Although we may not admit it，many of us like to stay in our comfort zones．This is especially true for celebrities．After they have gotten famous for doing something well，many of them prefer to stay where they are．
But Selena Gomez，23，doesn’t believe in staying where she is．When many teenagers her age were busy at school，Gomez had already established herself as a sweet young actress in TV series produced by the Disney Channel．But that was just where her ambitions started．As The New York Times noted，“While some child stars would have stopped trying to improve their careers after a few movies and hit songs，Gomez has always kept her eggs in a few different baskets．”
Her latest album Revival，which came out on Oct 9，is her first album outside of the Disney-owned Hollywood Records．She was also the executive producer for the album，taking on more creative control and writing six songs on her own．On Dec 11，Gomez received the Chart Topper award for her successful album at Billboard’s yearly Women in Music event.
Indeed，the title of the album，Revival，shows that she is no longer part of Disney．In fact， Gomez left the company last year to step outside her comfort zone．“I wanted to be my own person. I wanted to test myself,”she told Elle magazine．As it turns out，she hasn’t just done well in singing and acting．Gomez is also one of three executive producers working to make best-selling young adult novel 13 Reasons Why into a TV series．Gomez also has a production company，a perfume brand and four films．
No，it's not easy to succeed as a former child star．But fight now，Gomez is making it look easy．
1．Which is true according to the text?
2．What does The New York Times imply?
3．Gomez left the Disney last year in order to_______．
4．What does the passage mainly talk about?
No one can deny that buttons are an important clothing device．But，can they rise to the level of art? Organizers of an exhibit in New York City think so．
Peter Souleo Wright organized“The Button Show．”at Rush Arts Gallery in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan．Eleven artists used the small，ordinary objects to create sculptures，portraits and wearable art．Some of the works are political，some are personal and others are just fun．
Wright said each artist reimagines and repurposes the buttons to make art．“What I tried to do with this show，”he said“was look at artists who were promoting that level of craft．”
He said he wanted the button art to be comparable to a painting“because of the amount of detail and precision in the work．”
Artist Beau McCall produced“A Harlem Hangover．”It looks like a wine bottle that fell over on a table．A stream of connected red buttons hang over the side，like wine flowing down．Similar red buttons form a small pool on the floor．
McCall layers buttons of different shapes and sizes to create the bottle．The stitching that holds them together is also part of the artistic design．
For San Francisco-based artist Lisa Kokin，buttons are highly personal．After her father died in 2001，she created a portrait of him using only buttons．That memorial to her father led to other button portraits，including those of activists Rosa Parks and Cesar Chavez．
Others use buttons for details．Artist Amalia Amaki of Tuscaloosa，Alabama，placed them on and around old photographs．Los Angeles artist Camilla Taylor attached buttons to three large sculptures that look like headless animals with long，narrow legs．
“The Button Show”ends March 12．The Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation paid for the exhibition．The foundation was created in 1995 by the Simmons brothers：artist Danny，hip-hop producer Russell and rapper Rev．Run．The foundation seeks to bring the arts to urban youth and to provide support for new artists．
5．Why did Wright organize the “button show”?
6．Whose works are personal?
7．If you want to see“The Button Show”，you should_________.
Eighteen-year-old Burnie Rollinson has Asperger syndrome，an autism spectrum disorder. People with Asperger’s have difficulty with communication，eye contact and relationship. Burnie’s mother．Anita Rollinson，wanted to write a book to help people better understand the feelings of children with autism．She has now published，“If You Were Me．’’Burnie drew the pictures for the book．
“If You were Me”is a children’s book．Burnie’s mother wrote it in her son's voice.“I just wanted it written in a way so that other children could possibly read it or have someone read it to them．”
She says she also wanted to send a message to other parents of autistic children.“I just wanted them to feel that they weren’t alone．”
This is how the mother and son worked together on their book：Ms．Rollinson would write a sentence or two and read them to Burnie．Then，he would draw a picture to help explain the meaning of her words．
“I’d 1eave it to him．I didn’t necessarily want to tell him how to draw because I wanted it to be exactly what he did and it to come from his thoughts and his creativity.”
“If You Were Me”tells Burnie’s story．It says he was born to“loving but inexperienced parents．”It tells he was diagnosed with Asperger’s at age three．It also explains why he has few friends．
“He's a loner most of the time．And then if he is approached，by kids，he doesn’t always know what to say．”
Burnie wants people to know that he has a full life．He attends school，and after class，goes to a part-time job at the library．He says he enjoys the work．
His teacher Anya Plana-Hutt is proud of him.
“The fact that Burnie was able to illustrate his mother’s book and share it with so many people，I think it's a very good message．It allows people to understand how it is to be on Burnie’s side of the road．”
And this book just might help a lot more people to understand，encourage and support Burnie and others with autism．
8．Why did Anita Rollinson write the book“If You Were Me”?
9．What kind of boy is Burnie Rollinson?
10．What do we learn about the book from the text?
11．Who is the intended reader of the book?
