Microsoft founder Bill Gates has opened up about being a parent, stating that 13 is an appropriate age for a child’s first cell phone.
The 57-year-old, father-of-three, revealed on the Today Show that his children Jennifer and Rory were not allowed phones until their thirteenth birthday and his youngest daughter Phoebe is still waiting for one.
“We’ve chosen in our family that it’s 13 where you get a phone,” the self-made billionaire explained.
He said as a result his children often return home from school complaining:” All the other kids have it. I’m the only one without it, and it’s so embarrassing.”
Asked if he keeps passwords to his son and daughters’ email and Facebook accounts, Mr Gates said that he doesn’t for Jennifer, 16, who he describes as “independent”.
He admitted that monitoring online activity is “a very tricky issue for parents now.”
Despite their vast wealth Mr and Mrs Gates, who live in Lake Medina, just outside Seattle, Washington, have said they want to give their children as normal an upbringing as possible.
It was previously reported that their youngsters have to complete household chores and are given a modest amount of pocket money.
And in 2010 Mr Gates said that he intended to give most of his $ 61 billion fortune away rather than hand it down. “That wouldn’t be good either for my kids or society,” he said.
Also during the “Today” Interview with host Matt Lauer, Mr Gates, who stepped down from Microsoft in 2008 to concentrate on philanthropy (慈善事业) , said that helping others gives him the same excitement as creating software.
“What you really feel is what you’ve achieved. If a piece of software gets out there and lots of people love it－it lets them get their work done in better ways－that’s exciting,” he explained.
33．Bill Gates will not let his children own a cell phone ______.
A. until they reach the age of 13
B. if they don’t really need one
C. unless they do some housework
D. before they become independent
34．Which of the following is true about Bill Gates’ children?
A. All his children now have cell phones.
B. Phoebe has her own cell phone.
C. They are not given any pocket mone y.
D. Jennifer can use the Internet freely.
35．What does the underlined word “That” refer to in the text?
A. Being a parent as a billionaire.
B. Handing all his money down to his children.
C. Allowing his children to have their phones.
D. Giving away all his money to good causes.
36．What is the text mainly about?
A. How Bill Gates made himself a billionaire.
B. How Bill Gates deals with his money.
C. How Bill Gates managed his business.
D. How Bill Gates brings up his children.
When I was about 12, I had an enemy, a girl who liked to point out my shortcomings(缺点). Week by week her list grew: I was very thin, I wasn’t a good student, I talked too much, I was too proud, and so on. I tried to hear all this as long as I could. At last, I became very angry. I ran to my father with tears in my eyes.
He listened to me quietly, then he asked. “Are the things she says true or not? Janet, didn’t you ever wonder what you’re really like ? Well, you now have that girl’s opinion. Go and make a list of everything she said and mark the points that are true. Pay no attention to the other things she said.”
I did as he told me. To my great surprise, I discovered that about half the things were true. Some of them I couldn’t change (like being very thin), but a good number I could—and suddenly I wanted to change. For the first time I go to fairly clear picture of myself.
I brought the list back to Daddy. He refused to take it.“That’s just for you,” he said.“You know better than anyone else the truth about yourself. But you have to learn to listen, not just close your ears in anger and feeling hurt. When something said about you is true, you’ll find it will be of help to you. Our world is full of people who think they know your duty. Don’t shut your ears. Listen to them all, but hear the truth and do what you know is the right thing to do.”
Daddy’s advice has returned to me at many important moments. In my life, I’ve never had a better piece of advice.
33. What did the father do after he had heard his daughter’s complaint?
A. He told her not to pay any attention to what her“enemy” had said.
B. He criticized (批评) her and told her to overcome her shortcomings.
C. He told her to write down all that her“enemy” had said about her and pay attention only to the things that were true.
D. He refused to take the list and have a look at it.
34. What does “Week by week her list grew” in the first paragraph mean?
A. Week by week she discovered more shortcomings of mine and pointed them out to me.
B. She had made a list of my shortcomings and she kept on adding new ones to it so that it was
growing longer and longer.
C. I was having more and more shortcomings as time went on.
D. Week by week, my shortcomings grew more serious.
35. Which do you think would be the best title for this passage?
A. Not an Enemy, but the Best Friend B. The Best Advice I’ve Ever Had
C. My Father D. My Childhood
Students are leaving the junior high school. What are they taking with them? A lot of things for sure, but the most important thing is friends.
We asked some teachers to give us one last lesson. The lesson is proverbs(谚语、格言) about friends. Proverbs teach people about life. Older people often teach proverbs to younger people. Every culture has proverbs. They are short and easy to remember.
