Have you ever been to the world's smallest bookstore?

The World's Smallest Bookstore,whose official name is just these three words,sits quietly about 100 miles northeast of Toronto.

The bookstore is about 10 feet by 10 feet,so it is easy to imagine how tiny it really is.The bookstore is open 24 hours a day.Inside the bookstore are various books,especially literary books and classic authors' works.So if you are looking for something less popular,you may get a bit disappointed there.

Another special feature of this bookstore is that each book only costs three dollars.All the expenses are paid on the honor system,which means buyers should make a note of what they've bought and leave their money by themselves.So the tools of the trade in this bookstore are quite simple: pens,papers,light bulbs and a label-maker.

In order to catch passers-by's attention,the billboards(广告牌)of the bookstore are several times bigger than the store itself.With these large eye-catchers,many people are willing to stop by and have a visit.

1.What's the passage mainly about?___

A. The world's smallest bookstore.

B. A strange way of selling books.

C. The popular books nowadays.

D. The popular bookstores in the world.

2.When can you buy a book in the store?___

A. In the morning.

B. In the afternoon.

C. At night.

D. At any time of the day.

3.Which of the following books might you most probably get in the store?___

A. Books on popular science.

B. Literary books.

C. The year book of a university.

D. Books on economic control.

4.How does the store attract readers' attention?___

A. By putting up a huge billboard.

B. By making ads on TV.

C. By broadcasting loud music.

D. By handing out ads in the street.

Of all the things that have effects on your future, I believe that personal growth is the greatest. Many people talk about sales growth, profit growth, and possession growth, but none of these will happen without personal growth. In fact I’d like to have you memorize a most important sentence. It is “The key to your future is you yourself.”

There are many things that will help you better your future. If you belong to a strong, dynamic(充满活力的)and progressive company, that will help. Good training will help. Strong leadership will help. If the neighbors stay civil(文明的), that will help. If your relatives don’t trouble you, that will help…All these things will help. We can go on and on with the list; but remember, the things that I’ve covered above just play minor(次要的)roles in helping you reach a good future. The major cause doesn’t lie outside. It lies inside.

Strangely enough, when two different men work in the same company, the first person may earn $1,000 a month, while the second may earn $10,000 a month. What causes the difference when they have the same job, use the same tools, and get the same training?

The cause of the difference lies in believing, in trying, in accepting failures, in thinking, in a smile at people around, and in the ways of dealing with problems. All of these can be major causes of your good future. You can see all these come from inside. In fact, the real difference is you yourself. You are the key to your future. Teens are the most wonderful and important period in life. If you want a great future, begin to improve yourself from now on!

72. Among all the things mentioned, which one is the most important in the author’s opinion?

A. Sales growth.B. Profit growth.C. Possession growth.D. Personal growth

73. Which of the following may play a main role in influencing you future?

A. Being determined.B. Working in good companies.

C. Having rich relatives.D. Getting leaders’ help.

74. All may cause the two men’s different earnings EXCEPT that_______.

A. the second person buys expensive houses or cars.

B. the first person treats others badly.

C. the second man has a positive attitude to problems.

D. the first man gives up after failures.

75. The passage is mainly written for_____.

A. old peopleB. adultsC. teenagersD. babies

It's generally believed that people act the way they do because of their personalities and attitudes.They recycle their garbage because they care about the environment.They pay $5 for a caramel brulee latte because they like expensive coffee drinks.

It's undeniable that behavior comes from our inner dispositions(性情),but in many instances we also draw inferences about who we are,as suggested by the social psychologist Daryl Bern,by observing our own behavior.We can be strangers to ourselves.If we knew our own minds,why would we need to guess what our preferences are from our behavior?If our minds were an open book,we would know exactly how much we care about the environment or like lattes.Actually,we often need to look to our behavior to figure out who we are.

Moreover,we don't just use our behavior to learn about our particular types of character—we infer characters that weren't there before.Our behavior is often shaped by little pressures around us,which we fail to recognize.Maybe we recycle because our wives and neighbors would disapprove if we didn’t.Maybe we buy lattes in order to impress the people around us.We should not mistakenly believe that we always behave as a result of some inner disposition.

Whatever pressures there can be or inferences one can make,people become what they do,though it may not be in compliance(符合)with their true desires.Therefore,we should all bear in mind Kurt Vonnegut's advice:"We are what we pretend to be,so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."

1.According to the passage,personalities and attitudes are commonly believed to______.

A. determine one's behavior B. reflect one's taste

C. influence one's surroundings D. result from one's habits

2.Which of the following would Daryl Bern most probably agree with?

