One night, when I was eight , my mother gently asked me a question I would never forget. “Sweetie, my company wants to me but needs me to work in Brazil. This is like your teacher telling that you’ve done and allowing you to skip a grade(跳级), but you’ll have to your friends. Would you say yes to your teacher?” She gave me a hug and asked me to think about it. I was puzzled. The question kept me for the rest of the night I had said “yes” but for the first time, I realized the decisions adults had to make.
For almost four years, my mother would call us from Brazil every day. Every evening I’d wait for the phone to ring and then tell her every detail of my day. A phone call, however, could never replace her and it was difficult not to feel lonely at times.
During my fourth-grade Christmas break, we flew to Rio to visit her. Looking at her large apartment, I became how lonely my mother must have been in Brazil herself. It was then I started to appreciate the tough choices she had to make on family and work. difficult decisions, she used to tell me, you wouldn’t know whether you make the right choice, but you could always make the best out of the situation, with passion and a attitude.
Back home , I myself that what my mother could do, I could, too. If she to live in Rio all by herself, I, too, could learn to be . I learn how to take care of myself and set high but achievable .
My mother is now back with us. But I will never forget what the has really taught me. Sacrifices in the end. The separation between us has proved to be for me.
1.A. attract B. promote C. surprise D. praise
2.A. little B. much C. well D. wrong
3.A. leave B. refuse C. contact D. forgive
4.A. explaining B. sleeping C. wondering D. regretting
5.A. poor B. timely C. final D. tough
6.A. eagerly B. politely C. nervously D. curiously
7.A. patience B. presence C. intelligence D. Influence
8.A. Comfortable B. Expensive C. Empty D. Modern
9.A. Interested in B. aware of C. doubtful D. satisfied with
10.A. when B. where C. which D. that
11.A. abandoning B. balancing C. comparing D. mixing
12.A. Depending on B. supplied with C. Faced with D. Insisting on
13.A. different B. friendly C. positive D. general
14.A. criticized B. informed C. warned D. reminded
15.A. managed B. offered C. attempted D. expected
16.A. grateful B. energetic C. independent D. practical
17.A. examples B. limits C. rules D. goals
18.A. question B. experience C. history D. occasion
19.A. pay off B. come back C. run out D. turn up
20.A. blessing B. gathering C. failure D. pleasure
4.B.睡觉；C. 想知道、惊讶；D. 后悔。后面说“Yes”可知，这里作者思量一晚上，和这个意思接近的只有C。故选C。
9.身临其境，再想想自己的感受可知，我知道了妈妈一个人在巴西该是多么地孤独。A.感兴趣；B.知道；C.怀疑；D.满意。become aware of 知道。故选B。
10.……的时候； B.在哪里；C.哪一个；D.那。这里是强调句式：It was …that 。故选D。
15.B.提供；C.尝试；D.期待。manage to do 设法做成。故选A。
— How about the suggestion Prof. Smith put forward at the meeting last Friday?
— The committee discussed it for hours without a decision _______.
A. takingB. to take C. being takenD. taken
试题分析：句意：上个星期五史密斯教授在会议上提出的建议怎么样？委员会讨论了几个小时，但并没有做出决定。without doing sth. 没有做某事。Decision和take之间为动宾关系，所以用被动语态，故选C。