一："When people succeed, it is because of hard work. Luck has nothing to do with success." Do you agree or disagree with the quotation above? Use specific reasons and examples to explain your position.
It has been said that when people succeed, it is because of hard work and that luck has nothing to do with success. Although I believe that hard work is very important and is the surest way to success for most people, I must disagree with this statement. It cannot be denied that luck often plays an important role in success. For example, many important discoveries have been made by accident. There have been many cases of researchers and inventors making major breakthroughs while they were actually trying to solve another problem or create a different device.
Furthermore, there is something to be said for simply being in the right place at the right time-perhaps meeting someone by chance who can offer a good job or rare opportunity. And of course, there are the rare examples of gamblers and lottery winners who beat the odds and achieve sudden and unexpected success.
While the influence of luck cannot be ignored, this is not to say that one should depend on it and ignore the value of hard work. If one is willing to work hard, I believe that success will eventually be achieved, with or without the added benefit of luck. Moreover, hard work is often an essential ingredient of luck because it enables one to take advantage of a lucky encounter. If the scientist has not worked hard to develop his knowledge and skills, he may not recognize that lucky breakthrough when it comes along. Therefore, my suggestion is not to count on luck to bring you success. Instead, work hard and keep your eyes open for that lucky opportunity.
二：Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay commenting on thesaying "The meaning of life is to find your gift, thepurpose of life is to give it away." You can cite examples to illustrate your point of view. Youshould write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.
The Meaning and Purpose of Life
Everyone may encounter a scene when he orshe wonders what the meaning and purpose of lifeis. Answers to this question vary from person toperson. As for me, I agree with the view that themeaning of life is to discover your gift and thepurpose of life is to make the best of it.
On one hand, one's gift could be the source of his inner happiness, providing spiritualimpetus and correct orientation. Take the world-renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang as anexample. His gift was noticed before he was 3 years old, which laid the foundation of hisglorious life. On the other hand, proper use of talent helps people to realize their value in apositive way, thus making contribution to the society as a whole. For instance, Isaac Newtonmade a universally amazing discovery by digging into his gift and finding the Newton's law ofgravitation.
In conclusion, let's search for our true gift and utilize it to the fullest to achieve a happyand valuable life.
三：A Letter of Inquiry
Dear Han Dong,
I am a sophomore and I'm taking the CET-4 forthe second time. It has cost lots of money and timeto prepare for the exam. Meanwhile, my schedule isgetting tighter, for I have to take much more classesthan before. So I really want to make things workthis time. That's why I'm writing to you for help.
My biggest headache is the listening part, whose proportion becomes even more after theCET exam reform. Moreover, my vocabulary is poor, too. I'm wondering if there is any short-cut to memorize words more quickly in shorter time. I also want to know in what degree a CETtraining class can help. Finally, I need you recommend some better books to me.
I'm gratefully looking forward to your reply.