Recently some articles state that the word ‘‘selfie” has become one of the most annoying words. But I’d like to offer that maybe it is not so bad. The “selfie” is used to describe the self-taken photo, often from a smartphone. Women and men decorate their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts with these pictures, sometimes with puckered (翘起) lips or large smiles. In fact, the selfie has become so widely known that over 31 million photos on Instagram are taken with the selfie.
Let’s think about it. Someone takes about 10 selfies each time they do, and they only end up posting one or two of those. They pick the one that makes them look the best. Isn’t that beautiful? In that one picture, someone has given himself or herself confidence. Self-image is important. In society today, we are so often busy with what society tells us is perfect. But maybe, with that one selfie, we feel that we fit that bill. We feel handsome, beautiful, confident, smart, happy and content. For that moment, everything bad or terrible that has ever happened to us is erased, because that smile or that pucker is what gives us the determination to love ourselves.
I saw a spoken word poem recently and the young man said: If I ask you what you love, the answers will most likely roll off your tongue. You love to read. You love to write. You love birds, music, your mom, your brother, your sister, your daughter, your best friend, your dog. How long do you think you could go on and on before you said “I love myself”?
That statement hit me like a ton of bricks. I’ve struggled with confidence all of my life. I still do. And in no way am I saying that taking a selfie is a gateway to that confidence. However, the selfie does deserve some credit for allowing individuals to express themselves. Pamela Rutledge agrees, stating, “There are many more photographs available now of real people than models.”
21. According to the writer, we live in a society where ________.
A. being perfect is highly valued B. selfie leads to success
C. one’s poor performance can be erased D. a good image decides one’s status
22. What Pamela said suggested that selfie ________.
A. causes models to be laid off B. is a way to attain confidence
C. makes one look like models D. reveals a more real world
23. The best title for the passage is ______.
A. The Value of Selfie B. The Origin of Selfie
C. Selfie Causes Bad Effects D. Selfie Creates Beauty
Picture the scene: You come home after work feeling too exhausted to cook –only to find a delicious meal worthy of a Michelin-starred restaurant waiting for you. It sounds like a fantasy, but it could be about to come true thanks to a robot chef developed by British scientists.
Those scientists have come up with a set of robotic arms so smart that they are capable of cooking meals all by themselves. The device will be sold from as early as 2017 as part of a purpose-built high-tech kitchen.
Scientists at Moley Robotics spent almost 18 years developing the hands. According to its creators, the arms can chop, stir, whisk and baste well enough to recreate almost anything you would care to eat, whether it is a simple home-cooked supper, or a complicated creation designed by a world-class chef. The hands move a little slowly, hovering strangely above the work surface whenever they are not busy, but they imitate human movements closely enough that they can do things such as wiping a spoon on the edge of a pan to prevent drips.
Mr Oleynik, who is leading the project, said, “All the things which are possible with the hand are possible here. There is no limitation. A lot of people want to go to Michelin-starred restaurants, but they are quite expensive and may be quite far from the home. This is an opportunity for people to enjoy very good food, and for a reasonable price. ”
The only cuisine that is off the robot’s menu at the moment is sushi, which requires extremely steady pressure and nimble fingers to make, but the team plan to conquer that as well by the time it goes on sale.
24. People go to Michelin-starred restaurants in order to______.
A. appreciate car tires B. enjoy delicious meals
C. see the new robot chefs D. escape from work
25. What does the underlined word “they” in Paragraph 2 refer to?
A. British scientists B. The robot chef’s arms
C. Cooks at restaurants D.Household wives
26. Which kind of food CAN’T the robot chef cook at present?
A. Bread B. Beef C. Sushi D. Sandwich
27. What can we infer from the passage?
A. Hands of a robot chef can perform exactly like a cook.
B. Robot chefs are available at shopping malls.
C. Michelin-starred restaurants are suitable for many people.
D. It is uncertain when the robot can cook all kinds of food.
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28. What made “I” finally think of getting a cell phone?
