I was in the eighth grade and about to take a science test. Since the first grade I had always been good at school. I always did well on tests. When it came to the eighth grade science, however, I couldn’t seem 1 it no matter how hard I tried. I was 2 .

My parents had always been so proud of my grades, and I didn’t want to let them down. So just before the test, I had written several notes from the textbook on my desk 3 pencil. The writing was so light that it could hardly be seen. I sat nervously as the teacher started to hand out the test paper. I didn’t want to get caught, but I didn’t want to fail 4 .

Suddenly the fire alarm went off. We all 5 the door. As I stood outside in the warm sunshine, I realized what 6 fool I was. I knew my parents would still love me 7 my grades were. As soon as we came into the classroom, I walked to my desk and wiped (擦除) the notes away. I was given a second chance and I wasn’t going to waste it. I took the test and felt 8 , I don’t remember what my grade was, but what happened that day has stayed in my heart and mind ever since.

Life is full of second chances, but you have to be willing to take them. You have to be willing to accept your 9 and grow from them. Every day when you wake up, you are given a second chance in life. Cherish it! And use it 1 0 .

1 A to enjoy B to understand C to practice D to prepare

2 A angry B calm C surprised D worried

3 A in B by C with D on

4 A too B either C neither D also

5 A looked out B walked out C climbed out D rushed out

6 A a B an C / D the

7 A however B whoever C whatever D wherever

8 A strange B awful C smart D peaceful

9 A decisions B mistakes C suggestions D excuses

1 0 A wisely B quickly C carefully D easily


1 B

2 D

3 A

4 B

5 D

6 A

7 C

8 D

9 B

1 0 A



1. 句意:然而,当涉及到八年级的科学时,无论我怎么努力,我似乎都无法理解它。

to enjoy 喜欢; to understand 理解; to practice 练习; to prepare 准备;根据 “no matter how hard I tried” 及句意可知,无论怎么努力都不能理解,故选 B

2. 句意:我很担心。

angry 生气的; calm 镇定的; surprised 惊讶的; worried 担心的;根据 “When it came to the eighth grade science, however, I couldn’t seem...it no matter how hard I tried.” 可知,对于自己在学习方面的问题,作者感到很担心,故选 D

3. 句意:所以就在考试前,我用铅笔在我的桌子上写了几篇课本上的笔记。

in …… 某种材料,名词前常不带冠词; by 通过; with …… 某种工具,名词前常带有冠词; on …… 上;根据空格后的 “pencil” 可知,此处应用介词 in ,表示 用铅笔 ,故选 A

4. 句意:我不想被抓住,但我也不想不及格。

too 也,用于肯定句句末; either 也,用于否定句句末; neither 两者都不; also 也,用于肯定句句中;句子是否定句,应用 either 表示,故选 B

5. 句意:我们都冲出了教室。

looked out 当心; walked out 走出; climbed out 爬出; rushed out 冲出;根据 “Suddenly the fire alarm went off.” 可知,对于紧急情况应该是冲出教室,故选 D

6. 句意:当我站在外面温暖的阳光下时,我意识到我是一个多么愚蠢的人。

a 一个,不定冠词,修饰辅音音素开头的单词; an 一个,不定冠词,修饰元音音素开头的单词; / 零冠词; the 定冠词,表示特指;空处修饰单数名词 fool ,表达的是 一个 ,应用不定冠词, fool 是辅音音素开头的单词,应用 a 修饰,故选 A

7. 句意:我知道无论我的成绩如何,父母都会爱我的。

however 无论怎样; whoever 无论谁; whatever 无论什么; wherever 无论哪里;根据 “my grades were” 及句意可知,此处表达的是 无论成绩是什么样 ,父母都会爱我,故选 C

8. 句意:我参加了考试,感觉很平静。

strange 奇怪的; awful 可怕的; smart 聪明的; peaceful 平静的;根据 “I was given a second chance and I wasn’t going to waste it.” 可知,作者想明白了之后,内心是平静的,故选 D

9. 句意:你必须愿意接受错误并从中成长。

decisions 决定; mistakes 错误; suggestions 建议; excuses 理由;根据 “Life is full of second chances, but you have to be willing to take them....grow from them” 可知,是从错误中得到成长,故选 B

10. 句意:并且明智地使用它。

wisely 明智地; quickly 快速地; carefully 仔细地; easily 容易地;根据 “Cherish it!” 可知,是要明智地正确地使用,故选 A



It’s always challenging to face fear. Here are some ways to help you overcome(克服)it.


