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The Thanksgiving day has been alive for hundreds of years. The customs we see in our homes today remind us of ancient celebrations of harvest, thankfulness for peace, and the hard work of native Americans. It is made up of stories of those who believe that thanks for blessings is what people must own 1. Have you wanted to make special gifts?.

Custom of Praying

For centuries, 'Thanksgiving Day' is associated with prayers in church and in homes. 2. It is a time, when mankind thanks God for all his blessings and mercy. It is also a day to show gratitude to their friends and relatives for all the good deeds.


Everyone follows the custom of family dinner and reunion every year. Distances don't really matter as relatives can drive down to be with their family. Feasts are usually held at home. It is a time to enjoy their favorite 'Roasted Turkey' with the family.

Custom of Decoration

4. People beautify their homes, give the interiors a whole new look and feel. They light lamps to brighten the environment. Tables are adorned with best china and antique silver cutlery to mark the occasion.

Custom of sending messages
Thanksgiving is a day when people send loving messages and warm wishes to their relatives, colleagues at work place, superiors and subordinates, near and dear ones. 5.

A.People present gifts to friends

B.Custom of Family Dinner

C.People like to get together and have turkey.

D.People offer various meal time prayers during the day.

E.Like Christmas, millions of cards are sent every year.

F.Thanksgiving is a time to decorate homes with wreaths, fresh and dried flowers.

G.It is a day of expressing their feelings through Thanksgiving cards.

A man once said how useless it was to put advertisements in the newspaper. "Last week," he said, "my ______ was stolen from a London church. ______ it was a present, I spent twice its worth in advertising, but didn't get it ______."

"______ did you write your advertisement?" asked one of the _____, a businessman.

"Here it is," said the man, taking out of his pocket a slip(纸条). It was cut from a ______. The other man took it and read, " ______ from the City Church last Sunday evening, a black silk umbrella.. The gentleman who finds it will ______ ten shillings on leaving it at No. 10 Broad Street."

"Now," said the businessman, "I often advertise, and find that it ______ me well. But how you ______ in an ad is very important. The businessman then took a slip of paper out of his pocket and ________: " A man was seen to take an umbrella from the City Church last Sunday evening. ______ he doesn't wish to get into ______, he will return the umbrella to No.10 Broad Street. He is well ______."

This ______ in the newspaper, and on the following morning, the man was ______ when he opened the front door. At least twelve umbrellas had been ______ in, and his own was among them. Many of them had ______ tied to them, saying that they had been taken ________ mistake, and begging the ______ not to say anything about the matter.

1.A. umbrella B. advertisement C. newspaper D. money

2.A. Though B. Once C. Unless D. As

3.A. away B. out C. back D. off

4.A. Where B. When C. Why D. How

5.A. listeners B. passers-by C. readers D. thieves

6.A. magazine B. newspaper C. novel D. picture

7.A. Found B. Lost C. Borrowed D. Lent

8.A. receive B. give C. take D. return

9.A. does B. makes C. pays D. agrees

10.A. draw B. call C. cost D. express

11.A. said B. typed C. wrote D. explained

12.A. If B. Though C. Because D. While

13.A. business B. trouble C. habit D. report

14.A. educated B. done C. behaved D. known

15.A. wrote B. published C. appeared D. sent

16.A. work B. frightened C. disappointed D. surprised

17.A. thrown B. brought C. kept D. stolen

18.A. books B. notes C. money D. news

19.A. for B. with C. by D. to

20.A. businessman B. loser C. keeper D. reporter

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Product Description: Designed for those who have a strong interest in personal lifestyle. Better life is an America’s complete home and family service magazine. If offers help with food, recipes, decorating(装潢), building, gardening, family health, money management and education.

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News China

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Product Description: News China is the English edition of China Newsweek. The magazine covers the latest Chinese domestic news in politics, society, environment, culture, sports and travels, etc. It is the first comprehensive news magazine for readers interested in China.

1.What do we know about Apple Seeds?

A. The soft cover enables it to be read and kept long.

B. It can be purchased as an award for your children.

C. You can receive it every month if you purchase it.

D. The magazine is going to surprise you for many years.

2.Better Life can help you in ________.

A. beautifying your house B. ordering food from restaurant

C. learning about sports and travels D. finding interesting stories for your kids

3.What kind of people may buy News China?

A. People who want to enlarge the knowledge of their kids

B. People who have a strong sense of humor and love to laugh

C. People who have an interest in personal lifestyle of the English

D. People who are interest in China’s politics business and culture

4.Which magazine may best help relieve your work stress?

A. Apple Seeds B. Better Life

C. Humor Times D. News China

When other nine-year-old kids were playing games, she was working at a petrol station. When other teens were studying or going out, she fought to find a place to sleep on the street. But she beat these terrible setbacks(挫折) to win a highly competitive scholarship and gain entry (录入)into Harvard University. And her amazing story has inspired a movie, “Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story”.

Liz Murray, a 22-year-old American girl, has been writing a real-life story of willpower and determination. Liz grew up with two drug-addicted parents. There was never enough  food or warm clothes in the house. Liz was the only member of the family who had a job. Her mother had AIDS and died when Liz was just l5 years old. The effect of that loss became a turning point in her life. Connecting the environment in which she had grown up with how her mother had died. She decided to do something about it.

