姜堰区 2015~2016 学年度第一学期期中调研测试
（命题人：江苏省姜堰中学 吉晨春 审核人：胡春林） 说明：1.本试卷共由 I 卷和 II 卷两部分构成。 2.第 I 卷为选择题，分值为 60 分；第 II 卷为非选择题，分值为 60 分。满分 120 分。 3.考试时间为 120 分钟。
第 I 卷 选择
题（共 4 大题；满分 60 分）
一、听力部分（共两节，满分 10 分） 第一节（共 5 小题；每小题 0.5 分；满分 2.5 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． How much longer will the woman wait for the bus at most from now on? A． 45 minutes B．30 minutes． C．15 minutes． 2． What will they do first? A． Search for a pen． B．Fix the bookshelf． C．Paint the bookshelf． 3． What do we know from the conversation? A． The man lost his keys． B．The man didn't want to enter the room, C． The man couldn?t open the door． 4． What is the man doing? A． Waiting for a man． B． Calling a taxi． C．Driving a taxi． 5． What does the woman suggest the man take? A． A sweater and boots． B． A sweater and medicines C． A raincoat and a sweater． 第二节（共 15 小题：每小题 0.5 分．满分 7.5 分） 听下面 5 段对话。每段对话后有几个小题，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。听每段对话前，你将有时间阅读各个小题，每小题 5 秒钟； 听完后，各小题给出 5 秒钟的作答时间。每段对话读两遍。 听第 6 段材料，回答第 6、7 题。 6． What is the woman worried about? A． She has no coffee break． B．She can't find Mary． C．She can't finish typing the letters． 7．What does the man ask the woman to do? A． Go out with him tonight． B．Leave the rest work for Mary． C．Talk to her boss earlier．
听第 7 段材料，回答第 8 至 10 题。 8． What are they talking about? A．A trip to Europe． B．A holiday plan． 9．How did the man go to Paris from Calais? A． By train． B．By boat． 10． How many cities are mentioned in the conversation? A．Five B．Four． 听第 8 段材料,回答第 11 至 13 题。 11． Why does the man complain about his job? A． Because he gets bored with his job． B． Because he lacks a technician to help him． C． Because he works in different countries． 12． What do we know about the man? A． He gets on well with his assistant． B． He doesn't like the project． C． He works with some foreigners． 13． What will the man probably do? A． Keep doing his job． B．Find a better job. C．Ask for an assistant. 听第 9 段材料，回答第 14 至 16 题。 14．Where does this conversation probably take place? A． In an office． B．In a lab． 15． Why did the woman stay up late at night? A． She was reading books． B． She was watching the sky. C． She couldn't fall asleep． 16． What did the woman do this morning? A． She borrowed a book．B． She wrote a paper． 听第 10 段材料，回答第 17 至 20 题。 17． What does Richard L Yang do most probably? A．A hotel manager． B．An expert． 18． What will Dr Xi do at the conference? A． Discuss the progress in some cities． B． Consider an air quality plan． C． Review American accomplishments． 19． How long will the lunch break last? A． 60 minutes． B．75 minutes 20． Where can people smoke? A． In the workshop room． B．In the meeting-room．
C．Transportations in Europe． C．By bus． C．Three．
C． In a library．
C． She listened to a lecture．
C．90 minutes． C．In the Oak Room．
二、单项填空（共 10 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 10 分） 从 A、B、C 和 D 四个选项中，选出可以填入空白处的最佳选项，并在答题卡上将该项涂 黑。
21. — It surprised us that he should have made such ________ rapid progress in his study in such a short time! — No surprising. He has been making _______ most of his spare time to study. A. a; the B. a; / C. /; the D. /; / 22. — I spent two weeks in London last summer. — Then you must have visited the British Museum during your stay, ________ you? A. mustn?t B. haven?t C. didn?t D. hadn?t 23. The teacher along with his students _______ discussing Reading Skills that _______ newly published in America. A. is; was B. is; were C. are; was D. are; were 24. Though the girl has been suffering from the blood disease, she acts as if nothing ________ to her while facing her friends and relatives. A. happens B. would happen C. had happened D. happened 25. —How much did the guy _______ you for fixing your mobile phone? —I don?t remember, but it was quite a lot. A. cost B. spend C. charge D. take 26. Through the reform, the economic situation of China ________ much better than it used to be. A. turned into B. turned off C. turned to D. turned out 27. He introduced to me a scientist, ________ I thought was the most humorous