I got invited to go with some friends to a game at another school. A senior will be driving us, and I think she’s a good driver, but it’s someone my parents don’t know. I want to tell my parents where I’m going, but what if I ask and they say “no”? I’ll end up wishing I never mentioned it and just went ahead and did it anyway.
If you want more privileges, it’s best to build a track record of honesty and trust. Letting a parent know where you’re going is always a good idea.
You may worry that telling your parents puts you at risk of getting “no” for an answer. But there’s a good chance your parents might be OK with you going. If you go but don’t tell them, you risk losing something more important — your parents’ trust.
Parents who find out their kids did something behind their backs may be less likely to give permission to do things in the future. When trust is broken like this, parents wonder if teens are trying to hide something — and what they imagine can be far worse than the reality.
Before you talk to your parents about the game, think about which approach will help them feel most comfortable with giving you more freedom. Maybe they’d like to meet the person driving or talk to friends who have driven with her in the past. If your parents have questions or hesitate about letting you go, find out what their worries are and then do your best to answer them.
1. From Paragraph 1 we know that the writer _________.
2. What is the best way to get parents’ permission according to the passage?
3. What does the writer really want to tell us?
4. Who do you think the passage is intended for?
What are you feeling right now as you start to read this? Are you curious? Hope that you’ll learn something about yourself? Bored because this is something you have to do for school and you’re not really into it — or happy because it’s a school project you enjoy? Perhaps you’re attracted by something else, like feeling excited about your weekend plans or sad because you just went through a breakup.
Emotions（情感）like these are part of human nature. They give us information about what we’re experiencing and help us know how to react. We sense our emotions from the time we’re babies. Young children react to their emotions with facial expressions or with actions like laughing or crying. They feel and show emotions, but they don’t yet have the ability to name the emotion or say why they feel that way.
As we grow up, we become more skilled in understanding emotions. Instead of just reacting like little kids do, we can identify what we feel and put it into words. With time and practice, we get better at knowing what we are feeling and why. This skill is called emotional awareness.
Emotional awareness helps us know what we need and want, or don’t want! It helps us build better relationships. That’s because being aware of our emotions can help us talk about feelings more clearly, avoid or settle conflicts better, and move past difficult feelings more easily. Some people are naturally more in touch with their emotions than others. The good news is that everyone can be more aware of their emotions. It just takes practice. But it’s worth the effort.
Emotional awareness is the first step toward building emotional intelligence, a skill that can help people succeed in life.
5. What can we learn from Paragraph 1?
6. How do young children react to emotions?
7. From the passage we know that emotional awareness actually _________.
8. Where is the passage probably taken from?
Though for many of us the year ahead may look pretty depressing, 2016 promises one great breakthrough — a major step toward ending Africa’s particular and backward form of the great Digital Divide.
Poor connectivity has bedeviled much of the continent’s internet access but now a huge improvement is coming. It’s a new sub-sea cable, to be laid off Africa’s eastern coastline, enabling a reliable and affordable international connectivity service to both coastal and landlocked countries in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.
The project is being developed by Liquid Sea, an offshore branch of Liquid Telecom, which already runs a pan-African network based on land cable supported by satellite links for rural and remote areas. Altogether, with offices from South Africa and Botswana in the south to Kenya in the East, taking in Democratic Republic of Congo in the center, it makes up the continent’s largest single connecting network crossing multiple national borders.
Africa has benefited in many ways from the digital revolution, but internet coverage still differs from place to place.[
And the unpleasant truth is that, despite some great advance in African development over the last decade and more, its effects are unequal and taken as a whole, less than 16 percent of Africans have access to the Internet, which compares that with 63 percent of Europeans and 79 percent of North Americans.
It’s obvious what a disadvantage is placed upon Africans by such digital inequality. The economics of the entire process is skewed（歪的）by poor network performance in Africa, with the total bandwidth available to shuttle data back and forth between African countries and the rest of the world amounting to less than 1 terabit per second. That’s about one-seventieth of Europe’s international bandwidth capacity（容量）.
Now Liquid Sea’s underwater cable stretching from eastern South Africa to the Middle East, with onward connections to Europe, aims to contribute much more in building Africa’s better connected digital future.
