1.What does it take to learn English well?
It takes great diligence and prolonged effort.
2.How can you make the task of learning English easier?
(1) Do not treat all new words in exactly the same way.
(2) Watch out for idiomatic ways of saying things.
(3) Listen to English every day.
(4) Seize opportunities to speak.
(5) Read widely.
(6) Write regularly.
3.What is the most effective route to enlarging your vocabulary?
Concentrating on active and useful words.
4.What is the second learning strategy suggested by author?
Watch out for idiomatic ways of saying things.
5.Why is it important to listen to English every day?
Listening to English on a regular basis will not only improve your ear,but will also help you build your speaking skills.
6.According to the author, what is the easiest way to practice speaking English? And why?
To rehearse aloud, since this can be done at any time, in any place, and without
7.Why is it important to read widely?
Because in our learning environment, reading is the main and most reliable source of language input.
8.What kind of materials should you include in your wide reading?
Things that you find interesting, that you can understand without relying too much on a dictionary.
9.Apart from your teacher's writing assignment, what other ways of writing does the author suggest?
Keeping a pen pal, keeping a diary, writing a short story and summarizing the daily news.
10.What is the author's conclusion at the end of the article?
It pays to absorb as much as you can from reading and listening and then try to put what you have learned into practice through speaking and writing.
1.What happened to Francis Chichester in 1931?
He had tried to fly around the world but failed.
2.How old was he when he started his voyage round the world?
3.What was the name of his boat? What was the length of the boat?
Gipsy Moth ; 16-meter-long.
4.What route did Chichester follow in sailing round the world?
The route of the great 19th Century clippers ships.
5.How many miles did he cover on the first half of his voyage?
6.What did his friends in Sydney try to dissuade him from doing?
To start the second past of voyage.
7.In what way was the second half of his voyage the more dangerous part?
8.What happened to Chichester on the night of January 30?
There was a gale.
9.How did Chichester feel after sailing round Cape Horn?
He had wakened from a nightmare.
10.How was he received when he arrived back in England?
A million people were waiting to welcome him , and he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ.
11.What title is added to his name when a man become a knight?
12.How many miles did he second half of the voyage cover?
1.What was the special occasion? How old was the old lady?
Myra wrote letters to the old lady. 80.
2.Did Myra and her husband often come to see the old lady?
3.What had happened to Enid?
She died on the operating table.
4.Whom did the old lady love more, Myra or Enid? Why?
Enid. She is the real one who cares about the old lady.
5.Why was the old lady proud of Myra?
She succeeded in her work. And won a medal with her husband for their work for the aged.
6.The old lady lived alone. But do you think she was very lonely? Why or why not? No, she had Mrs. Morrison and Johnnie to keep company with her.
7.Who was Jim? Was he still alive?
The old lady's husband. No.
8.Who was Johnnie? How old was he? What do you think of him?
The little boy lived nearby. Six. He is a lovely ,kind, warm-hearted boy.
9.Why did the old lady tear the cheque into pieces?
Myra thought money is important than love which hurt the old lady so much. 10.The story tells us that Myra had won a medal for her work with the old people.
Do you think she deserved the medal? Do you think she really cared about old people? Why or why not?
No. She even didn't care about her mother. She just did these for her benefits.
1.How do many people in the United States spend their free time?
2.How does the author feel about the amount of time his countrymen spend watching TV?
He thinks they lose their imagination, and they fail to communicate with families and friends.
3.What does the author purpose in relation to the television broadcasting in the United States?
He purposed that right after the early evening news, all television broadcasting in US be prohibited by law.
4.What might the results be if families used a quiet hour to discuss their problems? The family members can know each other better, and to like each other better.
5.According to the author, what could help to turn out a more literate new generation?
Reading books together.
6.What does the author mean by "the story hour"? What effect might it have on the TV networks?
Families gather around and listening to mothers or fathers read a good story ; It might force the TV networks to come up with better shows to get us back from our newly discovered activities.
7.Sum up the advantages of turning off TV for an hour every night.
A more literate generation would be set up ; We might get to know each other better and to like each other better ; Developing our imagination.
8.What do you think of the author's proposal?
I think the author's proposal is necessary. What we need nowadays is to communicate with our families , TV programs do disturb our generation. So I couldn't agree more with the author.