Liz went back to school. She threw herself into her studies, never telling her teachers that she was homeless. At night, she lived on the streets. “What drove me to live on had something to do with understanding, and by understanding that there was a whole other way of being. I had only experienced a small part of the society,” she wrote in her book Breaking Night.

She admitted that she used envy (妒忌)to drive herself on. She used the benefits that come easily to others, such as a safe living environment, to encourage herself that “next to nothing could hold me down”. She finished high school in just two years and won a full scholarship to study at Harvard University. But Liz decided to leave her top university a couple of months earlier this year in order to take care of her father, who has also developed AIDS. “I love my parents so much. They are drug addicts. But I never forget that they love me all the time. ”

Liz wants moviegoers(常看电影的人) to come away with the idea that changing your life is “as simple as making a decision”.

1.In which order did the following things happen to Liz?

a. Her mother died of AIDS.

b. She got admitted into Harvad.

c. She worked at a petrol station.

d. The movie about her life was put on.

e. She had trouble finding a place to sleep.

A. c, a, e, b, d B. a, b, c, e, d

C. c, d, b, a, e D. b, e, a, d, c

2.What actually made her go towards her goal?

A. Envy and encouragement.

B. Willpower and determination.

C. Decisions and understanding

D. Love and respect for her parents.

3.What does Liz mean by saying “What drove me to live on...I had only experienced a small part of the society”?

A. She had little experience of social life.

B. She could hardly understand the society.

C. She would do something for her own life.

D. She needed to travel more around the world.

4.What does the passage mainly tell us?

A. Why Liz loved her parents so much.

B. How Liz made efforts to change her life.

C. What a hard time Liz had in her childhood.

D. How Liz managed to enter Harvard University.

Right in front of the Minneapolis Central Library, a row of green bikes sits parked in a special stand. Each bike is designed with the logo “ Nice Ride”-- the name of the city’s bike-share program.

Nice Ride bikes are a lot like the library books that people come here to borrow. To rent a bike, you simply use your membership card at a Nice Ride bike station. Members can rent one of l, 200 bikes from 138 stations throughout Minnesota’s largest city. People use the Nice Ride bikes to go to work, to go out on business , or just to enjoy the city’s many bike paths.

The rise of bike-share programs like Nice Ride is encouraging more people than ever to choose biking over driving. Skyrocketing gas prices and concerns about the environment have also gotten people to dust off their bike helmets, pump air into flat tires, and hit the road.

Why ride? Not only is biking good exercise but switching from a car to a bike also cuts down the  amount  of pollution  in  the  air. Carbon dioxide, a greenhouse  gas linked to climate change, is one of the many polluting substances that come out of a car’s tail pipe.

Bike-share systems are found around the world in cities like London, Paris, Barcelona, and Melbourne, Australia. The largest program with 70,000 bikes--is in Wuhan, China.

To make roads friendlier to non-motorists, the U. S. Department of Transportation has invested more than a billion dollars in cycling and pedestrian projects in recent years. The money went toward building thousands of miles of on-street bike lanes and pedestrian-only passages called greenways.

1.Which of the following can people do with the bikes?

A. Earn a living. B. Enjoy bikeways.

C. Compete in a race. D. Rent them out to others.

2.What is Paragraph four mainly about?

A. Benefits of biking. B. Pollution caused by cars.

C. Methods to use the bikes. D. Measures to decrease pollution.

3.Which of the following is true of Nice Ride?

A. China has better public bike systems.

B. It will take the place of taxi companies.

C. It attracts more people to choose biking.

D. The government lacks money to support it.

4.What is the author’s purpose in writing this text?

A. To seek advice for Nice Ride.

B. To compare Nice Ride with libraries.

C. To raise money for bike-share programs.

D. To introduce the bike system in public places.

For many people,being on the job might just sound like a picnic compared to a day at home filled with housework,meals and childcare.Even for those with a happy family life,home can sometimes feel more taxing than work.

In a new study,researchers at Penn State University found significantly and consistently lower levels of cortisol(皮质醇)released in response to stress,in a majority of subjects when they were at work compared to when they were at home.This was true for both men and women,and parents and people without children.

Both men and women showed less stress at work.But women were more likely to report feeling happier there. Men were more likely to feel happier at home.Experts say there are other reasons why work is less stressful than home for many."Paid work is more valued in society,"says Sarah Damaske,the lead researcher on the study. "Household work is boring and not particularly rewarding."

We get better at our job with time and the increased competence means less stress and more rewards.Yet none of us,no matter how long we've been doing it,ever truly feels like an expert at parenting or even at marriage.

The support and friendship of co-workers also offer stress relief.At home,meanwhile,stress spreads and accumulates(积累)quickly."That's the reason why most housewives wish they were the bread earners,"Dr.Damaske says.

Much of the advice to families and couples include the warning to "leave work stress at the office" and even to change our mind-set (思维定式)from work to home,for example,a walk around the block.The recent findings,though,suggest our home life,not our attitude,might be due for some change.

1.Which of the following can replace the underlined word "taxing"?

A. stressful. B. cheerful.

C. worthwhile. D. rewarding.

2.What did the research in the second paragraph prove?

A. Men felt better at home.

B. Women felt they had less time.

C. Women were easier to feel happier.

D. Most people felt more stress at home.

3.According lo the recent findings,what should we change to solve the problem mentioned?

A. Our attitude. B. Our mind-set.

C. Our home life. D. Our working style.

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