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Challenge both your English & minds





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In a land far away, once upon a time there was great poverty(贫困),and only the rich could manage without great _26_. Three of those rich men and their servants were_27_together on a road when they came to a very_28_village.

The first could not stand seeing the poverty, _29  he took all the gold and jewels from his wagons (四轮载重马车) and shared _30 out among the villagers. He wished them all the best of luck, and he left.

The second rich man ,seeing the _31  situation, stopped for a short time and gave _32  all his food and drink, since he _33  see that money would be of little _34  to them. He made sure that they each _35  their fair share and would have enough food to _36  for some time . Then, he left.

The third rich man, on seeing such poverty, _37  and went straight through the _38  without stopping. The two other rich men saw this from a distance and commented with each other_39  the third rich man lacked sympathy. It was _40  that they themselves had been there to offer help.

However, three days later, they  41 the  third rich man ,who was coming in the opposite direction . He was  42  travelling quickly, but his wagons,  43  the gold and valuables they had been  44  ,were now full of farming tools and bags of  45  .He was rushing back to help them out of poverty.

26. A. loss           B. expectations   C. success      D. problems

27. A. standing       B. travelling     C. gathering    D. running

28. A. faraway        B. poor           C. different    D. ancient

29. A. unless         B. because        C. so           D. if

30. A. them           B. anything       C. nothing      D. those

31. A. curious        B. worrying       C. dangerous    D. puzzling

32. A. the villagers  B. his servants   C. the others   D. the rest

33. A. could          B. might          C. should       D. must

34. A. interest       B. concern         C. use          D. attraction

35. A. returned       B. gained         C. offered      D. received

36.A.remain         B. last       C. supply          D. share

37.A.turned back    B. set out   C. showed off      D. speeded

38.A.village       B. land       C. field            D. road

39.A.whether       B. how        C. where            D. when

40.A.good          B. certain     C. true            D. strange

41.A.welcomed      B. met         C. accepted       D. persuaded

42.A.still        B. already      C. always          D. indeed

43. A. except     B. instead of    C. apart from   D. along with

44.A. loading     B. treasuring    C. carrying     D. earning

45.A. food        B. jewels        C. money        D. seeds




Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of 60 more than a boy of 20. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.

Whether 60 or 16, there is in every human being's heart the lure of wonders, the unfailing appetite for what's next and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart, there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, courage and power from man and from the infinite, so long
as you are

When your aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you've grown old, even at 20; but as long as your aerials are up, to catch waves of optimism, there's hope you may die young at 80.










All of us have read thrilling stories in which the hero had only a limited and specified time to live. Sometimes it was as long as a year, sometimes as short as 24 hours. But always we were interested in discovering just how the doomed hero chose to spend his last days or his last hours. I speak, of course, of free men who have a choice, not condemned criminals whose sphere of activities is strictly delimited.
    Such stories set us thinking, wondering what we should do under similar circumstances. What events, what experiences, what associations should we crowd into those last hours as mortal beings? What happiness should we find in reviewing the past, what regrets?
    Sometimes I have thought it would be an excellent rule to live each day as if we should die tomorrow. Such an attitude would emphasize sharply the values of life. We should live each day with a gentleness, a vigor, and a keenness of appreciation which are often lost when time stretches before us in the constant panorama of more days and months and years to come. There are those, of course, who would adopt the Epicurean motto of “Eat, drink, and be merry,“ but most people would be chastened by the certainty of impending death.
   In stories the doomed hero is usually saved at the last minute by some stroke of fortune, but almost always his sense of values is changed. he becomes more appreciative of the meaning of life and its permanent spiritual values. It has often been noted that those who live, or have lived, in the shadow of death bring a mellow sweetness to everything they do.
    Most of us, however, take life for granted. We know that one day we must die, but usually we picture that day as far in the future. When we are in buoyant health, death is all but unimaginable. We seldom think of it. The days stretch out in an endless vista. So we go about our petty tasks, hardly aware of our listless attitude toward life.
   The same lethargy, I am afraid, characterizes the use of all our faculties and senses. Only the deaf appreciate hearing, only the blind realize the manifold blessings that lie in sight. Particularly does this observation apply to those who have lost sight and hearing in adult life. But those who have never suffered impairment of sight or hearing seldom make the fullest use of these blessed faculties. Their eyes and ears take in all sights and sounds hazily, without concentration and with little appreciation. It is the same old story of not being grateful for what we have until we lose it, of not being conscious of health until we are ill.
   I have often thought it would be a blessing if each human being were stricken blind and deaf for a few days at some time during his early adult life. Darkness would make him more appreciative of sight; silence would teach him the joys of sound.







