What I Want for You and Every Child in America
by President-Elect Barack Obama
Dear Malia and Sasha,
I know that you’ve both had a lot of 1 these last two years during the campaign, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably shouldn’t have let you have. But I also know that it hasn’t always been easy for you and Mom, and that although you are both excited about that new puppy(幼犬), it doesn’t 2 for all the time we’ve been apart. I know 3 I’ve missed these past two years, and today I want to tell you a little more about why I decided to take our family on this journey.
When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me--about how I’d 4 my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my 5 with all your curiosity and mischief （搗亂） and those smiles that never 6 to fill my heart and light up my day. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours. That’s why I ran for President: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation.
I want all our children to go to schools 7 of their potential---schools that challenge them, inspire them, and instill （灌輸） in them a sense of 8 about the world around them. I want them to have the chance to go to college 9 their parents aren’t rich. And I want them to get good jobs: jobs that pay well and give them benefits like health care, jobs that let them have time to spend time with their own 10 .
I want us to 11 back the boundaries(界限) of discovery so that you’ll live to see new technologies and inventions that improve our lives and make our planet cleaner and safer. And I want us to push our own human boundaries to reach 12 the divides(分水嶺) of race and region, gender and religion that 13 us from seeing the best in each other.
That was the 14 your grandmother tried to teach me when I was your age, reading me the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence and telling me about the men and women who marched for 15 because they believed those words put to paper two centuries ago should mean 16 .
She helped me understand that America is great not because it is perfect but because it can always be made better and that the 17 work of perfecting our union falls to each of us. It’s a duty we pass on to our children.
These are the things I want for you--- to 18 in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach. And I want every child to have the same 19 to learn and dream and grow that you girls have. That’s why I’ve taken our family on this great adventure.
I am so proud of both of you. I love you 20 you can ever know. And I am grateful every day for your patience, confidence, grace, and humor as we prepare to start our new life together in the White House.
1. A. play B. fun C. pain D. gain
2. A. take up B. pick up C. make up D. put up
3. A. how much B. how many C. how soon D. how long
4. A. lose B. make C. take D. walk
5. A. world B. family C. position D. place
6. A. succeed B. come C. tend D. fail
7. A. worth B. worthless C. worthwhile D. worthy
8. A. humor B. hatred C. wonder D. sadness
9. A. even if B. as if C. as long as D. if
10. A. friends B. kids C. boys D. girls
11. A. rush B. catch C. push D. pull
12. A. to B. in C. into D. beyond
13. A. keep B. let C. make D. warn
14. A. way B. method C. means D. lesson
15. A. quantity B. quality C. equality D. quarter
16. A. everything B. something C. anything D. nothing
17. A. unfinished B. finished C. unfinishing D. finishing
18. A. wake up B. grow up C. come up D. get up
19. A. difficulty B. barriers C. anxiety D. chances
20. A. rather than B. other than C. less than D. more than
4.【解析】選B。當我還年輕的時候，我認為生活就該繞著我轉：我如何在這世上成功，成功立業，得到我想要的。make one’s way有“成功”的意思，與語境相符。
【解題誤區】make one’s way與下文的become successful相呼應。
【解題誤區】本題易誤選B。Malia and Sasha是作者自己的孩子，因此若選B，則句意不通。
6.【解析】選D。總能填滿我的心，照亮我的日子。fail to do sth.沒能做某事。
【解題誤區】本題易誤選C。tend to do sth.易于做某事，傾向于做某事，與語境不符。
【解題誤區】本題易誤選A。worth of通常用于表示數量﹑ 持續時間等的名詞之后。
【解題誤區】本題易誤選A。a sense of humor about the world around them“關于她們周圍世界的幽默感”，與語境不符。
10.【解析】選B。讓他們有時間陪孩子(kid)、并且能夠帶著尊嚴退休的工作。作者的這一承諾與文章第一段中although you are both excited about that new puppy(幼犬), it doesn’t 2 for all the time we’ve been apart.所表達的愧疚相呼應。
11.【解析】選C。我要大家向未知的領域拓展，不斷去探索、發現，使得你們在有生之年能夠看見新科技新發明改善我們的生活，使我們居住的這個星球更干凈更安全。push back the boundaries of discovery把發現領域的邊緣向外擴展，與語境相符。
13.【解析】選A。妨礙我們看到彼此最優秀一面的(……)。keep sb. from doing sth.阻止某人做某事，與語境相符。
【解題誤區】其他三個選項通常不接“sb. from doing sth”。
Hidden passengers traveling in ships, trams, or even cars can be a terrible trouble — especially when they are insects. As for this, there is a great 1 between human beings; and insects. The former 2 every possible effort to avoid being discovered, while the latter quickly 3 attention to themselves.
