When Pat Jones finished college,she decided to travel around the world and see as many foreign places as she could _____ she was young.Pat wanted to visit Latin America _____,so she got a job _____ an English teacher in a school in Bolivia.Pat spoke a little Spanish,_____ she was able to communicate with her students even when they didn’t _____ much English.

A sentence she had read somewhere stuck in her mind;if you dream _____ a foreign language,you have really mastered(掌握)it.Pat repeated this sentence to her students and _____ that some day she would dream in Spanish and they would dream in _____.

One day,one of her _____ students came up and explained in Spanish that he had not done his homework.He had ______ early and had slept ______.

“What does this have to do with your ______?”Pat asked.

“I dreamed all night,Miss Jones.And my dream was in English.”

“In English?”Pat was very ______,since he was such a bad student.She was ______ secretly jealous(嫉妒的).Her ______ was still not in Spanish.But she encouraged(鼓励)her young student.“Well,______me about your dream.”

“All the people in the dream ______ English.”the student said.“And all the signs were in English.All the newspapers and magazines and all the TV programs were in English.”

“But that’s ______,”said Pat.“What did all the people say to you?”

“I’m sorry,Miss Jones.That’s ______ I slept so badly.I didn’t ______ a word they said.It was a nightmare(噩梦)!”

1.A. because B. while C. if D. since

2.A. first B. at first C. last D. at last

3.A. for B. of C. as D. like

4.A. and B. but C. so D. yet

5.A. say B. know C. read D. write

6.A. in B. about C. of D. for

7.A. thought B. realized C. hoped D. wanted

8.A. English B. Spanish C. Russian D. German

9.A. bright B. excellent C. best D. worst

10.A. got up B. gone to bed C. fallen asleep D. woken up

11.A. well B. soundly C. badly D. heavily

12.A. English B. language C. dream D. homework

13.A. surprised B. worried C. pleased D. excited

14.A. yet B. seldom C. also D. still

15.A. study B. class C. word D. dream

16.A. answer B. write C. tell D. ask

17.A. read B. liked C. spoke D. learned

18.A. wonderful B. terrible C. funny D. strange

19.A. how B. why C. when D. because

20.A. hear B. understand C. know D. remember

Customer Service

Our client(委托人), located in Elmhurst, wants to look for an experienced customer service individual.

You will be doing order entry, quotations and customer service. Excellent benefits upon hire.


• 2-4 years Customer Service Experience

• Enough knowledge to use a computer

• College degree a plus

Email: Klmhurst@toppersonal.com or call 2815 — 1005 for further information.

Administrative Assistant

We want to add experienced Administrative Assistants to our team to represent Stivers at client companies on temporary assignments. We need someone who can perform a variety of administrative functions: schedule appointments, give information to callers, write reports, handle multiple projects, etc.

Requirements :

• A high school diploma with at least 5 years of experience in the field or in a related area

• Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures

• Perform a variety of complicated tasks

• Must be familiar with using MS Excel daily

Please send your application to Recruitment@tzvcny.rr.com.

Video Editor

We are looking for a superb, intelligent video editor. Our YouTube channel has a worldwide fan base and our video content is growing fast, so we need someone who can join the team, edit videos, and brainstorm ideas.


• Bachelor’s degree in computer science

• Knowledge of Avid media management a plus

• Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment to meet tight deadlines

If you are interested, please send an email to Ivytang@aol.com.

Sales Manager

We are currently seeking a Sales Manager to join our team in Sioux City, IA. We are looking for energetic, service-minded individuals, who are financially ambitious, and enjoy helping others to provide our clients with motivation and support in a positive and professional work environment.


• Ability to develop new and effective methods of increasing sales in a competitive environment

• Excellent customer service, sales and communication skills

• 2+ years of direct sales management experience

Submit your resume to Careers-stonemor@inbox.com.

1.If you want to work in Stivers, you should send your application to .

A. Recruitment@twcny.rr.com B. Careers-stonemor@inbox.com

C. ELmhurst@toppersonaL.com D. Ivytang@aoL.com

2.Who would be more suitable for the position of Sales Manager?

A. One with the ability to edit various videos.

B. One with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

C. One with knowledge of Avid media management.

D. One with excellent sales and communication skills.

3.A person with zero job experience may land a job in .

A. Customer Service B. Administrative Assistant

C. Video Editor D. Sales Manager

4.Where does this text probably come from?

A. A textbook. B. A news report.

C. A job website. D. A travel advertisement.

Baseball was always where my heart lay. However, my father did not care for baseball. Two recreational activities he enjoyed were golfing and fishing, neither of which I considered a real sport. He didn’t talk much and he wasn’t good at expressing himself. Frankly, I wasn’t entirely certain he cared about me. In a way, my father was like a familiar stranger I saw every day.

