江苏省阜宁中学 2015 年秋学期高二期中考试 英 语 试 题
命题人：梁金明 陈尚琢 时间：120 分钟 分值：120 分
第 I 卷（选择题）
第一部分：听力(共两节，满分 20 分) 第一节（共 5 小题，每小题 1 分，满分 5 分） 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．What is the weather now? A．Rainy. 2．What does the man mean? A．He thinks the new teacher is sick. B．He hasn’t met the new teacher yet. C．He met the new teacher three days ago. 3．Where are the speakers going? A．To a hospital. A．A secret. A．Magic Show. B．To a hotel. B．A dish. B．Dance Forever. C．To a mountain. C．A party. C．King of the Jungle. 4．What are the speakers talking about? 5．What does the woman want to see? 第二节（共 15 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 15 分） 听下面 5 段对话或独白。每段对话或独白后有几个小题，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，你将有时间阅读各个小题， 每小题 5 秒钟；听完后，每小题将给出 5 秒钟的作答时间。每段对话或独白读两遍。 听下面一段对话，回答第 6 和第 7 题。 6．Why does the man make the call? A．To catch a bus. A．At 3:00. B．To book a flight. B．At 4:50. C．To ask for directions. C．At 6:00. 7．When should the man get to the airport? 听下面一段对话，回答第 8 和第 9 题。 8．What does the man say about the living room? A．It has just been painted blue. C．It isn’t warm enough. 9．What is in the bedroom? A．An air conditioner. B．A table. C．A new carpet. 听下面一段对话，回答第 10 至第 12 题。 B．It’s full of sunshine. B．Windy. C．Snowy.
10．What does the man’s friend look like? A．He has brown eyes. A．Dancing. A．Disappointed. 13．Where are the speakers? A．In a studio. B．In a theatre. C．In a cinema. 14．What do we know about Peter? A．He feels that classical plays would suit him best. B．He is eager to act in famous Shakespeare plays. C．He is willing to try a wide range of characters. 15．What helps Peter remember the words in a play? A．The natural abilities he was born with. B．The training he received at university. C．The photographs shown on the stage. 16．How does Peter feel about watching his past performances on TV? A．Satisfied. B．Embarrassed. C．Disappointed. 听下面一段独白，回答第 17 至 20 题。 17．Where does most of Stephen and Jenny’s money come from? A．Cows and chickens. A．Three times a year. B．Milk and eggs. B．Twice a year. C．Sheep. C．Once a year. B．The weren’t easy to wash. 18．How often does Stephen cut the wool off the sheep? 19．Why didn’t Jenny’s sweaters sell well? A．They weren’t sold at a right time. C．They were too expensive. 20．What can we learn about Jenny’s socks? A．They are made at home now. C．They are popular. 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，满分 15 分） 从 A、B、C、D 四个选项中，选出可以填入空白处的最佳答案，并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。 21．Desertification, the name of what happens when turns into desert, is A. /; the growing world problem. B. /; a C. the; a D. a; the land that can be used to grow crops B．They have six sizes. B．He is handsome. B．Playing the piano. B．Ignored. C．He is very tall. C．Playing American football. C．Interested. 11．What is the man’s friend good at? 12．What is the woman’s attitude towards the man’s friend? 听下面一段对话，回答第 13 至 16 题。
22．— Haven’t you completed the building to be used as a library? — Yes, we _____ on it for over ten months. A. worked B. have worked C. will work D. was working 23．— Why did you say that yesterday ?
—It was just a casual A. belief A. betrayed 25．I felt A. awkward of many tried friends. A. On the other hand by six times A. which
. I didn’t mean anything by it. B. revision B. transformed B. cheerful C. mercy C. overcome C. illegal D. remark her. D. committed D. sensitive
24．The girl used to be terribly narrow-minded, but a year abroad has completely when I realized they didn’t want to be interrupted, so I left quietly.
26．As the old saying goes, “No man is an island”. B. Last but not least it was in 1800. B. where
, one can hardly survive without the help C. In other words D. before long
27．We need more land to live on and more food to eat; After all, the world’s population has grown C. what D. that
28． After that, he knew he could he could to the best of his ability. A. keep pace with
any unexpected or even dangerous situation by doing what C. get through D. let off good news D. so is it
B. cut back on
29． This is not good news for the people who rely on the Yangtze River for water. for the fish and wildlife that live in or along the river. A. Nor is it 30．— I’m A. in memory of 31． A. Since 32．I could A. give out B. as is it the suggestion. How about you ? B. in favor of C. in response to C. Nor it is
—Hard to say. I’ll have to think it over. D. in reply to there has been research in genetically modified animals such as pigs, no genetically B. Unless B. spy out C. While C. watch out D. As D. pick out always a much better D. have
modified meat is being sold at present. Simon in the crowd at once; we hadn’t seen each other for decades, though.
