I am a good mother to three children. I have tried never to let my profession stand in the way of being a good parent.
I no longer consider myself the center of the universe. I show up. I listen. I try to laugh. I am a good friend to my husband. I have tried to make marriage vows (誓约)mean what they say. I am a good friend to my friends. And they to me. Without them, there would be nothing to say to you today.
So here’s what I wanted to tell you today: Get a life. A real life, not a desire of the next promotion, the bigger paycheck, the larger house.
Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you. And remember that love is not leisure, it is work. Pick up the phone. Send an email. Write a letter. And realize that life is the best thing and that you have no business taking it for granted.
It is so easy to waste our lives, our days, our hours and our minutes. It is so easy to exist instead of to live. I learned to live many years ago. Something really, really bad happened to me, something that changed my life in ways that, if I could choose, it would never have been changed at all. And what I learned from it is what, today, seems to be the hardest lesson of all.
I learned to love the journey, not the destination, I learned to look at all the good in the world and try to give some of it back because I believed in it, completely and totally. And I tried to do that, in part, by telling others what I had learned.
By telling them this: Read in the backyard with the sun on your face, Learn to be happy, and think of life as a deadly illness, because if you do, you will live it with joy and passion as it ought to be lived.
21. The best title of this passage probably is _____________.
22. How did the author form her view of life?
23. By the underlined sentence “It is so easy to exist instead of to live” in the fifth paragraph, the author really means that people tend to ___________.
For the business traveler who is all about efficiency: Check out these hotels that will get you in and out with a minimum of trouble. When you are pressed for time on a business trip, nothing can infuriate you more than a slow hotel check-in process. On your next trip, try these hotels that offer a speedier check-in process.
（1）Yotel New York
The self-service kiosks at this high-tech New York hotel work just like the ones you’d see at an airport. There are just five-steps to register and obtain your card key. There is even a robotic luggage bellboy. You tap in the number of bags you are carrying and sizes, then wait for a robot arm to swing down and store your luggage in a locker (say, for a day trip). This also speeds up the check-in process if the first thing you need to do, like me, is head to a series of meetings.
（2） Marriott Detroit Airport
Another option for business travelers in a hurry: Marriott is rolling out its mobile check-in app to 325 hotels this year, including the Marriott Detroit Airport hotel. (I’ve tested the app itself but not for a real visit quite yet.) Here is the basic idea: you download the iphone or Android app. The night before, you can “check-in” virtually. When you arrive, you get an alert that the room is ready and your key, which is already tied to your reservation, is waiting for you at the desk.
（3） Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
I happened to stay at this hotel recently and liked how fast the kiosk check-in works. Like the Yotel, the kiosk asks you to insert your credit card, similar to an airport terminal. The whole process took about three minutes, when I left, I was equally impressed with the fast check-out. An agent meets you in the lobby with an ipad and asks for an email to use for a receipt. The big advantage: you never have to wait in line.
（4） Radisson: LaCrosse
The Radisson is trying to make the kiosk process even faster, at a few select hotels like the Radisson Lacrosse in Wisconsin, you use a mobile app to register and then receive a barcode by email or text. When you get the kiosk, you scan the barcode to get your key without any other steps required. It’s super fast. You can find this new check-in system at the Radisson hotels in Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Phoenix as well.
24．What does the word “infuriate” in paragraph 2 most mean?
25．Which two hotels offer a mobile app for customers to check in?
26．Which hotel will send you a receipt by email?
27．Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage?
In cities with rent control, the city government sets the maximum rent that a landlord (房东) can charge for an apartment. Supporters of rent control argue that it protects people who are living in apartment. Their rent cannot increase; therefore, they are not in danger of losing their homes. However, the critics say that after a long time, rent control may have negative effects. Landlords know that they cannot increase their profits. Therefore, they invest in other businesses where they can increase their profits. They do not invest in new buildings which would also be rent-controlled. As a result, new apartments are not built. Many people who need apartments cannot find any. According to the critics, the end result of rent control is a shortage of apartments in the city.
Some experts argue that the minimum wage law can cause problems in the same way. The federal government sets the minimum that an employer must pay workers. The minimum helps people who generally look for unskilled, low-paying jobs. However, if the minimum is high, employers may hire fewer workers. They will replace workers with machinery. Therefore, other things being equal, the number of workers that employers want decreases. Thus, critics hold the opinion that an increase in the minimum wage may cause unemployment. Some poor people may find themselves without jobs instead of with jobs at the minimum wage.
Supporters of the minimum wage say that it helps people keep their dignity. Because of the law, workers cannot sell their services for less than the minimum. Furthermore, employers cannot force workers to accept jobs at unfair wages.
Economic theory predicts the results of economic decision, such as decisions about farm production, rent control, and the minimum wage. The predictions may be corrected only if “other things are equal”. Economists do not agree on some of the predictions. They also do not agree on the value of different decisions. Some economists support a particular decision while others criticize it. Economists do agree, however, that there are no simple answers to economic questions.
28. There is the possibility that setting maximum rent may ________.
29. We can safely say that rent control ________.
30. There will be the problem of unemployment if ________.
31. The passage tells us about ________.
New genetic analysis has revealed that many Amazon tree species are likely to survive human-made climate warming in the coming century, contrary to previous findings that temperature increases would cause them to die out. A study, bd blank in the latest edition of Ecology and Evolution, reveals the bd blank age of some Amazonian tree species -- more than 8 million years -- and bd blank shows that they have survived previous periods as warm as many of the global warming imagined periods bd blank for the year 2100.
