Many a young person tells me he wants to be a writer. I always encourage such people, but I also explain that there’s a big difference between "being a writer" and writing. In most cases these individuals are dreaming of wealth and fame, not the long hour alone at a typewriter. "You’ve got to want to write," I say to them, "not want to be a writer. "
The reality is that writing is a lonely, private and poor paying affair. For every writer kissed by fortune there are thousands more whose longing is never rewarded. When I left a 20 year career in the U. S. Coast Guard to become a freelance (自由栏目) writer, I had no prospects at all. What I did have was a friend who found me my room in a New York apartment building. It didn’t even matter that it was cold and had no bathroom. I immediately bought a used manual typewriter and felt like a genuine writer.
After a year or so, however, I still hadn’t gotten a break and began to doubt myself. It was so hard to sell a story that I barely made enough to eat. But I knew I wanted to write, I had dreamed about it for years. I wasn’t going to be one of those people who die wondering: What if？ I would keep putting my dream to the test even though it meant living with uncertainty and fear of failure. This is the shadow land of hope, and anyone with a dream must learn to live there.
The passage is meant to__________ 查看材料
A.warn young people of the hardships that a successful writer has to experience
B.advise young people to give up their idea of becoming a professional writer
C.show young people it’s unrealistic for a writer to pursue wealth and fame
D.encourage young people to pursue a writing career
| Many young people want to be pop stars. Pop stars are rich. Many people think they are leading a happy and|
easy life. In fact, they have very hard lives. They spend much of their time on travel. Sometimes the travel is
interesting, but in most time it is boring to pop stars. The following chart is a day's life of a pop star.
|1. According to the chart, the pop star was a ________.|
|2. According to his plan, his plane should have taken off at _______.|
|3. How long did he spend on his way to the place for his performance？|
|A. One hour.|
B. Two hours.
C. four hours and three quarters.
D. One hour and a quarter.
|4. At the radio station, the pop star ________.|
|A. showed fans how to become famous|
B. gave a performance on the air
C. met fans and signed for them
D. told people how he lived his life
|5. From this passage we get to know that ________.|
|A. not all people like pop stars|
B. pop stars have their own bands
C. fans are troublesome for pop stars
D. to be a pop star is not all fun
| Red Star Restaurant|
The biggest and busiest restaurant in Ji'nan is seeking 20 waiters who have relevant (相关的) experiences
in high-grade restaurants. About ￥800-1,500 per month.
Red Star Restaurant is located at 66 on Park Street.
Our phone number is 0531-8278-4560.
3 People wanted
Need 3 people who would like to work 4 evenings per week showing films. Earn $300 per week possibly.
For a year. 3 days a week. Some flexible (灵活的) hours required.
Knowledge: above senior middle school.
|1. How many advertisements are for waiters？|
|2. What kind of people are needed in the second advertisement？|
|A. Film actors.|
B. Film makers.
C. People to show films.
D. Film actresses.
|3. In the third advertisement, the baby-sitter should _____.|
|A. have a year's working experience|
B. accept flexible working hours
C. work two days a week
D. be girls
|4. How many waiters does Red Star Restaurant need？|
|5. Where can you find these advertisements？|
|A. In the newspaper.|
B. On TV.
C. On the radio.
D. In the textbook.
| Michelle Kan is a famous American figure skater (花样滑冰运动员). Many young people|
like her a lot. She is half-Chinese and was born on July 7, 1980. Her hometown is in
Guangdong, China. Her father went to America from China in the 1970s. Her mother is an
American. Michelle is the youngest of their three children. She has a brother and a sister.
They also like figure skating.
Michelle has won seven National Championships (全国锦标赛) of America and has won eight
medals at the World Championships. She has also won two Olympic medals. She got the second
place in 1998 and the third in 2002. When she talks about' her success, she says, "My
parents taught me to work hard. If you do, your dreams may come true." She also says, "What
you give is what you get back." In the future, the popular skater wants to be the Michael
Jordan (the best basketball player of the world) of her sport.
|1. There are _____ people In Kwan's family.|
|2. She's a half-Chinese because _____.|
|A. her mum is Chinese and her dad is American|
B. her dad is Chinese and her mum is American
C. both of her parents are Chinese except her
D. her hometown is in China.
|3. In the 2002 Olympic Games Michelle Kwan skated _____ than she did in the 1998 Olympics.|
|4. The secret (秘密) of Kwan's success is _____.|
|A. to work hard|
B. to give less
C. to get more
D. to learn
|5. The last sentence in the passage means Kwan wants to _____.|
|A. play basketball instead of skating|
B. learn basketball from Jordan
C. be the best figure skater
D. become the second Jordan