This is a can't-miss family movie. After all, EVERYONE seems to like inspiring family films--especially when it's based on real people. And, not surprisingly, I had a thoroughly good time watching it--though I do recommend you see it with a box of Kleenex nearby. The film is about a young man named Michael Oher--an extremely large black teenager who has bounced from home to home in the foster care system. Currently, he's in a new school and no one realizes that he has no place to live. Yet in spite of having a crack-addicted mother, a father who was killed in prison and every other reason to be an angry powder keg, he's a very gentle and sad soul---who is also enormous and has amazing potential to play football. A nosy but very nice lady (Sandra Bullock) convinces her husband (Tim McGraw) to bring Michael home...at least for the night. But this one night turns into a permanent living situation and he becomes an important part of the family. However, despite this new living arrangement working out well, Michael is so far behind in school and his GPA so low that he hasn't a prayer to play football in college. That's because although many schools are now offering him athletic scholarships, his GPA is too low to allow him to accept these offers. So, with his new family's help, perhaps he can pull up those grades and have a future. This film is super-inspirational and sweet--mostly because it's true. I am sure that some poetic license was taken when making the film (I especially wonder if the little brother could be THIS precocious and adorable),but overall they did a good job of sticking reasonably close the facts. While I loved Sandra Bullock's performance (she's great as usual),I was a bit surprised that she received Oscar for it--I did see a few performances in other films that year that I thought were a bit better (such as the leading young lady in "Precious").Also, Tim McGraw, while a lesser role in the film, did a surprisingly good job--especially as he's really known as a country singer, not an actor. All around, a very good film and one that is meant to inspire.
Bline Side 对白难点注释 Christian
Part 1 what is blind side?investigate and song 1. lineman【橄榄球】 (锋、卫等)线上球员
3. snap使啪的一声折断；把…啪地折断：to snap a pencil in
4. Redskins- Washington Redskins：华盛顿红人队
6. running back. 跑卫是持球跑动进攻的球员，凭力量、脚步
和速度变化穿透对方防线推进是他们的工作，在某些情况下也会接传球推进。跑卫又分为半卫（Halfback,HB）和全卫（Fullback,FB） 。 在冲锋进攻时，通常是由体型壮硕的全卫在前面开路，而由半卫跟在其后持球冲锋。他们必须在接到四分卫的递球后先护住球，然后查看场上情形来寻找任何的缝隙，决定最有利的冲刺路线以躲避防守球员。而在抛传进攻时，他们则可以前冲而变成接球手，或是协助进攻内锋来保护四分卫。速度与灵敏是跑卫的主要条件。
7. trick play---迷惑对方的打法also known as a gadget play
or a gimmick play, is a play in American football that uses deception and unorthodox strategies to fool the opposing team.
8. flea flicker----trick play的一种, 用来扰乱防守的判断能
力.前华盛顿红皮人队四分卫Joe Theismann是因使用此战术而被意外的结束了橄榄球生涯, 而且其遭遇在当时
全国现场转播,他在对抗纽约巨人队的比赛里使用此战术,但没有因此能逃脱防守的袭击, 当时Joe被巨人队线卫Lawrence Taylor擒抱, Lawrence冲撞力过大,把Joe Theismann的腿撞断了.
9. Lawrence Taylor巨人队线卫, NFL的最佳防守球员 10. rookie新手
11. reverse angle交替拍摄角,就是从另一个角度，即相反的角
14. left tackle-左内边锋 15. mortgage抵押; 按揭
17. quick as a hiccup敏捷的
18. Joe Theismann前华盛顿红皮人队四分卫
20. pale--Feeble; weak:软弱的 21. crawl-慢慢地过去 22. frail脆弱的
23. armies of大群；许多 24. crest- 浪头
background,Christian duty,first lesson
1. on one's deathbed--Close to death.生命垂危
2. This figures- It seems reasonable or expected合情合理 3. mechanic技工, 机修工
4. on the crack pipe-通过玻璃管子吸食可卡因 5. Mother of God圣母玛利亚 6. paperwork书面材料
7. percentile- percentile: 百分位数。在学校中用来衡量学生
的成绩。A percentile ranking represents how well a student performs compared to other students in a nationwide norm sample for their grade. A student scoring at the 35th percentile scored as well as, or better than, 35 percent of students in the same grade in the norm group. It also means that 65 percent of the students exceeded this score.百分等级代表一名学生与其他学生相比成绩的高低。如果一名学生得分为第35级，则表示他比同年级中35%的学生们表现要好，同时其表现逊于另外65%的学生。
8. grade point average: （美国教育体制学生在某一时期内
9. pass sb along把...忽略过去; 使马虎过去 10. paint over sth.用漆[颜料]涂去(某物) 11. curriculum-课程
12. hit- To study, especially with concentrated effort刻苦学习
Part 3 volleyball,Mike‟s note,,first meeting with Mike,Father‟s death, Mike‟s not stupid,receive Mike.
