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1. Who is the most successful person in the world in your opinion? Could you tell us something about him or her? 2. What qualities do you think successful people possess?
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3. What do you think fame can bring to people?

Directions: The following are the synonyms related to Fame and Success. Match the word in Column A with its definition in Column B. Column A
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a. the condition of being well-known to 1. achievement ( 4 ) many people, esp. for a particular 2. celebrity reason ( 6 ) b. fame, esp. for being better than most 3. pass others at a particular thing 4. fame ( 5 ) c. success in life or business 5. prosperity ( 1 ) d. the successful finishing or gaining sth ( 7 ) e. satisfaction after successful effort 6. distinction ( 3 ) f. a success in a examination 7. fulfillment ( 2 ) g. the state of being famous

Directions: Listen to the passage and fill in the blanks with the missing words or expressions. Successful people always have clear goals. Great musicians, great 1)_______, successful salespeople and 2)______ leaders know what they want in life, and they go after it. No one becomes successful by 3)_______! Too often, people choose goals that are inconsistent with their 4)_______ and daily behavior. Do you value health, or comfort? Is financial 5)_____ a priority, or merely a wish? Have the courage to put your 6)______ on paper and in your own words. Be 7)______ and describe your goals in detail. A loving 8)_____ or happy kids require your time, your attention and your love every day. Your daily actions need not be profound or 9)______, but they must be consistent and 10)_______. Just as an artist will make preliminary 11)______ and work out the details in his mind, so your success requires written goals, careful choices, clear 12)______, and daily persistence.

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Main Ideas Fame enslaves the person who pursues it because when he/she becomes famous, he/she will not only attract the public’s attention, but also has to work and live in line with the public’s expectations. He/she then becomes the slave of his/her own success. For those who look for fame, failure is not necessarily a bad thing, especially for those who fail to perform well enough, because people tend to be more tolerant towards and sympathetic with them. Though fame brings disadvantages to those who achieve it, people still seek fame for various reasons. It is better to take a critical attitude towards fame.

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1. It is easy for a performer to believe that they are as perfect as what the media describe. ( T ) 2. People usually have lower expectations of performers. ( F ) 3. When people fail, they can always find excuses and
explanations for their inability to succeed. ( F ) 4. Thomas Wolfe was an American novelist, whose first novel was rejected 39 times. ( T ) 5. It is quite common that people who failed many times may find ways to be successful and famous. ( T )

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We may all desire to be famous and yearn for the publicity, wealth and power that accompany fame. Few of us, however, realize that fame also has its negative side and, sometimes, it may even destroy one’s life. Read the following text and you will get to know more about the adverse impact fame can have on one’s life.

Fame
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Melvin Howards Fame is very much like an animal chasing its own tail who, when he captures it, does not know what else to do but to continue chasing it. Fame and the publicity that accompanies it, force the famous person to participate in his or her own destruction. Ironic, isn’t it? Those who gain fame most often gain it as a result of possessing a single talent or skill: singing, dancing, painting, or writing, etc. The successful performer develops a style that gains some popularity, and it is this popularity that usually convinces the performer to continue performing in the same style, since that is what the public seems to want and to enjoy.

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But in time, the performer becomes bored singing the same songs in the same way year after year, or the painter becomes bored painting similar scenes or portraits, or the actor is tired of playing the same character repeatedly. The artist becomes the slave of his or her own success because of the public demands. If the artist attempts to change his or her style of writing or dancing or singing, etc., the audience may turn away and look to give the momentary fame to another and then, in time, to another, and so on and so on. Fame brings celebrity and high regard from loyal fans in each field. A performer can easily come to believe that he or she is as good as his or her press. But most people, most artists do not gain fame and fortune. What about those performers who fail, or anyone who fails?

