Section I Use of English
Read the following text. Choose the best word (s) for each numbered blank and mark A, B, C or D on the ANSWER SHEET. (10 points)
Being a good parent is, of course, what every parent would like to be. But defining what it means to be a good parent is undoubtedly very __1__, particularly since children respond differently to the same style of parenting. A calm, rule-following child might respond better to a different sort of parenting than, __2__, a younger sibling.
__3__, there’s another sort of parent that’s a bit easier to __4__: a patient parent. Children of every age benefit from patient parenting. Still, __5__ every parent would like to be patient, this is no easy __6__. Sometimes parents get exhausted and frustrated and are unable to maintain a __7__ and composed style with their kids. I understand this.
You’re only human, and sometimes your kids can __8__ you just a little too far. And then the __9__ happens: You lose your patience and either scream at your kids or say something that was a bit too __10__ and does nobody any good. You wish that you could __11__ the clock and start over. We’ve all been there.
__12__, even though it’s common, it’s important to keep in mind that in a single moment of fatigue, you can say something to your child that you may __13__ for a long time. This may not only do damage to your relationship with your child but also __14__ your child’s self-esteem.
If you consistently lose your __15__ with your kids, then you are inadvertently modeling a lack of emotional control for your kids. We are all becoming increasingly aware of the __16__ of modeling tolerance and patience for the younger generation. This is a skill that will help them all throughout life. In fact, the ability to emotionally regulate or maintain emotional control when __17__ by stress is one of the most important of all life’s skills.
Certainly, it’s incredibly __18__ to maintain patience at all times with your children. A more practical goal is to try, to the best of your ability, to be as tolerant and composed as you can when faced with __19__ situations involving your children. I can promise you this: As a result of working toward this goal, you and your children will benefit and __20__ from stressful moments feeling better physically and emotionally.
1. A tedious B pleasant C instructive D tricky
2. A in addition B for example C at once D by accident
3. A fortunately B occasionally C accordingly D eventually
4. A amuse B assist C describe D train
5. A while B because C unless D once
6. A answer B task C choice D access
7. A tolerant B formal C rigid D critical
8. A move B drag C push D send
9. A mysterious B illogical C suspicious D inevitable
10. A boring B naive C harsh D vague
11. A turn back B take apart C set aside D cover up
12. A overall B instead C however D otherwise
13. A like B miss C believe D regret
14. A raise B affect C justify D reflect
15. A time B bond C race D cool
16. A nature B secret C importance D context
17. A cheated B defeated C confused D confronted
18. A terrible B hard C strange D wrong
19. A trying B changing C exciting D surprising
20. A hide B emerge C withdraw D escape