I was going through my son Matthew’s backpack when I saw an envelope in the bottom of it. Immediately, I knew it was a “thank you” card from one of his ________. Totally not necessary since my Christmas gifts to them are my way of saying, “Thank you”. I________I read it quickly. And then I stopped.

I ________ the card and read it again. One word caught my attention. “I love working with our Matthew.” One word. Our. That one word ________ the meaning of the sentence for me. If she had written “I love working with Matthew”, I would know that she loves working with my son.________ by adding that one word, “our”, it meant “I love working with this boy who ________ here, is accepted here and we all take responsibility for caring for.”

I ________ knew this, of course, seeing a blog I wrote previously, but it’s always good to be_______. In that blog post I mentioned ten reasons why his ________ is the right place for him. Since that blog we have had his IEP (Individualized Education Program) meeting, where I was ________ of that feeling again. In that meeting, someone ________ “Everyone loves Matthew. We all love Matthew”. And it was genuine and __________. As we went around the room and the staff ________ us on information about Matthew, it was apparent that it went way beyond sharing what he is doing ________ and behaviorally. Each person had a unique little ________ to tell about Matthew. Stories that show that they really know who Matthew is and that they ________ him.

In fact just today I had written a note in his communication book that it was ________ Matthew to see new snow and not be able to play in it. Later in the day I got an email and a picture of Matthew ________ with snow in a big container inside the school.

As I was reflecting on this, I realized that as a family we are really lucky ________ school isn’t the only place where they think of him as “our Matthew”. It ________ to other parts of our lives as well — our friends, our family, our neighborhood, and our church.

1.A. teachers B. friends C. classmates D. doctors

2.A. realize B. admit C. imagine D. predict

3.A. gave away B. tore up C. put away D. opened up

4.A. simplified B. changed C. determined D. created

5.A. Or B. And C. So D. But

6.A. stays B. lives C. belongs D. remains

7.A. already B. also C. even D. still

8.A. reached B. accepted C. adored D. reminded

9.A. school B. book C. home D. room

10.A. informed B. convinced C. suspected D. cured

11.A. commented B. insisted C. guaranteed D. recalled

12.A. formal B. casual C. sincere D. severe

13.A. advised B. judged C. updated D. congratulated

14.A. accurately B. academically C. steadily D. securely

15.A. secret B. lie C. joke D. story

16.A. understand B. greet C. envy D. embarrass

17.A. killing B. influencing C. calming D. inspiring

18.A. meeting B. playing C. fighting D. dealing

19.A. until B. unless C. though D. because

20.A. flies B. extends C. applies D. switches

Music

Opera at Music Hall:1243 Elm Street.The season runs June through August,with additional performances in March and September.The Opera honors Enjoy tho Arts membership discounts.Phone:241-2742.http://www.cityopera.com.

Chamber Orchestra:The Orchestra plays at Memorial Hall at 1406 Elm Street,which offers several concerts from March through June.Call 723-1182 for more information.http://www.chamberorch.com.

Symphony Orchestra:At Music Hall and Riverbend.For ticket sales,call 381-3300.Regular season runs September through May at Music Hall in summer at Riverbend.http://www.symphony.org/home.asp.

College Conservatory of Music (CCM):Performances are on the main campus(校园)of the university,usually at Patricia Cobbett Theater.CCM organizes a variety of events,including performances by the well-known LaSalle Quartet,CCM's Philharmonic Orchestra,and various groups of musicians presenting Baroque through modern music. Students with I.D.cards ban attend the events for free. A free schedule of events for each term is available by calling the box office at 556-4183.http://www.ccm.uc.edu/events/calendar.

Riverbend Music Theater:6295 Kellogg Ave.Large outdoor theater with the closest seats under cover (price difference).Big name shows all summer long.Phone:202-6220. http://www.riverbendmusic.com.

1.Which number should you call if you want to see an opera?

A. 241-2742. B. 723-1182.

C. 381-3300. D. 232-6220.

2.When can you go to a concert by Chamber Orchestra?