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Curiously enough, failure often serves as its own reward for many people. It brings sympathy from others who are delighted not to be you, and it allows family and friends to lower their expectations of you so that you need not compete with those who have more talent and who succeed. And they find excuses and explanations for your inability to succeed and become famous: you are too sensitive, you are not interested
in money, you are not interested in the power that fame brings and you are not interested in the loss of privacy it demands, etc. — all excuses, but comforting to those who fail and those who pretend not to notice the failure.

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History has sufficiently proven that some failure for some people at certain times in their lives does indeed motivate them to strive even harder to succeed and to continue believing in themselves. Thomas Wolfe, the American novelist, had his first novel Look Homeward, Angel rejected 39 times before it was finally published and launched his career and created his fame. Beethoven overcame his cruel and harsh father and grudging acceptance as a musician to become the greatest, most famous musician in the world, and Thomas Edison was thrown out of school in fourth grade, at about age 10, because he seemed to the teacher to be quite dull and illbehaved. Many other cases may be found of people who failed and used the failure to motivate them to achieve, to succeed, and to become famous. But, unfortunately, for most people failure is the end of their struggle, not the beginning. There are few, if any, famous failures.

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Well then, why does anyone want fame? Do you? Do you want to be known to many people and admired by them? Do you want the money that usually comes with fame? Do you want the media to notice everything you do or say both in public and in private? In some areas it is very obvious that to be famous is to be the target of everyone who disagrees with you as well as of the media. Fame turns all the lights on and while it gives power and reputation, it takes the you out of you: you must be what the public thinks you are, not what you really are or could be.

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But why does anyone want fame? Several reasons come to mind: to demonstrate excellence in some field; to gain the admiration and love of many others; to be the one everyone talks about; to show family and friends you are more than they thought you were. Probably you can list some other reasons, but I think these are reasonably common. I say to those who desperately seek fame and fortune, celebrity: good luck. But what will you do when you have caught your tail, your success, your fame? Keep chasing it? If you do catch it, hang on for dear life. See you soon famous and almost famous!

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Fame and the publicity that accompanies it, force the famous person to participate in his or her own destruction. 1. Paraphrase this sentence. When a person becomes famous, he or she will not only attract the public attention, but also work and live in line with the public expectations. This may put an end to his or her talent. 2. Translate this sentence into Chinese.
声誉以及随之而来的名气迫使名人陷入穷途末路。

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The artist becomes the slave of his or her own success because of the public demands. 1. Paraphrase this sentence. In order to meet the needs of the public, the artist is no longer the master of himself or herself. 2. Translate this sentence into Chinese.
由于公众的要求,艺人竟变成了自己功名的奴隶。

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… as good as his or her press. 1. What does “as good as his or her press” mean? …as good as what the newspapers say about him or her. 2. Translate this part into Chinese.
自己的成就当真和新闻报道的一样大。

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— all excuses, but comforting to those who fail and those who pretend not to notice the failure. 1. Write the completed sentence. - All these are excuses, but they are comforting to …

2. Translate the sentence into Chinese.
所有这些都是借口,但对失败者或假装不关心自己失败的人来说, 却是安慰。

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Thomas Wolfe, the American novelist, had his first novel Look Homeward, Angel rejected 39 times before it was finally published and launched his career and created his fame. 1. What do you know about the novel Look Homeward, Angel? Look Homeward, Angel written by Thomas Wolfe was his first novel, about a young man’s burning desire to leave his small town and tumultuous(喧嚣的) family in search of a better life, in 1929. It is “a book made out of my life” , and his largely autobiographical story about the quest for a greater intellectual life has resonated with and influenced generations of readers, including some of today’s most important novelists. Rich with lyrical prose and vivid characterizations, this 20th-century American classic will capture the hearts and imaginations of every reader. 2. Translate this sentence into Chinese.
美国小说家托马斯?沃尔夫的第一部小说《安琪儿,往家里看吧!》被 退稿39次才得以出版,才开启了他的写作生涯并赢得了声誉。

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There are few, if any, famous failures.

