“I wouldn’t buy that woman a Mother’s Day card,even if my life depended upon it,”said the woman standing by the card shelf at Wal-Mart.I looked up and saw a(n)31 of total complaint and dislike.
Having been 32 at a Florida orphanage at age four,I never knew what it felt like to have a mother or a father.Never once had I received a hug or a kiss from my parents.That part of my life is a total 33.
She looked up,saw me looking at her and 34 angrily,“Just what are you looking at,you fool?”
“Sorry Ma’am.I never had a mother,and I was35 by your words.”I reached over and picked up a nice-looking 36,opened it and began to read,“Thank you 37 for being my mother.”
“Do you think your mother would like that card?Mine would,I think,”I said.
“Do you know what it is like to be 38 at for years,and never be told that you are loved?”she asked.
“My mother didn’t 39 me,let alone shout.She just took me to the orphanage where I stayed until I grew up,”I replied.
“Don’t you 40 her?”she asked.
“Oh,I can’t.She’s my mother.Being a mother is a position to be 41,even if she is not a very nice person,”I told her.The woman stood there 42 her head.
I looked down at the floor and said,“I know your mother might have done a lot of things that 43 you.It appears as if you hate her.But I can tell you this from my44 that disliking her,or even hating her,feels nowhere near as 45 as never having known a mother at all—good or bad.At least,you feel 46.For me,it’s all just a large blank of loneliness inside my heart,and that’s 47 I’ll feel until I die.”
The woman stood there for a moment.48,she reached out,took the card from my hand,smelled it,and placed it in her cart.
After she left,I 49 a nice card for my mother.I took it home,50 it,and placed it with the other Mother and Father’s Days cards bought all these years,each marked“Address Unknown”.
31.A.idea B.appearance C.expression D.impression
32.A.deserted B.lost C.reserved D.rescued
33.A.dark B.pain C.misfortune D.blank
34.A.requested B.considered C.screamed D.refused
35.A.relieved B.annoyed C.disappointed D.shocked
36.A.cart B.card C.book D.magazine
37.A.simply B.largely C.originally D.basically
38.A.shouted B.glared C.laughed D.pointed
39.A.set aside B.leave behind C.care about D.know about
40.A.miss B.love C.accuse D.hate
41.A.depended B.obeyed C.respected D.observed
42.A.shaking B.dropping C.raising D.nodding
43.A.hurt B.blamed C.disturbed D.punished
44.A.conscience B.efforts C.experiences D.nature
45.A.fragile B.lonely C.hateful D.anxious
46.A.anything B.everything C.nothing D.something
47.A.whether B.how C.where D.why
48.A.Cheerfully B.Eagerly C.Hesitantly D.Seriously
49.A.picked out B.packed up C.brought out D.took up
50.A.mended B.exposed C.addressed D.Signed
On a weekday evening,Jane was at home as usual.As her __41__swung between what she was going to do with her life and their dinner plans for the evening,she was unexpectedly __42__by an urgent call from her sister“Get over here!Turn on NBC and check these guys out.They are just like you…..”One facebook message and a phone interview later,Jane __43__herself on a bus with 8 strangers in the middle of the sweltering(令人发昏的)desert heat of Utah,picking up trash and __44___ awareness(意识)about zero-waste and climate change.
With a deep __45__ of the environment and a desire to make a __46__,Jane,Davey,and a group of self __47__“environmental pick-up artists”went on a coast to coast road side trash pick-up.As they walked,sometimes only __48__0.9 miles in an entire day,they __49__ and steadily made their way across the United States for three years,picking up a total of 201,678 pounds of trash.
Jane and Davey _50__ with us wonderful stories of hope and inspiration that fueled their __51__to continue their journey.After spending weeks silently __52__how she would have enough __53__ to fly home for their two-week spring break,Jane found a blank,unidentified envelope __54__with$850 cash in the desert.Just enough to get her home and back.After their bus __55__ outside of Denver,they unexpectedly got __56__and arrived in Yosemite National Park three weeks later,just in time for the“Yosemite Facelift”where __57__from all over the state came together with a __58__of cleaning up trash all over the park.
