Twelve years ago, I arrived in Central Florida from Puerto Rico. I had heard of a job opportunity and decided to pursue it. But it never became a reality. I quickly learned that being alone without resources in an unfamiliar city was not a comfortable situation to be in.
Once my limited funds ran out I became homeless and spent a year and a half living on the streets of Orlando. Apart from feeling not being noticed and missing my family, I had to face another challenge—hunger.
For the first time in my life, I, as a foreign man, who had lived my life in the relative comfort of the middle class, understood the desperation someone feels when they don’t get enough to eat. I clearly remembered having run a distance of more than 7 miles on many occasions just to make it to a local feeding program before they closed at 7 pm.
Once the need for food was met, the next challenge would arise—where to find a place to sleep for the night. Fortunately, local programs like the Coalition for the Homeless, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Wayne Densch Center were an important part of my ability to survive my painful experience.
With the assistance of these programs, I was accepted by a college scholarship program through the Coalition and obtained two degrees from Valencia.
My experience has helped me understand that devoting my life to helping others offers lasting rewards. Today, I am employed as Childhood Hunger Programs Manager at Second Harvest Food Bank and oversee the summer feeding, Hi-Five Kids Pack, and Kids Café programs. I am so proud to be able to distribute food resources to those wonderful programs and help hundreds more like me.
1. What can be inferred from Paragraph 1?
2. Why did the author run a distance of over 7 miles on many occasions?
3. Before being accepted by a college scholarship program, the author_____.
4. From his experience, the author learns that ______.
The winter vacation is just around the corner. With such a long holiday to spend, have you decided where to get yourself relaxed from the great pressure of school study? Our company specializes in civil tours. We take pride in offering you the best services and in providing you with a vacation that will be fondly remembered. The following places can be your unforgettable destinations in our country.
A. The Australian Museum
The Australian Museum has an international reputation in the fields of natural history and indigenous studies research and exhibitions. The museum was established in 1827 and is Australia's first museum of natural science and cultural artifacts.
B. Sydney Olympic Park
Home of the Best Games Ever and 2003 Rugby World, Sydney Olympic Park is a gold medal attraction and continues to serve as a major sport and social venue.
Apart from its ultra-modern sport venues, Sydney Olympic Park is set in extensive parklands. Bicentennial Park, one of Sydney's most popular recreational areas, is criss-crossed with walking and bicycle tracks.
C. Art Gallery of New South Wales
Located within a short walking distance from Sydney's CBD, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of Australia's foremost art museums housing some of the finest works of art in the country.
The Gallery has a rich and diverse collection including key works of the Heidelberg School and favorite modern Australian artists including Brett Whiteley and Margaret Preston, as well as permanent Australian, European, Asian, contemporary and photographic galleries.
D. Koalas Park Sanctuary
Koalas are on show every day. Shows are at 10:20 A.M., 11:20 A.M., 2:00 P.M., 3:00 P.M. where you can cuddle, feed, pat and have your photo taken with the Koalas. See free roaming Koalas as well, 10 acres of rainforest. Walk in and pat our kangaroos.
5. How long has the Australian Museum been built?
6. Which of the following might be more inviting to a sports fan?
7. You can watch Koalas Show at ____.
A survey said the average Asian dad spent one minute a day with his children．I was shocked. I mean, a whole minute? Every day? Get real. Once a week maybe. The fact is, many Asian males are terrible at kid—related things. In fact, I am one of them．
Child—rearing (养育) doesn’t come naturally to guys. My mother knew the names of our teachers, best friends and crushes. My dad was only vaguely aware there were short people sharing the apartment. My mother bought healthy fresh food at the market every day. My dad would only go shopping when there was nothing in the fridge except a jar of capers and a bay leaf．Then he’ d buy beer. My mother always knew the right questions to ask our teachers. My dad would ask my English teacher if she could get us a discount on school fees．My mother served kid food to kids. My dad added chili sauce to everything, including our baby food．
The truth is, mothers have superpowers. My son fell off a wall once and hurt himself all over. I demanded someone bring me a computer so I could google what to do. My wife ignored me and did some sort of chanting phrase such as “Mummy kiss it better,” and cured l7 separate injuries in less than 15 seconds．
Yes, mothers are incredible people, but they are not always right. Yet honesty forces me to record the fact that mothers only know best 99.99 percent of the time．Here are some famous slip-ups.
The mother of Bill Gates: “ If you’ re going to drop out of college and hang out with your nerdy friends, don’ t come running to me when you find yourself penniless.” The mother of Albert Einstein: “When you grow up, you’ ll find that sitting around thinking about the nature of time and space won’ t pay the grocery bills.” The mother of George W．Bush: “You’ll never be like your dad, who became President of the United States and started his own war.”[来源:学
8. The tone for the writer to write the passage is .
9. In paragraph 2 the writer makes a comparison between mothers and fathers to prove that .
10. What does the underlined word “slip-ups” in Paragraph 4 probably mean?
11. The last paragraph is mainly developed by .
We know the famous ones--the Thomas Edison and the Alexander Graham Bells--but what about the less famous inventors? What about the people who invented the traffic light and the windshield wiper (雨刮器)? Shouldn't we know who they are?