1. Why does the author say “there are few, if any, famous failures”?
There are few famous failures because for most people failure is the end of their struggle, not the beginning. They stopped working hard and gave up halfway. 2. Translate this sentence into Chinese.
成名的失败事例即使有,也不多见。

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Fame turns all the lights on and while it gives power and reputation, it takes the you out of you: you must be what the public thinks you are, not what you really are or could be. 1. Paraphrase this sentence. While it gives you glamour, fame exposes everything of you to the public. You have to meet the public expectations and fit in the public image. You can’t be what you want to be. 2. Translate this sentence into Chinese.
声誉把你置于所有的灯光下,一边给你权利和威望,一边把你变得 不像你:你必须成为大众心目中的你,而不能是那个真实的你或你 可能成为的那个人。

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publicity: n. public notice or attention We have planned an exciting publicity campaign with our advertisers.
她的新剧作获得广泛宣传。

Her new play has attracted a lot of publicity. Collocations: gain/get/receive publicity seek publicity avoid publicity extensive/wide publicity
取得名气;引人注目 追求名气 避免引人注目 广为宣传

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accompany: vt. go with someone or to be provided or exist at the same time as something Warships will accompany the convoy. He was accompanied on the expedition by his wife.

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adverse: a. having a negative or harmful effect on something
So far the drug is thought not to have any adverse effects.
他的健康因气候影响而严重受损。

His health was adversely affected by the climate. CF: adverse, opposite & contrary
这些形容词均含“相反的,对立的”意思。 adverse 通常指违害利益的、不友好的等,侧重分歧。 opposite 指位置、方向、行动或想法等完全相反。 contrary 一般指与某种主张、看法或行为等正好相反,隐含否定一方并 不意味着肯定另一方的意味。

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Directions: Fill in the blanks with the words above. Change the form where necessary. 1. Contrary _______ to popular opinion, I don’t dye my hair! 2. They received a lot of _______ adverse publicity/criticism about the changes. 3. His political position is opposite _______ to ours. 4. She’s turned out to be the exact opposite _______ of what everyone expected. adverse weather 5. The match has been cancelled due to _______ conditions. 6. My father is a very calm person, but my mother is just the opposite _______. 7. Contrary _______ to all our expectations, he’s found a well-paid job and a nice girlfriend.

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chase: v. follow rapidly in order to catch The police car was going so fast, it must have been chasing someone. She was chasing (after) a man who had snatched her bag.
他追赶窃贼却未捉住。

He chased (after) the burglar but couldn’t catch him. Patterns: chase after fame chase…out of
追求名望 把??赶出

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ironic: a. using or expressing irony; full of irony

It is ironic that although many items are now cheaper to make, fewer people can afford to buy them.
发生这样的事情颇有讽刺意味。

This is a very ironic(al) thing to happen. NB: ironic 是irony 的形容词形式,也可写为 ironical,其副词形式为 ironically, 意为“说反话地, 讽刺地”。

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style: n. a way of doing something, especially one which is typical of a person, group of people, place or period His office is very special in style, with no decoration.
典型的英国生活方式

a typically British style of living Patterns: the latest style in style lack style
最新款式 华丽地,时髦地 缺乏风度

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portrait: n. a painting, photograph, drawing, etc. of a person or, less commonly, of a group of people She’s commissioned an artist to paint her portrait/paint a portrait of her. She had her portrait painted. Collocations: make/paint a portrait pose/sit for one’s portrait a family portrait a full-length portrait
画肖像 摆好姿势让人画像 全家画像 全身像

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turn away: refuse to give one’s sympathy, help, or support to The civil administration promises that they would not turn away anyone who comes to the relief centre for help.
你怎么能对一个受虐待的孩子不闻不问呢?

How can you turn away from the child that is being cruelly treated?

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momentary: a. lasting for a very short time There was a momentary pause.
瞬间的迟疑

a momentary hesitation

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fortune: n. 1) a large amount of money, goods, property, etc. She inherited a fortune from her grandmother. She pursued her fortune in another country. 2) chance and the way it affects your life The family’s fortunes changed overnight.
我们相信命运之神是会眷顾我们的。

We believe that Fortune is on our side.

