Where to Stay in Rio, Brazil?
21. The four places all provide the service or facilities of ___________.
22. What do we know about Ibis RJ Santos Dumont?（ ）
23. If a rich family wants to enjoy French dishes and sunbathing on the beach, they may ___________.
24. Which might be your best choice if you and your seven poor roommates are interested in sports?（ ）
Yesterday mother and I were watching for a cab in the rainy street without an umbrella when an old gentleman sheltering under an umbrella approached us to ask a favor.
“I’ve forgotten my wallet. You see, old people like me often become terribly forgetful…”
Mother suspiciously looked at him, a well-dressed and well-spoken man. “Are you asking me to give you money? Do hurry up. We’re getting soaked to the skin here.”
“And that is why I’m offering you this umbrella of mine, and to keep forever, if only…”
“If only what?”
“If only you could give me in return a pound for my taxi-fare just to get me home.”
“Then how did you get here?”
“Why don’t you walk home now?”
“Oh, I wish I could. But I couldn’t manage it on these silly old legs. I’ve gone too far away.”
Mother began to melt. The idea of getting an umbrella to shelter must have tempted her a good deal. But she didn’t want to take advantage of a tired old man in this way. So mother simply gave him the fare but he insisted we take the umbrella. Then the transaction was made and everyone was happy.
As mother was proudly explaining the importance of correctly judging people, I noticed that the old man quickly crossed the street and was hurrying away, not looking tired!
Mother was unhappy. So we followed him as he rushed until we eventually found him at a pub where he ordered a glass of whisky with the pound and swallowed in one go! Then he collected his coat and hat. Just before he left, he smoothly took a wet umbrella from the coat rack (衣帽架). Then he headed back to the main street and sold the umbrella to another unsuspecting person.
25. Why did mother ask the man so many questions before giving him the money?（ ）
26. What did the man really do with the money at last?（ ）
27. Which word may best describe the man in the text?（ ）
28. What lesson can we learn from the story?（ ）
A joint research project by researchers from several British universities and institutes has attracted people’s attention to the toothbrush again.
Researchers have found that your toothbrush is home to more than 100 million bacteria. But there are hundreds of microorganisms in the mouths and your toothbrush probably won’t make you sick unless there is an unhealthy balance of bacteria. Our immune system can usually take care of bacterial invaders. However, if others use your toothbrush, or you use someone else’s, bacteria can be spread.
They have also found the toothbrush holders are the third-most dirty household items (behind dish sponges and kitchen sinks), thus advocating cleaning the toothbrush holder regularly.
The storage of your toothbrush in your bathroom is also important. Here are some storage tips from the researchers to keep your toothbrush as healthy as possible:
· Put your toothbrush as far away as possible from the toilet flushing.
· Let your toothbrush dry thoroughly between brushings.
· Don’t use toothbrush covers, which can create a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
· Keep your toothbrush upright in a holder, rather than lying down.
· Keep toothbrushes separate. If toothbrushes touch, they can exchange and spread bacteria.
There are products available that claim to sanitize (消毒) your toothbrush. While some of these products do kill some bacteria, there is no evidence that using them will reduce your risk of illness, according to the researchers.
They recommend replacing your toothbrush every three to four months or more often if you are sick or if you have a weakened immune system. Children’s toothbrushes may need to be replaced more often than adult brushes.
29. The text is especially helpful for those who care about __________.
30. What are people advised to do in the text?（ ）
31. What can we infer from the text?（ ）
32. Which might be the best title for the text?（ ）
Dazha Crabs from Yangcheng Lake
With the Mid-Autumn Festival coming, the time for crabs is around the corner! Dazha Crabs from Yangcheng Lake in China are believed to be the best freshwater crabs.
“They are delicious, because the bottom of Yangcheng Lake is hard and the crabs grow strong by walking on such a hard surface,” said one sales manager in Suzhou.
Li Lei, a crab lover from Beijing, said “It’s very delicious! But there are too many fake Yangcheng Lake Dazha Crabs”.
“Maybe the crabs from other regions can appear to be glistening green back, white belly after people wash them, but the golden fine hair on crab claws is still a point of pride and is exclusive to Dazha Crabs from Yangcheng Lake,” said the manager.