1. Patrick Ramsey- Denver Broncos quarterback丹佛野马队
四分卫，曾效力 Washington Redskins
2. Martha Stewart_玛莎•斯图尔特, 全美最具影响力的女
3. Bunny Williams- 邦尼·威廉斯，美国女设计师。1988
年，Williams成立了Bunny Williams, Incorporated。1996年，她被《Interior Design》杂志收入“名人堂”。 2006年，被《House Beautiful》杂志列入“设计巨擎”的行列。
4. La-Z-Boy拉兹男孩联合公司.1927年，在美国密歇根， Edward M. Knabusch和 Edwin J. Shoemaker发明了功能沙发的雏形。1929年，表兄弟俩首次开始生产沙发躺椅，并命名为LA-Z-BOY，开启了功能沙发的先河。LA-Z-BOY成为美国家喻户晓的舒适沙发品牌，并在74届奥斯卡颁奖礼上成为茱莉亚•罗伯茨、卡梅隆•迪亚茨等众多明星大腕们的时尚新宠。"comfort，It’s what we do"，平均在美国每一家庭就拥有一张LAZ-BOY沙发,曾荣获美国媒体票选为「令美国美丽的代表物」之第五名。 5. MTV Cribs-- MTV / CMT Cribs (the name depends on which channel it airs) is a franchise reality television program on the MTV Networks' MTV and later its CMT channel that features tours of the houses and mansions of celebrities. . 音乐电视网介绍明星私生活的节目. MTV成立于1981年，为MTV电视网（MTV Networks）的营业项目之一，其资金来自于华纳音乐集团（Warner Communications）和美国运通公司（American Express）。之后由维亚康姆公司买下。在MTV中可以看到音乐录像带、年轻VJ、玩世不恭的台词、对特殊摇滚演唱会的推广、有关乐团的新闻与纪录片 6. home theatre家庭影院
7. Barcalounger--- a type of recliner made in the United States of America. It was introduced by the Barcolo Manufacturing Company of Buffalo, NY. which eventually became the Barcalounger Company. A high-end furniture maker most celebrated for its line of reclining chairs and sofas. 巴式躺椅或巴式懒人椅 8. dig-救球、起球
9. condition --To replace moisture or oils in (hair, for
example) by use of a therapeutic product.保养 10. Ole Miss-- University of Mississippi 11. point guard- .组织后卫，也作控球后卫
12. Taco Bell塔可钟连锁餐饮品牌, 目前世界上规模最大的
13. dash--A dashboard.仪表板
14. overpass [主美国英语]立体交叉桥，高架道路
15. cut -- change direction sharply突然转变方向
16. curve-成绩分布曲线：一种用来显示个人与他人比较时相对表现的图示，尤指用作给学生分等级的方法，这种分级法是建立在预先确定的学生比例之上的 17. ruffle up (鸟受惊时等)竖起羽毛 18. try out参加选拔 19. headdress头巾，头饰
20. Quesadilla[,keisə'di:jə]油炸玉米粉饼(墨西哥食品,以干酪等为馅) 21. acorn橡子
22. Where does the acorn fall?种瓜得瓜 23. a-word—指ass等脏话
24. get one‟s way用自己的方法做事 25. 俚]【粗]笨蛋；呆子 26. sectional组合式家具
27. slide apart（组合式家具的各部分）滑动解体 28. powder room：私人住室中供客人使用的盥洗室
补充Part 1 swish：空心球（入篮）
Part 4 Mike‟s gone,say grace,shopping 1. adjustor理赔员
2. say grace做谢饭祷告
3. S7 宝马七系
4. Ms Daisy- Slang One that is deemed excellent or notable.【俚语】 名流，上等品 5. snicker士力架巧克力
6. snowflake雪花, 黑人用作对白人的蔑称
7. eviction (租地、租房等)收回
西西河边 9. howl-叫喊
10. apparel衣服, 装饰
11. plastic- Marked by artificiality or superficiality;
synthetic:不自然的：肤浅的 12. atrocious糟糕的
13. Don't get your panties in a wad. -- become upset.美国俚
Part 5 dinner chat about Hurt Village, ruin a couch,contact number,aptitude,Mike‟s bed,learn sth. bumble bee
1.gravy-A sauce made by thickening and seasoning these juices.肉卤：用加浓，调味后的这种肉汁做的沙司 1. soggy-- soaked:湿透的 2. catchy易记的
3. count sb in把...计算在内, 算sb一个
