时代英语·高一 2019年1期


When I was about 12, I had an enemy, a girl who liked to point out my shortcomings (缺点). Week by week her list grew: I was very thin, I wasnt a good student, I talked too much, I was too proud, and so on. I tried to hear all this as long as I could. At last, I became very angry. I ran to my father with tears in my eyes.

He listened to me quietly, then he asked, “Are the things she says true or not? Janet, didnt you ever wonder what youre really like? Well, you now have that girls opinion. Go and make a list of everything she said and mark the points that are true. Pay no attention to the other things she said.”

I did as he told me. To my great surprise, I discovered that about half the things were true. Some of them I couldnt change (like being very thin), but a good number I could—and suddenly I wanted to change. For the first time I went to a fairly clear picture of myself.

I brought the list back to Daddy. He refused to take it. “Thats just for you,” he said. “You know better than anyone else the truth about yourself. But you have to learn to listen, not just close your ears in anger and feeling hurt. When something said about you is true, youll find it will be of help to you. Our world is full of people who think they know your duty. Dont shut your ears. Listen to them all, but hear the truth and do what you know is the right thing to do.”

Daddys advice has returned to me at many important moments. In my life, Ive never had a better piece of advice.

1. What does the underlined sentence mean?

A. The “enemy” wrote down a longer list.

B. The “enemy” discovered more shortcomings.

C. The writers shortcomings grew more serious.

D. The writer was having more shortcomings as time went on.

2. Why did the writers father listen to the child quietly?

A. He was too angry with her to say anything.

B. He knew that his daughter would not listen to him.

C. He wasnt quite sure which girl was telling the truth.

D. He believed that what the “enemy” said was mostly true.

3. What did the father tell the writer to do after he had heard her words?

A. To pay no attention.

B. To take the list away.

C. To overcome her shortcomings.

D. To pay attention only to the things that were true.

4. What should be the best title for this passage?

A. Not an Enemy, but the Best Friend

B. The Best Advice Ive Ever Had

C. My Childhood

D. My Father


Do you know Australia? Australia is the largest island in the world. It is a little smaller than China. It is in the south of the earth.

1 The population of Australia is nearly as large as that of Shanghai. 2 The cities in Australia have got little air or water pollution. The sky is blue and the water is clean. You can clearly see fish swimming in the rivers. Plants grow very well.

Last month we visited Perth, the biggest city in Western Australia, and went to a wild flowers exhibition. 3 We had a wonderful time. Perth is famous for its beautiful wild flowers. In spring every year Perth has the wild flowers exhibition.

After visiting Perth, we spent the day in the countryside. We sat down and had a rest near a path (小路) at the foot of a hill.

4 Suddenly we heard bells ringing at the top of the hill. What we saw made us pick up all our things and run back to the car as quickly as we could. There were about three hundred sheep coming towards us down the path. 5 After a short drive from any town, you will find yourself in the middle of white sheep. Sheep, sheep, everywhere are sheep.

A. It was quiet and we enjoyed ourselves.

B. Australia is big, but its population is not large.

C. The people of Australia are very hard-working.

D. Australia is famous for its sheep and kangaroos.

E. Australia is the sixth largest country in the world.

F. The government has made enough laws to fight pollution.

G. There we saw a large number of wild flowers we had never

seen before.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.


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