CF: fortune, fate & luck
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这些名词均有“命运”或“运气”之意。 fortune 普通用词,指由机会或运气来决定的一种命运,如暗示一种比 fate好的运气或一种愉快的未来。 fate 较庄严用词,多指不幸的命运,暗示不可避免、令人畏惧和人的意 志无法改变,宿命论色彩较浓。 luck 普通日常用词,指好的或坏的运气,多指好运气,有时也指成功或 愉快的结局。

Directions: Fill in the blanks with the words above. He seems to have had a lot of bad ____ luck in his life. We want to decide our own fate ___. Her _______ fortunes varied but she never lost courage. It was just ____ luck that I asked for a job at the right time. He had the (good) ______ fortune to train with some of the world’s top athletes. fate is now in the hands of the jury. 6. His ____ luck has fallen to him. 7. A stroke of ____ 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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sympathy: n. (an expression of) understanding and care for someone else’s suffering The president has sent a message of sympathy to the relatives of the dead soldiers.
他怀着恻隐之心, 留那些无家可归的孩子过夜。

Out of sympathy for the homeless children, he gave them shelter for the night.

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expectations: n. when you expect good things to happen in the future I have high expectations for this job. His parents have great expectations for his future. Collocations: beyond one’s expectations have high/great expectations for fall short of expectations
出乎意料地 对??的厚望 辜负期望

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inability: n. lack of ability to do something Inability to use a computer is a serious disadvantage when you are applying for jobs.
这些显示出地方政府在解决能源问题上的无能。

These show the inability of local government to deal with the energy problem.
NB: inability的意义是“无能,没办法,无力”, 而“disability”的含义是
“限制,不利的条件,不健全“,尤指由于身体或智力受损而阻碍或限 制正常发展

For example: She is deaf, but refuses to let her disability prevent her from doing what she wants to do.
她虽然身有残疾, 却是个游泳好手。

She swims well despite her disabilities.

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privacy: n. someone’s right to keep their personal matters and relationships secret The new law is designed to protect people’s privacy. Newspapers often don’t respect the individual’s right to privacy. Collocations: disturb one’s privacy an invasion of one’s privacy in privacy
打扰他人的私生活 侵犯某人的隐私权 私下

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motivate: vt. make someone want to do something well Teaching is all about motivating people to learn. No one really knows what motivated him to do so.

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launch: v. begin sth. such as a plan or introduce sth. new such as a product The airline will launch its new transatlantic service next month.
她大学毕业后决定开始新的生活。

She decided to launch out on her own after college. Patterns: launch into launch against/at
开始 向??发射

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target: n. one or more people who are criticized or laughed at, or who experience unpleasant treatment from others Recently she has been the target of a series of obscene phone calls.
大使馆是恐怖分子攻击的明显目标。

The embassy is an obvious target for terrorist attacks. Patterns: aim at a target hit a target
瞄准目标 击中目标

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reputation: n. the opinion that people in general have about sb. or sth.

He earned/established/gained/acquired a reputation as an entertaining speaker.
The company has a worldwide reputation for quality. Collocations: have a reputation for ruin sb’s reputation establish/build up/make a reputation for live up to one’s reputation
以??出名 败坏某人的名誉 为??树立声誉、博得名声 不负盛名

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demonstrate: vt. show; make clear These figures clearly demonstrate the size of the economic problem facing the country.
她示范最有效的自卫方法。

She demonstrated how best to defend oneself.

