After my brother died in an accident, my mother was very sad. I was only 4 years old at the time, but I still understood the ______ in my mom’s attitude toward safety. ______, everything around us was potentially ______.

I grew up with a lot of ______ and rules that were meant to ______ me. For example, I was not ______ to walk home from school by myself, even though everyone I knew already did. I couldn’t ______ evening parties or go to summer camp, ______ what if something happened to me?

As I got older, the list of things to ______ got longer. I became a natural ______. I was concerned about things like getting cancer, losing my wallet, being caught in car accidents and earthquakes —______ big and small, real and ______.The funny part is that you’d never know it by looking at my life, because I’m constantly ______ myself to do the things that frighten or worry me. In fact, I’ve developed a ______ for myself: If it scares me, then I have to do it ______ once. I’ve done lots of things that would have ______ my mom: I’ve ridden a motorcycle, I’ve traveled alone, and I’ve performed stand-up comedy.

Courage isn’t a natural attribute (品质) of human beings. I believe that we have to practice being courageous. The more ______ I do things that scare me or that make me ______, the more I realize that I can do a lot more than I originally thought I could do.

Even though I inherited (经遗传获得) my mother’s cautious ______, I’ve also come to believe that fear can be a good thing, if we ______ it. Believing that has made my world a less scary place.

1.A. hint B. change C. scene D. lesson

2.A. Slowly B. Logically C. Fortunately D. Suddenly

3.A. important B. inspiring C. convenient D. dangerous

4.A. restrictions B. considerations C. judgments D. comparisons

5.A. limit B. help C. protect D. train

6.A. allowed B. encouraged C. reminded D. advised

7.A. arrange B. attend C. decorate D. support

8.A. but B. though C. or D. because

9.A. hope B. fear C. count D. bear

10.A. worrier B. dreamer C. adult D. thinker

11.A. ideas B. affairs C. actions D. disasters

12.A. special B. common C. imaginary D. practical

13.A. expecting B. warning C. forcing D. promising

14.A. rule B. form C. case D. hobby

15.A. in all B. at most C. after all D. at least

16.A. threatened B. shocked C. confused D. entertained

17.A. rarely B. quickly C. often D. fairly

18.A. confident B. uncomfortable C. happy D. generous

19.A. nature B. duly C. work D. task

20.A. know B. get C. avoid D. face

Choose Your One-Day-Tours!

Tour A - Bath &Stonehenge including entrance fees to the ancient Roman bathrooms and Stonehenge -£37 until 26 March and £39 thereafter. Visit the city with over 2,000 years of history and Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent and the Costume Museum, Stonehenge is one of the world's most famous prehistoric monuments dating back over 5,000 years.

Tour B - Oxford & Stratford including entrance fees to the University St Mary's Church Tower and Anne Hathaway's -£32 until 12 March and £36 thereafter. Oxford: Includes a guided tour of England's oldest university city and colleges. Look over the "city of dreaming spires(尖顶)"from St Mary’s Church Tower. Stratford: Includes a guided tour exploring much of the Shakespeare wonder.

Tour C - Windsor Castle &Hampton Court: including entrance fees to Hampton Court Palace -£34 until 11 March and £37 thereafter. Includes a guided tour of Windsor and Hampton Court, Henry VILL's favorite palace. Free time to visit Windsor Castle(entrance fees not included).With 500 years of history, Hampton Court was once the home of four Kings and one Queen. Now this former royal palace is open to the public as a major tourist attraction. Visit the palace and its various historic gardens, which include the famous maze(迷宫)where it is easy to get lost!

Tour D –Cambridge including entrance fees to the Tower of Saint Mary the Great -£33 until 18 March and £37 thereafter. Includes a guided tour of Cambridge, the famous university town, and the gardens of the 18th century.

1.Which tour will you choose if you want to see England’s oldest university city?

A. Tour A B. Tour B

C. Tour C D. Tour D

2.Which of the following tours charges the lowest fee on 17 March?

A. Windsor Castle & Hampton Court B. Oxford & Stratford

C. Bath & Stonehenge D. Cambridge

3.Why is Hampton Court a major tourist attraction?

A. It used to be the home of royal families B. It used to be a well-known maze

C. It is the oldest palace in Britain D. It is a world-famous castle

Over the centuries, through genetic and cultural adaptation, humans and a wild bird species have learned to work together .When human honey-hunters make a certain noise, a bird called the honey guide does its job with unbelievable accuracy, leading people to hidden bees' nests.

Scientists put this ancient practice to the test. When biologists compared the honey guide call to other sounds, the traditional sound sent the honey guides to hidden bees nest three times more often than other sounds, according to a study in the journal Science. When you make the right noise, you end up with more honey compared to the wrong noise.

"It's an exchange of information for skills," said study lead author Claire Spottiswoode, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Cambridge.She failed to find bees nests until her friends made the right noise,and then was rewarded with honey that's very rich and delicious.

The honey guide has a special ability to find bees' nests. “Scientists aren't quite sure how it works, but it likely has to do with a sophisticated sense of smell,” Spottiswoode said. Still, there's a problem: These nests are stuck in trees that are difficult for the birds to reach. Even worse, the bees sting the birds, sometime to death.The people of the region, who make a living on the honey, have tools that can get at those nests and they use smoke to chase the bees away, reducing the stinging problem.

