Tess was a precocious (早熟的) eight¬year¬old girl when she heard her Mom and Dad talking about her little brother, Andrew. All she knew was that he was very __21__ and they were completely out of money. Only a very __22__ surgery could save him now. She heard Daddy say to her tearful Mother, “__23__a miracle (奇迹) can save him now.”
Tess went to her bedroom and __24__ a glass jelly jar from its hiding place. She poured all the change out on the floor and __25__ it carefully. Then she carefully placed the coins back in the jar and made her way six blocks to a pharmacy (药房)．
She waited __26__ for the pharmacist (药剂师) to give her some attention but he was too __27__ at this moment. “Well, I want to __28__ to you about my brother，” Tess said to the man at last. “He's really, really sick...and I want to buy __29__.”
“We don't sell miracles here, little girl. I'm sorry __30__ I can't help you，” the pharmacist said.
There was a well¬dressed man there who was the pharmacist's brother. He __31__ and asked the little girl, “What kind of a miracle does your brother __32__？”
“I don't know，” Tess replied with tears in her eyes. “I just know he's __33__ sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy __34__ pay for it, so I want to use my money.”
“__35__ do you have？” asked the man. “One dollar and eleven cents，” Tess answered.
“A dollar and eleven cents—the exact __36__ of a miracle for little brothers，” smiled the man.
He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her hand and said “Take me to __37__ you live. Let's see if I have the kind of miracle you need.”
That well¬dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a __38__. The operation was completed without __39__ and it wasn't long __40__ Andrew was home again and doing well.
答案：C talk to指的是小姑娘与药剂师谈论自己弟弟的事。
29．A.a medicine B．an operation
C．a surgery D．a miracle
答案：D 这是文章的文眼，小姑娘以幼稚的想法和纯真的爱，要为弟弟购买a miracle“奇迹”。
Lilly was a French Canadian girl who grew up in the farming community.When she was 16，her father__1__her to drop out of school to contribute to the family income.With English as her second language and__2__education，the__3__didn’t look bright for Lilly.
Lilly’s father was a stubborn man who__4__took “no” for an answer.He__5__Lilly to find a job.With small hope of gaining__6__，each day she would just ride to the city，walk__7__about and return home at dusk.
On one of her__8__，Lilly saw a sign at a big company.__9__，she knocked on the very first door.In her__10__English，Lilly told the office manager she was interested in the secretarial position.The manager __11__to give the girl a chance.He directed her to type a letter，and then__12__.Lilly looked at the clock and saw it was 11∶40 am.She thought everyone would be leaving for__13__at noon，when she could__14__away in the crowd.But she knew she should__15__the letter.
On her first try，Lilly__16__one line of five words and made four mistakes.On her second attempt，she completed a full paragraph，but still made many mistakes.She looked at the clock：11∶55—five minutes to__17__.Just then the manager walked in.He came directly to Lilly，read the letter and said，“Lilly，you’re doing__18__work！”
With those simple words of encouragement，her desire to escape disappeared and her__19__began to grow.Lilly thought，“Well，if he thinks it’s good，then it must be good.I think I’ll stay！” Lilly did stay—all because someone had given a__20__and uncertain girl the gift of self-confidence when she knocked on the door.
7．A.carefully B． happily
A certain good woman one day said something that hurt her best friend of many years.She__1__immediately and would have done anything to have taken the words back.__2__she said hurt the friend so much that this good woman was herself hurt__3__the pain she caused.__4__to cancel what she had done，she went to an older，wiser woman in the village，explained her situation，and asked for__5__.
Listening to her，the older woman__6__the younger woman’s distress and knew she must help her.She also knew she could never__7__her pain，but she could teach.She knew the__8__would depend only on the character of the younger woman.She said，“Tonight，tar best feather pillows and put a single feather on the doorstep of each house in the town__9__the sun rises.”
The young woman hurried__10__to prepare for her chore，even though the feather pillows were very__11__to her.All night long，she labored alone in the cold.Finally the sky was getting__12__，she placed the last feather on the steps of the last house.Just as the sun rose，she returned to__13__.
“Now，” said the wise woman，“Go back and__14__your pillows with the feather you have put on the steps.Then everything will be__15__it was before.”
“You know that’s__16__！The wind blew away each feather as fast as I placed them on the__17__！” The younger woman was surprised.
“That’s true，” said the older woman.“Never forget.Each of your__18__is like a feather in the wind.Once spoken，no amount of effort，__19__how heartfelt or sincere，they can never return to your mouth.Choose your words well and__20__them most of all in the presence of those you love.”
4．A.By means B．In an effort
C．In addition D．On account