金兰教育合作组织 2014-2015 学年度第一学期期中考高二英语试题
命题学校: 宁波二中 命题教师：张春霞 李维维 审题学校: 姜山中学 审题教师：秦碧虹 考试时间: 120 分钟 试题满分: 150 分
第 I 卷(共 105 分)
第一部分： 听力理解（共 20 小题；每小题 1.5 分，满分 30 分） 第一节 听下面 5 段对
话。每段对话后有一个小题，从题中所给的 A、B、C 三个选项中选出最佳选项， 并标在试卷的相应位置。听完每段对话后，你都有 10 秒钟的时间来回答有关小题和阅读下一小 题。每段对话仅读一遍。 1. Why was the teacher punished? A. He missed his class. B. He was drunk in his class. C. He broke into the headmaster’s office. 2. What would the man prefer to do? A. Open the window. B. Close the window. C. Turn on the air conditioner. 3. What is troubling the man about history? A. The exam will take a long time. B. There are too many books to read. C. There are too many papers to write. 4. What does the man think of the price? A. It is too high. B. It is reasonable. C. It is quite low. 5. What does the man imply? A. He never exercises. B. He exercises regularly. C. He enjoys every kind of exercise. 第二节 听下面 5 段对话或独白。每段对话或独白后有 2 至 4 个小题，从题中所给的 A、B、C 三个选项 中选出最佳选项，并标在试卷的相应位置。听每段对话或独白前，你将有 5 秒钟的时间阅读各 个小题；听完后，各小题将给出 5 秒钟的作答时间。每段对话或独白读两遍。 听第 6 段对话，回答第 6、7 题。 6. Why did the woman rent a computer? A. She doesn’t have one. B. She couldn’t afford to buy a new one. C. She wants to try it out first. 7. What is true about Rent-A-Center? A. They only have electronics. B. Things can be rented cheaply this month. C. Everything is one dollar per day for a week. 听第 7 段对话，回答第 8 至 10 题。 8. When was the deadline for the expense reports? A. Monday. B. Tuesday. C. Friday. 9. Why hasn’t the woman received the reports yet?
A. The man forgot to send them out. B. It was the woman’s own fault. C. Because of a delay with the delivery. 10. When is the soonest that the man can send out the reports? A. In 15 minutes. B. In 10 minutes. C. In 5 minutes. 听第 8 段对话，回答第 11、12 题。 11. How does the woman react to what the man said at first? A. She is amused. B. She is excited. C. She doesn’t believe it. 12. What’s the good news for the speakers? A. They can enjoy student discounts. B. They have got good seats. C. They can see the plays without paying anything. 听第 9 段对话，回答第 13 至 16 题。 13. What do we know about the woman’s parents? A. They are trying to save their marriage. B. They decided to have another baby. C. They’ve had a happy marriage. 14. What is one of the decisions the man has made? A. He gave up his job. B. He will spend less time on his job. C. He got a new job with better pay. 15. How does the woman react to the man’s news? A. She is happy but unsure. B. She is not interested. C. She is disappointed. 16. Where does the woman probably study? A. At a middle school. B. At a university. C. At a high school. 听第 10 段对话，回答第 17 至 20 题。 17. Why are you required to keep your underground ticket? A. For returning money. B. For future travel. C. For collection at your destination. 18. How large is the area covered by a one-day travel card? A. 560 square miles. B. 630 square miles. C. 650 square miles. 19. When can one buy a one-day travel card? A. At 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday. B. At 6:00 a.m. on Saturday. C. At 9:00 a.m. on Monday. 20. Where are passengers allowed to smoke? A. On the underground platform. B. On the back of the last train. C. On the back of the upper deck of buses. 第二部分：英语知识运用（共两节，满分 35 分） 第一节：单项填空（共 15 小题；每小题 1 分，共 15 分） 从 A、B、C、D 四个选项中，选出可以填入空白处的最佳选项，并标在试卷的相应位置。 21. As a businessman he was successful, but as a husband he was _________ failure, so his marriage ended in ________ failure. A. /; / B. /; a C. a; a D. a; / 22. The death of Bin Laden is a great ____________ in the global fight against terrorism (恐怖主义).
