I was waiting for a phone call from my agent. He had left a message the night before, telling me that my show was to be cancelled. I called him several times, but each time his secretary told me that he was in a meeting and that he would call me later. So I waited and waited, but there was still no call. Three hours passing by, I became more and more impatient. I was certain that my agent didn’t care about my work, and he didn’t care about me. I was overcome with that thought. I started to shout at the phone, “Let me wait, will you? Who do you think you are?”
At that time I didn’t realize my wife was looking on. Without showing her surprise, she rushed in, seized the phone, tore off the wires, and shouted at the phone, “Yeah! Who do you think you are? Bad telephone! Bad telephone!” And she swept it into the wastebasket.
I stood watching her, speechless. What on earth...?
She stepped to the doorway and shouted at the rest of the house, “Now hear this! All objects in this room-- if you do anything to upset my husband , out you go!”
Then she turned to me, kissed me, and said calmly, “Honey, you just have to learn how to take control.” With that, she left the room.
After watching a crazy woman rushing in and out, shouting at everything in sight, I noticed that something in my mood（情绪）had changed. I was laughing. How could I have trouble with that phone? Her antics helped me realize I had been driven crazy by small things. Twenty minutes later my agent did call. I was able to listen to him and talk to him calmly.
1.Why did the author shout at the telephone?
A. He was mad at the telephone.
B. He was angry with his agent.
C. He was anxious about his wife.
D. He was impatient with the secretary.
2.What made the author laugh?
A. His own behavior.
B. His wife’s suggestion.
C. His changeable feelings.
D. His wife’s sweet kiss.
3.What does the underlined word “antics” refer to?
A. Smart words.
B. Unusual actions.
C. Surprising looks.
D. Anxious feelings.
Something in chocolate could be used to stop coughs and lead to more effective medicines, say UK researchers.
Their study found that theobromine, found in cocoa, was nearly a third more effective in stopping coughs than codeine, which was considered the best cough medicine at present.
The Imperial College London researchers who published their results online said the discovery could lead to more effective cough treatment. “While coughing is not necessarily harmful, it can have a major effect on the quality of life, and this discovery could be a huge step forward in treating this problem,” said Professor Peter Barnes.
Ten healthy volunteers were given theobromine, codeine or placebo, a pill that contains no medicine, during the experiment. Neither the volunteers nor the researchers knew who received which pill. The researchers then measured levels of capsaicin, which is used in research to cause coughing and as a sign of how well the medicine is stopping coughs.
The team found that, when the volunteers were given theobromine, the capsaicin needed to produce a cough was around a third higher than in the placebo group. When they were given codeine they need only slightly higher levels of capsaicin to cause a cough compared with the placebo.
The researchers said that theobromine worked by keeping down a nerve activity (神经活动), which causes coughing. They also found that unlike some standard cough treatments, theobromine caused no side effects such as sleepiness.
1.According to Professor Barnes, theobromine ______.
A. cannot be as effective as codeine
B. can be harmful to people’s health
C. cannot be separated from chocolate
D. can be a more effective cure for coughs
2.We learn from the text that volunteers in the experiment _______.
A. were patients with bad coughs
B. were divided into three groups
C. received standard treatments
D. suffered little side effects
3.Which of the following would be the best title for the text?
A. Codeine: A New Medicine
B. Chocolate May Cure Coughs
C. Cough Treatment: A Hard Case
D. Theobromine Can Cause Coughs
We were on the way from Hutchinson to Chicago for a short spring break. For many years I had wanted to take my family on the train. We all had been to Chicago four years ago, and the kids loved it. Chicago is one of my favorite cities, too, so the thought struck me again last fall to ride the train to Chicago. Of course, flying would have been faster. But I don’t think flying is easier, especially these days, with all the security and waiting in lines at airports.
Though we were tired in the middle of the night, the kids got on the train with the exhilaration of this adventure. “We’re moving,” my son William shouted happily with big eyes as the train began to pull away from the Hutchinson station.
I removed my shoes and lay down to try to finish my night’s sleep. The sleeper car would have better enabled that, but the ordinary train seats were not too bad. An airline flight is a harder experience for me: not enough room, two hours of pain with my knees almost touching my mouth. On the train I could almost outstretch all of my 6-foot-2-plus body in the generous legroom.
