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When I Was Growing up in America, I Was Ashamed of My Mother S Chinese English. Because



When I was growing up in America, I was ashamed of my mother’s Chinese English. Because of her English, she was often treated unfairly. People in department stores, at banks, and at restaurants did not take her seriously, did not give her good service, pretended not to understand her, or even acted as if they did not hear her.

My mother has long realized the limitations of her English as well. When I was fifteen, she used to have me call people on the phone to pretend I was she. I was forced to ask for information or even to yell at people who had been rude to her. One time I had to call her stockbroker (股票经纪人). I said in an adolescent voice that was not very convincing, "This is Mrs. Tan. "

And my mother was standing beside me, whispering loudly, "Why he don’t send me check, already two week late. "

And then, in perfect English I said, "I’m getting rather concerned. You agreed to send the check two weeks ago, but it hasn’t arrived. "

Then she talked more loudly. "What he want? I come to New York tell him front of his boss. " And so I turned to the stockbroker again, "I can’t tolerate any more excuse. If I don’t receive the check immediately, I am going to have to speak to your manager when I am in New York next week. "

The next week we ended up in New York. While I was sitting there red-faced, my mother, the real Mrs. Tan, was shouting to his boss in her broken English.

When I was a teenager, my mother’s broken English embarrassed me. But now, I see it differently. To me, my mother’s English is perfectly clear, perfectly natural. It is my mother tongue. Her language, as I hear it, is vivid, direct, and full of observation and wisdom. It was the language that helped shape the way I saw things, expressed ideas, and made sense of the world.

41.Why was the author’s mother poorly served?

A. She was unable to speak good English.B. She was often misunderstood.

C. She was not clearly heard.D. She was not very polite.

42.From Paragraph 2,we know that the author was .

A. good at pretending B. rode to the stockbroker

C. ready to help her mother D. unwilling to phone for her mother

43.After the author made the phone call, .

A. they forgave the stockbrokerB. they failed to get the check

C. they went to New York immediately D. they spoke to their boss at once

44.What does the author think of her mother’s English now?

A. It confuses her.B. It embarrasses her.

C. It helps her understand the world.D. It helps her tolerate rude people.

45.We can infer from the passage that Chinese English .

A. is clear and natural to non-native speakers

B. is vivid and direct to non-native speakers

C. has a very bad reputation in America

D. may bring inconvenience in America


When something goes wrong, it can be very satisfying to say, "Well, it’s so-and-so’s fault. "or "I know I’m late, but it’s not my fault; the car broke down. " It is probably not your fault, butonce you form the habit of blaming somebody or something else for a bad situation, you are aloser. You have no power and could do nothing that helps change the situation. However, you canhave great power over what happens to you if you stop focusing on whom to blame and startfocusing on how to remedy the situation. This is the winner’s key to success.

Winners are great at overcoming problems. For example, if you were late because your carbroke down, maybe you need to have your car examined more regularly. Or, you might start tocarry along with you the useful phone numbers, so you could call for help when in need. Foranother example, if your colleague causes you problems on the job for lack of responsibility orability, find ways of dealing with his irresponsibility or inability rather than simply blame theperson. Ask to work with a different person, or don’t rely on this person. You should accept that theperson is not reliable and find creative ways to work successfully regardless of how your colleaguefails to do his job well.

This is what being a winner is all about-creatively using your skills and talents so that youare successful no matter what happens. Winners don’t have fewer problems in their lives; they havejust as many difficult situation to face as anybody else. They are just better at seeing thoseproblems as challenges and opportunities to develop their own talents. So, stop focusing on "whosefault it is. " Once you are confident about your power over bad situations, problems are juststepping stones for success.

46.According to the passage,winners .

A. deal with problems rather than blame others

B. meet with fewer difficulties in their lives

C. have responsible and able colleagues

D. blame themselves rather than others

47.The underlined word remedy in Paragraph 1is closest in meaning to .

A. avoid B. accept C. improve D. consider

48.When your colleague brings about a problem,you should .

A. find a better way to handle the problemB. blame him for his lack of responsibility

C. tell him to find the cause of the problemD. ask a more able colleague for help

49.When problems occur,winners take them as .

A. excuses for their failuresB. barriers to greater power

C. challenges to their colleaguesD. chances for self-development

50.Which of the following is the best title for the passage?

A. A Winner’s Secret.B. A Winner’s Problem.

C. A Winner’s Opportunity.[来源:学科网]D. A Winner’s Achievement.


Food sometimes gets poisoned with harmful things. A person who eats such food can get anillness called food poisoning. Food poisoning is usually not serious, but some types are deadly, The symptoms of food poisoning usually begin within hours of eating the poisoned food. Fever is one ofthe most common symptoms.

