One day, when I was working as psychologist in England, an adolescent boy showed up in my office. It was David. He kept walking up and down restlessly, his face pale, and his hands shaking slightly. His head teacher had referred him to me. “This boy has lost his family,” he wrote. “He is understandably very sad and refuses to talk to others, and I’m very worried about him. Can you help?”

I looked at David and showed him to a chair. How could I help him? There are problems psychology doesn't have the answer to, and which no words can describe. Sometimes the best thing one can do is to listen openly and sympathetically.

The first two times we met, David didn't say a word. He sat there, only looking up to look at the children's drawings on the wall behind me. I suggested we play a game of chess. He nodded. After that he played chess with me every Wednesday afternoon-in complete silence and without looking at me. It's not easy to cheat in chess, but I admit I made sure David won once or twice.

Usually, he arrived earlier than agreed, took the chess board and pieces from the shelf and began setting them up before I even got a chance to sit down. It seemed as if he enjoyed my company. But why did he never look at me?

“Perhaps he simply needs someone to share his pain with,” I thought. “Perhaps he senses that I respect his suffering.” Some months later, when we were playing chess, he looked up at me suddenly.

“It's your turn,” he said.

After that day, David started talking. He got friends in school and joined a bicycle club. He wrote to me a few times, about his biking with some friends, and about his plan to get into university. Now he had really started to live his own life.

Maybe I gave David something. But I also learned that one-without any word-can reach out to another person. All it takes is a hug, a shoulder to cry on, a friendly touch, and an ear that listens.

1.When he first met the author, David ________.

A. felt a little excited B. walked energetically

C. looked a little nervous D. showed up with his teacher

2.As a psychologist, the author ________.

A. was ready to listen to David

B. was skeptical about psychology

C. was able to describe David's problem

D. was sure of handling David's problem

3.What can be interred about David?

A. He recovered after months of treatment.

B. He liked biking before he lost his family.

C. He went into university soon after starting to talk.

D. He got friends in school before he met the author.

If you think that Internet shopping on a Sunday gets you the best deals, then think again. Tuesday is actually the best day of the week if you want to grab a bargain according to an exhaustive analysis of on-line shopping. Thursday is the second best day followed by Friday—but Sunday is when you are least likely to make a saving.

The study also looked at months and found that the pre-Christmas rush in November is when there are most bargains around on the web—and not the January sales. US retailer(零售商) reporting service Sum All examined 3,000 companies and halt a billion transactions(交易) as part of its report. It worked out the average discount(折扣) offered to consumers on each day of the week and over different times of the year.

The best day of the week was Tuesday where savings were 4.81 percent, followed by Thursday on 4.80 percent. In third place was Friday at 4.615 percent, then Wednesday at 4.13 percent and Monday at 4.11 percent. Only the foolish would shop on a Saturday where the discounts were typically 3.84 percent—and Sunday was the worst with 3.37 percent.

The analysis by month is even more surprising as most people think that waiting until the post-Christmas sales would yield the biggest discounts. In fact, November is when you will get the largest savings at 5.99 percent on average. January came in second at 4.95 percent, followed by May at 4.50 percent.

The worst month to buy online was March where you could expect to save just 2.76 percent. Consumers and experts have been speculating for years about the best time to shop online.

Booking a flight has almost become a science with some claiming that buying six weeks before you travel guarantees you the best price. However, a recent analysis by the US Airlines Reporting Commission found that was not actually the case.

Not only did the six-week window fail to pile up, in some cases the best fares were on sale as long as 24 weeks before departure. The ARC said that booking well in advance is best advised for busy routes or long haul flights(长途航班), as the price only tends to go up.

1.If a buyer wants to buy cheap goods online, he'd better go to the shop on ________.

A. Tuesday B. Thursday C. Friday D. Sunday

2.Most web sellers often provide bargain on the web ________.

A. after New Year's Day B. during Valentine's Day

C. on Mother's Day D. before Christmas

3.Which of the following statements is True according to the third paragraph?

A. The best day of the week was Tuesday where savings were 4.8 percent.

B. In third place was Thursday where savings were 4.65 percent.

C. Sunday where the discounts were 3.37 percent was the worst.

D. Customers can get the best savings on Saturday.

4.What is the meaning of the underlined word “speculating” in the fifth paragraph?

A. Quarrelling. B. Objecting. C. Searching. D. Considering.

Frank Lloyd Wright is often called the father of American modern architecture.He designed buildings and homes across the United States for more than 70 years.He created most of his works from 1900 through the 1950s,but his open-living spaces and imaginative designs still appear very modern today.

Last week,the United States nominated(提名)10 of his buildings for the UN Educational,Scientific,and Cultural Organization-or UNESCO-the World Heritage List.The World Heritage List recognizes the most,important cultural and natural sites worldwide.

The 10 buildings,titled.“Key Works of Modern Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright,”were built between 1906 and 1969.They include several of his personal homes and studios,churches,government buildings,private residences, and one very famous museum-New York City's Guggenheim Museum.

The Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum is one of the most visited sites in New York City.About one million people visit it every year.Frank Lloyd Wright worked on it from 1943 to 1959.It was designed to create a new type of space for new types of art.The museum remains an international symbol of modern architecture that represents Wright's unique design.

Many of Mr.right's modern buildings and homes in the U.S. Midwest have also become symbols of modern American architecture.Richard Longstreth is the president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.He calls Mr.Wrisht “the father of modern architecture,fundamentally redefining the nature of form and space during the early 20th century that would have enduring impacts of modern architecture worldwide.”

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee will announce its decision in mid-2016.If Frank Lloyd Wright's 10 buildings were chosen for the list, they would be the first World Heritage listings tor modem U.S. architecture.The World Heritage List already includes 22 other American sites,including the Grand Canyon,Yellowstone National Park and the Statue of Liberty.

1.We can learn from the passage that .

A. Mr.Wright’s designs are out of style today

B. Mr.Wright’s designs have been widely recognized

C. Mr.Wright’s designs on modern buildings and homes are a failure

D. Mr.Wright is the owner of ten buildings

2.Which of the following statements about Guggenheim Museum is true?

A. It is a masterpiece showing Mr.Wright’s unique design. B. It is a good example of traditional design.

C. It is the most famous site in New York City. D. It is the symbol of New York City.

3.In which section of the newspaper can you probably find this article?

A. News B. Science C. Biography D. Economy

4.What's the best title of the passage?

A. Frank Lloyd Wright—the Father of American Wodern Architecture

B. The World Heritage List—Cultural Collection Worldwide

C. Guggenheim Museum—International Symbol of modern Architecture

D. Frank Lloyd Wright' Buildings—On the way to World Heritage List

根据短文内容,从短文后的选项中选出能填入空白处的最佳选项。选项中有两项为多余选项。(注意:如果选E,请涂AB;选F,涂AC;选G,涂AD)There’s no doubt that when it comes to friendship,you want positive people in your life and not negatives ones.1.Support when you need it·With positive friends,you don’t need to beg for help when you need it because chances are they will be there for you without asking.2.Health benefits of being positive.The more positive friends you have,the better you will be at remaining optimistic yourself.3.For example,it helps people to deal with stress and illness better.Health benefits may include lower rates of depression,a greater ability to throw off colds,and a reduced risk of developing disease.Bring out the best in you.4.This means trying new things,achieving goals,and having the kind of life you dreamed of for yourself.With positive people in your life,you’11 feel more comfortable sharing your goals because your friends will give you the emotional push you need to go after what you want in life.Attracting More Positive FriendsYou naturally attract the kinds of friends who are most like you.So if you’re a downer,you’11 probably find that negative people flock to you.5.The more you are able to maintain a positive attitude,the more likeminded people you’11 attract in return.

A. Here are some benefits of spending time with positive friends.

B. That’s why you’d better surround yourself with positive friends.

C. In most cases,they will go out of their way to help you when you’re in trouble.

D. The same is true for being positive.

E. As we all know,there are many benefits of being optimistic.

F. Your positive friends will inspire you to be the best you can be.

G. Most of the time,you have to ask them to help you when in trouble.


“Ring! Ring! Ring!” The telephone rang for a long time in Bill Hewlett's house. Bill was the director of a large _____________company called Hewlett-Packard. At that time, computers had already _______but they were huge machines that cost a lot of money.

Bill answered the telephone_______. He did not like being disturbed while he was reading his newspaper. A young-sounding _______on the other line said, “My name is Steve Jobs. I am a _______of the Hewlett-Packard Explorers' Club. I went on a fieldtrip to one of your company’s laboratories and was _______by the 9100A computer. I've never seen anything so splendid!” He _______for a while and continued. “I am looking for some computer _______to build a frequency counter. Well, I thought you might be able to _______me.”

There was ________. Then, Bill asked the young boy for his________. Steve revealed that he was twelve. There was another silence. ________by the boy's enthusiasm, Bill invited Steve to his office.

A few days later, Bill Hewlett gave Steve what he needed. Steve was also offered a ________job in one of his laboratories.

Eight years later, Steve Jobs set up a________with his close friend, Steve Wozniak. Their first step was to find a ____________for the company. Steve Jobs loved apples and had worked off an apple ________before. Although there was no ________ between apples and computers. ________ thought ‘Apple’ would be a catchy name.” I like the name. We'll be in a great________in the telephone directory,” Steve Wozniak said confidently. That was how Apple was ________in 1976.

