“I never expected that I would be so busy. Why can’t there be 25 hours in a day?” complained Liu Ran in Hong Kong as mid-term exams were going on.
8-year-old Liu Ran was Shandong Province’s top scorer in this year’s college entrance examination. After graduating from Tai’an No.1 High School, she chose the Chinese University of Hong Kong(香港中文大学), although both Peking University and Tsinghua University promised her a place.
“I want to experience a more international school and social life in Hong Kong. I’m majoring in journalism, so Hong Kong will surely help widen my horizons,” Liu said.
It is two months since Liu first set foot on Hong Kong. She missed home a lot at the beginning, because of the food and language problems.
“The canteen offers mostly Western or Guangdong food, but it’s convenient to cook for ourselves in our dorm if we like. People speak Cantonese and almost all classes are in English,” L iu explained.
Her English and Cantonese are now both improving, but she still needs more time to adapt to the new environment.
“I’m happy that I made the right decision to study here. With a mix of the Eastern and Western cultures, there is so much to disc over and learn,” she said.
Liu has 18 credit hours(学分) of classes every week and 23 non-credit hours every other week. She has signed up for four associations including the Chinese Language Debating Team and the drama club. Essays, book reports and presentations also take plenty of time to prepare. And , of course, there are various parties to attend. “I wasn’t a party animal before, but that may be interesting part of college. I sense myself changing,” Liu said.
1. Liu Ran chose the Chinese University of Hong Kong, because___________.
A. she couldn’t be admitted to Peking University
B. Hong Kong is a good place
C. she wants to be far from her homeland
D. the Chinese University of Hong Kong can widen her horizons
2. According to the last paragraph, we can infer__________.
A. the busy and full life makes Liu Ran feel good
B. Liu Ran hates the busy life in the Chinese University of Hong Kong
C. Liu Ran likes the food there
D. now Liu Ran dislikes attending parties
3. Liu Ran had to overcome the difficulties in many aspects EXCEPT_______________.
C. missing home
D. no friends
Born in 1965, Shania Twain was the second of five children in her family. At the age of two, she moved with her mother and two sisters to Timmins, a town north of Toronto. When Shania was eight years old, her mother took her to many different bars, clubs and concerts to perform. In high school, Shania joined a local band, with which she often performed. After that, Shania moved to Toronto, where she continued singing.
When Shania was 21 years old, her parents were killed in a car accident. She had to take over the role of parent to her younger siblings(兄弟姐妹). Taking care of two teenage brothers and a sister was a Gordian knot. Suddenly, she had to pay the bills, keep food on the table, and make a living. Anyway, Shania managed to pay the bills by singing here and there.
In 1991, Shania went to Nashville, the home of the country music industry. In 1993, she recorded Shania Twain, her first CD. In 1995, her next CD, The Woman in Me, which had eight hit songs, sold more than ten million copies. Her third CD, Come on Over, was also popular and she had another hit song.
Shania and Robert Lange, a famous producer, got married in 1993. After finishing her 2000 world tour, she decided to take a break from performing. In August 2001, they had a lovely son, whom they named Eja. After September 11th, Shania decided to spend more time on her family and stayed at home until the fall of 2002. Her
reappearance in the music world put her face on magazine covers and country music publications. She also began to promote(宣传) her new CD, Up, on TV shows.
4. According to the text, Shania ___________.
A. went to Timmins in 1965
B. was born into a musical family
C. recorded her first CD in high school
D. began singing in public at an early age
5. The underlined part “a Gordian knot” in Paragraph 2 probably means __________.
A. a big business
B. a difficult task
C. a social activity
D. a simple problem
6. Wha t’s the right order of the events in Shania Twain’s life?
a. She moved to Nashville.
b. She married Robert Lange.
c. She lost her parents forever.
d. She promoted Up on TV shows.
e. She recorded The Woman in Me.
