Unit 13 The Light of Depression
Section One Pre-reading Activities (2)
I. Reading aloud (2)
II. Cultural information (2)
III. Audiovisual supplements (3)
Section Two Global Reading (4)
I. Main idea (4)
II. Structural analysis (4)
Section Three Detailed Reading (5)
Text I (5)
Section Four Consolidation Activities (16)
I. Vocabulary Analysis (16)
II. Grammar Exercises (20)
III. Translation exercises (23)
IV. Exercises for integrated skills (24)
V. Oral activities (25)
VI. Writing Practice (26)
VII. Listening Exercises (28)
Section Five Further Enhancement (30)
I. Text II (30)
II. Memorable Quotes (33)
Section One Pre-reading Activities
I. Reading aloud
Read the following sentences aloud, paying special attention to intonation. The symbol | indicates a division of tone units, while ↗ and ↘ nuclear tones.
1. When we arrived at the ↗hospital, | my dad walked around to her side of the ↗car, | gathered her into his arms ↗and ↘held her.
2. At a ↗time in my ↗life | when the world was supposed to be opening up to ↗me, | I ↗found myself re ↘treating.
3. They regarded it as a ↘bad case | of the ↘Sunday evening blues, | believing that if I ↗tried harder | and ↘stopped feeling sorry for my ↗self, | I would ―get ↘better.‖
4. And ↗slowly, | the desire to ↘live, | the ↘courage to want to live, | began to re ↘turn.
II. Cultural information
W. M. Thackeray: Dare and the world always yields. If it beats you sometimes, dare it again and again and it will succumb.
Some people say that depression feels like a black curtain of despair coming down over their lives. Many people feel like they have no energy and can't concentrate. Others feel irritable all the time for no apparent reason.
Most people who have gone through one episode of depression will, sooner or later, have another one. The symptoms vary from person to person, but if you feel "down" for more than two weeks, and these feelings are interfering with your daily life, you may be clinically depressed.
The common symptoms including:
＊poor concentration and memory
＊withdrawal from social situations and activities
＊an inability to experience pleasure in activities that were formerly enjoyed
＊preoccupied with thoughts and feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, self-hatred, etc.
＊thoughts of death or suicide, etc.
Learning to recognize these early triggers or symptoms and working with your doctor will help to keep the depression from worsening. There are many forms of treatment that can help you cope with depression, including medications, psychotherapy or counseling.
III. Audiovisual supplements
Watch a video clip and answer the following question.
What impressed you in the video?
Answer to the Question:
We can see that the father and son have to stay in the toilet for the night, which means they were experiencing a hard time in life. But at the beginning, they were playing games on the subway platform. Actually, the father in the video was facing the difficulties with a positive attitude to life.
Chris: Look around! Look at all these dinosaurs!
Chris: Can you see them?
Chris: Wait! Come on! Come on! Wait! Watch out!
Christopher: What is it?
Chris:Don’t step in the fire! We’re cavemen. We need this fire, because there’s no electricity and it’s cold out here, Ok?
Christopher: Watch out! Watch out!
Chris: Whoa! Oh, my goodness … A.T. rex! Get your stuff! Get your stuff! Get it! We gotta find someplace safe.
Christopher: Like what?
Chris: Em … We need a cave.
Christopher: A cave?
Chris: We gotta find a cave. Come on.
Chris: Come on. Come on. Watch your back! Look out! Here it is! H ere’s a cave. Come on! Right here! Right here! Go, go, go! Go ahead. Get in! Hurry, hurry, hurry!
Christopher: Are we safe?
Chris: Yeah, I think so.
Section Two Global Reading
I. Main idea
What is the story narrated in the text about?
This narrative essay narrates and describes an unusual and unforgettable phase of the writer’s life, during which she experienced deep depression, voluntarily received clinical treatment, conquered the illness in the end, and benefited a great deal from the experiences associated with her suffering.
II. Structural analysis
1. How are the events of the essay arranged?
The narration mostly follows a chronological order, but a few flashbacks are inserted in Paragraph 3 and 6.
