Ellen Parker was worried about her health. She could not walk very quickly and it was difficult for her to climb stars. She was soon out of breath (气喘吁吁).
“I suppose I had better go to the doctor,” she thought.
She went to the doctor and told him her problem.
“I’m not surprised at all,” he said. “It’s obvious what your problem is.”
He looked her over then gave her some advice.
“If you don’t do what I say, Mrs. Parker,” he said, “you will have a heart attack. It could kill you.”
Ellen Parker was very worried as she left the doctor’s. She knew that she had to take his advice but it would not be easy and it would take time.
The next day she went shopping. The first shop she went into was a butcher’s shop (肉铺).
“I’d like ten pounds of steak (牛排), please,” she said.
“Certainly, madam,” the butcher replied and went into the cold room and found a large piece of steak. He brought the huge piece of meat back into the shop and put it on the scale (天平).
“That’s just under ten pounds,” he said.
“That big enough,” Mrs. Parker said.
The butcher worked out the price.
“At $4.99 a pound that will be $49.50, please. Would you like me to cut it up into smaller pieces for you?”
“Oh, I don’t want to buy the meat,” Mrs. Parker said.
“If you don’t want to buy it,” the butcher replied angrily, “why did you ask me to get it for you?”
“My doctor told me that I am over-weight and I have to lose ten pounds. I wanted to see what ten pounds of meat looked like.”
1. Why did Ellen Parker visit the doctor?
A. She had had a heart attack. B. She had a problem with her health.
C. She was unhappy about her weight. D. She could not sleep well.
2. What did the doctor advise her to do?
A. To lose weight. B. To eat more meat.
C. To come and see him again. D. To look after her heart.
3. Why did Ellen Parker ask for ten pounds of steak?
A. She wanted to buy some for dinner.
B. She wanted to lose weight.
C. Her doctor had told her to eat steak.
D. She wanted to see what ten pounds of meat looked like.
4. What was Ellen Parker’s real problem?
A. She ate too much steak.
B. She weighed too much.
C. The doctor did not know.
D. She could not walk very quickly.
Different weather makes people feel different. It influences (影响) health, intelligence (智力) and feelings.
In August, it is very hot and wet in the southern part of the United States. People there have heart trouble and other kinds of health problems during this month. In the Northeast and the Middle West, it is very hot at some times and very cold at other times. People in these states have more heart trouble after the weather changes in February or March.
The weather can also influence intelligence. For example, in a 1983 report by scientists, IQ (智商) of a group students were very high when a very strong wind came, but after the strong wind, their IQ was 10% below. The wind can help people have more intelligence. Very hot weather, on the other hand (另一方面), can make it lower. Students in many schools of the United States often get worse on exams in the hot months of the year (July and August).
Weather also has a strong influence on people’s feelings. Winter may be a bad time for thin people. They usually feel cold during these months. They might feel unhappy during cold weather. But fat people may have a hard time in hot summer. At about 18C, people become stronger.
Low air pressure (气压) may make people forgetful. People leave more bags on buses and in shops on low-pressure days. There is a “good weather” for work and health. People feel best at a temperature of about 18 centigrade (摄氏度).
Are you feeling sad, tired, forgetful, or unhappy today? It may be the weather’s problem.
5. People may have more intelligence when _____ comes.
A. a rain B. very hot weather C. a strong wind D. low air pressure
6. Low air pressure may make people _______.
A. forgetful B. sad C. angry D. tired
7. In “good weather” of 18 centigrade, _______.
A. people are very forgetful
B. people can’t do their work well
C. thin people feel cold
D. people are in better health
8. The writer wants to tell us that _______.
A. hot and cold weather influences all people in the same way
B. weather influences people’s lives
C. IQ never changes during weather changes
D. There is a good kind of weather for people’s work and health
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