So far it’s been a great trip. We’ve had one flat, groups of mosquitoes(蚊子), and not hot showers for days! Three nights ago a rainstorm hit while we were sleeping in the tent. I woke up floating(漂浮) on my air mattress(床垫) in four inches of water! We stayed in a motel(汽车旅馆) the next night so our clothes could dry out, but I think my sleeping bag will stay wet for a long time. The strange thing is that I’m serious when I say it’s a great trip. I miss the city, but I love waking up to the sound of whippoorwills(夜鹰). Am I crazy?
Mom, Dad, and I reached Kentucky a week ago and headed straight for the land between the lakes. We found a campsite there and spent two lazy days swimming in Kentucky Lake. Then the rainstorm hit, and we drove towards Mammoth Cave National Park. We’ve been staying here since Friday. Yesterday we toured Mammoth Cave, which reminded me of the subway because it had miles and miles of tunnels(隧道). The cave was uncomfortable, too, but in a different way from the subway. It was cold and lonely instead of hot and crowded. Some parts were wonderful, though I especially liked the Star Chamber, where white crystals(水晶) shine brightly on the cave ceiling like stars. I wish you could have seen it.
See you in two weeks. Maybe by then, my sleeping bag will be dry!
( )1. Which of the following events happened first?
A. Alicia stayed in a motel.
B. Alicia toured Mammoth Cave.
C. Alicia reached Kentucky.
D. A rainstorm hit.
( )2. What did Alicia’s family do as soon as they arrived at the land between the lakes?
A. They toured a cave.
B. They took the subway.
C. They swam in a lake.
D. They found a campsite.
( )3. Why did Alicia’s family stay in a motel?
A. Because their camping equipment needed to dry out.
B. Because the motel cost less than a campsite.
C. Because their car had broken down.
D. Because they wanted hot showers.
( )4. How is Mammoth Cave different from the subway?
A. It has miles of tunnels.
B. It is cold and lonely.
C. It is uncomfortable.
D. It is crowded.
( )5. Which of the following is NOT true?
A. Although Alicia met much trouble, she still considered the trip a good one.
B. Alicia’ family reached Kentucky before the rainstorm hit.
C. Maria had seen the white crystals in the Star Chamber before.
D. Both Mammoth Cave and the subway were uncomfortable according to Alicia.
Bad days happen to us all. Often a day that starts out bad just continues to get worse. But why?
Sometimes there’s a “domino effect (多米诺骨牌效应)” with bad events. For example, you sleep through the alarm, so you’re stressed. And you will sit in the bad traffic, which will also make you late to work, etc.
How can we turn a bad day to a good day? Here are some ideas that have worked for me:
Smile (微笑) a lot
Smiling a lot will help you feel relaxed. Research has shown that smiling produces three useful chemicals (化学物质) which make us feel good.
Talk to a good friend
Talk to someone who cares and listens really does help us feel better, too.
Concentrate on your good things
It’s hard to concentrate on how bad things are when you’re concentrating on how good things are! Think of 10 or more things you’re thankful for, and you’ll achieve a whole new outlook (人生观) on your day.
Get some exercise
If you can, go for a walk. Exercising will help you feel better. Exercising can get
your day back to be normal again.
Make the day a challenge
If you make yourself think of the day as a challenge, you’ll start to do all the things you can to make your day better.
( ) 6. According to the passage, the “domino effect” is an effect that ______.
A. turns a good day to a bad day
B. makes one person affect another
C. turns bad things into good things
D. gets one event to cause other similar events to happen
( ) 7. Study shows that smiling produces three useful chemicals which make us feel _______.
A. terrible B. relaxed C. stressed D. worried
( ) 8. According to the writer, if we consider a bad day as a challenge, we’ll _______.
A. try our best to do things B. give up doing things
C. lose all our confidence D. have a terrible day
( ) 9. How many ways does the writer give us to help us not to make a bad day stay bad?
A. 3. B. 4. C. 5. D. 6.
( )10. Which of the following can be the BEST title for the passage?
A. When we should smile a lot
B. How to deal with problems
C. How to turn a bad day around
D. What things we should concentrate on
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