2. Work out the structure of the text by completing the table.
Paragraph(s) Main idea
1-3 It provides the background of the story, telling us about the writer and her family and her problem.
4-10 The writer related her experiences with deep depression, including her attitude and reactions to it, focusing on her positive attitude and how she got better and
11 It describes the writer’s mood and feeling on a moon-lit, starry night, and
stresses that her deep depression had been worth it, for suffering had painted
color into her life, and that she was thankful.
Section Three Detailed Reading
The Light of Depression
1.Twice, I have seen my father cry. The first time, I was 12, and my sister, Jenny, was She
was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and needed further testing. When we arrived at the hospital, my dad walked around to her side of the car, gathered her into his arms and held her.
None of us understood what was happening to my sister’s body, but when I heard my strong dad’s voice break with tears, I knew we were on a new and unexpected path.
2.Almost 10 years later, in the fall following my college graduation, I was the one my
father gathered into his arms. At 22, I was diagnosed with clinical depression and voluntarily admitted to a psychiatric hospital. At a time in my life when the world was supposed to be opening up to me, I found myself retreating. Apathetic, uncaring, tired, and with no particular vision for any future, I drifted into a world without hope. My family and I knew I needed help.
3.As a child, I had great passion for life. The simplest of pleasures brought unexplainable
joy. I seldom demonstrated a melancholic personality. In fact, my parents learned that birthdays, Christmas and any reason for celebration would find me in excitement. I loved life, and I loved being alive. When depression struck, I was dropped into a world where wearing my own skin was foreign and ill-fitting.
4.My mom says that one of the hardest days of her life was the day I checked into the
hospital. My personal belongings were rummaged through, and I headed down the long hallway to doctors and a treatment team that became my ―family‖ for the next month. Her drive home, leaving me behind, was heartbreaking. She was left to wonder and guess at why her daughter was in so much pain and why she couldn’t fix it this time.
5.I was numb, trying to see through a haze that had settled upon what once was vivid and
bright. All color had seeped from a life that used to hold such joy. Some peopl e didn’t understand my depression. They regarded it as a bad case of the Sunday evening blues believing that if I tried harder and stopped feeling sorry for myself, I would ―get better.‖ But I wasn’t just dealing with apathy toward routine.I couldn’t remedy being sick with a strenuous run, a good movie, or simply the passing of time. Depression transcended my circumstances and invaded my soul. It was more like a day terror —like waking up to a nightmare. Clinical depression painted my world black while screaming quietly that I was worthless.
6.I remember driving home from work the week before I checked into the hospital. My
co-workers hadn’t noticed any difference in my performance or behavior. I was great at keeping up appearances. I was good at performing. But that evening, I recall wishing I weren’t alive, wishing my car would turn down an empty road and I could disappear. Upon arriving home, I headed straight for my room and slipped under my covers, hoping to sleep. I wanted to escape life because it hurt to breathe.
7.By the end of my first week at the hospital, I had made up my mind to leave. It wasn’t
working. I packed my bags, headed to the front desk, and announced that I was calling my parents to come and pick me up. But my treatment team told me I needed to stay. Defeated and scared, I returned to my room, unpacked my bags and cried myself to sleep. It was time to get honest with myself.
8.I was angry. Me, happy Alice, with so much going for her. Stripped of the world’s
accolades, it didn’t m atter what school I had attended, where I had vacationed, what awards I had won. It didn’t matter who I knew, didn’t know, or thought I knew. What mattered to those surrounding me was that I was honest about my feelings. They didn’t have to be pretty. I di dn’t have to look good. I could just be — and that was enough.
9.It was the kindness, sympathy, love and truth demonstrated in the hospital that began
unlocking my wounds, hurts and distorted thinking. I was learning from the worn lives around me. Lives I would have once felt pity for or wanted to distance myself from. They were the ones who possessed strength and courage. They had suffered abuse, neglect, addiction and illnesses. They felt misplaced and forgotten; they were told they didn’t matter. I cam e from a family filled with love, but as I and others in my hospital ―family‖ shared our suffering, I found I needed their love.