The authors write that, having survived warm periods in the past, the trees will bd blank survive future warming, provided there are no other major environmental changes. bd blank extreme droughts and forest fires will impact Amazonia as temperatures bd blank , the trees will stand the direct impact of higher temperatures. The authors bd blank that as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions to minimize the risk of drought and fire, conservation policy should remain bd blank on preventing deforestation（采伐森林）for agriculture and mining.
The study disagrees with other recent researches which predicted tree species’ extinctions 50 relatively small increases in global average air temperatures.
Study co-author Dr Simon Lewis (UCL Geography) said the bd blank were good news for Amazon tree species, but warned that drought and over-exploitation of the forest remained major bd blank to the Amazon’s future.
Dr Lewis said: “The past cannot be compared directly with the future. While tree species seem likely to bd blank higher air temperatures than today, the Amazon forest is being transformed for agriculture and bd blank , and what remains is being degraded（使恶化）by logging（伐木）, and increasingly split up by fields and roads.
“Species will not move as freely in today’s Amazon as they did in previous warm periods, when there was no human bd blank . Similarly, today’s climate change is extremely fast, making comparisons with slower changes in the past bd blank .”
“With a clearer bd blank of the relative risks to the Amazon forest, we bd blank that direct human impacts -- such as forest clearances for agriculture or mining -- should remain a key point of conservation policy. We also need more aggressive bd blank to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to make minimum the risk of drought and fire impacts and bd blank the future of most Amazon tree species.”
Things You Should Stop Doing to Be Successful
Are you a happy person? How often do you think of reasons why everyone around you is successful though they are not better than you in general? What do you do wrong? Here are some things you should stop doing to be successful.
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Different people may interpret “success” in different ways：some of them measure it in money, other ones — in positive changes to people around them and the world in general. bd blank Don’t worry about what other people think but come after what makes you happy.
（2） Do not believe anything without questioning it.
bd blank They are critical thinkers, and they understand that we all are ruled by our prejudices, so they will always question new information.
（3）Do not worry about all unpredictable things that may happen to you.
If you want to be successful, stop thinking about everything that MAY happen to you. bd blank Be ready to improve and change your deeds and decisions when things suddenly don’t go according to your plan.
（5）Do not care about what other people think of you.
bd blank Your attempts to become “good” for everyone will turn into nothing but new worries, stresses, and problems. Successful people do not concentrate on the quantity of people to please, but worry about their quality and focus on developing friendships with people they really care about.
A. Do not wait for the “right time” to do anything.
B. Do not let others decide what “success” is for you.
C. Successful people do not just accept any new information to be true.
D. As far as we all know, it’s impossible to please all the people who surround us.
E. Try to feel comfortable with the reality and accept the fact that your future can’t be predicted.
F. If you want to be successful, do not let others force their interpretation of success on you.
G. Successful people never ignore or avoid problems，no matter how big and awful they seem.
Being physically active three times a week reduces the odds of being depressed by about 16%, according to new UCL research carried out as part of the Public Health Research Center.
The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, found a two-way relationship between depression and physical activity. People who increased their weekly activity reported fewer depressive symptoms but those with more depressive symptoms were less active, particularly at younger ages.
Researchers followed 11,135 people born in 1958 up until the age of 50, recording depressive symptoms and levels of physical activity at regular intervals in adulthood. They found that each additional activity period per week reduced odds of depression by 6%. In England 19% of men and 26% of women are currently classed as “inactive”, and this study suggests that activity could significantly improve their mental as well as physical health.
“Assuming the association is causal, physical activity has a protective effect against depression. If an adult between their twenties and forties who isn’t physically active became active 3 times per week, they would reduce their risks of depression by about 16%.” says Dr Snehal of the UCL Institute of Child Health, lead author of the study.
Professor Mark, Director of the Public Health Research Center, said, “Many people are already aware of the benefits of physical activity on their general health, but now we are seeing more evidence that suggest it also has a positive effect on a person’s mental well-being. The latest research highlights just how important it is to ensure that people are working and living in environments that allow them to be both physically active and mentally healthy.”
32. What is the author’s purpose in writing the passage?
33. According to the second paragraph, if people increase their weekly activity, ______.
34. Which of the following statements is TRUE according to the passage?
35. The author shows his view mainly by_______.
Nowadays, more and more schools in China have rules making students wear school uniforms to school. A lot of Chinese students complain about bd blank (wear) their school uniforms every day. But do American students get bd blank (annoy) about their uniforms, too? American high schools usually have a dress code(衣着标准), bd blank is about requirements for students' dressing. Boys at school must wear clean jackets every day. Girls are bd blank (luck) than boys, for they have more flexible bd blank (choose) than boys. They can either dress similarly to the boys bd blank wear a dress. In general, it takes a student 10-15 minutes every morning bd blank (dress) up for class. As students do in China, plenty of American students also have their complaints about school uniforms. What if students really dislike the dress code and want to get rid of it? Instead of getting punished, bd blank (actual) there're ways to do that. At my school, "dress down" tickets bd blank (sell) on school days. If students are willing to buy a ticket, they don't need to wear school uniforms the following day. I have a strong bd blank (believe) that one day Chinese students can buy these tickets, too.
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（4）. popular → v__________________
（6） pure→ v _____________________
（9） fog→ adj___________________
Born in Oct. 28, 1955, Bill Gates grew up in Seattle with his twosisters. Bill Gates attended public elementary school or the private LakesideSchool, there he discovered his interest in software and begin programmingcomputers at the age of 13. In 1973, Gates entered into Harvard University as afreshman. In her junior year, Gates left Harvard to devote himself to developMicrosoft, guiding by the faith that the computer would be a tool of greatvaluable on every office desktop. He proved to be success in the IT field.
（3） 参考词汇：心理的psychological 学生会 the Students’ Union