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Tommy White has been rowing across the Pacific Ocean in a rowboat since he left California on July 10 ,2007. He has been heading for Australia with only birds, fish, and sharks ever since.

Crossing the Pacific is only part of his journey. Tommy has decided to go all the way around the world using his own energy. He will row, bike, walk, and climb the world without help from any motor (马达) at all. His plan includes climbing the tallest peak on six of the continents (大陆) along the way.

For the first part of his trip, he bicycled 5,546 miles from Seattle, Washington to Mount Mckinley in Alaska and back, walked 67 miles to base camp, and climbed 20,320 feet to Mckinley's top. Now in the second part of his dangerous trip, he is rowing to Australia.

Why would he try to go around the world this way? He explains that he wants to encourage kids to dream their dreams and get to their own goals. He wants to show kids that there might be hard parts along the way, and sometimes they might not even get to that final goal. But they can have great adventures and learn a lot along the way.

Tommy has already faced some difficulties. For example, wind and waves keep pushing him westward when he wants to go south toward the Solomon Islands. If his luck doesn’t change, he will cheerfully change his plan, and aim to land at Papua New Guinea. One way or another, he's sure he’ll get to his next goal: Australia.

When his trip around the world takes him across land, he enjoys meeting people — especially children. He has already visited many schools and shared his story.

Tommy encourages all kids to set their eyes on a goal and not to give up. He says, "With goals, we will make progress, and we will be farther along than when we started, even if we don't get to some goals. That's called life! ”

1.How has Tommy decided to go all the way around the world?

2.Which part of his trip is he in now?

3.If his luck doesn’t change, where does he aim to land?

4.What does he enjoy on his trip across land?

5.To Tommy, does life mean struggling for (而奋斗)the goals?


1.By using his own energy. 2.In the second part. 3.At Papua New Guinea. 4.He enjoys meeting...

Dear daughter,

   You are a wonderful person and your mother and I love you. It will not be long before you leave home to make your way in the world. Can I please give you some friendly advice? Here are some things that you should never do.

  1). Never Look Down Upon Yourself.

   You are great and able to achieve great things so believe in yourself. When things go badly, never stop believing. Some girls get upset and lose confidence. And then all kinds of problems can follow.

  2). Never Get Upset With Your Looks.

  We think you look great . Please be happy with the person you are and the body you have. Eat well, take exercise and be healthy. Some girls become upset because they try to lose weight or get the perfect shape. You look fine.

  3). Never spend money more than your income (收入) .

  Never spend money more than your income and save a little every month. Don’t borrow other’s money if possible.

  4). Never Give Less Than Your Best.

   We are very proud of what you have succeeded so far. You should be proud too. Keep doing well. Keep trying your hardest at everything you do. No one can ask for more than that.

  5). Never Forget That Your Parents Love You.

   Whatever happens in life, your family will still be your family. Whatever difficulties you have, you can always talk to us and we will try to help. We are here for you.



1.From the letter, we can know the daughter will _________soon.

A. leave school    B. go to college    C. go to another city    D. face lots of difficulties

2.According to the father, some girls become upset because they __________.

A. aren’t healthy enough    B. don’t make enough money

C. don’t have good jobs    D. try to have the perfect shape

3.When someone gets upset and loses confidence, _________________.

A. nobody will love him    B. he can’t get good income

C. all problems will follow him    D. his parents won’t believe in him anymore

4.The father thinks his daughter has been a _____________person.

A. happy    B. successful    C. perfect    D. hard-working

5.The father writes this letter to his daughter in order to tell her_____________.

A. that her parents love her    B. what she should never do

C. how she can become successful    D. that her parents will always help her


Day and night across China, groups of middle-aged retirees, mostly women, gather together to dance in open space, like squares and parks. They are known as “guang chang wu da ma”. Their love for square dancing has made them a national phenomenon. 

However, some people don’t think highly of it. Their music is too loud, and they take up too much public space. Besides, they even dance at improper (not proper) places--- such as the square in front of the Louvre in Paris, where Chinese tourists broke into a dance last year. 

Even so, the dancers are growing in number and style. Li Dong,46, is a pioneer in this field. “In addition to keeping fit, square dancing has become so popular because older people who are free from work and from raising children want to be connected with one another. But I think that square dancing has a deeper meaning.” 

By teaching herself different dances, such as Latin, Tango and Cha-cha, Li adds variety (花样) to square dancing. “Although we are old, we are curious and want to try different dance style,” she said,” because square dancing has attracted(吸引)so much attention, I want to take it seriously.” 

As for people’s objection(反对),Li says her team has taken the suggestion of turning down the volume(音量)and dancing at proper sites.” We are not a trouble at all.”

1.Why does the writer mention Chinese tourists broke into a dance in front of the Louvre in Paris?

A. Because their music was too loud .    B. Because they weren’t dancing at a proper place.

C. Because they took up too much space.    D. Because they wanted to show their dancing to others.

2.Which of the following is NOT the reason why older people love square dancing?

A. It can help them keep healthy.    B. They want to communicate with one another.

C. They are free from work and raising children.    D. They want to attract people’s attention.

3.As for people’s objection, Li has _____

A. taught herself different dances like Latin, etc.    B. danced better than before.

C. put on beautiful dresses.    D. tried to make less noise and choose proper sites.

4.Which words can be used to describe Li Dong?

A. Curious and creative(有创造性的).    B. Helpful and careful.

C. Kind and funny.    D. Patient and active.

5.This passage most probably comes from?

A. A story book    B. A science magazine    C. A newspaper    D. A text book


For ten weeks, in a great house on the island of St Thomas , John C. Lilly tried to teach a six-year-old dolphin to speak English. Margaret Howe, an experiment (试验) helper, would live day and night with Peter, a dolphin. And they would eat, bathe(洗澡), sleep and play together from Sunday to Friday, with only Saturdays off for Margaret. She lived her 1ife in swimming clothes -- with a coat on colder evenings --- and cut her hair short so that she could get on with Peter more easily.

   After a few days, Peter was becoming more and more interested in winning her attentions. He threw a ball against her shower towel to get her to play. As time went by, he only wanted to play ball with her and not on his own.

   The problem was that, just at the time Peter and Margaret began to get on well just as two best friends, the experiment ended and the lab was closed. After a few weeks, Margaret received the sad news that Peter had killed himse1f by refusing to breathe, and sinking to the bottom of his pool.

   Dolphins may not speak English --- but, just like humans, they know all about broken hearts.

1.Peter is the name of________

A. a doctor    B. dolphin    C. a scientist    D. an experiment helper

2.Margaret worked days_____a week during the experiment .

A. four    B. five    C. six    D. seven

3.To live with the dolphin, Margaret couldn't _______.

A. cut her hair short    B. have a common life-like others

C. wear swimming c1othes    D. eat, bathe and play together with him

4.The ending of the story was that _________ .

A. Margaret didn't leave the lab    B. the lab was closed and the dolphin died

C. the dolphin could speak English at last    D. Dr John C. Lilly was satisfied with the experiment

5.From this passage, we can learn that __________.

A. dolphins aren't worth studying    B. dolphins can't be humans' good friends

C. dolphins can't communicate with humans    D. dolphins may have feelings just like humans