When Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California, his unmarried mother decided to give him to other parents because she wanted a girl. So at midnight, his mother called a lawyer named Paul Jobs and said, "I have an unexpected baby boy. Do you want him?" But his mother told his future parents to make sure that they would send Jobs to college. After Steve Jobs graduated from high school, he went to college but he decided to stop because it was so expensive that he had to sleep on the floor in his friends’ rooms.
At 20, he and a friend(Steve Wozniak) started a company in a garage(汽修廠) on April 1, 1976. Jobs named their company Apple to remember a happy summer he had spent in an orchard (果園) in Oregon.
After 10 years of hard time and failures, starting from two kids working in a garage, Apple Company finally grew into a big company with over 4,000 workers.
At 30, Jobs, however, was fired from the company he founded with the friend. But after he had to leave the company, Apple was in great trouble because of rival(對手) Microsoft and in 1996 Apple lost billions of dollars. Apple needed Steve Jobs and he returned in 1997, as Apple’s CEO. Soon Apple began to make a lot of money again and introduced new products(產品) such as the iPad, the iPhone and the iPod.
Steve Jobs once said, "Sometimes life hits you on the head with a brick, and don’t lose heart. I believe that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking."
( )1. Which of the following is TRUE according to Paragraph 1?
A. Jobs’ unmarried mother liked him.
B. Paul Jobs was a college teacher.
C. Jobs finished his education.
D. Jobs’ unmarried mother wanted a girl.
( )2. Steve Jobs didn’t finish his college education because he ________.
A. wanted to start a company
B. didn’t have enough money
C. took no interest in his studies
D. hated to share rooms with his friends
( )3. According to the passage, we can know that Apple________.
A. was founded in Oregon
B. developed from a garage
C. had an easy beginning
D. had a successful beginning
( )4. What can we learn from what Steve Jobs said?
A. Interest is key to success.
B. Hope helps us grow.
C. The poorer you are, the greater you will be.
D. A friend is not always willing to help you.
In every school there is a "top" crowd that sets the pace, while the others follow their lead (領導). If the top crowd decides that it is smart to wear bright red sweaters, soon everybody is wearing a bright red sweater.
There is nothing wrong with that, except the fact that some students wearing bright red sweaters look very ugly (難看的). The situation can even become dangerous, if the top crowd decides that it is smart to drink or to drive cars at seventy miles an hour. Then the people who follow the lead are in danger of losing their lives. They are like the sheep being taken to the butcher (屠夫).
Now, chances are that you have met situations like these more than once in your life. Chances are that one time or another you probably did something you knew to be wrong. You may have excused yourself by saying, "Gee, the crowd does it." Well, let the crowd do it, but don’t do it yourself. Learn to say "No."
Judge your own situations and develop your own opinions. If you know the crowd is planning something you disagree about, refuse it politely. You’ll have the right to stand on your own two feet.
( )5. Which is the best title for this passage?
A. Follow the Lead B. Top Crowd
C. Being Yourself D. Bright Red
( )6. The writer thinks it no good wearing red sweaters if________.
A. the crowd does it
B. you can’t buy them
C. you don’t look good in red
D. the situation isn’t safe
( )7. According to the passage, people who follow the crowd ________.
A. do things against their own judgments sometimes
B. make mistakes on purpose
C. are willing to put their lives in danger
D. will in the end become butchers
Most people buy a lot of gifts just before Christmas. But some people think we buy too much. They have started a special day called Buy Nothing Day. They don’t want anyone to go shopping on that day.
Buy Nothing Day is November 29, which is 25 days before Christmas. It’s after Thanksgiving and often the first day of Christmas shopping. At this time, we see ads (廣告) in newspapers and on TV telling us to "buy, buy, and buy"!
The idea for Buy Nothing Day started in Vancouver, British Columbia. Now people all over the world celebrate Buy Nothing Day. In California, parents and children get together to read stories, sing songs, and paint pictures. The children talk about why they don’t need a lot of toys. This year, in Manchester, England, people dressed up (喬妝) to tell people that we buy too much.
In Albuquerque, New Mexico, high school students wanted to tell other students about Buy Nothing Day. They organized a dinner to give people information about Buy Nothing Day. They asked restaurants in the neighborhood to give the food to others for free. They made posters(海報) and talked to other students about it. The dinner was a big success, and many students agreed not to buy anything on November 29. The students at high schools liked the idea of this new tradition(風俗). Next year, they want to have another dinner to tell more people about Buy Nothing Day.
( )8. Which of the following is NOT the day for people to celebrate Buy Nothing Day?
A. November 29.
B. 25 days before Christmas.
C. After Thanksgiving.
D. The first day after Christmas.
( )9. According to the passage people usually buy many gifts ________.
A. before Thanksgiving B. on Christmas
C. before Christmas D. at anytime
( )10. How do people celebrate Buy Nothing Day?
A. In California, parents and children get together to play games.
B. In England, people celebrated by putting on plays this year.
C. In New Mexico, high school students dressed up.
D. They bought nothing and asked others not to buy things.
( )11. What did the students do in New Mexico for the day?
