When I was in the 8th grade in Ohio, a girl named Alice in my class had a terrible accident. As she was running to the bus in order not to ___1___ it, she slipped on some ice and fell under the rear wheels of the bus. She ___2___ the accident, but was paralyzed from the waist down. I went to see her, in my 13-year-old mind thinking she wouldnt live ___3___ from then on.
Over the years, I moved and didnt think much about Alice after that. Three years ago, in Florida, my oldest son was hit by a car while riding his bike, causing a terrible brain injury. While I was looking after my son, a lady who said she was the hospitals social worker ___4___. It was a particularly ___5___ day. I burst into tears for no reason and hung up.
A short time later, a beautiful woman, in a wheelchair, ___6___ into my sons room with a box of tissues. After 16 years, I still recognized Alice. She smiled, handed me the tissues and hugged me. I told her who I was, and after we both got ___7___ the shock of that, she began to tell me about her life since we last saw each other. She had married, had children and gotten her degree ___8___ she could smooth the path for those less fortunate than her. She told me that if there was anything she could give me, it would be ___9___.
Looking at this wonderful, giving person, I felt ___10___. But I also felt the first hope I had felt since ___11___ that my son was hurt. From this person that I thought would have no quality of life, I learned that where there is ___12___, there is hope. My son miraculously recovered and we moved back north, but I owe Alice a debt that I can never repay.
( )1. A. catch B. follow C. miss D. break
( )2. A. forgot B. remembered C. died D. survived
( )3. A. healthily B. happily C. normally D. successfully
( )4. A. called B. came C. helped D. returned
( )5. A. working B. trying C. hoping D. moving
( )6. A. walked B. rolled C. rushed D. went
( )7. A. through B. around C. ahead D. about
( )8. A. because B. until C so that D. although
( )9. A. love B. hope C. smile D. money
( )10. A. happy B. excited C. small D. proud
( )11. A. discovering B. hearing C. showing D. learning
( )12. A. family B. love C. friendship D. life
I should say I owe my success to my mother. My belief began when I was just a kid. I 1 becoming a doctor.
My mother was a servant. Through her work, she found that 2 people spent a lot more time reading than they 3 watching television. She told my brother and me to watch only two to three pre-selected TV programs during the week. In our free time, we had to read two books from the Detroit Public Library and 4 written book reports to her. She would mark them up with check marks and highlights. Years later we realized her marks were a trick because my mother was uneducated.
When I entered high school I was an A-student, but not for 5 . I wanted the brightly coloured clothes and I wanted to hang out with the guys. I went from being an A-student to a B-student to a C-student. One night my mother came home from 6 her various jobs and I complained about not having enough Italian knit shirts. She said, Okay, Ill give you all the money I 7 this week by scrubbing floors and cleaning bathrooms, and you can buy the family food and pay the bills. With everything paid off, you can have all the Italian knit shirts you want. I was very 8 with that arrangement but once I got through allocating (分配) money, there was 9 left.
I realized my mother was a great woman to be able to keep a roof over our heads and any kind of food on the table, let alone buy clothes. I also realized that immediate satisfaction wasnt going to get me anywhere. Success required intellectual preparation. I went back to my 10 and became an A-student again, and at last I 11 my dream and I became a doctor.
My mother is a woman with 12 formal education or property who used her position as a parent to change the lives of her children. There is no job more important than parenting.
( )1 A.dreamed of B.depended on C.gave up D.thought of
( )2.A.strict B.easy-going C.successful D.careful
( )3.A.cost B.paid C.took D.did
( )4.A.read B.present C.teach D.explain
( )5.A.soon B.far C.long D.often
( )6.A.working B.shopping C.making D.getting
( )7.A.accept B.win C.spend D.make
( )8.A.excited B.pleased C disappointed D.bored
( )9.A.anything B.everything C.something D.nothing
( )10. A.guy B.mother C.studies D.play
( )11. A.expected B.realized C.changed D.tried
( )12. A.little B.much C.few D.high
A daughter told her father about her life and said things were so hard for her. It seemed that, as one __1__was gone, a new one appeared. Her father, a cook, took __2__to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil(沸腾). In one pot he __3__carrots, in the second he put some eggs, and in the last he put some coffee. He let them just boil, __4__saying a word.
