An old woman was sitting outside an ice-cream shop with dirty clothes and rough hair.She____and walked,but it seemed quite____,her legs shivering（颤抖）and her eyes showing deep sorrow of being left alone and homeless.
I didn't____an ice cream,so I was outside the shop,____her,while my family went in.Her legs were weak.I saw her difficulties and came up to her with 10 dollars in my____and handed it over to her.She was so____and started blessing me instantly.
I wanted to talk with her as that seemed very important____.I asked her about her____.She said there was no one,and that all died one by one,with tears in her eyes.
"Where does she live?"I____.The response was quite____.I noticed her “luggage”,two plastic bags,containing her____.At this point,I gave her my____,thin stole（披肩）.It was bright yellow and looked new.
But she was not ready to accept____.She was worried about my feeling cold for few minutes before I got home. She finally____the stole and covered herself,when I insisted.She was____me even more.I checked my bag and kept giving anything that I thought she could use.How grateful she was!At this moment,I saw change in her____state of mind.By this time,she seemed calm and____.And so did I.
The look of____and hopelessness was transformed.She looked at the people who passed by us with more____in that moment.
I realized it was my small kind act____had counted a lot to the old woman.
1.A. got out B. got over C. got off D. got up
2.A. tunny B. interesting C. difficult D. attractive
3.A. want B. touch C. serve D. taste
4.A. finding B. leading C. ignoring D. watching
5.A. pocket B. bag C. hand D. luggage
6.A. angry B. thankful C. strange D. cautious
7.A. as well B. in all C. so well D. at all
8.A. friend B. habit C. career D. family
9.A. replied B. wondered C. claimed D. stated
10.A. different B. serious C. obvious D. weak
11.A. belongings B. goods C. clothes D. books
12.A. smooth B. warm C. special D. rough
13.A. one B. them C. those D. it
14.A. brought B. received C. took D. carried
15.A. calming B. supporting C. blessing D. helping
16.A. emotional B. common C. conventional D. unique
17.A. convenient B. content C. appropriate D. available
18.A. desperation B. expression C. confusion D. devotion
19.A. doubt B. trust C. regret D. confidence
20.A. since B. which C. when D. that
One of the biggest challenges1.(face) students today is how to concentrate on studies.Almost all of them are struggling for their concentration power.In an age2.mobile phones and Internet are eating up most of our time and energy,one can understand how different it is to focus attention and energy on studies.
One of the most important3.(factor) for developing concentration on a task,whether it is study or anything else,4.(be) to develop an interest in that task.We are able to focus5.(easy)and more long periods of time on tasks that we find more interesting.If you ever want to concentrate on anything and studies are no6.(expect),you need7.(ensure) that the environmental around you is distraction（注意力分散）free.So the question is not how to concentrate on studies8.how to avoid distractions that have swallowed up mankind today.The only way to guarantee9.distraction free environment is by getting rid of all the unnecessary things around you,including the electronic gadgets（小器具）10.mobile phones.
Several years ago,Lisa and I happened to starting applying for a job at the same bank.After graduation,we went through training together or were just given part-time position.A few months late,one full-time position final opened up.In the fact,we both really needed the extra income.But when Lisa offered the full-time position,she told the manager that he should offer it to her first.She added that she will take the job only if I declined.
I have lost touch of her ever since,but that was one of the kindest things anyone had ever done for me.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Exhibition
Henley Street, Strafford-Upon-Auon Tel: 01789 204016
Shakespeare’s Birthplace Was the childhood home of William Shakespeare. Take a step back in time and see what life was like for the young Shakespeare growing up in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The house has been exactly furnished, and includes both original and copy items similar to those which would have been there in the house when Shakespeare was a boy. Beautiful painted cloths hang on the walls, brightly colored fabrics fill the rooms and his father’s glove workshop has been recreated. At the back of the house is a beautiful garden containing many plants，herbs and flowers mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays.
The neighboring exhibition shows Shakespeare's life and focuses on many rare local items connected with him, as well as a copy of the first edition of his collected plays published in 1623.
◎Limited disabled access
◎Many restaurants close to Shakespeare’s Birthplace
◎Town center parking
◎Allow at least 45 minutes to visit the house and the exhibition
Adult£6.70 Child £2.60 Family£15.00
1.What can we see in Shakespeare’s birthplace?
A. Old furniture. B. Ancient restaurants.
C. Colored gloves. D. Shakespeare’s plays.
2.How much would they pay if a couple with their two children visit the exhibition?
A. ￡18.6. B. ￡15.
C. ￡13.4 D. ￡5.2
3.What is the deadline to enter the exhibition on Friday in July?
A. 6:00 pm. B. 5:30 pm.
C. 5:00 pm. D. 4:00 pm.
“There’s a mother in PICU(儿童重症监护病房)who wants to talk about a kit she received,” the nurse told me. “Something about it made her cry.”
I’ve been a child-1ife specialist at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital since 2000. I help families understand diagnoses and treatment plans and manage the ups and downs that come with caring for a sick child. Tough talks with parents are part of the job, which still makes me feel nervous.