A. They gave their own food to others.
B. They talked to others about it.
C. They put on a play.
D. They cooked a big dinner.
One of the oldest magic tricks(魔術) in the book is "Find the Card". All you need is a normal deck(副) of cards. You only need to make sure you see the bottom card of the deck. For example, we will just say that the bottom card is an ace of spades (一張黑桃). Next, you should spread your cards and ask one of the persons who watch the magic trick to pick a card. Let your volunteer (志愿者) take the chosen card from the deck and remember it. Then take the deck and place it in the face down position on the table. Tell the volunteer to put the card on the top and cut the deck once. Then, tell them to take the bottom half of the now cut deck and place it on top of the other half deck. Then, you should hold all of the cards and spread them to where you can see the faces of the cards. All you must do is look for that ace of spades, or any card that is on the bottom. The card below your first remembered card is the card the volunteer picked!
If your child is interested in magic tricks, then teach him this one. Find the card "trick" is a must. Because the magic trick is important; it teaches a key lesson with being able to memorize a card and follow a card. When you are told to memorize a card in order to play a magic card trick, you should know that it is usually connected to the "key card". It is important to the world of magic and is a must for every magician to know. So the next time your children become bored, which is actually quite often, show them an easy magic trick. They will surely enjoy it.
( )12. The key to the "Find the Card" is to ________.
A. see the face of the card the volunteer picked
B. put an ace of spades on the bottom of the deck
C. spread your cards with the face to the others
D. put the memorized card next to the guessed one
( )13. What should you do to play "Find the Card"?
a. cut the deck once
b. see the bottom card of the deck
c. place the deck on the table
d. pick a card and take it out
e. prepare a normal deck of cards
f. see the faces of the cards
A. abcd B. bcef C. acde D. cdef
( )14. According to the writer, magic tricks are mainly used for children to ________.
A. improve skills B. keep healthy
C. have fun D. help with learning
( )15. The best title for the passage would be ________.
A. A Magic Trick for Kids
B. How to Play Magic Tricks
C. History of Magic Tricks
D. Uses of Magic Tricks
Many of us spend a lot of time and energy trying to prove that we are right and others are wrong. Many people believe that it’s their job to 21 others how their attitudes and opinions are 22 , and that in doing so, the person they are correcting is going to be 23 for it, or at least learn something. Wrong!
Think about it. Have you ever been 24 by someone and said to him, "Thank you so much for showing me that I’m wrong and you’re right"? Or has anyone you know ever 25 you when you corrected them, 26 made yourself "right" at their expense(以犧牲他們為代價)? Of course not. The fact is, all of us 27 to be corrected. We all want our opinions to be 28 and understood by others. Being listened to and heard is one of the 29 desires (愿望). And those who learn to 30 are the most popular ones. Those who are in the 31 of correcting others are often hated and 32 .
A wonderful way of becoming more popular and loving is to practice 33 others to have the joy of being right. Give them the chance and 34 correcting. When someone says, "I really feel it’s important to..." rather than jumping 35 and saying, "No, it’s more important to...", please let it go and allow their opinions to 36 . The people in your life will become less defensive (辯護的) and more 37 . They will get along better with you more than you could ever have 38 . You’ll discover the happiness of joining in and watching other people’s 39 , which is far more useful than a battle of correcting. Now let others be " 40 " most of the time.
( )21. A. showB. askC. begD. teach
( )22. A. unimportant B. impossible
C. incorrect D. imperfect
( )23. A. fond B. grateful
C. determined D. reliable
( )24. A. beaten B. helped
C. taught D. corrected
( )25. A. thanked B. voted
C. cared D. accepted
( )26. A. but B. if C. or D. and
( )27. A. hope B. dislike C. prefer D. devote
( )28. A. educated B. forecast
C. realized D. recognized
( )29. A. longest B. smallest
C. greatest D. worst
( )30. A. talk B. praise C. help D. listen
( )31. A. habit B. form
C. journey D. purpose
( )32. A. punished B. avoided
C. left D. transported
( )33. A. letting B. lending
C. allowing D. commanding
( )34. A. stop B. continue
C. practice D. try
( )35. A. out B. up C. in D. down
( )36. A. last B. go C. work D. stand
( )37. A. helpful B. loving
C. careful D. generous
( )38. A. thought B. made
C. asked D. requested
( )39. A. suffering B. worry
C. success D. joy
( )40. A. happy B. right
C. sorry D. proud
Here is my idea about what a friend is like. Firstly, a friend is someone 41 can share your secrets. If you tell him a secret, he 42 (talk) about it with anybody else. Besides, a friend is always a good 43 (listen) when you need one. 44 hearing your sad stories, he will say some words that are nice and warm. Still, 45 (you) good news will make him happy. What’s 46 (much), a good friend is 47 (will) to offer the help which you need, or can at least give you some advice. In 48 word, friends are those you like and trust. Friends are those you will enjoy every minute that you spend 49 . Friends are those who are 50 (concern) about you in daily life.
41. __________________ 42. __________________
43. __________________44. __________________
45. __________________ 46. __________________
47. __________________ 48. __________________
49. __________________ 50. __________________
Yesterday morning, I meet an old lady on my way to school. She was lying on the ground and looked in great troubles. I came up to her and helped her sitting up. After she felt better, I asked what had happened on her. She told me that she sudden felt very sick and fell down. I stayed with her and told her to call family member. I didn’t leave until his son came. The old lady and her son kept thank me, but I just told them what it was something I should do. Although that morning I was late for school, but I felt happy.
第五節 書面表達 （滿分25分）
1. 你學習英語的原因；2. 你學習英語的方法；3. 你給同學們的建議。
Dear fellow students,
I am glad to share with you my experience in learning English.
I hope you will find my advice useful. Thank you!