33．In this case, public transport such as buses and the underground choice than a private car or a taxi. A. is have been made. — How dangerous! If only it A. couldn’t happen C. shouldn’t have happened — . B. wouldn’t happen B. has C. are
34．—The children of our village are taking boats to school until the repairs of the destroyed bridge
D. mustn’t have happened
35．— Why are you crying? You are to get married tomorrow? . I am so excited with my family and friends all around me. B. Never mind D. I can’t help it A. Take it easy C. Don’t mention it
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， 选出可以填入空白处的最佳选项。 We may look at the world around us, but somehow we manage not to see it until whatever we've become used to suddenly disappears. For three years, no matter around 8:00 am. On Summertime sunglasses. 41 40 39 38 36 , for example, the neatly-dressed woman I 37 to see or look at on my way to work each morning. the weather was like, she was always waiting at the bus stop days, she wore heavy clothes and a pair of woolen gloves. 42 all this only after
out neat, belted cotton dresses and a hat pulled low over her 43 I expected to see her each morning. . Now
, she was an ordinary working woman. Of course, I 44 her.
she was seen no more. It was then that I realized how You might say I “Did she have an accident? Something that she was gone, I felt I had 47 includes such chance meetings with familiar people are 51
45 ?” I thought to myself about her 46 48 49
her. I began to realize that part of our
: the milkman you see at dawn, the woman who 52 of place and belonging. 54 a certain 55 , person?
50 walks her dog along the street every morning, the twin brothers you see at the library. Such markers in our lives. They add weight to our 53 Think about it. 36. A. Make 37. A. happened 38. A. what 39. A. sunny 40. A. took 41. A. Clearly 42. A. believed 43. A. long 44. A. respected 45. A. better 46. A. disappearance 47. A. forgotten 48. A. happy 49. A. friends 50. A. regularly 51. A. common 52. A. choice 53. A. Because 54. A. keeping 55. A. unnamed , while walking to work, we mark where we are by C. Give C. used C. which C. cloudy C. carried C. Luckily C. remembered C. soon C. praised C. more C. misfortune C. known C. frequent C. tourists C. hardly C. important C. decision C. Although C. passing C. unbelievable D. Have D. tried D. when D. snowy D. turned D. Especially D. wondered D. much D. admired D. less D. fortune D. hurt D. daily D. guests D. probably D. faithful D. sense D. However D. mentioning D. unreal
building, why should we not mark where we are when we pass a familiar, though B. Take B. wanted B. how B. rainy B. brought B. Particularly B. expressed B. often B. missed B. worse B. appearance B. lost B. enjoyable B. strangers B. actually B. pleasant B. knowledge B. If B. changing B. unforgettable
第三部分：阅读理解（共 10 小题；每小题 2 分，满分 20 分）
阅读下列短文，从每题所给的四个选项（A、B、C 和 D）中选出最佳选项，并在答题卡 上将该项涂黑。 A Alpine Valley Ski Trip Spend your holiday break on the slopes! Head up to Alpine Valley to enjoy all that winter snow sports have to offer. Cost includes lift, ski lessons, ski/snowboard rental, transportation and supervision. Make sure to bring extra money for lunch and quarters for locker rental. Helmet rental is an additional $ 10. Please print off a release of liability and rental agreement from www. alpinevalleyresort.com which must be signed by a parent/guardian and turned in at time of registration. This form is required for all teens to participate. Date: Thursday , January 3 (Winter Break 一 No School) Time: 9 am to 7 pm Cost: $ 100 (Ski/Snowboard Rental), $ 75 (No Rental) Min/Max:4/12 Registration Deadline: Thursday, December 27 All Night Ski/Snowboard Trip at Chestnut Mountain It's back and better than ever… the All-Night Ski Trip 2013. We will travel with other park districts to Chestnut Mountain in Galena, IL. The resort has 19 ski runs, a snowboard park. bonfire area and game room. Fees include transportation and all night supervision. This trip is recommended for teens that have previous experience snow skiing or snowboard. Departure may be from a location other than the Teen Center. Date: Friday, Feb. 8 to Saturday, Feb. 9 Time: 7 pm to 8 am Fees: $ 80 lift and lesson (No Rental) $ 105 Ski Rental, Lift and Lesson $ 105 Snowboard Rental, Lift and Lesson Registration Deadline: Thursday, January 10 Kalahari Indoor Waterpark 一 President's Day Trip Stand up surf or boogie board on your day off school！It's cold outside so travel with us to Kalahari Indoor Waterpark in the Wisconsin Dells. It's an indoor waterpark with a surfer ride 一 the FloRider, the Master Blaster, Victoria Falls raft ride, indoor wave pool and a lazy river! An 8-inch personal pizza and pop will be provided for lunch. Bring extra money for dinner, snacks and a locker. Trip may depart from location other than the Niles Teen Center. Date: Monday, February 18 (President's Day 一 No School) Time: 7:30 am to 8 pm Cost: $ 55 per person Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 13. 56. What do we know about Alpine Valley Ski Trip? A. You will be provided with a snowboard for free. B. You may spend at most $ 100 on skiing.
