I climbed Kilimanjaro with Lava Expeditions （探险队） during the rainy season.
I flew to Nairobi in Kenya and spent several days there. At my hotel in Nairobi I met the rest of the group with whom I would spend the next week. We all travelled on the bus together for a 6-hour journey into Tanzania and then Arusha， a quiet town.
After we arrived at our hotel in Arusha， we had dinner and a few drinks. Then we were introduced to more members including Taddeus Minja， the main guide， who was very experienced—climbing Kilimanjaro runs through the generations of his family.
The next day the Lava Expeditions members checked if we had the correct and enough clothing for our expedition on Kilimanjaro. Only one person needed to bring more clothes.
After that we set off， walking in the rain through the beauty of the rainforest， all the way to the first camp. I was happy the next few days as the view was so wonderful and changed every day. I suffered a little during the trip and I felt so tired. But the members of Lava Expeditions provided me with lots of encouragement， which was one of the best memories. Finally we reached the top of Kilimanjaro in bright blue skies.
I felt excited about climbing Kilimanjaro and the feeling didnt change during my trip. Lava Expeditions looked after me so well that I was deeply thankful for their help.
1. What do we know about Taddeus Minja according to the passage？
A. He organized the journey.
B. He was the leader of Lava Expeditions.
C. He was the manager of a hotel in Arusha.
D. He had much knowledge about climbing mountains.
2. How did Lava Expeditions help the writer while climbing Kilimanjaro？
A. By encouraging him.
B. By offering food to him.
C. By carrying bags for him.
D. By teaching him climbing skills.
3. What did the writer think of his climbing Kilimanjaro？
A. Tiring and disappointing. B. Tiring but happy.
C. Dangerous and disappointing. D. Dangerous but happy.
4. What is the writers purpose in writing this passage？
A. To tell readers about Lava Expeditions.
B. To persuade people to join Lava Expeditions.
C. To encourage more people to climb Kilimanjaro.
D. To share his experience of climbing Kilimanjaro.
Exam time is the most stressful period for students. But help is at hand for those studying at the University of Bristol thanks to a special “puppy room” to aid relaxation and calmness.
Students are being invited to hold guide dogs and their puppies with organizers hoping the cute puppies can provide ways to reduce stresses of revision. It comes from research published in Japan， which suggests pictures of cute things like puppies or kittens can help improve concentration levels and performance.
Gordon Trevett from the university wanted to bring the puppy love to Bristol with the help of the charity Guide Dogs. He said， “Every year I see students worrying about their exams and I thought this would be a great way to ease the stress and take their minds off it. People with dogs have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without a dog. Its proved really popular and over 600 students have signed up. ”
There will be around 20 dogs and puppies throughout the day.To ensure the puppies arent agitated （激怒）， the number of people allowed in the room is limited and each group will last 15 minutes.Students will be asked to make a suggested donation （捐款） of 2 dollars to Guide Dogs.
Sarah Knox said， “Guide Dogs is pleased to be able to work with the University of Bristol and allow students the chance to de-stress at the busy exam time. We are sure we will meet lots of students who miss their own pet dogs while away at university. I would like to say a big thank-you to the university for their interest in our charity and also our volunteers who I am sure will create a wonderful experience for the students.”
5. Why was the puppy room brought in？
A. To train guide dogs.
B. To improve the students health.
C. To ask students to help with a charity.
D. To calm stressed students before exams.
6. What does the underlined word “It” in Paragraph 2 refer to？
A. The stress of revision.
B. The charity Guide Dogs.
C. The idea of setting up a puppy room.
D. The calmness needed to take exams.
7. Why is the number of people allowed in the room limited？
A. To keep puppies from getting agitated.
B. To give puppies enough room to walk around.
C. To make each group of people stay long enough.
D. To let every student enjoy the company of puppies.
8. What can be the best title for the text？
A. The Special Use of Guide Dogs
B. The Benefits of Having Puppies
C. Stressed-out Students Before Exams
D. Puppy Room to Help Students Reduce Stress