Certain microorganisms (微生物) cause most types of food poisoning. Bacteria and othermicroorganisms can poison eggs, meat, vegetables, and many other foods. After entering the body,these tiny living things release (释放) poisons that make people sick.

Some chemicals can also cause food poisoning. They are often added to food while it is beinggrown, processed, or prepared. For example, many farmers spray chemicals on crops to kill weedsand insects. Some people may have a bad reaction to those chemicals when they eat the crops.

Some plants and animals contain natural poisons that are harmful to people. These includecertain kinds of seafood, grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and mushrooms.

Whenpeople handle food properly, the risk of food poisoning is very smallMicroorganismsmultiply rapidly in dirty places and in warm temperatures. This means that people should nevertouch food with dirty hands or put food on unwashed surfaces. Food should be kept in a refrigeratorto stop microorganisms from growing. Meat needs to be cooked thoroughly to kill any dangerousmicroorganisms. People should also wash food covered with chemicals before eating it. Finally,people should not eat wild mushrooms or other foods that grow in the wild. Some of these foods maycontain natural materials that are poisonous to humans. In addition, some types of fish can bepoisonous.

Most people recover from food poisoning after a few days of resting and drinking extra water. Ifpeople eat natural poisons, they must go to the hospital right away to have their stomachs emptied.

51.Which of the following statements is NOT true?

A. Food when poisoned can make people sick.

B. Food poisoning means death.

C. Food poisoning comes in varieties.

D. Food poisoning can be serious.

52.We know from the passage that the symptoms of food poisoning .

A. are always accompanied by a fever

B. are too common to be noted

C. can be noticed within hours

D. can be ignored

53.Food poisoning can be caused by all the following EXCEPT .

A. some chemicalsB. low temperatures

C. some tiny living things D. certain natural materials

54.From Paragraph 5,we can learn that

A. mushrooms should not be eaten

B. vegetables are safer than meat and seafood

C. natural poisons are more dangerous than chemicals

D. different types of food should be handled differently

55.It can be inferred from the passage that

A. natural materials are safe in food processing

B. chemicals are needed in food processing

C. food poisoning can be kept under control

D. food poisoning is out of control






56. The debate has been raging for years over the safety of, and necessity for, childhoodvaccinations, which has been so much so that it is termed “The Vaccine War”. The debatehas only a few moments that might be inspiring to those who have been following this now familiar issue.

57. There are certainly benefits of using a star in a film. It makes the film easier to market. Stars

also help sell more tickets and drive DVD sales, which are a big part of studiorevenue. However, a star does not guarantee success. The simple fact is that if you pay a star agreat deal of money for a film that people don’t want to see, then it won’t work.

58. They are barely in their twenties and are already multimillionaires. At the age when manypeople are looking for their first job, the youngsters of The Sunday Times Rich List are buyingcountry estates or jetting off to their overseas homes. Daniel Radcliffe, for example, who playsHarry Potter, has a fortune of £42 million, at 20.

59. Millions of jobless Americans, who might be suffering in anxiety and lacking a sense ofsecurity, are showing up at emergency rooms of state-owned hospitals, contributing to a longerwaiting time and a higher risk of cursory treatment by overworked doctors and nurses.

60. Alice Miller, a psychology expert, who died at 87 at home in Provence, France, on April 14,repositioned the family as a central place of abnormal psychological function with her theorythat parental power and punishment lay at the root of nearly all human problems



In the animal kingdom, weakness can bring about aggression in other animal. This sometimes happens with humans also. But I have found that my weakness brings out the kindness in people. I see it every day when people hold doors for me, pour cream into my coffee, or help me to put on my coat. And I have discovered that it makes them happy.

From my wheelchair experience, I see the best in people, bur sometimes I feel sad because those who appear independent miss the kindness I see daily. They don’t get to see this soft side of others often; we try every way possible to avoid showing our weakness, which includes a lot of pretending. But only when we stop pretending we’re brave or strong do we allow people to show the kindness that’s in them.

Last month, when I was driving home on a busy highway, I began to feel unwell and drove more slowly than usual. People behind me began to get impatient and angry, with some speeding up alongside me, horning (按喇叭) or even shouting at me. At the moment I decided to do something I had never done in twenty fore years of driving. I put on the car flashlights and drove on at a really low speed.

No more angry shouts and no more horns!

When I put on my flashlights, I was saying to other drivers, “I have a problem here. I am weak and doing the best I can.” And everyone understood. Several times, I saw drivers who wanted to pass. They couldn’t get around me because of the stream of passing traffic. But instead of getting impatient and angry, they waited, knowing the driver in front of them was in some way weak.

Sometimes situations call for us to act strong and brave even when we don’t feel that way. But those are and far between. More often, it would be better if we don’t preten d we feel strong when we feel weak or pretend that we are brave when we are scared.

