阅读下面短文,掌握其大意,然后从各小题所给的四个选项中选出最佳选项。

Marcos was a hardworking farmer. Every day he asked his only son Paolo to___________ him in the fields, but Paolo seldom got out of bed before noon. Marcos was very sad about his only son.

One evening Marcos’ old friend Luigi_________ , “Marcos, why aren't your fields ready for planting?” Marcos explained that he was old and his back hurt. He said that Paolo was___________ and did not help with the farming. “Marcos, you need to use your ___________ as much as your back. I have an idea for you,” Luigi said.

Early the next morning Marcos rushed into Paolo's bedroom. “I found your grandfather’s map!” he cried. “We may find___________ he buried (埋 ) his gold coins!” Paolo jumped out of bed. “I’ll start over here,” Paolo told his father. Paolo dug in the field all day. While Paolo dug, his father_________ along, dropping something from his bag into the ground. When they went in for dinner that night, a very tired Paolo said, “I think Grandfather was old when he made his map. I don't think I'll dig tomorrow.”

Paolo returned to his lazy way and slept all morning. One day Marcos rushed into Paolo’s room and cried, “Paolo! I found the treasure in the fields!” Paolo ___________ went out to look. He said, “There is nothing here but lines and lines of vegetables.”

Marcos smiled, “Paolo, it is all around you. You have enough food to make it_________ the winter, with plenty more to sell!” Paolo was embarrassed (尴尬的) to see that his father was right. His one day of hard work had provided him with real treasure. He learned an important___________. He could make a good living with a little hard work. He became a good____________ and made his father proud.
 

1.A.feed B.help C.save D.watch

2.A.stood up B.moved in C.started out D.stopped by

3.A.busy B.excited C.lazy D.free

4.A.hands B.feet C.brain D.face

5.A.how B.where C.when D.why

6.A.got B.ate C.sang D.followed

7.A.quietly B.suddenly C.sleepily D.easily

8.A.through B.without C.since D.before

9.A.plan B.meeting C.lesson D.opinion

10.A.student B.actor C.friend D.farmer

Inventions make our life easier and more interesting than before. Let's take a look at some of the interesting inventions.

Smart mug

It's hard to keep coffee or tea warm, especially in winter. But this smart mug from US can help us. The mug is made of special materials. There is an app for the mug that allows people to set the mug to a certain temperature between 48℃ and 62℃ . Then, the mug keeps your coffee or tea at that temperature for about an hour.

Social robot

Can robots talk to us like humans? Jibo, a robot made in US, can talk to you. The robot has a big, round head and a big body with no eyes or mouth. It uses animated icons( 动画图标 ) to show emotions ( 情 感 ). It just seems like a real human. Right now, Jibo can only do some easy things, like taking photos or reading news to you. But he may learn to do new things in the future.

Fidget spinner

They are small plastic or metal toys with a ball in the middle. The toys can twirl around on your fingertip( 指 尖 ). Once they are spinning( 旋转 ), you can put the toy anywhere as long as it is a flat ( 平的 ) surface, such as a ruler or even the nose of a pet dog. It's very popular with young people around the world. Some people say that the little toy helps them relax.

1.The smart mug comes from________.

A.America B.Britain C.China D.Japan

2.If you want to keep your coffee in the mug warm, you can________.

A.boil the coffee again B.pour more hot water into the mug

C.use the app to set a certain temperature D.put the mug in a warm place

3.According to the second form, we can learn Jibo________

A.is a person with a big round head B.has big eyes and a mouth

C.can do many difficult things D.can take photos or read news to people

4.According to the third form, we can know that a fidget spinner can be made of________.

A.wood B.plastic C.paper D.glass

There are only three important days in everyone’s life and two of them are the ones that you don't need to worry about. Serigne Fallou Mbacke, a man of God, who lived in Senegal (West Africa) between 1888 and 1968, used to say, “The day is today, it is the only day, the past is gone and will never come back and the future belongs to God.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811—1896, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, once said almost the same thing, “The past, the present, and the future are really one: they are today.”

We all know that many people spend one half of their days regretting for the past, and the other half worrying about the future, leaving no time to enjoy the present when everything happens. How can such people get ahead in life? People all over the world have made countless discussions on the subject but it does not seem to make a difference. Most of us are still everywhere but in the present.

As the saying goes, if you do what everybody does, you will get what everybody gets! Make a difference, and live in the present. It will help you achieve more, become a better person and live a happier life, a life without worries.

Today is all you have. There is no guarantee ( 保证 )that you will live to see tomorrow and there is not a thing you can change about the past. Dennis Waitley who is a speaker and author puts it so beautifully in one of his books: The past is a cancelled check, the future is a promissory note ( 期 票 ), but the present, the present is liquid cash.

Always remember that today is a gift and that is the reason why it is called the present.

1.Which of the following statements is NOT true?

A.The future belongs to God. B.No one can change the past.

C.Living in today will help you achieve more. D.We are sure that we will live to see tomorrow.

2.Who described the three important days as "check, note and cash"?

A.The writer. B.Serigne Fallou Mbacke.

C.Harriet Beecher Stowe. D.Dennis Waitley.

3.Why is today called the present according to the passage?

A.Because today is a gift.

B.Because people are always worrying about today.

C.Because people are always' worrying about the future.

D.Because people have made countless discussions on the subject.

4.Which of the following words can best describe the author's attitude towards "today"?

A.Unconcerned. B.Negative. C.Favorable. D.Doubtful.

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