We can only show mercy to the 4 man who had to slop his car soon after 5 from a country village to drive to London. Hearing a strange noise from the 6 of the car, he naturally got out to 7 the wheels carefully, but he found nothing wrong, so he 8 his way. Again the noise began, 9 and became even louder. Quickly 10 his head, the man saw what appeared to be a great 11 cloud following the car. When he stopped at a village further on, he was told that a queen bee must be hidden in his car as there were thousands of bees 12 .
On learning this, the man drove away .as quickly as possible. After an hour's 13 driving, he arrived safely in London, where he parked his car outside a 14 and went in- It was not long 15 a customer who had seen him arrive 16 in to inform him that his car was 17 with bees. The poor driver was 18 that the best way should be to call a 19 . In a short time the man arrived. He found the unwelcome passenger hidden near the wheels at the back. of the car. Very thankful to the driver for this 20 gift, the bee-keeper took the queen and her thousand of followers home in a large box.
1. A. connection B. difference C. communication D. similarity
2. A. do B. take C. make D. try
3. A. give B. keep C. pay D. draw
4. A. unfortunate B. careless C. unpleasant D. hopeless
5. A. passing by B. leaving out C. setting out D. getting up
6. A. front B. back C. left D. right
7. A. clean B. change C. test D. examine
8. A. drove B. continued C. pushed D. forced
9. A. normally B. gently C. actually D. immediately
10. A. hiding B. turning C. shaking D. raising
11. A. black B. beautiful C. white D. colorful
12. A. below B. ahead C. nearby D. behind
13. A. boring B. careful C. exciting D. hard
14. A. hotel B. museum C. hospital D. school
15. A. when B. after C. until D. before
16. A. broke B. moved C. hurried D. dropped
17. A. crowded B. covered C. filled D. equipped
18. A. advised B. required C. ordered D. requested
19. A. bee-keeper B. policeman C. waiter D. repairman
20. A. unfamiliar B. unknown C. unexpected D. uncertain
1~5 BCDAC 6~10 BDBDB
11~15 ACDAD 16~20 CBAAC
Scientists have found that human eyes are more likely to be damaged by UV rays (紫外線) while skiing in the snow-covered areas than sitting on the beach, according to a report by the UK newspaper The Telegraph.
The researchers at Kanazawa Medical University, Japan and American company Johnson
Johnson conducted the study together. They looked at the effects of light reflection on newly fallen snow on a ski trail (a rough path) in Ishikawa District, northern Japan. They compared the results with the levels of UV rays on a sand beach in southern Japan's Okinawa District.
They found that on the beach, eyes are exposed to a daily 260 kilojoules (千焦耳) of UV a square meter compared to 658 kilojoules in snow-covered areas.
The findings are supported by the Japan Meteorological Agency. According to the agen- cy, the reflection rate of UV light on beaches is often between 10 and 25 percent, compared to 80 percent in the new snow areas. The amount of light increased 4 percent with a 300-meter rise in height.
Most of us know that UV rays can harm the skin. That's why we wear sunscreen on our skin before we get out in the sun. But many of us may not realize that UV rays are also harmful to the eyes.
If your eyes are exposed to large amounts of UV radiation over a short period of time, you may experience a kind of sunburn of the eye, which is harmful. Your eyes will become red and feel a strange feeling. They may be sensitive to light. Fortunately, this is usually temporary (暫時的) and seldom causes permanent damage to the eyes.
Long-term exposure to UV radiation, however, can be more serious. Scientific studies and researches have shown that exposure to small amounts of UV radiation over a period of many years increases the chance of eye damage, which could lead to total blindness.
67. You would most likely find the article in
A. a doctor's diary B. a travel journal
C. a medical magazine D. a physics textbook
68. Which of the following statements is TRUE according to the passage?
A. Too much eye exposure to UV rays may cause total blindness.
B. Short-time exposure of the eyes to UV rays doesn't harm them at all.
C. Most people know that UV rays harm the eyes as well as the skin.
D. The study was conducted by researchers from Japan, the USA and the UK.
69. The underlined word "sunscreen" in Paragraph 5 most probably means ______.
A. sunglasses B. sunhat C. suncream D. sunburn
70. What will the passage most probably talk about next?
A. Never ski on newly fallen snow in Japan.
B. Go to hospital to have your eyes examined.
C. Wearing a hat can provide protection while skiing in new snow areas.
D. Take some measures to protect your eyes while skiing in new snow areas.