1.How does the man plan to find a used car?
A. Through a car dealer.
B. On the Internet.
C. From the newspaper.
2. Where is the man going?
A. To a park.
B. To the woman’s.
C. To a supermarket.
3. What are the speakers mainly talking about?
A. A book.
B. A writer.
C. A bookstore.
4. What season is it now?
5. What present has the man bought?
A. A book.
B. Some flowers.
C. A pair of gloves.
第二节(共15小题;每小题 1.5 分,满分 22.5分)
6. What are the speakers doing?
A .Reporting a match live.. B. Interviewing a champion.
C. Talking about a new world record.
7. What do we know about Paul Timmons?
A. He breaks a world record.
B. He is talented in competing.
C. He isn’t in the lead all the time.
8. What is the woman probably?
A. A writer.
B. A tour guide.
C. A reporter.
9. What is on the man’s right?
A. A statue.
B. A park.
C. A palace.
10. When did the man buy the T-shirt?
B. A couple of days ago.
C. A few weeks ago.
11. Why does the man want to change the T-shirt?
A. He prefers another color.
B. He doesn’t like the style.
C. He wants a bigger size.
12. What will the woman do next?
A. Change the T-shirt for the man.
B. Have a word with her manager.
C. Give the man’s money back.
13. What is the probable relationship between the speakers?
A. Employer and employee.
B. Wife and husband.
C. Mother and son.
14. What does the woman advise the man to do?
A. Balance the budget(预算).
B. Buy a cheaper guitar.
C. Find another job.
15. What is the man’s problem?
A. He can’t join a band.
B. He can’t find a satisfying job.
C. He can’t make ends meet.
16.How does the man feel about the woman’s words?
17. What prize did the youngest group get?
A. The second prize.
B. The third prize.
C. The fourth prize.
18. What should Eastside practise more?
A. The music.
B. The dance.
C. The song.
19.Why did The Storm win the first prize?
A. They danced wonderfully.
B. The guitarist played very well.
C. The singer performed perfectly.
20. What kind of person is the speaker?
You probably know who Marie Curie was, but you may not have heard of Rachel Carson. Of the outstanding ladies listed below, who do you think was the most important woman of the past 100 years?
Anyone who has ever been helped by a social worker has Jane Addams to thank.
Addams helped the poor and worked for peace. She encouraged a sense of community(社区)by creating shelters and promoting education and services for people in need. In 1931, Addams became the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
If it weren’t for Rachel Carson, the environmental movement might not exist today. Her popular 1962 book Silent Spring raised awareness of the dangers of pollution and t he harmful effects of chemicals on humans and on the world’s lakes and oceans.
Sandra Day O’Connor(1930—present)
When Sandra Day O’Connor finished third in her class at Stanford Law School, in 1952, she could not find work at a law firm because she was a woman. She became an Arizona state senator(参议员)and, in 1981, the first woman to join the U.S. Supreme Court. O’Connor gave the deciding vote in many important cases during her 24 years on the top court.
cember 1,1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks would not give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. Her simple act landed Parks in prison. But it also set off the Montgomery bus boycott. It lasted for more than a year, and kicked off the civil-rights movement. “The only tired I was, was tired of giving in,” said Parks.
21. What is Jane Addams famous for in history?
A. Her efforts to win a prize. B .Her teaching skills.
C. Her social work.
D. Her community background.
22. What was the reason for O’Connor’s being rejec ted by the law firm?
A. Her little proper training in law.
B. Her bad work experience in court.
C. The poor financial conditions.
D. The discrimination against women.
23. What can we infer about the women mentioned in the text?
A. They are highly educated.
B. They are truly creative.
C. They are pioneers(先锋,先驱).
D. They are peace-lovers.
The British are known for their sense of humor. However, it is often difficult for foreigners to understand their jokes. The main point to remember is that the British often use understatement.
Understatement means saying less than you think or feel. For example, if someone gets very wet in a shower of rain, he might say, “Its a little damp (潮湿的) outside.” Or, if someone is very impolite and shouts a t another person, someone else might say, “She isn’t exactly friendly.” Understatement is often used in unpleasant situation or to make another person look silly. Understatement plays an important part in British humor.
