Perhaps Van Gogh（1853-1890）isn’t the most famous artist in the world, but his personal story is probably the most well known. The paintings he created didn’t become famous until after he died. Last year marked the 125th anniversary of his death. An art exhibition was in Beijing till Dec. 6, in which more than 3,000 photos of the artist’s masterpieces were shown. However, the paintings that made him famous after his death did little for him when he was alive.
Van Gogh was born into a rich family in the Netherlands. He started his career working for an art dealer. But then he tried other things like teaching in England. He also tried to become a priest, but failed the exams.
Finally, he found something else to believe in while he was living in a small mining town in Belgium—art. He returned to his childhood love of painting and drawing.
He was an important and great artist in a generation that challenged the Impressionist style. Post-Impressionists, like Van Gogh, wanted to show the world as it felt to them, not always as it looked.
Van Gogh used different forms and colors to make his art more abstract. The way he used colors was especially impressive. In Wheatfield with Crows (1890), the colors are very intense. Corn is yellow, grass is green, and crows are black. But the colors are used in such a way that it looks better than a photograph.
Unfortunately, Van Gogh’s art wasn’t very popular while he was alive. He was poor and was thought to have mental problems, which led him to cut off his ear and eventually die by shooting himself. Arguably, it wasn’t the art that gave him mental problems. What made him so sad may have been the difficulty of working as an artist in a practical world.
4. What can we know about Van Gogh from the passage?
A. He was born into a rich family in the Netherlands 125 years ago.
B. He was a teacher, a priest and a miner before he became an artist.
C. He did not get much wealth or fame from his works before he died.
D. He decided to be an artist when he worked as an art dealer.
5. According to the passage, Van Gogh impressed people deeply by ________.
A. how he used colors in his paintings
B. how he became famous for his paintings
C. how he showed the world exactly as it looked
D. how he began to love art while living in Belgium
6. What might have caused Van Gogh’s mental problems?
A. The art of painting. B. The loss of one of his ears.
C. Pressure from his family. D. Not being accepted or recognized.
7. What can be the best title of this passage?
A. Wheatfield with Crows B. An Artist’s Sad Story
C. Childhood of Van Gogh D. An Art Exhibition of Van Gogh
Dar and I loved to dance. It was probably the first thing we did together, long before we would share our lives.
We grew up in a small Oregon mountain community where dances were held almost every Saturday night. Dar was seventeen, and l was thirteen, when we first danced. He was one of the best dancers on the floor, and so was I. We always jitterbugged. No slow dancing for us; nothing remotely romantic.
Our fathers would stand along the wall and watch. Every once in a while, Dar’s dad would smile a little and say, to no one in particular, but my dad could hear, “Boy, my kid can sure dance.” My dad never blinked an eye; he acted like he’d never heard. But a while later he would say, to no one in particular, “That girl of mine can sure dance.”
Our dancing together stopped for five years while Dar was in the South Pacific in World War II. When we met again, Dar was twenty-two, and l was eighteen. We began to date and dance again. We were as good together as we remembered, and this time we added slow dancing.
For us, life is a dance, a movement of rhythms, directions, stumbles, missteps, at times slow and precise, or fast and wild and joyous. We did all the steps.
Two nights before Dar died, the family were with us. We all ate dinner together, and Dar sat with us. He hadn’t been able to eat for several days. After dinner, I put on a Nat King Cole tape. Dar took me in his arms, weak as he was, and we danced and smiled. No tears for us. We were doing what we had loved to do for more than fifty years. It was our last dance－forever unforgettable.1 wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
1. The author first danced with Dar when_________.
A. they were still in their teens B. they began to date each other
C. they began to share their lives D. Dar returned from the South Pacific
2. What does the author mean by the underlined sentence in paragraph 3?
A. Her dad didn’t like Dar’s father.
B. Her dad was not interested in the dance.
C. Her dad was too focused on his daughter.
D. Her dad thought his daughter danced better.
3. How did the author feel when she danced with Dar for the last time?
A. Regretful. B. Content. C. Heart-broken. D. Concerned.
4. Which of the following can be the best title for the text?
A. My Unforgettable Dancing Partner B. Dance Together to the Last
C. My Last Dance with Dar D. The Best Dancers
A year ago, I paid no attention to English idioms, though my teacher emphasized（强调） the importance again and again. But soon, the importance of English idioms was showed in an amusing experience.
One day, I happened to meet an Englishman, on the road, and soon we began to talk． As I was talking about how I was studying English, the foreigner seemed to be astonished, gently shaking his head ,shrugging his shoulders, saying, “You don’t say! You don’t say!” I was puzzled, I thought, perhaps this is not a proper topic．Well, I had better change the topic． So I said to him, “Well, shall we talk about the Great Wall? By the way, have you ever been there?” “Certainly, everybody back home will laugh at me if I leave China without seeing it. It was magnificent.” He was deep in thought when I began to talk like a tourist guide. “The Great Wall is one of the wonders in the world. We are very proud of it. ” Soon I was interrupted again by his order “You don’t say!” I couldn’t help asking, “Why do you ask me not to talk about it?” “Well, I didn’t request you to do so,” He answered, greatly surprised. I said, “Didn’t you say you don’t say?” Hearing this, the Englishman laughed to tears. He began to explain, “You don’t say actually means really? It is an expression of surprise Perhaps you don’t pay attention to English idioms” Only then did I know I had made a fool of myself. Since then I have been more careful with idiomatic expressions.