10.Getting help and getting rid of the junk cluttering my mind were part of getting better.
Hope came gradually, and with small steps slowly returned feeling and clarity. I was changing.
My thinking was being altered.I was given a truer sense of who I was: a young woman who needed to be loved for herself, not for what she could offer — not for how she could make you feel. Being honest in the hidden places of my heart. Taking personal responsibility. And slowly, the desire to live, the courage to want to live, began to return. Once truth reveals deception, the lie can no longer deceive unless we choose to let it.
11. A year and a half after my release from the hospital, I drove along a country road. The
moon was bright. The stars brighter. Snow gave a fresh milky coat to the trees, and the night air was full and dark. I felt so alive. I hadn’t believed there would ever be something good enough or rich enough to make up for the pain and darkness I had known. My pain had been deep. But on this quiet stretch of road, I knew it had all been worth it. I knew that life was different because of my experience. Suffering had painted color into my life, and I could be thankful.
1. The writer stresses at the very beginning that when her sister was suffering from juvenile diabetes, her father cried bitterly for the first time. When do you think her father cried for the second time? (Paragraph 2)
It is not difficult to infer that the writer’s father cried for the second time when the writer was diagnosed with clinical depression.
2. Would you describe the writer’s personality as a child before she was seized with depre ssion? (Paragraph 3)
As a child, the writer had a great passion for life and enjoyed being alive. The simplest of pleasures brought her great joy. She seldom demonstrated a melancholic personality. Any reason for celebration would find her in great excitement.
Words and Expressions
1) find out the nature of an illness by observing its symptoms
e.g. The illness was diagnosed as measles.
2) find out what the cause of a fault is, after doing tests, examinations, etc.
e.g. The book diagnoses our present economic ills, explaining what is wrong with the economy. Derivation:
diagnose sb. as (having) sth.
e.g. Joe struggled in school before he was diagnosed as dyslexic.
diagnose sth. as sth.
e.g. The illness was diagnosed as mumps.
diagnose sb.with sth.
e.g. She was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The doctor has diagnosed the illness as heart disease.
We should diagnose key technical challenge and problem in the project.
2. find oneself doing sth.: do a particular thing, or realize that this is happening, esp. when one did not expect or intend it; do sth. without intending to do so
e.g. After wandering around, we found ourselves coming back to the hotel.
When he left, Karen found herself heaving a huge sigh of relief.
When I woke up, I found myself lying on the floor.
I found myself being drawn into another boring argument.
3. drift: v.
1) move slowly on water or in the air
e.g. The rubber raft drifted out to sea.
2) move, change, or do sth. without any plan or purpose
e.g. Jenny spent the year drifting around Europe.
3) gradually change from being in one condition, situation, etc., into another without realizing it
e.g. She was just drifting into sleep when the alarm went of
Thousands of lanterns slowly drift out to sea.
Let the past drift away with the water.
4. demonstrate: v.
1) show sth. clearly by giving proof or evidence
e.g. The study demonstrates the link between poverty and malnutrition.
2) show or be an example of sth.
e.g. They'll be demonstrating how to handle modern, high performance cars.
5. melancholic: adj.characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
e.g. With a melancholic nature, she often suffers from depression.
That doctoral candidate possessed a melancholic personality, which is perhaps why he failed to finish.
1. … I knew we were on a new and unexpected path. (Paragraph 1)
Paraphrase:... I realized that her illness was going to change her life and ours in a direction we had not expected.
2. At a time in my life when the world was supposed to be opening up to me, I found myself retreating. Apathetic, uncaring, tired, and with no particular vision for any future, I drifted into a world without hope. (Paragraph 2)
Paraphrase: At an age when I expected the world should be opening its arms to welcome me, I found myself drifting away. Uninterested in anything, tired of life and having lost any purpose in life, I was unconsciously developing a mental illness in which I experienced deep hopelessness and worthlessness.
3...., I was dropped into a world where wearing my own skin was foreign and ill-fitting. (Paragraph 3)
Paraphrase: ..., I suffered from a terrible illness in which I was even suspicious of my own identity.