person I had ever met. A. whom B. who C. which D. / 28. Although his present wasn?t expensive, I still appreciated it very much. In my view, it?s the friendship that _______. A. counts B. works C. handles D. deserves 29. Peter will give me a box of chocolate ________ my new novel, but in fact I don?t have a sweet tooth. A. in favor of B. in place of C. in agreement with D. in exchange for 30. —Mom, I?m going to the graduation dance tonight but I don?t think I look beautiful enough. —Oh, darling, don? t worry. ________. A. They don?t know what beauty is B. Nobody will care about it C. You look perfect the way you are D. Nothing is impossible 三、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，从每题所给的（A、B、C 和 D）四个选项中选出最佳选项， 并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。 I spent the week before my daughter's wedding running lastminute trips to the shop and the church. To save money, I __31__ flowers from several friends who had large magnolia (木兰) trees. Their __32__ flowers would make the church beautiful. After the rehearsal(预演) dinner the night before the wedding, I felt __33__ but satisfied this would be the best wedding any bride had ever had! The __34__ day arrived. Patsy's fiancé(未婚夫) Tim walked with me to the church to do a final __35__. When we opened the door, I was __36__. I saw all the beautiful white flowers were black. An electrical storm during the night had __37__ the air conditioning system, and on that hot summer day, the flowers had bent towards the ground. I panicked（恐慌）, knowing I __38__ had time to gather more flowers. Tim turned to me “Can you get more flowers？” I mumbled （含糊地说）, “Sure.”
As I left the church, I __39__ some magnolia trees in the distance. I went to the house with magnolia trees in its garden. I knocked on the door and an old man __40_. When I stated my trouble, the man said, “I'd be happy to help you！” He cut large branches for me. I said, “Sir, you've made the mother of a bride __41__ today.” He said, “You don't understand what's __42__ here. You see, my wife died on Monday. On Wednesday I __43__ her. On Friday my children left. This morning, I __44__. For the last sixteen years, __45__ her health got worse, she needed me. But now nobody needs me. Who needs a seventysixyearold wornout man? Nobody! About that time, you __46__ and said，?Sir, I need you.?” He __47__, “Do you know what I was thinking when I handed you those magnolias？” “No.” “I __48__ I'm needed.” Life is not the __49__ it's supposed to be. The way you deal with it is what __50__ the difference. 31.A. gathered B. borrowed C. bought D. planted 32.A. red B. white C. wild D. rare 33.A. proud B. tired C. relaxed D. cheerful 34.A. warm B. lucky C. big D. stormy 35.A. check B. favor C. test D. speech 36. A. frightened B. pleased C. annoyed D. excited 37. A. tried out B. put out C. knocked out D. left out 38. A. nearly B. immediately C. hardly D. certainly 39. A. climbed B. saw C. passed D. reached 40. A. answered B. shouted C. listened D. worried 41. A. anxious B. happy C. guilty D. curious 42. A. appearing B. hiding C. coming D. happening 43. A. touched B. remembered C. missed D. buried 44. A. drank B. fell C. cried D. left 45. A. as B. if C. unless D. though 46. A. ran B. knocked C. sighed D. bothered 47. A. advised B. smoked C. smiled D. shook 48. A. repeated B. doubted C. promised D. decided 49. A. corner B. difficulty C. length D. way 50. A. gains B. sets C. tells D. makes 四、阅读理解（共 10 小题；每小题 2 分，满分 20 分） 阅读下列短文，从短文后各题所给的 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 What makes you happy? Music? Money? Spending time with friends? For American young people, family time is the main source (来源) of happiness, according to a recent survey of 1,280 American young people. Most of them say it is a good relationship with their parents that makes them happy. “My mum tells me that, even if I do something silly, she?s still going to love me no matter what happens. Just knowing that makes me feel very happy,” says Kristiana St. John, 17, a high school student in New York.