One day, watching the play on television made me want a glove of my own. To my surprise, my father said he wanted one, too. He was on the portly side, but then again, one of the famous pitchers (投手) on the Mets was even fatter. So I thought, why not?

We bought two gloves, and that evening, he suggested we go out to the courtyard and toss (掷) the ball around. I’d already practiced catching and throwing at school, but I could tell this was the first time for my father, because every time he caught the ball, it landed directly in his palm. If you’ve ever caught a ball with a baseball glove, you know how much this hurts.

But my father caught ball after ball this way. Slap! Slap! He winced (龇牙咧嘴). After about five minutes, I told him I’d had enough. It wasn’t out of mercy, but for my own self-interest. Neighborhood kids were watching and would no doubt tease me later for having an old man who didn’t know how to properly catch a baseball do that. When my father took the glove off, his palm was red and swollen.

Dad, who passed away 11 years ago, never told me he loved me. But that sound of the baseball landing in the soft flesh of his hand, over and over again—it spoke its own tender language, though at the time, all I felt was shame.

1.What does the underlined word “portly” mean in Paragraph 2?

A. Experienced. B. Cool.

C. Famous. D. Fat.

2.What can we learn from the passage?

A. The father didn’t feel hurt when catching the ball.

B. The father didn’t understand his child at all.

C. The author didn’t realize his father’s love for him back then.

D. The author criticized his father when playing baseball together.

3.What could be the best title for the passage?

A. A Crying Shame for Baseball

B. Saying “I Love You” with Baseball

C. A Loving Father and His Son

D. Living a Happy Life with Baseball

Feifei,an 11-year-old boy from Xuzhou,Jiangsu Province,suffered from a sudden acute eye disease which has almost led to blindness.The disease was caused by excessive(过度的)eye fatigue(疲劳)during the winter vacation, during which he played computer games for continuous 10 days and nights.

Many youngsters in China nowadays are increasingly addicted to computer games and other electronic products. This is followed by a series of health problems,with the most typical case being myopia,or nearsightedness.

According to the latest research report released by the World Health Organization (WHO),the myopia rate among Chinese teenagers ranks first in the world—70 percent of high school and college students.The rate is nearly 40 percent in primary school students,while it is only 10 percent for their peers in the United States.

There are at least 10 million people in China with severe myopia,and they are likely to get pathological(病理性的)myopia in middle age.Pathological myopia can't be treated with glasses or surgery,and it is one of the biggest factors that lead to blindness,Xu Xun,director of the ophthalmology(眼科学)department at Shanghai General Hospital,pointed out.

Experts explain that two major factors lead to the high rate of myopia among Chinese people.One is high academic pressure,and the other one is excessive use of electronic devices over a long period of time.Genetics,on the other hand,are not the main reason,as only 20 percent of Chinese people had myopia in the 1960s.

"Teenagers are now faced with severe academic pressure,which means they often study without natural light. This increases their risk of becoming nearsighted,"Xu said.

Experts suggest that youngsters maintain a proper balance between study and rest so as to protect their eyesight, and parents should play an active role in the process.

1.Why does the author mention Feifei's experience in the first paragraph?

A. To advise people to protect their eyes.

B. To introduce the topic of nearsightedness.

C. To inform people of the cause of blindness.

D. To show that Feifei developed an eye disease.

2.What can be learnt from the passage?

A. Nearsightedness may cause other health problems.

B. There are more nearsighted students in the United States.

C. 70 percent Chinese students in primary school are nearsighted.

D. Pathological myopia is most likely to cause blindness.

3.Which of the following can be a main reason for myopia?

A. Genetics factors.

B. Low academic pressure.

C. Overuse of electronic devices.

D. Reading in natural light.

4.What will be probably discussed in the following paragraph?

A. The significance of protecting eyesight.

B. Youngsters’ bad behavior leading to myopia.

C. The relationship between youngsters and their parents.

D. Parents’ role in helping youngsters protect thew eyesight.

There was a time when cheating was rare in schools, but today everyone is focused on making the top ten percent of their class and seems to have forgotten school’s purpose. School exists so that people will be educated. Nobody can cheat their way into being successful.

A lot of students today don’t even view cheating as wrong, and most of those who cheat have been doing it for so long that it doesn’t even faze them. This really bothers the teachers because the students who usually cheat probably will never stop to think how bad it truly is. When you cheat, you learn nothing, which is why cheating is so serious.

Our society seems to believe that the more material wealth you have, the more successful you are. As a result, it seems many people have become successful by cheating their way to the top. If students think cheating is normal, who knows what they will find acceptable as adults? Most people think that cheating on one little test doesn’t mean that you will cheat again. Unfortunately, this is not true because if you can get away with it once, you are likely to do it again.