A. Being stuck by the highway. B. Being urged by his grandkids.
C. Being persuaded by cell phone salespersons.D. Being attracted by the friendly return policy.
29. On the monthly basis of 100 minutes, the Jitterbug weekly rate is about .
A. $3.75 B. $ 4.99 C. $14.99 D. $19.99
30. An advantage of Jitterbug mentioned in the passage is .
A. its discount price with a free gift B. its reasonable rate plans without a contract
C.its M global-positioning" system with 911 access D. its good customer service all over the world
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Do you drink water that's been left sitting out overnight or even for another day Have
you noticed it tastes different
Tap water that has been left to sit out slowly begins to acquire an off taste. Many people
think that this is because of microorganisms(微生物). But that's not what makes old water
taste not fresh. For that we can thank carbon dioxide. After about 12 hours, tap water starts
to go flat as carbon dioxide in the air starts to mix with the water in the glass, lowering its pH
and giving it an off taste. But it's most likely safe to drink.
However, back to those microorganisms. If you use a dirty glass day after day, there is
more of a chance of bacteria making themselves known; a risk that increases if you share the
glass with another mouth as well. But assuming you use a fresh glass every few days, you
probably won't have a problem unless the glass has been touched by dirty fingers, and
especially if those dirty fingers went unwashed after using the bathroom.
As for plastic water bottles that have been left out in the sun or in the car, step away
from the bottle, warns Dr. Kellogg Schwab, director of the Johns Hopkins University Water
Institute. "A chemical called bisphenol-A, or BPA, along with other things used to make
plastic can leach(过滤) into your water if the bottle heats up or sits in the sun," he explains.
BPA, as you probably know, has been linked to everything from heart disease to cancer.
Schwab also adds that plastic used for commercial bottled water isn't meant to be washed or
refilled, so use only one time and recycle. Or don't buy them at all; use refillable water
32. Tap water begin to acquire an off taste because of .
A. BPA B. the glass
C. the microorganism D. carbon dioxide
33. According to Paragragh 2 , tap water that's been left sitting out for 12 hours____.
A. tastes better B. is still safe to drink
C. contains few microorganisms D. is most likely undrinkable
34. What should we do with plastic water bottles that have been left out in the sun or in the car
A. Throw them away. B. Refill them with fresh water.
C. Use them after they cool down. D. Clean them and use them again.
35. Which of the following is true about BPA
A. It is safe for people to use. B. It is a kind of new material.
C. It can cause great harm to people. D. It is the main material to make plastic.
We spend so much time waiting to be loved, hoping love will find us, and looking for that special love．Unfortunately, that’s not usually how life works. To be loved, you should love and respect yourself as much as you do others. In order to love someone, you should love yourself．
●Stop comparing yourself to others． 36 We all have different gifts．When you compare yourself to others for what they have, whether it is a car, a house, or a job, it makes you feel bad about yourself. Really be grateful about everything you have. Gratitude keeps your heart open to love．
●Practice receiving love. To truly love is to be able to receive it. When someone loves you, does some kind deeds to you, or says kind words, accept it． 37 Know that you are worthy of love. It is important to accept a gift of love by others. You give yourself a chance to learn more about yourself that you are lovable． 38
● 39 Write about your experiences, good and bad. When you write down good experiences, allow yourself to feel those feelings. When you remember bad experiences, allow yourself to feel self-compassion. Compassion is not self-pity, but rather willingness to accept one's own pain and regret．
●Stop trying to be perfect. Stop blaming yourself for being less than perfect． 40
Just follow all the steps above and don't let anyone's expectations of you put any pressure on you．
A. Keep a diary．
B. Appreciate yourself．
C. Do not feel sorry about it．
D. Always do your best, but not reaching perfection is NOT failure．
E. Allow yourself to feel the love that has come your way．
F. You give someone a joy of giving by loving you．
G. Everyone on the earth is unique．