As a young man, Al was a skilled artist, a potter(陶艺工人)with a wife and two fine sons. One night, his elder son developed a severe stomachache. Thinking it was only some common intestinal(肠道) disorder, neither Al nor his wife took the condition very seriously. But the boy died suddenly that night.
Knowing the death could have been avoided if he had only realized the seriousness of the situation, he always felt he was guilty. To make matters worse, his wife left him a short time later, leaving him alone with his six-year-old younger son. The hurt and pain of the two situations were more than Al could stand, and he turned to alcohol to help, In time Al became an alcoholic.
As the alcoholism progressed, Al began to lose everything he possessed-his land, house etc. Finally Al died alone in a small bar. Hearing of Al's death, I thought, “What a totally wasted life! What a complete failure!”
As time went by, I began to reevaluate my earlier rough judgment. I knew Al's now adult son, Ernie. He is one of the kindest, most caring and most loving men I have ever known, I saw the love between Ernie and his children, thinking that kindness and caring had to come from somewhere.
I hadn't heard Ernie talk much about his father. One day, I worked up my courage to ask him what on earth his father had done so that he became such a special person. Ernie said quietly. “As a child until I left home at 18, Al came into my room every night, gave me a kiss and said, ‘I love you, son.”
Tears came to my eyes as I realized what a fool I had been to judge Al as a failure. He had not left any material possessions behind. But he had been a kind and loving father, and left behind his best love.
1. Why did Al’s elder son die?
2. Which one of the following was the cause of Al’s addiction to alcohol?
3. What can you learn from the passage?
4. What is the best title of the story?
The free Kindle for Mac application will give users access to more than 325,000 books in the Kindle Store, allowing them to download and read the e-books on their computer, and even add a virtual bookmark to a page so that they do not lose their place.
Amazon has its own range of Kindle e-book readers, which have sold well in the United States. The first Kindle device appeared in the UK last October, but British consumers have been slower to embrace the digital reading revolution.
The online seller has attempted to expand the presence of its Kindle brand by making the software for downloading and reading electronic books available on a variety o￡ other platforms, such as the iPhone and Windows-based PCs, rather than just Kindle devices.
“Kindle for Mac is the perfect companion application for customers who own a Kindle or Kindle DX, " said Jay Marine, director of Amazon's Kindle division.
“For those customers around the world who don, t yet have a Kindle, Kindle for Mac is a great way' to instantly access and read the most popular new releases as well as their old favourites.”
The Kindle for Mac application will synchronise(使同步）books and bookmarks between a Mac and a Kindle device. Amazon said it would be adding more features to the software in the coming months, including the ability to search the text of a book and create “notes”一 highlights and annotations. Amazon also said that it would develop a version of its existing iPhone Kindle app for the iPad, but privately there are concerns that Apple’s move into the e-book market, and the addition of an e-book store to the existing Apple iTunes and App Store ecosystem could steal customers from the Kindle store.
5. Which of the following can be done on Kindle
6. In which place did the Kindle device first come into the market
7. What does the underlined word "annotation" in the last paragraph probably mean?
8. What can be inferred from the last two paragraphs?
Some people have travelled to Canada while others may have just heard of it. As is known to all, the Canadian red and white maple leaf flag is officially called The National Flag of Canada. The Canadian flag shows a stylized red maple leaf with 11 points on a white background, with red borders down each side. The Canadian flag is twice as long as its width. The white square containing the red maple leaf is the same width as the flag. Canada is a very large country, too. It is the second largest country in the world. By contrast, it has a very small population. There are only about 29 million people there. Most Canadians are of British or French origin, and French is an official language as well as English. About 45 % of the people are of British origin — that is, they or their parents or grandparents, etc, come from Britain. Nearly 30 % are of French origin. Most of the French-Canadians live in the province of Quebec. Over the years people have come to live in Canada from many countries in the world. They are mostly from European countries and also from China, as well as other Asian countries.
However, Canada was not an empty country when the Europeans began to arrive. Canadian-Indian lived along the coast, by the rivers and lakes and in forests. Today there are only 350,000 Canadian-Indians in the whole country, with their own language. In the far north live the Inuits. There are only 27,000 Canadian-Inuits. Their life is hard in such a harsh climate.
9. What is the population of Quebec?
10. Which of the following stands for Canada?
11. Which of the following is TRUE according to this passage?
Many children first learn the value of money by receiving an allowance(pocketmoney). The purpose is to let children learn from experience at an age when financial mistakes are not very costly.
The amount of money that parents give to their children to spend as they wish differs from family to family. Timing is another consideration. Some children get a weekly allowance. Others get a monthly allowance.
In any case, parents should make clear what, if anything, the child is expected to pay for with the money. At first, young children may spend all of their allowance soon after they receive it. If they do this, they will learn the hard way that spending must be done within a budget(预算). Parents are usually advised not to offer more money until the next allowance. The object is to show young people that a budget demands choices between spending and saving. Older children may be responsible enough to save money for larger costs, like clothing or electronics.