A. progress B. achievement C. evidence D. responsibility 23. ________ you eat the correct kinds of foods ______ be able to stay healthy. A. Only if; will you B. Only if; you will C. Unless; will you D. Unless; you will 24. ----What made the host and hostess so disappointed? ----________to attend the evening party. A. Tom failed B. As Tom failed C. Tom’s failing D. Because Tom failed 25. ---- Oh, my God, a sea of cars! How can you _____________ yours? ----A piece of cake! Mine is very different from any other car in color. A. bring out B. pick out C. pick up D. bring up 26. The explorers were told to ___________ themselves with everything they would need for their voyage. A. communicate B. decorate C. equip D. associate 27. They failed to pass the exam last time. I regretted___________ them. A. to be not able to help B. not being able to help C. being not able to help D. not to be able to help 28. It is a good idea to make a brief __________ of the main points of your speech to make yourself understood more easily by the audience. A. comment B. expression C. gesture D. summary 29. So far we’ve made great progress. ____________, we are sure that the project will be completed in time. A. However B. Otherwise C. Therefore D. Besides 30. Probably, one day you will _____________ the idea that medicine can make one come back to life. A. convince B. convince of C. be convinced D. be convinced of 31. _________ the city center, we saw a stone statue of about 10 meters in height. A. Approaching B. Approached C. To approach D. Being approached 32. The brain performs a very important _____________, for it controls the nervous system of the body. A. movement B. action C. function D. behavior 33. ________ they decide which college to go to, students should do research on the admission procedures (程序). A. As B. While C. Until D. Once 34. All the scientific evidence _________ that the increasing use of chemicals in farming _______ damaging our health. A. show; are B. shows; are C. shows; is D. show; is 35. ----Would she mind playing against her former teammates? ----______________ She is willing to play against any tough player. A. I think so. B. I’m not surprised. C. Of course! D. Not likely! 第二节：完形填空 （共 20 小题; 每小题 1 分, 满分 20 分） 阅读下面短文,掌握其大意,然后从 36- 55 各题所给的四个选项（A, B, C, 和 D）中, 选出最 佳选项, 并在答题纸上将该选项标号涂黑。
The teacher sat cross-legged in front of the gathering of the students. She asked them what kinds of things would __36__ world peace. Immediately they began offering such __37__ as “Get rid of all the bombs.” “There ought to be a __38__ against war.” The teacher rose to note each offer on the blackboard. Once the list was __39__, she sat again with the children and asked them if there was anything __40__ war in their lives. They were __41__ at first but finally they seemed to begin to __42__ that the teacher meant “war” as a metaphor (暗喻). One student said, “My brother declares war against me when I __43__ his things.” “My dad becomes angry and blows up at bad drivers,” offered one girl. __44__ said she started war with one of her dishonest friends. __45__, the thought appeared that all violence was against the idea of __46__. Through the discussion the teacher __47__ the concept (概念) that they could decrease violence and promote peace in their lives by giving up the idea of __48__ with others. She asked them to __49__ the rest of the week keeping a record of the times when they would choose to carry out peace __50__ violence. By the end of the week the students had experienced and recorded dozens of examples __51__ violence had been avoided in their __52__ lives. Eventually, the class created a peace movement in the school .They helped rewrite school __53__ that decreased violence. Homework became more inventive and __54__. Parent-teacher meetings always __55__ activities of the students such as a dance, or an art or science exhibit. Cooperation became the main path to peace. 36. A. break B. ignore C. increase D. witness 37. A. cases B. events C. chances D. suggestions 38. A. law B. will C. deal D. duty 39. A. missing B. necessary C. simple D. complete 40. A. but B. like C. against D. after 41. A. puzzled B. frightened C. excited D. encouraged 42. A. state B. prove C. realize D. guess 43. A. receive B. damage C. collect D. deserve 44. A. Each B. Another C. The one D. The other 45. A. Luckily B. Suddenly C. Hopefully D. Finally 46. A. peace B. power C. culture D. wealth 47. A. returned B. passed C. introduced D. moved 48. A. competing B. fighting C. discussing D. working 49. A. waste B. appoint C. spend D. finish 50. A. apart from B. away from C. in spite of D. instead of 51. A. that B. where C. whether D. whose 52. A. political B. traditional C. personal D. natural 53. A. rules B. decisions C. records D. introductions 54. A. similar B. familiar C. confusing D. interesting 55. A. started with B. went with C. put up with D. came up with
