You may know the English letters A, B and C. But do you know there are people called ABC? You may like eating bananas. But did you know there is such a thing as a “banana person”? How strange! Are these people from “another earth”? No. They are just Chinese people like you and me.
ABC means American-born Chinese. An ABC is a Chinese, but was born in the United States. Sometimes, people call an ABC a “banana person”. A banana is yellow outside and white inside. So, when a person is a banana, he or she is white inside——thinking like a Westerner and yellow outside——looking like a Chinese.
Do you know why? Usually, ABCs know little about China or the Chinese language. Some of them don’t speak Chinese. Also, they are not interested in Chinese politics.
But if ABCs cannot speak Chinese, can we still call them Chinese people? Yes, of course. They are Chinese. They are overseas (海外的) Chinese. These people may be citizens(公民) of another country like the US, Canada or Singapore. But they have Chinese blood. Their parents, grandparents or even great-grandparents were from China. They all have black eyes and black hair. But they are not Chinese citizens. They are not people of the People’s Republic of China. For example, we all know the famous scientist C. N. Yang (杨振宁). He got the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1957. Chinese people love him. But he is an American citizen.
21. “ABC” in this text stands for “_______”.
A. three English letters
B. Chinese born in America
C. a kind of banana
D. Americans born in China
22. Chinese in western countries are called “banana persons” because __________.
A. their bodies are white inside but yellow outside
B. they were born in China but go to study in America
C. they think like Westerners but look like Chinese
D. they are Chinese who look like bananas
23. C. N. Yang is mentioned here to show that ________.
A. American Chinese are not Chinese citizens
B. we love American Chinese
C. Chinese people can win Nobel Prizes
D. American Chinese are great
24. This text is mainly about _________.
A. different kinds of bananas B. the life story of C. N. Yang
C. the Nobel Prize D. overseas Chinese
When we moved to China seven months ago, we were very worried about what we would be eating, and how we would live. We never thought that we would fall in love with the Chinese eating habits and style. We also never imagined that we have lost 80 pounds! We thought we should share some of our tricks with you. Here is the Chinese Diet——five easy things you can do to lose weight.
Use a smaller bowl ---much smaller
Go into your cupboard and find your smallest bowl. Now that will be the bowl that you will eat out of. By doing this you actually pick much less food than you are naturally served.
Vegetables are your main course
For example, you might have one plate of a cucumber dish, one of corn＆carrots, and then another with ribs. Find a few dishes that your whole family loves and rotate(轮换) those.
Cut down on your meat ＆ dairy
We eat very little meat. So do most Chinese. We eat very little dairy. It was hard at first. Cut it down and try to limit it to eggs, milk and yogurt.
Use chopsticks to eat
We love eating with chopsticks and wonder why we didn’t use them more at home. You eat a lot slower, A LOT.
Introduce rice and noodles into your meals
A Chinese diet includes a lot of rice and noodles. So our daily diet is no different, we eat rice and noodles 3 times a day.
We wish we had known these simple tricks back home that make such a difference in our waistline.
25. According to the text, the author_________.
A. moved to China to lose weight
B. does not really enjoy Chinese food
C. became much thinner eating the Chinese food
D. had known much about Chinese food before
26. Which of the following is advised by the author?
A. Learn to cook rice and noodles. B. Keep using the same bowl.
C. Try all kinds of chopsticks. D. Eat more vegetables and less meat.
27. People are advised to use the smallest bowl to _________.
A. eat more slowly B. eat less food
C. adapt to the Chinese lifestyle D. experience the Chinese culture
In the United States, when one becomes rich, he wants people to know it. And even if he does not become very rich, he wants people to think that he is. That is what ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ is about. It is the story of someone who tried to look as rich as his neighbours.
The expression was first used in 1913 by a young American called Arthur Momand. He told this story about himself. He began earning $ 125 a week at the age of 23. That was a lot of money in those days. He got married and moved with his wife to a very wealthy neighbourhood outside New York City. When he saw that rich people rode horses, Momand went horseback riding every day. When he saw that rich people had servants. Momand and his wife also hired a servant and gave big parties for their new neighbours.
It was like a race, but one could never finish this race because one was always trying to keep up. The race ended for Momand and his wife when they could no longer pay for their new way of life. They moved back to an apartment(公寓房间) in New York City.
