When I was young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember the shiny box on the wall. But I was too little to reach it. I could only listen to my mother talk on it.

I discovered that inside the-wonderful box lived an amazing person whose name was Information Please. There was nothing she did not know.

One day my mother went out. I accidentally hurt my finger when I was playing with a hammer. I walked around the house sucking my finger, finally seeing the telephone. Quickly I dragged a chair over and climbed up.

“Information Please, ”I spoke into the receiver. A click or two and a small clear voice spoke into my ear. “Information.”

“I hurt my finger…”I cried into the phone.

“Isn’t your mother home?” came the question.

“Nobody’s home but me.” I sobbed.

“Are you bleeding?” the voice asked.

“No,” I replied, “I hit my finger with the hammer and it hurts.”

“Can you open your icebox?” she asked. I said I could.

“Then take a little piece of ice and hold it to your finger.” said the voice.

After that, I called “Information Please” for everything. I asked her for help with my geography and she told me where Philadelphia was. She helped me with my math. She told me her name was Sally.

Then, there was the time my pet canary(金丝雀)died. I called “Information Please” and told Sally the sad story. “Why is it that birds sing so beautifully and bring joy to all families, only to end up as a pile of feathers?” She listened, then said quietly, “Paul, always remember that there are other worlds to sing in.” Somehow, I felt better.

One day when I called “Information Please” again, a different voice answered “Information.”

I asked for Sally. “Are you a friend?” she said.

“Yes,” I answered.

“I’m sorry to have to tell you this,” she said. “She died five days ago.” Before I could hang up she said, “Wait a minute. Did you say your name was Paul?”


“Well, Sally left a message for you. The note said, ‘Tell him I still say there are other worlds to sing in. He’ll know what I mean.’” I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant.

1.When the author hurt his finger, he rang because __________.

A. he believed that the telephone knew everything

B. the telephone could tell him a doctor’s number

C. his mother was on the other end of the telephone

D. he was once told to ask for help in this way

2.Through the help from Sally, it can be inferred that __________.

A. Sally was a geography teacher

B. Sally was the author’s friend

C. Sally was a considerate person

D. Sally was an imaginary person

3.What did Sally really mean by her message?

A. She was sure that she could sing in other worlds.

B. She didn’t want Paul to be sad about her death.

C. Singing helped Paul to face death more easily.

D. There was no need for Paul to call her anymore.

4.What is the best title for this passage?

A. My Pet’s Death

B. An Amazing Woman

C. A Healing Message

D. My Magic Box

A new study of 8,000 young people in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior shows that although love can make adults live healthily and happily, it is a bad thing for young people.Puppy love(早恋)may bring stress for young people and can lead to depression (沮丧,抑郁). The study shows that girls become more depressed than boys, and younger girls are the worst of all.

The possible reason for the connection between love and higher risk of depression for girls is “loss of self”.According to the study,even though boys would say “lose themselves in a romantic relationship”,this “loss of self” is much more likely to lead to depression when it happens to girls. Young girls who have romantic relationships usually like hiding their feelings and opinions.They won’t tell that to their parents.

Dr Marianm Kaufman,an expert on young people problems,says 15% to 20% young people will have depression during their growing. Trying romance often causes the depression.She advises kids not to jump into romance too early. During growing up,it is important for young people to build strong friendships and a strong sense of self.She also suggests the parents should encourage their kids to keep close to their friends, attend more interesting school activities and spend enough time with family.

Parents should watch for signs of depression—eating or mood changes—and if they see signs from their daughters or sons, they need to give help. The good news is that the connection between romance and depression seems to become weak with age.Love will always make us feel young,but only maturity (成熟) gives us a chance to avoid its bad side effects.

1.What’s the main idea of the passage?

A. Romance is a double-edged sword for adults.

B. Parents should forbid their children’s love.

C. Puppy love may bring young people depression.

D. Romance is good for young people.

2.Which of the following is more likely to have depression?

A. Careless parents whose children are deep in love.

B. Young people who have a strong sense of selfishness.

C. Young boys whose parents watch for their behavior.

D. Young girls who always hide their feelings and opinions.

3.What can be inferred from the passage?

A. Lacking love can lead young people to grow up more quickly.

B. The older a woman is, the less likely she seems to lose herself in romance.

C. Early love makes young people keep close to their friends and parents.

D. Parents should help their children to be aware of the signs of depression.

4.What’s the author’s attitude towards puppy love?

A. disapproving B. confused

C. neutral D. scared

Well, parents, surprise! Lots of us are using Twitter and Facebook to thumb rides, and not just to school. It’s awkward to be refused when you call a friend and ask for a ride. But with Twitter, you just look for other people heading the same way.

It may sound risky, so many teens stay within their own social circles to find rides, and don’t branch out beyond friends when asking on Twitter just like me, but to some young people, especially those taking longer trips, stranger danger is less of a concern.