After family, it is relationships with friends that seem to matter most. There were also many other kinds of answers given to the “What makes you happy?” question. For Chad Fiedler, 17, happiness is “just waking up in the morning and looking forward to what he?s going to do that day”. And for Esohe Roland, 14, it?s “playing trumpet (小号) in his school band”. So, what is happiness? Let?s hear what Chinese teenagers want to say. For Bao Yiqiao, 15, Beijing, happiness comes from success brought by hard work. She felt happy when she was admitted to a top high school. She was happy when she came fifth in a recent swimming competition. For Jiang Wenyu, 17, Dalian, spending time with his family makes him happy. Whenever he feels down at school, his parents encourage him to go on. They always help him to find a way out. 51. ________ matters most for American young people. A. A good relationship with their parents B. Enjoying music C. Good relationships with their friends D. Having a lot of money 52. Which of the following might make Bao Yiqiao happy? A. Getting on well with her family. B. Taking the 2nd place in the table tennis competition. C. Playing computer games all day. D. offering others timely help. 53. It can be inferred from the passage that_______. A. the Americans don?t believe hard work can lead to success. B. different people have different ideas of happiness. C. the Chinese and the Americans share the same ideas of happiness. D. the Chinese children don?t have a good relationship with their parents. B People in Hong Kong speak a rich mixture of languages. Hong Kong was a British colony (殖 民地) for more than 156 years before it was returned to Chinese control in 1997. English was the only official language until 1994. Most people in Hong Kong today speak Cantonese, but Mandarin (国语) and other dialects also are heard, and English as the British used is still widely spoken and taught here. Now however, many people are choosing to learn English as it is spoken in the United States. Victor Chan, for example, has children who attend school called Nature EQ on Saturday and Sunday to learn to say words the American way. Mr Chan says he wants his sons to learn American English, because he plans to send them to the United States for further study. Nature EQ is one of a growing number of schools in Hong Kong that offer American English classes. Frankie Ng opened the school 17 years ago, when he had only 40 students. Today, the school has 350 students, and it does not have space for any more. Mr Ng says American English is clear and defined. He says it is easy to teach and easily understood. That, however, is not the main concern of the children. Student Sam Yu has another reason for studying English spoken the American way. “I think American English is getting more and more important, and is maybe taking over the dominance of British English, so I?m willing to learn it,” said Sam Yu. Public schools in the former British colony still teach mostly British English. But the number of private language schools teaching American English is growing. In Hong Kong?s Tseung Kwan O district, for example, the “American English Workshop school” had 20 students a week when it opened one year ago. Today, it has more than 180 each
week. Some observers say American English is becoming the language of international business. Increased contact with American culture, like movies, television programs, computer games and the Internet is spreading American expressions and accents in areas other than business. Language teachers in Hong Kong say wealthy people who live in mainland China are helping to increase the demand for classes in American English. Mainland Chinese are crossing into Hong Kong because it has more educational choices. But for now, what people hear in the streets of Hong Kong is mainly traditional British English. “We can understand both, but for what we speak, we speak with the British accent,” said one local woman. 54. According to the passage, which of the following is NOT the reason why so many people learn American English? A. American English is easy and clear to understand. B. American English may take over the dominance of British English. C. American English is widely used in areas other than business. D. British English is a traditional and ancient language and is out of date. 55. What does the underlined word “dominance” in Paragraph 6 mean? A. advantage B. strength C. control D. influence 56. What can be inferred from the passage? A. More and more students will give up English but learn Mandarin. B. We never hear traditional British spoken in the streets of Hong Kong. C. there will be more and more schools like Nature EQ and the Workshop School. D. People in Hong Kong with the British accent can?t understand American English. 57. What is the main idea of the passage? A. American English is becoming more and more popular in Hong Kong. B. More and more people in Hong Kong want to send their children to America. C. More and more people in Hong Kong begin to speak more languages. D. More schools in Hong Kong are offering American English classes than in other areas. C The ritual (惯例) always began after breakfast:“Go ahead everyone. I'll take care of the dishes!” For the next hour Dad did the dishes, singing songs like I Had a Hat When I Came In. I suppose it was strange for a boy's father to wear an apron (围裙) — but I never thought much of it until the day that Dad broke with tradition. “Tommy,” he said cheerfully. “There comes a time in every boy's life when he must take on responsibilities.” “Starting today, I want you to do the dishes on Sunday morning so your mother and I can work the crossword puzzle together.” “The dishes!?” “Anything wrong with taking over the dishes, Son?” I didn't taste a bit of breakfast that morning. Dad seemed in a jovial (愉快的) mood as he described an exceptional Yankee game seen through the eyes of Mel Allen on the radio last night. Everything grew quiet. My sister began to clear the table. My brother was scraping (刮掉) the last of the egg from his plate. My father announced: “Let's go to read the paper, Honey.” “Aren't you doing the dishes?” my mother asked. “Your oldest son has generously offered.”