7. What does the author mainly talk about in the text?
A. Why Shania Twain chose to be a singer.
B. How difficult it is to become a singer.
C. A girl’s road to success as a singer.
D. Shania Twain’s opinion on music.
When temperatures are high, walking on hot roadways, parking lots, and other paved surfaces can really burn your feet. All of that heat comes from the energy of the sun reacting with the pavement. But what if we could turn that energy into electricity? It may sound like a crazy science dream, but an electrical engineer and his wife may have found a way to do just that.
Brusaw has developed a six-sided glass panel (面板) that contains solar cells, which can change sunlight into electricity. The panels fit together and can
form a flat surface on the ground. Brusaw and his wife, Julie, founded a company called Solar Roadways to further develop the idea and produce these new solar panels. They plan to use their invention to replace the pavement on U.S. roads.
According to the Brusaws, if we replaced all of the nation’s asphalt (沥青) with these solar panels, the network would produce more than three times the amount of electricity currently used by the United States in a year. In return, electricity from solar p anels doesn’t produce harmful pollution, so the panels could be a smart choice for the environment.
The U.S. government sees some promise in the Solar Roadways project. A number of laboratories around the country have tested the panels to see if they can withstand (经受) the heavy traffic and rough weather that asphalt pavement suffers from year to year. The lab results show that not only do the panels meet the requirements, but they can actually handle more weight than they need to.
Now, money must be raised to start building the panel pavement system. The Brusaws have raised more than $1 million from ordinary people who learned about their project. However, some experts predict the Brusaws’ plan could finally cost more than $1 trillion.
Could Solar Roadways be the answer to the world’s ever-growing need for electricity? A lot of obstacles (阻碍) stand in the way of re-creating the highway system out of solar panels. But the Brusaws may just be paving a road to the future.
8. The glass panel the Brusaws have developed _____.
A. is too heavy to carry
B. has a high temperature
C. is powered by an engine
D. is environmentally-friendly
9. What’s the U.S. government’s attitude towards the Brusaws’ plan now?
10. What does the underlined part “their project” in Paragraph 5 refer to?
A. Replacing asphalt roads with solar panels.
B. Designing more money-saving solar panels.
C. Testing the solar panels the Brusaws invented.
D. Reducing the ever-growing need for electricity.
11. What would be the best title for the text?
A. Advantages of sunlight
B. Better choice for your feet
C. Power from the streets
D. Finding more future energy
people will recognize Bill Clinton, ex-president of the United States. Bill Clinton is a very popular speech giver and regularly gives talks all over the world, to many different audiences. He is so effective at giving talks because he has a special quality which we call “charisma (魅力)”.
Nowadays, psychologists (心理学家) are becoming very interested in charisma and want to describe its meaning in a better way. People often misunderstand what charisma is and think of it as a kind of fame, but it is not the same as fame. Charisma is a kind of magic and is relatively rare. A well-known American psychologist thinks that charismatic people are basically excellent communicators. However, they have other qualities such as self-confidence, eloquence (口才) and vision.
Charismatic personalities are able to draw people to them, and people feel happy in their company. There is a sense of “togetherness” when a charismatic person is with other people. A good example of this ability, some say, is the famous American, Oprah Winfrey. She is a highly-successful businesswoman and is probably best known as the presenter of a very popular talk show. Oprah is able to relate to audiences at her shows and they respond well to her. Her charismatic personality has made her one of the richest women in the world. She owns several houses and publishes her own magazines. Presently, she is presenting a new series of the Oprah Winfrey Show. She also runs a book club, which influences the nation’s reading habits and may be one of the reasons why people are reading more these days in the USA.
A woman who had extraordinary charisma was the film star, Marilyn Monroe. A beautiful woman and a talented (有天赋的) actress, she was always the centre of attention wherever she went.
Unlike fame, charisma doesn’t disappear over time. Even now, more than fifty years after her death, when young people see Monroe in her films, her charisma seems as fresh and powerful as ever.