高考英语一轮复习课时提能练23含解析外研版

课时提能练(二十三)

Ⅰ.阅读理解

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(2019·湖北省重点中学考试)Don't have plenty of time for reading?If you are interested in non-fiction books,here are good choices for you.

A Room of One's Own

This essay by English writer Virginia Woolf is based on her several lectures given to two women's colleges at Cambridge University in 1928.In it,Woolf describes that it's circumstance not talent alone that allows men to be more successful at writing.Women,in other words,spend so much time cooking,cleaning,and tending to their children that they have no time left for art.To write well,therefore,a woman must have “a room of her own”.While on its surface,this essay appears to be only about writing,it is actually about wealth and class,freedom and imprisonment,and the power struggle between sexes.

The Art of War

Written by ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Zi,The Art of War is widely considered to be one of the best books about military strategy(军事战略) in human history.Consisting of 13 chapters,each dealing with a separate aspect about how to fight a war,the book has been translated into many languages and has thousands of editions.For centuries,it has been used to train military leaders for its detailed study of military strategy and effective leadership.

Letter to My Daughter

This book of essays and poems by Maya Angelou,a respectable American poet,is written for “the daughter she never had”—the millions of women,both young and old,who she considers to be her “family”.From the viewpoint of a caring,older relative,this book contains lessons selected from her own life experiences,including the birth of her only child,a son,as well as the development and loss of friendship.

A Brief History of Time

If you're short on time,then why not read about,well,the creation of time?This book,first published in 1998 from brilliant scientist and mathematician Stephen Hawking,explores mindbending questions about the creation of the universe,including if and when it will end,and if so,how.Despite its heavy subject matter,Hawking addresses these questions in a way that's easy to understand,even for those who know little about physics.

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