I sat with my friend in a well-known coffee shop in a neighboring town of Venice. As we enjoyed our coffee, a man called the waiter and placed his order, “Two cups of coffee, one on the wall.” We got interested and observed that he was served with one cup of coffee but he paid for two. As soon as he left, the waiter attached a piece of paper to the wall saying “A Cup of Coffee.” Similar occasions took place twice while we were there. It seemed that this gesture was quite normal at this place. However, it was something unique and confusing for us.
After a few days, when we again enjoyed coffee there, a man entered. The way this man was dressed did not match the standard or the atmosphere of this coffee shop. Poverty was evident from his looks. As he seated himself, he looked at the wall and said, “One cup of coffee from the wall.” The waiter served coffee to this man with respect and dignity. The man had his coffee and left without paying. We were amazed to watch all this when the waiter took off a piece of paper from the wall and threw it in the dustbin.
Now it was no surprise for us; the matter was very clear. The great respect for the needy shown by people in this town moved us to tears.
Coffee is not a necessity. However, the point is that when we take pleasure in any blessing, maybe we also need to think about those people who also appreciate that specific blessing but cannot afford.
Note the waiter, who gets the communication going between the affording and the needy with a smile on his face. Think about the man in need: he enters the coffee shop without having to lower his self-dignity; he has a free cup of coffee without asking or knowing about who has given this cup of coffee to him; he only looked at the wall, placed an order for himself, enjoyed his coffee and left. Besides, we need to remember the role played by the wall that reflects the generosity and care of people in this town.
1. What made the author interested as well as confused?
2. The author thought the man in need was ______.
3. In the author’s opinion, coffee is _____.
4. The passage is mainly concerned about ______.
Most teenagers in Britain receive pocket money from their parents. A report by the Bank of Scotland interviewed over 1,000 young people in Britain and found that 77% get pocket money. Different families give different amounts of pocket money. The average for eight-to-fifteen-year-olds in the UK is about ￡6 a week. Children in Scotland receive slightly more than the national average and Londoners get the most. Teenagers, logically, get more money than younger children. Some fifteen-to-nineteen-year-olds receive more than ￡100 a month. The report found that many children save at least a quarter of their weekly pocket money and that more boys than girls save their money. Lots of young people have to do housework to get their pocket money. They help at home with jobs like cleaning and cooking.
A part-time job is a choice for teenagers who don’t have pocket money or who want to earn extra money. About 15% of teenagers have a job. Popular part-time jobs for teenagers include delivering newspapers, shop work, and working in a restaurant or café. There are strict government laws about working hours. Only children over 13 can work (there are some exceptions, for example, for actors.) On a school day they can work a maximum of 2 hours a day but not during school hours. At weekends and during school holidays they can work longer hours. The national minimum wage for people aged 16-17 is ￡3.57 per hour. 18-year-olds must earn a minimum of ￡4.83. There isn’t a national minimum waged for people under 16.
In Britain some children and teenagers have a bank account. There is no legal age limit at which you can open a bank account but a bank manager can decide whether to allow a child or young person to open an account. Parents can put pocket money directly into their child’s bank account and then children can use it to pay for things without carrying money.
Saving or spending pocket money, working part-time and dealing with banks are all parts of the process of becoming a financially independent adult and having to earn and look after your own money.
5. The pocket money for a child in Scotland per week may be _____.
6. Which of the following is true according to the passage?
7. The best title of the passage is _____.
In reflecting on the events of my life that have impacted me, I returned to the night of August 1, 2006. I found myself in a hall in New York City sitting by my mother, not at all tired, although we had flown the day before, and driven five hours to the city for “An Evening with Harry, Carrie and Garp,” a charity event with readings by three authors. The excitement rushing through me kept me awake and thinking; I was standing and applauding a woman as she prepared to read.