9. What does “bedeviled” most probably mean in Paragraph2?
10. What would the Internet be like in Africa in the future?
11. What is implied in the passage?
12. Which of the following is the best title for the passage?
Here are some of the best TV shows in Britain, on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016.
13. What kind of person is Mary Portas？
14. The on-going drama Dickensian is pieced together by _________.
15. What can be concluded from “Three Days of Terror”?
Researchers have shown that your talent for happiness is, to a large degree, determined by your genes（基因）. ____36____ We can do this by overcoming negative emotions and developing positive emotions.
The first step is to make a choice to be happy. In Seeking Happiness, Bertrand Russell said, “Happiness must be an achievement rather than a gift of the gods, and in this achievement, effort must play a great part.”
Once you’ve decided to be happier, you can choose strategies for achieving happiness.
Strategy 2: Develop gratitude（感激）.
In Authentic Happiness, psychologist Martin Seligman encourages readers to perform a daily “gratitude exercise”. ____38____
Strategy 3: Remember, money can’t buy happiness.
Research shows: ____39____ Yes, “we always think that some things are wrong because they cannot bring us happiness,” writes Daniel Gilbert in Stumbling on Happiness.
Strategy 4: Take part in meaningful activities.
“People are seldom happier,” says Jackson, “than when they’re doing meaningful activities”. Yet, he has found that the most common leisure（休闲）activity — watching TV — produces some of the lowest levels of happiness. ____40____ Active leisure that helps a person grow does not come easily, he writes in Finding Flow.
A. Achieve happiness.
B. Choose to be happy.
C. Yet, psychologists believe we can pursue happiness.
D. To get more out of life, we need to put more into it.
E. Happiness is decided by a good many aspects.
F. This shifts people away from bitterness, and promotes happiness.
G. More money doesn’t necessarily bring extra happiness.
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When Jane was nine, she had a big accident.She gets scared even now 61 she thinks about it.
There were many people 62 (skate) in the lake near her house, andseeing them skate so 63 (wonderful), she couldn’t wait to have a try, just a piece ofcake, she thought.
Then she went with a classmate who was very 64 (experience). He spent much time teaching her how to skate, but shestill didn’t learn much, 65 made him very angry. Finally, he left her and skated all around.She had to skate alone and soon got bored because she 66(keep) falling down, so she tookoff her skates and just walked around 67 the ice. It was cold and her 68 (foot) werefrozen.
Suddenly, she stepped on something thatwasn’t hard. Actually it was the 69 (weak) place. When she stepped there, shesank under the ice. Thinking she was going to die, she tried to grab（抓）the edge of the ice, and criedout.
Fortunately, her classmate 70 (hurry) by and helped her out!
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Mum used to give us something special for dilnner when I was girl．She once put some burnt breads in front of Dad．To my surprised，Dad too kit，smiled at Mum and ate up．After dinner,Mum said sorry to Dad for the bread，and Dad said，“I true love brunt bread，dear” That night，I asked Dad how he really liked the bread．He said，“My mum is tired,and you see --- a bit of burnt food never hurts anyone！”Now I know life is not perfect．Nobody are perfect，either What do we really need is to understand each other . SO be kind for those around you！
Nowadays computers have become an important part in our daily life: we in touch with our friends through QQ, we write many short pieces about things we are by clicking the keyboard, and we also use the computers to do business.
Computers have changed our in many aspects. However, here comes the problem: are we too dependent on computers?
It is to find that lots of people always make many mistakes in writing with a pen, and some of them even have their inspiration（灵感）because they have got used to articles from computers. There is no doubt that have made a great contribution to improving our of life, making it easier and more convenient, but we shouldn’t ignore the of keeping our initial ability to do things with our own head.
One day, computers would seem to be at the same time, but we would suffer a lot we become too dependent on them. Imagine that in a where you are required to write a paper with your pen. , sometimes you find yourself unable to remember the spelling of several words, or you cannot get your own ideas without for information from a computer, and that would put you into .
In short, we are all too dependent on computers nowadays, and this is not a good thing. It may add to our indolence（倦怠） and laziness. So now that we have realized that, it is time for us to do something to it.