1. Why was the day the writer checked into the hospital considered to be one of the hardest days of her mother’s life?(Paragraph 4)
Leaving her daughter behind at the hospital, the author's mother was seized with extreme sadness, feeling heart-broken. She wondered why her daughter was experiencing so much pain an d couldn’t get over it this time.
2. What is the main idea of Paragraph 6? Illustrate or exemplify it. (Paragraph 6)
Paragraph 6 proves how deep the writer's depression had been before she was admitted into the hospital. While driving home from work before she was ill, she wished that she weren’t alive. When she arrived home, she had hoped to sleep and escape life because it hurt to breathe.
3. Which part in Paragraph 9 is a sentence fragment? Why is it separated from the previous sentence? (Paragraph 9)
"Lives I would have once felt pity for or wanted to distance myself from" is a sentence fragment. It is separated from the foregoing sentence for emphasis.
4. What do you know about other patients from whose worn lives the writer was learning? (Paragraphs 9-10)
They were the ones who possessed strength and courage and had suffered abuse, neglect, addiction and illnesses. They felt misplaced and forgotten. They shared their suffering with the writer. Also, they helped the writer get a truer sense of who she was, see through deception and realize and grasp the truth.
Words and Expressions
6. rummage: vt. turn things over or disarrange them while searching for sth. else
e.g.When I entered her house, she was rummaging through the contents of a drawer for something.
Mother was rummaging around in the attic for an old family album.
7. numb:adj. without the power to feel or move; (fig) emotionally incapable of thinking
e.g. My fingers were so numb that I could hardly write.
She was completely numb with terror.
His mind has been numbed.
I don't feel so cold now; but heavy and numb.
8. haze: n. thin mist; (fig) mental confusion or uncertainty
e.g. Things were covered with a haze on that early spring morning.
She did not speak clearly about it, because her mind was in a complete haze.
a haze of
in a haze
9. settle (up) on/over sth.: come to rest on sth.; stay on sth. for some time
e.g. The bird settled on a branch.
Clouds have settled over the mountaintops.
A tense silence has settled over the waiting crowd.
10.apathy:n.the feeling of not being interested in sth., and not willing to make any effort to change or improve things; lack of interest, enthusiasm or concern
e.g. The campaign failed because of public apathy.
She heard the story with apathy.
11. routine: n. a fixed and regular way of doing things; the usual order in which you do things
e.g. She found it difficult to establish a new routine after retirement.
John’s departure had upset their daily routine.
get into a routine: develop a fixed order of doing things
12. remedy: vt. put right; deal with a problem or improve a bad situation; provide a remedy for sth. undesirable; rectify
e.g. To remedy the environment, the water must be chemically treated.
We must remedy injustices.
If I made a mistake, I will try to remedy it.
e.g. The mistake is beyond/past remedy. (The mistake cannot be put right.)
13.transcend: vt.(fml) go beyond the usual limits of sth.; go beyond the range (of human experience, belief, powers of description, etc.); be much better or greater than sb./sth.
e.g. One never can see the thing in itself, because the mind does not transcend phenomena.
Such matters transcend man’s knowle dge.
She far transcends the others in beauty and intelligence.
1) enter a country or territory with armed forces in order to attack, damage, or occupy it
e.g.The Romans invaded Britain 2000 years ago.
2) (fig) enter sth. in large numbers, esp. to cause damage
e.g. Every summer the town is invaded by tourists.
3) get involved in something in an unwanted and annoying way
e.g. What right does he have to invade my privacy?
15. strip sb. of sth.:take away (honor, property, etc.) from sb.
e.g. The general was stripped of his rank and title.
deprive sb. of sth.
1) change sth. so that it is strange or unclear
e.g. Tall buildings can distort radio signals.
2) report sth. in a way that is not completely true or correct
e.g. His account was badly distorted by the press.
3) change a situation from the way it would naturally be
e.g.an expensive subsidy which distorts the market
17. distance oneself from sb./sth.: not approve of sb./sth.; not become involved with sb./sth.; stay away far enough from sb./sth. to be safe
e.g. She needs to distance herself from some of her more extreme supporters.
