1.. Why read an article in the newspaper, when the TV news can bring you the information in a few minutes and with pictures? Why read the life story of a famous man, when a short television program can tell you all that you want to know?

2.. Today, newspapers sell in very large numbers. And books of every kind are sold more than ever before. 3.Although some books with hard covers are expensive, many books are printed today as paper books (平装本), which are quite cheap. A paperback collection of short stories, for example, is always cheaper than an evening at the cinema or the theater, and you can keep a book for ever and read it many times. Additionally, 4.. No matter when you are on the subway or you are waiting at the airport, a book in hand is always a good choice.

Books are a wonderful provider of knowledge and pleasure and some types of books should be in every home. 5.. A good encyclopedia (百科全书), though expensive, is useful, too, because you can find information on any subject. Besides, you can have such books as history books, science textbook, cookbooks, and collections of stories and poems. Then from time to time you can take a book of poems off your shelves and read the thoughts and feelings of your favorite poets.

A. Television has not killed reading, however

B. A printed book is a good time killer

C. Every home should have a good dictionary

D. More and more people spend less time doing sports

E. Choosing a good book is just like choosing a friend

F. Books are still a cheap way to get information and enjoyment

G. With the popularity of televisions, some think fewer people will buy books and newspapers

Hungry for Home

If my life were a _______, I would fast-forward through senior high. My senior years were_________. Like every junior high kid, I was _______with who I was and how I would _______in life.

I tried and failed in a number of things I wanted to excel in sports but had not yet _______that would never happen. I remember being _______by most of my peers and being cut from the basketball team and _______to play football. To be loved and accepted seemed to me at the time something I could never, _________, achieve.

During that time I went through the cafeteria line and ate alone, feeling unloved and _______. One day I________that I had no one to eat with. Mom said to me, "If you want, you can come home for________." As soon as the bell ________at noon and I left the school and ran home that day my mom sat across the ________for about 15 minutes and looked at me and listened to me and three ________later I still remember those times with ________. She just paid attention to me.

I now know that I didn't need my ________filled as much as I needed my emotional fuel tank refilled. I just needed a ________place of warm acceptance for a few minutes a day. Now you know a little more about how I ________home.

Home is a place where you don't have to ________alone and eat. Home is a place where people don't ________you and avoid you.

1.A. book B. movie C. quiz D. choice

2.A. amazing B. unforgettable C. painful D. tasteless

3.A. struggling B. travelling C. discussing D. improving

4.A. make my mark B. draw my attention C. make a contribution D. draw a conclusion

5.A. broken up B. turned down C. got over D. figured out

6.A. admired B. impressed C. rejected D. mixed

7.A. desiring B. failing C. meaning D. hesitating

8.A. in all my life B. in this respect C. on a regular basis D. on the average

9.A. unemployed B. unnoticed C. unaffected D. uncovered

10.A. commented B. admitted C. complained D. answered

11.A. lunch B. fun C. sale D. luck

12.A. rang B. knocked C. kicked D. repeated

13.A. room B. phone C. table D. street

14.A. days B. decades C. weeks D. minutes

15.A. care B. caution C. excitement D. fondness

16.A. soul B. stomach C. heart D. eye

17.A. lonely B. heavy C. steady D. friendly

18.A. own B. see C. paint D. attract

19.A. dash B. laugh C. sit D. talk

20.A. ignore B. hate C. judge D. attend

Once, when I was a teenager, my father and I were standing in line to buy tickets for the circus. Finally, there was only one family between us and the ticket counter.

This family made a big impression on me. There were eight children, all probably under the age of twelve. You could tell they didn’t have a lot of money.

Their clothes were not expensive, but they were clean. The children were well-behaved, all of them standing in line, two-by-two behind their parents, holding hands. They were excitedly talking about the clowns, elephants, and other acts they would see that night with their brothers or sisters in a low voice.

One could sense they had never been to the circus before. It promised to be highlight of their young lives. The father and mother were at the head of the pack, standing proud as could be. The mother was holding her husband’s hand, looking up at him as if to say, “You are my knight in shining armor.”

He was smiling and responding in pride, looking back at her as if to say, “You got that right.” The ticket lady asked the father how many tickets he wanted. He proudly responded, “Please let me buy eight children’s tickets and two adult tickets so I can take my family to the circus.”

The ticket lady gave the price. The man’s wife let go of his hand, her head dropped, and his lips began to shake. The father leaned a little closer and asked, “How much did you say?”

The ticket lady again quoted the price. The man didn’t have enough money.

How was he supposed to turn and tell his eight children that he didn’t have enough money to take them to the circus?

Actually we were not wealthy in any sense. So I understand how the kids would feel. I felt sorry for them.






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Seeing what was going on, my dad put his hand in his pocket, pulled out a $20 bill and dropped it on the ground. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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That day my father and I went back to our car and drove home without any tickets. ___________


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