Momand looked around him and noticed that many people do things just to keep up with rich life--style of their neighbours. He saw the funny side of it and started to write a series (系列) of short stories. He called it ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ because ‘Jones’ is a very common name in the United States. ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ came to mean keeping up with rich lifestyle of the people around you. Momand’s series appeared in different newspapers across the country for over 28 years.
People never seem to get tired of keeping up with the Joneses. And there are ‘Jonses’ in every city of the world. But one must get tired of trying to keep up with the Joneses because no matter what one does, Mr. Jones always seems to be ahead.
28. It can be inferred from the story that rich people like to ________.
A. have many neighbours B. live in New York City
C. live in apartments D. live outside New York Ci ty
29. The underlined word neighbourhood in the second paragraph means ________.
A. an area near the place referred to
B. people living in an area
C. a person who lives near another
D. an area in another town or city
30. Arthur Momand used the name ‘Jones’ in his series of short stories because ‘Jones’ is ________.
A. an important name B. his neighbour’s name
C. a popular name in the United States D. not a good name
31. According to the writer, it is to keep up with the Joneses.
A. correct B. impossible C. interesting D. Good
Norm Pethrick, a 36-year-old man in Australia’s northern city Darwin, was praised on Thursday for jumping onto a crocodile’s back to save his wife Wendy at Litchfield National Park, a popular tourist spot southwest of Darwin, a local newspaper reported.
Ms. Pethrick was standing on a river bank Wednesday afternoon when the saltwater crocodile lunged (扑), locking its jaws on both her legs as it tried to drag her underwater.
Norm Pethrick, who with his wife had been collecting water, immediately went to help her. He jumped onto the back, poked (戳) the eyes of the crocodile and finally got his wife free.
Ms. Pethrick was later taken to Royal Darwin Hospital for a medical treatment. The doctors said she was suffering eight puncture wounds (伤口) in her right leg, a puncture wound in her left leg and a serious cut to one of her fingers.
“This could have been a fatal and tragic situation,” said the general manager of Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH), Dr. Len Notaras, according to a local report.
He said Ms Pethrick was saved by her husband’s “quick and diligent actions”.
Dr. Notaras also said she would remain in hospital for three to four days and have an operation to clean the wounds, which are easy to get infected because of bacteria on the teeth of the crocodile.
32. This passage is most likely to be found in a _________.
A. travel guide B. newspaper C. textbook D. novel
33. Which of the following statements is TRUE about Ms. Pethrick?
A. Her eyes were badly poked.
B. She had eight wounds altogether.
C. One of the crocodile’s teeth was found in her leg.
D. One of her fingers also got hurt.
34. The underlined word “bacteria” in the last paragraph probably means _________.
A. strength B. energy C. tiny living things D. water and blood
35. Which of the following would be the best title for this passage?
A. A man saves wife’s life from crocodile’s jaws.
B. The husband should save the wife.
C. A crocodile is not so dangerous as people imagine.
D. Human beings can beat crocodiles sometimes.
Everyone knows that good time management skills are important to students if you want to do well in school. 36 The skills listed below are quite important.
You should have the ability to say “no”. A party this weekend? A cool club to join? An overnight trip on Saturday? A quick pizza with your classmates that turns into 3 hours of just hanging out? Learning to say “no” can save you a lot of time. But it is not easy to say “no”. You should develop some good skills in saying “no”. 37 .
You shouldn’t spare time for all the fun activities. High schools are amazing because there is always something fun for you to take part in. Unfortunately, you cannot spend time on all of the fun activities. 38 You can go there when you finish your homework. In this way, you needn’t feel guilty about enjoying yourself.
39 Some students like putting off things. This is a bad habit. You may end up with too many tasks one day. If you have a task, don’t wait to get started until the last week, because you may not know what to do at all if you have too many tasks and you may end up in crisis.
40 Staying up a little too late? Maybe not eating a healthy dinner every night of the week? In order to keep in good health, you have to check on time so as to be energetic. Practicing a little self-care can really go a long way towards making sure you can have enough passion (激情) for your work with your limited time while in school.
A. You should keep your health in check.
B. Choose the one that you like most.
C. Try your best to get rid of your bad habits.
D. You should avoid putting off your tasks.
E. But what skills are needed for good time management?
F. Here are some tips to help you learn to say "no".
G. It is very good for your time management.