He looked in the mirror, feeling sick of the sight of what he saw, a constant reminder of the fire last year. He was badly 1 in it and worse still, his wife had left him and would never return home.
He was filled with self-pity, 2 and even hate. He limped ( 瘸着走 ) to the park and decided to give his mind some 3 , so he sat down and started to read.
Then out from a group of children at play, a young girl approached. Her eyes to the ground, she stretched out her arm and said, “Look what I found!” She 4 in her hand what looked like a weed, all wilted ( 枯萎 ) and brown, its flower gone to seed.
The man said in a low angry voice, “Just leave me alone. Get on with your playing.”
But the child was still 5 . “I picked these for you. They’re really pretty, and I think you are, too.”
The man was annoyed, 6 her gift. He thought she made fun of him, as others had done. He pushed her aside when 7 he noticed that the girl was blind! He felt 8 . Then his anger and hate began to disappear. He accepted her flower. The girl smiled and ran away before he could say “thank you” to her.
The girl had awakened in him a 9 to start a new life. He went to the hospital and saw the burn patients in treatment. He knew the “inside” was the hardest to cure. From that moment on, he knew what he’d do. He’d help these folks heal ( 康复 ). And his 10 would heal, too.
1 ． A ． destroyed B ． damaged C ． burnt D ． ruined
2 ． A ． excitement B ． anger C ． curiosity D ． anxiety
3 ． A ． relief B ． inspiration C ． exercise D ． freedom
4 ． A ． put B ． held C ． moved D ． picked
5 ． A ． cautious B ． upset C ． enthusiastic D ． nervous
6 ． A ． accepting B ． refusing C ． throwing D ． appreciating
7 ． A ． unfortunately B ． lately C ． finally D ． suddenly
8 ． A ． frightened B ． amused C ． depressed D ． astonished
9 ． A ． dream B ． potential C ． desire D ． responsibility
10 ． A ． soul B ． body C ． emotion D ． appearance
When I look back at the first half of the year. I am amazed by how many challenges I have been through. The biggest one was definitely my high school graduation 1 .
When I first arrived in this Czech Republic four years ago ， I was just a normal exchange 2 who spoke only English ， then at the end of the year-Long exchange program ， I came up with the idea of 3 my high school studies there.
At that time, I was only sixteen and delighted by my new future. What I underestimated was the 4 of completing school in the Czech language, which is considered to be one of the most 5 languages in the world. As I 6 knowledge of certain subjects I receive the worst marks and people around the world doubted whether I could graduate. However, I practiced all the time. Gradually, I could communicate with others fluently and my 7 grew.
The final exam day came. Thinking about everyone who had helped and supported me along my journey, I felt 8 and confident.
In May,I received notice that I had 9 the exam. At my graduation ceremony, my Czech teacher said very proudly in front of everyone, “One student, she is from China with merely three years of learning Czech, she 1 0 . She deserves a golden folder for the certification. ”
My journey through high school was finally finished ， though the journey of University is just about to begin ， I think I am ready 。
1 ． A ． speech B ． exam C ． check D ． ceremony
2 ． A ． teacher B ． expert C ． engineer D ． student
3 ． A ． finishing B ． quitting C ． investigating D ． assessing.
4 ． A ． value B ． ability C ． challenge D ． benefit
5 ． A ． beautiful B ． difficult C ． common D ． Popular
6 ． A ． lacked B ． gained C ． increased D ． pursued.
7 ． A ． desire B ． fear C ． confidence D ． burden.
8 ． A ． bothered B ． puzzled C ． embraced D ． encouraged
9 ． A ． passed B ． ignored C ． avoided D ． missed
1 0 ． A ． got away B ． broke down C ． made it D ． count down
My friendship with the students in a primary school in Uganda started on a shaky ground. The 1 of not being understood was hidden within, for they spoke a language different from that of mine and mine too fell on deaf ears.
I greeted them with a wide smile, and when I spoke further, they replied with ice cold 2 . A reminder echoed in my mind: you must live through it to get to them. So I gave it another try. I spoke 3 English with hand gestures and a bit of dancing. If all failed, the smile would 4 . Soon we picked up and then the 5 of the learners came into play. At the mention of a name, trembles and face covering were the response I got. I decided to 6 a desk with a team each day during group work to get closer. After school, I accompanied them home.
7 , we became friends. They were even aware of my favorite fruit ， avocado ( 牛油果 ). If I didn’t get one on my desk, it would 8 me wherever I was. My slippers were worn out. One night I left them out as no one could steal a pair of slippers in that state. The next morning, I was ready to drag my slippers on as usual and I was surprised they had been 9 . Wow!
