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
25. If you want to know something about Yao Ming, the best program for you is ______.
A. Talk Show B. Sports C. Sports player D. TV play
26. You'll know something about ______ at 19:00 on Channel 2.
A. animals B. news C. foreign arts D. Asia
27. If you want to watch NBA, the best program for you would be _______.
A. Sports B. Around the world C. Foreign arts D. English news
28. If you like music very much, the best program is ______.
A. at 21:45 on Channel 2 B. at 21:55 on Channel 1
C. at 21:00 on Channel 2 D. at 21:15 on Channel 1
When my family moved to America in 2010 from a small village in Guangdong, China, we brought not only our luggage, 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（尴尬） 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 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.
29. Jack brought the couple their food very fast because _______.
A. the manager asked him to do so
B. he respected the elderly
C. the couple wanted him to do so
D. he wanted more pay
30. In Jack’s hometown, _______.
A. people dislike being called “old”
B. people are proud of being old
C. many people reach the age of seventy or eighty
D. the elderly are the first to get food in restaurants
31. After this experience, Jack _______.
A. lost his job in the restaurant
B. made friends with the couple
C. no longer respected the elderly
D. changed his way with older people
32. 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. The manager went back to the table and apologized to the couple.
D. From this experience, Jack learned more about American culture.
Computers are very important to modern life. Many people think that in the future computers will be used in lots of everyday life. It is thought that we won’t have to go shopping because we will be able to get all texts from computers. The Internet will be used to play games, see films and buy food. Most telephone calls will be made by computers, too.
Some people are glad about those new ways of shopping and communicating. Others do not think that computers will replace our old ways.
Some people think that one day we will not read books made of paper. Instead, we will buy and read books by using computers, which will keep many different books in them at the same time. We won’t need to turn lots of pages and paper will be saved. Computerized books will be used more and more.
Is Internet shopping such a pleasure as going to the shop? Many people say it is not, it is a pleasure to go into shops and look at things you want to buy. Also probably people won’t like to read large texts on our computers, because paper books will perhaps be more friendly. Maybe computers won’t change these two habits.
33. Which is the main idea of this passage?
A. People like going shopping. B. Reading books is important.
C. Computers are important. D. Computers can be used to play games.
34. There will be no more books because___.
A. there is no paper in the future. B. people don’t like reading books.
C. they are very expensive. D. we can read passages from computers.
35. Which of the following is mentioned in the passage?
A. Computers can help us email our friends.
B. We can take courses by using computers.
C. Computers can help us make telephone calls.
D. We can listen to music by using computers.
Starting high school means many changes in your life. Most teenagers look forward to the first day of high school, but still feel a little bit nervous. In order to make your high school life easier, 36
Learn all you can about your first day before the first school day. Take part in some activities that are held at the school for new students to know the school better. If parents are invited to these activities, take yours with you. Carefully look over all the materials(材料) you receive. 37
Get the things you will need for class. Buy the things suggested on your teachers’ supply lists and place your materials for each class separately(分开地）.
38 If you find you’re not doing well in a subject, make use of after-school study groups or ask your teacher to help you with your schoolwork. Consider private tutoring（家教） to get you through a difficult time.
There’s more extracurricular (课外的）activities in high school than in middle school, such as clubs, music and theatre groups, student government, and sports teams. Make friends and be seen at such school activities. 39 Ask someone in the school office about opportunities（机会） to take part in school activities if you don't know how. This is a good time to do what you like doing and an opportunity to try new things. Who said school has to be all work and no play?
Since you’re attending more activities in high school than in middle school, 40 .
A. you can follow these tips.
B. here are some tips for you to follow.
C. Keep up with your high school work.
D. you’ll have to learn to manage your time.
E. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
F. Be sure you know where the school’s buildings are.
G. Join a club or other organizations to meet people and develop friendships.