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I always wondered how people would react if I tried to approach a total stranger for help in a busy place like a street corner or in a noisy mall. I have always hurried past a stranger who tried to catch my attention in a busy place or when I am rushing around.

Yesterday, I was in a busy shopping mall buying a large piece of luggage because I just had the time to do it after many days of planning. After the purchase in one of the large shops, I picked up my phone from my pocket to call my driver waiting in the parking lot but my phone was dead.

I then requested the shop assistant who had just sold me the luggage to ring the number of my driver for me and she replied that it was the shop policy that they cannot use mobile phones while working in the shop.

I got out of the shop onto the busy street in front and approached a young mother with her two kids to make a request. As soon as I said “Excuse me, madam”, she grabbed both her kids and ran. I felt like a kidnapper.

I stood there, wondering how many times I had reacted to strangers like the young mum. I stood there in the busy street with people rushing by, looking at their faces to see if there was a sign of kindness on their faces.

I saw a man pretty shabbily dressed. He seemed to have noticed me and I just stopped him expecting him to rush past. My request escaped the lips. He immediately called the number of my driver and waited till my car came to be sure I was picked up, and he turned around before I could thank him adequately and was gone. I was surprised by his kindness and hope I will do likewise to strangers who try to catch my attention from now on.

1.The author turned to others for help to       .

A. charge up his dead phone    B. test their reaction to a stranger

C. call his driver to pick him up    D. catch their attention to him

2.Who gave the author a helping hand at last?

A. The shop assistant.    B. The shabbily-dressed man.

C. The mother with two kids.    D. Nobody.

3.Why did the author expect the man to rush past when stopping him?

A. The author was hopeless after seeking help in vain.

B. The man may be too poor to own a phone.

C. The man didn’t look safe.

D. The author found himself mistaken for a bad person.

4.What does the author learn from his experience?

A. Kindness can turn strangers into friends.

B. Helping strangers is easier said than done.

C. Experience is better gained through practice.

D. Do to others what you would like others to do to you.


1.C 2.B 3.A 4.D 【解析】 本文为夹叙夹议文。作者买了东西,想打电话让司机接他。由于手机死机无法打电话,所以向许多人求助但没有成功,最终是一位衣着破旧的人帮...

Big Messaging Apps Abroad

While WeChat is China’s biggest mobile messaging app, there are many similar apps in other countries that offer similar features.

WhatsApp (US)

Users: more than 300 million

Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry

Features: Text chat, push-to-talk, file sharing, location sharing

With more than 300 million active users, WhatsApp is one of WeChat’s biggest competitors.

Developed by two ex-Yahoo employees in 2009, WhatsApp originally focused on text chat, but on Aug. 6 it also started push - to - talk service. It’s noted for its accessibility, ease of use and the absence of advertisements. The service is free for the first year, after which $ 0.99 (6. 06 yuan) is charged for a one –year subscription.

Kakao Talk (South Korea)

Users: more than 100 million

Platform: Android, iOS, windows Phone, BlackBerry and Bada (an operate system developed by Samsung)

Features: Text chat, group chat, push–to–talk, group calls, file sharing

With more than 100 million users in more than 230 countries, Kakao Talk is a multi - platform (多平台) texting application that allows users to send and receive messages for tree. With Kakao Talk, users can message each other one-on-one or in group chats with unlimited numbers of friends. You can also choose from more than 250 animated emoticons and share them with friends.

Line (Japan)

Users: more than 200 million

Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and PC

Features: Text chat, group chat, push–to–talk, file sharing, location sharing, gaming, stickers

Line tops the list of the most downloaded free apps in 52 countries. Apart from text and voice messaging, Line provides its users with more than 250 original stickers and emotions to buy from its own shop. In the first quarter of 2013 alone, it made $ 17 million just from stickers. The popular app also allows friends to battle each other in the Line games.

1.The first paragraph of the passage is used to_____________________.

A. introduce the most unpopular mobile messaging apps in China

B. talk about new features in the latest mobile messaging apps

C. draw readers’ attention to various popular mobile messaging apps

D. explain how mobile messaging apps have become so popular

2.Compared with the other two apps, which of the following features makes Line stand out?

A. Push-to-talk.

B. Stickers .

C. File sharing.

D. Text and group chat.

3.One of the popular features of WhatsApp is that users_____________________.

A. can send and receive messages for free

B. can enjoy live video chats within groups

C. regularly set free stickers and emoticons

D. don’t need to worry about unwanted ads


Recently I understood the true meaning of love. The ______ was Kane, my neighbor Joline’s two-year-old son.

Kane was born with a physical problem on his ______ . And I witnessed(目睹)the______  that Kane’s physical shortcomings had on his family. I also witnessed much more than that. I saw a ______  family that embraced(拥抱)this special child. A family that wouldn’t allow Kane to know he was______ . Joline had constructed a small cart手推车just a few inches off the floor for his son to ______ . Kane used his hands to move about, and the cart______  him to “go to” any place just as everyone else was able to do. Kane was not just a member of the family, but the______  of the family.

With a wide smile, it was easy to see that even at the age of two, Kane liked to ______  with people very much. With wisdom of an individual, this boy even _____ the most complex of human emotions. Later I came to _______ that this child was sent to help some of us who weren’t just getting what love was all about.

Kane demanded attention, _____ not because of his mobility(移动能力)challenges or other apparent shortcomings. In his mind, he had no_____ or shortcomings. The_____ was that he received attention because he was alive and real and had so much to offer.

Kane _____ me in a deep way. His ability to refuse to be different has _____ me. Kane was and is _____ lots of warm and powerful energy to me. From him and his family I learnt the _____: love surpasses(超越)all things. I can only imagine that as the parent of a child like Kane one might be filled with____. But I believe that having a child like Kane is actually a(n) _____. The parents of such special babies are angels too, just as the babies are.

1.A. problem    B. reason    C. matter    D. pressure

2.A. hands    B. eyes    C. legs    D. arms

3.A. effect    B. comment    C. demand    D. look

4.A. similar    B. wonderful    C. practical    D. fair

5.A. irregular    B. difficult    C. different    D. terrible

6.A. go ahead    B. speed up    C. turn out    D. get around

7.A. invited    B. allowed    C. advised    D. caused

8.A. symbol    B. signal    C. center    D. mark

9.A. communicate    B. compare    C. agree    D. compete

10.A. reminded    B. understood    C. discovered    D. trusted

11.A. recognize    B. experience    C. imagine    D. realize

12.A. and    B. or    C. but    D. as

13.A. challenges    B. expectations    C. promises    D. chances

14.A. goal    B. result    C. possibility    D. truth

15.A. touched    B. stopped    C. caught    D. kept

16.A. puzzled    B. shocked    C. amused    D. inspired

17.A. even    B. yet    C. still    D. almost

18.A. lesson    B. subject    C. notice    D. skill

19.A. excitement    B. determination    C. anger    D. anxiety

20.A. ability    B. advantage    C. problem    D. exception