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    Some people bring out the best in you in a way that you might never have fully realized on your own. My mom was one of those people.
My father died when I was nine months old. Mom and I lived a very hard life. We had little money, but my mom gave me a lot of love. Each night, she spoke the words that would change my life, “Kemmons, you are certain to be a great man and you can do anything in life if you work hard enough to get it.”
    At fourteen, I was hit by a car and the doctors said I would never walk again. Every day, my mother spoke to me in her gentle, loving voice, telling me that I could walk again if I wanted strongly enough. She drove that message so deep into my heart that I finally believed her. A year later, I returned to school — walking on my own!
    When the Great Depression (大萧条) hit, my mom lost her job. Then I left school to support  both of us. At that moment, I decided never to be poor again.
    Over the years, I experienced various levels of business success. But the real turning point happened on a vacation I took with my wife and five kids in 1951. I wasn't satisfied with the second-class hotels available for families and was angry that they asked me an extra $2 for each child. That was too expensive for many American families. I told my wife that I was going to open a motel (汽车旅馆) for families that would never ask extra for children. There were plenty of doubters at that time.
    Of course mom was one of my strongest supporters. She worked behind the desk and even designed the room style. But with my mother’s support and encouragement, I never doubted we would succeed. Fifteen years later, we had the largest hotel system in the world — Holiday Inn. In 1979 my company had 1,759 inns in more than fifty countries with an income (收入) of $ 1 billion a year.
    You may not have started out life in the best situation. But if you can find a task in life worth working for and believe in yourself, nothing can stop you.

阅读下面短文,从下面每小题的A、B、C、D四个选项中选出最佳选项。

    William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. His father was an important man in the town, so Shakespeare had a good childhood. Shakespeare probably went to school but not university. He got married to Anne Hathaway when he was 18 and the couple had 3 children.

    Shakespeare wrote 39 plays and 154 sonnets (a kind of poem). He began working in his hometown of Stratford, but by 1592, he began writing in London. He became rich enough to buy a house in the capital and another in Stratford. He wrote sad stories called tragedies, like Romeo and Juliet, funny stories or comedies, romantic stories and stories about history, such as Julius Caesar.

    Shakespeare died in 1616, about 400 years ago. But why are his works still popular today?

    His works looked at common human themes, such as murder, lust, power, ambition and love. Even until now, these memes are still part of human nature. We can also see the themes in modem soap operas and Hollywood films. Even though his theatre, The Globe, burnt down in 1613, it was rebuilt in London in 1997 and you can still see his plays performed there today.

    Shakespeare's influence on me English language can still be felt today. We talk about "fair play", meaning honest behaviour, but this phrase was first used by Shakespeare. And it was Shakespeare that came up with the expression of "disappear into thin air". And we still use it today when we lose something. Besides, Shakespeare's works have been translated into many languages in the world. And perhaps we'll still be as fascinated by his works 400 years from now as we've been for almost the last 400 years.

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