The kits the nurse was talking about were something I had recently introduced to the hospital: Comfort Kits from Guideposts. They were supposed to make a child’s experience here easier, not upsetting.
When I came across the kits at a conference. I fell in love with them. A treasure box of items designed not only to entertain kids, but to comfort and inspire them. There’s a coloring book, a stress ball, a CD of relaxing music, a hairy star named Sparkle, a journal and much more. I really believed these kits would help kids. I wished I hadn’t been mistaken.
At the patient’s room in PICU I saw a little girl, sleeping soundly, surrounded by tubes and machines. My eyes met her mother's. The kit was open on her lap and tears were running down her cheeks.
“I'm Shannon. I manage the Child Life Department.” I said. “I'm sorry if the kit upset you .It’s a new item…”
The mother shook her head. “This has been one of the worst days of my life .I felt so scared and alone. Then I was handed this box. I know it’s for my daughter, but it's just the comfort I needed. I wanted to say thank you.”
With that I knew Comfort Kits belonged here. We’ve been using them for almost three years now. Each child who’s admitted to the hospital receives one. Every day I see kids coloring, journaling, playing with Sparkle.
But as this mom showed me Comfort Kits aren’t just for kids. The hope they bring, which can be in short supply in hospitals sometimes, is felt by the whole family.
1.The author introduced Comfort Kits to the hospital to_________.
A. relax nurses B. benefit sick kids
C. comfort parents D. cure kids of diseases
2.Why was the girl’s mother crying?
A. She was moved to tears. B. She felt alone and scared.
C. She couldn’t wake her kid. D. She worried about her kid’s illness.
3.The closest in meaning to “which can be in short supply in hospitals sometimes” is_______.
A. kits are in great need in hospitals
B. there may be lack of hope in hospitals
C. parents are often in low spirits in hospitals
D. medical supplies are not enough in hospitals
4.What’s the author's attitude towards Comfort Kits?
A. Disappointed. B. Excited.
C. Nervous. D. Confident.
“A good book might clarify something you knew little about, transform your world view, or move you in ways you didn’t think possible. The Soul of an Octopus(章鱼)delivers on all three, ”the magazine New Scientist commented.
After writing about birds, pigs and tigers, US naturalist Sy Montgomery decided to choose these many-footed animals as the subject of her latest book, The Soul of an Octopus: a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness.
“Here is animal with poisonous liquid like a snake，a beak(喙)like a parrot，and ink like an old-fashioned pen. It can weigh as much as a man and extend as long as a car, yet it can pour its baggy; boneless body through an opening the size of all orange. It can change color and shape. It has a tongue covered with teeth. It can taste with its skin.” Montgomery explained to the National Geographic on why octopuses inspired her.
What Montgomery is able to show in The Soul of an Octopus is that octopuses are creatures who exhibit personality, intelligence and emotion, despite having nervous systems completely different from our own. She uses different experiments to show that they possess consciousness as well as individual personalities. For example, based on her research, she finds out that Octavia, an octopus caught in the wild, is friendly and good at multi-tasking. And Kali, another octopus，who has been living at the New England Aquarium, is playful and loves exploring.
Montgomery is a good storyteller. Through her study of, and communication with, these extraordinary creatures she shares what she learns from both science and her experiences. Her skillful writing presents facts together with personal description, which makes the book very informative but easy to read.
1.Why is The Soul of an Octopus thought highly of ?
A. It is themed with a many-footed animal.
B. It mainly explores consciousness and wonders.
C. It compares octopuses with birds, pigs and tigers.
D. It offers new knowledge and changes your viewpoints.
2.Octopuses impress Montgomery greatly because.
A. they have unique physical functioning
B. their liquid can be used as good ink
C. they behave more like snakes and parrots
D. their body can be shrunk to the size of an orange
3.What does Montgomery think of octopuses according to Paragraph 4?
A. They are friendly with each other.
B. They are similar to humans in a way.
C. They communicate with humans well.
D. They have different nature from humans.
4.Which of the following best describes the book?
A. Vivid but unreal. B. Scientific and readable.
C. Boring and ridiculous. D. Interesting but fictional
Back in 1969, it was the Apollo 11 crew who flew to the moon in a spaceship. When U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin stepped foot on the moon, they were the first. Meanwhile, their fellow astronaut Michael Coilins circled the moon in their spaceship, named Columbia.
When Armstrong and Aldrin were done with their walk，they returned to the command module, and back to Earth. That part of the spaceship is on view at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. But, if you cannot get to Washington，soon you will be able to see Columbia on your computer or your smartphone.
Digital scientists are scanning the inside of the spaceship. They are creating an online model, in three dimensions, or“3 D”. By looking at these photographs, you will be able to see outer space，the way the astronauts did. It will be like sitting in their seats.
Want your very own Columbia spaceship? You will be able to print a 3D copy of Columbia. Experts say anyone can make a life-sized model. But they expect most people to make smaller models of the 320×400 cm(11’X 13’)command module.
Scientists are using special 3D technology to scan the inside. They use cameras on long arms to take the photographs. The thousands of photographs taken will be combined with 50 laser scans.