67. A year ago, I did not pay attention to English idioms because_______.
A. English idioms were too difficult to master
B. I care little about the teacher’s instruction
C. My teacher didn’t emphasize the importance
D. I had no interest in English learning
68. When I first heard “ You don’t say!” I thought _______.
A. the Englishman was not interested in my English studies
B. the Englishman was only interested in the Great Wall
C. I had talked too much
D. I had to stop talking at once
69. The underlined word “ amusing ” means _______.
A. interesting B. important C. terrible D. lucky
70. Which of the following is true?_________
A. The Englishman is leaving the China without seeing the Great Wall
B. The Englishman wanted to see the Great Wall after I talked about it
C. The Englishman wanted me to act as his guide
D. The Englishman visited the Great Wall and thought it was worth visiting
Once a boy came to ask a fisherman how to become cleverer, because his mother always called him “foolish boy”.
“That’s easy,” answered the fisherman. “I know one way to make you become cleverer.”
“Of course. It is said a fish head is good for brain. If you eat one, you’ll become cleverer indeed. Pay only three pounds for one fish head.” The boy paid him three pounds and the fisherman cut off a fish head and handed it to him.
A raw fish head is not good—not even for a hungry boy to eat but the boy ate it up in two gulps.
“Do you feel anything?” asked the fisherman.
“Not in my head,” said the boy.
The boy lay on the ground and thought. “One whole fish costs only two pounds. I had paid him three pounds for the fish head. Why couldn’t I have the whole fish for soup, a head for brain and one pound left over?” He jumped up and shouted at the fisherman. “You thief! You are fooling me!” The fisherman laughed, saying, “The fish head works now, you see.”
43. The boy ate up the raw fish head only in two gulps, because he __________.
A. enjoy it B. wanted to taste it C. took it as a good medicine D. was a foolish boy
44. The boy came to the fisherman in order to __________.
A. buy a fish head B. ask the fisherman a question
C. buy a whole fish D. A and C
45. The boy paid three pounds. He should have had __________.
A. a whole fish
B. a fish head and one pound back
C. a whole fish and one po und back
D. a whole fish, a fish head and one pound back
A boy, who was nervous on his first day of school, climbed onto a third-floor balcony (阳台) and put legs over the side. His mother and teachers tried their best to bring him down, but failed. However, a firefighter (消防员) who dressed as "Spiderman"(蜘蛛侠) succeeded in saving him.
Firefighter David Smith was called in after the boy’s teachers and mother had failed to get him down from the balcony. "He was asking for his mother, "Smith said. "He was crying, and wouldn’t let any of us get near him." After he heard a conversation between the boy’s mother and his teachers about his love of superheroes (超级英雄), Smith hurried home to get his Spiderman clothes.
"I told him 'Spiderman is here to save you. No one will hurt you now,’" Smith said. "Then I told him to walk slowly toward me. I was really nervous that he might fall if he got too excited and started running." Then the crying boy broke into a smile and walked into the fireman’s arms.
The fictional (虚构的) superhero was created by writer Stan Lee in the early 1960s. It has recently become popular again through a series of movies made about him. In them he is acted by superstar Tobey Maguire, who acted with Kirsten Dunst and James Franco.
40. Which of the following is the correct order?
a. The fireman dressed as "Spiderman".
b. The mother talked with the boy’s teachers.
c. The boy didn’t let anyone get near him.
d. The boy smiled at the fireman.
A. c, b, a, d B. c, b, d, a C. b, c, a, d D. b, a, c, d
41. How did the fireman succeed in rescuing the boy?
A. By showing he had the same interest as the boy. B. By bringing the boy’s mother to his side.
C. By dressing up as a superhero. D. By making friends with him.
42. What do we learn from the passage?
A. The boy had been forced to go to school.
B. The mother spoils (溺爱) her son very much.
C. Spiderman is a superhero in a series of movies.
D. Spiderman became popular again in the 1960s.
Blink: a boy, aged 18
Birth date: October 15th, 1991
Speaking: English, Russian
Now in: Dodge City, Kansas
From: Pratt, Kansas
Learning: Japanese, Chinese, Spanish
About me: I love all outdoor activities, especially playing ball games, traveling, and climbing. I play the guitar, and can say that I’m really good at it. I also like playing chess, but I don’t play it well. If you’re good at it, maybe you can teach me. I’m going to college this September. All I really want to do during the summer holiday is travel, teach, and learn languages (this is my hobby), see things, and build great friendships. I’d like people aged 17-20 to get in touch with me, both girls and boys. It’s better if you’re from Beijing or Tokyo. I’ve made 15 friends over the Internet. If you’d like to be one of them, send me an email at email@example.com. My MSN is firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to be your friend!