You need to distance yourself from the situation for a little while first
18. abuse: n. wrong or bad use or treatment of sb./sth.; unjust or corrupt practice
e.g. Drug abuse and child abuse, as well as abuse of privilege and authority, are common problems
in modern society.
Many children suffer racial abuse at school.
Exercise: Choose the best answer to complete the following sentence.
It has been revealed that some government leaders ______ their authority and position to get illegal profits for themselves.
19. addiction: n. condition of drinking alcohol, smoking, taking drugs, etc. habitually, and being unable to stop doing so without suffering
e.g. Another cause of hopelessness is addiction to drugs.
addict: n. someone who is very interested in something and spends a lot of time doing it addictive: adj.
20. alter: vt. change or make sb./sth. change; become different; change in character, position, size, shape, etc.
e.g. Her face had not altered much over the years.
The city centre has altered beyond recognition.
1. I was numb, trying to see through a haze that had settled upon what once was vivid and bright. All color had seeped from a life that used to hold such joy. (Paragraph 5) Paraphrase: I was unable to feel anything, trying to understand what had changed my promising life completely. I had gradually lost interest in a life that used to bring such happiness and pleasure.
2. But I wasn’t just dealing with apathy toward routine. I couldn’t remedy being sick with
a strenuous run, a good movie, or simply the passing of time. Depression transcended my circumstances and invaded my soul. (Paragraph 5)
Paraphrase: Yet I wasn’t just coping with my lack of interest in daily activities. I couldn’t hope to recover from my mental illness by taking vigorous exercise, watching a good movie, or simply
doing something to pass the time. Depression caused not only physical weakness but it went deep into my mind, affecting the way I felt and thought.
3. Clinical depression painted my world black while screaming quietly that I was worthless. (Paragraph 5)
Paraphrase: Clinical depression deprived me of any hope and made me feel that I was a totally useless person.
4. I wanted to escape life because it hurt to breathe. (Paragraph 6)
Paraphrase: I wanted to stay away from other people, and even to commit suicide, because even just existing seemed too painful to bear.
5. Stripped of the world's accolades, it didn’t matter what school I had attended, … (Paragraph 8)
Paraphrase: Deprived of what a normal life could offer in terms of praise and recognition, it was no longer of any importance what school I had attended, …
6. It was the kindness, sympathy, love and truth demonstrated in the hospital that began unlocking my wounds, hurts and distorted thinking. I was learning from the worn lives around me. (Paragraph 9)
Paraphrase: In the hospital I experienced kindness, compassion, love and knowledge about the illness. All this enabled me to begin to discover the causes of my illness, my emotional pain and irrational thinking. I was learning from other patients around me to find ways to deal with my own problem.
7. Getting help and getting rid of the junk cluttering my mind were part of getting better. (Paragraph 10)
Paraphrase: Enjoying help and doing away with the symptoms of a nervous breakdown were part of my recovery.
8. Once truth reveals deception, the lie can no longer deceive unless we choose to let it. (Paragraph 10)
Paraphrase: As soon as truth unveils something deceptive, the falsehood will produce no more effect unless we still allow it.
1. What symbolic meaning is conveyed by the bright night described at the end of the text?
The exceptionally bright night with the bright moon and brighter stars symbolizes a cheerful life the writer is enjoying and a very bright future that she could look forward to.
2. Why does the writer say that she could be thankful?
Because her deep depression had been worth it and she benefited a lot from it. The writer had gained a wealth of experience and had been able to look at life in a new light. Suffering had painted color into her life, and rendered her life entirely different.
Words and Expressions
21. release:n. setting free
e.g. Lincoln proclaimed the release of the slaves.
After the examination I had a feeling of release.
Simon has obtained early release from prison.
22. make up for sth.: compensate for sth.; make a bad situation better, or replace sth. that has been lost; have so much of one quality that it is not important that you do not have much of another one
e.g.I don’t eat breakfast, but I make up for it at lunch.
What Jay lacked in experience, he made up for in enthusiasm.