A. February. B. May.

C. August D. November.

3.Where can students go for free performances with their ID cards?

A. Music Hall. B. Memorial Hall.

C. Patricia Cobbett Theater. D. Riverbend Music Theater.

4.How is Riverbend Music Theater different from the other places?

A. It has seats in the open air. B. It gives shows all year round.

C. It offers membership discounts. D. It presents famous musical works.

If you are a fruit grower—or would like to become one—take advantage of Apple Day to see what's around. It's called Apple Day but in practice it's more like Apple Month. The day itself is on October 21, but since it has caught on, events now spread out over most of October around Britain.

Visiting an apple event is a good chance to see, and often taste,a wide variety of apples. To people who are used to the limited choice of apples such as Golden Delicious and Royal Gala in supermarkets, it can be quite an eye opener to see the range of classical apples still in existence, such as Decio which was grown by the Romans. Although it doesn't taste of anything special,it's still worth a try,as is the knobbly(多疙瘩的) Cat's Head which is more of a curiosity than anything else.

There are also varieties developed to suit specific local conditions. One of the very best varieties for eating quality is Orleans Reinette, but you'll need a warm, sheltered place with perfect soil to grow it, so it's a pipe dream for most apple lovers who fall for it.

At the events, you can meet expert growers and discuss which ones will best suit your conditions, and because these are family affairs, children are well catered for with apple?themed fun and games.

Apple Days are being held at all sorts of places with an interest in fruit, including stately gardens and commercial orchards(果园).If you want to have a real orchard experience, try visiting the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale,near Faversham in Kent.

1.What can people do at the apple events?

A. Attend experts' lectures.

B. Visit fruit?loving families.

C. Plant fruit trees in an orchard.

D. Taste many kinds of apples.

2.What can we learn about Decio?

A. It is a new variety.

B. It has a strange look.

C. It is rarely seen now.

D. It has a special taste.

3.What does the underlined phrase “a pipe dream” in Paragraph 3 mean?

A. A practical idea.

B. A vain hope.

C. A brilliant plan.

D. A selfish desire.

4.What is the author's purpose in writing the text?

A. To show how to grow apples.

B. To introduce an apple festival.

C. To help people select apples.

D. To promote apple research.

Bad news sells.If it bleeds,it leads.No news is good news,and good news is no news.Those are "the classic rules for the evening broadcasts and the morning papers.But now that information is being spread amt monitored(监控)in different ways,researchers are discovering new rules.By tracking people's e-mails and online posts,scientists have found that good news can spread faster and farther than disasters and sob stories.

"The ‘if it bleeds ’rule works for mass media,"says Jonah Berger,a scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. "They want your eyeballs and don't care how you're feeling.But when you share a story with your friends,you care a lot more how they react.You don't want them to think of you as a Debbie Downer."

Researchers analyzing word-of-mouth communication—e-mails,Web posts and reviews,face-to-face conversations—found that it tended to be more positive than negative,but that didn't necessarily mean people preferred positive news.Was positive news shared more often simply because people experienced more good things than bad things?To test for that possibility,Dr.Berger looked at how people spread a particular set of news stories: thousands of articles on The New York Times' website.He and a Penn colleague analyzed the "most e-mailed" list for six months.One of his first findings was that articles in the science section were much more likely to make the list than non-science articles.He found that science amazed Times' readers and made them want to share this positive feeling with others.

Readers also tended to share articles that were exciting or funny,or that inspired negative feelings like anger or anxiety,but not articles that left them merely sad.They needed to be aroused(激发)one way or the other,and they preferred good news to bad.The more positive an article,the more likely it was to be shared as Dr.Berger explains in his new book,"Contagious: Why Things Catch On."

1.What do the classic rules mentioned in the text apply to?

A. News reports. B. Research papers.

C. Private e-mails. D. Daily conversations.

2.What can we infer about people like Debbie Downer?

A. They’re socially inactive. B. They’re good at telling stories.

C. They’re inconsiderate of others. D. They're careful with their words.

3.Which tended to be the mast e-mailed according to Dr.Berger's research?

