一、What does taking a risk mean? It means trying 11 things even if(即使) they make you feel uncomfortable or afraid. One of the greatest risks I'd ever taken was playing a role in my high school's fall play. I was not only a person who had 12 performance(表演) experience, but also I stuttered(c口吃).
The 13 of performing in front of people made me worried. The reason why I 14 to perform was that I wanted to take part in my school theatre program.
On the day of the audition(试演), there were also some acting exercises to warm us up. We were divided into pairs to 15 parts of the play. I felt very worried. After I said some of the lines( 台词), my partner said, "I 16 you are stuttering. Is that for dramatic effect or do you really stutter?" I was speechless.
When my 17 to audition came, my heart was beating fast. Across from me sat the director and his assistants (助手 ). Needless to say, I was really 18 my performance. I played the role of a man painter who pretended(假装) to be a woman. My partner was playing a businessman who wanted to marry me (the woman). We said our lines and, 19 , , I didn't stutter. We went through it several times, and finally it was over. I was so 20 .
The next Monday I was told that I had made the play. How excited I was! It was a lot of fun doing the play, and it was clear to me that my stuttering couldn't 21 me doing what I wanted to do, and taking risks was well worth the time and 22 .
( )1. A. interesting B. exciting C. tiring D. challenging
( )2. A. enough B. some C. little D. much
( )3. A. experience B. thought C. memory D. purpose
( )4. A. failed B. decided C. afforded D. refused
( )5. A. compare B. understand C. describe D. prepare
( )6. A. promise B. realize C. notice D. imagine
( )7. A. turn B. hope C. dream D. plan
( )8. A. amazed at B. worried about C. used to D. curious about
( )9. A. surprisingly B. finally C. probably D. certainly
( )10. A. bored B. interested C. touched D. relaxed
( )11. A. stop B. get C. have D. find
( )12. A. attention B. power C. effort D. feeling
二、Every living thing on Earth is either a plant or an animal, fight? Wrong! Many organisms (有机体) in our world are neither. Some of them float through the air, and some lie hidden in the ground. They do not need sunlight to survive, and if the weather becomes too cold, they can become inactive until condition improve.
What are these? They are called fungi(菌类), and you see them almost every day. Many kinds of fungi seem disgusting, such as the green black things that appear on the food which are left too long in the refrigerator. But other kinds are not so bad. For example, the yeast that is used to make bread rise and mushrooms (蘑菇) are both fungi.
What makes fungi different from plants and animals? An animal can move around by itself. Fungi get around too, but they don't have feet, wings, or tails. They have to wait for wind or some other outside force to move them. Plants are different from fungi because they have chlorophyll(叶绿素), It helps them make food from the energy in sunlight. Fungi do not have chlorophyll.
Some fungi are bad, while others are not. ~me fungi cause diseases, such as athlete's foot, which makes feet uncomfortable. Other kinds of fungi can be used to make medicines, which have saved many lives.
Fungi clean up more than wounds, though. They are the world's first recyclers. Without fungi, our world would be a mess. Since fungi cannot make their own food as plants do, they must get their f0bd elsewhere. Many fungi get their food from dead plants. They break them down and turn them into soil. The fungi get a meal, and the world gets a housecleaning !
( )1. What does the underlined word "disgusting" most probably mean?
( )2. According to the passage, .
A. fungi can move everywhere by themselves
B. fungi are unable to survive in cold conditions
C. some fungi can make food from the energy in sunlight
D. some fungi are useful to humans and the environment
( )3. Where can you most probably find this passage?
A. In a social report.
B. In a biology book.
C. In a geography magazine.
D. In a farming book.