The last few days before Christmas passed quickly and it was soon Christmas Eve. That night when everyone went to bed， Bunny couldn't sleep. He still couldn't think of what he wanted his Christmas gift to be. He wondered how Father Christmas would know what to bring him if he didn't know himself.
As he was sitting up in bed， Bunny heard a big noise on the roof and a sound downstairs. It was Father Christmas， he realized. Bunny jumped out of bed and raced down the hall to the stairs hoping to have a look at the old man with his own eyes.
By the time Bunny reached the bottom of the stairs， though， everything was again silent. Beautiful gifts were piled (堆积) under the Christmas tree， but Father Christmas was gone. He looked for him for a few minutes， but it was already too late. Bunny turned to climb back upstairs when he heard a cry.睁开全文
"Hello，" said Bunny."Is somebody there？"
He was answered by another cry. Bunny looked around the big pile of gifts to see what was making the noise. Right under the tree was a funny looking brown animal with big feet and sad eyes. Bunny might have mistaken it for a dog， if it hadn't been for the antlers (鹿角) on its head.
"Are you a reindeer (驯鹿)？" asked Bunny.
"Yes，" replied the animal， "my name is Ralph."
"And you were pulling Father Christmas' sled (雪橇)？"
"I was until I got airsick，" replied Ralph， "I'm afraid I wasn't cut_out_for the job. Now I'm stuck here and I don't know how to get back to the North Pole."
"Well， if you like， you can stay with us as a friend，" said Bunny. As he made the offer， Bunny suddenly realized the gift he wanted from Father Christmas was a new friend!
1．Why couldn't Bunny fall asleep on Christmas Eve?
A．He had a lot of things to do.
B．He was disturbed by a big noise.
C．He was thinking of what gift he would get.
D．He wanted to have a look at the reindeer.
2．As soon as Bunny came downstairs， he ________.
A．was probably very sad B．found what he wanted
C．ran into a reindeer D．heard a loud cry
3．The underlined part "cut out for" in the text probably means "________"．
A．fit for B．afraid of
C．proud of D．interested in
4．What would be the best title for the text?
A．A strange Christmas tree B．A special Christmas gift
C．A quiet but smart boy D．A lovely reindeer
We get it: You're tired. You're busy. And your shoes are way over there. Excuses are OK sometimes， but not every day — and especially not today. So put on your sneakers， get up off the couch， and let us kick your excuses to the curb (路牙子)．
"I ... dislike ... panting (气喘)！"
Being really out of breath may mean you're trying too much too soon， which will kill your confidence. But you don't have to be huffing_and_puffing to get a workout. Active doesn't have to mean highintensity (高强度). It's just about moving.
"I hate exercise."
It may seem unbearable， but you just have to get started. Exercise releases endorphins (your brain's own feelgood chemicals)， which can be habitforming. What's the best exercise? The one you'll do regularly. So you may hate running. Don't run! Ride your bike or just dance. Even cleaning your room is active. As long as you're moving and getting your blood pumping， it counts. So get creative.
"I don't have time."
You may not have lots of time to spare when you're busy with schoolwork， but we bet you can find 10 minutes. Bonus: An activity break will send oxygen to your brain， making you superalert (超级警觉的) and more creative too. Famous thinkers like Aristotle and Steve Jobs liked "walking meetings，" and you can follow in their footsteps by moving around while you brainstorm about a tough task or memorize your English vocabulary.
"I never see results！"
Even if you train with the help of a professional， you won't see results right away. But you will feel them almost immediately. Don't focus on how your body looks — focus on how you feel. Keep a journal of when you exercise (or don't) and how you feel that day: Stressed? Focused? Tired? When you start noticing the amazing effects of exercise， you'll have no excuses.
5．The underlined part "huffing and puffing" in Paragraph 2 can be replaced by "________"．
A．moving around B．breathing heavily
C．feeling confident D．wearing nice shoes
6．In the author's eyes， the best exercise is the one that ________.
A．is very relaxing B．you will stick to
C．produces good results D．you can spare time on
7．Steve Jobs is mentioned to prove that doing exercise ________.
A．is good for one's figure B．is good for one's health
C．makes one much happier D．makes one more productive
8．Which of the following can be the best title for the text?
A．Exercise excuses we are not buying
B．Benefits of regular physical activity
C．The best exercise and fitness routines
D．How to get started with an exercise plan
May Day， the first day of May， is celebrated as a spring festival in many countries. It marks the approach of summer.