The daughter waited, __5__what he was doing. Twenty minutes later he turned off the fire. He fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. Then he poured the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked, Dear, what do you see Carrots, eggs and coffee, She replied.
He brought her closer and asked her to __6__the carrots. She did and found that they were soft. Then he asked her to take an egg and __7__it. After pulling off the shell (外壳), she saw the hardboiled egg. Finally he asked her to drink the coffee. She smiled. As she tasted it, What do you mean, Father
He explained that each of them had __8__the same trouble, boiling water, but each reacted(回应) differently. The carrot went in strong and hard __9__after being in boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been easy to break. But after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The coffee was __10__ , however. After it was in the boiling water, it __11__the water. __12__are you he asked his daughter. When trouble knocks on your door, what do you do Are you a carrot, an egg, or just coffee
( )1. A. question B. accident C. problem D. business
( )2. A. her B. him C. them D. it
( )3. A. threw B. placed C. took D. dropped
( )4. A. for B. by C. with D. without
( )5. A. knowing B. thinking C. wondering D. asking
( )6. A. smell B. accept C. count D. feel
( )7. A. open B. break C. cut D. play
( )8. A. faced B. called C. decided D. chosen
( )9. A. because B. though C. or D. but
( )10. A. useful B. different C. delicious D. expensive
( )11. A. became B. kept C. changed D. made
( )12. A. Which B. What C. Where D. Who
There is a woman named Atsuko Saeki. When she was a teenager, she dreamed of going to the United States. Most of what she knew about American 1 was from the textbooks she had read. I had a 2 in mind: Daddy watching TV in the living room, Mummy baking cakes and their teenage daughter off to the cinema with her boyfriend.
Atsuko 3 to attend college in California. When she arrived，however，she found it was not her 4 world. People had difficulty in doing something and often seemed uneasy, she said. I felt very alone.
One of her hardest 5 was physical education. We played volleyball，she said. The other students were good at it，but I wasnt.
One afternoon，the instructor asked Atsuko to 6 the ball to her teammates so they could knock it 7 the net. No problem for most people，but it frightened Atsuko. She was afraid of losing face 8 she failed.
A young man on her team realised what she was going through. He walked up to me and said, Come on. You can do that.
You will never understand how those words of 9 made me feel… Four words：You can do that.I felt like crying with happiness.
She made it through the class. Perhaps she thanked the young man;she is not 10 .
Six years has passed. Atsuko is back in her country，working as a salesclerk. I have never forgotten the words, she said. When things are not going so well, I think of them.
She is sure the young man had no idea how much his kindness 11 to her. He probably doesnt even remember it, she said. That may be the lesson. Whenever you say something to a person cruel or kind you have no idea how long the words will 12 . Shes all the way over in Japan, but still she hears those four simple words: You can do that.
( )1. A. way B. life C. education D. spirit
( )2. A. photo B. painting C. picture D. drawing
( )3. A. managed B. hoped C. liked D. accepted
( )4. A. described B. imagined C. created D. discovered
( )5. A. times B. questions C. classes D. projects
( )6. A. kick B. pass C. carry D. hit
( )7. A. through B. into C. over D. past
( )8. A. before B. if C. because D. until
( )9. A. suggestion B. excitement C. sadness D. encouragement
( )10. A. interested B. doubtful C. worried D. sure
( )11. A. meant B. took C. seemed D. happened
( )12. A. continue B. stay C. get D. leave
It seemed that all the seniors(高年级学生)at Hillside School really wanted to
leave and move on to high school— everyone except Neil. Neil had no real idea of high school except from the look of the 1 and the fact that there seemed to be thousands of kids—big kids. Neil also didnt find 2 easy and had to read and re-read things many times before he 3 what was written on the page. One of the teachers at Hillside had sent him to a special teacher for 4 so that he wouldnt find school so 5 . It didnt make much difference. The 6 still kept moving about the page.