Mrs Minelli says, “It is important to remember this Sicilian proverb, 'Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.’ It means that only good friends tell you when you are making a mistake. "
Mr Schmidt says, "I have a favourite proverb about friends. ‘Friendship is a plant we must water.' It is German. It means that we need to take care of friends like we take care of a garden." Mr Tulga says, “My grandfather in Turkey told me, 'Nobody is so rich that he can throw away a friend.’ It means that everyone needs friends. Be good to them. "
The good news is: there is no test for this lesson. The bad news is: we will miss you. Goodbye, friends! Don't forget us!
29. As the proverb says, _________will tell you when you are making mistakes.
A. real friends B. older people C. some teachers D. younger people
30. Which is the best proverb to the meaning “Take care of friends like we take care of a garden"?
A. A friend is easier lost than found.
B. Friendship is a plant we must water.
C. Nobody is so rich that he can throw away a friend.
D. Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.
31. Which of the following is true from the passage?
A. Only some countries have their proverbs about friends.
B. After the last lesson, the students will have a test for it.
C. If you are rich enough, you can throw away your friends.
D. Proverbs are usually short, and they teach people about life.
32. The writer of the passage mainly wants us to know_________.
A. some proverbs about culture B. ways to take care of a friend
C. the importance of friendship D. students' feelings in the last lesson
Not long ago, a rock band called the Backstreet Boys made a big splash on the music scene. Young people everywhere loved their songs. One of the band’s biggest fans was a young boy named Aaron Carter. Aaron had a special reason for taking such an interest in the band. Nick Carter, one of the Backstreet Boys, was Aaron’s big brother.
Even before Nick joined the band in 1996, Aaron loved music. From the age of two, Aaron spent most of his time listening to the radio. He sang along with his favorite songs. He made up dances to go with them. So Aaron’s family was not surprised when Aaron decided to follow Nick into the music world.
Aaron got off to a fast start. At the age of seven, he joined a band in his hometown of Tampa, Florida. But after two years, Aaron didn’t want to be part of a band anymore. He wanted to sing alone. Soon, Brother Nick gave Aaron a helping hand. During a Backstreet Boys show in Germany, Aaron sang a song. He did an amazing job! After the show, someone from a record company asked Aaron to make an album (专辑). Of course, Aaron said yes!
Since that day, Aaron has made lots of songs that sell well. His songs include “Crush on You” and “I’m Gonna Miss You Forever”.
Aaron has worked hard to become a success. But he never forgets how his brother gave him his start. As Aaron has said, “If Nick wasn’t a singer, then I wouldn’t be there.”
26. What does the underlined part “made a big splash” in Paragraph 1 probably mean?
A. Drew wide attention. B. Led to a heated discussion.
C. Collected a lot of money. D. Got into great trouble.
27. According to the passage, Aaron _____.
A. fell in love with music after Nick became famous
B. joined the Backstreet Boys at the age of seven
C. was not allowed to sing by his family
D. was thankful for his brother Nick’s support
28. How did Nick Carter help his brother get started?
A. He made up some dances for Aaron.
B. He wrote some songs for Aaron’s first album.
C. He let Aaron sing a song during a show in Germany.
D. He told Aaron to listen to the radio and sing along.
29. “Crush on you” is the name of a _____.
A. play B. song C. band D. movie
30. What is discussed in the passage?
A. The rise and fall of a band. B. The road to success of a singer.
C. The secret of success of a band. D. The way to be a singer.
A student was one day taking a walk with his teacher. As they went along, they saw a pair of old shoes lying in the path. They were a poor farmer’s, who was working in the nearby field.
The student turned to the teacher, saying: “we will hide his shoes, and hide ourselves behind those trees, and wait to see what he will do.”
“My young friend,” answered the teacher, “we should never make fun of the poor. Why not put a coin in each shoe, and then we will hide ourselves and watch?” The student did so and they both hid themselves behind the trees. The poor man soon finished his work, and came across the field to the path where he had left his coat and shoes.
After putting on his coat, he put his foot into one of his shoes, and felt something hard. Then he bent (弯腰) down to feel what it was, and found the coin. Surprised, he looked at the coin, turned it around and looked at it again. He then looked around, but no person was seen. He put the money into his pocket, and continued to put on the other shoe. His surprise was doubled on finding the other coin.
He couldn’t control his feelings and fell to his knees, looked up to the sky and expressed his thanks. Then he spoke of his wife, sick and helpless, and his children without bread. He said the help would save them from dying.
The student stood there deeply moved, and his eyes filled with tears. “Now,” said the teacher, “are you not much happier than if you had hidden the shoes?”
