21. " Just sign here, sir," the deliveryman said as he handed Oscar Reyna a package.
The package consisted of a long , narrow box ___21____ wrapped in brown paper. __22___ the box , Oscar saw an umbrella inside—— a very old one with a beautifully carved handle. ____23___He had not seen it in more than 20 years , he recognized it ____24____.
Oscar was 16 when he first saw the ___25____ umbrella. He had gone to a concert with his grandparents. As they were leaving , he noticed an umbrella on an empty seat. Impressed by its ____26____, Oscar felt a strong desire to find its ___27____.
Oscar ___28____ the manager to look in the record of advance ticket sales. Just as he thought, a name matched the seat ____29___ Oscar had found the umbrella . The name was Mrs. Katie O'brien.
Oscar talked his grandparents into going by Mrs O'brien's ___30____ on their way home. He rang the bell , the door opened, and an elderly woman appeared. "May I __31___ you ? "she asked.
"I'd like to return it if its yours," Oscar said , ____32____ the umbrella as if presenting a ___33___ that had long been wished for.
"Why , yes! it's mine, "replied Mrs. Brien with a ___34____ smile and shining eyes. " It was given to by my father years ago. Thank you so much for returning it. May I offer you a reward for your ____35____ ? "
" No, ma'am , " he said " my grandmother says a good deed is its own reward."
" Well, that 's ____36_____ my father used to say. What is your name , Young man ?"
Years later, Oscar was staring at the finely carved handle of the umbrella as he remember Mrs. O' Brien . It was in perfect condition, considering how__37__ it was. Why had it arrived here today?
As if ___38____, a note fell from the paper. It read: Mrs O'brien wanted you to ___39___ this umbrella as a present for a kind, __40___gesture long ago.
(A) strictly (B) carefully (C) roughly (D) casually
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Fabergé eggs are jeweled eggs that were made by the famous Russian jeweler, the House of Fabergé,from 1885 to 1917. The eggs were made of valuable metals or stones coated with beautiful colors and
decorated with precious jewels.
The first Fabergé egg was crafted for Tsar Alexander III, who gave his wife, the Empress Maria Fedorovna, an Easter egg to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. He placed an order with a young jeweler, Peter Carl Fabergé, whose beautiful creations had caught Maria’s eye earlier. On Easter morning of 1885, what appeared to be a simple enameled egg was delivered to the palace. But to the delight ofthe Empress, the egg opened to a golden yolk; within the yolk was a golden hen; and concealed within
the hen was a diamond miniature of the royal crown and a tiny ruby egg. Unfortunately, the last two surprises are now lost to history.
Empress Maria was so delighted by this gift that Alexander appointed Fabergé a “goldsmith byspecial appointment to the Imperial Crown.” The Tsar also asked Fabergé to make an Easter egg every year. The requirements were straightforward: Each egg must be unique, and each must contain a pleasant surprise. With excellent craftsmanship and an inventive spirit, Peter Fabergé and his successors repeatedly met the challenge. The House of Fabergé made approximately 50 Imperial Easter Eggs for Tsar Alexander III and his son Nicholas II until 1917, when the Russian revolution broke out.
Today, the term “Fabergé eggs” has become a synonym of luxury and the eggs are regarded asmaster pieces of the jeweler’s art. More significantly, perhaps, they serve as reminders of the last Russian imperial family.
【Group】38. What does it mean by “Peter Fabergé and his successors repeatedly met the challenge” in the thirdparagraph?
(A)They repeated their designs over and over.
(B) They fulfilled the Tsar’s requirements each time.
(C) They challenged the Tsar’s expectations every year.
(D)They were faced with unexpected difficulties time and again.
This green and blue planet spinning in space is under severe stress. If we
continue to exploit the planet at the present rate,human and animal life will be
threatened. Human pride will be followed by nature’s punishment. To save our earth
and ourselves,we need first develop an unbiased understanding of ourselves,nature
Everyone understands the meaning of the sentence“Man should respect animal life and
nature”. But the exact meaning of man,nature and animal life is not always clear.
