When I was young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember the shiny box on the wall. But I was too little to reach it. I could only listen to my mother talk on it.

I discovered that inside the-wonderful box lived an amazing person whose name was Information Please. There was nothing she did not know.

One day my mother went out. I accidentally hurt my finger when I was playing with a hammer. I walked around the house sucking my finger, finally seeing the telephone. Quickly I dragged a chair over and climbed up.

“Information Please, ”I spoke into the receiver. A click or two and a small clear voice spoke into my ear. “Information.”

“I hurt my finger…”I cried into the phone.

“Isn’t your mother home?” came the question.

“Nobody’s home but me.” I sobbed.

“Are you bleeding?” the voice asked.

“No,” I replied, “I hit my finger with the hammer and it hurts.”

“Can you open your icebox?” she asked. I said I could.

“Then take a little piece of ice and hold it to your finger.” said the voice.

After that, I called “Information Please” for everything. I asked her for help with my geography and she told me where Philadelphia was. She helped me with my math. She told me her name was Sally.

Then, there was the time my pet canary(金丝雀)died. I called “Information Please” and told Sally the sad story. “Why is it that birds sing so beautifully and bring joy to all families, only to end up as a pile of feathers?” She listened, then said quietly, “Paul, always remember that there are other worlds to sing in.” Somehow, I felt better.

One day when I called “Information Please” again, a different voice answered “Information.”

I asked for Sally. “Are you a friend?” she said.

“Yes,” I answered.

“I’m sorry to have to tell you this,” she said. “She died five days ago.” Before I could hang up she said, “Wait a minute. Did you say your name was Paul?”


“Well, Sally left a message for you. The note said, ‘Tell him I still say there are other worlds to sing in. He’ll know what I mean.’” I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant.

1.When the author hurt his finger, he rang because __________.

A. he believed that the telephone knew everything

B. the telephone could tell him a doctor’s number

C. his mother was on the other end of the telephone

D. he was once told to ask for help in this way

2.Through the help from Sally, it can be inferred that __________.

A. Sally was a geography teacher

B. Sally was the author’s friend

C. Sally was a considerate person

D. Sally was an imaginary person

3.What did Sally really mean by her message?

A. She was sure that she could sing in other worlds.

B. She didn’t want Paul to be sad about her death.

C. Singing helped Paul to face death more easily.

D. There was no need for Paul to call her anymore.

4.What is the best title for this passage?

A. My Pet’s Death

B. An Amazing Woman

C. A Healing Message

D. My Magic Box



Insects (昆虫) are a very healthy food. They have almost as much protein (蛋白质) as meat from a pig or cow and are low in fat. Eating insects is also very good for the environment since they need less land and water than larger animals.

Marcel Dicke, who studies insects, explained in a talk how insects also produce more meat from the food they eat. For example, imagine a farmer feeds a cow 10 pounds of food. Those 10 pounds of food produce about 1 pound of meat for people to eat. However, imagine the farmer gives a certain number of insects 10 pounds of food. Those 10 pounds of food produce 9 pounds of meat for people to eat!

Eating more insects can also help people in poor areas. Many people can raise and sell insects, which can provide jobs and food.

But insects will not replace (替代) animal meat very quickly. First, people in some countries would have to change how they think about eating insects. Many people in North America and Europe eat a lot of meat like beef and pork. But they do not traditionally eat insects. In fact, for many people in the west, eating insects sounds crazy! They believe insects are dirty and dangerous. Insects make them feel uncomfortable.

Some people are trying to deal with this problem. For example, David George Gordon wrote a book named “The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook”, which tries to show people that insects can be delicious. Other insect experts travel around telling people about the benefits (好处) of eating insects. But they still have a lot of work to do.

1.Eating insects _____.

A. is not healthy

B. makes people put on fat

C. helps protect large animals

D. is environmentally friendly

2.The example of Marcel Dicke is given to show _____.

A. the high cost of food production

B. it’s quite easy for farmers to raise insects

C. raising insects is a good choice for farmers

D. the different ways of feeding cows and insects

3.The long way eating insects has to go mainly results from _____.

A. their terrible taste B. people’s old beliefs

C. family traditions D. eating methods

4.We can infer from David and other insect experts that _____.

A. people can make a lot of money from insects

B. insects should be better protected

C. people should eat more insects

D. it’s dangerous to eat insects

Our library offers different types of studying places and provides a good studying environment.


The library is divided into different zones. The upper floor is a quiet zone with over a thousand places for silent reading, and places where you can sit and work with your own computer. The reading places consist mostly of tables and chairs. The ground floor is the zone where you can talk. Here you can find sofas and armchairs for group work.


You can use your own computer to connect to the wi-fi specially prepared for notebook computers; your can also use library computers, which contain the most commonly used applications, such as Microsoft Office. They are situated in the area known as the Experimental Field on the ground floor.

Group-study places

If you want to discuss freely without disturbing others, you can book a study room or sit at a table on the ground floor. Some study rooms are for 2-3 people and others can hold up to 6-8 people. All rooms are marked on the library maps.

