I grew up in a tiny Baltimore row house in a faraway mountain area. My parents 36 the necessities of life 37 they couldn’t give much more. If I asked my father 38 a pair of jeans, he would say, “If you want them, make the money and buy them 39 .” He wasn’t being mean; he just couldn’t 40 them. From age 12 on, I did part-time jobs after school.
When I 41 from high school, I joined the navy. Soon I was in a boot camp(新兵训练营) at Parris Island, S. C., where I learned that life in the navy centered around completing daily 42 . These could be anything from cleaning the camp to conducting mock(模拟的) battles. Completing these tasks successfully 43 discipline, team-work and responsibility. It didn’t 44 whether you were black, white or Asian; everyone worked together for the45 of the company.
I went 46 to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy and later became an officer in the navy. The part of my job I 47 most was the counseling(咨询) meeting I 48 with the family members of the men and women in my 49 , trying to help them deal with the long periods of 50 . These proved popular and word of them spread. 51 I was being asked to give encouraging 52 to business groups, educators and kids across the country.
But I consider the boot camp my first real 53 , and my life is still guided by the 54 lessons I learned there. It taught me discipline, friendship and the pride related to setting a task every day and working hard to 55 it.
36.A.provided B.got C.made D.bought
37.A.while B.but C.so D.or
38.A.about B.with C.for D.of
39.A.themselves B.ourselves C.yourself D.myself
40.A.pay B.find C.produce D.afford
41.A.came B.returned C.escaped D.graduated
42.A.drills B.tasks C.exercises D.reports
43.A.included B.asked C.required D.met
44.A.matter B.mean C.exist D.work
45.A.good B.boss C.rest D.right
46.A.out B.on C.away D.off
47.A.took B.hated C.enjoyed D.did
48.A.ended B.began C.continued D.held
49.A.charge B.situation C.position D.choice
50.A.lessons B.meeting C.training D.separation
51.A.Long before B.Before long C.As usual D.Once again
52.A.performances B.descriptions C.speeches D.gifts
53.A.vacation B.place C.job D.travel
54.A.important B.bitter C.normal D.difficult
55.A.gain B.achieve C.show D.match