One day last year, four children were waiting for their school bus on a street corner. It was dirty. There were old bottles, parts of old bikes, and 1 soda cans everywhere. The trees were brown and had no leaves, and there were not any flowers at all. It was ugly.
One Friday, one of the children looked at the corner and decided to do 2 about it. The next Monday, she bought a bag and 3 old bottles. On Tuesday, she spent another ten minutes picking up parts of old bikes, while her best friends picked up soda cans and put them in a different bag for recycling. On Wednesday, all the children 4 in the work. The corner soon became clean.
The corner looked better but it was 5 ugly. So the next day the girl brought some flowers seeds. She planted the seeds, watered them, and then watered the trees, too. She did that ten minutes a day but that was enough.
A few months later, this corner became a beautiful 6 with pretty flowers and healthy trees.
It only took ten minutes a day. Do you have ten minutes a day to help your city?
1 ． A ． full B ． empty C ． cheap D ． expensive
2 ． A ． nothing B ． anything C ． something D ． everything
3 ． A ． gave B ． offered C ． bought D ． collected
4 ． A ． put B ． joined C ． fought D ． agreed
5 ． A ． so B ． yet C ． even D ． still
6 ． A ． city B ． neighbourhood C ． garden D ． street
We always celebrated Dad’s birthday on Thanksgiving Day, even after he entered a nursing home. When we knew it might be his last birthday, the whole family decided to come together for a huge birthday celebration at the nursing home.
Dad was a good storyteller. But this time I told Dad that it was now his turn to listen to some stories for a change. One after another, people told old stories from their hearts, while Dad listened with tears in eyes. People recalled kinds of stories-stories about when they were little, stories about when Dad was young, and stories that shared family treasures.
Everyone seemed to have more than one story. Even the little grandchildren couldn’t wait to tell Dad why they loved him. For a man who had been kind to so many hundreds of people in his life, here was a chance to tell him how much we love him. A few months later, at Dad’s memorial service, we more fully realized what we had given to Dad that night. Those are the stories people normally tell at a funeral( 葬礼 )after a loved one is no longer alive to hear his life, and we had told them through laughter, together with hugs and joy. He had them to hold and enjoyed them from time to time in his mind during his last days and months.
That’s the way to give back love and that’s our chance to celebrate to a person in his or her life.
1 ． The whole family decided to have a huge birthday celebration because ________
A ． Dad was to leave the hospital. B ． It might be Dad’s last birthday.
C ． They would celebrate Thanksgiving Day. D ． Dad was at the nursing home.
2 ． They celebrated Dad’s birthday by ________.
A ． listening to Dad about his story. B ． singing and dancing at the party.
C ． telling stories about Dad from hearts. D ． sharing family presents with Dad.
3 ． The writer fully realized what they had given to his father that night ________.
A ． when Dad was still alive B ． at Dad’s memorial service
C ． from time to time in his life D ． after Dad entered a nursing home
4 ． Father enjoyed the memories of love and held them in his last days, didn’t he?
A ． Yes, he did. B ． No, he didn’t C ． Yes, he didn’t D ． No, he did.
5 ． We can learn from the passage that ________
A ． We can tell stories to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.
B ． We should show our love to those people we love in his or her life.
C ． We should tell our love to those people we love when they are dying.
D ． We should give back love to those people we love after their death.
On May 11, heavy hail( 冰雹 )came down to an Australian beach. It turned the beach into a sea of white.
It made for an unusual sight and got us wondering, “what causes hail?”
Hail is a type of water in the atmosphere( 大气 ). A piece of hail is called a hailstone. A hailstone begins as a small water drop or a round snowflake in a cloud. The drop grows by collecting many cloud drops. When it is down by a strong wind inside the cloud, the little drop meets with some very cold water drops. These supercooled ( 过冷的 ) drops are still liquid water, even though the temperature is below freezing. When the little drop and these very cold drops merge( 融化 ), the little drop has now become a hailstone.
The little hailstone is thrown up inside the cloud, still collecting other cold drops. The hailstone gets bigger and bigger until it goes to the top of the cloud. Then, because there is no more wind, it falls back down through the cloud. While it is falling, it can hit the earth at a speed of up to 144 kilometers per hour. So it is very dangerous to people, animals, buildings and many other things on the ground.
In Australia, hail can occur( 发生 )at any time of the year. But large hail often happens during spring and early summer.
1 ． When did the hail mentioned in paragraph 1 happen in Australia?
2 ． What helps the little water drop meet with some extremely cold water drops?
3 ． Are the supercooled drops liquid water or solid water?
4 ． What does the little hailstone collect while it is thrown up inside the cloud?
5 ． If hailstones fall down at the speed of 144 kph, are they very dangerous? Why?
I am going to visit ________ European country with my parents this summer.
A ． a B ． an C ． the D ． /
Tom’s father works ________ an architect in London.
A ． as B ． for C ． at D ． like
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