Joan McLean thinks so. In fact, McLean, a professor of physics at Mountain University in Range,feels so strongly about this matter that she's developed a course on the topic. In addition to learning "who"invented "what", however, McLean also likes her students to learn the answers to the "why" and "how" questions. According to McLean, "When students learn the answers to these questions, they are better prepared to recognize opportunities for inventing and more motivated to give inventing a try. "
Her students agree. One young man with a patent(专利证） for an unbreakable umbrella is walking proof of McLean's statement. "If I had not heard the story of the windshield wiper's invention," said Tommy Lee, a senior physics major, "I never would have dreamed of turning my bad experience during a rainstorm into something so constructive. " Lee is currently negotiating to sell his patent to an umbrella producer.
So, just what is the story behind the windshield wiper? Well, Mary Anderson came up with the idea in 1902 after a visit to New York City. The day was cold and stormy, but Anderson still wanted to see the sights,so she jumped aboard a streetcar. Noticing that the driver was struggling to see through the snow covering the windshield, she found herself wondering why there couldn't be a built-in device for cleaning the window. Still wondering about this when she returned home to Birmingham, Alabama, Anderson started drafting out solutions. One of her ideas, a lever (操作杆) on the inside of a vehicle that would control an arm on the outside,became the first windshield wiper.
Today we benefit from countless inventions and innovations. It's hard to imagine driving without Garrett A. Morgan's traffic light. It's equally impossible to picture a world without Katherine J. Blodgett's innovation that makes glass invisible. Can you picture life without clear windows and eyeglasses?
12. By mentioning "traffic light" and "windshield wiper", the author indicates that countless inventions are ________.
13. Professor Joan McLean's course aims to ________.
14. Tommy Lee's invention of the unbreakable umbrella was ________.
15. Which of the following can best serve as the title of this passage?
Do you shop online withwebsites 1 Taobao? When you make 2 orderon Taobao, the money you pay doesn’t go directly to the sellers. Instead, itgoes through Alipay, 3 keeps your money for a while. After youreceive your goods and click the “ confirm receipt(确认收货)”button, Alipaythen gives the money to the sellers. This process 4 (call)“ third party online payment”. There is a transfer station(中转战)，or a thirdaccount , between sellers and buyers 5 (make) online shopping safe. Buyers don’t need to worry about paying forgoods and then 6 (receive) nothing. Sellers also get rid of therisk of receiving no money after sending out goods.
These transfer stations are 7 (usual)set up by payment service companies such as Alipay, Tenpay and Yeepay.Among them, Alipay is the biggest in China. It has more than 270 million activeusers, according to Xinhua. While most online sellers and shoppers like thethird party online payment system, banks are not very 8 (satisfy) with it. That is 9 companieslike Alipay are fighting over money with the banks. Users can invest infinancial products through Alipay and make money. Thus lots of people 10 (choice)to put money in Alipay rather than in banks.
Frank joined the army after middle school. He didquite well in everything besides shooting. One day, the new soldiers werepracticed shooting. Frank performed poorly while the rest was doing quitewell.After he had shot at the target nine times but had not hit once, theofficer shouted, “I had never seen such a fool! Don’t wast away your last bullet! Go behind that walland shoot yourself with it!” Frank went behind a wall, and a few seconds latethe sound of a shot was heard by the officer and the other soldier. “Heavens!”the officer said. “ Has that silly man real done so?” He ran behind the wallanxiously, only find Frank standing there straight, saying, “ I’m sorry, but Imissed again.”
Whenever my child caused me to change my schedule, I thought to myself, “We don’t have time for this.” , the two words I most commonly spoke to my child were: “Hurry up” But my promise to was made almost three years ago, and I began my journey to grasp what in life. My younger daughter is my living of why I must keep trying. In fact, the other day, she reminded me once again.
The two of us had taken a bike ride to the . After buying a cool treat for my daughter, she sat down at a table
in admiring the ice cream she held in her hand. Suddenly a look of worry on her face. “Do I have to rush, Mama?”
I could have .Perhaps the pains of a life don’t ever completely disappear, I thought sadly. As my child looked up at me waiting to know she could take her time, I knew I had a(n) .I could sit
there about the number of times when I rushed my child through life….or I could celebrate the fact that today I’m trying to do things . I chose to live in today.
“You don’t have to rush. Just take your time,” I said in a(n) way. Her whole face instantly brightened and her
shoulders . And so we sat side by side talking about things that interested us.
When she got to the last bite, she held out a spoonful of ice crystals and sweet juice for me. “I the last bite for you, Mama,” my daughter said . As I left the icy goodness put out my thirst, I I just got the deal of a lifetime. I gave my child a little time… and , she gave me her last bite and reminded me that things taste sweeter and love is to get when you stop rushing through life.