It was days or even weeks since I had been left on the island. My only companion was a dog called Philly which had survived the shipwreck. Memories of what happened were still fresh.
The magnificence of the ship had given us all a false sense of security. As the first signs of the storm started, our captain announced it was nothing much, just another storm. Yet, he was wrong! The storm hit the ship so badly that large holes were made at the sides of the ship. As the freezing water started rushing in, our ship was consumed quickly by the dark water.
My train of thought was disturbed by Philly licking my hand dearly. Are you hungry? I spoke my first words ever since the shipwreck occurred. Woof, woof! Barked Philly enthusiastically. At this moment, my stomach gave a loud growl, too. I could not remember when my last meal was, probably a ten-course dinner on the ship. As I had never fished before, I thought maybe I could try something simpler, like picking fruits. With Philly at my side, armed with a sharp branch, we walked into the forest on the island together. Suddenly I thought I heard noises. Could there be anyone else on this island? I wondered. As we were looking for fruit trees, we chanced upon one that bore yellow, juicy-looking fruit. Philly started barking-we had company. It was a dark-skinned woman, holding a sharp spear, dressed in fur and grass. I backed away from her, afraid that she would be aggressive. Then, I saw that she was trying to save us. Pointing her spear at the fruit tree, she shook her head strongly.
I nodded at her to show I understood what she was saying. Signaling to us to follow her, she turned to walk along a small path that I had never noticed. At the end of the small path, there was a small village. Tears of joy filled my eyes.
21. The writer had been left on the island because _________.
22. Which of the following statements is true about the dog Philly?
23. The woman pointed her spear at the fruit tree intending to tell the writer that _________.
With more recognition than Halloween and less than Christmas, Valentine’s Day as an imported festival faces a dangerous situation in China, where it’s caught between forces of tradition and fashion. Valentine’s Day has a natural enemy in China. And it is not the Chinese equivalent, which falls on the seventh day of the seventh month on the lunar calendar, usually around half a year away from Feb. 14. It is the Spring Festival, also known as the Chinese New Year, that will influence the Feast of Saint Valentine.
The real disagreement between East and West probably took place over a century ago, when China’s door was forced open by Western powers and Chinese scholars supported westernization as a means to strengthen our nation’s ability to compete. The introduction of the solar calendar and Western measurements was both an acknowledgment of their influence and an effort to be accepted by the world order.
For a full century, we have had two systems running in parallel. When it comes to the eventual outcome, practicality usually beats all other concerns. Laws can help, such as the three traditional festivals of Tomb Sweeping, Dragon Boat and Mid-Autumn gaining legal status in 2008 and giving every Chinese citizen a day off, but laws cannot push what people have no feelings for. So, the celebration or boycott of imported holidays or homegrown ones should be no cause for worry. If they are irrelevant, no social media will change the public’s mind; and if they are accepted, there must be a need which they happen to satisfy.
Since we have no global Qin Shihuang to force one system on every country, we can always rely on a dual (双重) approach by which we share with the outside world on one hand but preserve our own ways of life on the other.
24. What does the author think about Valentine’s Day in present China?
25. The underlined word “equivalent” in the first paragraph refers to ________.
26. According to the author, the leading factor to decide what to celebrate is ________.
27. The author believes that ________.
Instagram is a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends and family. Take a picture or video, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, and then post to Instagram—it’s that easy. You can even share to FaceBook, Twitter and more.It’s a new way to see the world. So many photos of food are contained on Instagram—now a pop-up diner in London is taking advantage of this new trend by letting people settle the bill for their meals simply by uploading photos of their dishes to social networks.
I always thought people’s taking pictures of their food was kind of silly, but at this new pop-up restaurant in the UK, I’d probably do it too. “The Picture House” is the world’s first pay-by-photo restaurant. You order, click a photo of the food, share on Instagram and eat for free!
The restaurant belongs to frozen food giant Birds Eye, who came up with the idea to cash in on people’s addiction with photographing food and sharing the pictures online. They conducted a survey and found out that more than half of the British population regularly took pictures of their meals.So they realized it was a better way to advertise their new dining range.
The pop-up diner was open in SOHO，London for three days in May, and is now moving to other major UK cities.They serve two-course meals that customers don’t have to pay for, if they photo and Instagram it.
The restaurant is a part of Birds Eye’s “Food for Life” campaign, a new marketing project that aims at changing the way people look at frozen food. “Taking photos of food enables people to show off and to share their mealtime moments—from the everyday to the special,” said marketing director Margaret Jobling.
The reaction to the Picture House has been great so far. And the pay-by-picture concept has proven to be an effective way. Alternative payment methods are actually gaining popularity among a lot of businesses. Last year in a cafe in Germany customers pay by how much time they spend there, not by what they eat.
28. From the description in the passage we can see Instagram is________.
29. What the Picture House does is actually _______.
30. What can be inferred from the passage?
31. Which of the following can be the best title for the passage?
Have you ever wondered that we parents are the true fighters in the college-admission wars? We are pushing our kids to get good grades, take SAT preparatory courses and build resumes so they can get into the college of our first choice. In our eyes, a degree from Stanford or Princeton is the ticket for life. We see our kids’ college background as something showing how well or how poorly we’ve raised them. But we don’t realize we are selfish. We think more about ourselves than the kids.