C. There is no limit to the number of participants. D. A beginner may be taught how to ski. 57. At Chestnut Mountain, you will have an activity of _____ A. starting a fire beside the camp B. skiing on 19 ski runs at a snowboard park C. visiting a waterpark at night D. playing a game in the snow with teens B NOT all memories are sweet. Some people spend all their lives trying to forget bad experiences. Violence and traffic accidents can leave people with terrible physical and emotional scars. Often they relive these experiences in nightmares. Now American researchers think they are close to developing a pill, which will help people forget bad memories. The pill is designed to be taken immediately after a frightening experience. They hope it might reduce, or possibly wipe out, the effect of painful memories. In November, experts tested a drug on people in the US and France. The drug stops the body releasing (释放) chemicals that fix memories in the brain. So far the research has suggested that only the emotional effects of memories may be reduced, not that the memories are wiped out. They are not sure to what degree people’s memories are affected. The research has caused a great deal of argument. Some think it is a bad idea, while others support it. Supporters say it could lead to pills that prevent or treat soldiers' troubling memories after war. They say that there are many people who suffer from terrible memories. "Some memories can ruin people's lives. They come back to you when you don't want to have them in a daydream or nightmare. They usually come with very painful emotions," said Roger Pitman, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. "This could relieve a lot of that suffering." But those who are against the research say that maybe the pills can change people’s memories and changing memories is very dangerous because memories give us our identity (特质). They also help us all avoid the mistakes of the past. "All of us can think of bad events in our lives that were terrible at the time but make us who we are. I'm not sure we want to wipe those memories out, "said Rebecca Dresser, a medical ethicist. 58. The passage is mainly about __________. A. a new medical invention B. a new research on the pill C. a way of wiping out painful memories D. an argument about the research on the pill 59. The drug tested on people can __________. A. cause the brain to fix memories B. stop people remembering bad experiences C. prevent body producing certain chemicals D. wipe out the emotional effects of memories 60. Which of the following does Rebecca Dresser agree with in the last paragraph ? A. some memories can ruin people's lives.
