This was an ordinary day, nothing special. Mike was walking on the street when he returned to the shop on the corner. He stopped to look at the front row of shoes, and he felt happy to see that the pair of shoes he wanted very much was still there. He looked down at his old shoes, and he felt sorry for himself, because he wanted very much to own them for his coming birthday.
Sadly, the boy walked away, deep in thought — how to tell his mother about it. He knew very well his mother had very little money. He decided not to go home at once, because he looked sad and his mother would notice it. So he went to the park and sat on the grass. There he saw a boy moving a wheelchair with his hands. Mike looked at him and was surprised to see that the boy had no feet. He looked at his own feet. “It’s much better to be without shoes than without feet.” he thought. There was no reason for him to feel so sorry and sad. So he went away with smile, thinking that he was much luckier and happier.
33．How did Mike pass the shop on the street corner?
A．In a wheelchair. B．By bike. C．On foot. D．By bus.
34．Why did Mike stop in front of the shop?
A．To buy the shoes.
B．To get something for his birthday.
C．To buy a present for his friend.
D．To look at the shoes he liked.
35．What can we learn about Mike from the story?
A．Mike liked new shoes very much.
B．Mike had no feet.
C．Mike didn’t want to stay at home.
D．Mike loved his mother very much.
What are you going to do if you are in a burning house? How will you escape? Do you know how to save yourself? Please read the following passage.
Escaping from a fire is a serious matter. Knowing what to do during a fire can save your life. It is important to know the ways you can use and show them to everyone in the family, such as stairways (楼梯) and fire escapes, but not lifts.
From the lower floors of the buildings, escaping through windows is possible. Learn the best way of leaving through windows with the least chance of serious injury.
The second floor window is usually not very high from the ground. An average person, hanging by the finger-tips (手指尖) will have a drop of about six feet to the ground. It is about the height of an average man. Of course, it is safer to jump a short way than to stay in a burning building.
Windows are also useful when you are waiting for help. Be sure to keep the door closed. Or smoke and fire may be drawn into the room. Keep your head low at the window to be sure you get fresh air rather than smoke that may have leaked (泄露) into the room.
On a second or third floor, the best windows for escape are those which open onto a roof. From the roof a person can drop to the ground more safely. Dropping onto hard ground might end in injury. Bushes and grass can help to break a fall.
1．It is important to ___.
A．put out the fire in the burning house B．know the ways to escape the fire
C．jump off a burning house D．keep the door closed
2．It is possible to escape through the windows ___.
A．if there are some bushes on the ground B．if you are strong enough
C．if you live on a lower floor D．If you have a long rope
3．Which of the following escaping way is NOT right? ______.
A．You can escape though stairways. B．You can choose fire escapes.
C．Escape from the windows that open onto a roof.
D．Use a lift to come down at once.
4．Open the window so that______ if the building is on fire.
A．you can get fresh air B．you can call for help
C．you can easily jump off D．you can be seen first
5． The best title of the passage is ______.
A．Escaping from the Windows B．Save Yourself in the Burning House
C．Knowledge on Fire D．Waiting for Help
When my family moved to America in 2010 from a small village in Guangdong, China, we brought not only our luggage（行李）, but also our village rules, customs and culture. One of the rules is that young people should always respect(尊敬) elders. Unluckily, this rule led to my very first embarrassment in the United States.
I had a part-time job as a waiter in a Chinese restaurant. One time, when I was serving food to a middle-aged couple, the wife asked me how the food could be served so quickly. I told her that I had made sure they got their food quickly because I always respect the elderly. As soon as I said that, her face showed great displeasure. My manager, who happened to hear what I said, took me aside and gave me a long lecture about how sensitive(敏感) Americans are and how they dislike the description “old”. I then walked back to the table and apologized to the wife. After the couple heard my reason, they understood that the problem was caused by cultural differences, so they laughed and were no longer angry.
In my village in China, people are proud of being old. Not so many people live to be seventy or eighty, and people who reach such an age have the most knowledge and experience. Young people always respect older people because they know they can learn from their rich experience.
However, in the United States, people think “growing old” is a problem since “old” shows that a person is going to retire（退休） or that the body is not working well. Here many people try to keep themselves away from growing old by doing exercises or jogging, and women put on makeup, hoping to look young. When I told the couple in the restaurant that I respect the elderly, they got angry because this caused them to feel they had failed to stay young. I had told them something they didn’t want to hear.
After that, I changed the way I had been with older people. It is not that I don’t respect them any more; I still respect them, but now I don’t show my feelings through words.
4.Jack brought the couple their food very fast because _______.