36. Where is Blink now?
A. In Dodge City. B. In Pratt. C. In Beijing. D. In Tokyo.
37. What is Blink NOT good at?
A. Playing the guitar. B. Playing ball games. C. Playing chess. D. Learning languages.
38. Blink does not want to be friends with anyone who is ______.
A. 15 years old B. 17 years old C. 18 years old D. 20 years old
39. What is Blink’s purpose of writing this passage?
A. To make friends. B. To go on a trip.
C. To learn foreign languages. D. To introduce his hobbies.
One night last February, a seventeen-year-old Duffy drove home along a winding road, he saw a strange light thrown against the tree. “I knew it wasn’t the moon”, he said. “I drive this road all the time and I notice little things out of place.”
Duffy stopped his car and got out to examine. Below him far down in the deep valley lay a broken car with its headlights on. Thirty minutes earlier, a man had driven off the edge of the road, which has no guardrail. His car fell and rolled end over end, landing on its top more than two hundred feet below.
Duffy rushed to call for help, then returned and got down to reach the injured driver. Snow covered the valley and the temperature was below freezing. After struggling back up the cliff, Duffy took off his jacket and shirt and wrapped the injured man in time, along with the blankets from his car.
Life-saving deeds are starting to become usual action for Duffy, the oldest of seven children. When he was 12, he saved his ten-year-old brother from drowning. Two years ago, his three-year-old sister ate rat poison, and Duffy cleaned out her mouth, make her drink milk to protect her stomach and called doctors.
“We have tried to teach the children good values, and it looks like we have got some reward for it.” His father says.
66. The strange light came from ________.
A. The bright moon. B. Duffy’s car.
C. The broken car in the valley D. an unknown place
67. The phrase” landing on its top” means the car lay_________.
A. on the top of the cliff B. with its wheels upward
C. with its head upward D. on the road as usual
68. Duffy wrapped the man because_________.
A. he was badly injured B. he had lost too much blood
C. he had nothing on D. it was too cold that day
69. From the above article, we can see Duffy has saved ________ at least.
A. two B. three C. four D. five
70. “We have tried to teach the children good values” may probably mean Duffy’s parents often tell their children_________.
A. to help people in danger B. how to save people’s lives
C. to remember the value of the car D. how to do business
When she looked ahead, Florence Chadwick saw nothing but a solid wall of fog. Her body was numb(麻木的).She had been swimming for nearly sixteen hours. Already she was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. Now, at age 34,her goal was to become the first woman to swim from Catalina Island to the California coast.
On that fourth of July morning in 1952,the sea was like an ice bath and the fog was so thick that she could hardly see her support boats. Sharks swam toward her lone figure, only to be driven away by rifle shots. Against the frigid grip of the sea, she struggled on—hour after hour—while millions watched on national television.
Alongside Florence in one of the boats , her mother and her trainer offered encouragement. They told her it wasn’t much farther. But all she could see was fog. They urged her not to give up. She never had...until then With only a half mile to go, she asked to be pulled out.
Still thawing(使变暖和)her chilled body several hours later, she told a reporter,“ Look, I’m not excusing myself, but if I could have seen land I might have made it.” It was not fatigue or even the cold water that defeated her .It was the fog. She was unable to see her goal.
Two months later, she tried again. This time ,despite the same dense fog, she swam with her faith intact(完整无损的)and her goal clearly pictured in her mind. She knew that somewhere behind that fog was land and this time she made it! Florence Chadwick became the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel, eclipsing(超越)the men’s record by two hours!
56.Why didn’t Florence swim across the Catalina Channel for the first time?
A. Because she was too tired to go on swimming.
B. Because the fog was so thick that she couldn’t see her support boats clearly.
C. Because she couldn’t see the goal on land.
D. Because the sea water was too cold.
57.What does the underlined sentence mean?
A. She had never been so hopeless.
B. She had never thought of giving up.
C. She had never seen such a thick fog.
D. She had never swum across the Channel before.
58.Which of the following is NOT true?
A .Florence Chadwick spent less time swimming across the Catalina Channel than men.
B .Florence Chadwick succeeded in swimming across the Catalina Channel in September,1952.