B. people want to get rid of bad memories. C. experiencing bad events makes us different from others. D. the pill will reduce people's sufferings from bad memories. 61. You may probably read the passage in __________. A. a guidebook C. a medical magazine C I had the meanest mother in the whole world. While other kids ate candy for breakfast, I had to have cereal, eggs or toast. While others had Cokes and candy for lunch, I had to eat a sandwich. As you can guess, my supper was different from the other kids’ too. But at least, I wasn’t alone in my sufferings. My sister and two brothers had the same mean mother as I did. My mother insisted upon knowing where we were at all times. She had to know who our friends were and where we were going. She insisted that if we said we’d be gone an hour, then we should be gone one hour or less -- not one hour and one minute. And she always insisted upon us telling the truth. Now you can see how mean she was. The worst is yet to come. We had to be in bed by nine each night and up at eight the next morning. We couldn’t sleep till noon like our friends. So while they slept, my mother actually had the courage to break the Child Labor Law. She made us work. We had to wash dishes, make beds, and learn to cook. We had to wear clean clothes and take a bath every day. The other kids always wore their clothes for days. We reached the height of disgrace because she made our clothes herself, just to save money. I believe she laid awake at night thinking up mean things to do to us. Through the years, things didn’t improve a bit. We could not lie in bed “sick” like our friends did, and miss school. Our marks in school had to live up to expectations. Our friends’ report cards had beautiful colors on them, black for passing, red for failing. My mother, being as different as she was, would be satisfied with nothing less than ugly black marks. As the years rolled by, first one and then the other of us was put to shame. We graduated from high school. With our mother behind us, talking, hitting and demanding respect, none of us was allowed the pleasure of being a drop-out. My mother was a complete failure as a mother. Out of four children, a couple of us attained some higher education. None of us have ever been arrested or divorced. Each of my brothers served his time in the service of this country. She forced us to grow up into God-fearing, educated, honest adults. I am now trying to raise my three children. I am filled with pride when my children call me mean. Why? Because now I thank God every day for giving me the meanest mother in the whole world. 62. What does the sentence "But at least I wasn't alone in my sufferings." mean?______ A. The author's mother was only mean to her. B. The author's mother suffered her. C. The author's mother was mean to her sister, brothers and her. D. The author wasn't alone because of suffering. 63. The author’s mother wanted her children to _________. A. do their best at school and be educated and respected citizens B. a textbook D. a science fiction
B. be top students in school and graduate with honors C. stop seeing her friends who pretended to be sick to skip classes D. bring home colored report cards like her friends did 64. Which of the following statements is TRUE according to the text? A. The author has a deep hatred for her mother. B. The author’s mother set timetables for her children whenever they went out. C. Some of the children weren’t able to go to college because of their mean mother. D. As a parent, the author is following her mother’s example. 65. It can be inferred from the passage that________. A. All the other kids at school studied better than the author. B. The author worked hard and usually got good grades in studies. C. Mother was punished for breaking the Labor Law. D. The author’s family lived a miserable life. 第 II 卷（非选择题） 第三部分：写作（共 4 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） 66．My parents are proud that I am very a_____________ and always get good grades at school. 67．Two people were a_____________ yesterday at a Paris airport for bringing animals into Europe from South America illegally. 68．The house just went up in f_____________. We could not stop it from burning down. 69 ． However, some people believe that cloning human embryos with the i___________ of destroying them shows no respect for human life. 70．The efforts of the Chinese government and people to protect this much-loved river will be ___________(感谢) for years to come. 第二节：用所给动词的适当形式填空（共 10 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 10 分） 71．Who knows what could happen? Human life would just become a crop ____________ (harvest) or a product for sale. 72．After the Arab states won their independence, much attention was paid to developing education, with girls as well as boys ____________ (encourage) to go to school. 73．Sarah felt nervous and excited on the bus journey ____________ (see) her new friend. 74．I regret to say that, as a famous author, your new book does __________ (disappoint). 75．____________ (walk) straight down this road, you will see the post office on your left. 76．The teacher suggested that all the students should keep silent at the parents meeting before ____________ (invite) to speak in front. 77．Research has been limited to increasing production profits rather than ____________ (make) sure that GM foods are safe. 78．—Excuse me sir, where is Room 301? —Just a minute. I’ll have Bob ____________ (show) you to your room.