“I think the digital connection of young people is really important, because younger generations grew up sharing things on line, sharing files, photos, music, etc, so they’ve been very used to sharing,” said Juliet Schor, a sociology professor at Boston College.

The sharing economy got big during the recession (经济衰退), allowing people to access more goods, services using technology and even to share costs. And that technology, for me, is what the car was for my mom, a gateway to more freedom, like what my friend Earl says, “The symbol of freedom isn’t the car any more because there’s technology out there connecting you to a car.”

According to the researchers at the University of Michigan, 30 years ago, eight in ten American 18-year-olds had a driver’s license compared to six in ten today. So it’s not that surprising that on my 16th birthday I wasn’t rushing to get a license but an iPhone.

“Driving, for young people, does mean they have to disconnect from their technology, and that’s a negative. So if they could sit in the passage side and still be connected, that’s going to be a plus.” Schor continued.

To me, another plus is that ridesharing represents something, something much bigger than trying to save money. I see it as evidence that people still depend on each other. My generation shares their cars and apartments the way neighbors used to share cups of sugar. For the system to work, some of us still need our own cars. But until I get my own version of the silver Super Beetle, you can find me on Twitter.

1.The American teens prefer to possess an iPhone as a birthday gift because ______.

A. it is most fashionable and cool B. they are bored with driving cars

C. they are fond of being connected D. it is much cheaper than a car

2.We can learn from the text that ______.

A. Twitter is a website for teens to make friends and achieve goals

B. ridesharing can be seen as a sign that people still count on each other

C. drwing cars for teens means a plus and connecting with technology

D. having a car and cost-sharing symbolize more freedom for the author’s mother

3.Professor Juliet would agree that ______.

A. young people will sit waiting to be contacted by reading a passage

B. sharing economy is bound to be responsible for the recession

C. young people tend to share a car with strangers by means of Twitter

D. being connected via technology comes first for young people

4.The best title for the passage is probably ______.

A. Twitter, an Awesome Website B. Cars or iPhone

C. Teens Use Twitter to Thumb Rides D. Cool Teens on the Go

Guided Walking Week April 2016

Dates: April 30th-May 7th 2016

Location: Abdet, Costa Blanca

A week of guided walking in the mountains around Abdet. Highlights include the climbing of Valencia’s highest summit (Sierra de Aitana), traveling completely around the impressive Puig Campana, and several explorations in the Sierra de Aitana. Ancient trails lead through spectacular canyons(峡谷) to abandoned settlements situated high in the mountains. You will discover the snow trader routes which lead from the incredible snow holes high in the mountains down to the villages and towns on the coast. These years, golden eagles have made a return to this area, and you may also see other animals—wild goats, foxes, wild pigs and red squirrels.

As part of the week you are invited to help clear some local walking paths. This involves clearing collapsed (坍塌的) walls and rocks, cutting back fallen trees. This is of course optional and is just for half a day, it’s actually great fun!



·Accommodation in the beautiful mountain village of Abdet

·All food-good home cooking

·Beer, wine, soft drinks

·Snacks and post walk treats

·Packed lunches & drinks(except café/bar visits)

·Expert guiding

·Photos/Videos of your days in the mountains

·Airport pick-up/return $25 each way(fly to Alicante)

·Single room supplement $75

To book or get further information, please contact info@abdet.com.

1.What will you find during the guided walking?

A. Climbing Sierra de Aitana is the most exciting

B. Ancient trails have changed into highways.

C. The environment in Abdet is getting better.

D. Traders live in incredible snow holes.

2.What may you enjoy if you pay $499?

A. Packed lunches including bar visits.

B. Good home cooking breakfast only.

C. Bus stop pick-up/return each way.

D. Pictures and professional guiding

3.What do the details presented in the ad suggest?

A. Clearing walking paths is a must

B. People can book the walking online.

C. Accommodation conditions are tough.

D. The walking ends on April 30th 2016

It’s the time of year when graduates are looking forward to putting constant exams behind and moving on to a more exciting stage of their lives. But in the digital age, not everything is so easily left behind, because they have created a digital footprint that’s often not easy to cover up. However, there are various actions they can take to make that online presence(网络形象) more appreciating. 1.

Clean up your Facebook account

Clean up your Facebook page and get rid of anything that could be considered offensive (冒犯的,无礼的) or held against you. Remember, the test is no longer “Would you want grandma to see it?” but “2.

Use a professional looking photo

3., so make sure that first impression is a good one. Again, what worked at school is unlikely to impress the employers. Also, be consistent (一致的)and use the same photo on all your online platforms.


While it’s important to make the transition(过渡)from school to the workplace, you don’t want to leave everything behind. Make a point of keeping in touch with your school friends, teachers, professors, sports coaches, or anyone who could be helpful to you as you establish a career.