C. People had to use guns to drive away some flesh-eating animals in the sea
Benjy and I were working in the yard together one afternoon．It was during a summer between college terms，a time of uncertainty for my son．Benjy wanted to follow in my footsteps as a musician，but he was impatient for success．I ached for him and wished I could say something．
Taking a break，Benjy looked around our 15acres with its stream，its trees，and its rolling grass．"This place is beautiful，"he said．"How did you get it？"
"I wondered when you'd ask，"I replied．We tend to take things for granted until we're about to leave or lose them．I told Benjy the story．
Our first child，Suzanne，had just been born．Gloria and I were teaching in a town where I had grown up．We wanted land so we could build a house．
I noticed a parcel south of town where cattle grazed（吃草）．It belonged to a 92﹣year﹣old retired banker named Mr．Yule．He owned a lot of land in the area，but was selling none of it．He gave the same speech to everyone who inquired．"I promised the farmers they could use it for their cattle．"
Nevertheless，Gloria and I visited him at the bank，where he still spent his days．We made our way past a forbidding mahogany（红木） door and into a dim office．Mr．Yule sat behind a desk，reading The Wall Street Journal．He barely moved，looking at us over the top of his bifocals．
"Not selling，"he said pleasantly，when I told him we were interested in the piece of land．"Promised it to a farmer for grazing．"
"I know，"I replied nervously．"But we teach school here，and we thought that maybe you would sell it to someone planning to settle．"
He pursed his lips and stared．"What'd you say your name was？"
"H'm．Any relation to Grover Gaither？"
"Yes，sir．He was my granddad．"
Mr．Yule put down his paper and removed his glasses．Then he pointed to a couple of chairs，and we sat down．
"Grover Gaither was the best worker I ever had on my farm，"he said．"Showed up early，stayed late，did whatever needed doing and never had to be told．"
The old man leaned forward．"I found him in the barn one night an hour after quitting time．He told me the tractor needed fixing and he wouldn't feel right about leaving it undone．"Mr．Yule squinted，his eyes distant with the memory．"What'd you say you wanted，Gaither？"
I told him again．
"Let me do some thinking on it，then come back and see me．"
I was in his office again within a week．Mr．Yule told me he had thought about it．I held my breath．
"How does 3，800sound？"heasked．At3，800per acre，I would have to come up with nearly 60，000!Wasthisjustawayofputtingmeoff？"Thirty﹣eighthundred？"Irepeated，withacatchinmythroat．"Yup．Fifteenacresfor3，800．"The land had to be worth at least three times that!I gratefully accepted．
Nearly three decades later，my son and I strolled the green property that had once been pasture．"Benjy，"I said，"you've had this wonderful place to grow up on all because of the good name of a man you never met．"
At Granddad's funeral，many people had come up to me to say，"Your grandfather was a good man．"He was praised for his compassion，his ability to forgive，his tenderness，his generosity﹣﹣﹣and，most of all，his integrity．He had been a simple farmer，but his character made him a leader．
A good man．A wonderful phrase﹣﹣﹣one that has almost been lost in our culture．It reminds me of a verse from Proverbs that I was raised on："A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches，and loving favor rather than silver and gold．"
A good name is the legacy（遗产） Granddad Gaither left me．It is what I hope to leave Benjy，along with a story he can tell his son as they walk this gentle land．
55．When the writer was asked by his son how he got the land，he ．
A．felt very surprised
B．didn't know how to reply
C．wondered if it was the right time to tell him the story
D．had expected his son to ask this question for a long time
56．According to the text，Mr．Yule ．
A．grazed cattle on his farm
B．rented the land to farmers for grazing
C．had previously sold none of the land he owned
D．charged a very high price for his land
57．What was Mr．Yule's reaction when the writer requested to buy his land for the first time？
A．He refused to sell it at first as usual．
B．He agreed as soon as he learned the writer's relation with Grover Gaither．
C．He asked a price that the writer couldn't afford．
D．He said it had already been sold to a farmer for grazing．
58．Why did the writer eventually get the land from Mr．Yule？
A．Because he had a good name．
B．Because he offered a reasonable price．
C．Because he was the grandson of Grover Gaither．
D．Because he planned to settle．
59．Which of the following statements is true about Granddad Gaither？
A．He was made a leader among the farmers．
B．He was seen by Mr．Yule as the best worker on his farm．
C．He earned a living by being a tractor driver．
D．He died before the writer was born．
60．Which of the following can be the best title？
A．A good man
B．A kind banker
A man went into a restaurant and sat down at a table．He ordered the most expensive dishes．The waiter served the meal．He ate it with great joy．Then a small boy came in and sat at his table．
The waiter came up and said to the man，"What would your little boy like，sir？"
"Oh，just an ice cream，"the man told him．Then he stood up and said to the waiter，"I'm just going out to buy a newspaper．"
He left the restaurant．The waiter gave the boy an ice cream．The boy took it and then stood up and walked to the door．The waiter ran towards him．
"Excuse me，"he said，"But your father hasn't come back and he hasn't paid for his meal or for your ice cream．"
"He's not my father，"the boy said．"I don't know him at all．"
The waiter was puzzled．"What do you mean？"he asked．
"The man came up to me in the street，"the boy said，"He asked me if I liked an ice cream．I told him I did．Then he told me to come into the restaurant at 2o'clock and sat down at his table．He said he'd give me one．"
26．In the restaurant，the man ordered．
A．hamburgers and eggs
C．the cheapest dishes
D．the most expensive dishes
27．The man said he was going out to．
A．get money at the bank
B．buy a newspaper
28．The boy told the waiter that．
A．his ice cream was not good
B．he had to leave the restaurant
C．the man was not his father
D．the man would come back to pay the bill
29． was clever in the story．
D．None of them
30 was telling a lie．
D．None of them．
Back in 2003 an 86-year-old man drove his Buick through a crowded farmers’ market. Nine people were killed. More than fifty-four people were hurt, fourteen with serious injuries. When he finally stopped, the 86-year-old man got out his car and screamed at people to get out of the way. No alcohol or drugs were found in his system. Apparently, he was just old and confused.
This is a frightening accident, and it is not a rare one. There are many examples of elderly drivers driving into swimming pools, houses, storefronts, or worse.
