No woman can be too rich or too thin. This saying represents much of the strange spirit of our times. Being thin is assumed as such a virtue.
The problem with such a view is that some people actually attempt to live by it. I myself have fantasies of slipping into narrow designer clothes. Consequently, I have been on a diet for the better --or worse-- part of my life. Being rich wouldn't be bad either, but that won’t happen unless an unknown relative dies suddenly in some distant land, leaving me millions of dollars.
Where did we go off the track? When did eating butter become a sin, and a little bit of extra flesh unappealing, if not unpleasant? All religions have certain days when people stop from eating and overeating is one of Christianity's seven deadly sins. However, until quite recently, most people had a problem getting enough to eat. In some religious groups, wealth was a symbol of probable high morals, and fatness a sign of wealth and well-being.
Today the opposite is true. We have shifted to thinness as our new mark of virtue. The result is that being fat -- or even only somewhat overweight -- is bad because it implies a lack of moral strength.
Our obsession（迷恋）with thinness is also fueled by health concerns. It is true that in this country we have more overweight people than ever before, and that in many cases, being overweight correlates with an increased risk of heart and blood vessel disease. These diseases, however, may have as much to do with our way of life and our high-fat diets as with excess weight. And the associated risk of cancer in the digestive system may be more of a dietary problem -- too much fat and a lack of fiber -- than a weight problem.
The real concern, then, is not that we weigh too much, but that we neither exercise enough nor eat well. Exercise is necessary for strong bones and both heart and lung health. A balanced diet without a lot of fat can also help the body avoid many diseases. We should surely stop paying so much attention to weight. Simply being thin is not enough. It is actually dangerous if those who get (or already are) thin think they are automatically healthy and thus free from paying attention to their overall life-style. Thinness can be pure vain glory.
28. In the eyes of the author, an odd phenomenon nowadays is that_________.
29. According to the passage, people’s views on body weight__________.
30. Which of the following statements would the author agree?
31. What's the author's advice to women who are absorbed in the idea of thinness?
How to write an impressive essay?
Your essay should do two main things: it should show the admissions officers what an original, interesting, and driven person you are, and that you have top-notch writing skills. You should take the time to write an essay that is meaningful to you and leave enough time for yourself to proofread it when you’re finished. You can find the guidelines for the essay on the last page of the application. It should be 250-500 words long. Here are some tips.
● 36 _ . Write something that only you could write. Show what makes you special.
●Show your strong character. Tell a story that demonstrates your persistence ,work ethic, creativity, or even your ability to learn from your mistakes.
●Be compelling. Hook the admissions officers from your opening line. 37 _ .
●Be concise. 38 _ . Admissions officers will be reading thousands of essays, and they won’t appreciate it if you can’t follow directions.
●Some popular admissions essay topics include writing about your achievements in a club or a sport, describing your family and background, or writing about a life-changing experience.
●Always proofread your work. 39 _ . Remember that admissions officers aren’t just interested in the content of your essay, but also by how well you can write.
● 40 _ . Run your essay by a trusted friend or family member and your English teacher, if you can. They can help you catch grammar mistakes, and they can also tell whether your essay had its intended effect.
A. Don’t go over the word limits.
B. Be original.
C. Get feedback
D. Be frank
E. Keep their interests with your lively language, varied sentences and engaging topic.
F. Check your essay for grammar and punctuation mistakes.
G. Pay attention to the details.
Lake Forest High School Clubs
Club members are provided with opportunities to realize their goals of environmental service. The majority of projects are student-initiated. Last year’s activities included: the LFHS Courtyard Garden upkeep, Bike to School Day with free cocoa and snacks, an “eat local” 100-mile dinner, recycling solutions for LFHS, beach clean-up though the Great Lakes Alliance, and Earth Week celebrations.
Meetings: First Friday of the month in Room 5 at 7:00 a. m.
