5. The photographer published a photo on his personal blog and was surprised to discover three years ago that it had been shared among Facebook users as a photo
of “abandoned orphans”, with some people even weaving ____ tales about the kids, like “their mother had died and their father left them”.
(A) hilarious (B) negotiable (C) reliable (D) intricate
16. “It was all his own idea,” says Pat, the wife of California high school football coach Bob Peters. Bob had 36 made a “motherhood contract(合同)”—declaring that for 70 days this summer he would 37 the care of their four children and all the housework. 38 he didn’t even know how to make coffee when he sighed, he was very confident.
After40 of the 70 days, he was ready to 39 . “ I was beaten down, “ admits Bob. “Not only is motherhood a 40 task, it is an impossible job for any normal human being.”
Bob and Pat were married in 1991. After the married, Pat 41 a secretary to help put him through university. 42 Bob has been the football coach while Pat raised the kids. 43 two years ago Pat went back to work. “ I had been 44 children so much,” she 45 , “I couldn’t talk to a grown-up.” She continued to run the household, 46 -- until Bob sighed the contract.
Bob tried hard to learn cooking, but the meals he prepared were 47 . For the last three weeks, the family 48 a lot--- sometimes having MacDonald’s hamburgers for lunch and dinner.
49 housekeeping, a home economics teacher had told Bob that a room always looks clean 50 the bed is made. “ I found 51 –I shut the doors,” he says. Soon the kids were wearing their shirts inside out. “When we went to 52 Pat at work, I made them wear their shirts 53 side out so they would look clean.”
Now that Bob has publicly 54 he was wrong, he is 55 the child-raising and household tasks with Pat.
(A) only (B) just (C) nearly (D) ever
請依下文回答第 14 題至第 17 題：
During my high school years my best friend was Susan Miller, a girl who had lived down the street from me all her
life. We knew each other well and had many interests in common. One way in which we were different, however, was in
our shopping habits. When I shopped, I always knew what I wanted, got it quickly, and left. For Susan, shopping was a
game. She spent all day at it: examining, comparing, and finally, if conditions were right, buying. All too often I have
spent hours waiting for her to make up her mind. In fact, my longest “shopathon” was on a Christmas Eve when Susan
and I went to pick up a few last-minute gifts. She wanted a fit for her father, and I had to get something for my youngest
sister, Sara. We started at 9:00 A.M., and by 10:15 I had bought Sara her gift, a toy Dalmatian. Then I just trudged
around the mall after Susan. By one o’clock she still had not made a purchase, and the mall was becoming human
gridlock. Finally feeling some compassion, Susan bought herself and me each a slice of pizza. We had to eat standing up;
the tables were all filled. Then, walking and walking through endless stores, we continued shopping. She examined
shirts, scarves, ties, knickknacks. Her response to every possibility was negative: her father had it, he wouldn’t like it,
this was too expensive, and that was too cheap. Nothing seemed right for Susan’s father. Finally, fifteen minutes before
the mall was scheduled to close, she came out of a store in triumph. “I got it!”she said. I looked up from where I was
sitting on a bench, rubbing my swollen feet. “What?” I asked weakly. She held up a piece of paper. “A gift
certificate!”she exclaimed. “With this my father can get whatever he wants.”
【題組】16 According to the passage, which of the following statements is true?
(A) They enjoyed greatly the delicious steak for lunch as a lot of other shoppers did.
(B) There were so many people; they could not find a table, and they ate in a rush.
(C) They had a large meal: their table was full with nice food.
(D) Because there were huge crowds in the shopping mall, their food was not served until one o’clock.
Poet William Stafford once said that we are defined more by the detours(绕行路)in life that by the narrow road toward goals.I like this image.But I as quite by accident that I discovered the deep meaning of his words.
For years we made the long drive from our home in Seattle to my parents’ home in Boise in nine hours.We traveled the way most people do:the fastest,shortest easiest road,especially when ai was alone with four noisy,restless kids who hates confinement(限制)and have strong opinions about everything.
Road trips felt risky,so I would drive fast,stopping only when I had to.We would stick to the freeways and arrive tired.
But then Banner,our lamb was born.He was rejected by his mama days before our planned trip to Boise.I had two choices:leave Banner with my husband,or take him with me.My husband made the decision for me.
That is how I found my self on the road with four kids,a baby lamb and nothing but my everlasting optimism to see me through.We took the country roads out of necessity.We had to stop every hour,let Banner shke out his legs and feed him.The kids chased him and one another.They’d get back in the car breathless and energized,smelling fresh from the cold air.
We explored side roads,catching grasshoppers in waist-high grass.Even if we simply looked out of the car windows at baby pigs following their mother,or fish leaping outof the water,it was better than the best ride down the freeway. Here was life.And new horizons(见识).
We eventually arrived at my parents’doorstep astonishingly fresh and full of stories
I grew brave with the trip back home and creative with my disciplining technique.On an empty section of road,everyone started quarreling.I stopped the car,ordered all kids out and told them to meet me up ahead.I parked my car half a mile away and read my book in sweet silence.
Some road trips are by necessity fast and straight.But that trip with Banner opened our eyes to a world available to anyon adventurous enough to wander around and made me realize that a detour may uncover the best part of a journey----and the best part of yourself.
【題組】50.What could be the best title for the passage?
(A)Charm of the Detour
(B)The Road to Bravery
(C)Creativity out of Necessity
(D)Road trip and Country Life
When asked about happiness,we usually think of something extraordinary, an absolute delight,which seems to get rarer the older we get.
For kids,happiness has a magical quality.Their delight at winning a race or getting a new bike is unreserved(毫不掩饰的).
In the teenage years the concept of happiness changes.Suddenly it’s conditional on such things as excitement,love and popularity.I can still recall the excitement of being invited to dance with the most attractive boy at the school party.
In adulthood the things that bring deep joy----love,marriage,birth----also bring responsibility and the risk of loss.For adults,happiness is complicated(复杂的)
My definition fo happiness is “the capacity for enjoyment”.The more we can enjoy what we have,the happier we are.It’s easy to overlook the pleasure we get from the company of friends,the freedom to live where we please,and even goo health.
I experienced my little moments of pleasure yesterday.First I was overjoyed when I shut the last lunch-box and had the house to myself.Then I spent an uninterrupted morning writing,which I love.When the kids and my husband came home,I enjoyed their noise after the quiet of the day.
Psychologists tell us that to be happy we need a mix of enjoyable leisure time and satisfying work.I don’t think that my grandmother,who raised 14 children,had much of either.She did have a network of close friends and family,and maybe this is what satisfied her.
We,however,with so many choices and such pressure to succeed in every area,have turned happiness into one more thing we’ve got to have.We’ve so self-conscious about our “right” to it that it’s making us miserable.So we chase it and equal it with wealth and success,without noticing that the people who have those things aren’t necessarily happier
Happiness isn’t about what happens to us----it’s about how we see what happens to us.It’s the skillful way of finding a positive for every negative.It’s not wishing for what we don’t have,but enjoying what we do possess.