A. the manager asked him to do so B. the couple wanted him to do so
C. he respected the elderly D. he wanted more pay
5. When Jack called the couple “elderly”, they became _______.
A. nervous B. unhappy C. satisfied D. excited
6.After this experience, Jack _______.
A. changed his way with older people B. made friends with the couple
C. no longer respected the elderly D. lost his job in the restaurant
7.Which of the following is TRUE?
A. The more Jack explained, the angrier the couple got.
B. Jack wanted to show his feelings through words after his experience.
C. From this experience, Jack learned more about American culture.
D. The manager went back to the table and apologized to the couple.
I was never very neat, while my roommate Kate was extremely organized. Each of her objects had its place, but mine always hid somewhere. She even labeled (贴标签）everything. I always looked for everything. Over time, Kate got neater and I got messier. She would push my dirty clothing over, and I would lay my books on her tidy desk. We both got tired of each other.
War broke out one evening. Kate came into the room. Soon, I heard her screaming, “Take your shoes away! Why under my bed! ” Deafened, I saw my shoes flying at me. I jumped to my feet and started yelling. She yelled back louder.
The room was filled with anger. We could not have stayed together for a single minute but for a phone call. Kate answered it. From her end of the conversation，I could tell right away her grandma was seriously ill. When she hung up, she quickly crawled (爬)under her covers, sobbing. Obviously, that was something she should not go through alone. All of a sudden, a warm feeling of sympathy rose up in my heart.
Slowly, I collected the pencils, took back the books, made my bed, cleaned the socks and swept the floor, even on her side. I got so into my work that I even didn’t notice Kate had sat up. She was watching, her tears dried and her expression one of disbelief. Then, she reached out her hands to grasp mine. I looked up into her eyes. She smiled at me, “Thanks. ”
Kate and I stayed roommates for the rest of the year. We didn’t always agree, but we learned the key to living together： giving in, cleaning up and holding on.
29.What made Kate so angry one evening?
A.She couldn’t find her books.
B.She heard the author shouting loud.
C.She got the news that her grandma was ill.
D.She saw the authors shoes beneath her bed.
30.The author tidied up the room most probably because .
A.she was scared by Kate’s anger
B.she hated herself for being so messy
C.she wanted to show her care
D.she was asked by Kate to do so
31.What might be the best title for the story?
A.My Friend Kate
B.Hard Work Pays Off
C.How to Be Organized
D.Learning to Be Roommates
As you move around your home, take a good look at the things you have. It is likely that your living room will have a television set and a video, and your kitchen a washing machine and a microwave oven. Your bedroom drawers will be filled with almost three times as many clothes as you need. You almost certainly own a car and possibly a home computer, holiday abroad at least once a year and eat out at least once a week.
Now, perhaps, more than ever before, people are wondering what life is all about, and what it is for. Seeking material success is beginning to trouble large numbers of people around the world. They feel that the long hours work culture to make more money is eating up their lives, leaving them very little time or energy for family or pastimes. Many are turning to other ways of living and downshifting is one of them. Six percent of workers in Britain took the decision to downshift last year.
One couple who downshifted is Daniel and Liz. They used to work in central London. He was a newspaper reporter and she used to work for an international bank. They would go to work by train every day from their large house in the suburbs, leaving their two children with a nanny. Most evenings Daniel wouldn’t get home until eight or nine o’clock and nearly twice a month he would have to fly to New York for meetings. They both earned a large amount of money but began to feel that life was passing them by.
Nowadays, they run a farm in the mountains of Wales. “I always wanted to have a farm then,” says Daniel, “and we took almost a year to make the decision to downshift. It’s taken some getting used to, but it’s been worth it. We have to think twice now about spending money on car repairs and we no longer have any holidays. However, I think it’s made us stronger as a family, and the children are a lot happier.
Liz, however, is not quite sure. “I used to enjoy my job, even though it was hard work and long hours. I’m not really a country girl, but I suppose I’m gradually getting used to looking after the animals. One thing I do like, though, is being able to see more of my children. My advice for other people wanting to do the same is not to think about it too much or you might not do it at all.”
32．The passage tells us that .
A．people seldom work long hours to make money
B．people hardly buy more things than necessary
C．people are sure everything they own is in the right place
D．people realize there is more to life than just making money
33．When Daniel was a reporter he ___.
A．lived in central London B．disliked his job
C．missed his children D．was well paid
34．Daniel and Liz both agree that the move to the farm ____.
A．was easy to organize B．has improved family life
C．was extremely expensive D．has been a total success
35．What does the author mean by saying“the long hours work culture to make more money is eating up their lives” in the second paragraph ?
A．People work long hours to earn their living.
B．To make more money through hard work is the aim of people’s life.
C．Long hours of hard work occupy too much of people’s life.
D．People spent too much time and money eating meals.