So this was what my life had come to. I could benchpress (仰卧推举) my weight. Ask me to run through a rainstorm. Command me to ride the roller coaster — backward. These things I would do. But I could never do those dishes. There was nothing left but to refuse. People often say there is a special chemistry between a father and a son. Dad came back into the kitchen just as I was about to storm out. He had loosened (松开) his tie and rolled up the sleeves of his shirt — ready to relax. In his right hand was the old apron. “I want you to have this, Tommy. It'll keep your clothes from getting wet. Thanks, Son. Your mother and I appreciate this.” With that he disappeared into the Sunday paper. I looked down at the apron. It had seen better days. I could see my dad reaching for the dishes. My dark angel disappeared. Soon I was singing a song about a hat. The words came out of nowhere. And out of nowhere I knew the kind of man I wanted to be. 58. Why did the author's father ask him to do the dishes? A. Because his father wanted to listen to a sports show on the radio. B. Because his father thought the other children were too young for the job. C. Because his father thought the author was old enough to take some responsibility. D. Because it would have been shameful for his father to have worn an apron in his son's presence. 59. What does the last paragraph suggest? A. A man should show his love for his family by doing the dishes. B. The author finally gave in because he wanted to make his mother happy. C. The incident (事情) with the apron led the author to understand his father. D. The author has made up his mind about the career (事业) path he wanted to take. 60. According to the article, which of the following statements is TRUE? A. The author's brother was in charge of clearing the breakfast table. B. There was a tradition of crossword puzzle solving in the family. C. The author's father seemed to enjoy washing dishes. D. The author offered to wash the dishes because he knew his father was tired.
第 II 卷 非选择题（共 5 大题；满分 60 分）
五、课文填空（共4小题、10空；每空1分，满分10分） 根据所学课文填空（每空一词） 。请将答案填写在答题纸上相应的位置。 1. During the (1)__________, the headmaster told us about the rules of the school. He also told us that the best way to earn (2)__________ was to put ourselves into study and achieve high grades. 2. I was very lucky to (3)__________ this different way of life. I look back on my time in the UK with (4)__________. 3. Mom and Dad get back home a day earlier than (5)__________. They are so angry to find the room in a (6)__________ and the dog tired and hungry that they shout at Daniel. Daniel can?t (7)__________ it and runs into his room, shutting the door angrily. 4. People should look after their bodies. My mother is right: don?t (8)__________ your health for a slim and (9)__________ figure. It isn?t (10)__________ it. 六、单词拼写 （共10小题；每小题1分，满分10分）
根据首字母或括号里的中文提示写出单词，使句子完整，并将答案填在答题纸上相应的 位置。 1. It didn?t take a long time for him to r from the illness. 2. What did he say in e of his being late for class? His car broke down, again? 3. Our teacher always c Jack with his twin brother. They look much alike. 4. It will take a long time before the people?s life returns to n in the earthquake-stricken area. 5. Please put out your cigarette. You know, smoking is f here. 6. Though Blackwell is over 60, he is strong looking and very (精力充沛的). 7. Their (行为) towards me shows that they do not like me. 8. Having stayed in America for 5 years, he is able to speak (流利的) English. 9. Everyone in our class is making (准备) for the final examination. 10. Mary and her husband had an （争论）over where they were going for vacation. 七、动词填空 （共10小题；每小题1分，满分10分） 用括号内所给动词的适当形式填空，使句子完整，并将答案填写在答题纸上相应的位置。 1. After the heavy work, she became seriously ill, __________(suffer) great pain and discomfort. 2. We will keep you __________(inform) of all big events happening in our city. 3. Students suggested that our school __________(broadcast) light music during break times. 4. He went away without saying anything, leaving us __________(stand) outside. 5. He regretted __________(act) like a child at the family gathering, which made his parents unhappy. 6. Five students passed the difficult test, _________ (include) me. 7. When first ___________(introduce) to the market, these products enjoyed great success. 8. __________(compare) with the whole earth, the biggest ocean does not seem big at all. 9. Mr. Brown was much disappointed to see that the washing machine he had had __________ (repair) went wrong again. 10. He was __________(bend) on computer games, caring nothing about his lessons so he failed in the exams. 八、句型转换 （共 10 小题、20 空；每空 0.5 分，满分 10 分） 在下面空格中填入适当的词（每空一词） ，使句子完整并与原句意思相近，并将答案填在 答题纸上相应的位置。 1. My homework here is less heavy than that of the past in my old school. My homework here is not as __________ __________ __________ I used to get in my old school. 2. I have been to Nanjing many times, but for some unknown reason, I got lost when I was there last month. Though I have been to Nanjing lots of times, I lost my way __________when I was there last month. 3. Mr Robert is not only our teacher but also our friend. Mr Robert is __________ __________ our teacher. He is our friend. 4. Now that you have found a job, you should not depend on your parents. Since you have found a job, you should be __________ __________ your parents. 5. If you buy one, you will get one without paying for it. If you buy one, we will give you another one __________ __________.