The Harry Potter series was my gateway to my academic adolescence. I was so fascinated by the magic world that my mother began taking me to academic conferences focused on the books. Since 2005, I have attended presentations about the Latin origin of terms and spells, the ancient tales, and the idea of magic. These books opened my eyes to the whole world, and to knowledge itself. They kept my brain working over the summers. More importantly, they helped me adopt the ideas useful in school and beyond, that there is always another way to do something, or to understand an issue. With uncertainty and doubt come creative ideas and new ways to look at problems that may result in new, different, faster and easier solutions. And all this came from a little “magic” from a book that many people see as a series for children.
I also attended lectures about Ms. Rowling’s ability to beautifully write the story, with every small detail connected to something else, for example, details in books by Jonathan Swift to Chaucer to Dickens and Austin. I learned that like all great books, Rowling’s stories encouraged a connection across mind, body, and soul. Although the series has been criticized by those who believe it encourages bad behavior in children, I was able to hear discussions by those who claimed that these books teach wonderful messages if one gets its deeper meaning. It is my generation’s shared text; all college freshmen are familiar with the stories, and that gives us a set of common beliefs and ideas that help us start to learn new things.
8. What did the author do on the night of August 1, 2006?
9. The Harry Potter books led the author to ____.
10. From the lectures, the author knew more about ____.
11. What can we know about the author?
During these past few days I have been reflecting a lot on everything that happened this past year and thinking of what I can do differently so that the coming year will be much better! Here I want to share some tips so you can also do your resolution and you can achieve them all!
·Be realistic: You should always try to reach for the skies with your goals, but things like “I want to win the lottery（彩票）” or “I want to lose 80 pounds in 1 month” are things you shouldn’t have on your list because they will only become frustrations.
·Be detailed: It’s a lot easier to accomplish more specific plans than general ones. Instead of writing “I want to lose weight,” put things like “I will start my Yes You Can! Diet Plan the first Monday of the year” or “I will start a movement routine 3 times a week for 35 minutes.” When we put down concrete activities, we commit ourselves to them and it becomes a lot harder to come up with excuses.
·Think of alternatives: At the beginning of this past year, you put that you were going to start going to the gym as one of your annual plans. During the whole year you intended to take action but you always said that you couldn’t because you came home so tired from work. If this is one of your plans for this year, you should write down how you’re going to achieve it. For example, “I will start going to the gym in the mornings, before work.” That way you prevent what stopped you from achieving your goal last year.
·Focus on goals which depend on YOU: It is very important that all of your plans are for YOU to accomplish, and it is important that you write them down that way. If one of your goals this coming year is to improve a relationship with one of your family members, make sure that you clearly put down what you are going to do for this to succeed. For example, “I will call my sister at least three times a week and I will visit her in the middle of the year.”
Well, I hope that you use these tips so that this year you will accomplish everything you want, and make it the best year ever! Thank you for being with me during everything this past year, and I hope that you keep showing me all of this love and support during the next. Happy new year!
12. Why isn’t “I want to win the lottery” recommended as a New Year plan?
13. The underlined word commit in Paragraph 3 can be replaced by the word_______.
14. When you failed to accomplish your plan last year, you’re advised to ______.
15. According to the passage, which of the following is the best plan?
1000 Hours a Year
Like you, all my email goes into my Sent Mailbox, just sitting there if I want to check back at what I said to whom years ago. So what a surprise to see that I send approximately 18, 250 emails each year (roughly 50 a day). Assuming 3 minutes per email, that’s about 1000 hours a year on email alone. I’ve been on email since the early 90s. ___16___
The answer is both yes and no. Yes, I have been able to keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues in far-away corners of the planet with ease. __17__ But while these undoubted benefits are the reasons why I continue to email, it is not without its own cost. Most importantly, as the above analysis shows, email eats my time just as it likely eats yours.
__18__ Each time a message arrives there’s just the chance that it might contain something exciting, something new, something special, a new opportunity. ___19___ That’s just enough to keep me checking my Inbox. But that means perhaps only 10 of the 1000 hours I spent on emails this year were actually wanted.
