16.After10seasons wearing the No.8on his back,Kobe Bryant will become No24next
season.The reason for the surprising decision by the Los Angeles Lakers super guard last week has become a hot topic for debate.
Bryant wore No at when he was in early high school,but he changed to No33in his senior year.He switched to No8when he was selected by the Lakers in1996,and has been not changed since.
Bryant has refused to explain the decision until the end of the play-offs.So guessing Bryant’s motive has become a popular game among NBA fans and newspaper
There are all kinds of speculations.Many say that Bryant wants to leave the past behind and have a fresh start.He has often been criticized for playing to benefit himself and not the team as a whole.Others say that he may be trying to compare himself to Michael Jordan.Jordan was famous for his No23jersey.Some,such as NBC Sport columnist Michael Ventre,argue that it is“all about money”.Bryant will make more money by selling new jersey to his fans.
Some speculations are more about fun.For example,there is an opinion that Kobe is actually just a dihard fan of the popular TV drama“24”.
All this talk has turned the number changed into a major issue.It seems that there is a lot of fuss over something that should be pretty simple.
Jersey numbers have their own special significance in American sports,especially
basketball.Players choose their number when they join a team and they usually stick with that number for the rest of their career.When a great player retires,his team will honor him by retiring his number.
To some extent,the jersey is the player,and the player is jersey.Thus,when you see the famous No23for the Chicago Bulls,you immediately think about Michael Jordan.A No32Miami Heats jersey recalls the image of Shaquille O’Neal,and the Houston
rockets’No11belongs only to Yao Ming.
Lots of stories are behind players’jersey number selections.Jordan said that he choose No23because it was roughly half of45.Jordan’s elder brother wore the No45in college.
Yao Ming once revealed that the No11stands for two people in love–meaning him and
his girlfriend Ye Li.(17.5分)
16.1Which of the following is NOT a speculation about Bryant’s motive to change his
17.The book The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin is probably one of the most famous
books ever written by a scientist.Yet it is a book which the writer did not want to publish;
he only agreed to make his theory known to the public when he was forced to by his friends.
In1831,the British Government sent a ship called Beagle to South America to make maps of the coast.At that time,Darwin was a young man in his twenties who had
studied science in Edinburgh and Cambridge.Through a friend,he was offered the job of studying the plants and animals of the different countries that the Beagle was to visit.
Darwin’s father told him not to go,and the captain of the Beagle said that he did not like the shape of Darwin’s nose;but that did not stop him,and in December of that year,
Darwin sailed for South America.He spent five years on the ship,collecting many
samples and writing down his observations about the living things he found.
When he returned to England,he tried to work out a theory to explain what he had observed.It was clear that many species were connected with each other in some way, without being exactly the same.Why was this?Two years after his return,he developed
a theory:only the strongest or the cleverest could survive difficult conditions.Over time,
the species changes slowly to fit the environment.Different environments produce different species.(17.5分)
http://www.sodocs.net/doc/4a543747793e0912a21614791711cc7931b778f1.htmlcation is not an end,but a means to an end.In other words,we do not educate
children only for the purpose of educating them.Our purpose is to fit them for life.
In some modem countries it has for some time been fashionable to think that by free
education for all—one can solve all the problems of society and build a perfect nation.
But we can already see that free education for all is not enough;we find in such countries
a far larger number of people with university degree;they refuse to do what they think
“low”work;and,in fact,manual work is thought to be dirty and shameful in such
countries.But we have only to think a moment to understand that the work of a
completely uneducated farmer is far more important than that of a professor;we can live without education,but we die if we have no food.If no one cleaned our streets and took the rubbish away from our houses,we should get terrible diseases in our towns.
In fact,when we say that all of us must be educated to fit us for life,it means that we must be educated in such a way that,firstly,each of us can do whatever work suited to his brains and ability and,secondly,that we can realize that all jobs are necessary to society,and that is very bad to be ashamed of one’s work.Only such a type of education can be considered valuable to society.(17.5分)
19.Former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic was found dead last Saturday in his cell at
the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.The
64-year-old had been on trial there since February2002.
Born in provincial Pozarevac in1941,he was the second son of a priest and a school teacher.Both of his parents died when he was still a young adult.The young Milosevic was“untypical”,says Slavoljub Djukic,his unofficial biographer.He was“not interested in sports,and avoided excursions and used to come to school dressed in the
old-fashioned way–white shirt and tie.”One of his friends said,he could“imagine him as a station-master or punctilious civil servant”.
Indeed that is exactly what he might have become,had he not married Mira.She was widely believed to be his driving force.
At university and beyond he did well.He worked for various firms and was a communist party member.By1986he was head of Sebia’s Committer.But still he had not yet really been noticed.
It was Kosovo that gave him his chance.An autonomous province of Serbia,Kosovo was home to an Albanian majority and a Serbian minority.In1989,he was sent there to calm fears of Serbians who felt they were discriminated against.But instead he played the nationalist card and became their champion.In so doing,he changed into a ruthless and determined man.At home with Mira he plotted the downfall of his political enemies.
Conspiring with the director of Serbian TV,he mounted a modern media campaign which aimed to get him the most power in the country.
He was elected Serbian president in1990.In1997,he became president of Yugoslavia.
The rest of the story is well-known:his nationalist card caused Yugoslavia’s other ethnic groups to fight for their own rights,power and lands.Yugoslavia broke up when four of the six republics declared independence in1991.war started and lasted for years and millions died.Then Western counties intervened.NATO bombed Yugoslavia,and he eventually stepped down as state leader in2000.
Soon after this,Serbia’s new government,led by Zoran Djindjic,arrested him and sent him to face justice at the Yugoslav was crimes tribunal in the Hague.(17.5分)