest??? B. loveliest??? C. poorest??? D. healthiest

10.A. upset??? B. regretted??? C. frightened??? D. embarrassed

11.A. question??? B. solution??? C. answer??? D. attitude

12.A. struck??? B. happened??? C. occurred??? D. appeared

13.A. in need??? B. in danger??? C. in trouble??? D. in touch

14.A. for free??? B. for sale??? C. for charge??? D. for recreation

15.A. made effort??? B. called back??? C. held back??? D. found out

16.A. offer??? B. money??? C. reward??? D. space

17.A. regularly??? B. shortly??? C. frequently??? D. formally

18.A. provided??? B. known??? C. separated??? D. limited

19.A. checked in??? B. got around??? C. moved in??? D. settled down

20.A. glad??? B. happy??? C. content??? D. proud

 

— Has he passed the exam?

? He’s one of the top students in our class.

A. Definitely!??? B. No one knows for sure.

C. No way!??? D. Keep cool.

 

No one can be sure ? in a million years.

A. what the city of future will look like??? B. what will the city of future look like

C. the city of future will look like what??? D. what look will the city of future like

 

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