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2015 届龙海一中---漳州实验中学高三上学期期末考
英语科试卷
考试时间:120 分钟 第一部分:听力(共两节,满分 30 分) 第一节 (共 5 小题;每小题 1.5 分,满分 7.5 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 man trying on probably? A. Shoes. B.A walking stick. C.A T-shirt. 2.What does the woman say about Culture Express? A. It is funny. B. It is her favorite. C. She often misses it. 3.Where does this conversation most probably take place? A. In a shop. B. In a restaurant. C. In an office. 4.How long did it take the man to finish his paper? A . Less than an hour and a half. B. Not more than half an hour. C. More than an hour and a half. 5.What does the man mean? A. Movies are not his cup of tea. B. There are music lessons for the evening. C. He can make it on Saturday. 第二节(共 15 小题;每小题 1.5 分,满分 22.5 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,各小题将给出 5 秒钟的作答时间。每段对话或独 白读两遍。 听下面一段对话,回答第 6 和第 7 两个小题。 6.Why does the man feel surprised? A. The woman has found a new job. B. The woman doesn’t feel like leaving. C. The woman disagrees with him. 7.What does the woman say about her department? A. People don’t trust each other. B. There are serious problems. C. There’s too much pressure. 听下面一段对话,回答第 8 至第 10 三个小题。 8.What is wrong with the woman? 试卷满分 150 分

第一卷(选择题共 115 分)

A. She is wet all over. B. She has a bad headache. C. She has had a cough for three days. 9.What does the man tell the woman to do? A. Stay in bed for some time. B. Come to see him tomorrow. C. Take a walk. 10.Where does this conversation take place? A. In a hospital. B. In the man’s office. C. In the woman’s house. 听下面一段对话,回答第 11 至第 14 四个小题。 11.Where does the conversation take place? A. In an entrance hall. B. On the phone. C. In a theatre. 12.What is the woman? A.A director. B. An actress. C.A writer. 13.What do we know about the man? A. He’s only interested in the leading role. B. He’s never had a part in a play before. C. He tries to please the woman. 14.What does the woman offer to do? A. Give the man the leading role. B. Get the man a copy of the play. C. Help the man prepare for the tryouts. 听下面一段对话,回答第 15 至第 17 三个小题。 15.Why does the woman like San Francisco? A. It has less traffic. B. People there are friendlier. C. It has the best food and music. 16.Where does the woman come from? A. Pennsylvania. B. San Francisco. C. China. 17.What does the woman think of the man’s English? A.Excellent. B.Acceptable. C.Strange. 听下面一段独白,回答第 18 至第 20 三个小题。 18.When did Yao Ming arrive in America? A. In 2000. B. In 2001. C. In 2002. 19.What was the purpose of Toyota’s promoting Yao Ming? A. To advertise their cars. B. To praise the Japanese. C.To make basketball more popular. 20.How do people feel about Yao Ming’s quitting? A. Glad. B. Calm. C. Regretful. 第二部分 英语知识运用(共两节,满分 45 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选项,并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。 21.When day dawned,stars _______from the sky. A.stood out B. faded out C.came out D.died out 22. A government spokesman represents the local government’s attitude so he has to ___ his words before responding to reporters. A. pass B. express C. cover D. weigh 23---Amy, please tell the people seated and ____ for their turns to come to my office five minutes later.

