My name is Clara. I still remember that chilly December day, sitting in science class. I'd finished a worksheet early and picked up a TIME for Kids magazine. A piece of news caught my eye: NASA was holding an essay contest to name its Mars rover(火星探测器).Before I even knew anything else about it，a single word flooded my 11yearold mind: Curiosity.
I couldn't want for the bell to ring so I could get started on my essay. That afternoon, I raced home, sat down at the computer, and typed until my fingers ached. “Curiosity is an everlasting flame that burns in everyone's mind...”
Five months later, my mom received a phone call, and immediately, a wide smile spread across her face.
On August 5,2012，at 10：31 p.m., the rover named Curiosity touched down safely on the surface of Mars, and I was honored to have a frontrow seat in NASA.
Curiosity is such an important part of who I am. I have always been fascinated by the stars, the planets, the sky and the universe. I remember as a little girl, my grandmother and I would sit together in the backyard for hours. She'd tell me stories and point out the stars. Grandma lived in China, thousands of miles away from my home in Kansas, but the stars kept us together even when we were apart. They were always there, yet there was so much I didn't know about them. That's what I love so much about space.
People often ask me why we go to faraway places like Mars. My answer is simple because we're curious. We human beings do not just hole_up in one place. We are constantly wondering and trying to find out what's over the hill and beyond the horizon.
1.How did Clara get the news about the essay contest?(no more than 10 words)
答案：By reading a TIME for Kids magazine.
Or: From a TIME for Kids magazine.
2.Why did Clara have a frontrow seat in NASA?(no more than 10 words)
答案：She won the essay contest held by NASA.
Or: She named the Mars rover“ Curiosity”.
Or: “Curiosity” was chosen as the name of the Mars rover.
3.What does Clara remember about the time spent with Grandma?(no more than 15 words)
答案：She sat together with Grandma listening to her stories about the stars.
Or: Her grandma told her stories about the stars.
Or: They sat together talking about the stars.
4.What does the underlined phrase “hole up” mean?(1 word)
答案：Stay/ Remain/ Live/ Hide.[来源:Zxxk.Com]
5.In your opinion, why is curiosity important?(no more than 20 words)
答案：Curiosity is important because it leads to discover or invention.
Or: With curiosity, we keep asking questions and exploring the world unknown.
Or: Curiosity drives us through our lives so that we never stop wondering about the things beyond our knowledge.
(1)Jean Paul Getty was born in 1892 in Minneeapolis, Minnsota. He became a millionaire when he was only 24. His father was wealthy, but he didn't not help his son. Getty made his millions alone. He made his money from oil. He owned Getty Oil and over 100 other companies. The Fortune magazine once called Getty “the richest man in the world”.
(2)But money ________.He married five times and divorced five times. He had five children but spent little time with them. None of Getty's children had very happy lives.
(3)Getty loved to make money and loved to save it. In_spite_of_his_great_wealth,_Getty_was_a_miser. Every eveni ng, he wrote down every cent he spent that day. He ever put pay telephones in the guests' bedrooms in his house so he could save money on phone bills.
(4)In 1973, kidnappers took his 16yearold grandson, and demanded a large amount of money for his safe return. Getty's son asked hi s father for money to save his child. But Getty refused. The kidnappers were merciless and Getty's son made repeated requests for help from his father. Finally, Getty agreed to lend the money, but at 4percent interest.
(5)Getty started a museum at his home in Malibu, California. He bought many important and beautiful pieces of art for the museum. When Getty died in 1976，the value of the collection in the museum was $1 billion. He left all his money to the museum. After his death, the museum grew in size. Today it is one the most important museums in United States. Getty made a large fortune in his life, but he gave his money to the art world because he wanted people to learn about and love art.
1. What is the main idea of Paragraph 1 ?(no more than 8 words )
答案：The success of Jean Paul Getty/Jean Paul Getty's achievement
2.Fill in the blank in Paragraph 2 with proper words. (no more than 7 words)
答案：cannot bring happiness./ cannot bring him a happy life./ doesn't mean anything.
3. Explain the und erlined sentence in Paragraph 3.
答案：Though he was wealthy, Getty was so mean./ Wealthy as he was, Getty was so mean.
4.What did the kidnappers do to Getty's family?(no more than 10 words )
答案：He kidnapped Getty's grandson and demanded lots of money.
5.What does the author want to tell us about Getty in the last paragraph ? ( no more than 10 words )
答案：His contribution to the art world.
Fishing is probably the world's most popular sport. People spend many dollars each year on items like boats and fourwheeldrive vehicles. In addition, they spend money on fishing equipment, bait, fuel and boat repairs. And you can see that fishing can be an expensive pastime. Fishing lovers believe that their hobby is worth it. Others say that fishing is spoiling the environment and that it is a cruel hobby.
Supporters of fishing say that it is a nice hobby. Firstly, of the millions of people who fish for fun, most only catch enough fish to feed their families. They catch fish that are found in large numbers, so there is little danger to the species (种类).
Secondly, recreational fishermen contribute to the economy. They spend money on equipment and other items, and they also spend it indirectly by paying taxes on their equipment and fuel. Those who travel to fishing spots pay for accommodation (食宿) and airfares. This money keeps people in work and provides new jobs each year.
Thirdly, fishing is relaxing and fun so it lessens stress. Instead of turning to drugs or alcohol, it is far better to go fishing. People who are relaxed are generally healthier and much nicer to be near—except for the smell of the bait!
Those who ________ say that there are too many fish thoughtlessly taken from rivers, lakes, streams and oceans. This could lead to the dying out of some species. Modern cars and boats mean that people can fish in remote areas of the world, so no place is safe from greedy fishermen who take both males and females, leaving few fish to produce young.
Those against fishing also say that it is a blood sport, which means that an animal must die so that a human can have fun. Many of the fish caught for sport are not suitable for eating, so they are thrown away. Once hooked, fish have no chance of escape.
1.What is the main idea of the passage? (no more than 4 words)
答案：Different views on fishing.
2.According to Paragraph 2, why does fishing cause little danger to the species?(no more than 8 words)
答案：Fishing lovers catch fish found in large numbers.
3.List 4 items on which people spend their money for fishing. (no more than 7 words)
答案：boats，vehicles, fishing equipment，bait，fuel，boat repairs, accommodation and airfares
4.Fill in the blank in Paragraph 5 with proper words. (no more than 4 words)
Those who ________________________ say that there are too many fish thoughtlessly taken from rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.
答案：disagree with fishing(are against fishing)
5.What does the word “which” (Paragraph 6) probably refer to? (no more than 3 words)
答案：A blood sport.
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