It's clear that the birds have adapted in an evolutionary way through natural selection, but for people the arrangement is probably more cultural.

1.According to the study, when making the wrong noise, people probably will .

A. get more honey

B. find bees’ nests easily

C. have difficulty finding bees’ nests

D. earn more time

2.What does the underlined word “sophisticated”in the fourth paragraph probably mean?

A. elementary B. Advanced.

C. Plain. D. Poor

3.What can be learned from the text? ?

A. Scientists have found out how the honey guide works.

B. Honey guides can easily get bees' nests in trees.

C. Honey-hunters are not afraid of stinging problem.

D. The bees are afraid of smoke.

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

A. The terrible relationship between humans and wild birds.

B. People in the mountains make a living on the honey.

C. The honey guide can help humans find bees’ nests

D. Human honey-hunters’ wonderful life.

Yoga(瑜伽)is an ancient practice that helps create a sense of union body, mind, and spirit. It brings us balance. After a long time of practicing yoga, you no longer just practice it — you love it.

Yoga becomes part of your physical life. Your body grows stronger, more toned(有弹性的), and more flexible as you move from one pose to another. I spent a week in Mexico at a yoga retreat, and it was the first vacation on which I lost weight. “Rather than building muscles, yoga builds muscle tone,”says Shakta Kaur Khalsa, author of KISS Guide to Yoga. “Because yoga helps maintain a balanced metabolism(新陈代谢), and it also helps to control weight.Additionally, yoga stretches muscles lengthwise, causing fat around the cells disappear, thus losing weight.”

I do yoga poses throughout the day. After hours at my computer, I stretch my stiff shoulders and arms. When I need an increase in energy, I do energizing poses. When I am feeling exhausted at the end of the day, I do restorative(恢复体力的)poses.

Yoga becomes part of your mental life. Yoga teaches you to focus on breathing while you hold the poses. This attention to breath is calming; it dissolves(使消除)stress and anxiety. I use yogic breathing on the tennis court, in the dentist’s chair, and when I’m stuck in traffic.

You should always leave a yoga practice feeling energized, but not tired. If you feel tired after yoga,it means you spent the time “fighting” yourself, trying to force yourself into poses. In yoga, you “surrender” to the poses by letting go of the tension.

1.According to the second paragraph, yoga can help people ___.

A. lose weight B. make friends

C. be flexible in thinking D. grow tall

2.Why does a person feel tired after yoga?

A. Because when practicing yoga, people will consume a lot of energy.

B. Because he or she surrenders to the poses by letting go of the tension.

C. Because he o she doesn’t do yoga poses naturally.

D. Because yoga doesn’t benefit all the people.

3.What would be the best title for this passage?

A. What’s yoga? B. The benefits of yoga.

C. How do I do yoga poses? D. The varieties of yoga.

4.What will be talked about if this passage continues?

A. The disadvantages of yoga.

B. Yoga is becoming popular all over the world.

C. Encouraging people to do yoga.

D. Yoga is becoming part of your spiritual life.

A lady wanted a birthday gift from her husband. For many months she had liked a beautiful ____________, and knowing her husband could____________ it, she told him that was all she wanted. On the morning of the___________, her husband told her how ____________he was to have such a good wife, and how much he loved her. He____________ her a beautiful gift package (纸盒). She opened it and__________a Bible.

______, she raised her voice and said to her husband, “With all your money, you give me a Bible?” She was so __________  that she left him.

Many years passed and the lady was very __________ in business. She owned two large companies. She __________ her husband was very old, and thought perhaps she should go to __________ him. But before she could, she__________ letter telling her that he had died, and gave all of his possessions (财产) to her. She needed to come back and__________ things.

When she arrived at his house, sadness __________her heart. She saw the still new

_______, just as she had left it years before. With__________, she opened it and began to turn the pages. A ring__________from the Bible to the floor and a __________ could be seen. She picked it up and found it was the ring she wanted in those days. And on the card was the date of her birth, and the words “LUV U ALWAYS”.

_______ your gift is not packaged the way you want it, it’s because it is better packaged the way it is! Always appreciate little things; they usually lead you to bigger things! The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched for they must be felt with the__________.

1.A. watch B. ring C. coat D. box

2.A. afford B. like C. design D. guess

3.A. holiday B. performance C. birthday D. meeting

4.A. proud B. kind C. sorry D. brave

5.A. lent B. asked C. gave D. moved

6.A. carried B. found C. missed D. held

7.A. Politely B. Lightly C. Patiently D. Angrily

8.A. calm B. upset C. grateful D. careless

9.A. failing B. lonely C. successful D. poor

10.A. wondered B. hoped C. realized D. explained

11.A. visit B. understand C. catch D. help

12.A. passed B. wrote C. sent D. received

13.A. take care of B. pay for C. look for D. give away

14.A. covered B. broke C. left D. filled

15.A. car B. Bible C. letter D. table

16.A. smiles B. laughter C. tears D. interests

17.A. hid B. dropped C. disappeared D. made

18.A. book B. pen C. flower D. card

19.A. If B. But C. Although D. So

20.A. hand B. eye C. face D. heart

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