阅读理解（共 20 小题，每小题 2 分, 满分 40 分）
阅读下列短文,从每题所给的 A、B、C、D 四个选项中,选出最佳选项,并在答题卡上将该项涂 黑。
A Kenji Groman has broken his bones, his shoulder and elbow and nearly drowned several times. He’s also had three close encounters with sharks over the years. A 10-foot wave landed directly on top of him five years ago, bending his body to the point that he actually kicked himself in the head. “I actually heard every bone in my body crack,” he said. Croman has been photographing ocean waves since 2008, sometimes at the risk of his life to get that perfect shot (拍摄) at the surf break. Although there are risks and certain injuries that come with wave photography, the Hawaii citizen, body surfer and former competitive swimmer wouldn’t do anything else. The 36-year-old photographer loves the excitement of meeting breaking waves head on, shooting waves as his interest and shooting surfers to pay the bills. The photographing of waves requires more than just swimming out to where the surf breaks and waiting, he says. The night before a photo shoot, Croman checks Surfline.com, a website and the coastal camera network that provides live and predicted ocean weather information, to see what the winds and waves will be like at certain times. Croman has both a main camera and a backup for emergencies. He goes without a wetsuit and uses heavy duty underwater housing to protect his camera. There is no great way for him to protect himself. He admits there are probably protective clothes he should be wearing, but there is little he could have done to decrease the influence of the l0-foot wave that crashed on top of him. The hardest part of Croman’s job is how to keep calm in front of breaking waves when his first reaction is to get frightened and swim away. At most, Croman will take two to three shots of a single wave. “I’ve shot waves for so many years now that I see the wave in slow movement,” he said. 56. What do we know about Kenji Croman's job from the first paragraph? A. It is a game of death. B. It is full of mystery. C. It requires patience. D. It requires courage. 57. How does Kenji Croman make a living? A. By taking swimming races. B. By teaching photography. C. By shooting surfers. D. By surfing waves. 58. Why does Kenji Croman check the websites like Surfline.com? A. To get better prepared for shooting. B. To predict something about weather. C. To learn more about surfing waves. D. To buy better equipment for safety. 59. What is the biggest problem for Croman in his own eyes? A. Keeping away from breaking waves. B. Protecting himself from getting hurt. C. Taking good care of his cameras. D. Staying calm facing breaking waves. 60. What would be the best title of the text? A. Taking adventures around the ocean B. Risking his life for the perfect wave C. Making preparations for life risks D. Appreciating breaking waves in danger B After many years on the endangered list of animals, Japan’s Amami Black rabbit can finally breathe a sigh of relief --That’s because this year, the rare animal is no longer in danger of dying out! The effort to save the dark-furred rabbit, often called “a living fossil”, began in 1921, when the Japanese government promoted it to the status of “natural monument”. This meant that it could not be hunted down for food. However, when
that did not work, it got yet another promotion to “special natural monument”, which meant that the rabbit could not be trapped or hunted. While that helped, it was not enough -- By 2004 with only 2,000-5,000 specimen (样本) left in the wild, the Amami rabbit was officially declared endangered! The reason for the serious population decrease was due to loss of habitat caused by forest clearing for home and agriculture use and the introduction of a new invading species not native to the island -- the Mongoose. Brought in to get rid of the snake population, the Mongoose instead seemed to prefer the black rabbit. In 2005, the government issued a strict mongoose capture (捕获) order and slowly but surely, the rabbit started to come back. This rabbit live in a rather unusual lifestyle. Its ideal habitat is a forest that features both trees and large grasses -- the former to find acorns (橡树子) to feed on and the latter, to hide its babies. That's because to protect them from being eaten by their enemies, the Amami rabbit buries them deep into the ground among the grasses and covers them up with dirt during the day. Then, in the middle of the night, still keeping a vigilant eye out for their enemies, it digs them out from their hiding place and feeds them. No wonder the animal is sometimes called “midnight rabbit”. Though many measures have been taken to stop this furry animal from being wiped out from the world, there are many more that are still in danger. We surely hope that officials in other parts of the world try their best to save the endangered species. 