Being at the right place at the right time became almost normal,and they realized that much of what they __59__was more than just a coincidence.Together,their team learned to simply __60__ themselves to their task,and surrender to the journey.
41.A.hands B.thoughts C.balance D.position
42.A.blamed B.frightened C.moved D.interrupted
43.A.found B.cheered C.dropped D.taught
44.A.abandoning B.raising C.shaking D.hiding
45.A.pride B.trust C.love D.fear
46.A.plan B.promise C.mistake D.difference
47.A.described B.corrected C.repeated D.discovered
48.A.driving B.covering C.riding D.fixing
49.A.slowly B.secretly C.helplessly D.frequently
50.A.heard B.read C.wrote D.shared
51.A.problems B.costs C.efforts D.choices
52.A.depending on B.replying to C.worrying about D.meeting with
53.A.time B.money C.food D.room
54.A.filled B.supplied C.decorated D.equipped
55.A.set off B.held on C.headed for D.broke down
56.A.rest B.practice C.help D.understanding
57.A.volunteers B.members C.tourists D.reporters
58.A.question B.purpose C.decision D.lesson
59.A.introduced B.expected C.examined D.experienced
60.A.turn B.limit C.devote D.compare
My class and I visited Chris Care Center in Phoenix,Arizona to comfort the old people who needed a little cheering up during the holiday season.
The first two __21__there were for persons requiring help in taking care of themselves.We sang __22__for them.They loved our sweet songs and the flowers that we left with them.
As we were __23__on the third floor for old people with Alzheimer(老年痴呆症),most of them __24__ off at the walls or floor.However,one lady __25__my eye.She was sitting by the door,in a wheelchair,singing songs to herself.They weren’t the songs that we were singing,at least they didn’t __26__like that.As we got __27__with each festive song,she did as well.The louder we got,the louder she got.__28__she was singing,she was also __29__out to us with her hands and body.I knew that I should have gone over to her,but I thought that my __30__were to my students.People who worked at the care center could __31__to her,I thought.Just when I stopped feeling __32__ about not giving her the attention she needed,one of my students,Justin,showed me what the holiday season is really about.
Justin also __33__the same lady.The difference between us is that he __34__ on her needs,but I didn’t.During the last song,“Silent Night,”Justin walked over to her and held her hand.He looked this aged lady in her __35__and with his actions said,“You are important,and I will take my __36__to let you know that.”
This tired,elderly lady stopped singing and held his hand.Then she touched his cheek with the other hand.Tears began to fall down her face.No __37__can completely describe that touching moment...
It __38__a boy to teach me,a man,about kindness and love.Justin’s example of a complete,selfless attitude toward another was a __39__that I will never forget.He was the teacher that day,and I consider myself __40__ to have witnessed his lesson.
21.A.rooms B.buildings C.floors D.groups
22.A.bravely B.shyly C.madly D.beautifully
23.A.dancing B.meeting C.gathering D.singing
24.A.stared B.shut C.paid D.glared
25.A.looked B.caught C.escaped D.hurt
26.A.appear B.hear C.sound D.feel
27.A.louder B.nearer C.faster D.higher
28.A.Because B.As C.Since D.Though
29.A.moving B.reaching C.coming D.spreading
30.A.interests B.abilities C.feeling s D.responsibilities
31.A.speak B.object C.attend D.compare
32.A.afraid B.sure C.guilty D.scary
33.A.feared B.avoided C.helped D.noticed
34.A.called B.acted C.insisted D.kept
35.A.tears B.hands C.eyes D.face
36.A.time B.flower C.body D.cheek
37.A.words B.poems C.expressions D.songs
38.A.took B.wasted C.caused D.made
39.A.message B.lesson C.activity D.class
40.A.clever B.foolish C.right D.lucky