In our teenage years, we all heard “driving is not a right; it’s a privilege.” That is still true, and there comes an age when driving is no longer a privilege that can be allowed. After a certain age, eyesight and dementia(痴呆) are very serious concerns. Undoubtedly, these age-related problems affect some older adults’ driving ability. By the time a person is between eighty-five and ninety years old, his or her driving privilege should be examined.
Licensing laws vary greatly from state to state, and it’s time for a national law on the maximum age limit for driving. The motivation for this law is safety. Another option is to start with laws that ban anyone over the age of eighty-five from driving after sundown, because driving conditions are not as safe as daylight hours. Still another option that may allow elderly drivers to continue driving could be new technology like a voice warning system that cautions drivers on busy streets or at traffic lights. Finally, since there are laws against driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, shouldn’t some prescription drugs also be included? The average age of 85-year-old is undoubtedly taking at least one prescription drug daily.
The thought of an 86-year-old driver with failing eyesight running down the road in a two-ton piece of metal is unsettling to us all. Driving at an advanced age is not only challenging for the elderly drivers, but also it’s dangerous for the rest of us.
25. The first paragraph is written in order to show_________.
A. the harm of driving at an old age B. the importance of traffic safety
C. traffic accidents are on the rise D. many elderly drivers are careless
26. The author suggests that there should be new laws against driving __________.
A. over eighty-five B. between sunset and dawn
C. with the help of voice warning systems D. under the influence of prescription drugs
27. The underlined word “unsettling” in the last paragraph is closest in meaning to “________”.
A. disappointing B. worrying C. touching D. interesting
28. Which of the following would be the best title for the text?
A. How to keep old people safe on the road?
B. Are drivers well protected by licensing laws?
C. Should there be an age limit for elderly drivers?
D. Is driving a right or a privilege for an old person?
Marvin, a friend of mine, was the kind of guy who was always happy and had something positive to say. Being a natural motivator, Marvin was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation whenever he or she was having a bad day.
Several months ago in his restaurant, Margin was held up at gunpoint by four armed robbers. They panicked and shot him. Luckily, Marvin was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local hospital. After 18 hours of operation and weeks of intensive care, Marvin was recovered with pieces of the bullets(子弹)still in his body.
It is really a miracle(奇迹)for Marvin’s surviving the robbery. When I met Marvin after the terrifying accident, I did ask him what had gone through this mind as the robbery took place. Marvin replied, “as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live, or I could choose to die. I declined to choose to die.” Marvin continued, “The nurses kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room and from the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses I read, ‘He’s a dead man.’ I knew I needed to take action.” “What did you do?” I asked. “Well, there was a big nurse shouting questions at me,” said Marvin. “She asked if I was allergic to anything. ‘Yes’ I replied. The doctors and nurse stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, ‘Bullets’. Over their laughter I told them, ‘I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.’”
“Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or to point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.” Marvin concluded.
21. What happened to Martin several months ago?
A. He was attacked by terrorists
B. He got shots in a gun battle
C. He met with a car accident
D. He was badly wounded by robbers
22. Why did Marvin think he needed to take action in hospital?
A. He couldn’t bear the rudeness of a big nurse
B. The medical staff was not skilled enough to save him
C. He had to encourage the doctors and nurses for the operation
D. He was in danger and had to follow the nurses’ instructions
23. Which of the following would best describe Marvin according to the text?
A. Humorous and optimistic B. Unique and unselfish
C. Positive and cautious D. Outstanding and ambitious
24. We can infer from the text that __________.
A. the doctors were sure about the operation on Marvin
B. Marvin’s survival depends on luck
C. choices mean success
D. attitude is vital in life
There is a story about a man who lost his legs and left arm in an accident．After the accident，only a finger and thumb on his right hand remained．
He was a brilliant，creative，and educated man．He had gained a lot of experience while traveling around the world，so he became very depressed after his accident．He was afraid that he would spend the rest of his life suffering and would no longer be able to spend his life in a meaningful way．Then，he realized that he still had partial function of his right hand and could still write even though it was very difficult．An idea occurred to him．"Why not write to other people who need encouragement？"
He wrote to the prison ministry（监狱长） about sending letters to the prisoners．The prison minister replied，"Writing to the prisoners is acceptable，but your letters will not be answered．"
Filled with excitement，the man knew he could write his letters．He began sending one﹣way messages of God's love，hope，strength，and encouragement．He wrote twice a week，testing his strength and ability to the limit．He poured （倾诉）his heart and soul into his words and shared his experience，sense of humor，optimism（乐观），and faith．
It was difficult to write those letters，especially without hope of a reply．One day he received a letter from the prison ministry．It was a short note from the officer who monitored and checked the prison mail．
The letter said，"Please write on the best paper you can afford．Your letters are passed from cell （单人牢房）to cell until they literally（逐字地） fall to pieces!"