And at lunchtime, when the other kids 7 the exciting things they hoped to do next year at high school, Neil felt left out. He only thought of the hard work and the 8 . Hed heard about the long compositions he would have to write at high school and the thick books to read, and he knew hed 9 again.
Neil shut himself off from the conversations, 10 someone mentioned hammers and nails(锤子钉子). Something that didnt involve(涉及)reading! he said to himself. Maybe high school wasnt all that bad.
He started listening more 11 to the excited conversation going on among the kids in his class. Every one of them seemed to be looking forward to moving on. To Neil, it was still the great 12 , and hard to understand. But, something deep down told him that high school wouldnt be so bad, so trying his best would certainly be a good start.
( )1. A. hotels B. museums C. buildings D. gardens
( )2. A. shopping B. learning C. teaching D. driving
( )3. A. agreed B. thought C. hoped D. understood
( )4. A. help B. food C. money D. work
( )5. A. small B. clean C. difficult D. bright
( )6. A. words B. books C. teachers D. kids
( )7. A. discovered B. enjoyed C. imagined D. discussed
( )8. A. playing B. reading C. speaking D. listening
( )9. A. do B. fail C. start D. forget
( )10. A. because B. if C. until D. unless
( )11. A. quickly B. carefully C. politely D. silently
( )12. A. importance B. chance C. encouragement D. unknown
The train shook back and forth, its wheels making a loud noise. Outside the window the freezing cold of winter ruled. The train was filled with cold, tired passengers.
Suddenly a little boy __1__ his way through the grown-ups legs and sat down by the window. He was all alone among the unfriendly grown-ups. What a brave child, I thought. His father __2__ to stay by the door behind us. The train began to move slowly into a tunnel. Then something very __3_ happened suddenly. The serious little boy slid(滑) down from the seat and leaned (斜靠) his hand on my knee. For a moment, I thought that he wanted to __4__ me and returned to his father, so I helped him to stand up. But instead he leaned forward and held his head __5__ towards mine. He wanted to say something to me, I thought. I lowered my head to receive the __6__. Wrong again! What I received was a loud kiss on the face.
The boy quietly returned to his seat, leaned back and continued looking out of the window. I was so surprised. What just happened A child kissed an __7__ grown-up on the train. How could anybody want to kiss such a man that had so much beard( 胡子)Nervous and a little surprised, we smiled at the father. __8__ he saw our questioning looks as he got ready for his stop, he offered a clue ( some information).
Hes so happy to be alive, the father said, He has been very sick. Father and son __9__ into the crowd moving toward the exit. Then doors closed and the train went on. On my face I could still __10__ the childs kiss a kiss that has started some soul-search (深思) inside me. How many grown-ups go around kissing each other __11__ the joy of being alive How many even give much thought to the special right of __12__
The little kisser has taught us a sweet but serious lesson You dont let yourself die before your heart stops!
( )1. A. lost B. moved C. fought D. pushed
( )2. A. preferred B. chose C. agreed D. hoped
( )3. A. interesting B. strange C. funny D. exciting
( )4. A. kiss B. beat C. pass D. ask
( )5. A. up B. on C. back D. out
( )6. A. news B. idea C. message D. thought
( )7. A. unsafe B. unimportant C. unfamiliar D. unfriendly
( )8. A. Before B. When C. Unless D. Since
( )9. A. disappeared B. ran C. looked D. came
( )10. A. touch B. smell C. have D. feel
( )11. A. in B. about C. for D. after
( )12. A. hope B. kiss C. death D. life