Advisors: Ms. Mary Beth Nawor, email@example.com
Students volunteer to help fellow students in improving their academic and organizational skills. Students tutor LFHS and middle school students on an individually scheduled basis. LFHS tutors must have proficiency（精通）in the academic area in which they wish to tutor, but middle school tutors only need general academic proficiency.
Meetings: All tutoring is done on an individually scheduled basis.
Advisor: Ms. Kathy O’Hara, firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Idea is LFHS’s art and literary magazine. Students of all ages who love writing and art are encouraged to become part of the staff of this award-winning magazine. Young Idea encourages all students to submit art and literature to the magazine, whether they are a part of the staff or not. From September to February, Young Idea meets on Thursdays after school in the Public Room to discuss the pieces that have been submitted to the magazine and provide feedback for the authors.
Meetings: See above explanation.
Advisors: Ms. Debbie Zare, email@example.com
Scout Buddies is a friendship club which helps build friendships among individuals with and without disabilities. Club members participate in a variety of social activities both within the school and in the community. Activities include organizing holiday parties in the school, bowling, going to movies, and eating out in local restaurants.
Meetings: Monthly meeting dates vary, but in Room 134.
Advisor: Ms. Donna Lovitsch, firstname.lastname@example.org
21. Which club provides help for students poor in study?
22. When is the staff of Young Idea most likely to meet?
23. What is the requirement for students to join a certain club?
Showers can be relaxing. You can hum a song, daydream or think about nothing, leaving the real world behind you. But did you know that showering can also benefit your mind?
A research by Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist from Yale University in the US interviewed over 3,000 people around the world. It turned out that nearly two-thirds of the interviewees said they had experienced new ideas in the shower and were more likely to have them in the shower than at work. So why does a simple shower have such magic power? Science can explain it.
Showering can help to raise our level of dopamine, a hormone closely related to our creativity. “People vary in terms of their level of creativity according to the activity of dopamine”, explained Alice Flaherty, a famous American neuroscientist. “Taking a warm shower can make us feel relaxed and therefore make the dopamine level rise and bring 'Aha!' moment to us.”
Besides the chemical changes, showering may give you a break from what you feel you have been stuck with. Especially when you have thought hard all day about a problem, jumping into the shower can keep you from the outside world so that you can focus on your inner feelings and memories. In this way, according to American psychologist Shelley H. Carson, author of Your Creative Brain, “a showering hour may turn into an ‘incubation (孵化) period’ for your ideas.”
Showering allows us to enjoy the creative juices of our minds, but it needn't just be the bathroom where you get your inspiration. For instance, Gertrude Stein, a female American writer and poet, got new ideas by driving around a farm and stopping at different cows until she found the one that most inspired her. So try to create your own way to free your mind, whether it's a walk near the ocean, a country drive or reading a book at home.
24. According to the article, what can showering bring around?
25. If one has focused on something all day, showering can help _______.
26. The example of Gertrude Stein in the last paragraph is used to _______.
27. Which of the following can best serve as the title of the passage?
You ask me what is poverty? Listen to me. Here I am, dirty, smelly and with no "proper" underwear on and with the stench of my rotting teeth near you. I will tell you. Listen to me, listen without pity. I cannot use your pity. Listen with understanding. Put yourself in my dirty, worn out, ill-fitting shoes, and hear me.
Poverty is getting up every morning from a dirt and illness - stained mattress. The sheets have long since been used for diapers. Poverty is living in a smell that never leaves. This is a smell of urine, sour milk, and spoiling food sometimes joined with the strong smell of long - cooked onions. It is the smell of the outdoor privy(厕所). It is the smell of young children who cannot walk the long dark way in the night. It is the smell of the mattresses where years of "accidents" have happened. It is the smell of the milk which has gone sour because the refrigerator long has not worked, and it costs money to get it fixed. It is the smell of rotting garbage. I could bury it, but where is the shovel? Shovels cost money.