A. The return of a wallet can indicate one's honesty.

B. A kind person will offer his seat to the old.

C. One recycles plastics to protect the environment.

D. One buys latte out of true love of coffee.

3.What can be inferred from the underlined sentence in the passage?

A. We fail to realize our inner dispositions.

B. We can be influenced by outside pressures.

C. Our behavior is the result of our true desires.

D. Our characters can shape our social relationships.

4.What does the author mainly discuss in the passage?

A. Personalities and attitudes.

B. Preferences and habits.

C. Behavior and personalities.

D. Attitudes and preferences.


What Teenagers Can Do To Earn More Respect ?

As teenagers continue to grow and develop into young adults, the transition ( 过渡 ) into adulthood has begun. With so many physical and emotional changes going on ,certain manners are often forgotten and other adult traits are not yet accepted as a way of life .1.By doing the following things, you will earn more respect.

Contribute to the household

At the very least, clean up after yourself . As a teenager , you are old enough to clean up after yourself. When you make a mess, clean it up .2.All chores ( 杂活 ) that you do help to reduce the load of the person who did them before . Now that you’re old enough and capable , why shouldn’t you contribute to the household ?3.

Be responsible

4.Whether they are basic things , like brushing your teeth or doing your homework , or more involved chores that contribute to the household , simple fulfill your responsibilities on time . When adults know that they can rely on you , their trust and respect for you will increase .

Solve more of your own problem without asking for help

Instead of taking the easy approach and asking for help , make an effort to solve your problem on your own first . The “ easy way ” is only easy for you , but it is an extra task for the person from whom you are seeking help . Seek help only after you have made an honest effort to solve your own problems .5.When you become a good problem solver , you increase your valve to the community.

A.The people doing the chores before will greatly appreciate the help .

B.It will make your life more pleasant .

C.Everyone has certain responsibilities .

D.When speaking to a group , speak loud enough .

E. This includes , but is not limited to , your dishes and your room .

F. By being aware of these manners and traits , you can manage them sooner .

G.Depending on the problem , 15 minutes of efforts is usually a good guideline.

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A Welcome Gift

Dario and his mother loved their new apartment. The living room was large enough for their piano. That night, the two of them side by side at the piano. They played jazz music to celebrate their new home. The loud filled the room and made them feel very happy.

The next morning, , their happiness disappeared. Someone had left a under their door during the night. One of their neighbor had written to complain(抱怨) about the sound of the piano. Dario’s mother asked the building superintendent(管理员) if he knew anything about it. But he said that they were all people and he couldn’t imagine any of them had done that. Later that morning, Dario suggested that they write a letter to their and apologize for their playing.

“Maybe we could go and everyone in person.” his mother said.

“What if we invited them to come here for a instead? Dario asked.

They both loved the . Over the next few days, they sent out invitations and prepared desserts their guests. They decorated the apartment with streamers(彩带) and party lights.

Finally, the day of the party . Some guests brought presents. Others brought flowers. Some even brought desserts to . One woman, Mrs. Gilbert, Dario’s mother with a book of piano music by Chopin.

“I heard you playing the other night,” she said. “The sounds woke me out of bed. I that you might play like this every night. So I wrote a short note. I hope you don’t think I disliked the playing.”

Dario’s mother smiled at Mrs. Gilbert. “I think maybe we you an apology.” she said. “I didn’t how late it was when we were playing. Maybe we should play some quieter music at night.

“You play, you play!” Mrs. Gilbert said. “I like what you play! Just not so loud at night.”She pointed to the book she had given them. “These songs are not such music.”

“These songs are beautiful music.” Dario’s mother said. “We will be to play them in the evening.”

“And we won’t play so loud or late!” Dario said. He was already looking forward to the new music. More than that, however, he was happy to see the big smile on his mother’s face. It gave him a feeling of and made him feel that they were home at last.

1.A. sat B. stood C. lay D. walked

2.A. voice B. ring C. music D. cry

3.A. therefore B. however C. otherwise D. instead

4.A. note B. poster C. bill D. report

5.A. proud B. rich C. lucky D. nice

6.A. neighbors B. friends C. relatives D. audience

7.A. blame B. instruct C. question D. visit

8.A. party B. concert C. show D. play

9.A. experience B. idea C. performance D. action

10.A. to B. with C. for D. from

11.A. continued B. arrived C. passed D. finished

12.A. order B. sell C. share D. advertise

13.A. treated B. presented C. helped D. served

14.A. promised B. admitted C. agreed D. worried

15.A. give B. send C. offer D. owe

16.A. realize B. remember C. understand D. accept

17.A. sweet B. strange C. funny D. loud

18.A. brave B. sorry C. happy D. afraid

19.A. changing B. practicing C. recording D. writing

20.A. equality B. freedom C. warmth D. sympathy

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