61. The status of “natural monument” means ____________. A. you can’t kill them B. you can’t capture them C. you can’t catch them for food D. you can’t trap or hunt them 62. Why was the rabbit still in danger after it was promoted to “special natural monument”? A. Because it was always eaten instead of snakes. B. Because people still wanted to capture it for food. C. Because the rabbit lives in a rather unusual lifestyle. D. Because of loss of habitat and a new invasive species. 63. In its ideal habitat, large grasses are used _____________. A. to feed on B. to protect its babies C. to hide themselves D. to give birth to babies 64. The underlined word “vigilant” in the fourth paragraph can be replaced by ____________. A. watchful B. uninterested C. fearful D. shiny 65. What can be inferred from the last paragraph? A. Many officials don’t pay attention to the black Amami rabbit. B. The black Amami rabbit was no longer endangered. C. Saving the black Amami rabbit still has a long way to go. D. The measures taken to protect the black Amami rabbit were useless. C My six-year-old granddaughter stared at me as if she were seeing me for the first time. “Grandma, you are an antique (古董),” she said. “You are old. Antiques are old. You are my antique.” I was not satisfied to let the matter rest there. I took out the Webster ’s Dictionary and read the definition (定义) to Jenny. I explained, “An antique is not only old. It's a thing existing since or belonging to earlier times...a work of art... piece of furniture. Antiques are treasured,” I told Jenny as I put away the dictionary. “They have to be dealt with carefully because they sometimes are very
valuable. In order to be called an antique, the thing has to be at least 100 years old.” “I'm only 67,” I reminded Jenny. We looked around the house for other antiques, besides me. There was a desk that was handed down from one aunt to another and finally to our family. “It’s very old,” I told Jenny. “I try to keep it polished and I show it off whenever I can. You do that with antiques.” There was a picture on the wall bought at a garage sale. It was dated 1867. “Now that's an antique,” I said proudly. “Over 100 years old.” Of course it was marked up and scratched and not in very good condition. “Sometimes age does that,” I told Jenny. “But the marks are good marks. They show living, being around. That’s something to display with pride. In fact, sometimes, the more a thing shows age, the more valuable it can become.” It was important that I believed this for my own self-respect. Our tour of antiques continued. There was a vase on the floor. It had been in my house for a long time. I was not certain where it came from but I didn't buy it new. One thing about antiques, I explained to Jenny, was that they usually had a story. They’d been in one home and then another, handed down from one family to another, traveling all over the place. They’d lasted through years and years. They could have been thrown away, or ignored or destroyed, or lost. But instead, they survived. For a moment, Jenny looked thoughtful. “I don’t have any antiques but you,” she said. Then her face brightened. “Could I take you to school for show and tell?” “Only if I fit into your backpack,” I answered. And then Jenny’s antique lifted her up and held her in a hug that would last through the years. 66. Grandma read the definition of “antique” to Jenny in order to___________________. A. list all the important characteristics of antiques B. tell Jenny the importance of protecting antiques C. change Jenny’s understanding of antiques D. express her disappointment at being called “antique” 67. Which of the following information did grandma show to Jenny? A. The desk reminded her of her dear relatives. B. The marks on the picture showed its age and value. C. There was usually a sad story behind each antique. D. She planned to buy a new vase to replace the old one. 68. By saying “I don’t have any antiques but you” (Paragraph 7), Jenny meant__________________. A. grandma was a treasure to her B. antiques were rare and valuable C. she had nothing but a few valuable things D. grandma and antiques had a lot in common 69. What can be inferred from the last paragraph? A. Grandma was too old to lift Jenny up. B. Jenny had a strong desire for grandma’s love. C. Jenny was too young to know grandma’s humor. D. Grandma had a deep long-lasting love for Jenny. 70. What can be the best title for the passage? A. Jenny’s Antique B. A Story of Antiques C. A Tour of Antiques D. Grandma’s Antique