4. Playbox <主英>(尤指寄宿学校儿童的)个人玩具用品箱 5. career aptitude职业能力倾向, 一个人发展技能或获取知
6. spatial relations空间关系
7. protective instinct保护本能,保护意识 8. chest of drawers五斗橱
9. night stand床头柜 10. futon蒲团：一种由分束棉絮或类似材料制成的垫子构成
的寝具，当作床垫或盖被铺在地板或凸起的框架上，源于Japanese [bedclothes, bedding] 日语 [睡衣，寝具] 11. osmosis渗透 12. combatant作战者
13. Duke of Wellington-- A national hero for defeating
Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815, Arthur Wellesley was made the first Duke of Wellington威灵顿公爵
15. rugby shirt橄榄球衬衫 16bumble bee大黄蜂 Part 6Taco Bell dinner,Meet brotherbedtime story 1. catty-corner= catercornered对角线的, 斜对面
2.Long John sillver‟s- America's largest quick-service seafood chain with over 1200 units worldwide. The name and concept were inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's book Treasure Island. Its headquarters are in Louisville, Kentucky.美国海滋客海鲜快餐连锁店。Long John是《金银岛》中的舵手高个子约翰。 3.check into调查
4.PO- Purchase Order 下订单 5.gnash-咬牙切齿 6.roar吼叫
7.Ferdinand the Bull-- 1938年奥斯卡最佳动画短片“公牛费迪南德”。片中的主人公喜欢鲜花而不是斗牛赛。 8.butt-以头抵撞
10.cork tree-栓皮树：一种黄柏属 落叶树，产于东亚，常为装饰而植，尤其是 黄蘖 。具有很深纹路的厚软木树皮
Part 7 multi-tasker，family photo,white guilt 1. fly a place-To flee or run from:逃跑 2. multi-tasker一心多用的人 3. scooch in tighter挤一挤
5. Clemson-克莱姆森大学(Clemson University) 创建于1889年,
located in upstate South Carolina
6. root against（体育比赛或遭遇困难时）不给…助威加油 7. with gusto由衷地
8. bell- A popular, attractive girl or woman, especially the
most attractive one of a group:美女 9. teeny-tiny <口>极小的, 极微的 10. Jessica Lange在《金刚》(King Kong)中出任女主角, 曾
11. King Kong《金刚》.导演率领拍摄组来到神秘的骷髅 岛拍摄电影，遭到了当地土著的袭击。安尖声惊叫，引来了传说中骷髅岛的猩猩——金刚的关注。金刚爱上了安，金刚搭救安脱离困境，不料自己陷入悲剧。 12. white guilt白人对黑人的歉疚 13. turn over in one’s grave-（ 在 墓 里 转 侧 ）“ 死 不 瞑
目 ” 、 “ 死 亦 难 安 ”
14. Chanel香奈尔， (1883-1971) 法国服装设计师，以其设
计的紧身套服、紧身女装及她开办的香水厂尤其是香奈尔5号香水而闻名 15. running diatribe恶毒的流言
Part 8 Collins’ kindness,Need a push,,study together, first practice，workout with SJ
1. juvenile青少年的, 幼稚的 2. shuck the blocker摆脱防守 3. have the hang of sth找到了窍门
4. workout- A session of exercise or practice to improve
fitness, as for athletic competition.锻炼，训练 5. get loose放松
6. run track –take part in track and field.参加径赛和田赛
Part 9 driver’s licence,like an onion,cutting,Michael’s files 1.I look over my shoulder for sb以为你在和sb打招呼 2.go behind one‟s back在某人背后搞鬼, 背着某人搞小动作 3.medical contact医疗保险联系人
4.Woody Allen-伍迪·艾伦United States filmmaker and comic
5.chiffonier- A narrow, high chest of drawers or bureau, often with a mirror attached.五斗橱：一种常带有一面镜子的窄而高的五斗橱或衣柜
6.get by --To succeed in managing; survive: 设法：成功安排 7. cut-不排队
8. shoot the bull吹牛,闲聊
9. have sth in shape使sth处于良好状态 10. guardian监护人 11. case note案件记录 12. bunch大量的
13. sign off on sth. 【非正式用语】 正式同意
Part 10 meet Oher‟s Mom,formal adoption, new car,ketchup players
