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A couple of months ago, I made a promise to myself.
I had put some money in an envelope(信封) in my___________ and set an intention(意图) to give this envelope ___________ to the first person I came across who __________ it.
Months passed by, and ___________my daily life got busy, I was unable to keep my own ___________. Whenever I opened my wallet and saw the ____________, I was reminded of my ___________ for it, and I would feel a little ___________ for having not acted upon it.
The voice within told me to do _________.
Today, while walking to work on a busy street, I passed a __________ elderly lady with her hands out on the sidewalk. Seeing her wrinkled(布满皱纹的) face and sightless eyes, I stopped __________. Waves of sympathy(同情) washed over me, and I___________ the envelope of money that had been lying in my wallet all these months.
I ________ the money from the envelope and bent down to her level._________, I took her hand, pressed he dollar bills into her hand, and closed her fingers over them so that she could ___________ the money and understand my gesture.
When I got up, I slowly moved away. I felt like I had ___________ something. I had kept my ___________ to myself. The lady slightly nodded her head. I felt __________ and moved on.
Afterwards, I thought about why such a__________ act had taken so long. This small act was a huge step toward facing and walking through my own fears around __________. What a blessing it is to complete these generous(慷慨的) little gestures!
【1】A.coat B.wallet C.pocket D.handbag
【2】A.back B.out C.away D.up
【3】A.found B.used C.explained D.deserved
【4】A.as B.until C.though D.if
【5】A.attention B.promise C.belief D.rule
【6】A.sign B.note C.photo D.envelope
【7】A.intention B.request C.wish D.saying
【8】A.satisfied B.disappointed C.surprised D.angry
【9】A.anything B.nothing C.something D.everything
【10】A.deaf B.blind C.tired D.weak
【11】A.immediately B.gradually C.luckily D.unhappily
【12】A.discovered B.ignored C.forgot D.remembered
【13】A.threw away B.took out C.counted out D.added up
【14】A.Nervously B.Proudly C.Gently D.Quickly
【15】A.feel B.see C.accept D.keep
【16】A.missed B.explained C.noticed D.achieved
【17】A.idea B.word C.experience D.message
【18】A.worried B.awful C.blessed D.hopeful
【19】A.brave B.heartwarming C.common D.practical
【20】A.giving B.doing C.promising D.sharing

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Each morning grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table, reading his book. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to copy him in every way he could.
One day the grandson asked, “Grandpa, I try to read the book just like you, but I don’t understand it, and I forget what I understand as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the book do”
The grandpa quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water.”
The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked(漏) out before he got back to the house. Grandpa laughed and said, “You’ll have to move a little faster next time.” He sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned. Out of breath, he told his grandpa that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, so he went to get a bucket instead. The grandpa said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You’re just not trying hard enough.” The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed(转变) from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean.
“Grandson, that’s what happens when you read the book. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you’ll be changed inside and outside.”
【1】What puzzled(让疑惑) the grandson most was ________.
A.why he forgot what he read soon B.whether it was useful to read books
C.what kind of book he could understand D.how he could read books like his grandpa
【2】Why did grandpa ask his grandson to carry a basket of water
A.To get him to realize the use of reading books. B.To punish him for not reading carefully.
C.To clean the dirty basket in the river. D.To train him to run faster.
【3】What lesson can we learn from the story
A.The old are always wiser than the young. B.It is foolish to carry water with a basket.
C.You can’t expect to remember all you read. D.Reading books can change a person gradually.
【4】What can be the best title for the text
A.Baskets and Books B.Grandpa and Grandson
C.Carrying Water in a Basket D.Reading for Total changing