---Yes, sir. A. wait B. waiting C. waited D. to wait 24. Typically,problems arise_____caution is absent. A. which B. what C. where D. that 25. I wish to thank Professor Smith,without ________ help I would never have got this far. A.whose B.who C.whom D.which 26. When questioned, he was too shocked to give a(n)_______of what had happened when the attack took place. A.account B.assessment C.survey D.appointment 27. Being more realistic, the elderly have learned to focus on things that make them happy and let go of ________ that don't. A.them B.it C.that D.those 28. It is illegal for an official to ask people for gifts or money _____favors to them. A.in preference to B.in place of C.in exchange for D.in agreement with 29. The driver might have had an accident but for the fact that he _________the car suddenly. A. braked B. would brake C. had braked D. should have braked 30. I can’t understand why he ____ so selfish. He isn’t usually like that. A. is B. is being C. was D. had been 31. One survey shows that large amounts of water wasted every year in China, and that one third is available to be saved. A. is B. has been C. were D. are 32.According to the new rule which will take effect in May 2015, netizens in China ______ use registered account on virtually all platforms, including blogs and messaging applications. A. might B. could C. shall D. will 33. ______I believe, and you will find him very capable. A. Having a talk with Tom B. Given a talk with Tom C. One more talk with Tom D. If you have a talk with Tom 34. He's ill-tempered,selfish and ________ an unpopular man. A.instead B.altogether C.otherwise D.anyhow 35. ----Not long ago he inherited ten thousand pounds from his grandpa, and now he is penniless. He spent his money carelessly on many worthless things. ----As the old saying goes, _________. A. gold is the dust that blinds all eyes B. a fool and his money are soon parted C. like father, like son D. nothing venture, nothing have 第二节 完形填空(共 20 小题;每小题 1.5 分,满分 30 分) 阅读下面短文,从短文后各题所给的四个选项(A、B、C、D)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。 With two teenagers on the way to college, there wasn’t much money left over for holiday shopping. Although I had never conveyed my concern to my daughter, 36 they knew. They are smart kids who are also exceptionally 37 . I was on my way to the mall to do a little Christmas shopping. With a 38 list in one hand and car keys in the other, I asked what they wanted for Christmas. I 39 myself for their response. They looked up as if praying to God for enlightenment on what to say. They looked me directly 40 the eye and said, “we’re good.” “There 41 be something you want. What are you really thinking?” I waited nervously for a(n) 42 .

They quietly deliberated and Juliana, older and wiser, swallowed hard before answering. “we don’t need a thing.” They nodded. “ 43 ,” she reaffirmed(重申). I stared at her in 44 , waiting for her to smile or tell a joke, but she was 45 . “We’re really good, Mum,” Andrea said. “We have 46 a girl could want. You and Dad have given us everything. We are happy,” she said moving to Juliana, “just to 47 you.” I felt my heart 48 a beat as time stood still. Their words reverberated(回响) in my head 49 my eyes welled with tears of joy. Both girls wrapped their arms around me and hugged me long and hard. “I insist you let me get you something. We can afford it,” I lied. Juliana pulled back and her solemn ( 郑 重 的 )voice took 50 . “Then get us something we can share.” Andrea chimed, “We’re really good at sharing.” They were 51 me with kindness. I looked at my daughters in awe and silently thanked God for 52 me with two great kids. How could I be so lucky? I assembled the Christmas 53 in the family room in its usual spot. Andrea opened the box of ornaments (装饰) and hung one on a branch near me. Andrea gave me an endearing smile. “This ornament 54 up the way I feel.” Juliana peered over her shoulder and read the inscription. “Love really is the best 55 of all.” 36 A. instead B. somehow C. meanwhile D. therefore 37 A. unconscious B. confidential C. unaware D. considerate 38 A. complicated B. full C. short D. long 39 A. prepared B. equipped C. admired D. assigned 40 A. at B. in C. through D. off 41 A. can B. would C. must D. need 42 A. reply B. analysis C. opinion D. request 43 A. Actually B. Probably C. Seriously D. Extremely 44 A. disbelief B. horror C. depression D. relief 45 A. ambitious B. outspoken C. merciful D. determined 46 A. everything B. something C. anything D. nothing 47 A. respect B. have C. acknowledge D. inspire 48 A. suffer B. suck C. skip D. switch 49 A. although B. because C. as D. unless 50 A. up B. away C. down D. over 51 A. challenging B. burdening C. killing D. blaming 52 A. providing B. treating C. presenting D. blessing 53 A. party B. tree C. dinner D. cake 54 A. puts B. takes C. cuts D. sums 55 A. signal B. gift C. inspiration D. virtue

