Imagine you got paid to go shopping,and could keep the things you bought with other people's money.Does this sound like a dream?Well,for some,like Amy Knott,from Chicago,this is their job.

Amy Knott is a mystery shopper.She is paid to visit a store,eat in a restaurant,go to a bank,stay in a hotel,get her hair cut,fill up her gas tank,or see a movie.She pretends to be an ordinary customer,but afterwards she writes a report about her experience,commenting on things like: How long did you wait in line?Was the flood hot?Did the cashier say "thank you"?Did the restroom have soap and tissue?This gives companies useful information about how they can improve their customer service.

So who can become a mystery shopper?You do not need any special qualifications or experience,but you need a good memory,an eye for detail,and good writing skills.When you apply for the job,instead of an interview,you will be asked to write about something like:"What was your best shopping experience?"

What is the pay like?For a 15-minute visit to a store,you might get $10 and the cost of what you buy.For a haircut,you might get $35 and the cost of the haircut.Most mystery shoppers do this job in their spare time,like Byron Jenner,who visits a restaurant on his lunch break every day and earns about $500 extra a month.But others, like Amy,make it their full-time career,and earn up to $40,000 a year.

"I love mystery shopping.I can't believe I actually get paid to have fun,"she says."For example,tonight my husband and I will go out,have a $150 dinner,go to stay at a luxury hotel,and I'll walk away with $300."

1.Amy Knott is paid to go shopping_______ .

A. to see whether the cashier says "thanks you"

B. to do a research for a company to improve its service

C. to comment on some things

D. to see whether the restroom has soap and tissue

2.Which of the following is Not the qualification for a mystery shopper?

A. A good memory. B. An eye for detail.

C. Good writing skills. D. Passing an interview.

3.How much does Byron Jenner earn as a mystery shopper a year?

A. $6,000. B. $40.000.

C. $420. D. $30,000.

Scientists often see the first ten years of a child's life as the "window of opportunity,"1.And studies show that the following activities can benefit their brain greatly.


Free playtime has always been an important part of "being a kid",but it is also important to a child's development."Free play" not only helps kids develop different skills,it also helps them develop into happy healthy adults in the future.

Read with kids.

Reading has long been known to improve children's intelligence.3.For parents who don't have much time, just surrounding your kids with books goes a long way too.

Put kids to bed early.

4.Preschool children should get at least eleven hours of sleep and kids up to age 12 should try to get at least ten hours of sleep.

Learn a second language.

Early studies in this field have shown that bilingual(双语的)kids can perform better under pressure.Young children can learn new languages with nearly perfect fluency(流利)and pronunciation.

Praise good effort not intelligence.

Your kids may be smart but you should mainly praise the effort they put into tasks.Kids,who are praised on intelligence,often feel it is a fixed quality,and mistakes or failures badly hurt their self-confidence.Kids who are praised on effort often focus more on learning.5.

A.Play some helpful games.

B.Give them enough playtime.

C.And they are not afraid to fail and try again.

D.Kids still need time away from the TV to do homework.

E.Kids who read often develop earlier writing and number skills as well.

F.Everything at this time is very important to the development of a person's brain.

G.Studies show that kids with regular bedtimes are better at languages,math and reading.

O Elizabeth Clay decided to go home and spend the holiday with her parents.The next day she drove her old car home along the road.____she found she got a flat.The 22-year-old student____to stop her car by the side of the road in the winter night and opened the trunk.No____tire.

At this time,a car____.Paul and Diane told Clay to____them to a service station near their____.They arrived to see that it had no suitable tires to____with her car."Follow us home,"said Paul.

The couple called around to find a tire.No____.They decided to let her use their own car."Here,"Paul said, handing Clay a____of keys,"Take our car.We____be using it over the holiday."

Clay was____."But I'm going all the way to South Carolina,and I'll be gone for two weeks,"she____them.

"We know,"Paul said."We'll be____when you get back.Here's our number if you need to____us."

Unable to believe her eyes,Clay watched as the____put her luggage into their car and then____her off.Two weeks later she____to find her old car cleaned inside and out with three new tires and the radio____.

"Thank you so much,"she said."How much do I____you?""Oh,no,"Paul said,"we don't want any money.It's our ____."Clay realized that while it might have been their pleasure,it was now her duty to pass on their "do onto others" spirit.

