I . 语言知识及应用（共两节，满分45分）
第一节: 完形填空 （共15小题； 每小题2分，满分30分）
When I was fifteen, I announced to my English class that I was going to write my own books. Half the students smiled 1 , and even worse, the rest nearly fell out of their chairs laughing. “Don’t be
2 . Only geniuses can become writers.” the English teacher said, “And you are getting a D this term.” I was so 3 that I burst into tears. That night I wrote a short 4 poem about broken dreams and mailed it to the newspaper. To my 5 , they published it and sent me two dollars. I was a published and paid writer. I showed my teacher and fellow students. They laughed, “Just plain dumb luck,” the teacher said. I tasted 6 ; I’d sold the first thing I’d ever written. That was more than any of them had done and if it was just dumb luck, that was fine with me.
During the next two years,I sold dozens of poems and letters. By the time I graduated from high school, I had scrapbooks (剪贴簿) 7 with my published works. I never 8 my writing to my teachers, friends or my family again because they were dream 9 .
I had four children at the time. While the children slept, I typed on my ancient typewriter. I wrote what I felt. It took nine months. I chose a 10 and mailed it. A month later I received a contract, an advance on payments, and a request to start 11 another book. Crying Wind, which became a best seller, was translated into fifteen languages and sold worldwide. My first book also became required 12 in native American schools in Canada.
In the 13 year I ever had as a writer I earned two dollars. In my best year I earned 36,000 dollars. People ask what college I 14 , what degrees I have and what qualifications I have to be a writer. The answer is: “None.” I just write. I’m not a genius. I use an electric typewriter that I paid a hundred and twenty nine dollars for six years ago. I do all the housework and fit my writing in a few minutes here and there. I’ve written eight books. To all those who dream of writing, I’m shouting at you: “Yes, you can. Don’t listen to them.” I don’t write right but I’ve succeeded. Writing is 15 ; it’s fun and anyone can do it. Of course, a little dumb luck doesn’t hurt.
1. A. unkindly B. happily C. willingly D. crazily
2. A. curious B. depressed C. excited D. silly
3. A. unlucky B. ashamed C. moved D. unconfident
4. A. sad B. innocent C disappointing D. puzzling
5. A. puzzlement B. expectation C. astonishment D. disappointment
6. A. coldness B. failure C. success D. prejudice
7. A. furnished B. linked C. combined D. filled
8. A. remembered B. concluded C. described D. mentioned
9. A. killers B. makers C. designers D. creators
10. A. writer B. reporter C. publisher D. manager
11. A. working on B. going on C. turning on D. putting on
12. A. writing B. reading C. selling D. buying
13. A. busiest B. unluckiest C. worst D. highest
14. A. worked B. attended C. admitted D. participated
15. A. easy B. hard C. convenient D. practical
第二节: 语法填空（共10小题； 每小题1.5分，满分15分）
People in communities have slowly been pushed apart through the years, mostly because people simply aren’t taking the time to say a simple “hello”. After considering this phenomenon, I decided I was going to change the way I got on 16 others.
My opportunity came one morning when I was in the community library. I passed by a girl 17 dropped her books out of her locker. 18 (think) that someone else would help her pick them up, I continued 19 way. However, when I had to go back 20 I forgot my book, I noticed she had just finished picking them up by herself. No one had stopped 21 (help) her.
“OK,” I thought to myself, “this is where I should have changed.”
My best opportunity came a few days later when I saw a man sitting by himself waiting for the library to open, so I sat down next to him and 22 (begin) a conversation. 23 was difficult to get started ,and even when I had to say goodbye, almost every response from my new friend had a tone (语气) of doubt in it .And who could blame him?
People aren’t used to making 24 unprepared chat with a stranger. But a change, no matter how desperately it is needed, doesn’t just happen. It takes people like us to make it possible. I advise you to take a small step out of your comfort zone and try to make someone’s day a little 25 2 (bright) .Together, we can really make our society come closer as a whole.