79．The woman, ____________ (shock) by the article, wrote a letter of complaint to the newspaper afterwards. 80．Admittedly, I find this new version of Range Rover more convenient and comfortable (drive) but I can’t afford it. 第三节：任务型阅读（共 10 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 10 分） 请认真阅读下列短文，并根据所读内容在文章后表格中的空格里填入最恰当的单词。 注意：每空格 1 个单词。 Life comes in a package Life comes in a package. This package includes happiness and sorrow, failure and success, hope and despair. Life is a learning process. Experiences in life teach us new lessons and make us a better person. With each passing day we learn to handle varieties of situations. Love Love plays an important role in out life. Love makes you feel wanted. Without love a person could become cruel and ferocious. In the early stage of our life, our parents are the ones who show us with unconditional love and care, they teach us about what is right and wrong, good and bad. But we always tend to take this for granted. It is only after marriage and having kids that a person understands and becomes sensitive to others feelings. Kids make a person responsible and mature and help us to understand life better. Happiness and Sorrow Materialistic happiness is short-lived, but happiness achieved by bringing a smile on others face gives a certain level of fulfillment. Peace of mind is the main link to happiness. No mind is happy without peace. We realize the true worth of happiness when we are in sorrow. Sorrow is basically because of death of a loved one, failure and despair. But these things are temporary and pass away. Failure and Success Failure is the path to success. It helps us to touch the sky, teaches us to survive and shows us a specific way. Success brings in money, fame, pride and self-respect. Here it becomes very important to keep our head on out shoulder. The only way to show our gratitude to God for bestowing success on us is by being modest, courteous and respectful to the less fortunate ones. Hope and Despair Hope is what keeps life going. Parents always hope their children will do well. Hope makes us dream. Hope builds in patience. Life teaches us not to despair even in the darkest hour, because after every night there is a day. Nothing remains the same. We have only one choice keep moving on in life and be hopeful. Life teaches us not to regret over yesterday, for it has passed and is beyond our control. Tomorrow is unknown, for it could either be bright or dull. So the only alternative is work hard today, so that we will enjoy a better tomorrow. Life comes in a package · Life is a package, General introduction 81 happiness and sorrow, failure and 82 than before. 83 situations. success, hope and despair. ·Experiences in life make us ·With each passing day we learn to handle ,
·Love makes you feel wanted. ·Our parents teach us to Love 84 right from wrong and show us with 85 of other’s unconditional love and care, which we take for granted. ·Without kids, a person wouldn’t have a good feelings and would be ·Short-lived Happiness and Sorrow fulfillment. ·Sorrow is basically 88 to death of a loved one, failure and despair which are not permanent and pass away. ·Failure teaches us to survive and shows us a specific way. Success Failure and Success brings in money, fame, pride and self-respect. ·We should show modesty, courteousness and 89 to the less fortunate ones to thank God for bestowing success on us. ·Hope is what keeps life going and makes us dream. Hope builds in Hope and Despair patience. ·Life teaches us not to despair even in the darkest hour, because nothing remains Conclusion 90 . ·Life teaches us not to regret over yesterday and the only alternative is to work hard today, so that we will enjoy a better tomorrow. 87 86 and immature.
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第四节：书面表达（满分 20 分） 目前，人们已经认识到环境保护的重要性，但是环保还存在着许多问题，请就下表内容， 进行陈述，并谈谈你的看法。 1. 空气、水和土壤污染严重，使许多人生病，对人类极为有害。 目前的状况 2. 砍伐森林导致全球气温升高和气候的不良变化。 3. 目前资源的过度使用影响了生态平衡。 已采取的措施 你的看法 1. 政府采取立法措施控制污染，保护资源。 2. 投入大量资金改善环境。 ……
注意：1. 词数 150 左右； 2. 可适当增加细节，使内容完整充实，行文连贯； 3. 参考词汇：森林砍伐：deforestation present-day world. However, ▲ ▲ ▲ 生态：ecology ▲ ▲ ▲ It is well-known that the worsening environment has become the biggest concern of the
1—20 ABCBA ACBCB BCACA BCBAC 第二部分：英语知识运用（35 分） 第一节：单项填空（15 分） 21~35 BADBA CCCAB CDABD 第二节：完形填空（20 分） 36—55 BCADB ACDBB ACDBA CDBCA 第三部分：阅读理解（20 分） 56—65 DA DCCC CADB 第三部分：写作（45 分） 第一节：单词拼写（5 分） 66. academic 67. arrested 68. flames 73. to see 78. show 69.intention 74. disappoint 79. shocked 83. various 88. due/owing 70. appreciated 75. Walking 80. to drive 84. tell/distinguish 89. respect 第二节：用所给动词的适当形式填空（10 分） 71. to be harvested 72. encouraged 76. being invited 81. including 85. understanding 86. irresponsible 87. as/though 90. unchanged 第四节：书面表达（20 分） It is well-known that the worsening environment has become the biggest concern of the present-day world. However, the problem of environmental protection is far from being solved completely. Human beings are being bothered by air pollution, water pollution and soil pollution, which do great harm to people’s health and even cause death. Moreover, deforestation has resulted in the increase of global temperature and unpleasant change of climate. Worse still, the overuse of natural resources has affected ecological balance. Luckily, governments of many countries have done a lot to stop the environment from being further damaged. Stricter laws are put into effect. Also, large amounts of money have been spent repairing the damage. In my opinion, we still have a long way to go to solve this problem. Much more efforts should be made to help people realize its urgency. On the other hand, those destroying the environment intentionally shall be severely punished. In a word, it’s time we made the earth a better place to live in. 附听力录音原文： (Text 1) W: I’m all wet. And it’s so cold today. That’s too bad. M: But at least the wind stops blowing. W: Do you think it might snow? M: I hope so! That would be fun. (Text 2) 77. making 第三节：任务型阅读（10 分） 82. better