Thanks’to this new hands free suitcase，carrying around heavy luggage may soon become a thing of the past．Designed by Israeli company NUA Robotics，this“smart”suitcase can follow you everywhere you go．
The carry-on suitcase，currently a prototype(雏形)，connects to a smartphone app via bluetooth．It has a built-in camera sensor that can“see”you and follow you around on flat surfaces like airport floors．It’comes with an anti-theft alarm to prevent someone carrying it away when you’re not looking，and it has a backup(备用)battery that you can use to charge all your devices．
“It can follow and carry things for people around while communicating with their smartphone，and avoiding obstacles，”explained Alex Libman，founder of NUA Robotics．“We’re combining sensor network，computer vision，and robotics．So if you download our app(应用)，press the‘follow me’button，the luggage recognizes its user and knows to follow and communicate．”
NUA is still testing the device and trying improve features like speed and customization(客户定制)，but they hope to make the suitcase available to customers in a year’s time．If it proves successful，they want to use the Bluetooth pairing technology to automate lots of other devices，like shopping carts at the supermarket．These devices are especially meant to be useful to the physically disabled and elderly．“Any object can be smart and robotic，”Libman told Mashable．“We want to bring robots into everyday life．”
The Israeli tech company made it clear that the finished product will look just like a regular suitcase．They’re planning to partner with a carry-on luggage maker，since the device that makes it“smart”weighs just 2.5 pounds and can be fined on old-fashion luggage．
With NUA'S smart suitcase，carrying around heavy luggage isn’t a burden．But how their invention will handle tough obstacles like stairs? It will be interesting to wait．
12．According to the passage the “smart” suitcase_______．
13．If you want to use this free hand suitcase，you must_____．
14．What can we learn about NUA?
15．Where is the article probably from?
Every year，thousands of students choose to study overseas．36 ．The following steps may prove useful in their preparations to study overseas．
·Get to know your new home before you land in it．
There is no substitute for good preparation．37 ．Learning about the history，culture， tradition，language and even details such as food，music，transport，weather and，social activities of your new host country are all important. Thanks to the Internet，most of this can be found at the click of a button．
·Pack using your head and your heart．
38 Whatever you bring，make sure that it will be something that you think might help your chances of succeeding．This includes practical items such as study materials，old class notes，favorite textbooks or pens and even the contact details of previous teachers．
It is important to realize that while new and exciting things may be happening to you in your new environment，things and people back at home will also be changing．When you return home for a visit after a long period of time away，it is possible to feel isolated and experience“reverse (颠倒的)culture shock”．Therefore，with the ease and convenience of communicating via the Internet nowadays，there is no excuse not to keep in touch!
·Learn from all experiences．
Value both your achievements and disappointments as learning experiences that can be applied to future situations in life．Don’t ignore negative experiences．40
A．Talk to your close friends and family about your thoughts，dreams and fears．
B．Instead，learn from mistakes and turn them into opportunities for future improvement．
C．It’s not easy being practical when deciding what to pack．
D．If you are fortunate enough to meet a foreigner，be sure to ask them as much information as possible．
E．Keep in touch with your roots．
F．At first thought，the task of preparing to begin life away from home can seem frightening.
G．Arm yourself with background knowledge by researching information about the country you are going to．
The aim ofthis report is to show the opinions on reading paper books．On the one hand， reading paper books dobring us benefits．First．it’s much more convenience to read paper books but we can take notes inplaces where we want to express our opinions．Second，it does lessharm to your eyesight．Third，it helped usdevelop the habit of reading.
On the otherhand，paper bookshave some disadvantage．For example，they are not easily to carry．Besides，they cost a lot of paper，that is not very friendly to our environment.
In thegeneral，paper bookscannot be replaced in spite their disadvantages.
Payeng’s tree-planting project began when he was 16，when flooding wiped away a large part of forest．Wild life were left without enough ，and Payeng watched creatures begin to die off from heat．Deeply ，Payeng determined to grow trees all his life.
“I the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees on the sandbar(沙洲)．They said nothing would there． ，they asked me to try growing bamboo．It was ，but I did it．What’s more，there was nobody interested to help me，”Payeng said．
Payeng started his forest by bamboo saplings(幼树)every morning and evening．He even brought red ants to the sandbar to help the soil．When his bamboo trees grew，Payeng decided to slowly other spieces of trees into the sandbar．
Through his act. Payeng changed the sandbar into a thick，green forest that numerous birds，and wild animals．Payeng’s forest went largely until 2008，when a team of state officials it．
“We were surprised to find such a big on the sandbar,“Gunin Saikia，Assam’s Assistant Conservator of Forests，said．“We are at Payeng．He has been at it for 30 years．”
Now，Payeng makes a with his family in the forest he planted by raising cows and selling milk，and he has his set on planting a second forest on another 1,300-acre sandbar．
“It may take another 30 years，but I am about it，”Payeng said ．
A1ong a long path we came to a deep valley．As I climbed down into the valley，a bird flew of the rock．On looking at the spot 61 the bird had risen，I saw two eggs．They were the kind that I did not have in my 62(collect))so I placed them carefully in my bag.
As we went further down the valley，the sides became even 63(steep)．The water that rushed down all these small 64 (valley)in the rainy season had worn the rock as glass. As it was too deep 65 (climb)down，I hanged my gun to one of the men and slid down it．My feet had hardly touched the sandy bottom when the two men jumped down，one on each side of 66 (I)．They quickly gave me the gun 67 asked me if I had heard the tiger．In fact，I had heard nothing；possibly because of the noise I made while 68 (slide)down the rock．The men said they 69(hear)a tiger growling(虎啸)somewhere nearby，but they 70 not know from which direction the noise had come．
I came back from England last week．_________________________________________