A Walt Disney
Walt Disney died in 1966, but hid work and his dreams did not die. A new generation of children watched his animal movies such as Snow White and even his old Mickey Mouse cartoons. These are the sane Disney creations the parents and grandparents of these children enjoyed. Millions of people also came to the United states to enjoy Disneyland in California and Disney World. But although Disney's work was extraordinary, in many ways Walt Disney was an ordinary man. He was born in Chicago and had a rather typical childhood in the Midwest . his family was not rich or successful. In fact, his father failed in business several times. Walt had to work hard, but he did not mind.
He did not mind hard work, and he did not give up easily. One summer Walt wanted a fob at the post office, but they told him he was too young. He went hone, drew some lines on his face, and put on his father's suit and hat. Then he went back to the sane office and told them he was 18. They gave him the job.
Later in his life, Disney had ma dream. He wanted to build a new kind of amusement park. It would be clean and beautiful. There would be rides for children and nice restaurants for adults. It would be fun for people of all ages. Disney drew a plan for this park. It was called Disneyland. Engineers told him it was an impossible dream. His family and friends told him it was crazy, but Disney did not give up his idea. In 1955, Disneyland opened its gates to the public and became the most successful amusement park in the United states.
1. Where was Walt Disney born?
A. In California B. In Chicago
C. In Mexico D. In Disneyland
2. According to the passage, once he worked ________.
A. as an office B. At a port
C. in a post office D. As a boss
3. What was the first amusement park designed by Walt Disney?
A. Snow white B. Mickey Mouse
C. Disneyland D. Disney World
4. Walt Disney was born into a family which was ________.
A. rich but nor successful B. successful but nor rich
C. neither rich nor successful D. rich and successful
5. What was Walt Disney's dream in his later life?
A. He wanted to open a restaurant
B. He wanted to have a beautiful a garden for himself
C. He wanted to produce more cartoon movies for both children and adults
D. He wanted to build a new kind of amusement park
"That's a fine picture of a horse," said the doctor. The boy looked up happily. Young Walt Disney loved to draw.
"I'd draw all day long, but I have work to do," he told his friend, doc Sherwood. Walt's father had many jobs for him to do.
"Stop all that drawing," Mr. Disney would say. "There's work to be done."
When he was older, Walt decided to make art his work. He worked hard at drawing cartoons. When he had time, he studied art. He began to make cartoon movies. But he didn't have much money and he didn't always have enough to eat.
Sometimes when he worked in his little office, a mouse would run near his desk.
"Would you like to be my pet?" Walt asked the mouse. He caught the mouse and kept him as a pet. He called him Mortimer.
A few years later. Walt remembered Mortimer and decided to make a cartoon about him.
"I'm making a cartoon about a mouse named Mortimer." He told his wife.
"Mortimer Mouse? I think Mickey Mouse would be a better name." She said.
"You're right! It would."
Disney made many Mickey Mouse cartoons. People all over the world saw Mickey and loved him. Mickey Mouse made Walt Disney famous. Then came Donald Duck and Goofy and others.
Walt began to make full-length cartoons. One was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Both old and young loved Snow White and the funny little men. Then Walt made movies for television. Millions of children watched the shows every week.
Walt had two daughters. He took them everywhere. They liked to go to amusement parks. Walt dreamed of making a beautiful amusement park that adults as well as children would like. The park would be alive and exciting. And it would be clean and safe. They'd come from far and near to see it. His dreams came true with Disneyland. In 1955, he opened a wonderful land in California. Real boats, castles, trains, mountains, rivers--- all in one beautiful park. Millions of people came to Disneyland.
Years later, Disney World was built. Walt Disney now had another wonderful world of fun in Florida.
Walt Disney died in 1966 but the world will not forget him quickly. Mickey Mouse and all his friends will help us to remember him.
1. Which of the following is not true?
A. As a young boy, Disney liked to draw very much
B. Disney's father often made him do a lot of work when he was young
C. His father wanted him to be an artist
D. When he was older, Walt decide to study art
2. ______ named the mouse Mickey Mouse?
A. Disney B. His wife C. His father D. The doctor
3. ______ loved Snow White and the Funny Little Men?
A. Only children B. His wife
C. The old people D. Not only the children but also the adults
4. Walt's two daughters like ______.
A. to draw, too
B. to help their father to make films
C. to study very hard
D. to go to some amusing places
6. Which of the following is true?
A. Although Disney died, Mickey Mouse and all his friends were popular in the world
B. Disney World was gin California
C. People didn't go to Disneyland after he died
D. Disneyland was exciting but dangerous
Tristan was a character in old English and European stories. He was born a brave soldier under King Arthur, and the story of his love for Isolde, daughter of the king of Ireland , is one of the great love stories of all time. The story is the topic of a grand opera, Tristan and Isolde, by Richard Wagner. It is often played through the world.
Tristan had told his uncle, King Mark of Cornwall, of the beauty of Isolde, and was sent to bring her by ship Cornwall to marry the king. Isolde hated Tristan because her brother had died by his hand in battle, and on the journey she asked her servant Brangane to poison him. Instead Brangane prepared a special drink, and after Tristan and Isolde drank it, they fell in love. They arrived at Cornwall but King Mark was away hunting. They met secretly every day. When the king returned, a man named Melot told him what was going on between Tristan and Isolde. Tristan fought Melot and was badly wounded. He was taken to his own home in Bittany. His friend Kurwenal sent for Isolde and died. She died of a broken heart.
The beautiful music of the opera is often played and sung in concerts. The most famous song is the "Love's Death", with Tristan and Isolde sang before they died.
1. Tristan sailed to Ireland_______.
A. to find himself a wife
B. to carry out his uncle's order
C. after falling in love with Isolde
D. after hearing of the beauty of Isolde
2. At first, Isolde wanted to poison Tristan because he_______.
A. had killed her brother
B. was from King Mark's family
C. had asked her to marry him
D. wanted her to marry King Mark
3. Tristan fought Melot because_______.
A. the king ordered him to do so
B. Melot told the king about his secret
C. Metlot was the enemy of Isolde's family
D. He thought Melot was in love with Isolde
4. What cause Isolde's death?________
A. the king's anger B. Melot killed her
C. Her love for Tristan D. Brangane poisoned her