What would it be like to sit inside Columbia and take a look around? All the images will be loaded into software that allows you to look around the module on a computer screen. The user will be able to see the Columbia both inside and out. The Smithsonian says that the 3D technology gives the user ways to see things they cannot see at the museum. And it will give information that even the museum curators(馆长)have not seen before.
“With the Command Module, no one has been inside since it came into the collection,” says Adam Metallo. Smithsonian 3D imaging specialist. “Now the information we capture can give anyone in the world a view of what it looks like inside this incredible piece of history.”
1.The author mentions moon landing of the Apollo 11 to_____________.
A. introduce the topic
B. honour the astronauts
C. mark the milestone event
D. draw attention to space research
2.According to the text，people_______________.
A. are advised to make a life-sized model
B. can clone a spaceship with 3D technology
C. will visit a copy of Columbia in the museum
D. can buy a copied Columbia spaceship in the museum
3.What’s the advantage of a copied spaceship?
A. It can attract more visitors.
B. It can help look far into the universe.
C. It makes 3D technology more popular.
D. It provides more knowledge than the museum.
4.What might be the best title for the text?
A. Apollo 11 Spacecraft lands in your smartphone
B. 3D technology, the new way to explore space
C. Landing on the moon, a milestone in space travel
D. An online model shows you how to land on the moon
Holiday gift buying can feel a little empty, when all of those endless lists, long lines at the shopping center and dollars spent lead to a 5-miute excitement of flying wrapping paper. 1.The following tips can help make gift giving more meaningful for both the giver and the receiver.
1.Know the person
The most important thing in the exchanging of gifts is that it shows you really know the person well, and you really care about them. 2.
2.Donate in their name
3.Research suggests that happier people give more to others, and that giving more makes people happier. Moreover, charity-related happiness is highest when people give in a way that promotes social connection. So, try giving to the less fortunate in someone’s name this holiday season.
3.Give handmade goods or hand-me-downs
4.A study suggests that people feel that homemade items show more love, and love is what they want to express to the gift receiver.
Family heirlooms(传家宝)may be another good girl option. A 2009 study found that when families hand down even a very depersonalized thing—money—through the generations, the symbolic value of the cash is greater than the numerical value alone.
4.Provide chances for participation
If there’s a golden rule of girls, though, it's this:5.People who receive experiential girls, such as concert tickets or a zoo membership, feel more connected to the girl giver than people who received material girls.
A. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
B. Give experiences rather than objects.
C. New and store—bought is not always best.
D. That is always beyond their expectation.
E. That means catering to another’s pleasure.
F. Giving gifts to friends or to charity is linked to happiness.
G. Start listing every person you plan to give a holiday gift
Hiking with some friends provided an opportunity to relax ourselves. Cold with a mixture of sun and snow______a quicker step on the mountain. On the way, we________a large troop of boy scouts and their families heading down as well. The majority of the troop was quickly well ahead and out of_______.
Left behind were a boy and his mother who seemed uneasy. We slowed our______to talk with them before we _______passed them. They caught up again when my friend _____to tie her shoe. The boy at that moment fell down. My friend attempted to _____him as he rolled down the path.
Helped up, the boy was_____, crying in his mother’s arms. He said that his knee hurt and I could see the____spreading across the mother’s face. I asked if I could help, with my friend explaining that I was a nurse. After a quick _______ I could tell that more than anything he was _____,his mom as well.______he stayed sitting, wrapped in his non’s arms. Asking if they needed anything before we continued on, I turned to go leaving the______sitting on a rock.
I only took a few steps forward before_______ that there was more that could be done .I_____ to my friends for slowing them down, then turned and asked the boy and his mother if they wanted me to wait and hike down with them when they were _____.I could see the relief wash over the mother’s face as she said “yes” and______stood to continue on.
The New England autumn had left the path _____with beautiful slippery leaves. So we went slowly, ensuring____footsteps. I realized that I was being gifted with more time to take in the______of the woods, conversation with friends and connections.
1.A. encouraged B. controlled C. blocked D. stopped
2.A. depended on B. came across C. looked after D. cared for
3.A. sight B. balance C. breath D. touch
4.A. vehicles B. acts C. pace D. race
5.A. deliberately B. constantly C. absolutely D. eventually
6.A. failed B. remembered C. sped D. paused
7.A. follow B. lift C. catch D. miss
8.A. nervous B. curious C. guilty D. lonely
9.A. anger B. excitement C. regret D. panic
10.A. glance B. examination C. chat D. measure
11.A. pleased B. disappointed C. puzzled D. scared
12.A. But B. So C. And D. Or
13.A. team B. group C. pair D. crowd
14.A. forgetting B. realizing C. reporting D. hoping
15.A. shouted B. replied C. apologized D. promised
16.A. ready B. thankful C. eager D. desperate
17.A. almost B. even C. immediately D. gradually
18.A. filled B. covered C. provided D. connected
19.A. casual B. heavy C. quiet D. secure
20.A. leaves B. beauty C. thickness D. colours