As we know, breathing can help us relax. If you purposely breathe out longer than you breathe in, your body will calm down. If you start to feel fearful, try this. Take a breath in (to a count of 7 in your mind), and then slowly breathe out (to a count of 11 in your mind). To your surprise, if you do this for a minute or so, you’ll calm down quickly. We call this "7/11 breathing".

Using a different part of your brain

When we feel fearful, it’s harder to think clearly. But if we force ourselves to use the part of thinking brain, this will help to calm us down. The easiest way to do this is with numbers. You can set your own fear from l to 10, 10 being the worst state and 1 being the most relaxed state. When you’re feeling fearful, ask yourself; “Okay, what grade do I get right now? 7 or 5?” Just doing this will reduce fear because it starts the thinking brain. Once I gave a speech to three hundred people and I felt fearful. So I graded myself at 6, and waited for myself to go down to 3 before starting. I took control.

Getting control of your imagination

Imagine seeing yourself in the situation you were scared, but see yourself being calm and things going well. Doing this starts to recondition your mind to more calmly face the coming events which were causing fear.

It seems that overcoming fear is always the first step to finish all you need to do and it will help you devote yourself to what you really want to be and to do. It takes efforts, but it’s worth your try.

59 to overcome fear


It’s challenging to face fear in your life.



    To calm down, you can breathe out 60 than you breathe in.

    You’ll be 61 that you’ve calmed down very quickly if you take 7/11 breathing.

Using a different part of your brain

    You can set ten 62 for your own fear with numbers.

    Grading your state of mind helps 63 the thinking brain and make you 64 fearful.

Getting control of your imagination

    Imagine you’re in a bad 65 but you feel calm and things go well.

    It can help you feel 66 to face the coming events.


    To finish all you need to do, you must overcome fear 67

    It’s worth 68 though it takes efforts.


Run for Class President

Two months ago, when our class election(选举) started, I decided to run for class president. I enjoyed speaking in public and got along well with people, so I felt it easy to win. But I was     13   that people would feel bad for me if I lost.

I was busy preparing in the following week. My plan wasn’t to make promises to do things I couldn’t    14    but to show my class why I wanted to be president. I put up my posters in hallways and in the classroom. I also spent three hours writing my speech, saying that I was the one they could turn to whenever they had a problem. Since I was     15   prepared, I felt that my chances of winning were strong.

However, when I gave my speech on Election Day, the response (反应) wasn’t what I had    16   . Few people actually listened. When it was my opponent’s (对手的)turn, everyone was screaming his name. His speech was short, but all to the point. By then, I realized I should have made mine shorter and clearer.

It was obvious who would     17   . For the rest of the day, I felt like it was over. I wanted to just go home and cry, but I made it through.

My    18    was right: I didn’t win.

The next day, people were still talking about the election. I just pretended (假装) not to hear. But later, things got better. People     19   about the election and talked to me just as they did before.

I don’t regret putting time and energy into the election because I’ve learned that things aren’t always going the way I expect. And moments of failure like this build    20    —since then I’ve learned to face disappointment and grown stronger.

13Abored              Bafraid                     Cexcited                   Dhopeful

14Acompare          Bremember               Cmanage                  Drepeat

15Afully               Bquickly                   Cfreshly                   Dphysically

16Afeared             Bfaced                      Cmentioned              Dpictured

17Ainsist              Breturn                     Cwait                       Dwin

18Asuggestion       Bprediction               Cdirection                Dintroduction

19Aforgot             Bwrote                     Ccared                     Ddiscussed

20Atrust               Bpride                      Ccharacter                Dsupport


Blue Lightning

Sally loved cars more than anything else. This spring she thought of building a go-kart to enter for the Go-Go Race. So she asked her dad for help.

“Well,” he said. “How about this: you do some research first and then come back to me with a design.”

A week later, Sally brought her notes and drawings to Dad. She named her go-kart “Blue Lightning”. Dad looked over her work, thinking. “Well, that’s interesting,” he said. “Have a try. Just build Blue Lightning as you’ve designed.”

Over three weekends of hard work, Sally turned her design into a real, working go-kart and painted it light blue. Dad asked her to take it for a test drive. Sally agreed.

After she did that, Sally drove back to Dad. “Well,” she said. “Now I know why you wanted me to have a test drive.”

“Oh, do you?” he said. “Please share.”

“When I drove fast, there was a lot of pushback,” she said. “I think it’s because of the lightning bolt (闪电) shape.”