W: Did you meet the new teacher yesterday? M: I’ve been sick for three days. (Text 3) W: Boy, this road is narrow. Be careful! We don’t want to spend the week in the hospital. M: So when do you think we’ll get to North Mountain? W: Not before midnight. M: Then let’s stay in a hotel tonight. (Text 4) W: That looks really good. How do you make it? M: I can’t tell you. It’s a family secret. Now please help me take it to the table. W: OK. I’m sure everybody in the party will enjoy tasting it. (Text 5) M: Polly’s going to see Dance Forever; it’s the show with lots of dancers. W: Do you want to see it? M: I prefer something different, like this Magic Show advertised here. The last time we went to the theatre we saw King of the Jungle and that had a lot of dancing too. W: So let’s see something without dancing in it. (Text 6) M: Metro Bus Company. W: Hello. I need to go to the airport from Main Street. M: Main Street and what? W: Main and Grant. M: OK. What time do you have to be at the airport? W: At 6 o’clock. M: Take Bus 3 at 4:50 at the corner of Main and Grant. Get off at Airport Boulevard. That’s two blocks from the airport. W: Thank you very much. (Text7) M: So, here is the living room. Please don’t touch the walls; we’ve just painted them. They used to be blue. Now, I hope you like green. As you can see, there’s lots of light in here. And there’s the fireplace. It’s great in the winter. W: Whew, it’s warm in here, isn’t it? Is there any air conditioning? M: No, just keep this window open. Now come this way. Here is your kitchen, all electric, and there’s room for a table here. W: That’s nice. Could I see the bedroom? M: It’s over here. We just put in a new carpet. W: Oh, really? That’s pretty good. (Text 8) M: Listen, a friend of mine is coming to town next week. I think you might like him. W: Really? Tell me about him anyway/
M: Well, he is very good-looking. W: Oh, yeah? Tell me more. M: He’s got brown hair and green eyes and a wonderful smile. But he is not very tall. He had a beard the last time I saw him. He has his own business. And he loves to travel. W: That’s nice. About how old is he? M: He’s almost thirty. W: Does he like dancing or music? M: He loves jazz, and he’s played the piano for years. I think he likes dancing too. W: Wow, he sounds great! Maybe he could come to a football game next weekend. M: Oh, they don’t pay American football in Italy. They play soccer. (Text 9) W: In today’s program we have the famous actor, Peter Jameson, who is known above all for his classical roles on stage, particularly in Shakespeare plays. Peter, was it your choice to appear so often in this type of play? M: Well, that’s an interesting question. Actually, I’ve always seen myself as an actor, a professional actor doing whatever comes along, rather than classical roles, Shakespeare and so on, although of course I do find those wonderful. W: I remember seeing you playing many big parts. You must have had lots of words to remember. How can you manage that? M: It was a gift originally. I’ve always had a sort of photographic memory, right from my earliest childhood. My subject at university was history actually, for which a memory is basic. W: Some of your theatre performances have been recorded and shown on TV. Have you ever watched them? M: I’ve always avoided watching myself anyway. Though I’m satisfied with my performance on stage, I still feel foolish to see myself on TV. It makes me feel strange and ashamed. W: OK, thank you very much, Peter. (Text 10) M: Good evening, everyone. In tonight’s show, I’ll talk about Stephen and Jenny’s Corryvale Farm and their business. Corryvale Farm is in the west of England. Stephen and Jenny keep cows and chickens and sell milk and eggs. But most of their money comes from Jenny’s sheep. She has 50 sheep and each one has enough wool for four sweaters. Every six months, Stephen cuts this wool off the sheep so they won’t get too warm. One year ago, Jenny made some sweaters with the wool and tried to sell them at country markets. But it was summer and the weather was hot so people didn’t want to buy sweaters. She then made some socks. Everybody loved them because they were strong, not expensive, and easy to wash. That’s how Jenny’s business started. At first she made the socks at home, but soon she had thousands of customers so she had to send the wool to a factory, where all the socks are now made on machines. There are six colors, five sizes for all ages, and different socks for walkers, sportsmen and skiers. Jenny is busiest at Christmas because Corryvale socks are a favorite present. On the walls of Jenny’s office, there are lots of letters from happy customers all over the world.