第三部分 阅读理解(共 20 小题;每小题 2 分,满分 40 分) 阅读下列短文,从每题所给的四个选项(A、B、C、D)中,选出最佳选项,并在答

题卡上将该项涂黑。 A We Chinese are not big huggers. A handshake or a pat on the shoulder is enough to convey our friendship or affection to one another. So when our newly-acquainted Western friends reach out in preparation for a hug, some of us feel awkward. Many questions go through our head. Where should I put my arms? Under their armpits or around their neck? What distance should I maintain? Should our chests touch? It’s even more difficult with friends from some European countries. Should I kiss them on the cheek while hugging? Which side? Or is it both cheeks? Which side should I start on? But it isn’t just people from cultures that are conservative in expressing physical contact who find hugging confusing.Hugs can cause discomfort or even distress in people who value their personal space. In a recent article for The Wall Street Journal, US psychologist Peggy Drexler said that although the US remains a “medium touch” culture , Americans do seem to be hugging more.From politicians to celebrities, hugs are given to friends, strangers and enemies alike;whether they are willing or not; and the public has been quick to pick up the practice. Public figures know that nothing expresses likeability(亲和力)like a good hug. US First Lady Michelle Obama has put her arms around icy foreign leaders like Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and the Queen of England on the latter occasion actually breaking the rule of royal manners. But not all are grateful to be embraced, even by the most influential and famous. To them, any hug is offensive if it’s not sincere. Amanda Hess, writing for US magazine Slate, says public figures should stop imposing hugs on everyone they meet. For them, a hug is rarely a gesture of sincere fellowship, compassion or affection. It’s all part of a show. Hugs are falsely intimate power plays used by public figures to establish their social dominance over those in their grasp. Cecilia Walden, a British journalist writing for The Telegraph who lives in New York, holds the same opinion. “Power-hugging”, as she calls it, is “an offender dressed up as kindness”. It has become a fashion in the US where “bosses are already embracing their staff (either shortly before or after firing them), men and women ,their friends or enemies, in a thousand cheating displays of unity”. 56. From the first third paragraphs, we can see that ___________. A. we Chinese people don’t know how to hug B hugs can bring pressure to people when used improperly C. people from European countries often get puzzled about hugging D. people in Western countries seldom use hugs to express their physical closeness 57. The example of US first lady Michelle Obama is given to show that __________. A. hugs are forbidden in England B. she is much liked by American people C. Americans hold a “medium touch ”culture D. public figures know hugging functions well in public 58.Which of the following is closest in meaning to the underlined phrase“pick up the practice”? A.Follow the trend. B. Enjoy the medium touch culture.

C.Give hugs to enemies. D.Resist physical touch. 59. What can be the best title of this passage? A. Hugs, tricky affair? B. Hugs, vital or not? C. Hugs and public figures D. Hugs and power B Doctors sometimes use light therapy to treat a form of depression in people who get too little morning sun. But too much light at other times may actually cause such mood disorder. Long-lasting exposure to light at night brings depression, a new study finds, at least in animals. The new data confirm observations from studies of people who work night shifts, says Richard Stevens of the University of Connecticut Health Center. Mood disorders join a growing list of problems, including cancer, obesity and diabetes that can occur when light throws life out of balance by disturbing the biological clock and its timing of daily rhythms. In the new study, Tracy Bedrosian and Randy Nelson of Ohio State University exposed mice to normal light and dark cycles for four weeks. For the next four weeks, half of the mice remained on this schedule, and the rest received continuous dim light throughout their night. Compared with mice exposed to normal night-time darkness, those getting dim light at night lost their strong preference for sweet drinks. “A sign that they no longer get pleasure out of activities they once enjoyed,” Bedrosian says. In a second test, mice were clocked on how long they actively tried to escape a pool of water. Those exposed to night lights stopped struggling and just floated in the water, a sign of “behavioral despair”, 10 times as long as the mice that had experienced normal night-time darkness. All symptoms of depression disappeared within two weeks of the mice returning to a normal light-dark cycle, the researchers report. The scientists could also quash the behavioral symptoms by injecting the brains of animals with a drug that prohibits the activity of certain molecules linked with human depression. This finding further suggests that light at night may cause something related to depression. Human studies linking night-time light and mood disorders are important but can not easily detect molecular underpinnings(分子基础) as animal studies can, says George Brainard of Thomas Jefferson University. The new work, he says, suggests that the change of the biological clock by light at night can be “an extremely powerful force in regulating biology and behavior”. 60. After being exposed to continuous night-time light, the mice _______________. A. changed their preferences B. showed less interest in their favorites C. remained active as before D. escaped from the water more eagerly 61. What does the underlined word “quash” in paragraph 4 probably mean? A. ease B. predict C. study D. cause 62. We can learn from the last paragraph that _______________. A. the biological clock is beneficial to humans B. light at night may have practical value C. human mood disorders cannot be healed easily D. human studies are more important than animal studies 63. What is the main idea of the passage? A. A drug has been found to cure mood disorders. B. Night-time light may cause depression.