21. When the student saw the shoes, he wanted to _____.
A. steal them B. find their owner
C. play a joke on the owner D. give the owner some money
22. According to the passage, the teacher is _____.
A. quiet and honest B. kind and friendly C. patient and clever D. strict and careful
23. When the farmer saw the second coin, he _____.
A. was very excited and grateful
B. was worried and looked up at the sky
C. was surprised and decided to find the owner
D. spoke of his difficulties and asked for more help
24. At the end of the story, the student _____.
A. was very proud of himself B. was very pleased with his life
C. felt very sorry about his first idea D. felt sad for not taking his teacher’s advice
25. What can we learn from the passage?
A. It is never too late to learn. B. All good things come to an end.
C. Where there is a will, there is a way. D. True happiness comes from helping others.
A man came home from work late, tired, to find his 5-year-old son waiting for him at the door.
“Daddy, how much money do you make an hour?”
“If you must know, I make $20 an hour,”
“Oh,” the little boy replied, with his head down. He thought for a moment, looked up and said, “Daddy, could you lend me $10?”
The father was furious, “If you asked for the money to buy a toy or some other rubbish, then go straight to your room and think about why you are being so selfish（自私的）!”
The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. After about an hour or so, the father calmed（平静）down, and started to think, “Maybe he really needs to buy something and he didn’t really ask for money very often.” So he went to the little boy’s room.
“Sorry! Maybe I was too hard on you just now.” said the man, “Here’s $10.”
“Oh, thank you, Daddy!” he said happily. Then, the boy took out some coins. When the father found that the boy already had money, he got angry again. “Why do you want more money since you already have some?” the father shouted angrily.
“Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do.” the little boy replied, “Daddy, I have $20 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.”
21. In this passage, the underlined word “furious” means ______.
A. a little nervous B. quite happy C. too excited D. very angry
22. At first, the father refused to lend the boy any money because ______.
A. he thought the boy wanted to keep the money for himself
B. he thought the boy would buy something of no use
C. he did not have enough money at that moment
D. the boy always borrowed money from him
23. The boy wanted to buy ______ with twenty dollars.
A. a new book for himself B. a nice present for his father
C. an hour of his father’s time D. a toy for his own birthday
24. From the passage, we can infer（推断）that the boy’s father ______.
A. often played with his son B. spent little time with his son
C. didn’t love his son at all D. often came back home early
An artist (画家) went to a beautiful part of the country for a holiday and stayed with a farmer. Every day he went out with his paints and brushes(颜料和画笔)and painted till evening. When it got dark he went back to the farm and had a good dinner before he went to bed.
At the end of his holiday he wanted to pay the farmer, but the farmer said," No, I don’t want money. But give me one of your pictures. What’s money? In a week it will all be finished, but your picture will still be here."
The artist was very pleased and thanked the farmer for saying such kind things about his pictures. The farmer smiled and answered," It’s not that. I have a son in London. He wants to become an artist. When he comes home next month, I’ll show him your picture, and he will not want to be an artist any more, I think."
21. The artist went to the countryside to ________.
A. visit his old friend B. spend his holiday
C. visit the farmer D. Thank the farmer
22. Every day, the artist _______.
A. went out to help the farmer to do some farming
B. went out to visit his friends
C. painted pictures
D. enjoyed the beautiful scenery
23. The artist wanted to pay the farmer, but the farmer ____.
A. wanted much more money
B. wanted nothing
C. didn’t want any money at all
D. wanted one of his pictures instead of money
24. After hearing the farmer’s words , perhaps the artist would be _____.
A. very worried B. very happy C. very thankful D. very disappointed
My father had always been an alert observer of human character. Within seconds of meeting someone, he could sum up their strengths and weaknesses. It was always a challenge to see if any of my boyfriends could pass Dad’s test. None did. Dad was always right -- they didn’t pass my test either. After Dad died, I wondered how I’d figure it out on my own.
That’s when Jack arrived on the scene. He was different from any other guy I’d dated. He could sit for hours on the piano bench with my mother, discussing some composers. My brother Rick loudly announced that Jack wasn’t a turkey like the other guys I’d brought home. Jack passed my family’s test. But what about Dad’s?
Then came my mother’s birthday. The day he was supposed to drive, I got a call. “Don’t worry,” he said, “but I’ve been in an accident. I’m fine, but I need you to pick me up.”
When I got there, we rushed to a flower shop for something for Mom. “How about gardenias?” Jack said, pointing at a beautiful white corsage(胸花). The florist put the corsage in a box.