D About 500 years ago, the Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus proved the Earth was round. Now American author Thomas Friedman tells us the Earth is flat in his best seller: The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. If he is not joking, then why is the world flat? Friedman says it is due to technological forces. Because of the Internet and the World Wide Web, he believes geographical barriers (障碍) are disappearing. Individuals (个人) and companies around the world can cooperate or compete on the same level. Bill Gates explains the meaning of this transformation best. “Thirty years ago,” he tells Friedman, “if you had to choose between being born a genius in Shanghai and an average person in Poughkeepsid (a city in southeast New York), you would have chosen Poughkeepsie because your chances of living a wonderful life were much greater there. “Now,” Gates says, “I would rather be a genius born in China than an average person born in Poughkeepsie.” This shows that success today is determined more by ability than by location. “Globalization 3.0”, as he calls it, is driven by ambitious individuals: freelancers (自由职业者) and creative new businesses all over the world, especially in India and China. They can compete not just for low-salary manufacturing industry but, increasingly, for the highest-end research and design work as well. Big companies have played another important role in this globalization process. They move their factories from one country to another to cut costs. It’s usual now for an engineer in China to be working for an American company. The Internet keeps them in constant touch with their American partners. People everywhere, from the US to China, have procedures of the same standard for getting their work done. The Reuters news agency provides a good example. The company moved its operation offices from London and New York to India. The Indian employees have the necessary technical skills. But the salaries and office rents are less than one-fifth of what they would be in New York or London. 71. Friedman tells us that the Earth is flat _____________________. A. to prove Columbus’s idea is wrong B. based on the wide use of the Internet C. using some technological forces D. because of the great change of the Earth itself 72. The underlined words Bill Gates says suggest that ___________________. A. he would like more to succeed depending on his own abilities B. he thinks he would have more chances to live a good life in Shanghai C. he thinks highly of himself as he is a genius D. he thinks he could be successful more easily in Shanghai 73. An important reason why many big companies like to move their factories or branches to China or India is that ____________________. A. Chinese and Indians have better technical skills B. Chinese and Indians are more hard-working than Americans C. big companies can cut down costs greatly in these countries D. India and China have bigger markets 74. According to the passage, “Globalization 3.0” is mainly about the fact that_______________
A. Chinese and Indian industry will have a great influence on the world. B. Ambitious individuals drive the world forward. C. Many great companies are moving their factories to developing countries. D. Individuals and companies around the world cooperate and compete well. 75. The writer writes this passage in order to _________________. A. prove the Earth is flat, which is opposite to Christopher Columbus’s idea B. tell us how Bill Gates succeeded through his own hard work C. tell us why some international companies move their departments to other countries D. explain the modern technology makes geographical barriers unimportant
第 II 卷 (共 45 分)
第四部分：写作（共三节，满分 45 分）
第一节：单词拼写（共 5 小题，每小题 1 分，满分 5 分。 ） 76. A d______________ is a large bedroom where several people sleep, for example in a boarding school. 77. He was c______________ with his life and doesn’t want any change. 78. As the local market doesn’t need the products, the company is thinking of e_______________ the products to foreign countries. 79. The country started a nationwide c______________ against smoking. As a result, a large number of people quitted smoking. 80. To be a good speaker, you should o_____________ your shyness and fear first. 第二节：短文改错 （共 10 小题; 每小题 1 分，满分 10 分） 下面短文中共有 10 处错误，错误涉及一个单词的增加、删除或修改。 增加：在缺词处加一个漏词符号（∧） ，并在此符号下面写出该加的词。 删除：把多余的词用斜线（\）划掉。 修改：在错的词下划一横线，并在该词下面写出修改后的词。 注意：1．每处错误及其修改均仅限一词；2．只允许修改 10 处，多者（从第 11 处起）不计 分。 Last Monday, we were having our Chinese lesson while the teacher suddenly slipped and fell. One of the boys carried her on his back to the nearest hospital immediately, under the help of some other students. It turned out which her right leg was broken but she had to stay in the hospital. The following day, we went to visit her with flowers and fruit. Seeing her lie in bed with her leg wrapped (包裹) in bandages, they felt sorry for her and wished that she would recover soon. This Thursday, she had returned to the class in a wheelchair to give us lessons. We were deep moved and proud of having such responsible teacher.