There are 40 group-study rooms that must be booked via the website. To book, you need an active University account and a valid University card. You can use a room three hours per day, nine hours at most per week.

Storage of Study Material

The library has lockers for students to store course literature. When you have obtained at least 40 credits(学分), you may rent a locker and pay 400 SEK for a year’s rental period.

Rules to be Followed

Mobile phone conversations are not permitted anywhere in the library. Keep your phone on silent as if you were in a lecture and exit the library if you need to receive calls.

Please note that food and fruit are forbidden in the library, but you are allowed to have drinks and sweets with you.

1.The library’s upper floor is mainly for students to .

A. read in a quiet place B. have group discussions

C. take comfortable seats D. get their computers fixed

2.Library computers on the ground floor .

A. help students with their field experiments

B. contain software necessary for schoolwork

C. are for those who want to access the wi-fi

D. are mostly used for filling out application forms

3.What condition should be met to book a group-study room?

A. A group must consist of 8 people

B. Three-hour use per day is the minimum

C. One should first register at the university

D. Applicants must mark the room on the map

4.A student can rent a locker in the library if he .

A. can afford the rental fee B. attends certain courses

C. has nowhere to put his books D. has earned the required credits

“Paul must have been trying to carry his waste paper to garbage can and dropped a few pieces.” I______picking them up. _______later I found more pieces. No quiet sighing this time. I _____ ,“Who is throwing garbage?” No answer. Instead, I saw more bits of paper silently floating______from upstairs. Looking up, I saw my seven-year-old son, Paul.

“Stop making a mess.” “It’s not a mess. They’re______ .” “Sorry, what did you say?” I hadn’t heard him clearly.

He didn’t answer me. Paul has autism (自闭症) and_______answers a question, especially when he’s _______attentively on something else. He ran down the stairs. “Where are my other butterflies?” he asked,_______around. Every time Paul _______five or more words together, my heart says a _______of thanks. But lately he seems to _______that the benefits of forming complete sentences when communicating are________of the effort.

Butterflies. Of course. I rushed to_______them from the garbage,_______them off and handed them to my young artist. “Want to see them________again?” he asked with a shy smile. “Oh yes! They’re beautiful.” I whispered. He ran back upstairs to float his _____ down again. They really did look like beautiful butterflies.

That day Paul _______me to look up at ______instead of down at garbage. How many other masterpieces (杰作) do I miss because I’m too caught up in my _______to take time to appreciate what’s right in front of me? Life is not what happens to us. It’s ______we look at it. Now, I look up.

1.A. laughed B. sighed C. amazed D. shouted

2.A. Days B. Years C. Moments D. Weeks

3.A. called out B. turned up C. got in D. added to

4.A. up B. down C. away D. off

5.A. planes B. papers C. leaves D. butterflies

6.A. rarely B. frequently C. willingly D. eagerly

7.A. devoted B. depended C. focused D. addicted

8.A. showing B. looking C. playing D. drawing

9.A. spells B. puts C. pushes D. accumulates

10.A. sound B. remark C. report D. prayer

11.A. refuse B. hear C. mind D. realize

12.A. worthy B. aware C. fond D. typical

13.A. hide B. destroy C. rescue D. remove

14.A. tore B. dusted C. cut D. seized

15.A. throw B. flow C. land D. fly

16.A. masterpieces B. schoolwork C. inventions D. imagination

17.A. reminded B. forced C. intended D. permitted

18.A. mistakes B. weaknesses C. beauty D. scenery

19.A. amusement B. housework C. communication D. homework

20.A. when B. whether C. where D. how

How to protect children Web fans from unsuitable material on-line while encouraging them to use the Internet has long been discussed in the U. S.

For some parents, the Internet can seem like a jungle, filled with danger for their children. 1. With good guides, some education,and a few precautions(预防措施), the wilds of the Internet can be safely navigated(航行). “Kids have to be on-line. If we tell our kids they can’t have access (机会) to the Internet, we’re cutting them off from their future,” said an expert.

Most kids have started to use search engines. 2. There are search engines designed just for kids. A certain software contains only sites that have been selected as safe. 3. But this can’t be wholly reliable(可靠), and the best thing parents can do is to talk to their kids and let them know what is OK or not OK to see or do on the Internet.


A few other tips

● Don’t put the PC in a child’s room but keep it in an area where mum or dad can keep an eye on things. That also makes the Internet more of a family activity.

● Ask your child what he or she has been doing and about any friends they make on-line.


● And tell your children never to talk to anyone they meet on-line over the phone, send them anything, accept anything from them or agree to meet with them unless you go along.

A. The most popular way to limit access would be to use what is known as a “content screener(过滤器)”.

B. Many of them are great for finding tons of interesting Internet sites, and they can also locate places where you might not want your kids to go.

C. Tell your child not to give on-line strangers personal information, especially like address and phone number.

D. But jungles contain wonders as well as dangers.

E. Tell your child not to talk to any strangers.

F. Another way is that mum or dad is nearby when the child is surfing(浏览) the Internet.

G. And also parents can help the child in trouble.

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