“I don, t feel right about this,” I said to one of my cousins in a low voice. She nodded in ______. Not wanting to be the first to touch the food, I waited for one of the older adults to start.

Thanksgiving usually meant ______ and full stomachs. However, this year was ______. My family sat around the dinner table ______ at our feast. Everyone had a full plate, everyone except Grandma. The treatment for throat cancer would ______ one of her great pleasures, eating. This was the first of many food-focused ______ to come. I could not imagine what it would be like to never taste ______ food again. My cousin Molly broke the ______ with a raise of her glass, “To Nat.” We all followed her lead. “Your ______ and strength encourage us all,” she continued. Grandma smiled, holding back her tears with great ______. “Thank you. Please, please eat.” And with that, we all began to eat. Conversation broke ______ around the room while Grandma laughed and talked with us all. Cancer would take away her ability to eat, but not the gift of being the best hostess. The evening went on as normal ______ do. By the time the night was over, I felt ______ to my family than ever before. I learned that we gather together on holidays not to eat a rich feast, but to ______ and share with one another. We ______ my Grandmother’s courage, but we all learned a lesson in grace. In the years following, my Grandma ______ to create meals for family events. She told me once with a laugh, “I may not be able to eat, but I can ______ taste things.” With a ______ heart, Grandma prepared what she could not have for the only purpose of making us ______. She inspired me to learn to cook and helped me find the ______ to make everything come together: love.

1.A. excitement B. surprise C. satisfaction D. agreement

2.A. disappointment B. thoughts C. laughter D. sorrow

3.A. different B. popular C. same D. similar

4.A. glaring B. nodding C. joking D. staring

5.A. take away B. take in C. take up D. take down

6.A. plans B. dinners C. holidays D. action

7.A. delicious B. expensive C. cheap D. terrible

8.A. record B. rule C. dark D. silence

9.A. wish B. concern C. courage D. confidence

10.A. efforts B. effects C. relief D. patience

11.A. into B. up C. down D. cut

12.A. New Year’s Days B. Christmases C. Thanksgivings D. April Fool’s Days

13.A. farther B. closer C. happier D. stranger

14.A. apologize B. promise C. forgive D. support

15.A. remembered B. mentioned C. followed D. celebrated

16.A. decided B. continued C. hated D. started

17.A. still B. ever C. just D. even

18.A. selfless B. selfish C. anxious D. pitiful

19.A. sad B. happy C. surprised D. lovely

20.A. sign B. skill C. attitude D. secret

King’s College Summer School

King’s College Summer School is an annual training program for high school students at all levels who want to improve their English. Courses are given by the teachers of King’s College and other colleges in New York. Trips to museums and culture centers are also organized. This year’s summer school will be from July 25 to August 15.

More information is as follows:

Application date

?Students in New York should send their applications before July 18, 2017.

? Students of other cities should send their applications before July 16, 2017.

? Foreign students should send their applications before July 10, 2017.


?    English Language

Spoken English: 22 hours

Reading and Writing: 10 hours

?    American History: 16 hours

?    American Culture: 16 hours


?    A letter of self-introduction

?    A letter of recommendation

﹡The letters should be written in English with all the necessary information.


?    Daily lessons: $200

?    Sports and activities: $100

?    Travels: $200

?     Hotel service: $400

﹡You may choose to live with your friends or relatives in the same city.

Please write to:

Thompson, Sanders

1026 King’ s Street

New York, NY 10016, US

E-mail: KC-Summer-School@ yahoo.com

1.Which of the following is true about King’s College Summer School?

A. Only top students can take part in the program.

B. King’s College Summer School is run every other year.

C. Visits to museums and culture centers are part of the program.

D. Only the teachers of King’s College give courses.

2.If you are to live with your relatives in New York, you will have to pay the school _______.

A. $200 B. $400

C. $500 D. $900

3.What information can you get from the text?

A. The program will last two months.

B. You can write to Thompson only in English.

C. As a Chinese student, you can send your application on July 14, 2017.

D. You can get in touch with the school by e-mail or by telephone.

The morning had been a disaster. My tooth was aching, and I’d been in an argument with a friend. Her words still hurt:“The trouble with you is that you won’t put yourself in my place. Can’t you see things from my point of view?”I shook my head stubbornly—and felt the ache in my tooth. I’d thought I could hold out till my dentist came back from holiday, but the pain was really unbearable. I started calling the dentists in the phone book, but no one could see me immediately. Finally, at about lunchtime, I got lucky.

“If you come by right now,” the receptionist said, “the dentist will fit you in.”[

I took my purse and keys and rushed to my car. But suddenly I began to doubt about the dentist. What kind of dentist would be so eager to treat someone at such short notice? Why wasn’t he as busy as the others?

In the dentist’s office, I sat down and looked around. I saw nothing but the bare walls and I became even more worried. The assistant noticed my nervousness and placed her warm hand over my ice-cold one. When I told her my fears, she laughed and said, “Don’t worry. The dentist is very good.”

“How long do I have to wait for him?” I asked impatiently.

“Come on, he is coming. Just lie down and relax. And enjoy the artwork,” the assistant said.

“The artwork?” I was puzzled.

The chair went back, suddenly I smiled. There was a beautiful picture, right where I could enjoy it: on the ceiling. How considerate the dentist was! At that moment, I began to understand what my friend meant by her words.