6. Whether you are old or young, you all have the chance to receive education. You all have the chance to receive education __________ __________ you are. 7. He made so excellent a speech that none of us would forget it. He made _________ _________ excellent speech _________ none of us would forget. 8. As soon as she entered the room, she sat down and began to read. __________ __________ the room, she sat down and began to read. 9. It?s a beautiful island. I have forgotten the name of the island. It is a beautiful island __________ __________ I have forgotten. 10. As science and technology develop, our life is improving. __________ science and technology developing, our life is improving. 九、完成句子 （共 15 小题、40 空；每空 0.5 分，满分 20 分） 根据汉语，完成下列各句（每空一词） 。请将答案填写在答题纸上相应的位置。 1. When I _________ _________（想要）drinking，I would go to that KFC for a big cup. 2. I enjoy swimming very much. _________ _________（多么有趣） it is to swim on a hot summer day! 3. You can ask her for more details because she is the person _________ _________ _________（负 责） the project. 4. His parents don?t _________ _________（赞成）his working alone in Tibet though he?s grown up. 5. _________ _________ (致力于) his research work, the professor cared little about any other things. 6. When driving, drivers _________ _________ _________（应该）obey the traffic rules or they will be punished. 7. If you _________ _________ _________（遇到紧急情况）, please call us. 8. Over working in this way is harmful to your health_________ _________ _________ _________ （从长远来看）. 9. My grandparents are over 80, living _________ _________（舒适地）in the countryside. 10. Why do you always _________ _________ _________（找茬儿）me？Isn?t it your duty to look after the baby? 11. Do you think it right for us to encourage such a little boy to _________ _________ _________ _________ _________（冒险施救）others? 12. I am short and thin but I run fast. I hope they will accept me _________ _________ _________ （按我现在的样子） 13. Follow my advice and I am sure you will improve your handwriting _________ _________ _________（马上） 14. It _________ _________（听上去像）there is something wrong with the machine. 15. Teachers work at school for 13 hours _________（平均）every day in this town.
第 I 卷 选择题（共 4 大题；满分 60 分）
一、听力部分（共 20 小题；每小题 0.5 分；满分 10 分） 1-5 CBCBC 6-10 CBAAB 11-15 BCACB 16-20 CBAAC 二、单项选择（共 10 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 10 分） 21—25 CCADC 26—30 DBADC 三、完形填空（共 20 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 20 分） 31—35 ABBCA 36—40 ACCBA 41—45 BDDCA 46—50 BCDDD 四、阅读理解（共 10 小题；每小题 2 分，满分 20 分） 51—53 ABB 54—57 DCCA 58—60 CCC
第 II 卷 非选择题（共 5 大题；满分 60 分）
五、课文填空（共 4 小题、10 空；每小题 1 分，满分 10 分）
1. assembly 2. respect 3. experience 4. satisfaction 5. expected 6. mess 7. tolerate 8. damage 9. attractive 10. worth 六、单词拼写（共 10 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 10 分） 1. recover 2. explanation 3. confuses 4. normal 5. forbidden 6. energetic 7. behavior 8. fluent 9. preparations 10. argument 七、动词填空（共 10 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 10 分） 1. suffering 2. informed 3. (should)broadcast 4. standing 5. acting/ having acted 6. including 7. introduced 8. Compared 9. repaired 10. bent 八、句型转换（共 10 小题、20 空；每空 0.5 分，满分 10 分） 1. heavy as what 2. somehow 3. more than 4. independent of 5. for free 6. however old 7. such an; as 8. Upon entering 9. whose name 10. With 九、完成句子（共 15 小题、40 空；每空 0.5 分，满分 20 分） 1. felt like 5. Devoted to/Bent on 9. in comfort 12. as I am 2. What fun 6. are supposed to 10. find fault with 13. in no time 3. in charge of 4. approve of 7. have an emergency 8. in the long run 11. take the risk of saving 14. sounds like 15.averagely
听力部分录音稿： Text 1 M: The bus is always late. W: I know. I?ve been waiting for it for half an hour. If it doesn't come in another fifteen minutes. I?ll go on foot. Text 2 M: I can?t find my pen. I need to write a letter. W: I?ll look for it later. Right now, I need your help to fix this book-shelf before I paint it. Text 3 W: Why are you standing outside the room instead of entering? M: I tried all my keys in the lock but it won?t open. Text 4 M: Hello, Madam, thanks for pulling over. W: OK, where to go, sir? M: No. 213, High Street. W: Yes, sir. The taxi will be there in ten minutes.