It’s true getting into college has generally become tougher because the number of high school graduates has grown. We suffer great anxiety; we worry there won’t be enough honors to show off. Fearful parents urge their children to apply to more schools than ever. We hold the belief that graduates of best universities must enjoy more success because they get a better education. All that is seemingly acceptable—and mostly wrong.
“We haven’t found any convincing evidence that a prestigious university(名牌大学) matters,” says Ernest T. Pascarella of the University of Iowa, co-author of “How College Affects Students”, an 827-page report of hundreds of studies of the college experience.
According to some studies, graduates of prestigious universities do earn much money. But even this seems like just a coincidence.
Kids count more than their colleges. Getting into Yale may mean intelligence, talent and ambition. But there are many other things that are equally important. The reason: so many similar people go elsewhere. Getting into college isn’t life’s only competition. In the next competition, the results may change. Princeton economists Alan Krueger studied admissions to one top Ph. D. program. High scores on the GRE helped explain who got in; degrees of prestigious universities didn’t .
So, parents, lighten up. America is a competitive society; our kids need to adjust to that but too much pushiness can be destructive. The very ambition we place on our children may get some into Harvard but may also set them up for disappointment. They may have been so accustomed to being on top that anything less disappoints them.
32. Parents are the true fighters in the college-admission wars, probably because_____.
33. The writer believes that in the present USA .
34. What is the meaning behind the sentence “kids count more than their colleges”?
35. What does Krueger’s study suggest?
The Internet has opened up a whole new on-line world for us to meet, chat and go where we've never been before. But just as in face-to-face communication, there are some rules of behavior that should be followed when online. . Imagine how you'd feel if you were in the other person's shoes. For anything you're about to send: ask yourself, "Would I say this to the person's face?" If the answer is no, rewrite and reread. Repeat the process till you feel sure that you'd feel comfortable saying the words to the person's face.
If someone in the chat room is rude to you, your instinct is to fire back in the same manner. . You should either ignore the person, or use your chat software to block their messages. If it was caused by a disagreement with another member, try to fix the situation by politely discussing it. Remember to respect the beliefs and opinions of others in the chat room.
. Offer advice when asked by newcomers, as they may not be sure what to do or how to communicate. When someone makes a mistake whether it's a stupid question or an unnecessarily long answer be kind about it. If it's a small mistake, you may not need to say anything. Even if you feel strongly about, think twice before saying anything. Having good manners yourself doesn't give you license to correct everyone else. . At the same time, if you find you are wrong be sure to correct yourself and apologize to those that you have offended.
. The exception is that you know the person very well, and you are both comfortable with sharing personal information. Otherwise don't.
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
- Eric Hoffer
According to legend, a young man while walked in the desert came across a spring of delicious crystal-clear water. The water was so sweet, he his leather canteen so that he bring some back to an elder who had been his teacher. After a four-day journey he the water to the old man who took a drink, smiled warmly and thanked his student for the sweet water. The young man returned to his village a happy heart.
Later, the teacher let another student the water. He spat it out, saying it was . It apparently had become sour the old leather container. The student his teacher: "Master, the water was foul. Why did you to like it?" The teacher replied, "You only tasted the water. I tasted the . The water was simply the container for an act of loving-kindness and could be sweeter."
I think we understand this lesson best we receive innocent gifts of love from young children. it's a jewel or a stone the natural and proper response is and expressed thankfulness because we love the idea the gift.
Gratitude doesn't always come naturally. , most children and many adults value only the thing given the feeling in it. We should remind ourselves and teach our children about the beauty and of feelings and expressions of gratitude. , gifts from the heart are really gifts of the heart.
Complaints exist everywhere around you. If you don’t believe me, count how many times you complain about something or other in one day. Whether it being (stick) in traffic, being bothered the weather, not enough mustard on your sandwich, whatever it is, there are endless instances you can find a reason (complain). We complain that we don’t have enough time, and that we don’t have enough money, etc. I know I’ve experienced plenty of (unpleasant) due to complaining about things I can’t control. Imagine how much (happy) you would be if you (stop) complaining? Much of what you complain about is outside of your control anyway. So is the point of complaining about something you have no power to change? (simple) becoming conscious of how much you complain is the first step to stopping. When you recognize that you’re complaining, stop and take notice of it. Ask yourself if you would rather complain, or be happy.
How time flies! A week have passed before I noticed it. Looking back on the things that happening last week, I found the life here full with happiness and interests. I can still remember the first day of the summer camp. I came to my bedroom by myself. When I opened a door, I saw a girl with short hair seating in a chair with a book in her hand. She must be a quiet girl who liked reading, I thought myself at the time. After we said hello to each other, other girl came in with a big noise. Her name was Rose. She was so outgoing and humor that both Cherry and I couldn’t help laughing at her words. Then we had studied and had meals together, and became good friends. I can’t forget the day when we spent together no matter where we are in the future.
I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t do well in your exam and