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
There once lived a boy named Woo Sing, whose father 1. (bring) home a mirror. Woo Sing had never seen one before. So when he saw it for the first time, he didn’t understand 2. it was, but though he saw another boy, which made him very happy, for he thought the boy 3. (come) to play with him. He spoke to the stranger in a very 4. (friend) way, but received no reply. He laughed and waved at the boy, who did exactly the same thing. Then he thought, “I’ll go closer. It may be that he doesn’t hear me.” But when he began to walk, the other boy imitated (模仿) him. Woo Sing stopped 5. (think) about these strange actions, saying to himself, “This boy is fooling me. He does everything that I do.” And the more he thought about it, the6.(angry) he became and soon he noticed the boy became angry too. So Woo Sing 7. (strike) the boy in the glass, but he only hurt his own hand and went 8. (cry) to his father, who said, “The boy you saw was9.image. This should teach you an important lesson, my son. You should never show your anger to others. Now remember that in real life when you strike 10. any cause you’ll hurt yourself most of all.”
My friend Nick told me story about his,experience back in the US,which was very interested.One day he was having a yard sale and the old man living next door come by to help.As the old man looked over the things on the yard that were to be sold,he stopped at a box of golden ball for Christmas trees.On the box was a card say:“25 cents each...”“You will never sell these for that much.”he told Nick.Convinced,Nick has brought the price up to 10 cents a piece.Without a moment’s delay,my neighbor picked up the box out announced:“I'll take them.”
3.参考词汇：省份—province；都江堰水利工程—Dujiangyan Irrigation Project九寨沟—Jiuzhaigou
I’m glad to hear that you’re coming to Sichuan in August.
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
Sailing home，Henry，1.American business man，found himself2.(carry)out to sea by a strong wind.3.he was just about to give himself up，he was spotted by a ship4.so he landed in London by accident.Hungry and alone，he walked on the streets of the city when hew as5.(expect)called into a mansion，where two rich brothers，Oliver and Roderick，gave him a letter and told him not to open it until two o’clock of the day.Not6.(know)it was a million pound bank note， Henry left the mansion and went into a cheap restaurant to stuff his stomach.Everybody was rude to him7.he was in rags and looked depressed.Then，to the surprise of everybody，he handed the owner a million pound bank note to pay for the meal.8.seeing the note，all the people in the restaurant became polite and tried their9.(well)to please Henry.Don’t10.think it’s the most incredible tale in the world?
1.Passengers are r______________(提醒）that no smoking is allowed on this train.
2.He n______________(勉强地）escaped being killed in the fighting.
3.The first bubbles to escape from the liquid are a m______________(混合物）of air and hydrogen.
4.He tried to make his girl friend calm down by a______________(道歉）for being late.
5.What similarities or differences do you know about American and Chinese school s ______________(制度）？
6.He dealt with the problem in a highly p______________(专业的）way.
7.The fact is that I earned my passage by working as an unpaid hand,which a______________ for (是.....的原因）my appearance.
8.Many of the people have f______________(逃走）to the mountains to escape the floods.
9.We g______________(由衷地）appreciate the time you’re giving us,and thank you.
10.The staff in the London office are helpful but only have l______________(有限的）information.