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    I grew up in a small city in Brazil,in a family where education—especially for women—was not a priority.The day I told my mom I got a job offer to do a postdoc (博士后) in the United States,she said, "Don't forget the man is the leader of the house.When will you stop studying and get married and have children?" I love my family,and they love me.But my education has given me different dreams and created distance between us that we are trying to bridge.
    My grandmother helped inspire my education and career ambitions by teaching me to buy and exchange books at secondhand bookshops.Books ignited (点燃) a hunger to learn about the world around me and become a scientist.
    Throughout my bachelor's degree,master's degree and doctorate,I was told that was not an option.Professors and peers said my family background and the poor public schools I had attended put my dream of becoming a researcher out of reach.But I was addicted to learning and wouldn't give up.Thankfully I succeeded.
    My parents love me and are proud of me.But even pride create s distance between us.When I come home to visit,they feel nervous because they think their food and home are not good enough for me.Right before I started,my mom sent a gift—a novel about two scientists falling in love,which I had told her about.I was touched,knowing what she really meant.I asked her to write a dedication (献词).She asked my aunt to write on her behalf. "I don't want to embarrass you," she said,referring to her struggles with writing.It broke my heart.
    Now I am still trying to figure out how to talk to my parents about my career and our differences,and our uncomfortable conversations about marriage continue.But I've come to realize that our love for each other gets rid of any distance.

(1)How did Mom feel when told about the author's postdoc job?

(2)Which of the following can best describe the author?

A.Reliable and easy-going.
B.Caring and humble.
C.Ambitious and hardworking.
D.Talented and generous.
(3)What makes her parents anxious when the author returns home?

A.They can't persuade her to get married.
B.They will come into conflict with each other.
C.They might be looked down upon by others.
D.They can't take good care of their daughter.
(4)What can be a suitable title for the text?

A.Distance can be bridged by love
B.Education is always a priority
C.Knowledge can remove division
D.Parents' support is our driving force
  • 1.    When I was a university student,I (1)
    (attract) by the Chinese.So I got a job as a teacher in Wuhan three years ago.Thinking back,I realize it was the students I met in the first year and Chinese university life in general (2)
    gave me the deepest impression.
        During my school days,I would rarely give up my spare time to any activity connected with study.Unless exams were approaching,my weekends were devoted to (3)
    (have) fun or perhaps a part-time job.My Chinese classmates,on the other hand, (4)
    (seem) to spend their entire waking hours studying.I understand that competition in Chinese universities is (5)
    (extreme) fierce.Nonetheless,their energy and motivation put(6)
    (I) to shame.
        My first year in China was also my first year as a teacher.It was both challenging (7)
    rewarding.One thing I know for certain is that my year in Wuhan helped me (8)
    (change) for the better.Thanks to the politeness and (9)
    (warm) of Chinese students,I overcame my fear of speaking in public and became more self-confident.Most importantly,I met dozens (10)
    nice people and made many excellent friends.
  • 2.    An embroidered (刺绣的) butterfly made by Liang Zhongmei is so lifelike that it could easily be mistaken for the real thing.It looks as if it could flap its colorful wings and fly free from its white cloth background.
        This 55-year-old embroiderer from Guizhou Province was born in a closed and underdeveloped village deep in the mountains,where most residents live by farming or as migrant workers (农民工).Losing her left arm at a very young age meant she could not feed herself,but she refused to become downhearted,and learned embroidery from her mother diligently and determinedly.
        After producing several works featuring butterflies and goldfish,she won many national professional skills awards in 2011 among people with disabilities.In 2012,she opened her workshop,with embroiderers putting their designs on the shelves to sell to locals,but business was poor.
        However,Liang's career prospered after an online commercial order.Now,clothes,ties,paintings and handicrafts produced by the workshop are sold to consumers worldwide via e-commerce platforms,with profit reaching from 300,000 yuan to 500,000 yuan annually.
        As the number of orders rose,Liang employed more workers,offering jobs to more than 100 female embroiderers in the neighborhood.She has also organized training courses for jobless women. "Thanks to the online buyers,our products sell well,which has changed our lives and brought us income and dignity," Liang said.
        Wang Danqing,an online seller,has worked with Liang's team since 2015.She said, "Many young consumers prefer products with cultural elements and personal appeal.Only by combining embroidered designs with modern life can cultural heritage be seen,loved,protected and
    passed down."

    (1)What do we know about Liang Zhongmei?

    A.She was brought up in a well-off environment.
    B.She made a fortune when her business began.
    C.She became world-famous after winning awards.
    D.She was strong-willed while learning embroidery.
    (2)Which of the following can replace the underlined word in paragraph 4?

    A.Went wrong.
    B.Took off.
    C.Held steady.
    D.Broke down.
    (3)What can we learn from Wang Danqing's words?

    A.New designs need to be integrated into the products.
    B.Expanding the range of product sales online is crucial.
    C.It is Liang's duty to pass on the embroidered technique.
    D.Products with personal elements are favored by the youth.
    (4)What is the main idea of the text?

    A.Online shopping gains popularity in China.
    B.Young people take a great interest in embroidery.
    C.Disabled Liang achieved success by trading embroidery online.
    D.Liang became an expert in embroidery despite her disability.
  • 3.    Ida Nelson was enjoying and relaxing in her bath when she heard the thunder of a small airplane circling the nearby airport.It was 11:30 at night in the Alaskan village of Igiugig,population 70,and,as she told the New York Times, "Anytime a plane flies over that late,you know something is wrong."
        Nelson and her sister leaped out of the bath,ran to the window and saw the problem:The airport's runway lights were out.Nelson threw on some clothes,jumped into her ATV,and floored it to the airport where she found a local pilot trying to turn on the lights manually. "Normally,if you push the button 10 or 15 times,the lights will just light up." Not this time.Meanwhile,she and the pilot learned of the plane's urgent mission:It was a medevac (救伤直升机),there to transport a seriously ill local girl to the nearest hospital,280 miles away in Anchorage.
        Nelson had a plan.Driving her ATV to the end of the runway,she switched her headlights on for the plane to follow.Great idea,but it wasn't enough.More light was needed,so a neighbor called nearly every home in the village - 32 of them.Within 20 minutes,20 vehicles arrived at the airport,many of the drivers still in pajamas.Following the directions from the medevac pilot,the cars lined up on one side of the
        The medevac made its final approach and,guided by the headlights,landed safely.The young patient was loaded onto the aircraft,and the plane immediately took off again.Her illness was never publicly revealed,but she has since recovered and left the hospital.
        In a world filled with uncertainty,the little community's positive activism is a big deal.Not so much for Nelson.As she told CNN,in Igiugig,coming together is "kind of a normal deal."

    (1)How did Ida Nelson tell something wrong happened?

    A.By observing the runway lights.
    B.By listening to the sound of the airplane.
    C.Through the time the airplane turned up.
    D.Through the behavior of the local pilot.
    (2)What was Nelson's idea?

    A.To light up the runway.
    B.To help repair the lights.
    C.To call in more villagers.
    D.To turn on more runway lights.
    (3)What does the story intend to show?

    A.Love makes the world go around.
    B.A friend in need is a friend indeed.
    C.Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.
    D.A small action can make a big difference.
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