A Letter to My Dad

Four years ago we found out about the cancer growing inside you. You told me the news that it had already spread and that you didn’t know how long you had ______.

I was still at university. A parent dying was something that happened to ______ people-people older than me. I spent the first few months in ______. For the first time I felt ______. I wished I could just ______ you and take the cancer out. But there was nothing I could do.

We’ve been ______. You reacted well to treatment and you’re still here, though we don’t know for how much ______.

I’ve always wanted to say that I love you, and that I’m ______ for everything you’ve given me. But I can’t. It feels like it is this unwritten ______ in our father-son relationship that ______ it. You’re a man conservative and guarded with your ______. You keep them to yourself and ______ others to do the same.

But I know you ______. I’ve seen your proud looks when I’ve told you about my ______ at work and school over the years. I’ve seen your ______ when things haven’t gone well. I remember all the offers of help.

I wish we could talk about what we ______ to each other. I wish you could tell me you’re ______ and I could tell you I love you. I wish these ______ concepts of masculinity (男子气概) weren’t so deeply ______ in both of us. Maybe we will still see our way to that ______ before you go. But whatever the case, I just need to say it—I love you, and thank you.

1.A. waited B. left C. suffered D. stayed

2.A. any B. few C. other D. all

3.A. doubt B. anger C. vain D. shock

4.A. powerless B. nervous C. lost D. bored

5.A. reach into B. turn to C. stand by D. look into

6.A. confused B. lucky C. active D. hopeless

7.A. better B. deeper C. longer D. further

8.A. eager B. grateful C. regretful D. desperate

9.A. letter B. word C. idea D. rule

10.A. prevents B. changes C. destroys D. transforms

11.A. illnesses B. feelings C. belongings D. opinions

12.A. require B. expect C. allow D. persuade

13.A. lie B. understand C. care D. fear

14.A. achievements B. difficulties C. goals D. experiences

15.A. power B. anger C. curiosity D. concern

16.A. have B. give C. leave D. mean

17.A. conservative B. brave C. proud D. helpful

18.A. absurd B. important C. useful D. popular

19.A. lost B. trapped C. rooted D. covered

20.A. situation B. solution C. achievement D. conversation


Feet help us walk, run, dance, and jump. The words feet and foot are also used in everyday speech.

To be under someone’s feet means to be troublesome. In other words, you are standing too close to someone and are getting in their way. Some adults criticize (批评) children for being under foot.

Speaking of children, if someone says their home will soon have the pitter-patter of tiny feet, it means the family is expecting a baby!

Now, people who are active do not let grass grow under their feet. They are never in one place for very long. People who can think and take action at the same time are said to be able to think on their feet.

Some people appear to have it all. They have money, a good education, good looks, a great family and a large circle of friends. You could say they have the world at their feet. This means whatever they want seems to be there for them.

People who have both feet firmly on the ground are realistic and practical. They are not dreamy. You might say such a person is well grounded. If you are a bad dancer, you might be described as having two left feet. To dance well, it is better to have a right foot and a left foot.

Sam loves skiing. He thinks that it would be fun to own a ski resort (滑雪场) high in the mountains. But he knows nothing about running a business. So, he decides to get his feet wet. In other words, he wants to get used to a new situation.

He joins an organization for resort owners and attends their meetings. He travels to ski areas all over the United States. This helps Sam get his foot in the door. Having a foot in the door is a starting point. This expression comes from people selling things door-to-door. They would block the door with their foot so people couldn’t close the door on them.

1.What would you say to someone who is “under your feet”?

A. Oh, I’m terribly sorry.

B. Take off your feet!

C. Sorry for the trouble.

D. Excuse me, you are in the way.

2.Which of the following describes people who keep moving about?

A. They are always under foot.

B. They can think on their feet.

C. They have the pitter-patter of tiny feet.

D. They never let grass grow under their feet.

3.What should you try to avoid if you want to succeed in doing something?

A. Having two left feet.

B. Getting your feet wet.

C. Getting your foot in the door.

D. Having both feet firmly on the ground.

4.What do we know about Sam’s new business?

A. It’s a big success. B. It’s not started yet.

C. It lies high in the mountains. D. It opens only in winter.

5.What may be the best title for the passage?

A. Use your feet properly. B. Feet help us walk and run.

C. How to be a good dancer. D. Ready for a new business.

We often just use our sense of sight, touch, smell, and taste to eat food. But what about our sense of hearing? Does sound also affect our dining experience?

A new report answers, “yes, it does.”

That answer comes from researchers at Brigham Young University and Colorado State University in the United States. They found that hearing is important in the eating experience.

Hearing is often called “the forgotten food sense”, says Ryan Elder. Elder is an assistant professor of marketing at Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management. He says that if people notice the sound the food makes as they eat it, they might eat less. On the other hand, watching loud television or listening to loud music while eating can hide such noises. And this could lead to overeating.

For the study, the researchers wanted to test whether the sounds of eating—chewing, chomping and crunching—had any effect on how much a person ate. During the experiments, the test subjects wore headphones and listened to noise at either a high or low audio level. Then researchers gave them a crunchy snack: pretzels. The study found that subjects who listened to the higher volume noise ate more pretzels than those with the low audio levels.