“Very good!” Dad said. 

“So, why didn’t you tell me about that problem in the first place?” Sally asked.

Dad laughed. “Where’s the fun in that? If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. But if you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.”

Sally said, “I see. Anyway, designing is half the fun !”

Dad smiled. “Good. Sometimes, learning happens during the process. We learn how to do something right by doing it a few times first and making mistakes along the way.”

That encouraged Sally and she worked even harder. When she showed Dad her new go-kart, he nodded with pride.

Finally came the race. Sally wasn’t worried about whether she would win—in her mind, she had already won, by building something better than ever before.

24Sally thought of building a go-kart to     .

Apractice driving                                         Benter for a race

Cplay with friends                                        Ddo some research

25What did Sally’s dad ask her to do after she built the go-kart?

ATo have a test drive.                                   BTo take a good rest.

CTo give it a cool name.                               DTo paint it light blue.

26Sally’s story mainly tells us that     .

Awinning a race is important

Bfishing brings us a lot of fun

Cdriving experience is necessary

Dlearning happens during the process


    Sometimes it seems that time is flying. Perhaps it doesn’t need to feel this way. Our experience of time can be possibly changed. By understanding the psychological (心理学的) processes behind our different experiences of time, we might be able to slow down time a little.

One basic law of psychological time is that time seems to slow down when we’re exposed(接触) to new environments and experiences. The law is caused by the relationship between our experience of time and the amount of information our minds process. The more information our minds take in, the slower time seems to pass.

It follows, then, that we have different experiences of time in different situations. In some situations, our life is full of new experiences. Our minds process a lot of information and time seems to slow down. In other situations, we have fewer new experiences and the world around us becomes more and more familiar(熟悉的). We become insensitive to our experience, which means we process less information, and time seems to speed up.

How can we slow down time? Here are two suggestions.

Firstly, since we know that familiarity makes time pass faster, we can expose ourselves to as many new experiences as possible. We can give ourselves new challenges, meet new people, and expose our minds to new information, hobbies and skills. This will increase the amount of information our minds process and expand (增加) our experience of time.

Secondly, and perhaps most effectively, we can give our whole attention to an experience-to what we are seeing, feeling, tasting, smelling or hearing. This means living through our senses rather than through our thoughts. For example, on the way home, focus your attention outside of yourself, instead of thinking about the problems you have to deal with. Look at the sky, or at the buildings you pass, traveling among them. This open attitude to your experiences helps take in more information and also has a time-expanding effect.

To a certain degree, we can understand and control our experience of time passing. It’s possible for us to slow down time by expanding our experience of time.

27According to the writer, we can expand our experience of time by     .

Agoing to bed on time                                  Btraveling to new places

Chaving dinner as usual                                Dprinting the same materials

28What can we learn from the passage?

ABeing familiar with the world around helps us get more information.

BUnderstanding psychological time makes life pass more quickly.

CWe can take in more information by living through our senses.

DWe should build a stronger relationship between time and us.

29Which of the following would be the best title for the passage?

ASlow Down Time                                      BOnly Time Will Tell

CRace Against Time                                     DTime Will Not Come Twice


   A group of boys stood around a tree. “What a tall tree!” they said to each other, “It would be    16    to climb to the top!”

The group of boys then decided to play a game to    17    who could climb to the top of the tree first. Their mothers were sitting not far away, looking on at their    18    as they played.

One of the climbers was an 8-year-old boy named David. He was the shortest child in the group.    19    thought he would win.

Then the game started. All of the boys tried their best to climb as high as they could. Although the other boys climbed faster than David in the beginning, he    20    the top of the tree fastest in the end.

His mother was    21   . She asked him, “David, how did you reach the top of the tree so    22   ?”

“It was easy,” David said, “The other children    23    looking down as they climbed. When they realized how high they were, they were afraid of    24   . I, however, looked only up. When I saw how close I was, I kept going higher and higher,    25    I reached the top.”

It is true in life that if we just keep going forward without looking back, we are more likely to reach our goals.

16Aboring                        Bexciting                             Cdangerous

17Abelieve                       Bthink                                 Csee

18Astudents                      Bchildren                             Cteachers

19ANobody                      BSomebody                         CEverybody

20Agot up                        Bgot on                               Cgot to

21Aproud                         Bworried                             Cfrightened

22Acarefully                     Bquickly                              Cquietly

23Akept                           Bavoided                             Cpracticed

24Ataking down                Bfalling down                      Ccalming down

25Aif                               Bafter                                  Cuntil


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