   Most students do an IQ text early in their school career. Even if they never see their results, they feel that their IQ is  26  determines how well they are going to do in life. When they see other students doing 27    (good) than them, they usually believe that those students have  28   higher IQ and  29  there is nothing they can do to change facts. However, new research  30  EQ suggests that success is not simply the result of a high IQ.

While your IQ tells you how   31   (intelligence) you are, your EQ tells you how well you use your intelligence. Professor Salovery,   32     invented the term EQ, gives the following description: At work, it is IQ that   33    (get) you promoted. Supported by his academic research, Professor Salovery suggests that when someone’s future success   34    (predict), their character,  35    measured by EQ tests, might actually matter more than their IQ.

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There are times when people are so tired that they fall asleep almost anywhere. We can see there is a lot of sleeping on the bus or train on the __21____home from work in the evenings. A man will be__22____the newspaper, and seconds later it __23___ as if he is trying to ___24__it. Or he will fall asleep on the shoulder of the stranger___25__ next to him.___26___ place where unplanned short sleep __27__ is in the lecture hall where a student will start snoring(打鼾)so ___28____that the professor has to ask another student to___29___ the sleeper awake. A more embarrassing(尴尬)situation occurs when a student starts falling into sleep and the ___30___ of  the head pushes the arm off the___31___, and the movement carries the__32___ of the body along. The student wakes up on the floor with no___33___ of getting there. The worst time to fall asleep is when __34___ . Police reports are full of ___35___ that occur when people fall into sleep and go__36_____ the road. If the drivers are ___37____ , they are not seriously hurt. One woman's car, ___38____ , went into the river. She woke up in four feet of __39____ and thought it was raining. When people are really ___40_____nothing will stop them from falling asleep -- no matter where they are.


21.A. way            B. track              C. path            D. road

22.A. buying          B. folding            C. delivering        D. reading

23.A. acts             B. shows             C. appears         D. sounds

24.A. open            B. eat                C. find            D. finish

25.A. lying            B. waiting            C. talking          D. sitting

26.A. Next             B. Every             C. Another         D. One

27.A. goes on           B. ends up           C. lasts             D. returns

28.A. bravely           B. happily           C. loudly          D. carelessly

29.A. leave             B. shake             C. keep           D. watch

30.A. size              B. shape              C. weight         D. strength

31.A. cushion           B. desk               C. shoulder       D. book

32.A. action            B. position            C. rest           D. side

33.A. memory          B. reason              C. question       D. purpose

34.A. thinking          B. working             C. walking       D. driving

35.A. changes           B. events              C. ideas          D. accidents

36.A. up               B. off                  C. along         D. down

37.A. lucky             B. awake              C. calm          D. strong

38.A. in time            B. at first            C. as usual     D. for example

39.A. dust              B. water               C. grass         D. bush

40.A. tired              B. drunk              C. lonely         D. lazy



Companionship of Books 以书为伴(节选)

A man may usually be known by the books he reads as well as by the company he keeps; for there is a companionship of books as well as of men; and one should always live in the best company, whether it be of books or of men.

A good book may be among the best of friends. It is the same today that it always was, and it will never change. It is the most patient and cheerful of companions. It does not turn its back upon us in times of adversity or distress. It always receives us with the same kindness; amusing and instructing us in youth, and comforting and consoling us in age.

Men often discover their affinity to each other by the mutual love they have for a book just as two persons sometimes discover a friend by the admiration which both entertain for a third. There is an old proverb, ‘Love me, love my dog.” But there is more wisdom in this:” Love me, love my book.” The book is a truer and higher bond of union. Men can think, feel, and sympathize with each other through their favorite author. They live in him together, and he in them.

A good book is often the best urn of a life enshrining the best that life could think out; for the world of a man’s life is, for the most part, but the world of his thoughts. Thus the best books are treasuries of good words, the golden thoughts, which, remembered and cherished, become our constant companions and comforters.

Books possess an essence of immortality. They are by far the most lasting products of human effort. Temples and statues decay, but books survive. Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh today as when they first passed through their author’s minds, ages ago. What was then said and thought still speaks to us as vividly as ever from the printed page. The only effect of time have been to sift out the bad products; for nothing in literature can long survive e but what is really good.

Books introduce us into the best society; they bring us into the presence of the greatest minds that have ever lived. We hear what they said and did; we see the as if they were really alive; we sympathize with them, enjoy with them, grieve with them; their experience becomes ours, and we feel as if we were in a measure actors with them in the scenes which they describe.

The great and good do not die, even in this world. Embalmed in books, their spirits walk abroad. The book is a living voice. It is an intellect to which on still listens.











This year I decided to do something to regain my good name as a kindly uncle My ___36___ Tony, had never forgiven me for the dictionary I had bought him as a birthday present last year His ___37___ had no reason to be thankful to me either, because the year before, I had___38___their dear son with a pot of paste and some funny picture. Instead of___39___ them into a book, Tony had naturally covered every wall in the house with them. This year,___40___, I decided to let him___41___ for himself.