1. graphic图形 2. slip溜走
3. redneck-- Used as a disparaging term for a member of
the white rural laboring class, especially in the southern United States.红脖子，乡下佬：对属于农村劳动阶层，特别是美国南方这一阶层白人的贬称 4. ketchup调味蕃茄酱 5. left tackle左内边锋
6. weak side (球场)弱侧, 无球侧 7. cover保护, 掩护
8. end zone橄榄球场两端的达阵区。如果成功地將球帶入达
阵区，稱為(touchdown)，可得六分 9. play book战术书
10. Madden game- 《Madden NFL》游戏疯狂橄榄球电子游
Part 11 car crash,
1. luncheon- An afternoon party at which a light meal is
served.便餐：提供少量食品的下午餐会 2. stone cold完全冷了的,冷透的
4. gawk- To stare or gape stupidly.愚蠢地盯着或打哈欠 5. groove-俚]【音】流畅而高度技巧的演奏 6. fatso [美俚]胖子(作呼语用, 带贬意) 7. bust a move-跳舞
8. Oushak奥沙克地毯或乌沙克地毯 （Ushak carpet），土
耳其乌沙克市手工编织的铺地用品。 16 世纪时，在奥斯曼土耳其大型商品地毯的主要制造业在乌沙克建立了起来，他们生产的地毯供宫廷和清真寺使用并出口。 18 世纪和 19 世纪初，在欧洲人的控制下这个制造业日渐发达。
9. airbag安全气囊 10. deploy-散开, 张开
11. bust- slang To smash or break, especially forcefully:使破
裂，击破 12. bruise打肿 13. fractured断裂的
Part 12 second practive 1. hold your block防守住 2. between the tits胸间 3. get flagged被吹犯规 4. get pissed生气
5. marshmallow果汁软糖, 【俚语】 胆小、怯懦或办事没有效率、
6. Tarzan泰山（美国影片人猿泰山的主人公） 7. Jane人猿泰山的女友
8. blind side没有防范的一面；弱点
9. tailback【橄榄球】(站在争球线后的)进攻后卫 10. Way to go就该这么做
Part 13 1st match
1. Nascar--National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing
2. home field主场
4. ole‟--used in written English to represent how some people
say the word „old‟ （用于书面英语，代表有些人说 old 一词的方式）老的
5. Sticks and stones无论如何 6. run the ball跑阵 7. dang [俚]=damn 8. crotch mouth臭嘴
9. cut back (踢球时)带球急转; 10. cuss咒骂
12. 15 yards--处罚防守方，退后十五码且对方自动获得四下进攻
15. dead ball foul停钟时犯规 16. excessive blocking防守过度
17. Attaboy好啊[美]好小子! 好样的! (=That's the boy! 表示
18. big bro.老兄
Part 14 Recruiting,cheerleader,Fulmer sizes Oher up, GPAconcern
1.Tom Lemming--an on-air analyst, as well as a regular online
contributor for the multi-media company, hosting online chats and posting weekly columns.US leading expert on college football recruiting and high school talent汤姆莱明，美国高校橄榄球选秀专家
2.give sb a leg up帮助sb 3.LSU-路易斯安那州立大学
4.fill a slot for为…安排人选 5.point oen‟s toes脚面绷直
6.Fulmer-the head football coach at the University of Tennessee,Fulmer has a reputation as an ace recruiter, leading
many analysts to praise him as one of the game's top head coach recruiters田纳西大学橄榄球教练 7.paddle短桨, 划桨 8.board drill对抗练习
9.Division One scholarship-
National Collegiate Athletic
Association Division One scholarship (美国)全国大学生体育协会一类高校奖学金。只有顶尖橄榄球明星可以得到。There are 236 Division
I colleges and universities, among them the big names like Princeton, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State, Florida State, Baylor, Kansas State, and UCLA. Programs like these are nearly untouchable except to the very elite football players.
