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Unit 2 Extensive reading A Biography of Isaac Asimov Read about Isaac Asimov and complete the timeline of the events in his life. Date Event 1920 Born in Russia. 1922 Sister born ___________. 1923 ___________________________. Moved with family to New York Parents bought a candy store. ___________________________. 1929 Started working in a candy store Mother had her third child. 1931 ____ Started to take himself seriously as a writer. 1939 ________________________________ Began having stories published in science ________________________________. fiction magazines Date Event ____ 1941 Gained Master’s degree in chemistry. 1942 Finished working in the candy store. Got married ________________. ____________________________ 1942-1945 Worked as junior chemist, Philadelphia __________________. Navy Yard 1948 ____ Got PhD in chemistry. 1949 ____ Became a biochemistry teacher, Boston University School of Medicine. 1950 Published his first novel. Published “I, Robot” Developed three laws _____________ . for robots. Date Event 1951-1953 Published “The Foundation Trilogy” and won an award for it. 1953 _____ Published first science book _____ 1958 Became a full-time writer. 1973 Divorced his first wife. Married for a second time __________________________. 1983 _____ Had a blood transfusion. Became infected with HIV. 1992 ________________________. Died in New York Detailed reading : 1 What’s the main idea of the text ? Introduction to a famous American science fiction writer Isaac Asimov’s life and works. 2 How many years did Isaac Asimov work in store? A5 B 9 C 11 D D 13 3. Who was Isaac Asimov? A. An American scientist and writer who got his PhD in physics in 1948. B. An Russian scientist and writer who married twice. C C. An Russian - American scientist and writer who became a full time writer in 1958. D. An American - Russian scientist and writer who had 2 children. 4. In which book did he develop a set of three laws? A. The Foundation Trilogy B B. I, Robot C. In his first novel D. In his first science book. 5. What was Asimov best known for? A. His mystery stories. B. His science fiction stories. B His science and history books. C. D. His books about the Bible and about Shakespeare. 6. All the followings are true except_____. A. Asimov’s talent for writing wasn’t Aobvious when he was young. B. He began having his stories published in science fiction magazine in 1939. C. He published his first novel in 1950. D. He published his first science book in 1953. 7. Why could Isaac Asimov become a writer ? A A friend of his made him a writer B His parents wanted him to be a writer C He had the talent for writing D He had so many experiences in his life . 8. What might happen in a world where there were robots if Asimov’s three laws didn’t exist? A. Maybe robots will harm or injure human beings. B. Maybe robots will disobey human beings. C. In order to protect their own existence, robots may injure human beings. D. All of the above. D 9 Which of the following statements is TRUE according to the text ? C A Issac Asimov didn’t publish books until he became a fulltime writer . B Issac Asimov’s ideas about robots completely influenced scientists researching into artificial intelligence C Robots should protect human beings in “I,robot .” D Issac Asimov wrote some famous plays about Shakespeare . http://ent.qq.com/zt/2004/xinpian/Robot.htm 阿西莫夫是一位多产得惊人的作家， 自50年代初，至今已出版了300多部著 作。 Old photo 在家中图书室（1976年） 阿西莫夫与珍尼特 演讲 军旅戎装 阿西莫夫追悼会现场 作品： I, Robot 《最新科学指南》 《作品100》 Language points 1. biography n.传记 bio(尤其供公开发表的)个人简历(biography的缩写) bio cards传记档案卡; bio information传记资料 the biography of Byron the biography of the town bio-表示“生命, 生物”之义 biophysics生物物理学 biochemistry n.生物化学 2 an American scientist and writer 一位 科学家兼作家 The singer and dancer _______( be ) is / was coming for a visit . are/ were The singer and the dancer __________ (be) . Coming for a visit . is / was A knife and fork _______ ( be ) on the desk . 3. Asimov had both an extraordinary imagination that gave him the ability to ….and an amazing mind with which he searched for …. “介词＋which/ whom”的结构引导定语从句 阿西莫夫不仅有着超凡的想象力,使他 能对未来世界进行探索,而且还有惊人 的智力,使他能对现在和过去的各种事 物作出解析 B The Nile , ________electricity is produced ,no longer destroys villages and crops . A which B from which C form it D from that ----- How do you like the cake ？ C ------ It’s quite different from _____I had last month . A that B which C the one D the one what 4. From 1942 to 1948 he worked as a junior chemist … junior adj. younger , lower in rank 较年轻的/职位 稍低的 He is the junior employee in the firm . He is two years junior to me. senior: older; higher in rank较年长的；职位稍高的 • 5 he started to take himself seriously as a writer. • take sb/ sth seriously: regard sb/ sth as important and worth treating with respect He takes things too seriously. You can’t take her promises seriously; she never keeps her word. If you can’t treat your study seriously, you will fail in the coming examination. 反义词：take … for granted认为…是理所 当然的，想当然，不把…当回事 • 6 Soon after his divorce in 1973, … • divorce n.: legal ending of a marriage离婚, 脱离 • vt.: put an end to a marriage by law使离婚, 与...脱离 • ask for a divorce; get divorced; divorce … from • His wife asked for a divorce. • They got divorced last year. • They are divorcing each other. • She divorced her husband two years ago. • We shouldn’t divorce theory from practice. 9 award ( vt / n ) honour / prize / reward award He won the __________for the best student of year . honour It ‘s an ___________to hear you speak so highly of me . Prize He won the Nobel _________for literature . reward He got a ________of $ 100 for helping them.
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