We went into a big shop, but Tony was very particular about___42___. Although I tried to show him toy after toy, he was not to be___43___. Then I saw: he suddenly became___44___; he had discovered something he really liked: a large tin drum. I was quite happy too___45___ I thought what Tony’s mother would say when she saw it. Nobody would get any___46___ for weeks! I led Tony away___47___: saying that the drum was too expensive.

Tony asked for permission to go off ___48___ and I made the most of my chance to sit down and___49___ my aching feet. Fifteen minutes passed but there was still no sign of Tony I began to get___50___ and got up to look for him I asked a young lady if she had seen a little boy in a grey suit. She looked___51___ her helplessly and pointed out that there were so many___52___ in grey suits. I was just going to call the police for help, when I saw a strange___53___ dressed in strange orange clothes He was wearing a false beard and had a caveman’s axe in one hand: and a space gun in the other. It was, of course, Tony, who informed me___54___ that he was the first___55___ to fly into space.

36. A. cousin B. daughter C. grandson D. nephew
37. A. friends B. parents C. classmates D. brothers
38. A. presented B. annoyed C. confused D. occupied
39. A. entering B. dividing C. sticking D. drawing
40. A. anyhow B. though C. again D. therefore
41. A. guess B. choose C. pay D. see
42. A. sweets B. toys C. clothes D. books
43. A. pleased B. disturbed C. accepted D. disappointed
44. A. surprised B. hopeful C. patient D. excited
45. A. after B. until C. unless D. since
46. A. shock B. trouble C. peace D. time
47. A. happily B. eagerly C. cautiously D. quickly
48. A. on his own B. in his way C. now and then D. more or less
49. A. drag B. rest. C. lay D. step
50. A. ashamed B. angry C. worried D. doubtful
51. A. about B. to C. at D. across
52. A. young ladies B. new customers C. loving parents D. small boys
53. A. figure B. actor C. man D. doll
54. A. on time B. at once C. just now D. once again
55. A. policeman B. spaceman C. caveman D. postman









36Acousin        Bdaughter      Cgrandson      Dnephew

【答案】D【解析】 由上文as a kindly uncle可知是作者的侄子选Dcousin 表兄;daughter女儿;grandson孙子。

37Afriends        Bparents         Cclassmates    Dbrothers

【答案】B【解析】由下文their dear son可知道是父母。

38Apresented   Bannoyed       Cconfused     Doccupied

【答案】A【解析】present “给某人礼物”

39Aentering      Bdividing        Csticking         Ddrawing

【答案】C【解析】由with a pot of paste(浆糊)and some funny pictures及下文可得知答案,stick 粘贴。

40Aanyhow      Bthough        Cagain            Dtherefore


41Aguess           Bchoose         Cpay             Dsee

【答案】B【解析】由下文可知是让侄子选礼物。guess猜测;pay 付款;see看见。

42Asweets        Btoys             Cclothes         Dbooks

【答案】B【解析】由下文I tried to show him toy after toy可知答案。

43Apleased      Bdisturbed     Caccepted    Ddisappointed

【答案】A【解析】由上文可知,侄子都不满意。disturbed烦恼;accepted 接受;disappointed失望。

44Asurprised    Bhopeful         Cpatient         Dexcited

【答案】D【解析】这应该是兴奋。surprised 吃惊的;hopeful希望地;patient耐心的。

45Aafter         Buntil         Cunless         Dsince

【答案】B【解析】直到什么时间。after以后;unless除非;since 既然。

46Ashock         Btrouble        Cpeace            Dtime

【答案】C【解析】由下文可知道,选Cshock震惊;trouble 麻烦;time时间。

47Ahappily     Beagerly         Ccautiously     Dquickly


48Aon his own                             Bin his way     Cnow and then     Dmore or less

【答案】A【解析】以侄子的方式。Now and then 时不时地;more or less 或多或少。

49Adrag            Brest                Clay                 Dstep

【答案】B【解析】让脚休息。drag 拖;lay搁置;step 踏步。

50Aashamed     Bangry            Cworried         Ddoubtful


51Aabout          Bto                  Cat                   Dacross

【答案】A【解析】look about 向四周看

52Ayoung ladies                           Bnew customers    Cloving parents     Dsmall boys

【答案】D【解析】由上一句话的a little boy in a grey suit得知答案。

53Afigure          Bactor           Cman              Ddoll

【答案】A【解析】侄子装扮成一个人。figure  人物

54Aon time       Bat once          Cjust now       Donce again

【答案】B【解析】立即认出来。at once 立即。

55Apoliceman Bspaceman     Ccaveman      Dpostman

【答案】C【解析】由前文caveman’s axe 可知答案。


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