With his leg lame and his teeth uneven, the boy thought of himself as the most unfortunate child in the world. He 1 played with his classmates, and when asked to answer questions, he always 2 his head without a word.
One spring, his father brought home some saplings (树苗). 3 of his children would plant a sapling and he promised, “Whoever 4 his sapling best shall get a gift.” The boy certainly wanted to get the gift. 5 seeing his brothers and sisters watering the trees, he 6 an idea: he hoped the tree he planted would die soon. So watering it once or twice, he never 7 it.
Several days later, he was 8 to find it not only didn’t die, but also grew so many fresh 9 . Compared with those of his brothers and sisters, his appeared greener. His father kept his 10 , bought the boy a gift and said he would become an outstanding 11 after growing up.
From then on, the boy slowly became 12 and confident. One evening, he suddenly 13 his biology teacher once said that plants 14 grow at night. Why not go to see the tree?
When he came to the courtyard, he found his father working near the tree! Instantly he 15 : Father had been secretly 16 his tree! He returned to his room, tears 17 in his eyes.
Decades passed. The boy didn’t become a botanist. 18 , he became the U.S. President. His name was Franklin Roosevelt.
19 is the best nourishment (滋养品) of life. 20 it is just a bucket of water, it can make the tree of life grow well!
1.A.ever B.still C.seldom D.often
2.A.held B.lowered C.raised D.covered
3.A.Both B.None C.Each D.One
4.A.likes B.protects C.watches D.grows
5.A.And B.So C.But D.Before
6.A.cared for B.got rid of C.put forward D.hit upon
7.A.attended to B.appealed to C.adapted to D.turned to
8.A.frightened B.surprised C.disappointed D.amused
9.A.leaves B.roots C.branches D.seeds
10.A.balance B.word C.agreement D.opinion
11.A.teacher B.gardener C.botanist D.president
12.A.satisfied B.certain C.independent D.optimistic
13.A.recalled B.believed C.repeated D.knew
14.A.hardly B.generally C.recently D.probably
15.A.remembered B.wondered C.understood D.admitted
16.A.cutting B.watering C.decorating D.fertilizing
17.A.crying B.falling C.dropping D.welling
18.A.Instead B.Besides C.Moreover D.Therefore
19.A.Father B.Water C.Disability D.Love
20.A.Even though B.If only C.Now that D.So long as