No matter what circumstances （环境）life may present，we all have unique experiences，abilities，and God﹣given talents．We can discover ways to reach others who desperately （极度渴望地）need messages of encouragement and strength．
24．In order to live in a meaningful way，the man began to ．
A．receive the school education
B．write to other people who need encouragement
C．meet the people who are depressed
D．help other people with lost arms and legs
25．According to the prison minister， ．
A．the man was not allowed to write to the prisoners
B．the man couldn't go to see the prisoners himself
C．the prisoners were not allowed to answer the letters
D．he was not sure if the prisoners would receive the letters
26．From the officer's short note we are told that ．
A．the man would be offered free paper to write letters on
B．some of the prisoners were not satisfied with his letters
C．the prisoners eagerly wanted to write back to the man
D．his letters were very popular among the prisoners
27．What can be the best title for the passage？
A．Stories about a Humorous Person
B．Popularity of Special Letters
C．Special Letters of Encouragement
D．Relationship between writers and prisoners．
It was on her 14th birthday that her first book，In the Forest of the Night，was accepted for publication．It was a huge success gaining the attention of millions of young readers．At 16，her second novel，Demon in My View，also reached the bookstores．Several books later，the teenage author still works away in her room，surrounded by shelves full of dark tales about vampires （吸血鬼） and witches．Amelia Atwater﹣Rhodes is widely seen as America's finest teen writer and was named one of Teen People's"20Teens Who Will Change the World．"
Born in 1984，she began making up stories when she was about three years old．"I never stopped and said，‘I want to write'，"Amelia remembers．"I loved stories and created stories before I was old enough to know how to write them down．"
In her family，reading was basic and fun．"My parents encouraged me to read﹣﹣﹣﹣and to read anything I wanted，so long as I was reading，"she said．"They never restricted what I read．Later，when I started writing，they never criticized what I did or said I was‘too young'．They never said it was impossible for me to achieve what I have．"
In her short but successful career，Amelia has tried different styles．But vampires were the first characters to really come alive in her work．From them she has developed a whole world，one which she always enjoys learning more about．
As a published teen writer，Amelia's advice to other teens who dream of being authors is：just do it!"I believe anything is possible．Don't give up your dreams just because you fear failure．Getting a book published is difficult，but if I can do it，others can too．"
38．What can we learn about Amelia Atwater﹣Rhodes？
A．Reading widely helped her a lot in her career．
B．She found getting a book published was easy．
C．Vampires have been the only characters in her books．
D．Her parents began to teach her to make up stories when she was 3．
39．What do we know about Amelia's parents？
A．They helped her with writing stories．
B．They fully supported her．
C．They thought she was too young to read．
D．They chose what she read．
40．The underlined word"them"in Paragraph 4refers to ．
D．characters in her novel
41．Which of the following can be the best title for the text？
A．Good News for Teen Writers
B．Is It Possible for a Teen Writer to Be Published？
C．Advice on Being Teen Writers
D．A Top﹣selling Teen Writer Pens Vampire Tales．
Tracey Webb and her husband Keith were driving friends home to Tavistock late on 11May when they saw two cars that had just crashed badly．
The couple had only completed their first aid training on the previous day，but they didn't hesitate（犹豫） to act．Tracey said，"We stopped our car，and our friend Drew called 999．I ran to the cars first and check the people．Both drivers were very shocked，but they were up and walking around．However，there was a front seat passenger trapped in one car so I asked Drew to also call for a fire truck．
"I shouted to Keith to help the drivers，then climbed into the back seat of the car and sat holding the head of the trapped passenger，a 17﹣year﹣old boy．Both his legs were caught under the dashboard（仪表盘）．The car was full of broken glass．The passenger's head was covered in glass and tiny cuts．"
Tracey added，"He was crying in pain，so I kept talking to him to calm him down．Following my first aid training，I checked for signs of injury and asked some of the boy's medical history to pass on to the doctors．
"An ambulance（救护车） came first，and the doctors said I was doing exactly the right thing．I sat holding the injured passenger's head upright and still for another 20minutes and finally handed over to a doctor just before the firemen cut off the roof of the car．"
Throughout the process，the couple both stayed calm and focused on what they had learned during their first aid course．
"If I had not taken my first aid training，the situation could have been very different that night．We saved a life，"said Tracey．
31．On seeing the car accident，Tracey immediately ．
A．called for an ambulance
B．asked the firemen for help
C．checked the men in the car accident
D．climbed into the car to save the injured boy
32．What was wrong with the 17﹣year﹣old boy？
A．He was seriously injured and couldn't see．
B．He got trapped in the car and couldn't get out．
C．His head hit the dashboard and was covered in cuts．
D．His legs were cut by pieces of glass and losing blood．
33．When the doctors said Tracey did the right thing，they meant that Tracey ．
A．chose to take first aid course
B．waited for the doctors to come
C．was kind enough to save a stranger
D．kept the boy calm and protect his head
34．Which words can best describe Tracey and her husband？
A．Calm and warm﹣hearted
B．Quick and creative．
C．Patient and clever．
D．Kind and honest．
Papa, as a son of a dirt-poor farmer, left school early and went to work in a factory, for education was for the rich then. So, the world became his school. With great interest, he read everything he could lay his hands on, listened to the town elders and learned about the world beyond his tiny hometown. "There's so much to learn," he'd say. "Though we're born stupid, only the stupid remain that way. " He was determined that none of his children would be denied (拒绝) an education.
Thus, Papa insisted that we learn at least one new thing each day. Though, as children, we thought this was crazy, it would never have occurred to us to deny Papa a request. And dinner time seemed perfect for sharing what we had learned. We would talk about the news of the day; no matter how insignificant, it was never taken lightly. Papa would listen carefully and was ready with some comment, always to the point.