The entire ride, Jack was unusually quiet. “Are you all right?” I asked. “I’ve been doing a lot of thinking,” he said. “I might be moving.” Moving? Then he added, “Moving in with you.” I nearly put the car on the sidewalk. “What?” I asked. “I think we should get married,” he said. He told me he’d planned his proposal(求婚) in a fancy restaurant, but after the accident, he decided to do it right away.
“Yes,” I whispered. We both sat dumbfounded, tears running down our cheeks. I’d never known such a tender moment. If only Dad were here to give his final approval.
“Oh, let’s just go inside.” Jack laughed. My mother opened the door. “Happy birthday!” We shouted. Jack handed the box to her. She opened it up. Suddenly, her eyes were filled with tears. “Mom, what’s wrong?” I asked. “I’m sorry,” she said, wiping her eyes. “This is only the second gardenia corsage I’ve ever received. I was given one years ago, long before you kids were born.” “From whom?” I asked. “Your father,” Mom said. “He gave me one right before we were engaged.” My eyes locked on Jack’s as I blinked away(眨掉) tears. Dad’s test? I knew Jack had passed.
39. What can we learn about Jack from Paragraph 2?
A. Jack got the family’s approval except Rick’s. B. Jack was different from any other boy.
C. Jack was getting on well with Mother. D. Jack knew a lot about piano.
40. Why did Jack keep quiet during the ride to the writer’s house?
A. Because he was not a talkative person.
B. Because he was still thinking of the accident.
C. Because he was not feeling all right after the accident.
D. Because he was thinking of planning a proposal to the writer.
41. What should be the writer’s feeling when she heard that Jack talked about marriage?
A. surprised B. worried C. pleased D. disappointed
42. The writer’s mother cried because _____________.
A. Her daughter found her life partner at last.
B. She had never received such a beautiful gift.
C. The gift reminded her of the gardenia corsage her husband gave her.
D. The gardenia corsage Jack gave her was too expensive and beautiful.
Two of the saddest words in the English language are “if only”. I live my life with the goal of never having to say those words, because they convey regret, lost opportunities, mistakes, and disappointment.
My father is famous in our family for saying, “Take the extra minute to do it right.” I always try to live by the “extra minute” rule. When my children were young and likely to cause accidents, I always thought about what I could do to avoid an “if only” moment, whether it was something minor like moving a cup full of hot coffee away from the edge of a counter, or
I don’t only avoid those “if only” moments when it comes to safety. It’s equally important to avoid “if only” in our personal relationships. We all know people who lost a loved one and regretted that they had foregone an opportunity to say “I love you” or “I forgive you.” When my father announced he was going to the eye doctor across from my office on Good Friday, I told him that it was a holiday for my company and I wouldn’t be here. But then I thought about the fact that he’s 84 years old and I realized that I shouldn’t give up an opportunity to see him. I called him and told him I had decided to go to work on my day off after all.
I know there will still be occasions when I have to say “if only” about something, but my life is definitely better because of my policy of doing everything possible to avoid that eventuality. And even though it takes an extra minute to do something right, or it occasionally takes an hour or two in my busy schedule to make a personal connection, I know that I’m doing the right thing. I’m buying myself peace of mind and that’s the best kind of insurance for my emotional well-being.
25. Which of the following is an example of the “extra minute” rule?
A. Start the car the moment everyone is seated.
B. Leave the room for a minute with the iron working.
C. Wait for an extra minute so that the steak tastes better.
D. Move an object out of the way before it trips someone.
26. The author decided to go to her office on Good Friday to ______.
A. keep her appointment with the eye doctor
B. meet her father who was already an old man
C. join in the holiday celebration of the company
D. finish her work before the deadline approached
27. The underlined word “foregone” in Paragraph 3 is closest in meaning to ______.
A. avoided B. lacked C. abandoned D. took
28. What is the best title for the passage?
A.The Emotional Well-being B.The Two Saddest Words
C.The Most Useful Rule D. The Peace of Mind
Elizabeth Blackwell was born in England in 1821, and moved to New York City when she was ten years old. One day she decided that she wanted to become a doctor. That was nearly impossible for a woman in the middle of the nineteenth century. After writing many letters asking for admission(录取)to medical schools, she was finally accepted by a doctor in Philadelphia. She was so determined that she taught school and gave music lessons to get money for the cost of schooling.
In 1849, after graduation from medical school, she decided to further her education in Paris. She wanted to be a surgeon(外科医师) , but a serious eye problem forced her to give up the idea.
Upon returning to the United States, she found it difficult to start her own practice because she was a woman. By 1857 Elizabeth and her sister, also a doctor, along with another woman doctor, managed to open a new hospital, the first for women and children. Besides being the first woman physician and founding her own hospital, she also set up the first medical school for women.
