Rocky was on the playground, crying. Some schoolmates had been picking on (欺负)him, as they did quite 1 . But no matter how much he 2 them , they wouldn’t stop. An older boy, who had 3 all this, came over and said, “If you want this to 4 , you’ll have to be like the bull(公牛), Sparky. Should I tell you his 5 ?”
“Yeah!” said Rocky.
“One day, Sparky watched people were televising a bullfight near his field. And the fighting bull was 6 in the end. Sparky 7 this was what lay ahead of him, and so he prepared for the day of his 8 .
When Sparky entered the place, he was stuck by the bullfighter. It was very 9 and he got angry, but he knew what he needed to do. No matter how the bullfighter tried to provoke(挑衅)him, he kept 10 and waited. After some time, the crowd got 11 . It got so bad that the organizers decided to 12 the bull. So Sparky was returned to his field, and allowed to live his life in 13 .”
“But what does this have to do with me?” Asked Rocky.
“Well, everything. They took Sparky to a bullfight 14 they wanted to have fun. The more he would have responded to the provocation, the more they would have 15 themselves. The same is happening to you when they 16 you.”
In the next week, Rocky 17 to put this advice into practice. 18 , it wasn’t easy, but Rocky kept to his 19 . Soon, the other kids got bored with him and found more 20 things to do.
1.A.often B.fast C.early D.proudly
2.A.cared about B.shouted at C.smiled to D.listened to
3.A.refused B.accepted C.seen D.heard
4.A.break B.stop C.work D.happen
5.A.story B.message C.advice D.age
6.A.eaten B.lost C.beaten D.killed
7.A.explained B.remembered C.realized D.expected
8.A.rest B.progress C.practice D.fight
9.A.difficult B.unlucky C.painful D.dangerous
10.A.still B.awake C.clean D.fit
11.A.worried B.bored C.embarrassed D.tired
12.A.change B.control C.catch D.buy
13.A.honor B.peace C.confidence D.order
14.A.though B.but C.so D.because
15.A.saved B.helped C.enjoyed D.comforted
16.A.pay attention to B.make fun of C.keep away from D.get close to
17.A.especially B.usually C.gradually D.suddenly
18.A.In general B.At least C.in face D.At firs
19.A.plan B.request C.secret D.promise
20.A.popular B.useful C.amazing D.interesting