Nothing can make up for what they have suffered.
Exercise: Choose the best answer to complete the following sentence.
Hard work can often________ a lack of intelligence.
A. make up for
B. make up
C. make out
D. make into
Suffering had painted color into my life, … (Paragraph 11)
Paraphrase: Suffering from the illness made my life more meaningful and more rewarding, …Translation: 苦难使我的生活更多姿多彩，……
Direction: Story Relay
Direction: Students are divided into four groups. One group makes a sentence as the beginning of a story and the second group makes another sentence to continue the story, and so do the third and fourth group. Once the group uses the word which has been used before, the group will lose the game.
1)Each sentence should include at least one word or phrase provided below.
2)The story as a whole should be logically organized.
3)The content of the story should be related to depression.
Words and phrases for reference
diagnose, find oneself doing sth, drift, demonstrate, melancholic, numb, in a haze, apathy, routine, remedy, transcend, invade, strip sb. of sth., distance oneself from sb./sth., abuse, addiction, alter, release, make up for sth.
Section Four Consolidation Activities
I. Vocabulary Analysis
1. Phrase practice
1. apathy toward = indifference towards 对……很冷漠, 对……不感兴趣
e.g. The chil d’s apathy toward mathematics worries his parents. 孩子对数学不感兴趣，这让他父
Media is apathy toward women’s sports. 媒体对女性运动不感兴趣。
2. keep up appearances = pretend to be oneself when in difficulties 保持体面
e.g.I am old enough by now not to care what others think, but keeping up appearances is
somehow ingrained. 我现在很老了，已不在乎别人想什么了，但还是改不了喜欢装门面的习惯。
We should get down to doing other things than keeping up appearances. 比起装门面，我们应该做点别的事情。
3. distance oneself from = stay away from 远离
e.g. Should adult authors distance themselves from children’s books? 成年作家不应该写孩子的
They tried to get rid of this foolish custom. 他们努力的要除去这种愚蠢的习俗。
2. Word comparison
addiction: an addiction to sth. is a very strong desire or need for it
e.g.He needed money to fed his addiction to gambling.
addict:a person who can’t stop doing or using s th., especially sth. harmful
e.g. I am a shopping addict.
addictive: if a substance, especially a drug, is addictive, your body need it regularly and you are unable to stop taking it
e.g. Tobacco is highly addictive.
apathy: you can use "apathy" to talk about someone’s state of mind if you are criticizing them because they do not seem to be interested in or enthusiastic about anything
e.g.After a short burst of enthusiasm, she relapsed into her usual apathy.
antipathy: (an example of ) strong dislike, opposition or anger
e.g. Despite the deep antipathies between them, the two sides have managed to negotiate an agreement.
sympathy: the feeling of being sorry for someone who is in a bad situation
e.g. I have a lot of sympathy for her; she had to bring up the children on her own.
empathy:the ability to share another person’s feelings and emotions as if they were your own
e.g.Having begun my life in a children’s home, I have great empathy with the little ones.
depression: a mental state in which you are sad and feel that you can’t enjoy anything, because your situation is so difficult and unpleasant
e.g.Her feeling of depression was transient.
impression: the opinion or feeling you have about someone because of the way they seem
e.g.Arriving late won’t create a very favorable impression.
e.g. They fought back heroically against its bloody suppression.
compression: the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together
e.g. The compression of the wood is easily achieved.
invade: to enter an area of activity in a forceful and noticeable way
e.g.Maria looks set to invade the music scene with her style and image.
reinforce: to give support to an opinion, idea or feeling and make it stronger
e.g. The film reinforces the idea that women should be pretty and dumb.
enter: when you enter a place such as a room or building, you go into it or come into it
e.g. As soon as I entered, they stopped and turned my way.
await: to wait for or be waiting for something
e.g.He’s anxiously awaiting his test result.
neglect: when you do not give enough care or attention or the state of not receiving enough care or attention
e.g.Over the years the church has fallen into a state of neglect.
care: the process of looking after someone, especially because they are ill, old or very young
e.g. Both the young parents share the care of the children.