My parents moved from Mexico to South Texas in the early 90s with the hope for a brighter future for their family of nine---my parents, four boys and three girls. My parents have always wanted the best for us and they have done everything possible to encourage us to get a university degree. Never did they think that by pushing us that direction, it also meant encouraging us to move away and be distant from each other.
Initially(起初), getting accustomed to the American culture and lifestyle was very difficult for my parents. They come from a culture where kids grow up together, go to school together and most of the time live in the same neighborhood. From our point, American family values were a bit different. Typically in the US, when you turn 18, you are expected to graduate from high school, move out, find a university, possibly find a partner, get married and start a life together. Most of these decisions take you away from home; usually you have to follow opportunity and wherever that will take you.
This is my family’s current situation. I graduated from Bethel College in Indiana in 2010, and in order to fulfill my financial responsibilities of paying off student loans, I moved to Washington State for my job with Experience Mission. Ideally my parents wanted me to come home to South Texas, but that wasn’t where my opportunity took me.
Currently, my sister Jennifer lives in Waco, Texas, about eight hours from my parents. My two younger brothers also decided to go to college at Bethel and are away from my parents. More than likely, when they graduate, they will probably not move back home to South Texas.
My parent never imagined that their dream for a better future would separate our family this way.
Facebook has played a crucial(决定性的) role in the way we communicate while living in different places. Since we all use Facebook, we have found a place to connect and feel as if we were there together with each other.
25. We can infer from the first paragraph that ________.
A. the writer’s family are immigrants to America
B. the writer’ family came to America for a better future
C. the writer’ parents’ didn’t want their children to get a university degree
D. the writer’ parents pushed their children away from each other
26. The writer’s parents found it hard to be used to American life because ________.
A. they were strangers in America B. they suffered from a culture shock
C. the local people disliked their family D. different countries have different lives
27.The writer didn’t return to work in South Texas after graduation because ________.
A. he owed a lot of money while studying at college
B. he didn’t graduate from university
C. he found his opportunity in Washington State
D. his father couldn’t find him a job in South Texas
28. What will probably be talked about in the paragraph after the last?
A. The writer’s parents’ life in Texas.
B. How the parents learn to use Facebook.
C. What the writer’s brothers’ and sisters’ lives are like.
D. How the writer’s family communicate through Facebook.
Do you like chocolate? Maybe most people do. A box of it can be a great gift. Buy one for a friend and give it as a surprise. See how happy that person gets.
Say you just got a box of chocolate. Which piece do you pick first? A man has studied people’s choices. He says they tell something about the person. Did you choose a round piece? You are a person who likes to party. Did you choose an oval shape? You are a person who likes to make things. Picking a square shape shows something else. The person is honest and truthful. You can depend on him or her.
What kind of chocolate do you pick? Maybe you like milk chocolate. This shows you have warm feelings about the past. Dark chocolate means something else. A person who chooses it looks toward the future. What about white chocolate? Would you choose it? If so, you may find it hard to make up your mind. Some people like chocolate with nuts. These are people who like to help others.
Do you believe these ideas? Can candy tell all these things? It doesn’t really matter. There is one sure thing about eaters of chocolate. They eat it because they like it.
8．This passage mainly tells us ______.
A.why people like chocolate
B.almost everyone likes chocolate
C.about different kinds of chocolate
D.different choices may show different characters
9．Picking a round shape of chocolate shows that a person ______.
A.likes singing, dancing and drinking
B.likes to do something for others
C.is good at making things
D.can be depended on
10．From this passage we can see that a helpful man may choose chocolate ______.
A.in oval shape
B.in square shape
11．The last paragraph suggests that the writer ______.
A.believes all the information about chocolate
B.does not believe the information about candy
C.is trying to get you to believe false information
D.doesn’t think it important whether you believe the ideas
“Mum, what does it mean when someone tells you that they have a skeleton(骨骼) in the closet(衣橱)?” Jessica asked. “A skeleton in the closet?” her mother paused thoughtfully. “Well, it’s something that you would rather not have anyone else know about. For example, if in the past, someone in Dad’s family had been arrested for stealing a horse, it would be ‘a skeleton in his family’s closet’. He really wouldn’t want any neighbor to know about it.”
“Why pick on my family?” Jenica’s father said with anger. “Your family history isn’t so good. you know. Wasn’t your great-great-grandfather a prisoner who was transported to Australia for his crimes?” “Yes, but people these days say that you are not a real Australian unless your ancestors arrived as prisoners .” “Gosh, sorry I asked, I think I understand now,” Jessica cut in before things grew worse.