A. Sports news. B. Science articles.

C. Personal accounts. D. Financial reviews.

4.What can be a suitable title for the text?

A. Sad Stories Travel Far and Wide

B. Online News Attracts More People

C. Reading Habits Change with the Times

D. Good News Beats Bad on Social Networks

Today we eat on the go, at our desks and even in front of computers. We eat takeout, delivered and packaged meals. 1.

“Over the past three decades, people have started eating out more than ever before and purchasing more prepared foods at the grocery store, which tend to contain more fat, salt and sugar than their home-made foods,” noted US healthy living website Spark People.

2. It encourages us to value the time we spend preparing, sharing and consuming food, as a recent USA today article put it. It all started in 1986 with the efforts of Slow Food’s founding father, Italian activist Carlo Petrini, who wanted to bring back food varieties and flavors that had gone dark in the face of industrialization.3. Now his idea is almost the mainstream.

Starting at the table, the movement promotes an unhurried way of life founded on the idea that everyone has a right to cooking pleasure, and that everyone must also take responsibility to “protect the heritage (遗产) of food, tradition and culture that make this celebration of the senses possible”, wrote The Phnom Penh Post.

4.. It means turning down the speed at which we eat and increasing the amount of time we spend dining together with other people,” Althea Zanecosky, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, told The Huf fington Post.”5. Dinner table conversations keep families together,” noted the Belgian non-profit organization Greenfudge.

A. It is a way to bring back the social togetherness of yesterday.

B. It seems that we have adapted our foods to our fast-paced lives.

C. So the Slow Food Movement has occurred against this fast-food trend.

D. Slow Food doesn’t necessarily mean food that takes a long time to cook.

E. It is based on the idea that we should spend as much time as possible on cooking.

F. It’s not only the food itself but also the time we spend dining together that matters.

G. At that time, he asked people to follow a more sustainable (可持续的) living model.

When I was 13 my only purpose was to become the star on our football team.That meant____Miller King,who was the best____at our school.

Football season started in September and all summer long I worked out.I carried my football everywhere for ____.

Just before September,Miller was struck by a car and lost his right arm.I went to see him after he came back from____.He looked very____,but he didn’t cry.

That season,I____all of Miller’s records while he____the home games from the bench.We went 10-1 and I was named most valuable player,____I often had crazy dreams in which I was to blame for Miller’s____.

One afternoon,I was crossing the field to go home and saw Miller____when he was going over a fence—which wasn’t____to climb if you had both arms.I’m sure I was the last person in the world he wanted to accept____form. But even that challenge he accepted.I____him move slowly ever the fence.When we were finally ____on the other side,he said to me,“You know,I didn’t tell you this during the season,but you did____.Thank you for filling in for ____.”

His words freed me from my bad____.I thought to myself,how even without an arm he was more of a leader. Damaged but not defeated,he was____ahead of me.I was right to have____him.From that day on,I grew____and a little more real.

1.A. cheering for B. beating out C. relying on D. staying with

2.A. coach B. student C. teacher D. player

3.A. practice B. show C. comfort D. pleasure

4.A. school B. vacation C. hospital D. training

5.A. pale B. calm C. relaxed D. ashamed

6.A. held B. broke C. set D. tried

7.A. reported B. judged C. organized D. watched

8.A. and B. then C. but D. thus

9.A. decision B. mistake C. accident D. sacrifice

10.A. stuck B. hurt C. tired D. lost

11.A. steady B. hard C. fun D. fit

12.A. praise B. advice C. assistance D. apology

13.A. let B. helped C. had D. noticed

14.A. dropped B. ready C. trapped D. safe

15.A. fine B. wrong C. quickly D. normally

16.A. us B. yourself C. me D. them

17.A. memories B. ideas C. attitudes D. dreams

18.A. still B. also C. yet D. just

19.A. challenged B. cued C. invited D. admired

20.A. healthier B. bigger C. cleverer D. cooler

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