10.GPA -Grade point average. 高中生平均成绩（GPA）是美国
大学录取重要的衡量指标，也最能体现学生的学习能力。 11.ACT- American College Test.美国大学测试
12.Junior college—JC大专，两年制专科学校：一种学校，提供两年制的课程，相当于大学四年制本科前两年的课程 13.drop out辍学
14.a shot at the pros就业机会 15.go out the window泡汤了
Part 15.one-on-one tutor Miss Sue，LSU, South Carolina, 1. in line for- Next in order for:即将得到的,正在争取 2. Democrat美国民主党党员 3. shortcut捷径
4. Sacagawea萨卡加维亚, 美国印第安土肖松尼族人向导和
翻译，著曾在刘易斯与克拉克远征探险过程中扮演关键角色，美国西部历史中近乎传奇的人物the Shoshone guide and interpreter who guided the Lewis and Clark
expedition part of the way
5. Lewis and Clark-1804-1805年威廉·克拉克和梅里韦惨重的冲锋。诗表达了反战思想， 却又赞扬英国士兵的
6. constant [数、物]常数
7. valance --An ornamental drapery hung across a top edge,
as of a bed, table, or canopy.帷幔，挂布：悬挂在例如床，
8. Tiger stadium-Tiger Stadium or Death Valley is the home
field of Louisiana State University老虎体育场 9. coin toss投币猜先 10. diehard顽固的，铁杆的 11. Rebels—密西西比反叛者球迷 12. frickin‟—damn
13. titty bar- A strip club is a nightclub or bar where striptease is
regularly performed, and possibly other related acts such as lap dancing色情夜总会
14. Fettucine Alfredo-[,fetə:'tʃi:ni,æl'fredəu] [意大利语]阿
尔弗雷多干酪黄油意式宽面Fettuccine alfredo is a pasta dish made from fettuccine pasta tossed with Parmesan cheese and butter. As the cheese melts, it emulsifies the liquids to form a smooth and rich coating on the pasta. It was named by an Italian restaurateur at his restaurant Alfredo alla Scrofa in Rome
15. Chainsaw Massacre电影《德州电锯杀人狂》（1973） 16. in the hunt [美国俚语]有机会 17. pepper用胡椒调味 18. gumbo秋葵荚(鸡肉)汤 19. catfish鲶鱼 20. grove小树林 21. sacred庄严的 22. ritual仪式,
Part 16 Tennessee‟s body parts, need an essay,Oher‟s essay 1. decompose使腐烂
2. fine and dandy令人满意的；十全十美 3. turf草皮
4. poke up--To thrust forward; appear:伸出来 5. sunk俚]完蛋的; 失败的
8. The Charge of the Light Brigade英国的桂冠诗人丁尼生
Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. "Forward, the Light Brigade! "Charge for the guns!" he said: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.
"Forward, the Light Brigade!" Was there a man dismay'd? Not tho' the soldier knew Someone had blunder'd: Their's not to make reply, Their's not to reason why, Their's but to do and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.
Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them Volley'd and thunder'd; Storm'd at with shot and shell, Boldly they rode and well, Into the jaws of Death, Into the mouth of Hell Rode the six hundred.
Flash'd all their sabres bare, Flash'd as they turn'd in air, Sabring the gunners there, Charging an army, while All the world wonder'd: Plunged in the battery-smoke Right thro' the line they broke; Cossack and Russian Reel'd from the sabre stroke Shatter'd and sunder'd. Then they rode back, but not Not the six hundred.
Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon behind them Volley'd and thunder'd; Storm'd at with shot and shell,
第一部分 听力 (略)
第一节 语法和词汇知识 (共15小题；每小题1分，满分15分)
21. I will not call my effort _______ failure, but will celebrate it as ________ true success.
A. a; a B. /; / C. a; / D. /; a
22. Her mother ________ the little girl to leave the house before she finished her homework.
A. forbade B. allowed C. followed D. asked
23. Tom ran all the way up to the station ______ that the train had left.
A. to tell B. to be told
C. telling D. told
24. This area is famous for its long history, some _____ we don‟t know.
A. of which B. of them
C. which D. where
25. — more efforts, _______ you will get to the top.
— But I have tried my best.
A. or B. while C. but D. and
26. — Can I visit you at 3 o‟clock tomorrow?
— You‟d better not. I _______ a meeting then.
A. will be attending B. has been attending
C. am attending D. will attend
27. _______ the weather be bad, the sports meeting will be put off.
A. Would B. Should
C. Could D. Might
28. The old man thought he was helping us with the work, ________, in fact he was in the way.
A. which B. where
C. when D. while
29. — Were you really _______ by an old trick like that? — So I was. What a shame!
A. taken in B. taken up
C. taken off D. taken on
30. Mr Smith was late for the business meeting because his flight _______ by a heavy storm.
A. was delayed B. has been delayed C. delayed D. had been delayed
31. — Tom must forget the party.
— I _______ and call him.
A. will be going B. will go
C. go D. went
32. — How do you like this painting?
— It is slightly better than that one ________ skill.
A. in terms of B. in case of
B. in spite of D. in the face of
33. Believe me, _________ you stick to the plan, you will make it.
A. even though B. unless C. as long as D. in case
34. — Are you satisfied with her lecture?
— Of course. It couldn‟t have been _______.
A. better B. worst
C. best D. worse
35. Tom, as well as his wife and children, ________ computer games when suddenly the light went out.
A. are playing B. was playing C. were playing D. is playing
My parents got divorced when I was seven. I stopped 36 to anyone willingly since then. However, the 37 changed half a year ago. It started in a summer camp, where I met a boy called John. Now I realize that when he 38 himself to me, it was the beginning of a life-changing experience.
Although there were hundreds of students, I became 39 with him. He noticed that I was staying alone and came to talk to me. We talked like everyone else about our 40 and hobbies. We didn‟t seem to have anything in common at all, but 41 , we got along well. By the end of the camp, we were 42 stories and laughs and promised to keep in touch.
When I returned home, I 43 that I had lost his email address. I looked through all my stuff but without 44 . One day, I thought to look him up on the online network that had been 45 for the campers. As I was online, an instant message popped up (突然出现) on the 46 . It was him, whom I had just tried to look up a moment before. Thank goodness it 47 .
A series of 48 conversations started from there. I don‟t know 49 , but for some reason we started to 50 our deepest feelings through typed words and we learned about each other‟s pain and experiences. It was a very 51 experience for me, but it was extremely beneficial to my heart and my soul. I had finally found someone who was 52 to understand me.
53 I have only known him for half a year, the 54 that has occurred in me is huge. I believe in my life and I no longer cry every night because of the 55 inside me.
36. A. turning B. writing C. shouting D. talking
37. A. condition B. situation C. position D. life
38. A. introduced B. showed C. pointed D. proved
39. A. classmates B. friends C. relatives D. strangers
40. A. suggestions B. plans
C. books D. interests
41. A. strangely B. unluckily
C. honestly D. anxiously
42. A. appreciating B. telling
C. sharing D. making
43. A. thought B. saw C. felt D. realized
44. A. chance B. luck C. reason D. care
45. A. carried on B. made out
C. set up D. checked in
46. A. screen B. desk C. board D. computer
47. A. moved B. began C. opened D. worked
48. A. inspiring B. surprising
C. sad D. popular
49. A. when B. why C. how D. where
50. A. express B. present C. dig D. find
51. A. practical B. ordinary C. new D. depressing
52. A. clever B. brave C. dying D. willing
53. A. If B. Though C. Because D. Since
54. A. love B. appreciation
C. respect D. change
55. A. pain B. regret C. anger D. attitude
It was late Wednesday night when the frightening phone call reached our home. I remember lying in my bed trying to fall asleep when I heard the phone ring. Interested in finding out who the late caller was, I sat up so that I could hear the phone call better. To my surprise, I heard my mom shout to my dad, “Get the car, Dean! Andrea has been in a car accident.”