Text 5 W: You?d better take a heavy sweater. The night is cold even in summer. M: OK, and do you think it might snow, or I need my boots? W: No, it never snows there in July, but it might rain. Don?t forget your raincoat. M: Thanks for telling me. Text 6 W: If that man gives me any more letters to type, I?ll scream. He?s given me ten already today and there?ll be more when I get back from coffee break. I?ll be here till midnight. M: Calm down, Franny. He can't make you stay after 5p.m. Finish what you can and leave the rest for Mary. W: But they are important letters, Joe. They should go out tonight. M: That?s not you are worrying. If that urgent, he should have given them to you earlier. Text 7 W: Hello, David, I haven?t seen you for some time. Have you been away? M: Yes, I?ve just returned from a holiday in France and Spain. W: Sounds good! Did you travel around much? M: Quite a lot. I had a-month-holiday so there was plenty of time. W: How did you get around? M: Oh, all sorts of ways, bus, boat, train, car and plane. I caught the train from London to Dover, and then got a boat to across the channel to Calais. I met a friend on the boat who was going to Paris too. So I had a company on the train journey from Calais. In fact, she has a friend in Paris, so I stayed with them for a few days instead of in the hotel. It saved me a lot of money. W: That was lucky. What did you do there? M: Oh, the normal thing. I went to the Louvre and Eiffel Tower and so on. It was my first visit to Paris and it was so interesting to see them. Text 8 M: I?m the only engineer. I should have a technician working with me but I don?t. So I waste a lot of time. W: You mean you have to go and check the work? M: Yes, it?s a bit disappointing at times. I do have a French assistant who works for me. He?s a very good guy, but not easy to get on with. W: Doesn?t sound like a lot of fun! M: Oh, the job itself is fun. I guess there are certainly to be some problems when you have a lot of different nationalities working on the same project. W: Really? That?s terrible. M: Sometimes I think I am mad, but the frank is “you love doing, you just can?t stop and do something else.” Text 9 W: Hi, Grak, what a surprise to see you here! M: Yeah, I am working night shift today. What are you doing here? W: I?m trying to look for a book but it has been out for the last three weeks. M: What kind of book is it that you want so much? W: You might not believe this, but I?m into astronomy and the book I want to read is by Stephen Hawking, who writes about the creation of the universe. Did you notice my eyes? I?ve been staying
up late at night to see the sky and stars. M: When did you get involved with the universe? No wonder you are dozing off during the lecture this morning. W: I know it's embarrassing, but I?m really interested in the mystery of the universe, and I?m thinking perhaps I?m in the wrong major. And I should swift to physics instead of taking drama. Text 10 Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention, please? My name is Laura Kane. It?s my great pleasure this morning to welcome you, my colleagues, from all over the world to the Sixteenth Air Quality Control Conference. We are honored to have two of the world?s best-known air quality experts as our speakers this morning --- Doctor Richard L Yang of the Air Quality Research Center in Atlanta and Doctor Xi, Xi Lan, Director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Air Quality Research Institute. Doctor Yang will review American accomplishments in the past two years and consider what?s next on the American air quality plan. Doctor Xi will discuss ten years of progressing the cold producing cities of northern China. We?ll have a coffee break at 10a.m, a lunch break from 12 to 1p.m. Please check the blackboard at the registration desk for any room changes. And please remember that there is no smoking in the meeting rooms, the workshop rooms or the halls. The Oak Room on the second floor has been set aside as a smoking lounge. Please do not smoke anywhere else in the hotel.