After dinner, the house was very quiet. Jessica’s parents were still quite angry with each other. Her mother was ironing clothes and every now and then she glared at her husband, who hid behind his newspaper pretending to read. When she finished, she gathered the freshly pressed clothes in her arms and walked to Jessica’s closet. Just as she opened the door and reached in to hang a skirt, a bony arm stuck out from the dark depths and a bundle of white bones fell to the floor. Jessica’s mother sank into a faint(晕倒), waking only when Jessica put a cold, wet cloth on her forehead. She looked up to see the worried faces of her husband and daughter.
“What happened？Where am I?” she asked. “You just destroyed the school’s skeleton, Mum,” explained Jessica. “I brought it home to help me with my health project, I meant to tell you, but it seemed that as soon as I mentioned skeletons and closets, it caused a problem between you and Dad.” Jessica looked in amazement as her parents began to laugh madly. “they’re both crazy,” she thought.
24.According to Jessica’s mother, “a skeleton in the closet” means ______.
A.a family honor B. a family sceret
C.a family story D.a family treasure
25.What can we learn about some Australians’ ancestors from Paragraph 2?
A.They were brought to Australia as prisoners.
B.They were the earliest people living in Australia
C.They were involved in some crimes in Australia.
D.They were not regarded as criminals in their day.
26. Jessica’s mother fell down into a faint because she was ________.
A.knocked B. frightend C.injured D.surprised
27.Why did Jessica bring a skelton home?
A.she was cruious about it B. she planned to keep it for fun.
C.She intended to scare her patents D.She needed it for her school task
28. Jessica’s parents laughed madly at the end of the story probably because_________.
A. they were carzy. B. they were overexcited
C.they realized their miundentanding D.they both thought they bad won the quarrel
Friends come to visit us in the evening, they spend their time telling us they are in a hurry and looking at their watches. It isn’t that our friends are all very busy, it is just that when we haven’t got a television. People think that we are very strange. “But what do you do in the evening?”，they are always asking. The answer is very simple. Both my wife and I have hobbies(爱好). We certainly don’t spend our evenings staring at the walls. My wife enjoys cooking and painting and often attends evening classes in foreign languages. This is particularly useful as we often go abroad for our holidays. I collect stamps and I’m always busy with my collection. Both of us enjoy listening to the music and playing chess together.
Sometimes there are power cuts and we have no electricity in the house. This does not worry us, we just light candles and carry on with what we were doing before. Our friends, however, are lost---no television!---So they don’t know what to do. On such evenings our house is very full ---they all come to us. They all have a good time. Instead of sitting in silence in front of the television, everybody talks and plays games.
20. The couple have not got a television, because .
A. they are not rich enough
B. they are strange people
C. they enjoy spending evenings in their own ways
D. they don’t know what to do when there are power cuts
21. Both of the couple are interested in .
A. learning languages B. traveling
C. staying home alone D. watching people play games
22. At night when there is no electricity, the couple .
A. have to stare at the walls B. can do nothing but sit in silence
C. will have many visitors D. have to go out for candles
23. The writer tries to tell us that ____.
A. the television is useful B. electricity is important
C. life is enjoyable without television D. life is impossible without a television
Do you like shopping? Or does the thought of wandering round the shops fill you with terror? For some of us, shopping is an enjoyable way of spending our spare time and our money. For me, it’s something I would rather avoid. Thank goodness for the Internet! It’s more convenient to buy CDs, electrical items, and even food from the comfort of your sofa. But that’s not the only reason: price is an important factor. We can buy goods and services cheaper online. But sometimes the problem is knowing what to buy. This has led to a type of shopping called “showrooming”.
Showrooming is something I’ve done. I will go to a shop to see, touch and try out products but then go home and buy them online at a knock-down price. I’m not alone in doing this. Research by a company called Foolproof found 24% of the people showroomed while Christmas shopping in 2013.
Amy Cashman, Head of Technology at TNS UK, says the reasons for this new shopping habit are that people are lacking time, lacking money and they want security about the products they are buying. She explains that consumers are not only shopping online at home but they are using the Internet in store or on their smartphones to shop around.
But does this mean technology will kill shops? Certainly shops will change. They will have to offer more competitive prices or encourage people to buy more by giving in-store discounts or free gifts.
We mustn’t forget that buying in a shop means you can get expert advice from the sales assistant and you can get good aftercare. It’s good to speak to a real human rather than look at a faceless computer screen, but at least by showrooming, you get the best of both worlds.