What a relief!

1.Which of the following best describes the author’s feeling that morning?

A. Embarrassed. B. Nervous.

C. terrified D. Upset.

2.What made the author begin to doubt about the dentist?

A. The dentist’s agreeing to treat her at very short notice.

B. The dentist’s being as busy as the other dentists.

C. The surroundings of the dentist’s office.

D. The laughing assistant of the dentist.

3.Why did the author suddenly smile?

A. Because the dentist came at last.

B. Because she saw a picture on the ceiling.

C. Because she could relax in the chair.

D. Because the assistant kept comforting her.

4.What did the author learn from her experience most probably?

A. Strike while the iron is hot.

B. Have a good word for one’s friend.

C. Put oneself in others’ shoes.

D. A friend in need is a friend indeed.

A popular saying goes, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” However, that’s not really true. Words have the power to build us up or tear us down. It doesn’t matter if the words come from someone else or ourselves — the positive(积极的) and negative(消极的) effects are just as lasting.

We all talk to ourselves sometimes. We’re usually too embarrassed to admit it, though. In fact, we really shouldn’t be because more and more experts believe talking to ourselves out loud is a healthy habit.

This “self-talk” helps us motivate(激励) ourselves, remember things, solve problems, and calm ourselves down. Be aware, though, that as much as 77% of self-talk tends to be negative. So in order to stay positive, we should only speak words of encouragement to ourselves. We should also be quick to give ourselves a pat on the back. The next time you finish a project, do well in a test, or finally clean your room, join me in saying “Good job!”

Often, words come out of our mouths without us thinking about the effect they will have. But we should be aware that our words cause certain responses in others. For example, when returning an item to a store, we might use warm, friendly language during the exchange. And the clerk will probably respond in a similar manner. However, harsh and critical language will most probably cause the clerk to be defensive.

Words possess power because of their lasting effect. Many of us regret something we once said. And we remember unkind words said to us! Before speaking, we should always ask ourselves: Is it loving? Is it needed? If what we want to say doesn’t pass this test, then it’s better left unsaid.

Words possess power: both positive and negative. Those around us receive encouragement when we speak positively. We can offer hope, build self-esteem(自尊) and motivate others to do their best. Negative words destroy all those things. Will we use our words to hurt or to heal? The choice is ours.

1.The main idea of the first paragraph is that ________.

A. not sticks and stones but words will hurt us

B. inspiring words give us confidence

C. negative words may let us down

D. words have a lasting effect on us

2.There is no sense for us to feel embarrassed when we talk to ourselves because ____.

A. almost everybody has the habit of talking to themselves

B. we can benefit (受益) from talking to ourselves

C. talking to ourselves always gives us courage

D. it does no harm to have “self-talk” when we are alone

3.The underlined part in the third paragraph means that we should also timely______.

A. remind ourselves

B. praise ourselves

C. make ourselves relaxed

D. give ourselves entertainment

4.The author would probably hold the view that ________.

A. encouraging words are sure to lead to kind offers

B. negative words may stimulate us to make more progress

C. people tend to remember friendly words

D. it is better to think twice before talking to others

One day, a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They waited anxiously at their desks for the test to begin. The professor _____________the question papers, with the text facing down as usual. ___he handed them all out, he asked his students to ___the page and begin. To everyone's surprise, there were no ___just a black dot (点) in the center of the page. The professor, seeing the expression on everyone's face, told them the following:

“I want you to write what you ___there.”

The students, ___, got started on the inexplicable (令人费解的) task.

At the end of the class, the professor ___all the answer papers and started reading each one of them aloud in front of all the students. All of them, with no ___, described the black dot, trying to explain its position in the middle of the sheet, etc. After all had been ___, the classroom was silent, the professor began to explain:

"I'm not going to grade this. I ___wanted to give you something to think about. No one wrote about the __ part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot, and the same happens in our __. We have a white paper to observe and __, but we always focus on the dark spots. Our life is a __ given to us with love and care and we always have ____to celebrate: nature renewing itself every day, our friends around us, the job that ____ our livelihood(生计) and the miracles we see every day.

__, we insist on focusing only on the dark spots: the health issues that bother us, the lack of money, the ___relationship with colleagues, the ___with a friend, and etc.

The dark spots are very ___compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our minds. "

1.A. handed out B. turned up C. referred to D. pointed at

2.A. Since B. Until C. If D. After

3.A. fold B. turn C. open D. use

4.A. exercises B. choices C. questions D. excuses

5.A. .remember B. imagine C. study D. see

6.A. surprised B. confused C. curious D. displeased

7.A. collected B. finished C. marked D. selected

8.A. excuse B. doubt C. exception D. explanation

9.A. said B. answered C. returned D. read

10.A. also B. just C. even D. finally

11.A. big B. black C. beautiful D. white

12.A. lives B. classrooms C. colleges D. studies

13.A. send B. keep C. enjoy D. show

14.A. burden B. gift C. pressure D. lesson

15.A. reasons B. time C. freedom D. festivals

16.A. threatens B. ruins C. provides D. changes

17.A. However B. Therefore C. Besides D. Moreover

18.A. close B. complicate C. special D. strong

19.A. stay B. contact C. satisfaction D. disappointment

20.A. dark B. round C. small D. dirty

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