C. The study on animals can be applied to humans. D. Human biological clock can be controlled by light. C Are you smarter than your parents and grandparents? According to James Flynn, a professor at a New Zealand university, you are! Over the course of the last century, people’s IQ test scores have gotten steadily higher --- on average, three points higher each decade. This improvement is known as the “Flynn effect”, and scientists want to know what is behind it. IQ tests are designed to measure general intelligence rather than knowledge. Flynn believes that intelligence partly comes from our parents and partly is the result of our environment, but the improvement in test scores has been happening too quickly to be explained by heredity. So what has occurred in the 20th century to help people achieve higher scores? Scientists have proposed several explanations for the Flynn effect. Some suggest that the improved test scores simply reflect an increased exposure to tests in general and the learning of test-taking techniques that help us perform better on any test. Others have pointed to better nutrition. Babies now are born larger, healthier, and with more brain development than in the past. Another suggested explanation is a change in educational styles, with teachers encouraging children to learn by discovering things for themselves rather than just memorizing information, which improves their problem-solving skills. Flynn has limited the possible explanations after carefully examining test data and discovering that the improvement in scores has taken place in only certain parts of the IQ test. Test-takers are not doing better on the maths or vocabulary sections of the test; they are doing better on the sections requiring reasoning and problem solving. For example, one part of the test shows a set of shapes, and test-takers must find the patterns and connections between them. According to Flynn, this visual intelligence improves as the amount of technology in our lives increases. Every time you play a computer game, you are exercising exactly the kind of thinking and problem solving that helps you do well on one kind of intelligence test. So are you really smarter than your parents? In one very specific way, you may be. 64. According to the passage, the “Flynn effect” is ________. A. a method used to measure intelligence B. the influence of technology on intelligence C. an increase in IQ test scores over time D. a theory that connects intelligence to experience 65. What is the function of the third paragraph? A. To list the findings of Professor Flynn’s research. B. To outline different theories explaining the increase in IQ scores. C. To provide possible explanations that disprove Flynn’s ideas. D. To describe how research was carried out in the measuring of intelligence. 66. Which statement would Professor Flynn agree with? A. People today are taking easier tests. B. People today have fewer problems to solve. C. The language ability of people has improved. D. Not all aspects of intelligence have increased. D What is great art? On the one hand, we can all see that great art is old art which is called great. But how do we know which art of our own times is great, and which will be forgotten?

