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It was a Saturday morning, a day I believed would end in victory. For weeks, I had been preparing for the match at the county fairgrounds, sponsored(赞助) by our local riding club. My horse, Tonka, and I could run faster than any kid in the county, and I hoped to bring home a blue ribbon.
My mother usually drove me to the riding events, but on this day, my father planned to drop us off at the fairgrounds with the horse trailer(马车) .
Although we never discussed it, my father’s struggle with alcoholism had become the silent center of our family life. My mother was paralyzed with fear and indecision. Her salary as a part-time nurse couldn’t possibly support four children. No one talked about alcoholism in those days, and it was my family secret.
We climbed on the trailer and my father pulled out of our driveway and headed toward the fairgrounds, picking up speed once we hit the main road. It wasn’t until we felt a big bump that I realized the trailer was out of control. The dream of my riding winner disappeared. Tonka lay on the floor, completely still. No words were possible. I knew he was dead.
Suddenly a man appeared. “Are you all right?” he asked. “Yes.” I answered, although I knew that nothing was all right. “Sit here on the grass,” he said. He bent down to look into the trailer. Tonka remained still. He touched Tonka and then turned to face me. ‘‘He is going to be OK. He has just been knocked unconscious.” He rubbed Tonka’s cheeks and gently pulling his ears. Tonka rose to his feet.
Our father was talking to a police officer. He was upset and in pain and took little notice of me. I looked back; the man was gone.
I never forgot him. He gave me strength and a sense of hope in a dark and frightening moment.
1. The writer went to the fairgrounds because he wanted to ___________.
A. take part in a horse racing B. buy Mum a blue ribbon
C. join the local riding club D. train his horse there
2. We can learn from the third paragraph that ___________.
A. the family kept silent at home B. the family lived a secret life
C. Father was addicted to alcohol D. Mum was physically disabled
3. What does “he’’ in the fourth paragraph refer to?
A. Father. B. The stranger.
C. The horse. D. The winner.
4. What does the author want to tell the readers through the story?
A. Once formed, bad habits are difficult to break.
B. Unexpected kindness is a light that shines in the darkness.
C. However mean your life is, meet it and live it.
D. Family is a place of encouragement, a safe harbor in the storms.
Dining in a completely dark room, unaware what’s on your plate while sitting next to a complete stranger may not sound like an ideal restaurant experience but it’s certainly an intriguing way to spend a rainy night in London.
Dans le Noir, close to London’s financial district, is a restaurant full of blind waiters and waitresses who become your eyes around the restaurant, whose original Paris branch opened in 2004.
In the bar with the light, you choose whether you want the fish, meat or vegetable, but the dishes themselves remain a secret, as do the ingredients of the “surprise” cocktails. Bags, coats and devices(设备) that light up, including watches and mobile phones, are kept in the bar. Placing your hand on the shoulder of your guide, you are led to a table in a black dining room that sets up to 60 people. And it is dark.
The waiters tell you when the food is being placed down in front of you, then the fun begins, trying to get food into your mouth, then identifying just what it is that’s on your plate, and finally whether you have missed any of it.
It’s also a great chance to break social convention and eat using your fingers. Those same fingers are also the only way you can tell how much wine you’re pouring into your glass.
The happy atmosphere in the dining room also made the night memorable. You can’t really avoid talking to the person next to you at the long tables and guessing what the dishes are certainly provides adequate fuel for the conversations.
All will be revealed at the end of the meal when you are led back out into the lit bar. Not only do you finally get to see what you’ve just been eating but also who you’ve been talking to for the last 90 minutes.
5. What does the underlined word “intriguing.” in the first paragraph mean?
A. Terrible. B. Interesting. C. Expensive. D. New.
6. According to the text, “Dans le Noir” __________.
A. is far from London’s financial district
B. has its first branch opened in Britain
C. is very popular among blind customers
D. has a dining room which can seat up to 60 people
7. We know from the text that the customers in “Dans le Noir” _________.
A. are forbidden to eat with their fingers
B. can talk to the strangers at table
C. will look at the menu in a dark bar
D. can take their mobile phones into the dining room
8. What’s the main purpose of the text?
A. To help blind people find a job in restaurants.
B. To show how to open a restaurant with a new idea.
C. To show how to enjoy the time in a dark restaurant.
D. To introduce and attract customers to “Dans le Noir”.
Which tablet computer should YOU be buying: They are this year’s must have ... and there’s a style to suit everyone.