9.Describe the television watching habits of the people around you---when they watch TV, what they watch, how much they watch, and so on.
My father likes watching TV after dinner, and he always watch news report; My mother loves watching soap series from19:00 to 22:00 everyday ; I'd like to watch sports when there are matches I am wondering.
10.Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of watching TV.
1.What did Linda tell her English class one day? How did her teacher and fellow students need when they heard what she said?
She told she was going to write and illustrate my own books; They laughed her and didn't believe she would succeed.
2.What did Linda write that night? Did she succeed in getting her writing published?
A short, sad poem; Yes.
3.What did her teacher and fellow students think of her success?
They thought it was "just plain dumb luck".
4.Did Linda have lots of her work published before she graduated from high school? Yes. By the time she graduated, she had scrapbooks filled with her published work.
5.How did her new friend encourage her to write?
She told Linda it was not hard to write a book . Anyone could do that.
6.Did Linda find it easy to write a book when she lived on a farm in Oklahoma? No. She had four children, and she had to do the cooking, cleaning and laundry each day. She only typed the book after the children slept.
7.What did Linda receive from her publisher a month after she sent the manuscript of her first book?
A contract, an advance on royalties and a request to start working on another book.
8.Was her first book well received? How do you know?
Yes. Cause the text mentioned "Crying Wind became a bestseller, was translated into 15 languages and sold worldwide. She appeared on TV talk shows during the day and changed diapers at night. She traveled from New York to California and Canada on promotional tours. Her first book also became required reading in Native American schools in Canada."
9.What is the name of her second book? Was it a success?
My Searching Heart. YES.
10.What did Linda say in reply to questions about her education and qualifications to be a writer?
The answer is none. She just write. She's not a genius , she's not gifted and doesn't write right. She isn't disciplined ,either.
11.How many books has Linda written so far? What has happened to them?
EIGHT. FOUR have been published, and THREE are still out with the publishers. ONE stinks.
12.What is the point Linda makes at the end of the essay?
Writing isn't difficult, it's fun, and anyone can write a book if they set their mind on it. Of course, a little dumb luck doesn't hurt.
1.In what ways was Sam an efficiency expert as a boy?
He used to organize his father's tools, his mother's kitchen utensils, his
2.What qualities did Sam possess which gave him a good foundation for a career in industrial engineering?
He needed to be efficient and wanted to be well organized.
3.Who was Mr. Hobbs? Why did he want Sam's advice?
A friend of Sam's father. His factory is getting bigger and inefficient ,so he wanted Sam to give some advice to solve the problems.
4.What did Sam do during his week in the shirt factory?
Looking around and making notes.
5.How was it that sleeveless shirts were sometimes sent from the factory?
No one inspected the final product of the factory.
6.Why did Sam want to change the height of the worktables?
Because the table where the workers sat were very high and uncomfortable.
7.What did Sam suggest to make the work less boring?
The management should provide pleasant background music and beautify the dull setting, and the workers should have a fifteen-minute coffee break in the morning and afternoon.
8.Who was "Big Jim"? Why was Sam surprised that he wasn't fired?
The person who used to sit behind Sam in maths class in high school; because he was very slow and all the shirts were held up at his position. A great deal of time and efficiency were lost as he daydreamed while he worked.
9.Why did Sam want to have the assembly line redesigned?
Because if the assembly line is redesigned, a smooth work flow can be achieved and time and energy can be saved.
10.Do you agree with Sam that coffee breaks are important for factory workers? Why or Why not?
YES, I do. Because as the saying goes, "All works and no play makes Jack a dull boy."
11.Sum up in your own words the working conditions in the shirt factory and the cures suggested by Sam for the problems.
(1) The quality of finished shirts sometimes are not perfect , So the suggestion is "have a quality control inspection".
(2) BIG JIM wasted lots of time and efficiency , So the suggestion is "Redesign the assembly lines".
(3) The work is boring , and the workers are inefficient , the suggestion is "Have
a fifteen-minute coffee break in the morning and afternoon, and provide pleasant background music and beautify the dull settings."
(4) The workers lack motivation, So the suggestion is "The excellent work results in frequent pay increases or promotions."