32. The two questions in Paragraph 1 are raised to ________.
A. introduce the topic B. give two examples
C. compare different opinions D. get answers from readers
33. What does showrooming mean in the text?
A. Trying in shops and buying online B. Showing products in a room
C. Buying something in a store D. Shopping on the Internet
34. According to Amy Cashman, which is NOT the reason for showrooming?
A. The lack of time B. The comfort of the sofa
C. The lack of money D. The security of the product
35. What can be inferred from Paragraph 4?
A. Online shops will disappear.
B. Free gifts will surely promote sales.
C. Shops need necessary changes.
D. Shops will be replaced by online shops.
As a child, I was really afraid of the dark and of getting lost. These fears were very real and caused me some uncomfortable moments.
Maybe it was the strange way things looked and sounded in my own room at night that scared me so much. There was never complete darkness, but always a streetlight or passing car lights, which made clothes on the back of a chair take on the shape of a wild animal. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the curtains(窗帘) seem to move when there was no wind. A very low sound in the floor would seem a hundred times louder than in the day. My imagination (想象) would run wild, and my heart would beat fast. I would lie very still so that the "enemy(敌人) " would not discover me.
Another of my childhood fears was that I would get lost, especially on the way home from school. Every morning I got on the school bus right near my home. That was no problem. After school, though, when all the buses were lined up along the street, I was afraid that I would get in the wrong one and be taken to some other strange places. On school or family trips to a park or a museum, I wouldn't let the leaders out of my sight.
Perhaps one of the worst fears of all I had as a child was that of not being liked or accepted by others. Being popular was so important to me then, and the fear of not being liked was a serious one.
One of the processes(过程) growing up is being able to realize and overcome our fears. Understanding the things that scared us as children helps us achieve greater success later in life.
52. The author had _________kind(s) of fears when she was a child.
A. one B. two C. three D. none
53. When she went to some other places, she would _________.
A. walk away without others B. take a bus by herself
C. follow others closely D. make sure not to take a wrong bus
54. Which of the following would be possibly true when she was a child?
A. She was usually popular among people.
B. She was always the leader of the others.
C. She always got poor grades.
D. She was not at all liked by others.
55. The underlined word "overcome" in the last paragraph means "_________" in Chinese.
A. 接受 B. 忍受 C. 信服 D. 克服
Every day we go to school and listen to the teacher, and the teacher will ask us some questions. Sometimes, the classmates will ask for your opinions of the work of the class. When you are telling others in the class what you have found out about these topics, remember that they must be able to hear what you are saying. You are not taking part in a family conversation or having a chat with friends— you are in a slightly unnatural situation where a large group of people will remain silent, waiting to hear what you have to say. You must speak so that they can hear you—loudly enough and clearly enough but without trying to shout or appearing to force yourself. Remember, too, that it is the same if you are called to an interview whether it is with a professor of your school or a government official who might meet you. The person you are seeing will try to put you at your ease (not worried) but the situation is somewhat different from that of an ordinary conversation. You must take special care that you can be heard.
1. When you speak to the class, you should speak ____________.
A. as slowly as possible B. in a low voice.
C. loudly D. forcefully
2. Usually, when you speak to the class, the class is___.
A. noisy B. quiet C. having a rest D. serious.
3. The situation in the class is _____than in your house.
A. not very different from B. sometimes the same as
C. sometimes not different from D. not the same as
4. If you are having a conversation with an official, the most important thing for you is _________.
A. to show your ability B. to be very gentle
C. to make sure that you can be heard D. to put the official at ease
5. The main idea of the passage is _________.
A. that we should talk in different ways in different situations
B. that we must speak loudly
C. that we must keep silent at any time
D. that we must talk with the class
Every month, Julia and her cousins would go to visit their grandparents. They would be excited because their grandfather would give them a few coins. Then they would buy toys or sweets. The grandparents commented that, behaving like this, the children would never learn to manage their money. So they planned a special test, in which the children would have to show, over the course of a year, just what they could manage to get with those few coins.
Some thought that they would save their money, but Ruben and Nico continued spending it all on sweets. So they give up saving.
Monty decided to manage his money by exchanging it: buying and selling things, or betting (打赌) it with others. Soon he surprised the whole family. He had accumulated (积聚) lots of money. However, Monty was not very careful, and he got involved in more and more risky deals. A few months later he became penniless after a losing bet. Alex, had a will of iron. He saved the money and at the end of the year he had collected more money than anyone. Even better, with so much money, he managed to buy sweets at a reduced price, so that on the day of the competition he was presented with enough sweets for much more than a year. And even then, he still had enough left over for a toy. He was the clear winner, and other children learned the advantages of knowing how to save and how to wait.
There was also Julia. Poor Julia didn’t enjoy the competition, because even though she had had a wonderful secret plan, she had spent her money without giving her plan enough time to work. However, she was so sure that her plan was a good one, that she decided to carry on with it, and maybe change the expressions on her relatives’ faces, who had seemed to be saying “What a poor girl shel is. She couldn’t manage to save anything”.