Another key to understanding British humor is that the British like to make fun of themselves as well as others. They often laugh about the silly and unpleasant
things that happen to our everyday life when someone accidentally falls over in the street. They also like to make jokes about people from different classes of society. They like to make jokes about their accents, the way they dress and the way they behave. What’s more, the British love to watch comedies (喜剧) about people who do not know how to behave in society. The comedies series Mr. Bean is a good example of this kind of humor.
Mr. Bean is the character created by British actor Rowan Atkinson in 1990. Mr. Bean doesn’t talk often, and instead he uses his body movement and facial expressions to make people laugh. Perhaps what makes Mr. Bean so funny is that he does things that adults in the real world cannot do. Mr. Bean is popular in many countries around the world because you do not have to speak English to understand the humor. Because of this, many people have become familiar with the British sense of humor.
24. Why is it difficult for foreigners to understand British jokes?
A. The British often enlarge the fact.
B. The British try to make out that something is less important than it is.
C. British jokes are not as funny as jokes in other countries.
D. British jokes are connected with many different cultures.
25. The author explains understatement by _______.
A. describing a process
B. using examples
C. following time order
D. making comparisons
26. Mr. Bean makes laugh by ______.
A. making jokes about others’ accent
B. using his body movement and facial expressions
C. copying how others behave
D. telling funny stories
27. What can be the best title for the text?
A. British Humor in Comedy
B. Humor in Different Cultures
C. Developing Your Sense of Humor
D. Understanding British Humor
School uniforms are becoming more and more popular across the USA. That’s no surprise , because they offer many benefits. If all students are dressed in the same way, they will not pay too much attention to their clothing, and some of them will not be laughed at for wearing the “wrong” clothes.
people are against the strict rule of school uniforms, but they do not realize that students already accept a kind of rule ---- wanting to look just like their friends. The difference is that the clothing students choose for themselves creates social barriers(阻碍); school uniforms tear those barriers down.
Some parents are unhappy about uniforms, saying that school uniforms will affect the ir children's “creativity”. First, as noted above , the clothes students choose to wear do not necessarily express their individuality(个性). They just copy their classmates. Second, students have the rest of the day to be as creative as they like. While the y’re in school, their job is to master reading, writing, and math; this
should take up all the creativity they have. Mastery of those skills will be good for the students to build up their creativity in every way.
As in other places, uniforms remind the wearers of their purpose and duties. For example, when a man or woman puts on a police uniform, he or she becomes, for a time, the symbol(象征) of law and order. The uniform means to the wearer his or her special duties and sends the same message to everyone the wearers meets. People with different jobs wear uniforms of one kind or another. For students, the school uniform reminds them that their task for the six or seven hours they are in school is to get an education.
28. The benefits school uniforms are bringing are following except ____________.
A. School uniforms can break some social barriers between students
B. School uniforms can make some students more confident and comfortable
C. School uniforms always affect students’ creativity
D. School uniforms remind students of their task in school
29. Some parents are against school uniforms because _______________ .
A. they fail to realize that students have accepted the uniforms.
B. they believe that uniforms will make students less creative
C. they don’t agree that uniforms can remove social barriers
D. they think that school uniforms are too popular
30. From the passage we learn that uniforms in general _____________ .
A. prevent the wearers from being laughed at.
B. help the wearers keep their duties in mind.
C. are seen as a symbol of power.
D. help to create social barriers
The iPhone, the iPad: each of Apple’s products sounds cool and has become a fad(一时的风尚). Apple has cleverly taken advantage of the power of the letter “i” –-- and many other brands are f ollowing suit. The BBC’s iPlayer --- which allows Web users to watch TV programs on the Internet ---used the title in 2008. A lovely bear --- popular in the US and UK --- that plays music and video is called “iTeddy”.
mmed-down version(简装本) of London’s Independent newspaper was started last week under the name “i”.
neral, single-letter prefixes(前缀) have been popular since the 1990s, when terms such as e-mail and e-commerce(电子商务) first came into use.
Most “i” products are targeted at (针对)young people and considering the major readers of Independent’s “i”, it’s no surprise that they’ve selected this fashionable name.
But it’s hard to see what’s so special about the letter “i”. Why not use “a”, “b”, or “c” instead? According to Tony Thorne, head of th e Language Center at King’s College, London, “i” works because its meaning has become ambiguous. When Apple uses “i”, no one knows whether it means Internet, information, individual or interactive, Thorne told BBC Magazines. “Even when Apple created the iP od, it seems it didn’t have one clear definition(定义),” he says.
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