Then came the moment—the time to share the day's new learning.
Papa, at the head of the table, would push back his chair and pour a glass of red wine, ready to listen.
"Felice," he'd say, "tell me what you learned today. "
"I learned that the population of Nepal is .... "
Papa was thinking about what was said, as if the salvation（拯救）of the world would depend upon it. "The population of Nepal. Hmm. Well . . . . " he'd say. "Get the map; let's see where Nepal is. " And the whole family went on a search for Nepal.
This same experience was repeated until each family member had a turn. Dinner ended only after we had a clear understanding of at least half a dozen such facts.
As children, we thought very little about these educational wonders. Our family, however, was growing together, sharing experiences and participating in one another's education. And by looking at us, listening to us, respecting our input, affirming (肯定) our value, giving us a sense of dignity, Papa was unquestionably our most influential teacher.
Later during my training as a future teacher, I studied with some of the most famous educators. They were imparting what Papa had known all along—the value of continual learning. His technique has served me well all my life. Not a single day has been wasted, though I can never tell when knowing the population of Nepal might prove useful.
24. What do we know from the first paragraph?
A. The author's father was born in a worker's family. B. Those born stupid could not change their life.
C. The poor could hardly afford school education. D. The town elders wanted to learn about the world.
25. The underlined word "it" in the second paragraph refers to "
A. one new thing B. the news C. a request D. some comment
26. What is the greatest value of "dinner time" to the author?
A. Winning Papa's approval. B. Showing talents.
C. Continual learning. D. Family get-together.
27. It can be learned from the passage that the author _____.
A. appreciated his father's educational technique B. knew very well about Nepal
C. felt regret about those wasted days D. enjoyed talking about news
When we're young and we dream of love and fulfillment，we think perhaps of moon﹣covered Parisian nights or walks along the beach at sunset．No one tells us that the greatest moments of a lifetime are short，unplanned and nearly always catch us off guard．
Not long ago，as I was reading a bedtime story to my seven﹣year﹣old daughter，Annie，I became aware of her focused look．She was staring at me with a faraway，blank expression．Apparently，completing The Tale of Samuel Whiskers was not as important as we first thought．
I asked what she was thinking about．"Mommy，"she whispered，"I just can't stop looking at your pretty face．"I almost dissolved（溶解）on the spot．Little did she know how many trying moments the glow of her sincerely loving statement would carry me through over the following years．
Not long after，I took my four﹣year﹣old son to an elegant department store，where the sweet notes of a classic love song drew us toward a tuxedoed （ 穿晚礼服的 ） musician playing a grand piano．Sam and I sat down on a marble bench nearby，and he seemed as astonished by the pleasant theme as I was．I didn't realize that Sam had stood up next to me until he turned，took my face in his little hands and said，"Dance with me．"
If only those women walking under the Paris moon knew the joy of such an invitation made by a round﹣cheeked boy with baby teeth．Although shoppers openly chuckled（咯咯笑） and pointed at us as we glided and whirled（旋转） around the open space，I would not have traded a dance with such a charming young gentleman if I'd been offered the universe．
12．From the passage we know ．
A．Annie knew how important she was to her mother．
B．shoppers didn't notice the author dancing with her son．
C．there are bedtime stories in the Tale of Samuel Whiskers．
D．Sam was not surprised at the music which was played in the store．
13．When the author knew her daughter could not stop looking at her pretty face，she felt ．
A．sad B．deeply moved
14．Why wouldn't the author trade a dance with her son even if she was given the world？
A．Because she knew she wouldn't be given the universe．
B．Because her son was the most important person to her．
C．Because she thought she was the happiest one at the moment．
D．Because it was very important for the author to dance with her son．
15．What does the author want to prove by showing two examples of her kids？
A．Her kids love her very much．
B．She enjoys staying with her kids．
C．The greatest moments of a lifetime always come unexpectedly．
D．Those women walking under the moon should enjoy the happiness with kids．
Working in Detroit…rain，rain，and more rain．
I rushed to the airport only to find out from an airline ticket representative （机场地勤人员） that my return flight was one hour late．
As I cleared security，the progress of my flight went from departing （起程） one hour late to two hours，then three hours，then four hours late．I learned about these delays from the announcements given by an annoying airline gate agent．It became clear that I was going to miss my connecting flight home．
After minute﹣by﹣minute travel rearrangements，and knowing that I had to give Web﹣based training （网上培训） the next morning back home，my husband Jim decided to drive to the airport，pick me up，and drive me back．
Jim and I arrived home at 4：30am．I napped for a couple of hours，made coffee，logged on to the Internet conference site for my training，and waited and waited and waited…．It is lonely giving Web﹣based live meeting training when no one logs in．Do you know why they didn't log in？Because I had actually scheduled the training for the next day，not the day that we had raced home to await．
I worried about telling Jim that he had held off sleep，driven through a huge storm and gotten through road construction to get me home 24hours early for training．But the phone eventually rang as he called from work and it was time to own up （坦白）．What do you think he said？What would you have said？Would you have scolded （责骂）？Yelled？Teased？Would you have called all of your friends and let them know？
Well，Jim's response to finding out that he had driven an almost 400﹣mile round trip in the rain for nothing was a slight chuckle （轻声地笑） and this comment："The important thing is you are home．"
The important thing is you are home…
Today，remind someone how important it is that they are at home with you．If they live far away，tell them how important it is that they have a home in your heart．
8．What trouble did the writer have？
A．She was informed of the web﹣based training too late and was going to miss it．
B．Her plane was delayed and she had to rearrange her connecting flight home．
C．She failed to give the web﹣based training as no one was informed to log in on time．
D．She had a big argument with an annoying airline gate agent and missed her flight．
9．Which of the following is TRUE according to the text？
A．The writer cancelled her web﹣based training permanently．
B．The writer took it for granted that Jim would pick her up from the airport．
C．Jim drove the writer all the way home from the airport to get her there in time for her
D．The writer caught her connecting flight and was back home in time for her training．
10．The writer felt worried about owning up to Jim because ．
A．she knew he would get really upset and yell at her
B．she was afraid he might tell her friends
C．she was sorry that it had taken him so long to get home
D．she had mistaken the date for the training and he needn't have picked her up
11．What do we know about Jim from the text？
A．He cares about his family．
B．He does not want to feel regret．
C．He is willing to do anything for his wife．
D．He loves driving more than anything else．
Master painter Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) was well known for having a large number of friends and students. Among them, painter Li Qiujun was special.