The English developed their May Day festival from the Roman festival called Floralia. In the festival of Floralia， the Romans gathered flowers to honor the goddess of spring， Flora. In the Middle Ages， May Day became the favorite holiday of many English villages. People gathered flowers to decorate their homes and churches， sang spring songs and chose a king and a queen of May. Villagers danced around a tall pole fixed upright in the ground， called a maypole， each holding the end of a ribbon attached to the top of the pole. They tied the ribbons around the pole until it was covered with bright colors. They collected dew(露水) on May Day morning and washed their faces with it because they believed that the dew on the day had the magic power to regain youth.
Nowadays in Britain people no longer attach great importance to the day， but in some towns and villages people still celebrate it by choosing the May Queen and dancing around the maypole. May Queen is a girl selected as the most beautiful girl on May Day. She is usually crowned with flowers and often driven in procession through the street. In the United States， the day has never been celebrated with the same enthusiasm as in Britain. But in many American towns and cities， children celebrate the day with dancing and singing. They often gather flowers in handmade paper baskets and hang them on the doorknobs of the homes of their friends' and neighbors' on May Day morning. At May Day parties， children select May Queen， dance around the maypole， and sing May Day songs.
9．What do we know about the May Day in Britain in the Middle Ages?
A．People dressed in bright colors.
B．People celebrated it with enthusiasm.
C．People presented flowers to the goddess of spring.
D．People stayed at home instead of going to churches.
10．Why did people wash their faces with dew on May Day?
A．To bring good luck. B．To become prettier.
C．To get magic power. D．To get young again.
11．Paragraph 3 is mainly developed________．
A．by comparison B．by space
C．by process D．by classification
12．Nowadays， many American children celebrate May Day with lots of activities EXCEPT________．
A．hanging flowers on the doorknobs of their friends' homes
B．selecting May Queen and dancing around the maypole
C．gathering flowers in handmade paper baskets and singing May Day songs
D．collecting dew on May Day morning and washing faces
Aerial(空中的) performer Jennifer Bricker was born without legs， but she never let it stop her.
Wrapped in a loop(圈) of red silk hung from the ceiling， Jennifer Bricker climbs and twists to the music. Her head hangs down and her strong arms let go as she balances on her back， high above the ground—a move that is all the more daring because she has no legs.
Jennifer was a few months old when she was adopted by Sharon and Gerald Bricker. She had big brown eyes， a bright smile，凤凰彩票 and huge amounts of energy. When a doctor advised her adoptive parents to carry her around in a kind of bucket(桶)， they refused.
Jennifer soon learned to walkand runon her hands and bottom， and grew up fearlessly climbing trees and bouncing on the trampoline(蹦床) with her three older brothers. "My parents didn't treat me differently so I didn't grasp the concept that I was different. I knew I didn't have legs but that wasn't stopping me from doing the things I wanted to do."
At the age of three she was fitted with artificial legs， but she never really took to them—she moved more freely without them.
In 1996 the Olympic Games took place in Atlanta. Jennifer loved to watch the women's gymnastics team， and especially adored the 14yearold Dominique Moceanu who competed for the U．S. When Moceanu and the women's team won the gold， Jennifer decided she was going to be a gymnast， too. She took up power tumbling， which involves performing floor exercises down a runway. But Jennifer did not want any allowances to be made for her disability.
At the age of 10 she took part in the Junior Olympics and by age 11 she was the tumbling champion for the state of Illinois.
Jennifer now travels the world as an inspirational speaker and acts as an aerial performer.
13．What do we know about Jennifer Bricker?
A．She felt embarrassed without legs.
B．She was brought up as a normal child.
C．She was carried in a bucket as a baby.
D．She lost her legs when she was adopted.
14．Why did Jennifer determine to be a gymnast?
A．She knew that she was different from others.
B．She wanted to make allowances for her disability.
C．She was eager to participate in the Junior Olympics.
D．She was greatly influenced by Dominique Moceanu.
15．Which of the following can best describe Jennifer Bricker?
Color is in everything we touch， taste， smell and feel.It evokes (唤首) emotion without any thought.__1__ We are all familiar with it， but do you know the following facts?
Silver will save you life.When buying a new car and finding yourself facing various choices， you can't think clearly.Your best choice is to go with silver.Silvercolored cars are least likely to be involved in a car accident.__2__ Another reason is the silver color's ability to have a look of cleanliness.
__3__ Tough prisoners and crazy patients? It is the color commonly used to help calm down those who are out of control.So it surely has a useful place and a purpose， other than decorating a dress or Barbie's dream house.