CF: demonstrate, show & display
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这些动词均含“显示、显露、展现”之意。 demonstrate 指明显地表露感情。也指用实例、实验推理等手段表演证 明,或论证某一问题。 show 最普通用词,泛指任何有意或无意地把东西给别人看的行为。 display 多指将某物陈列在显眼之处以便让人发现其优点,侧重有意识地 显示。

Directions: Fill in the blanks with the words above. Change the form where necessary. 1. I must _____ show you this new book I’ve just bought. 2. Family photographs were displayed on the wall. ____________ 3. Research _______________ has demonstrated that babies can recognize their mother’s voice very soon after birth. 4. It’s the first time the painting has been displayed ________ to the public. 5. These problems ___________ demonstrate the importance of strategic planning. 6. These photographs show _____ the effects of the chemical on the trees.

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celebrity: n. someone who is famous She has tried every means to be a celebrity.
谁是伦敦最出名的知名人物?

Who’s the most well-known celebrity in London? Collocations: social celebrities gain celebrity
社会名流 成名

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hang on: keep hold of sth. Hang on tight — it’s going to be a very bumpy(颠簸的) ride. For the whole afternoon my little brother hung on to me. Patterns:

hang around hang over

在??闲荡 把??挂在??上

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for dear life: with the greatest possible effort, especially in order to avoid harm As the ship began to tilt, we clung on for dear life.
当看到老虎时,我绝望地逃命。

I ran for dear life when I saw the tiger.

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1. 有一技之长
2. 获得声誉 3. 年复一年 4. 千篇一律的风景或画像 5. 自己功名的奴隶

possess a single talent or skill
gain some popularity year after year similar scenes or portraits the slave of one’s success give the momentary fame to another bring high regard from loyal fans bring sympathy from others lower one’s expectations pretend not to notice the failure

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6. 把短暂的声誉赐予他人 7. 赢得忠实的追捧者的高度关注 8. 从他人处获得怜悯 9. 降低期望 10. 假装不关心失败

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11. 激发某人更加努力

motivate sb. to strive even harder launch one’s career be thrown out of school use the failure to motivate sb. to achieve be the target of sb. turn all the lights on sb. it takes the you out of you demonstrate excellence in some field desperately seek fame and fortune hang on for dear life

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13. 被赶出学校 14. 以失败为动力,奋发有为 15. 成为某人的抨击目标

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16. 将某人置于众人的关注下 17. 把你变得不像你 18. 在某些方面展示才华 19. 拼命追求声誉和财富 20. 舍命也不要松手

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Directions: Listen to the passage and fill in the blanks with the missing words or expressions. Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847, in the small town of Milan, Ohio. He was the youngest of seven children. Thomas Edison was self-taught _________ . He went to school for only three months. His teacher thought he could not learn mental problem . But young Tom Edison because he had a _____________ could learn. He learned from books and he experimented. At chemical laboratory . He the age of ten, he built his own ________________ experimented with chemicals and electricity. He built a telegraph machine and quickly learned to send and receive telegraph messages . At the time, sending electric signals over _________________

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wires was the fastest method of sending information ____ long ________ distances . At the age of sixteen, he went to work as a telegraph operator. He later worked in many different places. He continued to experiment with electricity . When he was ___________ twenty-one, he sent the United States government the documents needed to request the _____________ legal protection for his first invention. The government gave him his first patent on an

electric device he called an Electrographic Vote Recorder. It ____________ used electricity to count votes in an election.

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Directions: Supply the missing letters according to the definitions on the right. public notice or attention having a negative or harmful effect on something using or expressing irony; full of irony lasting for a very short time a large amount of money, goods, property, etc. lack of ability to do something make someone want to do something well begin sth. such as a plan or introduce sth. new such as a product 9. d emonstrate _________ show; make clear someone who is famous 10. c elebrity ______ 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. p ublicity ______ a ______ dverse i ronic ____ m omentary ________ f ______ ortune i ______ nability m ______ otivate l aunch _____

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Task One: Work and Think Directions: Take the following quiz and find out what potential you have to achieve success. Be honest with yourself when you make your choice.

Are You on Your Way to Success?
1. How often do you believe you can accomplish something if you put your mind to it?

a) Rarely.

b) Sometimes.

c) All the time.

d) Never.

