Are you interested in country music ? I like it very much ! It will take me away for a while after I am tired . The guitars and songs will take me to mountains and fields .
Country music usually talks of everyday life and feelings . It’s the spirit of America ,easy to understand ,slow and simple .
Country music developed in the Southern United States . It was the folk music lf American coutryside . Many of the songs tell about the lives of farmers . They talk about love , crops or death .
The life of the contryside can be hard , so the words in country music are often sad . At first , people played country songs on the radio , and they made them into records .
When people in the countryside moved to change and became popular across America .
John Denver was one of America’s most famous country singers in the 1970s . His song “Take Me Home , Country Roads ”is well-konown and people still play it today .
1 Country music is usually about ________ .
A.everyday life and feelings B.farmers’ feelings C. the lives of workers
2 Country music developed _________ .
A.in John Denver’s city B. in the Southern United States
C. in the Northern United States
3 eople began to make country song records ________ .
A.in the 1920s B.in 1920 C. in the 1970s
4 Why did Country music become popular in America ?
A. Because city people liked the music .
B. Because farmers moved to cities with their music and it continued to change . C. Because country music talked about city people’s lives .
5 Who is famous for the song “Take Me Home , Country Roads ”?
A.A farmer in the countryside . B. A person who moved to towns . C. John Denver .
Happiness is important for everyone. Most people want to be happy but few know how to find happiness. Money and success don’t bring lasting happiness. Happiness depends on ourselves. In other words, we make our own happiness.
Some people believe that if they are wealthy, they will be able to do anything they want, which means happiness. On the other hand, some people believe that holding a high position in the government is happiness. In this way, you have not only money, but also many other things which can’t be bought by money. However, other people believe that having lots of money is not happiness, nor is holding a high position in the government. These people value(重视) their beliefs, or their intelligence, or their health. They think these can make them happy.
Here are a few ways to help you be happier.
The first secret of happiness is to enjoy the simple things in life. Too often, we spend so much time thinking about the future, for example, getting into college or getting a good job, that we don’t enjoy the present. You should enjoy life’s simple pleasures, such as reading a good book, listening to your favorite music, or spending time with close friends. People who have close friends usually enjoy happier and healthier lives.
The second secret of happiness is to be active. Many people go dancing or play sports. People can forget about their problems and only think about the activities.
Finally, many people find happiness in helping others. According to studies, people feel good when they volunteer their time to do many meaningful things for other people. If you want to feel happier, do something nice for someone. You can help a friend with his or her studies, go shopping to get food for an old neighbor, or simply help around the house.
Now maybe you know how to find happiness!
( )6. The underlined word “wealthy” means “__________” in the article.
A. pleased B. healthy C. excited D. rich
( )7. Some people who hold a high position in the government think they can _________.
A. get money and something they can’t buy with money
B. do what they want to do at any time
C. enjoy health which makes them work hard
D. take an active part in all kinds of activities every day
( )8. The writer thinks the secret of happiness is that people ___________.
A. think about getting a good job B. think of presents they don’t like
C. often spend time with close friends D. often spend time on entering the college
( )9. Many people find it happy to ___________.
A. remember the old days and troubles B. do some meaningful things for others
C. go shopping to buy some food D. make much money and little success
( )10 The passage mainly tells us __________.
A. how to find happiness B. how to save happiness
C. to do something good for others D. to value our beliefs or health
1-5A B CB C
6-10D AC B A