When she was about to complete the second year of her plan, Julia surprised everyone by turning up at the grandparents’ house with a violin and a lot of money. She did it really well.
24. Who saved nothing at the end of the first year?
A. Ruben, Julia and Alex B. Ruben, Nico and Monty
C. Ruben, Monty and Julia D. Ruben, Nico and Alex
25. Why did the grandparents plan a test on the children?
A. Because they wanted the children to learn to spend money.
B. Because they wanted the children to learn to save money.
C. Because they wanted the children to learn to manage money.
D. Because they didn’t want the children to buy toys and sweets any more.
26. From Monty’s story, the children learned ______________________.
A. to save and to wait. B. to buy and to sell things
C. to set a achievable goal. D. to be careful and self-disciplined
27. The underlined sentence in the fourth paragraph means ______________.
A. Julia will bring disasters to herself and her family.
B. Julia is not good at managing money.
C. Julia is too stupid to do anything well.
D. Julia has so many secrets that nobody likes her.
This weekly four-day physical activity schedule will get your kids excited about being active.
When the kids get home from school, don’t let them go straight to the TV and get settled in. Encourage them to get moving and get off the couch(沙发) by giving them a pedometer(计步器). Pedometers are the most fun when parents also use one because that turns stepping, walking and running into a game to see who can get the most steps.
The kids have done a great job so far this week, but now they long for a little more TV time. Instead of turning on cartoons, let them watch fitness movies made just for kids. These movies encourage watchers to get up and dance along to kid-friendly music.
Get the whole family out of the house together and over to a park. Bring lots of sports equipment, pack a healthy picnic and have a family competitive sports day. Kids and adults get into groups and play against each other in tennis, basketball or soccer. After everyone has played hard for a couple of hours, stop for a picnic and then if your family isn’t too tired, go back and play some more.
Every child loves to play video games and there is no better time to allow kids to play them than on Sunday when no homework is due. But don’t let them play a game that forces them to sit down for hours. Dance games with a floor mat(垫子) to help kids follow the dance moves are popular to kids.
21. Parents are advised to use a pedometer together with their kids because _______.
A. they can give their kids some advice about walking
B. it can prevent them from watching TV too much
C. their kids will not use it if they don’t
D. this will allow them and their kids to have a fun competition
22. On Thursday when a kid wants to watch TV, his parents should ______.
A. let him watch it for a short time
B. show fitness movies to him
C. take him out for a walk instead
D. watch cartoons with him
23. According to the author, the best time for a kid to play video games is ______.
A. Sunday B. Tuesday C. Saturday D. Thursday
I was doing some last-minute Christmas shopping in a toy store. A nicely dressed little girl was looking through the teddy bears(泰迪熊) beside her father when she saw a little boy walk in and stop in front of the Pokémon toys. His jacket was obviously too small. He had money in his hand. However, it looked no more than five dollars at most. He was with his father as well, and kept picking up the Pokémon video games CDs. Each time he showed one to his father, his father shook his head, “No”.
Rather disappointed, the boy gave up the video games and chose a book of stickers(汽车标签) instead . After they walked away, the little girl ran over to the Pokémon video games CDs. She excitedly picked up one lying on top of the others, and raced down toward the counter（柜台）. I picked up my things and followed the girl and her father.
Then, much to the little girl’s delight , the little boy and his father got in line behind her. After the CD was paid for and bagged, the little girl handed it back to the cashier(收银员) and spoke something to her. The cashier smiled and put the bag under the counter. I was putting things in my bag when the little boy came up to the cashier. The cashier said, “ Congratulations！ , you’re my hundredth customer today, and you win a prize!” and she handed the boy the Pokémon video game CD. The boy could only stared in disbelief. It was, he said, exactly what he had wanted! The little girl and her father had been standing at the doorway, and I saw the biggest and prettiest smile on that little girl I have ever seen in my life.
39.What did the boy want to buy?
A.A teddy bear B.A Pokémon toy C.A book of stickers
D.A Pokémon video games CD
40.How did the girl help the boy ?
A. She gave him some money.
B.She bought him a Pokémon video game CD.
C.She asked her father to buy him lots of things.
D.She asked the cashier to give him a book for free.
41.We can learnt from the passage that _________.
A.the girl has a beautiful heart and is helpful
B.the girl is familiar with the cashier of the store
C.the girl’s father didin’t like her to help the boy
D.the boy knew the girl bought him the Pokémon video game CD
Driving a car is not just handling controls and judging speed and distance. It requires you to predict what other road users will do and get ready to react to something unexpected , When alcohol is consumed, it enters your bloodstream and acts as a depressant （抑制药），damaging eyesight, judgment and co-ordination （协调），slowing down reaction time and greatly increasing the risk of accidents. Even below the drink driving link , driving well be affected.
