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Test12 Dr. Conwell was greatly inspired by a true story. The story was about a farmer who lived in Africa and through a visitor became greatly excited about looking for diamonds. Lots of diamonds were already discovered on the African continent and this farmer got so excited about the idea of millions of dollars worth of diamonds that he sold his farm to head out to the diamond line. He wandered all over the continent, as the years went by, constantly searching for diamonds and wealth, which he never found. Eventually he went completely broke and threw himself into a river and drowned. Meanwhile, the new owner of his farm picked up an unusual looking rock about the size of an egg and put it on his coat as a sort of curiosity. A visitor stopped by and looked at the rock in surprise. He told the new owner of the farm that the funny looking rock on his coat was about the biggest diamond that had ever been found. The new owner of the farm said, "Oh, the whole farm is covered with them"—and sure enough it was. The farm turned out to be the Kimberly Diamond Mine, the richest the world has ever known. The original farmer was literally standing on "Acres of Diamonds" until he sold his farm. Dr. Conwell learned from the story of the farmer and continued to teach its moral(寓意). Each of us is right in the middle of our own "Acre of Diamonds", if only we would realize it and develop the ground we are standing on before charging off in search of greener pastures(牧场). Dr. Conwell told this story many times and attracted enormous audiences. He told the story long enough to have raised the money to start the college for poor students. In fact, he raised nearly six million dollars and the university he

founded, Temple University in Philadelphia, has at least ten degree-granting colleges and six other schools. When Dr. Conwell talked about each of us being right on our own "Acre of Diamonds", he meant it. This story does not get old. It will be true forever. 29. Why did the farmer sell his farm?A.Because he wanted to buy a better

one.B.Because he wanted to search for diamonds.C.Because he could hardly make a living on it.D.Because the new owner offered him a good price for it. 30. The farmer threw himself into a river .A.because he lost his farmB.because

he found no diamonds on his farmC. after he made great efforts but failedD. after he heard the new owner found diamonds 31. What's Dr. Conwell's main purpose of telling the story?A.To raise

money.B.To inspire people.C.To entertain people.D.To attract audiences. 32. What can be inferred from the passage?A.Great regret led to the farmer's

jumping into the river.B.The farmer was hopeless when he jumped into the river.C. The visitor had been searching for diamonds for many years.D. The new owner knew he could find diamonds before he bought the farm. One of the newer forms of poor office etiquette(礼仪)—paying more attention to a handheld device than to a conversation or business meeting—happens so frequently that businesses are complaining it upsets workplaces, wastes time and costs money. A third of more than 5,000 respondents said they often check their emails during meetings, according to a March poll by Yahoo! HotJobs, an online jobs board. "Such

habits have their price," said Tom Musbach, senior managing editor of Yahoo! HotJobs. "Things like BlackBerries break up our attention span, and lead to lost productivity and wasted dollars because people can't focus on their work absolutely," he said. In other Yahoo! HotJobs research, nearly a fifth of respondents said they had been reprimanded(谴责) for showing bad manners with a wireless device. Yet even those who complain about such behavior admit their own weakness. "I catch myself driving in the car with my husband. He's talking to me and I'm downloading my emails," said Jane Wesman. "You can't help yourself. There's need to know what's going on." But the constant interest of an email fix may be costly. Research shows such multitasking(同时执行多任务) can take more time and result in more errors than focusing on a single task at a time. Then there's the risk of making someone really mad. In the New York state political coup, billionaire businessman Tom Golisano said he grew angry after meeting this spring with state Democratic majority leader Malcolm Smith, who paid more attention to his BlackBerry than to issues at hand. "One should not play with one's BlackBerry(or anything else) when billionaires who have helped elect you have traveled to your office to talk to you," Henry Stern, former head of New York City's Parks Department, wrote on a Yonkers Tribune blog. People who text message when they should be doing something else are busy with what Tom Musbach called counterproductive(适得其反的) work behavior, which also includes harassment(骚扰), showing up late or playing endlessly on the Internet. "Technology allows us to do counterproductive things that we weren't able to do 10, 20 or even 5 years ago," he said.

33.

Jane Wesman is mentioned in the passage to show that .A.it's convenient to

check one's emails in the car nowB.people just can't help checking their emails sometimesC. it's dangerous to check one's emails while drivingD. checking one's emails can make people annoyed 34. Tom Golisano got angry after meeting Malcolm Smith because .A. Tom spent

a lot of money supporting MalcolmB.Malcolm was not quite polite to himC.Malcolm proved to be a bad leaderD.Malcolm's attention was not on issues at hand 35. People with counterproductive work behavior probably .A.work with poor

quality and waste of time, money, or energyB.can accomplish several tasks successfullyC.like to work with high technologyD.have a bad attitude toward work 36. The constant interest of an email fix may be costly because .A. it costs a lot to

use emails these daysB. it can hurt the relationship between peopleC. it can lead to low productivity or even errorsD.people will be fined if found checking emails at work Thousands of Britons emigrate(移居) to Australia every year in search of a better life, but now more and more are deciding down under is not for them and returning home. The same trend seems to be happening to Australians deserting the UK. Why? For many, it's a dream come true to visit and eventually settle in a country that's far away but also very familiar. Britons are attracted by the outdoor lifestyle, sunshine and

sense of space, while Australians are drawn to the history, the adventure and the UK's nearness to the European mainland. Many end up settling down in their new country but in recent years, for an increasing number, it's not the one-way trip they had intended. Despite Australia's booming(繁荣的) economy, more than 7,000 British people left the country for good in October 2009—the largest emigration recorded in recent memory—according to figures from Australia's Immigration Department. Between 2005 and 2010, nearly 107,000 Britons settled in Australia but during the same period more than 30,000 decided to permanently(永久地) leave. And the feeling appears to be mutual, with fewer Australians arriving in the UK. The difficult economic situation in the UK goes some way to explain why fewer Australians should be heading there, but it's more surprising that the British emigrants should be leaving a booming country in exchange for one still struggling to recover from a recession. Chief among the reasons why the British are leaving include missing friends and family, and lacking a real sense of belonging, says Professor Roger Burrows, a sociologist from the University of York who has studied the phenomenon. "The people who don't settle have always lived close to their friends and family(in the UK) so any move comes as a shock. If they live in a bungalow(平房) in the suburbs of Adelaide, it gets lonely. There isn't a culture of going for a drink after work and the TV is terrible," he says.

37.

The Britons choose to live in Australia because they like the following

EXCEPT .A.the history of AustraliaB.the sunshine of AustraliaC.the sense of space in AustraliaD.the outdoor lifestyle in Australia 38. The Britons are leaving Australia because .

a. They hate the hot weather. B. They expect higher wages. c. They miss friends and family. d. They lack a sense of belonging.A.a,cB.b,dC.a,bD.c,d 39. What can be inferred from the passage?A.The Britons like going for a drink

after work.B.More Australians will go to the UK in the future.C.The UK's economy is developing faster than before.D.Australia is suffering from a difficult economic situation. 40. What would be the best title for this passage?A.Why Britons Go to

Australia?B.Why Australians Go to the UK?C.Why Britons Leave Australia?D.Why Australians Leave the UK?


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