26. The author has discovered that people will feel happy when ______.

A. they offer their help

B. they receive others’ help

C. they feel others’ kindness

D. they show their weakness

27. The author feels sad sometimes because ______.

A. he has a soft heart

B. he relies much on others

C. some people pretend to be kind

D. some people fail to see the kindness in others

28. What did the other drivers do when they saw the flashlights?

A. They speed up to pass.

B. They waited with patience.

C. They tried their best to help.

D. They put on their flashlights too.

29. In this passage, the author advises us to ______.

A. handle problems by ourselves

B. accept help from others

C. admit our weakness

D. show our bravery

30. Which of the following is the best title for the passage?

A. A Wheelchair Experience.

B. Weakness and Kindness.

C. Weakness and Strength

D. A Driving Experience


Can dogs and cats live in perfect harmony in the same home? People who are thinking about adopting a dog as a friend for their cats are worried that they will fight. A recent research has found a new recipe of success. According to the study, if the cat is adopted before the dog, and if they are introduced when still young (less than 6 months for cats, a year for dogs), it is highly probable that the two pets will get along swimmingly. Two-thirds of the homes interviewed reported a positive relationship between their cat and dog.

However, it wasn’t all sweetness and light. There w as a reported coldness between the cat and dog in 25% of the homes, while aggression and fighting were observed in 10% of the homes. One reason for this is probably that some of their body signals were just opposite. F or example, when a cat turns its head away it signals aggression, while a dog doing the same signals submission.

In homes with cats and dogs living peacefully, researchers observed a surprising behaviour. They are learning how to talk each other’s language. It is a surprise that cats can learn how to talk ‘dog’, and dogs can learn how to talk ‘Cat’.

What’s interesting is that both cats and dogs have appeared to develop their intelligence. They can learn how to read each other’s body signals, suggesting that the two may have more in common than we previously suspected. Once familiar with each other’s presence and body language, cats and dogs can play together, greet each other nose to nose, and enjoy sleeping together on the sofa. They can easily share the same water bowl and in some cases groom (梳理) each other.

The significance of the research on cats and dogs may go beyond pets ─ to people who don’t get along, including neighbors, colleagues at work, and even world superpowers. If cats and dogs can learn to get along, surely people have a good chance.

31. The underlined word swimmingly in Paragraph 1 is closest in meaning to ______.

A. early B. sweetly C. quickly D. smoothly

32. Some cats and dogs may fight when ______.

A. they are cold to each other

B. they look away from each other

C. they misunderstood each other’s signals

D. they are introduced at an early age

33. What is found surprising about cats and dogs?

A. They eat and sleep each other.

B. They observe each other’s behaviors.

C. They learn to speak each other’s language.

D. They know something from each other’s voices.

34. It is suggested in Paragraph 4 that cats and dogs ______.

A. have common interests

B. are less different than was thought

C. have a common body language

D. are less intelligent than was expected

35. What can we human beings learn from cats and dogs?

A. We should learn to live in harmony.

B. We should know more about animals.

C. We should live in peace with animals.

D. We should learn more body languages.


A year after graduation, I was offered a position teaching a writing class. Teaching was a profession I had never seriously considered, though several of my stories had been published. I accepted the job without hesitation, as it would allow me to wear a tie and go by the name of Mr. Davis. My father went by the same name, and I liked to imagine people getting the two of us confused. “Wait a minute<” someone might say, “are you talking about Mr. Davis the retired man, or Mr. Davis the respectable scholar?”

The position was offered at the last minute, and I was given two weeks to prepare, a per iod I spent searching for briefcase (公文包) and standing before my full-length mirror, repeating the words, “Hello, class. I’m Mr. Davis.” Sometimes I would give myself an aggressive voice. Sometimes I would sound experienced. But when the day eventually came, my nerves kicked in and the true Mr. Davis was there. I sounded not like a thoughtful professor, but rather a 12-year-old boy.

I arrived in the classroom with paper cards designed in the shape of maple leaves. I had cut them myself out of orange construction paper. I saw nine students along a long table. I handed out the cards, and the students wrote down their names and fastened them to their breast pockets as I required.

“All right then,” I said. “Okey, here we go.” Then I opened my briefcase and realized that I had never thought beyond this moment. I had been thinking that the students would be the first to talk, offering their thoughts and opinions on the events of the day. I had imagined that I would sit at the edge of the desk, overlooking a forests of hands. Every student would yell. “Calm down, you’ll all get your turn. One at a time, one at a time!”

A terrible silence ruled the room, and seeing no other opinions, I inspected the students to pull out their notebooks and write a brief essay related to the theme of deep disappointment.

36. The author took the job to teach writing because ______.