We ran every red light on the way to the hospital and our tires screeched (发出刺耳声) around every corner. We got to the hospital but were not allowed to see her. The next morning, we were allowed to see Andrea. Until today, nobody knows exactly what happened. We only know that the car rolled on its way back from a party. The two boys in the car were killed, and Andrea was thrown out. She was badly injured.
Over the next two months, I lived more at the hospital than I did at my house. I watched as Andrea worked so hard to gain back everyday motor skills. She never once complained or pitied herself. After two weeks in the ICU and two months of the regular hospital treatment, Andrea came home. She missed several months of school, so it was hard for her to catch up. Andrea had many tasks to finish, and however hard it was, she stuck until the job was done. Though busy dealing with pain and therapy (治疗), she always found time to love and play with me, her little sister.
I‟ll never forget the influence that this incident had on my life. I admire my sister. She is perfectly normal now, despite the pins holding her leg in place. I couldn‟t ask for a better sister or a hero in my life.
56. Why did the author listen to her mother answering the phone?
A. Because she knew that something terrible had happened.
B. Because she wanted to know who called at such a late time.
C. Because she was interested in listening to others talking on the phone.
D. Because she wondered if she was wanted on the phone.
57. The first sentence in Paragraph Two shows that ______.
A. the author‟s family were very eager to see Andrea
B. the author‟s father wasn‟t good at driving
C. the family liked breaking traffic rules
D. their house was far from the hospital
58. During the treatment, Andrea ______.
A. read a lot of books
B. stopped playing with the author
C. didn‟t accept anyone‟s help
D. showed her determined spirit
59. What is the best title of the passage?
A. A miracle that happened to my sister.
B. A sudden disaster for my family.
C. My sister — the hero in my life.
D. An accident which changed my life.
At college, when I try speaking with anyone, I just feel very nervous. I have no trouble talking when I’m alone. However, when I talk with others, my voice sounds different, and sometimes there is a pause (停顿) between each word I pronounce. Sometimes I can‟t pronounce a word even with my own family members. My voice becomes deeper and sounds totally different than it usually does. Can you please give me some good advice?
If you have trouble pronouncing words, simply accept the fact. Many other readers have such experiences, and so do I. You don‟t need to get stressed about it.
You are apparently getting nervous because you feel like you are under some pressure when speaking to other people. Take your time and don‟t worry about pauses. Speak slowly, opening your mouth to enunciate your words clearly. Listen to powerful leaders on the television and note that they speak slowly and carefully and learn to master their speaking techniques.
When you speak to others in college, try to ask questions that will get the other person to talk. Listening carefully and then filling in during the conversation takes the pressure off of you and you will feel more relaxed when you talk. You make more of an impression when you are interested in what the other person is saying than when you try to lead a conversation.
Remember that the more you worry about how your voice sounds, about pronouncing words and about pauses, the worse it gets. So accept the way you speak now and relax in your conversations.
I hope these ideas can help take the pressure off of you when you talk to other people. Wilson
60. We can learn from the passage that Wilson is most probably a(n) ______.
A. teacher B. editor
C. doctor D. broadcaster
61. What is troubling John now?
A. He feels nervous when speaking to strangers.
B. He doesn‟t know how to make his voice more attractive.
C. He can‟t speak normally when communicating with others.
D. He doesn‟t get along well with others.
62. The underlined word “enunciate” in the second letter can be replaced by “_______”.
A. explain B. pronounce
C. choose D. judge
63. According to Wilson, what John should do first is to _________.
A. accept his weakness
B. reduce his nervousness
C. learn to listen to others
D. reduce the mistakes in his speech
64. According to Wilson, which of the following tips will be useful to John?
A. Choose easy questions to answer.
B. Read some books about great people.
C. Take the lead in a conversation.
D. Improve his speaking skills.
Some American schools pay teachers more if their students improve on tests. Now schools have begun to pay the students — in some cases, even just for coming to class.