They got to know each other through Li's elder brother, who was one of Zhang's best friends.
They admired each other's artistic talent and became confidants, which resulted in a romantic relationship.
In 1948, Zhang produced Spring Clouds Amid Autumn Landscape, a mountain-and-water ink painting featuring gongbi (meticulous brushwork), as a gift for Li's 50th birthday.
A year later, Zhang permanently departed from the mainland, and traveled and exhibited around the world before settling down in Taipei in 1976.
After leaving the mainland, he often said that he missed Li, who died in Shanghai in 1973.
Spring Clouds Amid Autumn Landscape will be auctioned in Hong Kong on Oct 4.
The painting not only marks a friendship between the two painters, but it deserves special attention because it shows Zhang at the top of his game as he sought to master the mountain-and-water style, according to C.K. Cheung, head of Sotheby's Chinese painting department.
Sotheby's will auction the work at its major autumn sale, which runs from Oct 1 to 5.
Cheung says the painting's composition and Zhang's attention to details reflect his incorporation of traditional touches, especially from Song Dynasty (960-1279) paintings, while also developing his own style.
21. The underlined word “confidants” in paragraph 3 probably means ____.
A. enemies B. colleges C. friends D. painters
22. How old was Li Qiujun when she died?
A. 50 B. 75 C. 78 D. 84
23. According to the passage, which of the following is NOT true?
A. Spring Clouds Amid Autumn Landscape was originally a gift for Li's 50th birthday.
B. Zhang Daqian permanently departed from the mainland in 1949.
C. Sotheby's will auction Spring Clouds Amid Autumn Landscape in Hong Kong.
D. Li Qiujun's elder brother was also one of ZhangDaqian's students.
Two of the saddest words in the English language are “if only”. I live my life with the goal of never having to say those words, because they convey regret, lost opportunities, mistakes, and disappointment.
My father is famous in our family for saying, “Take the extra minute to do it right.” I always try to live by the “extra minute” rule. When my children were young and likely to cause accidents, I always thought about what I could do to avoid an “if only” moment, whether it was something minor like moving a cup full of hot coffee away from the edge of a counter, or something that required a little more work such as taping padding (衬垫) onto the sharp corners of a glass coffee table.
I don’t only avoid those “if only” moments when it comes to safety. It’s equally important to avoid “if only” in our personal relationships. We all know people who lost a loved one and regretted that they had foregone an opportunity to say “I love you” or “I forgive you.” When my father announced he was going to the eye doctor across from my office on Good Friday, I told him that it was a holiday for my company and I wouldn’t be here. But then I thought about the fact that he’s 84 years old and I realized that I shouldn’t give up an opportunity to see him. I called him and told him I had decided to go to work on my day off after all.
I know there will still be occasions when I have to say “if only” about something, but my life is definitely better because of my policy of doing everything possible to avoid that eventuality. And even though it takes an extra minute to do something right, or it occasionally takes an hour or two in my busy schedule to make a personal connection, I know that I’m doing the right thing. I’m buying myself peace of mind and that’s the best kind of insurance for my emotional well-being.
24.Which of the following is an example of the “extra minute” rule?
A. Start the car the moment everyone is seated.
B. Leave the room for a minute with the iron working.
C. Wait for an extra minute so that the steak tastes better.
D. Move an object out of the way before it trips someone.
25.The author decided to go to her office on Good Friday to ______.
A. keep her appointment with the eye doctor
B. meet her father who was already an old man
C. join in the holiday celebration of the company
D. finish her work before the deadline approached
26.The underlined word “foregone” in Paragraph 3 is closest in meaning to ______.
A. avoided B. lacked C. abandoned D. took
27.What is the best title for the passage?
A. The Emotional Well-being
B. The Two Saddest Words
C. The Most Useful Rule
D. The Peace of Mind