2. How often do you find yourself saying things like “I can’t”, “That’s impossible” or “not in this lifetime”? a) Rarely. b) Sometimes. c) All the time. d) Never.

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3. If you had ten million dollars, what would you do with the money? a) I would spend the money as soon as possible. b) I would pursue my dreams that I have not previously had the resources for. c) I would do pretty much the same as I do now. d) I would put the money in the bank.
4. Do you think that education and talent are vital to success? a) Not really. To me, persistence and determination are more important. b) Yes. Those with good education and talent have an advantage over others. c) Absolutely yes. That’s why most people attach great importance to education nowadays. d) No. Some educated people lose their lives in books and some talented people amount to nothing.

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5. How much time are you willing to commit to achieving success in life?
a) No more than an hour a week. b) About ten hours a week. c) As much time as it takes. d) Only when I have free time after watching TV. Quiz Results Find each question. Write down your answer in the scorebox. Work out your score and add them up. The highest score is 20 points and the lowest 5. The more points you have, the more likely you are to be successful. You may also compare your score with those of your classmates.

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SCOREBOX

Question Your Answer 1. 2.

Points

Your Score

a = 2, b = 3, c = 4, d = 1
a = 3, b = 2, c = 1, d = 4 a = 2, b = 3, c = 4, d = 1 a = 4, b = 2, c = 1, d = 3 a = 2, b = 3, c = 4, d = 1

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3. 4. 5. Your Total Score:

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Task Two: Discuss and Debate Step One Directions: Some people say, “Fame is like a double-edged sword.” What is your opinion? Work in pairs or groups and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being famous. Advantages wealth popularity power self-confidence sense of achievement Disadvantages deprivation of privacy deprivation of freedom public pressure arrogance

target of attack by/from the media

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Step Two:

Directions: You are required to have a class debate on whether fame does us more good than harm. Divide the class into two groups with opposite views.

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Directions: Write a composition of no less than 150 words on the topic “Fame — Good or Evil”. Your paper should cover the following points: 1. advantages of being famous 2. disadvantages of being famous 3. your attitude towards fame

Sample:

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Fame — Good or Evil Fame has always been pursued by many people for the advantages it brings about. Fame can assure one of a high social status, high regard, great admiration, etc. Fame can also bring one wealth as a celebrity has more chances to earn big money. Besides, the applauses and flowers from the fans may boost one’s self-confidence and increase one’s sense of fulfillment. However, fame can ruin one’s life, too. It deprives one of his privacy. As a public figure, he is often chased by fans and journalists, and his private life never escapes the media’s attention or public curiosity. Fame also places one under great pressure. He has to work in line with public expectations and thus becomes the slave of his own success. So fame is a double-edged sword. I don’t seek fame and I don’t envy those who are famous. I highly appreciate what the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow says about fame: “The talent of success is nothing more than doing well whatever you do without a thought of fame.”

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1. There is no such thing as genius; it is nothing but labour and diligence.
世间无所谓天才,它仅是刻苦加勤奋。

Word Completion Optional Classroom Activities Picture Talking Theme-Related Writing Proverbs and Quotations

2. Success belongs to the persevering.
胜利属于坚韧不拔的人。

3. Fame like a river is narrowest at its source and broadest afar off.
名誉如河流,发源处最狭,愈远愈宽广。

4. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. — Thomas Edison , American inventor
我并没有失败。我只是发现了行不通的一万种方式。 —— 美国发明家 T. 爱迪生

Useful Expressions Listening Comprehension Word Completion Optional Classroom Activities Picture Talking Theme-Related Writing Proverbs and Quotations

5. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing. — Abraham Lincoln, American President
永远记住:你自己对成功的决心比什么都重要。 —— 美国总统 亚伯拉罕?林肯

6. Fame usually comes to those who are thinking something else. — O.W. Holmes, American poet

名声往往光顾那些没想要成名的人。 —— 美国诗人 霍姆斯 O. W.


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