Alcohol may take a few minutes to be absorbed into the bloodstream and start action on the brain. Absorption rate is increased when drinking on an empty stomach or when consuming drinks mixed with fruit juice. To get rid of alcohol from the body is a very slow process and it is not possible to speed it up with any measures like taking a shower or having a cup of tea or coffee.
The present Road Traffic Ordinance states clearly that the limit of alcohol concentration is :
● 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood ;or
● 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath ;or
● 67 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of urine(尿液)
Drivers who cause traffic accidents, or who commit a moving traffic offence or
are being suspected of drink driving will be tested.
Any drive found drinking beyond the limit will be charged.The driver declared
guilty may be fined a maximum of HK25,000 and be sentenced to up to 3 years
in prison and punished for 10 driving-offence points; or temporarily banned
The same punishment applices to failing to provide speciments(本) far breath,
blood or urine tests without good excuse.
Drink driving is a criminal offebce.Be a responsible,driver,think before you drink. For the safety of yourself and other road users, never drive after consuming alcohol.
13.The first paragraph is mainly about_____________.
A. the introductions of driving skills B.the process of alcohol being absorbed
C. the effect of drinking on driving D. the dangaga of drinking to your body
14.The underlined word “it” in the second paragraph refers to “________”.
A. alcohol B. absorption C. process D.blood
15. Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage?
A. Drinking below the drink driving limit has no effect on driving.
B. Having a cup of tea helps to get rid of alcohol from the body
C. .Alcohol is taken in more quickly when drunk with fruit juice.
D.50 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of breath is below the drink limit
My color television has given me nothing but a headache. I was able to buy it a little over a year ago because I had my relatives give me money for my birthday instead of a lot of clothes that wouldn’t fit. I let a shop assistant fool me into buying a discontinued model. I realized this a day later, when I saw newspaper advertisements for the set at seventy-five dollars less than I had paid. The set worked so beautifully when I first got it home that I would keep it on until stations signed off for the night. Fortunately, I didn’t get any channels showing all-night movies or I would never have gotten to bed.
Then I started developing a problem with the set that involved static(静电)noise. For some reason, when certain shows switched into a commercial(商业广告), a loud noise would sound for a few seconds. Gradually, this noise began to appear during a show, and to get rid of it, I had to change to another channel and then change it back. Sometimes this technique would not work, and I had to pick up the set and shake it to remove the sound. I actually began to build up my arm muscles(肌肉)shaking my set.
When neither of these methods removed the static noise, I would sit helplessly and wait for the noise to go away. At last I ended up hitting the set with my fist, and it stopped working altogether. My trip to the repair shop cost me $62,and the set is working well now, but I keep expecting more trouble.
24. Why did the author say he was fooled into buying the TV set?
A. He got an older model than he had expected.
B. He couldn’t return it when it was broken.
C. He could have bought it at a lower price.
D. He failed to find any movie shows on it.
25. Which of the following can best replace the phrase “signed off” in Paragraph 1?
A. ended all their programs
B. provided fewer channels
C. changed to commercials
D. showed all-night movies
26. How did the author finally get his TV set working again?
A. By shaking and hitting it. B. By turning it on and off.
C. By switching channels. D. By having it repaired.
27. How does the author sound when telling the story?
A. Curious. B. Anxious. C. Cautious. D. Humorous.
Bill and his family has been living in the six－family building for years. All the neighbours got along fairly well with each other until recently.
An old man and his wife used to live on the second floor. Bill’s mother and the old lady were good friends. Unfortunately the lady died last month. Her husband could not live alone, so he had his grandson move over and live with him.
The grandson has become a problem to all the neighbours, especially to Bill’s family. The walls of the building are thin and he is noisy. Bill is used to peace and quiet but the young man likes to listen to the radio late at night. Sometimes friends of his visit make a lot of noise. That is too much for Bill’s family.
Bill’s mother once asked the old man politely if he was able to sleep well at night, but obviously the man didn’t understand what she meant. If he did and spoke to his grandson, the young man obviously didn’t listen, since things haven’t changed any. Everyone in Bill’s family agrees that something must be done though they don’t want to hurt the kind old man.