1.A. computer B. machine C. fruit D. telephone

2.A. arrived B. gone C. left D. existed

3.A. quickly B. sadly C. angrily D. happily

4.A. scientist B. voice C. girl D. man

5.A. member B. adviser C. teacher D. technician

6.A. met B. delighted C. hurt D. amazed

7.A. thought B. looked C. paused D. talked

8.A. parts B. experts C. games D. programs

9.A. show B. help C. teach D. lead

10.A. laughter B. sound C. excitement D. silence

11.A. address B. number C. age D. money

12.A. Impressed B. Woken C. Troubled D. Puzzled

13.A. permanent B. night-time C. full-time D. vacation

14.A. factory B. company C. laboratory D. club

15.A. name B. manager C. place D. designer

16.A. farm B. tree C. factory D. store

17.A. business B. dialogue C. friendship D. connection

18.A. each B. both C. some D. all

19.A. position B. relation C. field D. moment

20.A. managed B. saved C. created D. bought

What’s On?

Trouble in Mind

Alice Childress won an Off-Broadway award in 1956 for this story of a black actress rehearsing a play with a white director who increasingly finds it impossible for the show to go on. Tanya Moodie and Joseph Marcell star in the play directed by Laurence Boswell.

8.30p.m.-- 10.30p.m, Theatre Royal. Box office: 01225 448844.


Inspired by the sci-fi (science fiction) novel and movie, The Man Who Fell to Earth, this musical deals with a hero, Thomas Newton. Likely to be the autumn’s hottest ticket, the score includes new songs composed by Bowie.

7.00p.m.--9.00p.m., King’s Cross theatre. Box office: 0844 871 7604.

The Gaul

On the night of 8 February 1974, a fisherman FV Gaul disappeared off the coast of Norway. For people on board, waiting for news was great suffering. Theories began to come up, including the possibility that the boat had fallen victim to cold war. Even when he was discovered, many still felt there were questions that remained unanswered. Mark Babych directs Janet Plater’s play.

8.00p.m.--11.00 p.m., Royal Shakespeare theatre. Box office: 01482 323638.

The Suppliant Women

It is a new version of Aeschylus’s 2,500-year-old play about a group of women seeking shelter who make the long journey to escape forced marriage. It was written by David Greig and directed by Ramin Gray. An ancient piece asks a contemporary question: when we are in trouble, who will open their doors and give us a harbor?

8.30p.m.-- 10.00p.m, Hampstead theatre. Box office: 0131 248 4848.

1.In which theatre can the audience enjoy Joseph Marcell’s performance?

A. Hampstead theatre B. Royal Shakespeare theatre

C. King’s Cross theatre D. Theatre Royal

2.Which one will probably sell best?

A. Trouble in Mind B. Lazarus

C. The Gaul D. The Suppliant Women

3.Who directed the play about the story in Norway?

A. Bowie B. Ramin Gray

C. Mark Babych D. Laurence Boswell

Outside her shabby cottage, old Mrs. Tailor was hanging out laundry on a wire line, unaware that some children lay hidden in the leaves of a nearby tree watching her every move. They were determined to find out if she really was a witch.

They watched as she took a broomstick to clean the dirt from her stone steps. But, much to their disappointment, she did not mount the broomstick and take flight. Suddenly, the old lady's work was interrupted by the cackling of her hen-a signal that an egg had been laid in the warm nest on top of the haystack.

The old broomstick was put aside as she hobbled off towards the haystack followed by Sooty, a black cat she had rescued from a fox trap some time back. With only three legs, it was hard for Sooty to keep up with the old lady. The cat provided proof-the children were sure that only a witch could own a black cat with three legs.

There, standing on a wooden box, was Mrs. Tailor, stretching out to gather her precious egg. Taking the egg in one of her hands, she began to climb down when, without warning, the box broke and the old lady fell.

"We have to got and help her," whispered Amy.

"What if it is a trick?" replied Ben.

"Don't be silly, Ben. If she were a witch, she would have turned us into frogs already," reasoned Meg. "Come on Amy, let's go." The girls climbed down the tree and ran all the way to the haystack.

Approaching carefully, they could see a wound on the old lady's face. She had knocked her head on a stone and her ankle was definitely broken. "Go and get Dad," Amy yelled to her brother. "Tell him about the accident."

The boys did not need another excuse to leave. They ran as fast as they could for help, hoping that Mrs. Tailor would not wake and turn the girls into frogs.

1.Why were the children hiding in the tree?

A. They wanted to watch Mrs. Tailor do her housework closely

B. They were playing a hide-and-seek game

C. They wanted to find out if the story about Mrs. Tailor was true

D. They were pretending to be spies

2.Mrs. Tailor stopped sweeping when .

A. her front steps were clean

B. she noticed the children in the tree

C. she was ready to take a flight

D. she heard the hen cackling

3.Ben did not rush to help Mrs. Tailor because .

A. he thought that she could be tricking them

B. he knew that they could not have been in the tree

C. he did not see the old lady fall down

D. he was afraid of the three-legged cat

4.Which of these old sayings best suits the story's lesson for us?

A. Make hay while the sun shines

B. Never judge a book by its cover

C. People in glasshouses should not throw stones

D. A bird in the hands worth two in the bush

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