My parents fixed in me the ideas of family, faith and patriotism (爱国主义) when I was young. 1 we struggled to make ends meet, they 2 to me and my four brothers and sisters how 3 we were to live in a great country with 4 opportunities.
I got my first real 5 when I was ten. My dad injured his back working in a factory and had to be 6 as a hairstylist. The owner of the shopping center gave Dad a(n) 7 on his rent for cleaning the parking lot (停车场) three nights a week, which meant a little 8 that looked like a lawn mower(割草机). Mom and I emptied garbage cans and 9 waste by hand. It took two to three hours to clean the lot. I’d 10 in the car on the way home because of tiredness.
I did this for two years, but the 11 I learned have lasted a lifetime. I 12 discipline and a strong work ethic (道德准则), and learned at a(n) 13 age the importance of balancing life’s 14 interests­in my case, school, homework and a job. This really 15 during my senior year of high school, when I worked 40 hours a week at a fast­food restaurant while taking college­pre 16 .
The hard work 17 .I attended the U.S Military Academy and went on to receive graduate degrees in 18 and business from Harvard. 19 , I joined a big Los Angeles law firm and was elected to the California State Assembly (议会). In these jobs and in everything else I’ve done. I have never forgotten those 20 in the parking lot.
1.A.Now that B.If only C.As if D.Even though
2.A.stressed B.announced C.suggested D.admitted
3.A.important B.surprising C.fortunate D.satisfying
4.A.several B.limitless C.fewer D.instant
5.A.chance B.dream C.success D.job
6.A.retrained B.regarded C.considered D.respected
7.A.increase B.order C.discount D.explanation
8.A.bag B.machine C.knife D.stick
9.A.brought up B.gave up C.made up D.picked up
10.A.sleep B.talk C.study D.sing
11.A.knowledge B.information C.lessons D.skills
12.A.cancelled B.acquired C.evaluated D.forgot
13.A.common B.legal C.old D.early
14.A.competing B.developing C.supporting D.increasing
15.A.turned B.changed C.helped D.improved
16.A.measures B.courses C.messages D.tours
17.A.came true B.took off C.went ahead D.paid off
18.A.law B.medicine C.science D.arts
19.A.However B.Indeed C.Later D.Before
20.A.people B.nights C.cars D.opportunities