32. Bill’ s family got angry because ________.
A. the old lady had died B. a young man moved in
C. the old man could not live alone D. the grandson made a lot of noise
33. Which of the following statements is true?
A. The old man could not live without his wife’s help.
B. The old man and his wife were sometimes making trouble too.
C. Bill’s mother was kind to her neighbours.
D. Bill’s mother was the only one who likes the young man.
34. The grandson makes a lot of noise mainly becasue ________.
A. he never thinks other people might not be happy with so much noise around
B. the walls of the building are thin
C. he likes to listen to the radio at night
D. friends of his visit
35. The best title of the passage is ________.
A. Good Neighbours B. An Old Man’s Sad Story
C. New Problem with Neighbours D. Bill’s House
Where do you keep ice? In the freezer, of course. That’s what scientists might have thought when they were looking for a safe place to store ice from mountain glaciers from around the world. They’ve decided to store ice in Antarctica because global warming is causing some of the glaciers in places like the Alps to melt.
Jerome Chappellaz of the French National Centre for Scientific Research is involved in creating an ice vault (地下室) there. He says: “We are probably the only scientific community whose sample (样本) is in danger of disappearing from the face of the planet. If you work on rocks or on tree rings, the raw material is still here and will be for many centuries.”
And why do scientists need to study ice from the Alps, for example? Ice formed on the top of a mountain is made of snow accumulated over thousands of years. Trapped air bubbles (气泡) contain samples of the atmosphere that existed when that ice was formed. Ice is a record of climate. By examining ice, we know carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher now than in the last three million years. Researchers use this kind of data to build computer models and try to predict what might happen in the future.
The ice vault will be housed in a snow cave at the Concordia Research Station, which is operated by scientists from France and Italy. The ice samples will be sealed in bags and placed 10 meters below the surface, at a constant temperature of -50℃. This will put the scientists’ minds at rest. Losing the ice samples would be a disaster, and nobody wants to see a mine of scientific knowledge lost forever in a giant pool.
32. What makes Antarctica a safe place to store ice?
A. Its large mountains. B. Its function as a freezer.
C. The abundant ice samples there. D. The absence of global warming.
33. Jerome compares ice with rocks and tree rings to state that ________.
A. it’s necessary to store ice B. it’s more valuable to study ice
C. ice disappears very quickly D. ice should be stored at home
34. What is the researchers’ purpose of studying ice?
A. To learn about climate. B. To learn about the Alps.
C. To trap air bubbles. D. To reduce carbon dioxide.
35. What do scientists think of storing ice in Antarctica?
A. They consider it an easy job. B. They’re not optimistic about it.
C. They think it will cause disasters. D. They think it’s a reliable way.
We chat with our colleagues all the time: when we have lunch, gossip in the tearoom, or leave work together.
Sharing your personal life brings you closer to your co-workers and builds trust within your team. But revealing too much about yourself to colleagues or managers can cause difficulties and even endanger your work.
It’s vital to strike the right balance between getting along with colleagues and keeping your privacy safe. “As a matter of fact, it takes skills to communicate in the office. You can neither chat too much, nor be too silent and shut yourself off from others,” said Yang Yudan, vice HR director (人事经理) at P&G. According to her, there are several safe topics to talk about with colleagues during the break, such as weather or movies. Women like to talk about makeup and clothing, while men are fond of sports and online games.
But discussing your private life, such as relationship, habits or health conditions, is potentially risky. Cui Xia, 21, who has been working for an IT company for only 2 months, learned this hard way when she found out that everyone knew she had broken up with her boyfriend. “I spoke about it with two colleagues in the tearoom and told my friend via phone, and then the news spread.” And her boss finally heard about it and asked her not to let it affect her work performance.
Sometimes revealing private matters in a thoughtless manner can result in disastrous consequences. Liang Kun, 26, had to resign from his job at a trading company last week after discussing his income with colleagues during a lunch break. “I didn’t realize it was such a serious issue until a senior member of staff went to find the boss, asking why I got a higher salary than her,” said Liang. “Then our HR told me it’s forbidden to talk about payments in the office.” HR expert Yang Yudan also reminds us that paychecks are your own business. It’s unwise to share this information with others, no matter how close you are.
To sum up, Yang Yudan advises office workers to be more aware of their images when talking to colleagues. “When you share your personal life, it will be recorded on your invisible resume (无形的简历) and may slow down your career progression.”
32. Which of the following topics is NOT suitable when chatting in the office?
A. Makeup B. Football matches
C. Annual earnings D. TV shows such as Running Man
33. We may know from the passage that ________.
A. women often talk more about their personal affairs than men.
B. to avoid getting into trouble, you’d better keep silent at work.
C. it’s wise to talk about how much you earn each month with your colleagues.
D. revealing too much about your privacy may have a negative effect on your career.
34. What’s the purpose of the passage?
A. To mention a phenomenon. B. To provide some suggestions.
C. To give professional guides. D. To offer necessary warnings.
35. The best title for this passage is ________.
A. At work, No chatting! B. Desire for privacy.
C. At work, Keep it to yourself! D. Learn to respect others’ privacy.