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【小阅读^大脑袋】0602 NO.371

Heroes of Our Time

A good heart
Dikembe Mutombo grew up in Africa among great poverty and disease. He came to Georgetown University on a scholarship to study medicine — but Coach John Thompson got a look at Dikembe and had a different idea. Dikembe became a star in the NBA, and a citizen of the United States. But he never forgot the land of his birth, or the duty to share his fortune with others. He built a new hospital in his old hometown in the Congo. A friend has said of this good-hearted man: “Mutombo believes that God has given him this chance to do great things.”

Success and kindness
After her daughter was born, Julie Aigner-Clark searched for ways to share her love of music and art with her child. So she borrowed some equipment, and began filming children’s videos in her own house. The Baby Einstein Company was born, and in just five years her business grew to more than $20 million in sales. And she is using her success to help others — producing child safety videos with John Walsh of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Julie says of her new program: “I believe it’s the most important thing that I have ever done. I believe that children have the right to live in a world that is safe.”

Bravery and courage
A few weeks ago, Wesley Autrey was waiting at a Harlem subway station with his two little girls when he saw a man fall into the path of a train. With seconds to act, Wesley jumped onto the tracks, pulled the man into the space between the rails, and held him as the train passed right above their heads. He insists he’s not a hero. He says: “We have got to show each other some love.”

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答案解析:
1. What was Mutombo praised for?
A. Being a star in the NBA.
B. Being a student of medicine.
C. His work in the church.
D. His willingness to help the needy.
解析:D正确
穆托姆博因为什么得到人们称赞?
小标题是个提示,穆托姆博做了很多好事,他的好心得到了人们的赞扬。

 

2. What did the Baby Einstein Company do at its beginning?
A. Produce safety equipment for children.
B. Make videos to help protect children.
C. Sell children’s music and artwork.
D. Look for missing and exploited children.
解析:C正确
小小爱因斯坦公司起先是做什么的?
文中两处提示:share her love of music and art with her child;began filming children’s videos。两处结合起来看。
其他选项都是不合文意的。

3. Why was Wesley Autrey praised as a hero?
A. He helped a man get across the rails.
B. He stopped a man from destroying the rails.
C. He protected two little girls from getting hurt.
D. He saved a person without considering his own safety.
解析:D正确
韦斯利•奥特里为什么被称作英雄?
只要读完他的救人经历就可以明白:他不顾自己安危,英勇救下一个掉进列车轨道的人。

参考译文:
时代的英雄

一颗善良的心
迪肯贝•穆托姆博生长在非洲被贫穷和疾病包围的环境中。他获得乔治敦大学奖学金,攻读该校的医学专业——但是当教练约翰•汤普森看到迪肯贝时,对他有不一样的看法。迪肯贝成为了NBA的球星,也成了美国的公民。但是他从未忘记他出生的土地,和将自己的幸运与他人分享的责任。他在故乡刚果建了一座医院。一位朋友提到这个好心肠的人说:“穆托姆博相信上帝这是赐予他的做好事的机会。”

成功与仁爱
朱莉•艾格纳•克拉克在她的女儿出生后,就用各种方式与女儿一起分享她对音乐和艺术的热爱。所以她借来一些设备,开始在自己家里录制儿童录像。小小爱因斯坦公司由此成立。在短短的五年里,她的生意做到了2000万美元的销售量。她也通过自己事业的成功帮助其他人——她与国家失踪及受虐儿童中心的约翰 • 沃尔什一起制作儿童安全录像。朱莉谈到她的新计划:“我相信这是我所做过的最重要的事情。我相信儿童也有权利生活在安全的世界中。”

见义勇为
几周前,韦斯利•奥特里和两个小女儿在纽约黑人住宅区地铁站候车。这时他看见一个男人掉进了列车轨道。韦斯利迅速跳上铁轨,将男人拉到铁轨的间距之中。当列车从他们头顶上疾驰而过时,他紧抓住那个人。他坚持说自己不是英雄。他说:“我们应当给别人一些爱。”

 



词汇及短语:
Congo: 刚果
good-hearted: 好心肠的,仁慈的
video: 磁带录像, 录像, (指制品)录像, 录影
Harlem: (纽约的)黑人住宅区
rail: 铁轨
track: 轨道

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