Poverty is being tired. I have always been tired. They told me at the hospital when the last baby came that I had chronic anemia caused from poor diet, a bad case of worms, and that I need a corrective operation. I listened politely--the poor are always polite. The poor always listen. They don’t say there is no money for iron pills or better food, or warm medicine. The idea of an operation is frightening and costs so much that, if I have dared, I would have laughed.
Poverty is looking into a black future. Your children won’t play with my boys. They will turn to other boys who steal to get what they want. I can already see them behind the bars of their prison instead of behind the bars of my poverty. Or they will turn to the freedom of alcohol or drugs, and find themselves enslaved. And my daughter? At best, there is for her a life like mine.
Poverty is an acid that drips on pride until all pride is worn away. Poverty is a chisel(凿子)that chips on honor until honor is worn away. Some of you say that you would do something in my situation, and maybe you would, for the first week or the first month, but for year after year after year?
I have come out of my despair to tell you this. Remember I did not come from another place or another time. Others like me are all around you. Look at us with an angry heart, anger that will help you help me. Anger that will let you tell of me. The poor are always silent. Can you be silent, too?
32. The primary emotion conveyed by the speaker in this passage is:
33. It can be safely concluded from the passage that the speaker thinks ______.
34. By saying “the poor always listen” and “the poor are always silent”, the speaker is implying that poor people________.
35. The main intention of the speaker in this passage is to ________.
A family who is willing to support you while you are in college is a wonderful thing. Even though you are in school, you still have 41 _ to pay and other things to buy. 42 _ what happens when your parents say, “You have to start 43 _ the things you need”? In other words, it is time to find a job.
The first thing you should do is 44 _ whether you have the right to do a work-study program. Usually you should start searching 45 _ advance. Building a network of people is a great way to find a job. Make a(n) 46 _ to meet new people and talk to them. There is always someone who is graduating, 47 _ means new openings have to be filled. Make yourself 48 _ to everyone. 49 _ you may not get the job you applied for, you will get something important in return. The more they see your face, the more likely they are to 50 _ you. Why? Because they’ll remember you. You’ve made a lasting 51 _ .
Going to a small school 52 _ me to be known to many people. People saw me 53 _ because of the position I held. In fact, I’ve gained more jobs because people were 54 _ with me. But once you get your name out there, be _55 _ what you do; first impressions can last a lifetime, and your 56 _ will precede(领先)you, whether it is good or bad.
It is truly 57 _ to have someone who understands your struggle to talk to. Talking to the older students at my school really helped me. Now I am able to do the 58 _ ; I talk to other students about my 59 _ , including not having my family there for me and how I held on to the last minute.
I hope that 60 _ my story can help others to see that they can do it, too.
If you feel stressed by responsibilities at work, you should take a step back and identify those of 61 _ (great)and less importance. Then, handle the most important tasks first so you’ll feel a real sense of 62 _ (achieve). Leaving the less important things until tomorrow 63 _ (be) often acceptable.
Most of us are more focused 64 _ our tasks in the morning than we are later in the day. So, get an early start and try to be as productive 65 _ possible before lunch. This will give you the confidence you need to get you through the afternoon and go home feeling accomplished.
Recent 66 _ (study) show that we are far more productive at work if we take short breaks 67 _ (regular). Give your body and brain a rest by stepping outside for 68 _ while, exercising, or dong something you enjoy.
If you find something you love doing outside of the office, you’ll be less likely 69 _ (bring) your work home. It could be anything-gardening, cooking, music, sports—but whatever it is, 70 _ (make) sure it’s a relief from daily stress rather than another thing to worry about.
My parents and I went to the park on last Sunday. There were lots of visitors stood in front of the ticket window. We waited a long time and buy three tickets. In the Tiger Mountain of the park, I was too eager to see the fierce frightened animals that I quickened my steps through the crowd. Unfortunate, I got separated from my parents. I had hard time looking for him, but I had no luck. Wandered in the park, I felt lonely without any companions. Worse still, I had no money, so I had to walk home, covered as much as 5 kilometers.
Dear boys and girls,