Many years ago, there was an emperor(皇帝). One day he told his horseman that if he could ride on his horse and ________ as much land area as he liked, he would give him the area of land he had covered.________ enough, the horseman quickly jumped onto his horse and _____ as fast as possible to cover as much land area as he could.

He _____ riding and riding, whipping the horse to go as fast as possible. Even when he was _______or tired, he did not stop _______he wanted to cover as much area as possible. When he at last covered a large amount of land, he was exhausted and was _________. Then he asked himself, “Why did I _____myself so hard to cover so much land area? Now I am dying and I only _____ a very small area to _____myself.”

The above story is _____ to the journey of our _____. We push ourselves very hard every day to make more ________, to gain power or recognition. We neglect(疏忽,忘记) our ________, time with our family and to appreciate the surrounding ______and the things we love to do. One day __________ we look back, we will ______that we don’t really need that much, ____________ then we cannot turn back time for what we have __________

Life is not about making money. Life is definitely(肯定地) not about work! Work is only _________ to keep us living so as to enjoy the beauty and pleasures of life.

1.A. use B. get C. work D. cover

2.A. Sure B. Strange C. Good D. Interesting

3.A. rode B. ran C. expanded D. struggled

4.A. gave up B. asked for C. kept on D. succeeded in

5.A. sad B. hungry C. confused D. excited

6.A. because B. so C. but D. if

7.A. dying B. arguing C. sleeping D. smiling

8.A. make B. push C. destroy D. prove

9.A. find B. have C. need D. show

10.A. live B. support C. bury D. sleep

11.A. useful B. certain C. special D. similar

12.A. future B. past C. history D. life

13.A. money B. progress C. discoveries D. friends

14.A. freedom B. career C. honor D. health

15.A. things B. condition C. beauty D. people

16.A. before B. when C. unless D. since

17.A. regret B. realize C. apologize D. explain

18.A. but B. until C. however D. or

19.A. saved B. won C. reduced D. missed

20.A. possible B. probable C. necessary D. suitable

Reasons to visit St.Louis

Whether you’re traveling alone, with a friend or with the whole family, there’s a nearly endless selection of activities you’ll want to experience---so many that it’s hard to decide where to go first.

Missouri Botanical Garden

You could easily spend an entire day making your way through the 79 acres(英亩)on display here. The gardens also boast(以拥有……而自豪) seasonal exhibits, such as the summer Lantern Festival—taking place through July—that showcases beautiful works of light each year.

4344 Shaw Blvd, 314-577-5100, missouribotanicalgarden. org.

St. Louis Art Museum Free

There are more than 33,000 works on display here, including the recent addition of 225 donated pieces of feature work by American artists and more than 200 pieces from Asia. The museum is free, and special exhibits are free on Fridays.

I Fine Arts Drive, 314-721-0072, slam. Org

St. Louis Science Center Free

With a wealth of displays to keep kids and adults alike entertained and learning all day, the center boasts an impressive 700 hands-on exhibits, including a fossil dig site, water tables in the discovery room, electrical energy demonstrations, and cyber activities.

5050 Oakland Ave, 314-289-4400,

St. Louis Zoo Free (Free for some attractions)

The zoo includes beautiful naturalistic displays and boasts plenty of activities to keep kids excited, from feeding exhibitions and safaris(游猎), to sea lion shows and conservation talks.

One Government Drive, 314-781-0900,

1.When can you appreciate works of light?

A. In May. B. In June.

C. In July. D. In August.

2.How is St. Louis Science Center different from the other three places?

A. It is free of charge. B. It opens all year round.

C. It holds plenty of events. D. It combines learning with doing.

3.Where should kids go if they are fond of animals?

A. 4344 Shaw Blvd. B. I Fine Arts Drive.

C. 5050 Oakland Ave. D. One Government Drive.

For most of my 20 years as a teacher, summer vacation was my time to relax. So why was I standing in the schoolyard of an unfamiliar school, wearing myself out for a summer teaching job? The extra paychecks were nice, but I lacked the energy of my younger colleagues. Like Stella. She was in her early twenties, and made keeping up with the kids look effortless. She reminded me of myself, back when I was a bright-eyed student teacher at Ramona Elementary…

I’d never forget my first day. I was too full of energy. Nervous energy. My supervising teacher was watching, and I wanted to make a good impression. I asked my third graders to take out their crayons for the day’s lesson. All of them obeyed. Except one. A girl with two long, dark braids(辫子). Everyone called her Estrellita, or “little star.” Why was she unprepared for class? I demanded to know.

“My sister has my crayons,” she said.

“You should each have your own crayons,” I told her. “That’s no excuse.”

“There are 10 children in my family,” Estrellita said quietly, her big brown eyes never leaving my face. “We have to take turns.”

I was taken aback. I’d completely misjudged the situation. All day Estrellita’s words played on my mind. The next morning I bought a pack of crayons to leave on Estrellita’s desk. She was so happy! That experience taught me an important lesson. Every student had a unique set of challenges—it was my mission to help my students overcome them. That mission used to energize(激励 )me.