1.A. Suddenly B. Finally C. Immediately D. Fortunately

2.A. afforded B. wanted C. managed D. allowed

3.A. spare B. free C. full D. empty

4.A. passed B. stopped C. paused D. started

5.A. help B. push C. take D. follow

6.A. garage B. house C. shop D. hotel

7.A. agree B. match C. go D. deal

8.A. way B. message C. success D. luck

9.A. number B. set C. pair D. chain

10.A. can't B. shouldn't C. mustn't D. won't

11.A. satisfied B. worried C. astonished D. disturbed

12.A. persuaded B. advised C. reminded D. promised

13.A. happy B. here C. away D. busy

14.A. get in touch with B. keep in touch with C. be in touch with D. put in touch with

15.A. repairmen B. cleaners C. friends D. couple

16.A. sent B. shook C. watched D. drove

17.A. shocked B. job C. duty D. came

18.A. loaded B. happened C. returned D. rebuilt

19.A. owe B. fixed C. tied D. offer

20.A. Wish B. lend C. give D. pleasure

From: terri @ wombat. Com. Au

To: (happylizijun) @ yaboo. com. cn

Subject: My school

Hi, Li Zijun,

Thanks very much for your email. I really enjoyed reading it. I think we have a lot in common. I wonder if our school life is similar too.

I go to a big high school in Sydney called Maylands High School. There are about 1000 students and 80 or so teachers. My class has 25 students in it, which is normal for a Year 11 class. In the junior school there are about 30 students in a class.

In the senior high school we have lots of subjects to choose from, like maths, physics, chemistry, biology, history, German, law, geography, software design, graphic arts and media studies. (Different schools sometime have different optional subjects.) English is a must for everyone and we have to do least three other subjects in Year 11 and 12. At the end of Year 12 we sit for a public exam called the High School Certificate.

As well as school subjects, most of us do other activities at school such as playing a sport, singing in the choir or playing in the school band. We can also belong to clubs, such as the drama club, the chess club and the debating society.

We have a lot of homework to do in senior school to prepare for our exam, so unless I have basketball practice, I usually go straight home and start studying. I arrive home about 4 pm, make myself a snack and work till 6. Then I help the family to make dinner and we all eat together. I’m usually back in my room studying by 8 pm. I stop at about 10 o’clock and watch TV or read a book for half an hour to relax. On Saturdays, I usually go out with my family or with friends and I sleep in till late on Sunday morning. Then it’s back to the books on Sunday afternoon.

How about you? What’s your school life like? Do you have a lot of homework? What do you do to relax when you’re not studying? I’m looking forward to finding out.

Your Australian friend


1.How many subjects do the students have to do at least in Year 11 and 12?

A. 11 B. 3

C. 4 D. 6

2.What does the underlined phrase “sit for” in Para3 mean?

A. pass B. take

C. go for D. hold

3.On Sunday afternoon, Terri usually______.

A. read books B. play in the school band

C. play basketball D. helps her family to prepare dinner

What is success? I am not going to try to explain success. I think a precise meaning is impossible! Is it winning a Gold Medal at the Olympic Games or winning Wimbledon, or being awarded a Nobel Prize? What else? I believe personal success could be anything at all- it does not have to involve public recognition. Who is more successful? A millionaire who is unhappy, or an unnoticed person, who has led a simple, quiet, sincere and happy life? The simplest definition of success, I think, is “to set out to do something and to succeed in doing it.

The first step on the road to success starts with belief. Believe you can succeed and you will. Achieving success in whatever endeavor(努力)you choose may be the goal of life; because it gives you freedom from worry. Could that be?

Success means different things to every one of us. Some people believe it is measured in financial term; others believe it is helping others rather than helping themselves. However, most people are motivated to a great extend by public recognition. How many people are really happy? How many people are really doing what they want to with their lives? Incidentally, to imagine makes us different from animals.

Most important of all, I believe success is a matter of personal growth. If every day you are developing or growing just a millimeter, I believe one is successful. Just being a slightly better person each day for me is success. I’ve got a very long way to go them!

Finally, always remember success is a process and is not simply a matter of arriving at a destination. It’s the journey that really matters. Success is what you become in the often very difficult and dangerous journey down the river of life.

1.What is personal success according to the author?

A. Winning public recognition

B. Being an unhappy millionaire

C. Something impossible to define simply

D. Succeeding in doing what you want

2.Which plays an important role in your success?

A. Intelligence B. Confidence

C. Wealth D. Kindness

3.According to he text, humans are different from animals in_______.

A. belief B. freedom

C. imagination D. success

4.What can be the best title for the text?

A. What is success B. No true success

C. How to be successful D. Success is reaching a destination

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