21. Why couldn’t Elizabeth Blackwell realize her dream of becoming a surgeon?
A. She couldn’t get admitted to medical school.
B. She decided to further her education in Paris.
C. A serious eye problem stopped her.
D. It was difficult for her to start a practice in the United States.
22. What main obstacle(障碍) almost destroyed Elizabeth’s chances for becoming for a doctor?
A. She was a woman.
B. She wrote too many letters.
C. She couldn’t graduate from medical school.
D. She couldn’t set up her hospital.
23. How many years passed between her graduation from medical school and the opening of
A. Eight years
B. Ten years
C. Nineteen years
D. Thirty-six years
24. According to the passage, all of the following are “firsts” in the life of Elizabeth Blackwell, except that she ______.
A. became the first woman physician.
B. was the first woman doctor
C. and several other women founded the first hospital for women and children
D. set up the first medical school for women
There was a story many years ago of a school teacher—Mrs. Thompson. She told the children on the first day that she loved them all the same. But that was a lie. There in the front row was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard. He didn’t play well with the other children and he always needed a bath. She did not like him.
Then Mrs. Thompson got to know that Teddy was actually a very good boy before the death of his mother. Mrs. Thompson was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when, like all her other students, Teddy brought her a Christmas present too. It was his mother’s perfume(香水).
Teddy said,“Mrs. Thompson, today you smell just like my Mom used to.”After the children left she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she stopped teaching reading, writing and math. Instead, she began to teach children.
Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. The boy’s mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he improved. By the end of the sixth grade, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class.
Six years went by before she got a note from Teddy. He wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life. He went to college. Mrs. Thompson got two more letters from him with the last one signed. The Odore F.Stoddard,M.D. (医学博士).
The story doesn’t end there. On his wedding day, Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson’s ear,“Thank you, Mrs. Thompson, for believing in me. You made me feel important and showed me that I could make a difference.”
Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back,“Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference , I didn’t know how to teach until I met you.”
21.What did Mrs. Thompson do on the first day of school?
A. She made Teddy feel ashamed.
B. She asked the children to play with Teddy.
C. She changed Teddy’s seat to the front row.
D. She told the class something untrue about herself.
22. What did Mrs. Thompson find out about Teddy?
A. He often told lies.
B. He was good at math.
C. He needed motherly care.
D. He enjoyed playing with others.
23. In what way did Mrs. Thompson change?
A. She taught fewer school subjects.
B. She became stricter with her students.
C. She no longer liked her job as a teacher.
D. She cared more about educating students.
24. Why did Teddy thank Mrs. Thompson at his wedding?
A. She had kept in touch with him.
B. She had given him encouragement.
C. She had sent him Christmas presents.
D. She had taught him how to judge people.
Norm Pethrick, a 36-year-old man in Australia’s northern city Darwin, was praised on Thursday for jumping onto a crocodile’s back to save his wife Wendy at Litchfield National Park, a popular tourist spot southwest of Darwin, a local newspaper reported. Ms Pethrick was standing on a river bank Wednesday afternoon when the saltwater crocodile lunged (扑来), locking its jaws(下巴)on both her legs as it tried to drag her underwater.
Norm Pethrick, who with his wife had been collecting water, immediately went to help her. He jumped onto the back, poked (戳) the eyes of the crocodile and finally got his wife free.
Ms Pethrick was later taken to Royal Darwin Hospital for a medical treatment. The doctors said she was suffering eight puncture(刺，戳) wounds (伤口) in her right leg, a puncture wound in her left leg and a serious cut to one of her fingers. “This could have been a fatal(致命的) and tragic(悲惨的) situation,” said the general manager of Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH), Dr Len Notaras, according to a local report. He said Ms Pethrick was saved by her husband’s “quick and diligent(费劲心血的) actions”.
Dr Notaras also said she would remain in hospital for three to four days and have an operation to clean the wounds, which are easy to get infected because of bacteria (细菌) on the teeth of the crocodile.
6. This passage is most likely to be found in _____.
A. a travel guide B. a newspaper C. a textbook D. a novel
7. Which of the following statements is TRUE about Ms Pethrick?
A. Her eyes were badly poked.
B. She had eight wounds altogether.
C. One of her fingers also got hurt.
D. One of the crocodile’s teeth was found in her leg.
8. The crocodile attacked Ms Pethrick when she was ______.
A. swimming in the river B. standing on the river bank
C. watching the crocodile D. fishing in the water
9. Which of the following would be the best title for this passage?
A. The husband should save the wife
B. A man saves wife’s life from crocodile’s jaws
C. A crocodile is not so dangerous as people imagine
D. Human beings can beat crocodiles sometimes
10. According to the passage, Norm Pethrick can be described as following EXCEPT ______.
A. brave B. diligent C. quick D. humorous
Hobbs was an orphan(孤儿). He worked in a factory and every day he got a little money. Hard work made him thin and weak. He wanted to borrow a lot of money to learn to paint pictures, but he did not think he could pay off the debts.