Rest was almost over. Stella turned to me and we started chatting. “How long have you been teaching?” she asked. I told her I’d started twenty years before, at Ramona Elementary.

“I went to school there twenty years ago!” Stella said. I looked at her again, this time really seeing her. Those big brown eyes. That long, dark hair...

“Did you use to have two long braids?” I said. “We called you Estrellita… ”

Stella shouted. “ You ! You gave me the crayons!”

She’d become a teacher. To help students like I did. Even doing something that small mattered.

That summer, I threw myself into teaching with a renewed sense of purpose. Estrellita had taught me a lesson once again.

1.How did the author feel according to Paragraph 1?

A. She felt relaxed. B. She felt very tired.

C. She was still excited. D. She was proud of herself.

2.Why didn’t Estrellita take out her crayons?

A. She had to share them. B. She was being naughty.

C. She forgot to bring them. D. She lost them before the class.

3.Which can replace the underlined part “taken aback” in Paragraph 6?

A. fairly serious. B. quite pleased.

C. very surprised. D. extremely angry.

4.What did the author learn through Stella?

A. Never make excuses. B. Why her job mattered.

C. How to be a good teacher. D. To be a giver, not a receiver.

It was Saturday morning. I heard loud noises of moving furniture in the next room. I could almost feel the excitement of John who was soon going to get a room of his own. I remember my own feelings when I was 13. I knew how much he longed for his right to privacy (私人空间) when he was sharing a room with his younger brother, Robot. He said, “Mum, Can I please have a room of my own? I could use Jeff’s. He won’t mind.”

It was true that Jeff had graduated from college and flown from the nest. But would he mind? The room was the place where I told him a thousand stories and we had a thousand talks. As close as we were, though, the time came when Jeff needed a door between us. His life was spreading into areas that had less to do with family. I no longer could-or should-know everything about him.

It turned out that getting Jeff’s permission was easy. He said, “Of course, Mum, it would be selfish of me to hold on to it.” Then his voice softened, “Mum, I won’t be living at home again---you know that.” Behind his glasses, his eyes were lit with all the love. There were no doors closed here---they had all opened up again.

As John and I were cleaning the room, I fixed my eyes on Jeff’s things around me and could almost touch the little boy who I knew was gone forever. I looked at the room and, in my heart, I let it go. To hold on would be, as Jeff said, selfish. Now it was time for John, shouldering through the door, his eyes bright with promise of independence, to disappear behind the door. It was time for letting go to happen again.

1.How did John feel when he finally got a room of his own?

A. Scared. B. Confused.

C. Excited. D. Anxious.

2.The underlined sentence in the second paragraph probably means “______”.

A. Jeff finally flew out of the house

B. Jeff needed his right to privacy

C. Jeff would have less to do with his family

D. Jeff got tired of those familiar stories

3.Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage?

A. John was sharing a room with Jeff.

B. John was moving to live with his brother.

C. Jeff agreed to let his brother have his room.

D. Jeff disliked living with his parents.

4.It can be inferred from the passage that ______.

A. the children did not like to live with adults

B. all her three kids made the author feel depressed

C. none of the members in the family thought the same way

D. the author loved and missed the time together with her kids

The bike-sharing companies that are powering a transportation revolution in China’s urban centers are not like those in the rest of the world. Their bikes have no docking ports or assigned zones for parking. Instead, riders open their smartphone apps, hop on, and start riding. So easy!

In 2015, Ofo, China’s bike-share pioneer, launched its first fleet of bicycles in Beijing. The bikes’ bright yellow frames were soon met by the orange-rimmed(镶边), basket-equipped models launched by Mobike, Ofo’s main competitor today. In little over a year, the two companies have had a huge impact on revitalizing (重振) cycling in China, particularly among young people.

Ofo placed 1 million bicycles across 35 cities and registered 15 million users in its first years, while Mobike has now gained more than 10 million unique users and bicycles in 21 cities. Inspired by their success, at least 10 other companies have jumped into the market, launching their own app-powered, brightly colored bikes in quick succession. But Mobike and Ofo are far ahead of them.

The two industry leaders each take a different marketing method to a similar product. The Mobike app uses GPS to display bikes’ locations to users. They can use the map to reserve a bike and walk over to it. A scan of the bike’s QR code (二维码) unlocks the bike, and when users manually(手动地) lock the bike at the end of their trip, the app records the trip’s end and the bike will pop back up on the map as available. Equipped with this wireless technology, Mobikes cost between 1,000 and 3,000 yuan. Rides cost 1 yuan for an hour or a half hour, depending on whether a user chooses a “Lite” or regular bike, and the deposit (押金) required to the service is 299 yuan.

Ofo, meanwhile, is devoted not just to producing its own bikes, which have slim yellow bodies and cost about 250 yuan, but also to connecting existing bikes to its network----- a philosophy that begins with the practice of 2000 bikes offered to a campus bike-share program. The 2000 bikes were the first generation of Ofo. Yet the majority of the company’s bikes are currently ones that have been specially manufactured and fitted with their lock system. Unlike Mobike,Ofo bikes themselves are offline: their locations are tracked through users’ cell phones. Users find a free bike, enter the license plate number into their app, and receive the bike unlock code. When they have reached their destination, they end the ride on the app and manually lock the bike. Rides cost 1 yuan for an hour and the deposit is 99 yuan.

