Some people have good memories and can learn quite long poems by heart.

people have poor memories and cannot remember things they have said that over and over again.

The famous English writer, Charles Dickens, said he could walk down any long street in and then tell you the names of all the shops he had . Many great men of the world have wonderful memories.

A good memory is a great help a language. Everybody learns own language by remembering the things he heard when he was a small child. Some children like those who live in foreign countries with their parents, seem to learn two languages as as they do one. In school it is not so easy for pupils to learn a second language because they have very __ __ time for it.

Memory a diary that we keep every day.

1.A. easy B. easier C. easily D. hardly

2.A. Some B. Other C. The others D. Others

3.A. until B. after C. when D. but

4.A. Beijing B. Paris C. London D. Moscow

5.A. went B. walked C. came D. passed

6.A. learning B. in learning C. with learn D. learn

7.A. his B. their C. your D. our

8.A. good B. better C. well D. more easily

9.A. few B. a little C. little D. a few

10.A. looks like B. does like C. likes D. is like


My father was always a good gardener. One of my earliest memories is standing without shoes in the freshly tilled (翻耕的) soil, my hands blackened from digging in the ground.

As a child, I loved following Dad around in the garden. I remember Dad pushing the tiller (耕作机) ahead in perfectly straight lines. Dad loved growing all sorts of things: yellow and green onions,watermelons almost as big as me, rows of yellow com, and our favorite—red tomatoes.

As I grew into a teenager, I didn’t get so excited about gardening with Dad. Instead of magical land of possibility, it had turned into some kind of prison. As Dad grew older, his love for gardening never disappeared. After all the kids were grown and had started families of their own, Dad turned to gardening like never before. Even when he was diagnosed with cancer, he still took care of his garden.

But then, the cancer, bit by bit, invaded his body. I had to do the things he used to do. What really convinced me that Dad was dying was the state of his garden that year. The rows and rows of multicolored vegetables were gone. Too tired to weed them, he simply let them be.

For the first few years after he died, I couldn’t even bear to look at anyone’s garden without having strong memories pour over me like cold water from a bucket. Three years ago, I decided to plant my own garden and started out with just a few tomatoes. That morning, after breaking up a fair amount of soil, something caught the comer of my eye and I had to smile. It was my eight-year-old son Nathan, happily playing in the freshly tilled soil.

1.Why did the author like the garden when he was a child?

A. He wanted to be a garden-crazy like his father.

B. He loved being in the garden with his father.

C. The garden was full of his favorite food.

D. The garden was just freshly tilled.

2.When all the kids started their own families,the author’s father .

A. stopped his gardening

B. turned to other hobbies

C. devoted more to gardening

D. focused on planting tomatoes

3.What happened to the garden when the author’s father was seriously ill?

A. There was a great harvest.

B. The garden was almost deserted.

C. No plant grew in the garden at all.

D. The author’s son took charge of the garden.

4.Why did the author start his garden with tomatoes?

A. He wanted to honor his father.

B. His son liked the fields of tomatoes.

C. He only knew how to grow tomatoes.

D. He thought tomatoes were easy to manage.

Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman doctor in the United States. Her success opened the way for other women who wanted to do more than nursing. She was born in England in 1821 and her family moved to America when she was eleven years old.

The Blackwell girls received the same education as their brothers. This was most unusual in those days. Their father died young and they had very little money to live on. Elizabeth and her sisters taught at school. Then a woman dying of cancer urged Elizabeth to study medicine, saying that a woman doctor would have saved her from her worst sufferings. Nearly everyone said a girl should not go to medical school, but she managed to enter Geneva College in New York State. She graduated in 1849 at the head of her class and received the first medical degree ever given to a woman.

Next, Dr. Blackwell went to Paris. Her only chance of training was in a hospital where women came to have their babies. Four months later, while she was working in the French hospital, her left eye became dangerously infected (感染). She lost the eye. She was very disappointed. But she was soon back at work again, this time in London, England. There she met many famous scientists.

In 1859, Elizabeth Blackwell was officially recognized as a doctor in Great Britain — the first woman to be honored. She was the inspiration of Elizabeth Garrett, who began the women’s medical movement in England. Florence Nightingale, founder of the practice of nursing by women, was another of her friends.

Dr. Blackwell died in 1910 at the age of 89.

1.Elizabeth and her sisters taught at school probably to .

A. help support the family B. become women doctors

C. get practical experience D. earn money for their education

2.What made Elizabeth decide to study medicine?

A. The education she received. B. The death of her father.

C. The sufferings of a cancer patient. D. The encouragement from a patient.

3.Which of the following is the correct order of events according to the passage?

a. Elizabeth Blackwell lost one eye.

b. Elizabeth Blackwell received a doctor’s degree.

c. Elizabeth Blackwell entered Geneva College.

d. Elizabeth Blackwell was recognized as a doctor.

e. Elizabeth Blackwell went to work in London.

A. cabed B. cbaed

C. acbed D. bcade

4.What can we infer from the last two paragraphs?

A. Elizabeth Blackwell was more famous in Britain.

B. Elizabeth Blackwell learned from other women.

C. Elizabeth Garrett gave Elizabeth Blackwell much help.

D. Florence Nightingale was encouraged by Elizabeth Blackwell.

A recent report suggested that an average person checks his or her cell phone 150 times a day. 1.They may not know using their cell phones may put themselves or their loved ones in danger.2.At least 200,000 car accidents were caused by texting messages.

3.A survey done by the Pew Institute suggested that Americans in the age range of 18 to 29 years old send 88 text messages a day. When you’re walking home from work, you don’t need your head-phones making loud noises in your ears. There is a much greater place to create positive emotions that will make us happier and much more fulfilled. Those emotions are within us, and by blocking these feelings with all of our latest technologies, we may be harming ourselves.4.

We need to take back control of our minds and stop compulsively checking our emails, Facebook updates, and text messages. I think we can live a happier life if we pay more attention to ourselves and the people we are speaking with. 5. Think about what parents are doing to children’s emotional well-being when they focus on their cell phones rather than their children.

If you are playing with your children in the park, be totally attentive to what they are doing. If you are in a business meeting and someone is speaking, listen to everything they say.

A. Your cell phone is not part of your body.

B. Human beings are glued to their cell phones.

C. Cell phones have brought great convenience to us.

D. People addicted to cell phones are even not aware of their safety.

E. How many relationships are lost because of a lack of communication?

F. Using cell phones too much may be linked to depressions and anxiety.

G. Statistics show 28 percent of car accidents occur from people using cell phones.

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