第三节：书面表达 （满分 30 分） 假如你是李明，你校高二年级上周举办了英语词汇风采大赛 (English Vocabulary Talent Contest)。请你根据下面的提示用英语写一篇文章，介绍本次大赛的举办情况，并谈一下自己的 感受。 ? 时间：上周二晚上 7 点到 9 点； ? 地点：学校体育馆； ? 参加人员：高二年级所有学生与英语老师； ? 主要活动：1. 开幕式(opening ceremony)及校长致辞；2. 英语词汇风采大赛；3. 现场 颁奖及获奖选手代表介绍词汇记忆经验； ? 你的感受。 注意：词数：100-120；可以适当增加细节，以使行文连贯。
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金兰合作组织 2014-2015 学年第一学期期中高二英语试题答案
一．听力理解 30% 1—5 BABAA 二．单项填空 15% 21—25 DBACB 三．完形填空 20% 36—40 CDADB 四．阅读理解 40% 56—60 DCADB 五．单词拼写 5% 76. dormitory 六．短文改错 10% Last Monday, we were having our Chinese lesson while (when) the teacher suddenly slipped and fell. One of the boys carried her on his back to the nearest hospital immediately, under (with) the help of some other students. It turned out which (that) her right leg was broken but (and) she had to stay in the hospital. The following day, we went to visit her with flowers and fruit. Seeing her lie ( lying) in bed with her leg wrapped (包裹) in bandages, they (we) felt sorry for her and wished (hoped) that she would recover soon. This Thursday, she had (去掉) returned to the class in a wheelchair to give us lessons. We were deep (deeply) moved and proud of having such (加 a) responsible teacher. 七．书面表达 30% On the evening of last Tuesday, Grade 2 held an English Vocabulary Talent Contest in our stadium. The contest began at 7 and lasted two hours. All the students of Grade 2 and English teachers took part in it. First of all, we had an opening ceremony in which our headmaster announced the start of the contest and expressed his best wishes. Then, the contest began as planned. All the competitors took an active part in the contest and one student from Class 2 won the first prize in the end. Finally, the headmaster awarded all the winners prizes and one of them gave some advice on how to memorize English words. The contest was a great success. It not only enriched our school life but also made us more interested in English. 英语听力原文 Text 1 W: Did you hear about the teacher that came to class drunk? M: No, what happened? W: He was called into the headmaster ’s office and was not allowed to teach for a week. M: Wow, he must know how his students feel now. Text 2 W: Do you want the windows open or closed? M: I almost always prefer fresh air, if possible. Text 3 W: Why are you so tired and upset? M: I’ve been taking a history course this term. But the problem is that I won’t ever get 77.content 78. exporting 79. campaign 80. overcome 6—10 CBBCA 26—30 CBDCD 41—45 ACBBD 61—65 CDBAC 11—15 CCABA 31—35 ACDCD 46—50 ACBCD 66—70 CBADA 51—55 BCADA 71—75 BACDD 16—20 BCCBC
through the reading list. I just don’t know whether I’ll be able to pass the exam. Text 4 M: So, how much is this house? W: Well, sir, if you just take a look at this brochure here, you’ll find all the information you… M: Good Lord! You can’t be seriously asking this much for this house! W: Well, sir, the economy has been getting much better recently, and this is a really hot neighborhood at the moment. Text 5 W: Do you like to exercise in the morning? M: I would rather do anything than exercise. Text 6 M: Nice computer! When did you buy that? W: I didn’t buy it actually. I rented it. M: Really? How does that work? W: There’s a place on Broadway called Rent-A-Center, and they have all kinds of things for rent, mostly furniture and electronics. They ’re having a special this month where everything in the store is one dollar per day if you rent it for the whole month. M: That’s a pretty good deal! What made you decide to rent the computer, though? I mean, don’t you have one already? W: Yeah, but it ’s a few years old. I’ve been wanting to buy a new one for a while, and even though I can afford to buy it, I figured that this would be a good way to try out a new one first without having to buy it. Text 7 W: Hello, Lance Smithers? This is Victoria Balston at company headquarters. The reason I’m calling is that I haven’t received last month’s expense reports from your office yet and they were due on Tuesday. Was this something that was overlooked? M: No, I actually sent them to you by express mail on Monday. I’m sure of it. Uh, you haven’t received them yet? That ’s strange. W: Yes, it is. Listen, I can check with the delivery office, but in the meantime, could you send the expense reports again today, just to ensure that I have them by this afternoon? I’d really appreciate it. M: Sure, no problem. Let ’s see, it’s 8:45. I’ll try to get them on the 9 o’clock delivery run, but if I miss that, I’ll have them really ready for the 11 o’clock pickup. Sorry about the confusion. Text 8 M: Hey, Christine, remember how we were complaining that we wanted to see that drama series but couldn’t afford the tickets? Well, I’ve found a solution. W: Yeah? You found a bag of money on the street or something, huh? M: Ha-ha. But seriously, I did find a way for us to see all the plays, and we don’t have to pay one penny. W: Come on. That ’s impossible. Stop fooling around. M: No, really! It’s true. I called the Stanhope Theater to ask if they have student discounts. They don’t, but the guy did have another suggestion. W: What did he say? Come on, don’t leave me hanging here! M: The guy told me they don’t have enough staff right now. They wanna hire some students
like us to show people where their seats are. W: Really? M: Yeah. You don’t get paid, but you do get to stand in the back and watch the play after you’ve helped everyone find their seats. You gotta stand up, but you get a good view of the stage. W: Oh, this is totally unbelievable! I can’t believe how lucky we are! Text 9 M: Elizabeth, can you come in here for a second, please? W: Ok, just a second, let me just finish this homework problem… What’s up, Dad? M: Honey, sit down. I have something to tell you. W: Uh-oh, this sounds bad. Let me guess… you and mom are breaking up for real now, right? M: No, no, sweetie. It’s actually the opposite. We’re going to try to work things out. W: Are you serious? But what about your job? Wasn’t that a huge thing with you guys, you always working and everything? M: Yes, it was, so I’ve decided to go part time at the office. I already talked with my boss, and he’s fine with it. W: But what about all the fighting and yelling? You have no idea what that was like to live with! M: I know, honey. We love you, and even though it has taken your mom and me a long time to figure out what to do, we both agree that it would be better for everyone if we gave it another try. W: OK, but don’t do it just for me. I’m an adult now and whatever you guys want to do with your lives is fine with me. M: Oh, trust me…the love between your mother and I never went away. We know we want to be together. We just have to figure out how to do it without hurting each other. W: OK, well, I’m happy for you guys, but I’ll save the celebration until I actually see how you are together. M: Well, how about tonight? Your mother is coming over for dinner! It’ll be just like old times! Text 10 Underground ticket prices vary according to the distance you travel. The network is divided into five zones: a central zone and four outer zones. Generally, your face will increase the more zones you travel through. You must buy your ticket before you start your journey, either from a ticket office or machine. Keep your ticket so it can be checked and collected at your destination. The easiest and most economical way to travel around London is with a travel card. This gives you the freedom of London’s trains, tubes and buses in whichever zones you choose. It’s perfect for visitors because one ticket combines travel on all types of transportation. A one-day travel card is ideal for a day ’s shopping, sightseeing, and all tourist trips in London. You can travel anywhere you like within the vast 650 square miles travel card area. One-day travel cards can be bought from train or tube stations after 9:30 a.m. on weekdays, and at any time on weekends. Travel card season tickets also include 7-day, monthly and annual tickets. This is a modern, convenient, and flexible ticket for your daily journey to work. For travel on card season tickets, please bring a passport-size photograph with you. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the underground. Smoking is permitted, however, on the back of the upper deck of buses.