The journey didn’t feel at all as long as it was. We all found the train ride a joy. The car ride would have felt every minute of 13 hours. But on the train you are free to walk around, sit in the observation carriage for a while and enjoy the scenery out the windows, have a nice meal in the dining car, read a book, or play a board game.
In short, the train is all about enjoying the trip, which isn’t something I do so much when traveling by airline or by car, when the trip seems more of a mission (任务) to get there than an experience to enjoy along the way.
Chicago offers much to do for a family. This time, getting there was half the fun.
1.We can learn from the first paragraph that _____.
A. the kids love the train journey
B. it was the first time that the kids were taken on the train
C. the author didn’t enjoy the long train journey
D. Chicago is one of the kid’s favorite cities
2.What does the underlined word “exhilaration” in Paragraph 2 probably mean?
A. Tiredness. B. Relaxation.
C. Excitement. D. Worry.
3.In the third paragraph, an airline flight experience is mentioned to show _____.
A. a train ride is more comfortable
B. a train ride is too long
C. an airline flight is miserable
D. an airline flight is easier
4.Which of the following words best describes the whole family’s feeling about the train journey?
A. Moved. B. Nervous.
C. Disappointed. D. Delighted.
Tricks to Learn from Super Sleepers
Do you want to sleep soundly each night and wake up energized the next day?
Morning fitness class（健身班） or gym time before work? Go ahead, give it a try. 1.________ While experts aren’t exactly sure why, it could have something to do with morning exercise’s ability to help regulate the secretion(分泌物) of certain hormones（荷尔蒙） involved in blood pressure management, which may lead to better sleep.
Eat light at night.
Desiring a midnight snack? If your stomach starts rumbling(发出咕噜声) before bed, try reaching for good-for-you foods that actually promote sleep, like walnuts, tart cherries, or Greek yogurt instead. 2._________ Eating too much of anything within a few hours of going to bed could suppress(抑制) your body’s ability to produce sleep-promoting melatonin.
Power down at night.
Smart phones, tablets, and laptops let you do everything from shopping to watching movies to working in bed. What they don’t let you do? Fall asleep. 3._________ . In addition to reducing your blue light exposure, you’ll probably feel less stressed, which in itself can help you sleep better.
Keep their rooms cool
4._________ But being too warm can make it harder to have quality sleep, say experts at the National Sleep Foundation. Instead, they recommend keeping your bedroom at around 20℃,which research suggests is the most suitable temperature for great sleep.
Consistency（一致性） is key to healthy sleep. Though for some it’s usual to stay up late, then get up early for work and sleep late on the weekends, doing so can cause damage to your body’s internal clock. Over time, that can make it harder to fall asleep, not to mention making it more unpleasant to wake up in the morning.
A. The idea of a comfortable bedroom and piles of soft, fuzzy（毛茸茸的）blankets is very appealing.
B. Find ways to deal with stress.
C. Go to bed at the same time every night.
D. However, try not to overeat even it is the healthy food.
E. You don’t have to give up alcohol altogether in the name of better sleep.
F. Exercising in the morning could lead to better sleep than afternoon or evening sweat sessions.
G. Put your devices away at night—ideally, two to three hours before you plan to go to sleep.
Once upon, there were two traveling angels(天使) who stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was impolite and _________ to let the angels stay in the guest room. Instead, the angels were given a space in the _________ underground room. As they _________ their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the _________ and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel _________ , "Things aren't always what they seem."
The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very _________ , but very kind farmer and his wife. _________ sharing the little food they had, the couple let the angels sleep in their bed _________ they could have a good night's rest. When the sun came up the next morning, the angels found the farmer and his wife in _________ . Their only cow, whose milk had been their only income, lay _________ in the field.
The younger angel was very angry and asked the older angel, "How could this_________ ? Why did you not watch out for the cow? The first man had _________, yet you watched over his house," she accused. "The second family had little but was_________ to share everything, and you did not help.".
"Things aren't always what they seem," the older angel replied. "When we _________ in the underground room, I noticed there was gold _________ in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so greedy and unwilling to _________ his good fortune, I asked God if I could_________ the wall so he couldn't find it. Then last night as we slept in the farmer's bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I asked God if the angel could take the cow _________ . You see, things aren't always what they seem. "
Sometimes this is exactly what happens when things don’t _________ the way they should. You need to _________ that every outcome is always to your advantage. You might not know it /until sometime later.