One day a lawyer said to him, “One thousand dollars, and here is the money.”As Hobbs took the package of notes, he was very dumbfounded. He didn't know where the money came from and how to spend it. He said to himself, “I could go to find a hotel and live like a rich man for a few days; or I give up my work in the factory and do what I'd like to do: painting pictures. I could do that for a few weeks, but what would I do after that? I should have lost my place in the factory and have no money to live on. If it were a little less money, I would buy a new coat, or a radio, or give a dinner to my friends. If it were more, I could give up the work and pay for painting pictures. But it's too much for one and too little for the other.”
“Here is the reading of your uncle's will(遗嘱)”，said the lawyer, “telling what is to be done with this money after his death. I must ask you to remember one point. Your uncle has said you must bring me a paper showing exactly what you did with his money, as soon as you have spent it.”
“Yes, I see. I'll do that，” said the young man.
1．Hobbs wanted to borrow money to ________.
A. learn to paint pictures B. work abroad
C. pay off the debts D. study abroad．
2．What does the underlined word “dumbfounded”(in Paragraph 2) probably mean?
A．Satisfied B．Frightened C．Surprised D．Excited
3．With the money he got, at first Hobbs ________.
A．planned to have a happy life for a few days
B．decided to give up his work in the factory
C．was to give a dinner to his friends
D．had no idea what to do
4．Hobbs was asked to ________.
A．tell the lawyer what was to be done with the money
B．read his uncle's will
C．tell the lawyer what he did with the money after spending it
D．buy some pictures
A young man was walking through a supermarket to pick up a few things when he noticed an old lady following him around. Thinking nothing of it,he ignored her and continued on. Finally, he went to the checkout line, but she got in front of him. “Pardon me,” she said, “ I’m sorry if my staring at you has made you feel uncomfortable. It’s just that you look just like my son who just died recently.”
“I’m very sorry,” replied the young man, “Is there anything I can do for you?”
“Yes,” she said, “As I’m leaving, can you say ‘Goodbye mother’? It would make me feel much better”. “Sure,” answered the young man.
As the old lady was leaving the counter, he called out from behind her, “Goodbye mother!” As he stepped up to the checkout counter and put what he bought on the counter, he saw that his total was $127.5. “How can that be?” he asked, “I only bought a few things!”
“ Your mother said that you would pay for her.” said the clerk.
12. The underlined word ‘ignore’ most probably means _______.
A. not to pay attention to B. to put on a smile at
C. to watch out for D. to look down upon
13. Which of the following is the right order of the events in the story?
a. the man said “Goodbye mother!” b. The woman left the supermarket.
c. The woman spoke to the man. d. The man came to the counter.
e. The woman got in front of the man. f. The woman followed the man.
A. e,f,c,b,a,d B. c,e,f,a,b,d C. f,e,c,a,b,d D. d,e,c,f,b,a
14. What can be concluded（结论） from the passage?
A.The man was fooled by the woman.
B. The woman was too poor to pay for herself.
C. The man didn’tpay for the woman.
D. The man didn’t buy anything in the end.
15. Which of the following would be the best title?
A. An Unexpected Meeting at the Supermarket
B. A Foolish Mother
C. A Total of $ 127.5 at the Supermarket
D. A Mother and Her Son
A student is learning to speak British English. He wonders: Can I communicate with Americans? Can they understand me? Learners of English often ask: What are the differences between British and American English? How important are these differences?
Certainly, there are some differences between British and American English. There are a few differences in Grammar. For example, speakers of British English say “in hospital” and "Have you a pen?” , Americans say “in the hospital” and ‘Do you have a pen?’. Pronunciation is sometimes different. Americans usually sound theirs in words like “bird” and “hurt”. Speakers of British English do not sound theirs in these words. There are differences between British and American English in spelling and vocabulary. For example, “colour” and “honour” are British, “color” and “honor” are American.
These differences in Grammar, pronunciation, spelling and vocabulary are not important, however. For the most part, British and American English are the same language.
7.According to this passage, a student who is learning to speak American English might be afraid that __________.
A. British people cannot understand him B. American people cannot understand him
C. the Grammar is too hard for him D. the spelling is too hard for him
8.American English and British English are different in __________.