Many refer to man and animals as if they were essentially different. I consider man
to be an animal and only differing in degree and not in kind from other animals.
Although I discuss in conventional terms human rights and animal rights as if they
were separate,strictly speaking,human rights should be considered a branch of animal
The word“nature”is one of the most complex words in the language,but it has
developed three main areas of meaning. These are,first,the essential quality and
character of something（as in human nature,or the nature of wood）;second,the
inherent force which influences the world（as in Mother Nature）;third,the entire
world itself. The last can be taken to include or to exclude human beings,as the
phrase man and the natural world implies.
I consider humans to be an integral part of nature, although they are also the
beings most capable of interfering with its processes.Unfortunately a central
driveof Western“man”has been to conquer“nature”, as if it were an object
separate from him.Hence it has become common to distinguish between what is
natural（existing without man’s interference）and artificial（manmade）.In this
way, natural growth is opposed to education, civilization to the natural state.For
manyurban people living permanently among concrete and glass, nature itself has
come to mean little more than the countryside.And this notion of opposition is
where the seed of potential destruction lies.
【Group】35). The very last sentence of the passage implies that ______.
(A). urbanization violates the peace of the countryside
(B). the people in the cities cannot enjoy the nature’s beauty
(C). man cannot destroy nature, as they are different from each other
(D). if man goes against nature, the world will probably be destroyed
Established in 1910 and built on 90 acres, the St. Louis Zoo is in many ways archetypal of institutions struggling to adapt from a late-19th-century concept to a 21st-century crisis management center. In their first century, American zoos plucked exotic animals from the wild and exploited them mainly for entertainment value, throwing in some wildlife education and a touch of preservation. When wilderness began disappearing, causing animals to fail at an accelerating pace, zoo officials became rescuers and protectors. Since the 1980s, zoos have developed coordinated breeding programs that have brought dozens of animals, like the golden lion tamarin of Brazil, back from the brink. To conserve animals effectively, however, zoo officials must winnow species in their care and devote more resources to a chosen few. The result is that zookeepers, usually animal lovers to the core, are increasingly being pressed into making cold calculations about which animals are the most crucial to save. Sometimes, the burden feels less like Noah building an ark and more like Schindler making a list. All sorts of criteria are considered, including uniqueness, level of endangerment in the wild, importance of the animal’s ecological role, and whether there is an adequate population in captivity for effective breeding. 9 Zoos are essentially given a menu of endangered species that the Association of Zoos & Aquariums is trying to maintain and can then choose according to their particular needs. But final decisions are often as much about heart as logic. When those decisions are made, the consequences can feel brutal. For 20 years, keepers at the St. Louis Zoo worked to understand the habits of endangered Mhorr gazelles, a graceful kind of antelopes, in their care. The animals had been squeezed out of the grasslands that border the Sahara by increased cattle ranching. Eighteen babies were born at the zoo during that time, a healthy rate. But then with fewer than 50 Mhorrs left in zoos in North America, there was not enough genetic diversity to reproduce without a risk of inbreeding. So, in 2008, a North American advisory group on the viability of hoofed species recommended that the animals be phased out of North American zoos and space given to another subspecies of endangered gazelle with more promising prospects. Sea lions are doing fine in the wild for now, but the St. Louis Zoo, which is taxpayer subsidized, decided to spend $18 million on a new pool, expected to be completed next year, that will be filtered and ozonated for clarity. Why? Because sea lions are one of the most popular attractions and their home was decrepit. Money also had to be spent on new restrooms and extra parking, meaning that stated priorities like breeding space for endangered animals and a frozen pool for walruses were shelved. 【Group】Which of the following statements is true about sea lions?
(A) Their home was a pool filled with ozonated water.
(B) They are kept in the zoo mainly for entertainment.
(C) They are going to share the new pool with walruses.
(D) They were the zoo’s first priority to spend taxpayers’ money on.