The best time for enjoying them is during September and October of Chinese lunar calendar. “When the season for crabs arrives, the Dazha Crabs from Yangcheng Lake are flown to various cities so that people’s appetites can be satisfied,” said the sales manager. “They are really expensive here, sometimes more than 320RMB/500g, 10% of my salary!” said Li Lei.
Dazha Crabs are usually steamed or boiled for within 20 minutes before they come on the dinner table. They are often enjoyed with vinegar mixed with minced ginger to add flavor and get rid of the cold. People who are particular about how they eat crabs also need to have high-grade Shaoxing rice wine to warm their stomachs.
There is much work required to eat crabs. So much shell! Most people use both hands and teeth while eating Dazha Crabs. “The eating way is not graceful or elegant,” said Huck. “However, some professionals of eating crabs can use tools to take all the meat out of the crab without damaging a single bite and the crab can be restored to its original shape if the empty shells are pieced together!” said Han Mei, another Dazha crab lover.
33. What do we know about Dazha Crabs from Yangcheng Lake from the text?（ ）
34. The underlined word “exclusive” in Paragraph 4 probably means ___________.
35. Which of the following is correct according to the passage?（ ）
I remember a day before I turned 30 when a barber pulled a gray hair from my head and handed it to me. “Here you go,” she said. “This is only the beginning.”
My mother’s hair was _ (total) gray by 32, but I hoped to hold on to my light brown hair until at least 50. It didn’t seem possible that I could be losing my “freshness” at just 29. But as _ number of gray hairs increased quickly through the years, I made my peace with _ (go) gray.
Then, a few years ago, on my 45th birthday, a middle-aged woman _ (stop) me as I was walking down the sidewalk and asked what brand of hair coloring I used. I said that I used nothing. She laughed and said she _ (think) I could direct her to a product that would make her hair look like _ (me).
I felt _(please) for three days. I realized that sometimes what we are bored _ might be things that others want to have. So why not accept and enjoy what we have? I’m now _ (pride) of every strand （缕）I’ve earned over the years and hope to earn more _ it’s too late. After all, it isn’t really gray. It is a kind of color that others admire.
Have you asked yourself the question “what do I really want to do with my life”? The question can come when you’re 18 or when you’re 50, and it’s always a difficult process to work through. It’s not hopeless, though! ___
· Think about where you’ll be in five years.
The question works in either job interviews or financial plans. ___ Thankfully, that’s okay, and sometimes just trying to answer the question is all you need.
· Write your personal beliefs.
The ideas might sound a little silly on the surface. ___ Silly or not, the ideas are to give yourself a call to action to define how you want to do things.
· Volunteer or shadow someone in a job you’re interested in.
Want to write a book? Go to grad school! ___ Just take a couple days to try on the lifestyle. To do this, you can try volunteering or shadowing someone at their job.
Sometimes, the best way to really figure out what you want to do with yourself is good old trial and error. In a lot of cases, this just means trying out various side projects you’re interested in with all the free time you have.
Maybe you all know George Washington, who was _ in chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War (1775-83) and served two _ as the first U.S. President.
His home was on a farm near a river. There were fields and meadows around the house, and _many barns and storehouses that it _ almost a little town by itself. As a child, he was lovely and listened to his parents. Unfortunately, his father died when George was _ young. Then Mrs. Washington took _ of the home and farm. She was very _ of horses and had a number of them. Among them was a young horse no one had been able to _ . One day George and his friends saw this horse in a field. The other boys helped George _ the horse and put the bridle (缰绳）on it. Then George _ its back. The animal kicked and jumped. It tried _ to throw its rider. At last it gave a great jump and _ to the ground dead. The boys were very much _ because it was Mrs Washington’s favorite.
When the boys went home, Mrs. Washington said, “Young gentlemen, have you seen my horses? I am told my favorite has _ to be a fine large horse.”
George said, “Your favorite is dead, madam. I _ him.” Then he told the whole _ .
His mother didn’t speak for a minute. Then she said, “I am _ that my favorite horse is dead, but I am glad that my son always speaks _ .”
He always told the truth, and he _ his father and mother. If these things had not been _ of him as a boy, he would never have grown up to be a great man.
47. A. careful
52. A. rolled