A. spelling B. pronunciation C. Grammar D. all of the above
9. What is NOT mentioned(提及) in the passage?
A. Whether there are differences between British English and American English.
B. Whether British English and American English are one language or two.
C. How the differences between British English and American English came about.
D. How important the differences are.
10.Most __________ say “Do you have a watch?”
A. British people B. Americans C. children D. teachers
11.According to this passage, British people and Americans have __________ difficulty in understanding each other.
A. little B. much C. some D. great
One morning more than thirty years ago，I entered the Track Kitchen，a restaurant where everyone from the humblest(卑微的)to the most powerful came for breakfast.I noticed an empty chair next to an elderly，unshaven man，who looked somewhat disheveled.He was wearing a wornout hat and was alone.I asked if I might join him.He agreed quietly and I sat down to have my breakfast.
We cautiously began a conversation and spoke about a wide range of things.We never introduced ourselves.I was concerned that he might have no money and not be able to afford something to eat.So as I rose to go back to the counter and buy a second cup of coffee，I asked，
“May I get you something？”
“A coffee would be nice.”
Then I bought him a cup of coffee.We talked more，and he accepted another cup of coffee.Finally，I rose to leave，wished him well，and headed for the exit.At the door I met one of my friends.He asked，
“How did you get to know Mr.Galbreath？”
“The man you were sitting with.He is chairman of the Board of Churchill Downs.”
I could hardly believe it.I was buying，offering a free breakfast，and feeling pity for one of the world's richest and most powerful men!
My few minutes with Mr. Gatbreath changed my life.Now I try to treat everyone with respect，no matter who I think they are，and to meet another human being with kindness and sincerity(真诚)．
13．The author bought coffee for the old man because ________.
A．he thought the old man was poor
B．he wanted to start a conversation
C．he intended to show his politeness
D．he would like to thank the old man
14．How did the author probably feel after he talked with his friend?
A．Proud. B．Pitiful. C．Surprised. D．Regretful.
15．What is the message mainly expressed in the story?
A．We should learn to be generous.
B．It is honorable to help those in need.
C．People in high positions are not like what we expect.
D. We should avoid judging(判断)people by their appearances(外表).
I’ve loved my mother’s desk since I was just tall enough to sit above the top of it. Mother sat writing letters. Standing by her chair, looking at the ink bottle, pens, and white paper. I decided that the act of writing must be a most wonderful thing in the world.
Years later, during her final illness. Mother kept different things for my sister and brother. “But the desk.” She said again, “is for Elizabeth.”
I never saw her angry, never saw her cry. I knew she loved me; she showed in action. But as a young girl, I wanted to have heart-to heart talks between mother and daughter.
They never happened. And a gulf opened between us. I was “too emotional (易动感情的)”. But she lived “on the surface (表面)”.
As years passed and I had my own family. I loved my mother and thanked her for our happy family. I wrote to her in careful words and asked her to let me know in any way she chose that she did forgive me.
My hope turned to disappointment, then little interest and, finally, peace it seemed that nothing happened. I couldn’t be sure that the letter had even got to Mother. I only knew that I had written it , and I could stop trying to make her into someone she was not.
But the present of her desk told me, as she’d never been able to, that she was pleased that writing was my chosen work. I cleaned the desk carefully and found some papers inside a photo of my father and a one-paper letter, folded (折叠) and refolded many times. It was my letter.
“In any way you choose, Mother, you always chose the act that speaks louder than words.”
44. The writer began to love her mother’s desk _________.
A. after Mother died B. before she became a writer
C. when she was a child D. when Mother gave it to her
45. The passage shows that ___________.
A. Mother was cold on the surface but kind in her heart to her daughter
B. Mother was too serious about her daughter in words
C. Mother wrote to her daughter in careful words
D. Mother wrote to her daughter in careless words
46. The underlined word “gulf” in the passage means __________.
A. deep understanding between the old and the young
B. different ideas between mother and daughter
C. free talks between mother and daughter
D. part of the sea going far in land
47. What ‘s best title of the passage?
A. My letter to Mother.
B. Mother and children.
C. My mother’s desk.
D. Talks between Mother and me.
A beautiful and very successful actress (女演员) was the star for a new musical show. Her home was in the countryside, but she did not want to go back there every night, so she bought an expensive house in the centre of the city, got some beautiful furniture (家具) and got a man to paint the rooms in new colours.
It was very difficult to get tickets for her show, because everybody wanted to see it. So she decided to give the painter two of the best seats. She hoped that this would make him work better for her. He took the tickets without saying anything, and she heard no more about them until the end of the month, when she got the painter’s bill (账单). At the bottom of it were these words: “ Four hours watching Miss Hall sing and dance: 3 pounds,” with this note: “After 5 p.m., I get 15 shillings (先令) an hour instead of 10 shillings.”