Students at one school in New Mexico can earn up to three hundred dollars a year for good attendance (出勤). A program in New York City pays up to five hundred dollars for good attendance and high test scores. In Baltimore, Maryland, high scores on state graduation tests can be worth more than one hundred dollars. And a New Jersey school system plans to pay students fifty dollars a week to attend after-school tutoring programs. Schools that pay students can be found in more than one-fourth of the fifty states.
Robert Schaefer, a public education director, says paying may improve performance in the short term, but students develop false expectations (期盼) for the future. He sees a lack of long-term planning in these programs because of pressure on schools to raise test scores. But students say it makes school more exciting. And some teachers have reported getting more requests for extra help.
Public schools need to show improvement under the present education reform law. Low-performing schools may lose their federal money; teachers and headmasters may lose their jobs.
In 2004, the city schools in Coshocton, Ohio, started a program. They wanted to see if paying elementary school (小学) students as much as one hundred dollars would help in passing state exams. Now the results have been reported. Math scores increased, but only while students were able to get paid. And there was no evidence of higher scores in reading, social studies or science. Officials will decide later this year whether to continue the program. They don‟t want students to get the idea that money is the only reward for their studies.
65. Schools are paying their students mainly for the purpose of ______.
A. getting students interested in their studies
B. earning more money for their teachers
C. encouraging students to work for a better future
D. trying to improve their performance in school
66. What attitude does Robert Schaefer show towards the program of paying students?
A. Supportive. B. Not clear.
C. Negative. D. Interested.
67. According to students, being paid for their performance _____.
A. increases their confidence
B. makes study at school more interesting
C. improves the relationship between them and their teachers
D. makes them like after-school tutoring programs more
68. According to the last paragraph, paying students is harmful in a way because ____.
A. it may send a message that money is the only reward for studying
B. it may make students lose interest in their studies in the long term
[A Whole New World]
[Aladdin:] I can show you the world Shining, shimmering, splendid Tell me, princess, now when did You last let your heart decide?
[Jasmine:] Unbelievable sights Indescribable feeling
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling Through an endless diamond sky A whole new world
[Aladdin:] Don't you dare close your eyes
[Jasmine:] A hundred thousand things to see
I can open your eyes Take you wonder by wonder Over, sideways and under On a magic carpet ride A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view No one to tell us no Or where to go
Or say we're only dreaming [Jasmine:] A whole new world A dazzling place I never knew But when I'm way up here It's crystal clear
That now I'm in a whole new world with you
[Aladdin:] Now I'm in a whole new world with you
[Aladdin:] Hold your breath - it gets better
[Jasmine:] I'm like a shooting star I've come so far
I can't go back to where I used to be [Aladdin:] A whole new world [Jasmine:] Every turn a surprise [Aladdin:] With new horizons to pursue [Jasmine:] Every moment red-letter [Both:] I'll chase them anywhere There's time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you
A whole new world That's where we'll be [Aladdin:] A thrilling chase [Jasmine:] A wondrous place [Both:] For you and me
[Because You Loved]
For all those times you stood by me For all the truth that you made me see For all the joy you brought to my life For all the wrong that you made right For every dream you made come true For all the love I found in you I'll be forever thankful baby You're the one who held me up Never let me fall
You're the one who saw me through through it all
You gave me wings and made me fly
You touched my hand I could touch the sky I lost my faith, you gave it back to me You said no star was out of reach You stood by me and I stood tall I had your love I had it all
I'm grateful for each day you gave me Maybe I don't know that much But I know this much is true
I was blessed because I was loved by you
You were my strength when I was weak You were always there for me You were my voice when I couldn't speak The tender wind that carried me
You were my eyes when I couldn't see A light in the dark shining your love into my life You saw the best there was in me Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You've been my inspiration
Through the lies you were the truth
You gave me faith 'coz you believed My world is a better place because of you I'm everything I am Because you loved me
I'm everything I am Because you loved me
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