concern: the worry about a situation
e.g. The political leaders all express concern about reports of political violence in this region. worry: a problem that makes you feel unhappy and afraid
e.g. Keeping warm in the winter is a major worry for many old people.
recall: to remember a particular fact, event, or situation from the past
e.g.Alice seem to recall she’s met that handsome boy before somewhere.
remind:if someone reminds you of a fact or event that you already know about, they say something which makes you think about it
e.g. I had to remind myself that being confident is not the same as being perfect. recollection: a memory of something
e.g. I have many pleasant recollections of the time we spent together.
repeat: to say or write something again
e.g. Nick patiently repeated that he had to work that day.
voluntarily: do sth. willingly, without anyone telling you to do it
e.g.I would only leave here voluntarily if there was a big chance to work abroad. voluntary:actions or activities are done because someone choose to do them and not because
they have been forced to do them
e.g. The scheme, do to begin next month, will be voluntary.
involuntary:not done by choice; done unwillingly, or without the decision or intention of the person involved
e.g. He gave us an involuntary smile.
involuntarily:adv. do sth. unwillingly, with someone telling you to do it
e.g. Arthur shivered involuntarily as he came out of the building.
worthless: of no real value or use
e.g.Training is worthless unless there is proof that it works .
valueless: not worth any money
e.g. That chair turned out to be a valueless replica rather than an antique we thought. priceless: extremely valuable
e.g. Museums have despoiled India of many priceless treasures.
3. Synonym / Antonym
Give synonyms or antonyms of the word underlined in each sentence in the sense it is used.
1. She was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and needed further testing.
Synonyms: young, youthful
2. At 22, I was diagnosed with clinical depression and voluntarily admitted to a psychiatric hospital.
Antonyms: involuntarily, unwillingly, reluctantly
3. I was numb, trying to see through a haze that settled upon what once was vivid and bright. Synonyms: dull, insensitive, unfeeling
4. Her drive home, leaving me behind, was heartbreaking.
5. It didn’t matter what school I had attended, where I had vacationed, what awards I had won Synonyms: prize, honour, accolade
6. I seldom demonstrated a melancholic personality.
Antonyms: cheerful, merry, joyful, jubilant
7. Clinical depression painted my world black while screaming quietly that I was worthless. Synonyms: valueless, useless, futile
8. I recall wishing I weren’t alive, wishing my car would turn down an empty road and I could disappear.
Antonyms: appear, emerge
4. Sentence rephrasing
Rephrase each of the following sentences with the word given in brackets.
1.Various organizations came without request to help raise money for the new operating theatre
in that hospital. (voluntarily)
voluntarily adv. out of will 自愿的
e.g. In the end, he made the promise voluntarily.
Key: Various organizations voluntarily helped raise money for the new operating theatre in that hospital.
2.Football arouses a good deal of powerful feeling among its supporters. (passion)
passion n. strong emotion 激情
e.g. He has a strong passion toward soccer.
Key: Football arouses a good deal of passion among its supporters.
3.Lots of hard work was done throughout the war to disguise the scale of civilian casualties.
strenuous adj. doing sth. with energy 奋发的，狂热的
e.g. You should avoid strenuous activity 24 hours after the operation.
Key: Strenuous efforts were made throughout the war to disguise the scale of civilian casualties.
4.All in-patients must fill in this form and sign it when they leave the hospital upon recovery.
check v. exam 检查
e.g. You need to check your new car before the first drive.
check out pay the bill and leave 退（房）结账
e.g. It won’t take you long to check out.
Key: All in-patients must fill this form and sign it when they check out.
5.WHO tries to analyze the existing conditions of work in each participating country in order to
draft a plan of action. (diagnose)
diagnose v. determine the cause 判断（问题的原因）
e.g. The book diagnoses our economic crises.
Key: WHO tries to diagnose the existing conditions of work in each participating country in order to draft a plan of action.
6.He quickly put on his pajamas and immediately fell into a deep sleep. (slip)
slip v. move stealthily 溜走，滑走
e.g. The fish slipped out of my finger.