Passage AThink About ItRead About ItTalk About ItWrite About
1.Why do some people use Ecstasy according to the author? They
think it is a fun, harmless drug. Reference:
2.What did Ecstasy and other drugs do to the author? It
seriously damaged her health. Besides she lost her strength,
motivation, dreams, friends, apartment, money and most of all, her
3.What do you know about drugs and drug abuse?
Read About ItLanguage PointsContent AwarenessLanguage Focus
I was exposed to new people, new ideas and a completely new way
of life a way of life that exposed me to drugs. Most of the people
that I met in the acting school had already been doing drugs for
years. I felt that by using drugs, I would become a part of their
world and it would deepen my friendships with them to new levels. I
tried pot, even a little cocaine, but it was Ecstasy that changed
my life forever. I remember the feeling I had the first time I did
Ecstasy: complete and utter bliss. I could feel the pulse of the
universe. It was as if I had unlocked some sort of secret world; it
was as if Id found heaven. And I wondered how anything that made
you feel so good could possibly be bad. As time went by things
changed. I graduated, and began to use drugs, especially Ecstasy,
more frequently. As I did, I actually started to look down on those
who did not. I surrounded myself only with those who did. I had
gone from a girl who never used drugs to a woman who couldnt
imagine life without them.
In five months, I went from living somewhat responsibly while
pursuing my dream to a person who didnt care about a thing and the
higher I got, the deeper I sank into a dark, lonely place. When I
did sleep, I had nightmares and the shakes. I had pasty skin, a
throbbing head and the beginnings of paranoia, but I ignored it
all, thinking it was normal until the night I thought I was dying.
On this night, I was sitting on the couch with my friends, watching
a movie and feeling normal when suddenly, I felt as if I needed to
jump out of my skin. Racing thoughts, horrible images and illusions
crept through my mind. I thought I was seeing the devil, and I
repeatedly asked my friends if I was dead. On top of all this, I
felt as if I was having a heart attack. Somehow, I managed to pick
up the telephone and call my mom in the middle of the night,
telling her to come get me. She did, pulling me out of my apartment
the next morning.
I hear people say Ecstasy is a harmless, happy drug. Theres
nothing happy about the way that harmless drug chipped away at my
life. Ecstasy took my strength, my motivation, my dreams, my
friends, my apartment, my money and most of all, my sanity. I worry
about my future and my health every day. I have many mountains
ahead of me, but I plan to keep climbing because Im one of the
lucky ones. Ive been given a second chance, and thats not something
that everyone gets.
agony n. extreme pain or suffering ExamplesThe injured soldiers
lay screaming in agony. We felt helpless as we saw him dying in
rural a. in, of or like the countryside ExamplesRural life is
usually more peaceful than urban life. He paints pictures of rural
scenes.Translateannual income of the urban and rural household in
They were never a question I was so involved and focused on
other things. I was never troubled by drugs I devoted myself wholly
to other things. More to learnParaphrase
focus on to direct (ones attention) to something ExamplesThe
book focuses on the way the computer affects the young. I find it
easy to focus on textbooks when the exam is approaching. They were
never a question I was so involved and focused on other things.
come true to happen just as was wished, expected or dreamt
ExamplesHe has always dreamt of owning his own company, but I doubt
it will come true. When I finished my first novel, it was a dream
made to come true.
expose to to cause to be unprotected from ExamplesPeople living
near the nuclear power station may have been exposed to radiation.
His viewpoints expose him to criticism, but he wont give them up.
Translate the underlined partThis program is designed to expose
students to good art and music.Key
utter a. complete or extreme ExamplesThe discussion was an utter
waste of time. A hot bath after such a long day of hard work was
utter bliss.TranslateI was at an utter loss what to do.KeyMore to
utterly ad. completelyExampleAre you utterly convinced that he
is guilty? Cf.absolutelyentirely
look down on/upon to regard with scorn; despise ExamplesWhen she
married a millionaire, she looked down on the office girls she had
worked with. The disabled shouldnt be looked down upon.
I surrounded myself only with those who did. I kept in contact
only with those who used drugs. Paraphrase
somewhat ad. to some degree; a little; rather ExamplesWe were
somewhat tired after our long walk. The campus has changed somewhat
over the last few months. TranslateKeyI like the design of the
dress, but its somewhat expensive.
illusion n. an idea or belief which is not true or not what it
seems to beExamplesCollege students tend to have illusions about
how easy their life will be after graduation. The magician tricked
the audience with skilful optical illusions, making things appear
creep v. to move slowly, quietly and carefully, often with the
body close to the ground ExamplesThe naughty child crept up behind
his father and suddenly yelled Boo!A tiger crept towards the deer
from the downwind bush.
on top of in addition to ExamplesOn top of the discount, the
store tried to attract customers with nice gifts. We missed the
train, and on top of that we had to wait for two hours for the next
extreme a. (at) the furthest point; (to) the greatest degree
ExamplesJane fell into extreme pain after her son died in an
accident. The extreme penalty of the law is the death penalty. More
extreme n. either end of anything; highest degree; qualities as
widely different as possibleExampleHis moods go from one extreme to
the other. Fill in the blankThe general asked the soldier to _____
().Keyresort to extremes in the emergency
carry out to perform or complete; to conduct ExamplesIn spite of
the ban, some scientists are still carrying out research on cloning
humans.It is hoped that the kidnappers will not carry out their
threat to kill the hostages.
Since I saw that scan my life has been an uphill crawl. Since I
saw the results of the medical scan Ive started a difficult process
of getting rid of drugs. Paraphrase
sanity n. the quality of being healthy in mind ExamplesHed been
behaving so strangely that they began to doubt his sanity. Its hard
to keep your sanity in such a crazy situation. More to learn
sane a. healthy in mind ExampleIn the doctors opinion he was
sane at the time of the murder. Antonyminsane a. He must be insane
to drive his car so fast.