40. The actress bought a house in the centre of the city because ______.
A. she liked to live in the busiest place B. she didn’t like to live in the country
C. her home was far away from where she worked D. she didn’t want to go back to her hometown any longer
41. In order to make the painter work better for her, the actress ________.
A. gave him two tickets for her show B. sang and danced for him for hours
C. paid him 3 pounds D. decided to pay him 15 shillings an hour
42. The actress got the painter’s bill ________.
A. to ask for the money of his painting work B. to ask to pay for his watching her show
C. in which he showed his thanks for the tickets D. in which he expressed his dissatisfaction
43. What kind of man was the painter?
A. He was a careful man. B. He was a poor man.
C. He was not friendly to others. D. He knew little about music and dances.
Ruben lived in a small village. There was no school there and he had to study in a school in the town. It was nearly five kilometres away from his village. His father couldn't buy a bike for him and he had to go to school on foot. He got up early in the morning. Usually he had to run there in order not to miss the first class. He kept running every day and it was helpful to him. He’s strong and tall now and he ran faster than any other man in his village. He took part in several sports meetings and won some medals. The young man is proud of and always wants to have a race with others.
One day his mother was ill and his father told him to buy some medicine for headache in the town. The young man got there soon. There were many people in the chemist's shop while he was waiting there. And when his turn came, he couldn’t find his money. An old woman hinted（暗示）a young man had stolen it. He saw the thief had already left the shop. He ran towards him quickly. The thief found it and began to run. He was happy and tried to catch up with him.
“Let’s have a race and see who will run faster, ”Ruben called out behind.
Soon after that he caught up with the thief. But he didn't stop and went on running. At a crossing one of his friends asked, “What are you running for, Ruben? ”
“I’m running after（追）a thief. ”
“Where’s the thief, then? ”
“He wants to show that he’ll run faster than me, but he’s fallen behind!”
51. Ruben had to run to school because ______________.
A. he had no bike B. he hoped to win some medals
C. his village was a little far from the school D. he was afraid to be late for class
52.______________ , so he won some medals.
A. Ruben is good at running
B. Ruben went to school on time
C. Ruben often took part in the sports meetings.
D. Ruben likes to have a race with others
53. The phrase “a chemist’s shop” in the story means ______________.
A. 化工商店 B. 药店 C. 化工厂 D. 制药厂
54. Ruben’s money was stolen ______________.
A. on his way to the town
B. before he went in the shop
C. when he was waiting in the shop
D. after he had left the shop
55. Ruben was happy because ______________.
A. he could easily catch the thief
B. he had a chance（机会）to have a race
C. he knew who had stolen his money
D. he would win another medal that day
One day a lawyer’s wife fell ill, and he went to get a doctor. The doctor willingly came to see the woman and to do what he could for her, but before he went into the house, he made a short stop. He knew that the lawyer was famous for not paying his bills, even if they were due（正当的）. He therefore said to the man. “But if I save your wife, I am afraid you may not pay me.”
“Sir,” replied the lawyer. “Here I have $ 500.Whether you cure my wife or you kill her, I’ll give you all this.”
The doctor was reassured（使消除疑虑） and went into the house. When he reached the woman’s bedside, it soon became clear to him that he could do little. She was seriously ill, and though he prescribed（开药方） her medicine, she soon died．
He told the lawyer he was very sorry, and then asked for the money which he had promised．“Did you kill my wife?” asked the lawyer. “Of course I didn’t,” said the doctor. “Well! Did you cure my wife?” asked the man. “I’m afraid that was impossible,” replied the doctor. “Well, then since you neither killed my wife nor cured her, I have nothing to pay you.”
31. One day a lawyer’s wife fell ill, and the lawyer _______.
A. cured his wife B. got some medicine for her illness
C. got a doctor for her D. promised to pay $ 500 to the doctor
32. Before entering the lawyer’s house the doctor stopped for a while, because _______.
A. the doctor wanted to ask something about his wife’s illness
B. the doctor was afraid that the lawyer would refuse to pay him
C. the doctor thought it impossible to save the woman
D. the lawyer was too poor to pay his bills
33. Because the lawyer’s wife was seriously ill, the doctor _______.
A. had to spend a lot of time to cure
B. tried his best and saved her at last
C. had to do everything he could for her
D. couldn’t do much and didn’t save her life
34. From the story, we know_______.
A. the lawyer was dishonest and that he fooled the doctor
B. how the lawyer’s wife died
C. the doctor was stupid enough to be fooled
D. the lawyer was very clever