And who decides? These are important questions, for the great art of the past often was not considered great during its own time. When Shakespeare and Charles Dickens were writing, for example, most critics considered them as hack (平庸的) writers with little or no literary ability. Similarly, Van Gogh and many of the other Impressionist painters of the late nineteenth century were not allowed to participate in events involving what were thought to be the "real" painters of the time, and often they were very poor. Yet today their paintings often sell for millions of dollars, while those so-called "real" painters are now barely remembered. So what makes great art? Can, for example, rock music be great art? Music videos? Cartoons and comics? Those who call themselves critics of the fine arts often have been the last to recognize great art in the past, and we can probably expect this to be the situation today. Critics often don’t recognize great art because they tend to be prejudiced against what is popular. Popular works, whether they are novels, movies, or comics, are usually considered to be produced for the sake of money only, and not for the sake of art. But popularity, it seems to me, is one of the three signs that a present-day work of art may come to be thought of as great. The other two are that it is groundbreaking, and that it is inherently (内在的) beautiful. Many works have one or even two of these qualities of being popular, unusual, and beautiful. But having all the three often will mean that a work of art will someday be seen to be great, though it may take a good spoonful of time, such as a century or two, to know for sure. 67.The first paragraph is intended to__________. A.introduce some real painters to the readers B.introduce the questions the writer wants to answer C.lead to the following and arouse the reader ’s curiosity D.explain what kind of art will become popular 68.The author used the examples of Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Van Gogh to prove _____. A.these masters’ works have some shortcomings B.these masters wouldn’t have been so successful without the critics C.great masters are often not acknowledged while they were alive D.truly beautiful works of art are never understood when first created 69. According to the author, great works _______. A.may be presented in different forms B.are generally valued by critics C.are thought valuable because of their sale price D.will lose their value if they’re not accepted 70. What can be inferred from the passage? A.Critics have changed their attitudes to great works. B.Most of the opinions of critics are valueless. C.Works of Impressionist painters will be great one day. D.The work of art itself, not the critics, determines its greatness. E Napoleon, as a character inTolstoy’s War and Peace, is more than once described as

having“fat little hands.” Nor does he “sit well or firmly on the horse.” He is said to be“undersized, “ with “short legs” and a“round stomach”. The issue here is not the accuracy of Tolstoy’s description—it seems not that far off from historical accounts—but his choice of facts:other things that could be said of the man are not said. We are meant to understand the difference of a warring commander in the body of a fat little Frenchman. Tolstoy’s Napoleon could be any man wandering in the streets and putting a little of powdered tobacco up his nose—and that is the point. It is a way the novelist uses to show the moral nature of a character. And it turns out that, as Tolstoy has it, Napoleon is a crazy man. In a scene in Book Three of War and Peace, the wars having reached the critical year of 1812, Napoleon receives a representative from the Tsar(沙皇), who has come with peace terms. Napoleon is very angry:doesn’t he have more army? He, not the Tsar, is the one to make the terms. He will destroy all of Europe if his army is stopped. “That is what you will have gained by engaging me in the war! “ he shouts. And then, Tolstoy writes, Napoleon“walked silently several times up and down the room, his fat shoulders moving quickly.” Still later, after reviewing his army amid cheering crowds, Napoleon invites the shaken Russian to dinner. “He raised his hand to the Russian’s. . . face, “ Tolstoy writes, and“taking him by the ear pulled it gently. . .” To have one’s ear pulled by the Emperor was considered the greatest honor and mark of favor at the French court. “Well, well, why don’t you say anything?” said he, as if it was ridiculous in his presence to respect any one but himself, Napoleon. Tolstoy did his research, but the composition is his own. 71. Tolstoy’s description of Napoleon in War and Peace is . A. based on his selection of facts B. far from the historical facts C. based on the Russian history D. not related to historical details 72. Napoleon was angry when receiving the Russian representative because . A. the Tsar’s peace terms were hard to accept B. the Russians stopped his military movement C. he didn’t have any more army to fight with D. he thought he should be the one to make the peace terms 73. What did Napoleon expect the Russian representative to do? A. To express his admiration. B. To walk out of the room in anger. C. To show agreement with him. D. To say something about the Tsar. 74. Tolstoy intended to present Napoleon as a man who is . A. ill-mannered in dealing with foreign guests B. fond of showing off his iron will C. determined in destroying all of Europe D. crazy for power and respect 75. What does the last sentence of the passage imply? A. A writer may write about a hero in his own way. B. A writer may not be responsible for what he writes. C. A writer doesn’t have to be faithful to his findings. D. A writer has hardly any freedom to show his feelings. 第 II 卷(非选择题 共 35 分) 注意事项:

用 0.5 毫米黑色签字笔在答题卡上作答。在试卷上作答,答案无效。 第四部分 写作(共两节,满分 35 分) 第一节 短文填词(共 10 小题;每小题 1 分,满分 10 分) 阅读下面短文,根据以下提示:1)汉语提示,2)首字母提示,3)语境提示,在每个空 格内填入一个适当的英语单词,所填单词要求意义准确、拼写正确,并将该词完整地写 在答题卡相对应的横线上。 I was in the ninth year when I began to suffer depression. My parents noticed but felt that s 76 I’d always been a good child, this was temporary. U 77 , it was not to be so. I didn’t have friends. Hardly could I share my problems. Deep worry began to destroy my confidence. Finally I refused to 78 classes, shutting myself in my room 79 hours. The examination was approaching, but I simply didn’t care. My parents and teachers were surprised at my bad p 80 . One morning, after a particularly severe lecture from my father, I stood at the school gate, depressed. Then as the other students marched to their classrooms, our headmaster called me. I 81 (走)my way to her office. The next forty-five minutes was one of the most precious m 82 in my life. She said she had noticed a big change in me and wondered why. At first she took my hands in 83 (她的) and listened patiently as I __ 84 (提到) my worries. Then she hugged me as I wept. Months of frustration and loneliness disappeared in her motherly hug. No one had tried to understand what the real problem was except the headmaster, who helped me 85 simply by listening and hugging. 76. ___________ 77. ___________ 78. ___________ 79. ___________ 80. _____________ 81. ___________ 82. ____________83. ___________84. ____________ 85. ____________ 第二节 书面表达(满分 25 分) 3 月 5 日是纪念毛泽东题词“向雷锋同志学习”的日子。随着日期的临近,大家在讨 论新时代要不要学习雷锋精神。你校学生会将就此举办一次英语演讲比赛, 要求大家谈谈 在新的形势下如何继续向他学习。请你根据以下内容要点写一篇英语演讲稿。 1. 新时代需要雷锋精神; 2. 结合实例说明如何向他学习: 志愿者、传承爱心; 3. 号召大家努力学习, 培养社会责任感。 注意: 1. 可根据内容要点适当发挥, 但不要逐条翻译; 2. 词数: 120 个左右; 3. 开头与结尾已写好, 不计入总词数。 Ladies and gentlemen, good morning! What we are going to talk about today is really meaningful, because some people have raised doubt about learning from Comrade Lei Feng.

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2015 届龙海一中---漳州实验中学高三上学期期末考

英语参考答案
Ⅰ. 听力:1—5ABCAC 6—10ABCAC 11—15CACCC 16—20AACAC Ⅱ. 单选: 21—25 BDBCA 26—30ADCAB 31—35 DCCBB Ⅲ. 完形: 36—40 BDCAB 41—45 CACAD 46---50 ABCCD 51—55 CDBDB Ⅳ. 阅读: 56--59 BDAA 60-63 BABB 64—66 CBD 67---70 CCAD 71---75 ADADC 76.since 77. Unfortunately/ Unluckily 78. attend 79. for 80. performance 81. made 82. moments 83. hers 84. mentioned 85, out Ladies and gentlemen, good morning! What we are going to talk about today is really meaningful, since some people have raised doubt about learning from Comrade Lei Feng. Should we still need to learn from him?The answer is surely yes. Our society calls for the spirit of Lei Feng. “To live is to serve the people”perfectly explains the real meaning of the long-lasting spirit. Nowadays, with volunteering spirit spreading throughout the world, we students can make use of our spare time to do some voluntary work for those in need and show great concern to people around us. All we need to do is help others whole-heartedly. We teenagers need to be people who promote the long-lasting spirit. So it is high time that we developed the sense of social responsibility and studied hard so that we can live up to our country’s expectations. I’m sure everybody can make a difference. Only in this way can we build a more harmonious society. The world needs love and care. Let’s do as Lei Feng did. Thank you for listening!

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Text 1 W: How do you feel? M: Great! It’s like walking on air. And they go with my T-shirt really well. Text 2 W: Do you like the show Culture Express on Channel 4? M: Not really, but I think the host is funny.