Elder says that when hiding I heard sounds of eating, like when you watch television or listen to loud music while eating, we take away the sense of hearing. And this may cause you to eat more than you would normally. The researchers are calling this, the “crunch effect”.

The researchers admit that the effects may not seem like much at one meal. But over a week, a month or a year, all that food can really add up.

1.Which sense is often ignored in the eating experience?

A. Sight. B. Smell.

C. Hearing. D. Touch.

2.Who would find this article helpful?

A. People who enjoys cooking food.

B. People who cares about losing weight.

C. People who like watching TV.

D. People who want to eat healthy food.

3.Why the researchers use “pretzels”?

A. They can make loud noise. B. They are delicious.

C. They are more available D. They are good for health.

4.Which can be the best title for the passage?

A. Be Mindful of Whatever You Eat

B. Be Sensitive to Your Eating habits

C. Want to Lose Weight? Listen to yourself Eat

D. Better Hear Than Eat

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a conclusion on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at a few in his list:

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Banyan (1678)

A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose makes this an English classic.

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)

By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had enjoyed more editions and translations. This world-famous novel is a complex literature that one cannot resist.

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726)

A great work that’s been repeatedly printed, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels comes third in our list of the best novels written in English.

Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (1748)

Clarissa is a tragic heroine, pressured by her dishonorable family to marry a wealthy man she dislikes, in the book that Samuel Johnson described as “the first book in the world that shows the knowledge about the human heart”.

Tom Jones by Henry Fielding (1749)

Tom Jones is a classic English novel that gets the spirit of its age and whose characters are well-known since they have come to represent the society at that time.

Emma by Jane Austen (1816)

Jane Austen’s Emma is her most outstanding work, mixing the best parts of her early books with a deep sense of feelings.

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe (1838)

Edgar Allan Poe’s only novel—a classic adventure story with supernatural elements—has fascinated and influenced generations of writers.

1.Which English book has got the most translations before the 20th century?

A. Robinson Crusoe. B. Gulliver’s Travels.

C. Tom Jones. D. Emma.

2.What does Samuel Johnson think we can learn about from the book Clarissa?

A. A love story. B. Quarrels in a family.

C. The human heart. D. The spirits of the lime.

3.What makes the characters in Tom Jones famous?

A. Their classic lifestyles.

B. Their different nationalities.

C. Their typical spirits of the age.

D. Their representation of the society.

We all have an idea about the common types of environmental problems. 1.But, the fact is, it does affect mankind, other living forms and the environment as a whole.

What is light pollution? 2.The obvious cause of light pollution is the use of outdoor lighting products improperly. It can be office lighting, car headlights, station lights, streetlights and many more.

3.Upon studies, it is found that obvious effects are observed in the behaviour of night animals, for bright light at night makes it difficult for these animals to hunt, wander and perform their regular activities. light pollution is directly or indirectly responsible for causing several plant diseases. Its effects are related to disturbance in the physical rhythm, which contributes to risks of developing cancer cells. So, it’s nothing less than a threat to human health.

You have already seen the negative effects of light pollution on creatures. Apart from this, the actual cost of misused light is about millions of dollars every year. It also leads to the release of greenhouse gases and global warming4.

While outdoor lighting and using man-made lighting products are part of our modern lifestyle, some simple ways will surely help in reducing light pollution. For example, while installing outdoor lighting, make sure that they are pointed downwards5. Believe it or not, many people living in the urban areas cannot view clear sky and stars at night. Let’s contribute our part in reducing the pollution.

A. Light pollution is harmful to both animals and plants.

B. It presents all forms of misused man-mad light.

C. After all, fuels are used for producing electricity

D. Also, use only the required lighting equipment for both home and offices.

E. Citizens should be forbidden to install outdoor lighting

F. Light pollution affects animals’ normal activities in the daytime.

G. However, light pollution may be a new term to many of us.

Nowadays there seems to be an app for everything. And mobile apps have been a part of our life. The following apps are part of the most popular apps.

Ctrip can be the best helper when you feel it hard to buy the train or airline tickets. You can buy tickets anywhere at anytime.

Ximalaya Reading has millions of books including poems, short stories, novels and even fairy tales for children. What’s special about it is that you can use it to download book recording that can be listened to. It has more than 1 million valuable resources.

Baby Bus is a very good friend for children under three years old. Kids can learn to speak, understand numbers and draw pictures with the help of this app.

Word Hero may help learn more English words while you’re playing games, so if you have problems remembering the new words when you learn English, use it!

World of Tanks Blitz(坦克世界), a free-to-play online: game with over 40 million downloads, bring quick-fire tank fights. “A lot of tanks, a lot of people and a lot of fun.” It will be the best choice to kill your time.

1.Ctrip is a useful app for .

A. playing games

B. learning English

C. booking tickets

2.You can NOT know about from Ximalaya Reading.

A. poems B. novels C. news

3.To remember words in a fun way, is a good choice.

A. Ctrip B. Word Hero C. Baby Bus

4.World of Tanks Blitz has downloads and it fits people’s free time.

A. more than 40 million

B. less than 1 million

C. more than 40 billion

5.According to the information above, .

A. we can buy tickets from Ctrip only in the daytime

B. Peter, a 2-year-old boy, can learn to draw pictures with the help of Baby Bus

C. we can’t use Ximalaya Reading to download book recording

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