Frequent emailmessages will certainly affect our real work. ___20___ Like other potentialaddictions we should perhaps attempt to check the email box at certain times ofthe day, or by creating email-free zones by turning off Wi-Fi. Now I need tothink whether I really want to be spending 1000 hours a year on email, at theexpense of more valuable activities.
A、Was that time well spent?
B、All this feeds my continued use of email.
C、Do you spend 1000 hours on emailsevery year?
D、And we allrecognize that email has its addictive side.
E、Email uses technology to communicate a digital message over theInternet.
F、Maybe one in100 emails contain something I really want to know or hear about.
G、Becoming aware of what email isdoing to our allocation of time is the first step to re-gaining control.
Abrave general led his soldiers to fight against their enemy bravely．But 1 the enemy were too strong, they failed againand again. When they were beaten the 2 (six) time, most of his soldiers died in thebattle. The general himself too 3 (wound) seriously. He was driven into a small farmhousein a forest. He was sad these days. He thought it was impossible for him tobeat the enemy, so he decided to give up.
One day, when he 4 (lie) on the grass in the forest, he sawa spider weaving its web 5 asmall tree. The spider worked slowly and carefully. Sixtimes it tried to throw its thread from one branch to 6 and six times it failed. He thought the spiderwould give up. But he was wrong, it went on 7 (try). This time it worked more slowly andmore carefully. Finally, it carried thethread 8 (success) to the branches. “How great thespider is! I will try 9 seventh time.” 10 (inspire) by the spirit ofthe spider, the general gathered his soldiers and trained them carefully. Atlast they beat the enemy and drove them out of their country.
ore carefully. Finally, it carried the thread (success) to the branches. “How great the spider is! I will try seventh time.” (inspire) by the spirit of the spider, the general gathered his soldiers and trained them carefully. At last they beat the enemy and drove them out of their country.
It is reported that thirty cellphones taken away by teachers during the examination and were smashed(粉粹) in front of students and parents at a high school. As to this, we hold a heated discussion the other day. There are two different viewpoints about them.
Some think it necessarily. Firstly, with cellphones, students would have focused their attention on studying instead of wasting their precious time reading junk message. Secondly, the examination will be fair if no one cheats by using cellphones. However, the others don’t think so. For one thing, at the age of information, cellphones have become a necessity. For another, students can use cellphones for study.
Personal speaking, even if some students use cellphones for no good reason, we should educate them more than destroy cellphones in such an extreme way.
Even as I write this story, I am still smiling. The past few weeks have been rather , but when a large number of Smile Cards arrived in my the other day, having traveled all the way from the United States to my home in the Netherlands, I knew things were about
I where to leave the cards as I went to bed that night: the train, benches at the station, at work, libraries, mailboxes, the gym - the possibilities were
I woke up, went to work, and afterwards, I went to the shop to buy some candy bars, planning to leave them as anonymous
(匿名的) for people on the train. However, my early morning train, my train home was extremely crowded. An elderly man must have seen me searching for a place to a Smile Card, because he asked me if I was looking for something.
Right then I that my first Smile Card would not be anonymous. With a big smile and cheeks with excitement, I told him that I what I was looking for, him the candy bar and Smile Card I had in my hands. He had only just finished reading the card I arrived at my stop, but he was still smiling and his candy as I waved at him from the .
Despite having worked a full day, I almost bounced(跳) home. Before I entered my , I delivered a few more Smile Cards and candy bars to my neighbors’ mailboxes. I added an candy bar for a neighbor who I knew was in a difficult financial , but who I saw working hard every day to get the very best for her young son. I figured they both a tasty little treat.
假如你是红星中学学生会主席李明，根据学校安排，你给即将到你校任教的外籍教师Jack推荐一名学生助手（assistant）,请根据所给提示给Jack 写封推荐信。1.欢迎Jack的到来;2.推荐刘佳做学生助手;3.刘佳的基本情况（18岁，高三学生，学校十佳学生）;4.刘佳的性格和特长。注意：1.词数100左右;2. 可以适当发挥，使得上下文连贯;3.开头和结尾已写好，不计入总数。