Yellow makes you hungry.Yellow and orange are not recommended for use in kitchens， as they have a positive influence on your appetite.__4__ I'm not normally one for conspiracy (诡计) theories — but perhaps there's something in it for them if we remain ignorant of yellow's effects.
Color is an imaginary friend.Technically， it's all in our heads: color does not exist at all.__5__ So， if you start a heated debate over color combinations with someone that you are certain has a low IQ or is just colorblind， remember it's a pointless argument and you should drop it instantly. You're both wrong.
A．Pink comforts the nerves.
B．Blue is the most common favorite color.
C．They are most noticeable on the road and in low light.
D．Yellowcolored walls seldom leave us wanting more food.
E．It can be the focus of our careers， our lifestyle and the fun we have.
F．Then where would our restaurant owners be without the clever tricks?
G．Color tries to make sense of the huge amount of information from the outer world.
As a teenager， I was not very interested in sports. I hated team sports because I always felt like I was __1__ the rest of the team. During these years， I sometimes felt disconnected from my body. It seemed that only my brain was mine and my body was just a vehicle for __2__ my brain around.
I decided to try kung fu __3__ I started university. To my __4__， I loved it! It was a __5__ club and gave me a sense of relaxation. But as it is not a team sport， I didn't feel __6__ about not performing very __7__. And because it is a fighting sport， you usually __8__ in pairs， which means that you have a chance to __9__ people and talk to them. Gradually， I made friends with some of them. I also appreciated the __10__ of the classes was on getting better at kung fu， __11__ exercising to change my body. However， when I was doing it， I got stronger and quicker. The __12__ were a side effect of the sport， instead of the goal. __13__， in the last year of university I was too busy to do kung fu most of the time.
When I moved to Italy this year， I found a great local club that mixed martial arts (武术) and I __14__ it. The club is more serious than the one at my university and we do lots of boxing. I think that boxing is like chess， but much faster! If your boxing __15__ tries to strike you， you have to decide __16__ how you are supposed to __17__. You could avoid or catch their arm and then __18__ them to the mat.
I would say I just wasn't a(n) __19__ person while now I think that everyone should try as many sports as possible! Because practicing kung fu has made me feel __20__ to my body.
11．A.apart from B．regardless of
C．rather than D．but for
16．A.finally B．in a while
C．sensibly D．in an instant
There is a special festival in Thailand that people and animals celebrate together. It's a festival for Thailand's elephants — the Surin Elephant Roundup and Elephant Show， __1__ takes place in the third week of November.
People in Surin are good at training elephants. The festival aims __2__ (show) the importance of elephants to Thailand and people's good relationship __3__ them.
__4__ attracts tourists most is the elephant parade. People __5__ (dress) in traditional Thai clothes and they decorate their elephants colorfully. After the parade， the elephants gather at a place to enjoy breakfast. They will eat up all the fruit __6__ (serve) to them within minutes.
There are many other interesting activities at the festival， too. For example， soccer __7__ (match) and dancing are held among elephants to show their __8__ (strong) and skills.
Elephants have always played __9__ important role in Thailand's history and culture. People used to use them in wars and they are now important for the logging industry and tourism. An elephant can carry about 500kg logs. They are __10__ (environment) friendly compared to machines.
Recently， a famous basketball player has caused public angry by writing on the Great Wall. In the fact， this happens in many place of interest. I had some suggestions to solve this problem.
First， make more posters to inform the public the damage of graffiti (涂鸦). Besides， punishments， such as a fine， is necessary to tourists with so bad behavior. Also， I think it's helpfully to put up some boards along the tourist attractions that tourists can leave messages.
I'm sure with our efforts， more and more people will become concerning about protecting cultural relics.
参考词汇：梯田terrace 山歌folk song
广西壮族自治区Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Believe it or not， now I'm writing to share my traveling experience in Guilin with you.
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Believe it or not， now I'm writing to share my traveling experience in Guilin with you.It's in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region， China， famous for its mountains and waters.
I have been here for five days， during which time not only did I enjoy the fascinating scenery like the magical terraces， unique mountains and clear rivers， but also I tried the traditional weaving of Zhuang people.What impressed me most was the spectacular folksongsinging competition on the Lijiang River， which attracted thousands of visitors and locals.Guilin enjoys a worldwide reputation for its beautiful scenery， so it's well worth visiting.
I dare say a foreigner failing to Guilin hasn't really been to China.I strongly recommend you visit it after finishing your study.