|Unit 23:A famous person|
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A famous person
Helen Keller was a very bright and beautiful girl. At the age of six months she could already say a few words. But before she was two years old, she was badly ill. She could not see or hear, and soon she could not even talk. Since then Helen had to fight for what she wanted.
When she was six, her parents invited a teacher for her. With the help of the teacher, She began to see and hear the world around her through her hands. She learned to read the books for the blind. The teacher took Helen for long walks and told her about all the beautiful sight. Helen touched flowers, climbed trees and smelled a storm before it came. She also learned how to swim and ride a horse.
After she grew up, she became a famous writer in America. Her first and most famous book is“The story of My life.”Her story has brought new hope to many blind and deaf people. It gave light to those in darkness and encouraged them to live and work.
1. sight n.风景
2. blind adj.盲的，瞎的
3. deaf adj.聋的
4. darkness n.黑暗
5. encourage v.鼓励根据短文内容选择正确答案
( )1When could Helen Keller already say a few words?
A. At the age of two B. At the age of a year and a half
C. At the age of six month D. when she was six years old
()2Why couldn't Helen see or hear later? _____
A. Helen was badly ill B. She had a traffic accident
C. Helen was very tired D. She became very lazy
()3How could Helen begin to see and hear the world around her? _____
A. With the help of her parents
B. With the help of her uncle
C. With the help of her friends
D. With the help of her teacher
()4After Helen grew up, she became a famous _____.
A. doctor B. scientist
C. singer D. writer
Thomas Edison was a famous American scientist. He was born in 1847. When he was a child, he liked to find out how things worked. He was in school for only three months. He asked his teacher a lot of strange questions. Most of them had nothing to do with his lessons. The teacher thought the boy was not bright and was not worth teaching. When he told this to Edisons mother,she took her son out of school. As she had been a teacher,she taught him herself. The boy read a lot. Soon he became very interested in science. At the age of ten, Edison had already built a chemistry lab for himself. Ever since then, he never stopped searching for new and better ways to do things.
1. be worth doing sth.值得做某事
2. a chemistry lab化学实验室
3. search for搜寻，搜找
4. worth v.值得根据短文内容选择正确答案
( )1Edison was born in the _____ century(世纪).
A. eighteenth B. nineteenth C. twentieth D. seventeenth
( )2While he was in school, Edison_____ .
A. studied his lessons very hard
B. gave his teacher no trouble
C. liked to ask questions
D. was not bright enough to study
( )3Edison learned more from _____.
A. his mother B. his teacher
C. other boys D. his father
( )4Young Edison was interested in _____.
A. sports B. playing games
C. making trouble D. reading books
( )5Edison was always searching for new and better ways to do things after_____ .
A. he read some books B. he finished school
C. he set up a lab D. he was taken out of school
Charles Dickens, one of the greatest English writers, __1___ in 1812, in one of the small towns of England.
___2__ Dickens was nine years old, the family moved __3___ London, __4___. There were several younger children in the family. Their life was hard, __5___ Dickens could not go to school.
___6__ his father was out of prison, Charles could go to schood. __7___ that time he was already twelve. But he did not finish school. Two years __8___ he began to work. He often went to the library to read books. He read __9___. Dickens died over a hundred years ago, but people are still teaching his books __10___.
1. several adj.数个
2. prison n.监狱
3. library n.图书馆
( )1A. born B. is born C. was born D. came in the world
( )2A.swheresB. When C. How D. Why
( )3A. out B. to C. from D. on
( )4A. the capital of America B. the capital of England
C. the town of England D. the home to them
( )5A. so B. because C. as D. that
( )6A. Before BAfter C. That D. So
( )7A. In B. On C. Since D. At
( )8A. after B. before C. later D. under
( )9A. a lot of B. a lot C. plenty of D. many
( )10A. at home B. in hospital C. at school D. in library
Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706 in Boston. He left school when he was ten years old and worked for his father for two years. Then he went to work on his brothers newspaper. He became the editor of this paper when he was sixteen. By the age of 24 he was one of the most successful men in Philadephia.
Franklin contributed a great deal to his city of Philadephia. He helped to establish the Philadelphia Library. He helped to build the first hospital in Philadelphia. He was a founder of the Academy of Philadephia. Two of his greatest interests were science and politics. He became famous as an inventor.In one year he invented a new kind of stove, bifocal glasses and the lightningrod.
Beijamin Franklin died in 1790. He was 84 years old and he had worked for his people for more than fifty years. Benjamin Franklin was,some have said, the first American.
1. editor n.编辑
2. politics n.政治，政治学
3. contribute vt.贡献出
4. stove n.炉，火炉
5. establish vt.建立，设立，创办
6. bifocal adj.双焦点的
7. library n.图书馆
8. lightningrod n.避雷针
9. founder n.创立者
10. Philadelphia n.费城
11. academy n.学院
( )1Newspaper and science were Benjamins two greatest interests.
( )2In one year he invented bifocal glasses and the lighteningrod.
( )3Benjamin died a hundred years ago.
( )4He worked for his people over fifty years and did much to his country.
( )5Some people think Benjamin was the greatest American.
5. Cever since then,“自从那以后(建实验室后)”。所以选C。
1. Cbe born出生于，这个短语要用过去时态。
7. D at that time“在那时”用at that time短语。
8. C two years later“两年后”是正确的搭配。
9. B此句意是“他读了很多书”，应选副词a lot。
10. C教学应该是在学校，所以用短语at school。
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