If cheating continues in college, students will get nothing out of what they are being tested on. If a college student cheats on all the work they do for their major, when and if they get a job, that person will be a total mess at work.

I am not saying that anyone who has ever cheated is a liar, because that would mean just about every student at your average school would be one, including me. What I am saying is that cheating should be more frowned upon and students should receive harsher punishments. I truly believe that if there were consequences for cheating, students would actually focus on learning. Then we all would be better educated.

1.More and more students tend to cheat in exams because they want to .

A. gain high marks B. succeed in society

C. find a good job D. finish their work quickly

2.What does the underlined word “faze” mean in the second paragraph?

A. Encourage. B. Embarrass.

C. Excite. D. Frighten.

3.What can we learn from the text?

A. Anyone who has ever cheated in school is a liar.

B. Students who never cheat in college will find a good job.

C. Getting away with punishment will lead to cheating again.

D. Most people have successfully cheated their way to the top.

4.What is the text mainly about?

A. Students’ Cheating in Schools B. Consequences of Cheating

C. Punishments for Students’ Cheating D. Students’ Cheating: Acceptable or Not?

How to Calm Down at Work

The workplace can be a stressful place. Anxiety, conflict, bad management and overwork can lead to frustration and stress. 1.

Keep something you like to look at within sight. A photo of a loved one or a favorite personal souvenir are the best examples. Keep such an item somewhere you can glance at it whenever you wish to do so. 2.

Take a moment to engage your body. If you’re unable to leave your work area, stand and stretch for a moment. Muscle tension exercises can also help you calm down. 3. For instance, start by squeezing all of your face muscles as tightly as you can for twenty seconds and slowly releasing them.

Write down the reason why you are upset. 4. Getting your thoughts and feelings out on paper can help clarify the issue you’re having. Writing down your thoughts can even help you determine the best way to address your frustration or anxiety and move forward.

5. If you and another co-worker are constantly frustrated with one another, set up a time to speak with him or her. Say something like, “Hey, Sarah, let’s sit down sometime soon and chat to make sure we’re on the same page about our upcoming project.”

A. Turn to your workmates for help.

B. Communicate with your workmates.

C. A vase of flowers on your desk is another good example.

D. Focus on one particular muscle or muscle group at a time.

E. Here are the steps you can take to help you calm down at work.

F. Engage your body by rolling your head, shoulder, and ankles while sitting.

G. The best way to figure out exactly what’s bothering you is to write it down.

It is every kid’s worst nightmare (梦魔) and six-year-old Jaden Hayes has lived it twice. First, he ______ his dad when he was four and then last month his mom died unexpectedly, ______ him an orphan (孤儿).

Jaden is understandably heartbroken. But there’s another side to his ______. A side he first made ______ 3 weeks ago when he told his friends that he was tired of seeing some people sad all the time. And he had a plan to ______ it.

Here is how it all ______. Jaden asked his aunt to buy a bunch of little ______ and take him to downtown Savannah to give them away. He ______ people who aren’t already smiling and then turns their day around, expecting ______ in return—but a smile.

So far he has gone out on four different occasions and ______ nearly 500 smiles. Sometimes he doesn’t get exactly the ______ he was hoping for: it simply confuses some people ______ a six-year-old would give them a toy. They ______ to behave awkwardly: stepping back or giving a ______ smile. In most cases, however, he will be paid ______ in hugs. Those good reactions have worked wonders: the more people that he made smile, the more ______ came out of him.

For Jaden, he would ______ his parents with each passing day. ______ he is a little fighter; he chooses to ______ his life with a smile. Meanwhile, he puts smiles back on the face of others to lift their ______. He reminds us too, that however tough life can be, there is always some measure of joy.

1.A. saw B. lost C. saved D. recognized

2.A. proving B. seeing C. leaving D. finding

3.A. interest B. action C. delight D. sadness

4.A. public B. available C. short D. safe

5.A. achieve B. fix C. enjoy D. finish

6.A. helped B. ended C. began D. changed

7.A. flowers B. toys C. books D. keys

8.A. believes B. loves C. asks D. targets

9.A. nothing B. something C. everything D. anything

10.A. collected B. exchanged C. claimed D. shared

11.A. answers B. gifts C. reactions D. thanks

12.A. why B. how C. when D. where

13.A. refuse B. tend C. pretend D. continue

14.A. warm B. wide C. tight D. sweet

15.A. handsomely B. separately C. equally D. cautiously

16.A. envy B. joy C. surprise D. doubt

17.A. miss B. search C. tell D. visit

18.A. Still B. Then C. Yet D. Even

19.A. brave B. start C. risk D. celebrate

20.A. performances B. hands C. spirits D. eyes

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