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UNESCO has recognized the Chinese art of paper cutting on its Intangible Cultural Heritage(非物质文化遗产) List. But paper cutting is at the risk(危险) of disappearing.
Voyo Woo, a Chinese immigrant, who loves paper cutting, worked hard to celebrate the ancient art form. With a keen interest in paper cutting, Ms Woo held a paper cutting exhibition(展览) at a shopping centre near Washington. “I really love it. I get so much fun by doing it. So I’m just hoping that more people will learn about this art which is about to disappear. I think it’s time to take action. So I held it.”
Voyo Woo began to study paper cutting when she was a 14-year-girl in southeastern China. Voyo Woo’s teacher gave her extra training after class because Voyo discovered a special love for it. Later, her beautiful paper cuttings won second prize in a national painting competition. “Paper is the easiest material(材料) that you can find. You can just turn it into beautiful art. I think it is like magic to me.”
Ms Woo came to the US after she finished college in 2008. She has been invited to show the art at a wide collection of events. She also has shown her skill and works at famous museums like the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer and Sackler art galleries in Washington.
“I saw so many people coming to me and asking me. They were amazed. I think it’s important to introduce the art form to anyone who is interested.”
Ms Woo placed examples of her art around her as she displayed paper cutting at the shopping center. Ann Russ, a shopper, was attracted(吸引) by the nature of the work. She said it put her at ease.
“I like to know about Chinese art, specifically because it’s beautiful. It’s almost relaxing to put that much effort into it,” Russ said.
【1】The underlined word “keen” in Paragraph 2 probably means ________.
A.strange B.strong C.surprising D.simple
【2】Why did Voyo Woo hold a paper cutting show
A.To make money for her further education. B.To keep and develop the ancient Chinese art.
C.To show off her perfect skill in paper cutting D.To explain paper cutting is a real art in China.
【3】What can we know about Ms Woo according to the text
A.She went to the US mainly to teach the art.
B.She will come back to China to study the art.
C.She once showed the art at several museums in Washington.
D.She once held a competition for American paper cutting lovers.
【4】Why does Ann Russ like paper cutting
A.It’s easy to learn. B.It’s relaxing and enjoyable.
C.It’s cheap to get. D.It’s popular all over the world.

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Looking good can matter(be important) a lot when you are a teenager. Of course the budget(预算) matters a lot, too. Luckily, fashion trends(时尚潮流) in the UK mean that getting the right image(形象) doesn’t have to cost the earth. Here is a quick guide to which looks are hot this year.
For girls, the 70s are back. Wide-legged jeans, platform shoes and skirts that reach the feet are again in fashion among UK teens, topped off with colored, shining eye shadow. Girls can have fun mixing and matching bright shades. Colors like pink, orange and light yellow-green are all perfectly fit. Shorts and mini-skirts are still popular in cold weather. By wearing a pair of tights underneath, girls can stay warm as well as fashionable in the winter.
How about boys To look lively, fans of skateboards and snowboards can dress in skinny jeans accompanied(伴随) by a T-shirt topped off with a baseball cap or a woolen hat. Music is often an inspiration for fashion, and hip-hop music fans like to dress in baggy jeans, T-shirts, baseball caps and sneakers. For those who can afford it, designer clothing is a must, especially if the logo is showing.
【1】By using “cost the earth” in Paragraph 1, the author probably means it does not have to be ________ to get the right image.
A.difficult B.important C.special D.expensive
【2】According to the passage, if a girl wants to look cool, she will wear ________.
A.skinny jeans B.designer clothing C.a woolen hat D.a full-length skirt
【3】What can we infer from the passage
A.Old clothes look hot this year. B.Music can affect fashion trends.
C.A T-shirt is really a good choice for fans. D.Designer clothing is what teens must have.
【4】The author of the passage aims to show teenagers how to ________.
A.look fashionable B.choose brands
C.spend money when young D.stay warm in the winter

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Welcome to the Los Angeles Zoo
General Admission(入场) Prices:
Adults (ages 13--up): $20
Seniors (age 62 and up): $17
Children (ages 2 to 12): $15
Children (under 2): Free
Note: ticket prices may change without notice.

Hours
Monday—Sunday: 10am—5pm
Closed on December 25
Please note that the Zoo starts putting animals in for the night at 4pm. Ticket sales stop one hour before closing time.

Parking
Parking is FREE. (On select days throughout the year, the L.A.Zoo offers a Preferred Parking Program for a nominal(少量的) fee, payable on-site (cash only). The Preferred Parking Program operates on busy, peak attendance days including most holiday weekends and special events. On these days, limited free parking is available(可获得的) in certain areas.)

Group Discounts
If you’ll be attending the Zoo with a party of 15 or more people, you can buy group-rate tickets at the prices listed below. You may buy tickets at the gate on the day of your visit, call (323)644-4210.
Adults: $17 per person ($3 off regular admission)
Children (ages 2--12): $14 ($1 off regular admission)

Two Great Attractions, One Low Price!
Visit the Los Angeles Zoo and the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach for one great price: Adult: $40
Child: $27 Senior: $39

Don’t miss this opportunity(机会) to explore the wonders of nature from the depths of the ocean to the plains of Africa for one great price. Less than an hour’s drive away, the Zoo and the Aquarium(水族馆) can both be visited in one day or on separate days.
【1】Middle-aged parents with a 1-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl would pay ________ for their visit.
A.$40 B.$55 C.$60 D.$70
【2】If you want to get a group discount, there should be at least ________ people in your group.
A.10 B.12 C.15 D.20
【3】According to the text, ________.
A.visitors are able to see all animals until 4:30 pm
B.visitors are not allowed to enter the Zoo after 4 pm
C.visitors can have free parking on holiday weekends
D.visitors are encouraged to visit the Zoo instead of the Aquarium

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