1.Which of the following statements is TRUE according to the passage?

A. The bike rides based on apps are available whenever you need.

B. The bike body in bright color only attracts young people to choose cycling.

C. Ofo knows their bikes’ location by scanning the bike’s QR code.

D. The bikes are locked automatically when the users reached their destination.

2.Which of the following is close to the meaning of the underlined word “succession ”in the 3rd paragraph?

A. successful experience. B. movement to action.

C. continuous process . D. production line.

3.How are Ofo bikes different from Mobikes?

① no need for online condition.

② without their own lock system.

③ not only to produce ofo bikes but also put existing ones to use.

④ to unlock the bike through app.

⑤ to lock the bike by QR code

A. ①②⑤ B. ②③④

C. ②④⑤ D. ①③④

4.What is the best title of the passage?

A. Bike-sharing business models: Mobike and Ofo.

B. A real transportation innovation(创新): app-powered bicycles.

C. The successful secret of two bike-sharing companies.

D. Cool experience of app-powered bicycles.

I think the majority of people would agree that it’s unhealthy to live in the past. After all, we’re all familiar with the new age philosophy, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift.1.. Living in the past holds us back from being able to enjoy the present moment. But are there any benefits of revisiting a previous time? Actually, yes. The past has several advantages:

Learning from our mistakes: We all know that poor choices can be some of life’s greatest teachers.2..

3.: By revisiting an unfavorable event from our past, we can often view it from a different perspective as time has passed. Being older and wiser, we are now able to reevaluate the experience and gain deeper insights and understandings of what happened and why, and how it has impacted us since. What once scarred us can now be healed through a newly-found awareness and no longer be a negative force in our lives.

Motivated by earlier successes:4.. Other times life has been difficult. Remembering the past when we were at our best can help motivate us out of our current slump(低谷) and put us back on track for success. Use your past successes to propel(推动) you on to newer and greater things.

While it’s evident that revisiting the past has several advantages, there is a warning. Just like an amusement park, it’s fine to visit but you cannot stay there forever. At some point, the park closes and all visitors are asked to leave. Enjoy the past when necessary but don’t always stay there. Use it for living in the present and planning for the future.5..

A. Moving beyond

B. That’s why it’s called the present

C. In that way, it will serve you well

D. See the mistakes as a step on the road to a solution

E. There are times when we have all enjoyed success on a variety of levels

F. Recalling times when we made mistakes can help us make better future decisions

G. So, failure is the mother of success

I’ve always had strong opinions of how love should be expressed, but others have their own ways of showing care.

What I ______ most about visiting my boyfriend’s parents is the loud tick of the clock in the dining room as we ______ ate our meal.With so little conversation I was quick to regard his family as ____.When we got into the car to go home, his father suddenly appeared._____, he began to wash his son’s windscreen.I could feel he is a ____man through the glass.

I learned another lesson about ______a few years later.My father often ____ me early in the morning.“Buy Xerox.It’s a good sharp price,” he might say when I answered the phone.No pleasant _____ or inquiry about my life, just financial instructions. This manner of his angered me and we often ____.But one day, I thought about my father’s success in business and realized that his______for my financial security lay behind his short morning calls.The next time he called and told me to buy a stock,I______him.

When my social style has ______with that of my friends, I’ve often felt disappointed.For example, I always return phone calls _____ and regularly contact my friends.I expect the same from them.I had one friend who ______called, answering my messages with short e-mails.I rushed to the ______: She wasn’t a good friend! My anger grew as the holidays approached.But then she came to a gathering I _____ and handed me a beautiful dress I had fallen in love with when we did some window-shopping the previous month.I was shocked at her thoughtfulness, and ____ for how I’d considered her to be uncaring.Clearly I needed to ____ my expectations of friends.

Far too often, I ignored their ____ expressions, eagerly expecting them to do things in my way .Over the years, however, I’ve learned to ____ other persons’ love signs.

1.A. admire B. enjoy C. remember D. forget

2.A. excitedly B. silently C. nervously D. instantly

3.A. cold B. friendly C. attractive D. polite

4.A. Proudly B. Secretly C. Carefully D. Violently

5.A. boring B. caring C. funny D. stubborn

6.A. value B. respect C. love D. courage

7.A. warned B. telephoned C. visited D. interrupted

8.A. excuse B. meeting C. apology D. greetings

9.A. fought B. encouraged C. quarreled D. laughed

10.A. concern B. blame C. regret D. pride

11.A. thanked B. ignored C. held D. praised

12.A. associated B. conflicted C. agreed D. linked

13.A. in order B. in turn C. without delay D. without doubt

14.A. rarely B. regularly C. usually D. normally

15.A. judgment B. suggestion C. decision D. condition

16.A. opened B. refused C. hosted D. invited

17.A. depressed B. regretful C. fascinated D. pitiful

18.A. develop B. own C. find D. change

19.A. pleasant B. common C. unique D. familiar

20.A. give B. read C. write D. send

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