1.A. decided B. preferred C. agreed D. refused
2.A. cool B. cold C. warm D. comfortable
3.A. made B. set C. fixed D. decorated
4.A. ground B. ceiling C. wall D. window
5.A. cried B. spoke C. sang D. replied
6.A. rich B. poor C. lucky D. fortunate
7.A. Before B. Since C. After D. When
8.A. where B. what C. why D. which
9.A. sweat B. tears C. power D. danger
10.A. happy B. disappointed C. alive D. dead
11.A. appear B. happen C. run D. operate
12.A. something B. nothing C. none D. everything
13.A. willing B. unhappy C. exciting D. surprising
14.A. parked B. camped C. stayed D. remained
15.A. stored B. stolen C. robbed D. picked
16.A. divide B. show C. share D. separate
17.A. damage B. erase C. ruin D. seal（封上）
18.A. instead B. beyond C. away D. aside
19.A. turn in B. turn out C. turn to D. turn off
20.A. hope B. wish C. trust D. suppose
It is 5:45 am and the sun is just rising over Gombe National Park in East Africa. Following Jane’s way of studying chimps, our group are all going to visit them in the forest. Jane has studied these families of chimps for many years and helped people understand how much they behave like humans. Watching a family of chimps is our first activity of the day. This means 1. (回到)the place where we left the family sleeping in a tree the night before. Everybody sits and waits 2. (在…荫凉下)the trees while the family begins to wake up and 3. (离开). Then we follow as they 4. (漫步走进)the forest. Most of the time, chimps either feed or clean each other as a way of showing love in their family. Jane warns us that our group is going to be very tired and dirty by the afternoon and she is right. However, the evening 5. (让一切变得值得). We watch the mother chimp and her babies play in the tree. Then we see them go to sleep together in their nest for the night. We realize that the bond between members of a chimp family is as strong as in a human family.
Born in 1930,Yuan Longping 6. (毕业于) Southwest Agricultural College in 1953. 7. (自从那时), finding ways to grow more rice has been his life goal. As a young man, he saw the great need for increasing the rice output. At that time, hunger was a disturbing problem in many parts of the countryside. Yuan Longping 8. (寻找) a way to increase rice harvests without expanding the area of the fields. In 1950, Chinese farmers could produce about fifty-six million tons of rice. In a recent harvest, however, nearly two hundred million tons of rice was produced. These increased harvests mean that 22% of the world’s people are fed from just 7% of the farmland in the world. Yuan Longping is now circulating his knowledge in India, Vietnam and many other less developed countries to increase their rice harvests. 9. (多亏) his research, the UN has more tools in the battle to 10. (使世界消除饥饿). Using his hybrid rice, farmers are producing harvests twice before.
He is the man who for many people has been a role model. Now There is a special day when you can express your thanks and let him know 1. important he is to you. Father’s Day 2. (fall) on the third Sunday of June. The idea of Father’s Day came from 3. American woman called Sonora Smart Dodd in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day 4. (honor) her father. He raised six children by 5. after his wife died. Dodd thought there needed to be a day to honor loving dads.
The first Father’s Day 6. (celebrate) on June 19, 1910. In 1924, US President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a 7. (nation) Father’s Day. Finally, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared the third Sunday of June 8. Father’s Day.
Here are some ways to show your love and respect:
Send him a greeting card. Fathers prefer cards 9. are not too emotional（表现强烈情感的）. So choose one that will make him laugh. If he has a computer, cover his desktop（桌面） 10. words like “I love you Dad”. A small present, such as a framed photo of your family, can make him feel like a king.
It has been three years since I start learning English. At first I found its quite difficult. I couldn’t pronounce words well, spell correct and remember the rules of grammar. With the help of my teacher, I have made a great progress. Now I am getting well with my English. Three years’ study have taught me that one cannot learn English well with hard work. We must do more listening and speaking both in and out of class. We must also do more reading or writing as well. What is known to all, “Practice makes perfect.” That’s the most important thing. Besides, we should also practice use it as much as possible.
姓 名：Marie Curie (Madame Curie)
出 生 地：波兰一个知识分子家庭