W: Well, I can’t miss it for anything. Text 3 M: Good morning, Miss. What can I do for you? W: I’m applying for a job. It’s advertised in yesterday’s paper. M: Have you brought your resume with you? W: Yes, here you are. Text 4 W: How much time did you have for writing the paper? M: We were given three hours, but I finished it in less than half the time. Text 5 W: Will you go to the cinema this Saturday, Bob? M: I’m afraid I can’t. I’ll have my music lessons then. W: I didn’t mean in the morning or afternoon. I meant in the evening. M: Oh, that’s quite a different thing. Text 6 M: Fikky, what’s going on? Freggis just told me that you’re leaving us. W: Yes, I really feel bad about it. But B.N.D. came up with really good offer. M: Well, ⑥I didn’t know you were going to look for a new job. W: Well, just between you and me. ⑦I think we have some real problems in this department. Don’t get me wrong. It has nothing to do with you, Frank. Everybody says you are an excellent manager. M: Problems, what problems? Do we have time to talk about it? Text 7 M: Hello, Carol. What seems to be the trouble? W: ⑩So kind of you to come to see me. I don’t know what’s wrong.⑧Three days ago while planting roses in the garden, it rained and I got completely wet, and I’ve had a cough since that night. Now I ache all over. M: Well, let me take a look. Are you still coughing very much? W: Yes, and my stomach has been upset. In addition, I always feel sick. M: Hmm. You’re running a high fever. I’m afraid. W: Oh, no wonder I’ve got a hot face. M: Well, Carol, I think you’ve got the flu. These days there has been a lot of flu going around. ⑨I want you to stay in bed for at least two days, drink plenty of water, and take the medicine three times a day. I’ll look in on you tomorrow morning. W: Very good. Thank you so much. Text 8 W: Are you interested in trying out for the play? M: Oh, yes, that would be nice. W: What part are you interested in? M: Well, I’d like to try for the leading role, but I’d be happy to have any part. That doesn’t

make any difference to me. You know, I’ve been studying the play day and night, and I really believe I can get a role. W: Well, you’re off to a good start. I like that.If you’d like some help preparing for the tryouts, I’ll be here on Monday evening next week. M: That would be wonderful! Everyone says you have great artistic talents. W: Well, thank you, but that won’t get you the part. Hard work and effort might, though. Will I see you here at the theatre? M: Yeah. I’m looking forward to it. I’ll study all weekend, and by Monday I’ll know every line in the play. W: Oh, no. What you must do is to choose a scene that will best show your acting talent. M: Oh, I see. I know just the scene I want to do. Text 9 M: Excuse me, do you mind if I sit here? W: No, not at all. Go ahead. M: Thank you. W: Are you going somewhere or meeting someone? M: I am on my way to Washington. And you? W: I am on my way to San Francisco. M: Really? I think San Francisco is probably the most exciting city in the US. W: So do I. No other city has as many good restaurants or as much good music. M: Is San Francisco your hometown? W: I am from a very small town in Pennsylvania. I wouldn’t want to live there again, either. I don’t like to live in a small town very much. M: Neither do I. But small towns have their advantages: less traffic. W: And friendlier people. You know, I’m beginning to feel homesick. By the way, where are you from? M: China. W: China? But you speak English like a native speaker. I didn’t have any idea. M: Thank you! Oh, excuse me. It’s time for my flight. Well, it’s been nice talking with you. W: You too. Bye! Text 10 M: Yao Ming landed in the US in the summer of 2002, 7 feet, 6 inches worth of fancy footwork, armed with a soft shooting touch. He was the top player selected by the Houston Rockets, whose new arena would soon be promoted by Toyota. The Japanese carmaker had just opened a new brand in China, and the company expects that Yao fans would soon become Corolla fans. For many Americans, Yao was their understanding to the Chinese economic engine. He was a government project, brought up from a young age in order to show the new China to the world. China fulfilled its promise; since those unforgettable days of 2002, through the Beijing Olympics and beyond, the country has stayed on its path towards superpower figure. Yao, sadly, fell short.

According to an early report from Yahoo! Sports, which was confirmed by several other news organizations, Yao is retired now. He just couldn’t conquer the injuries. A broken bone in his left foot absented Yao after just five games last season. A broken foot forced him to miss all of the 2009 to 2010 season. In fact, due to foot and knee injuries, Yao played in more than 55 games just


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