The little things we do for each other bring us great joy and warmth. We don’t have a proper spoken language, but we are fluent in the language of 1 0 .
1 ． A ． anger B ． fear C ． confusion D ． disappointment
2 ． A ． agreement B ． blame C ． comment D ． silence
3 ． A ． simple B ． official C ． academic D ． unusual
4 ． A ． turn up B ． break off C ． take over D ． fade away
5 ． A ． shyness B ． laziness C ． loneliness D ． calmness
6 ． A ． clear B ． share C ． search D ． exchange
7 ． A ． Suddenly B ． Obviously C ． Accidentally D ． Gradually
8 ． A ． hit B ． find C ． catch D ． hunt
9 ． A ． packed B ． cleaned C ． repaired D ． abandoned
1 0 ． A ． sympathy B ． admiration C ． friendship D ． confidence
Some dreams take longer to come true than others, but with the help of 21st-century social media and her great-grandson, at the age of 110, one British woman is 1 hers at long last.
At the end of World War I, Amy Hawkins was a 7-year-old child who loved nothing more than to 2 . As a teen, Hawkins set her 3 on becoming an entertainer. Hawkins was on her way, touring the country with a dance troupe ( 歌舞团 ) — until her ambition was 4 by her mom, who didn’t see it as a respectable 5 for a young lady.
All these years later, the 110-year-old lady lives at home in Monmouth, South Wales, surrounded by her loved ones. The four-generation family unit includes her granddaughter, Hannah Freeman, and Freeman’s 14-year-old son, Sacha. Even though she’s no longer doing it 6 , Hawkins has never stopped singing.
“She’s like a clock, once you wind her up she won’t stop,” Freeman said in an interview. “She just keeps asking, ‘Would you 7 another one?’.”
On Hawkins’ 110th birthday, Sacha 8 his great-gran singing one of her favorite WWI tunes. When Freeman jokingly suggested Sacha post it to TikTok, neither of them could have 9 the overwhelmingly positive response it would receive, reaching 100,000 views and a large number of emotional praises in just days.
Some journeys take longer than others. Sometimes, we’re detoured ( 绕路 ) along the way. Dreams can and do come true every day. While it’s been a long time coming, Amy Hawkins is 1 0 a whole new generation of fans.
1 ． A ． reflecting B ． realizing C ． recalling D ． researching
2 ． A ． sing B ． study C ． paint D ． film
3 ． A ． values B ． limits C ． sights D ． hands
4 ． A ． cut back B ． cut in C ． cut through D ． cut short
5 ． A ． method B ． grade C ． level D ． occupation
6 ． A ． nervously B ． professionally C ． reasonably D ． secretly
7 ． A ． bring B ． have C ． like D ． read
8 ． A ． caught B ． videoed C ． reported D ． remembered
9 ． A ． imagined B ． noticed C ． missed D ． suspected
1 0 ． A ． entertaining B ． becoming C ． representing D ． inviting
A Labrador has been doing an important job to help people stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eight-year-old Roby runs through the streets of the hilly city of Medellin several times a day with a 1 in his jaws, taking vegetables, fruit and packaged foods to customers of the Fresh4U mini-market.
“He helps us to maintain social distancing,” said Roby’ owner, Sherry Botero. “And people 2 it when we send the dog.” Roby enjoys eating carrots 3 to him by customers, a tip for bringing a basket of food.
Roby wasn’t always a star. He was accepted into the family 4 by Ms Botero after repeated requests by her son to 5 a dog.
But Ms Botero quickly 6 with the dog. And when she opened a mini-market four years ago, he started to accompany her to make deliveries.
Roby can’t read 7 . But he remembers the names of customers who have previously rewarded him with treats. And with some practice, he has learned to go to their houses on his own.
“He knows the names of five or six of our customers,” Ms Botero said, “So I send the goods with a receipt in the basket, and my customers 8 me through a bank transfer( 转账；转移 ).”
Roby might not know that he’s become an 9 worker. But he is happy to help his owner and 1 0 his daily pay.
1 ． A ． bag B ． chain C ． basket D ． stick
2 ． A ． respect B ． love C ． follow D ． notice
3 ． A ． gifted B ． returned C ． lent D ． donated
4 ． A ． intentionally B ． regretfully C ． immediately D ． unwillingly
5 ． A ． adopt B ． train C ． adore D ． walk
6 ． A ． got away B ． kept in touch C ． caught up D ． fell in love
7 ． A ． minds B ． addresses C ． numbers D ． receipts
8 ． A ． treat B ． help C ． pay D ． impress
9 ． A ． essential B ． honest C ． optimistic D ． adventurous
1 0 ． A ． spend B ． calculate C ． collect D ． increase
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