Be yourself

Nobody can be more like you than you. 5. Turn your social networking pages into your own personal website, and start marketing your own individual ,brand!

A.Grow your network

B.Search your memory

C.A picture is worth a thousand words

D.Whom would you want to see it?

EWould you want a future employer to see it?

F.Make sure your online presence is representative of who you really are.

G.Here are a few suggestions that you might want to pass on.

“Paul must have been trying to carry his waste paper to garbage can and dropped a few pieces.” I______picking them up. _______later I found more pieces. No quiet sighing this time. I _____ ,“Who is throwing garbage?” No answer. Instead, I saw more bits of paper silently floating______from upstairs. Looking up, I saw my seven-year-old son, Paul.

“Stop making a mess.” “It’s not a mess. They’re______ .” “Sorry, what did you say?” I hadn’t heard him clearly.

He didn’t answer me. Paul has autism (自闭症) and_______answers a question, especially when he’s _______attentively on something else. He ran down the stairs. “Where are my other butterflies?” he asked,_______around. Every time Paul _______five or more words together, my heart says a _______of thanks. But lately he seems to _______that the benefits of forming complete sentences when communicating are________of the effort.

Butterflies. Of course. I rushed to_______them from the garbage,_______them off and handed them to my young artist. “Want to see them________again?” he asked with a shy smile. “Oh yes! They’re beautiful.” I whispered. He ran back upstairs to float his _____ down again. They really did look like beautiful butterflies.

That day Paul _______me to look up at ______instead of down at garbage. How many other masterpieces (杰作) do I miss because I’m too caught up in my _______to take time to appreciate what’s right in front of me? Life is not what happens to us. It’s ______we look at it. Now, I look up.

1.A. laughed B. sighed C. amazed D. shouted

2.A. Days B. Years C. Moments D. Weeks

3.A. called out B. turned up C. got in D. added to

4.A. up B. down C. away D. off

5.A. planes B. papers C. leaves D. butterflies

6.A. rarely B. frequently C. willingly D. eagerly

7.A. devoted B. depended C. focused D. addicted

8.A. showing B. looking C. playing D. drawing

9.A. spells B. puts C. pushes D. accumulates

10.A. sound B. remark C. report D. prayer

11.A. refuse B. hear C. mind D. realize

12.A. worthy B. aware C. fond D. typical

13.A. hide B. destroy C. rescue D. remove

14.A. tore B. dusted C. cut D. seized

15.A. throw B. flow C. land D. fly

16.A. masterpieces B. schoolwork C. inventions D. imagination

17.A. reminded B. forced C. intended D. permitted

18.A. mistakes B. weaknesses C. beauty D. scenery

19.A. amusement B. housework C. communication D. homework

20.A. when B. whether C. where D. how

David Beckham was born in 1975 in London, at a place called Leytonstone. When he was a young boy, his greatest passion was in football. He played it whenever he had the chance. Sometimes he would go and watch a game with his friends. When David Beckham was 12 years old, he won the Bobby Charlton Soccer Skills award. This was an important step forward for this young boy, and it led him to go for a visit to a football training camp in Spain. As a boy he played for schools of Essex and also for his county team.

In 1991, he became a trainee with Manchester United. This meant that he could practice football as much as he wanted to and play for the highly successful Manchester United Youth Cup team and Under-21 team. In April, 1995 he played his first football league game against Leeds Untied. During 1995 and 1996, David became a regular member of the team and Manchester United won in both football seasons, with David scoring many goals.

His goals made him a household name. In the first game of the 1996-1997 season, he scored a surprising goal from beyond the halfway line; seeing the goalkeeper a little way out of his goal, Beckham became famous overnight. He continued to score astonishing goals, especially from free-kicks. The speed of one of his shots was timed at 157 kph. He also had the ability to make the ball go from left to right, or right to left, whenever he chose. Goalkeepers were never sure where the ball was going, and it regularly ended up in the goal.

1.Which word can take the place of the underlined word “passion” in Paragraph 1?

A. success B. interest

C. prize D. skill

2.The unusually surprising way that he scored goals .

A. helped him to gain many prizes for Essex

B. kept him playing for Leeds United

C. offered him the chance to join the national team

D. made him popular and famous

3.Which of the following shows the right order of what Beckham experienced?

a. Beckham played his first football league game

b. Beckham won the Bobby Charlton Soccer Skills award

c. Beckham played for Manchester United Youth Cup team

d. Beckham went to Spain to join a football training camp

e. Beckham played for the schools of Essex

A. e, d, a, c, b B. b, e, d, a, c

C. e, b, a, d, c D. b, d, e, c, a

4.The passage mainly talks about .

A. how Beckham became a successful football player

B. what abilities Beckham had to score so many goals

C. when Beckham became famous all over Britain

D. why Beckham could win in football league games

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