Many people who have written on the subject of allowances say it is not a good idea to pay your child for work around the home. These jobs are a normal part of family life. Paying children to do extra work around the house, however, can be useful. It can even provide an understanding of how a business works.
Allowances give children a chance to experience the three things they can do with money. They can share it in the form of gifts or giving to a good cause. They can spend it by buying things they want. Or they can save it.
Saving helps children understand that costly goals require sacrifice. You have to cut costs and plan for the future. Requiring children to save part of their allowance can also open the door to future saving and investing. Many banks offer services to help children and teenagers learn about personal finance. A savings account is an excellent way to learn about the power of compound interest.
Compounding works by paying interest. So, for example, one dollar invested at two percent interest for two years will earn two cents in the first year. The second year, the money will earn two percent of one dollar and two cents, and so on. That may not seem like a lot. But over time it adds up.
12. Parents give her children allowances in order to ______.
13. What is the second paragraph mainly about?
14. Why are parents advised to offer young children allowances strictly as planned?
15. What does the author intend to tell me readers?
Although different universities in the US have different admissions policies, most determine admission based on several standards, including a student’s high school course of study, high school Grade Point Average (GPA), participation in activities, SAT or ACT exam scores, a written essay, and possibly a personal interview.
The university admissions office considers whether a student has taken courses in high school that have prepared him or her for more difficult coursework. A student’s high school GPA is also considered. _ Each letter grade is assigned a number or points: A = 2 points, B=1 , C=2, D=1 and F=0 point. A GPA is calculated by adding all of the points earned for each course grade and dividing the total points by the total number of courses taken. _
Universities prefer to see applications from high school students who have engaged in activities in their spare time, such as clubs, athletic teams and student government. _ students in the US take the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT during their final year of high school. Each university sets a minimum SAT or ACT score that a student must achieve in order to be admitted. These are standardized quantitative examinations. The SAT tests critical reading, math and writing skills. _
Students are often required to write an essay as part of the application process. _ The applicants may also be required to have a personal interview with a representative from the admissions office.
A. A student who fails a required course must repeat the course.
B. A GPA is a figure representing a student’s accumulated grades.
C. Each admissions office determines the length and content of the essay.
D. For example, a GPA of 1.0 is a “B” average for all of the courses taken.
E. A student graduates after he or she has successfully passed all the required courses.
F. The ACT tests English, math, reading, science reasoning and optional writing.
G. Voluntary participation in these activities show students have learned valuable life lessons.
A few years ago, an elderly woman entered my video store, along with her daughter. The _ was displaying a serious case of impatience, _ her watch every few seconds. If she had possessed a leash(绳子), her mother would have been _ to it as a means of pulling her along to _ the rush of other shoppers.
I walked over and asked _ I could help her find something. The woman smiled up at me and showed me a __ _ on a piece of paper. _ rushing off to find the DVD for the woman, I asked her to _ with me so I could show her where she could find it and I wanted to enjoy her _ for a moment. As we walked along the back of the store, I _ its floor plan: old television shows, action movies, cartoons, science fiction. The woman seemed glad of the unrushed “trip” and _ conversation.
I said to her daughter, “ _ some advice?” “Of course not,” said the daughter, “Cherish(珍爱) _ ,” I said. “when she’s gone, it’s the little _ that’ll come back to you. Times like this. I know.” It was _ . I still missed my mom and remembered the times when I’d used my impatience to make her _ .
Together they made their way toward the store’s resting area. They sat there for a moment, side by side, _ the holiday crowds. Then the daughter glanced over and immediately _ he mother lovingly. And slowly, she placed her arm with _ unaccustomed affection around her mother’s shoulders and _ guided her back into the crowd.
Traditional Chinese culture is beginning to capture the attention of the world. Kung Fu, _ (especial), has had a great effect _ the millions of people who first learned about China through it. From that, they may come to China and learn about other _ (aspect) of this culture. Other Asian nations have long know about the _ (great)of ancient Chinese culture. Their own cultures are _ mix of native ones and those Chinese characteristics. Korea and Japan long ago adopted ideas such as Confucianism is something that continues today even if it _ (challenge)by Pop Culture. This strength comes from the ideas _ (give)in the Four Books of Confucianism, which built upon the ideas of an even _ (much)ancient period codified(编纂)in the Five Classics. From them, the West learns _ is uniquely Chinese, for example, feng shui. So far China has taken steps _ (further) this spread of its culture by establishing Chinese Cultural Centers in such places as the United States and Europe.
In couple of weeks, we’ll say goodbye to our school. Now this is really hard to put my feelings into words. The past three years has general been a wonderful journey with you guys. To make the journey good and safer, our teachers had contributed their time and energy. We are grateful to what you, dear teachers, have done for us. No matter whether unwilling we are, we will depart soon. And it is not the end. It just means it’s time to begin a new journey. Finally, on behalf of all the graduate here, let me to extend our sincere wishes for our school and to our teachers. Thank you!