Best for young children
LeapPad Explorer 2, ￡68?
Aimed at children between three and nine (though a nine-year -old might find it a little simple), it comes in pink or blue and with five built-in education games (you can buy more). Besides, the LeapPad does not allow access to the internet — so it is impossible for your child to stumble across anything inappropriate.
Pros: The education games are well- designed, the built-in video camera is a fun way to play at being a film director.
Cons: Some of the games are shockingly expensive. And the power adaptor is not included.
Best for teenagers
iPad 4th generation, ￡399-￡659?
The iPad is still the market leader, and for good reason. If the teenager in your house enjoys playing computer games, the latest offering from Apple is the one to choose.
Pros: No other tablet can compete with the near one million ‘apps’ (the name Apple created for specially-designed downloadable programs) available for the iPad.?Simple to use, even for those who usually struggle with technology.
Cons: Considerably more expensive than most competitors.?
Best for working parents
Microsoft Surface, ￡399-￡559
Tablets are brilliant for leisure — but what if you want to do a bit of work? No tablet can yet compete with?a full-size laptop computer, but?this is the only tablet?that allows you to use Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint (they are all pre-installed and included in the price) and you?can buy a pretty lovely mini-keyboard for typing letters and emails, which also doubles up as the cover.
Pros: The Surface is good for watching movies — a bonus when stuck in the airport on a business trip — and surfing the internet.
Cons: The keyboard is an expensive add-on — costing up to ￡109. It might be cheaper to buy a laptop (though a tablet is much smaller and lighter).
Best for bookworms
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, ￡109
Nearly all tablets let you download books. It's a great way to take a mountainous pile of hardbacks on holiday without stuffing your suitcase.?
But most tablets have a shiny screen — which can be very distracting (分心) when you're trying to read. The Paperwhite is different: its matt screen and crisp black lettering imitate the look of words on paper brilliantly. And yet you can still read the words in the dark.
Pros: Easy on the eye, excellent battery life, 180,000 free books (if you subscribe to the Amazon Prime customer loyalty service) plus hundreds of thousands more to buy.
Cons: No TV, films, games, internet or camera.?
9.?The underlined phrase “stumble across” most probably means “_________”.
A. quarrel with B. compare with C. meet with D. compete with
10. Which of the following about Surface is TRUE?
A. The keyboard can serve as a cover. B. You have to pay extra to install Microsoft Word.
C. The keyboard will not add to the cost. D. You cannot watch movies or surf the internet with it.
11. If you are a game lover, which tablet is least likely to be your choice?
A. LeapPad Explorer 2. B. iPad 4th generation.
C. Microsoft Surface. D. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.
These days, it seems that almost all of us are too serious. My older daughter often says to me, “Daddy, you’ve got that serious look again.” Even those of us who are committed to non-seriousness are probably too serious. People are frustrated and anxious about almost everything—being five minutes late, witnessing someone look at us wrong or say the wrong thing, paying bills, waiting in line, overcooking a meal, making an honest mistake -- you name it, and we all lose perspective（理性判断）over it.
The root of being anxious is our unwillingness to accept life as being different, in any way, from our expectation. Very simply, we want things to be a certain way but they’re not a certain way. Life is simply as it is. Perhaps Benjamin Franklin said it best: “Our limited perspective, our hopes and fears become our measure of life, and when circumstances don’t fit our ideas, they become our difficulties.” We spend our lives wanting things, people, and events to be just as we want them to be—and when they’re not, we fight and we suffer.
The first step in recovering from over-seriousness is to admit that you have a problem. You have to want to change, to become more easygoing. You have to see that your own anxiety is largely of your own creation—it’s made up of the way you have set up your life and the way you react to it.
The next step is to understand the link between your expectations and your frustration level. Whenever you expect something to be a certain way and it isn’t, you’r
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