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浙江省宁波市八校2013-2014学年高二上学期期末联考英语试题

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2013学年 八校联考高二英语试题 第一学期

第 I 卷(选择题,共 100 分)
第一部分:听力理解(共两节,每小题 1.5 分,共 20 小题,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 kind of music does the woman like best? A. Pop music B. Light music C. Classical music 2. Where does the woman want to go? A. London B. Paris C. New York 3. What happened to Bill last night? A. He moved the piano by himself. B. He broke his back C. He told a joke 4. What does the woman think of the film? A. It is not good enough B. It is very good indeed C. It is a terrible movie 5. What can we learn about the woman? A. She missed her home B. She was tired of hotels C. She enjoyed traveling 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 至 8 题。 6. What will the man do this Sunday? A. Go swimming B. Do some sports C. Do his homework 7. What is the man? A. An athlete B. A college student C. A senior high school student 8. What does the woman promise to do? A. Take him to swim B. Take him for a trip C. Do some sports together with him 听下面一段对话,回答第 9 至 11 题。 9. When will Granddad’s 70th birthday party be held? A. On Sunday B. On Saturday C. On Friday 10. How will the man go to Granddad’s party? A. He will take a taxi B. He will drive his own car C. The woman will pick him up 11. What present will the woman buy for Granddad? A. A mirror B. Some CDs C. A leather suitcase 听下面一段对话,回答第 12 至 14 题。 12. Why is the woman calling? A. To book a room in a hotel B. To rent a house for the holiday C. To share a room with another family 13. How many people are there in the woman’s family?
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A. Three B. Four C. Five 14. How much should the woman pay altogether? A. $600 B. $900 C. $1800 听下面一段对话,回答第 15 至 17 题。 15. Who is Jake’s doctor? A. Bob B. Johnson C. Daisy 16. What do we learn about Jake’s wife? A. She is good at cooking B. She has been dead for years C. She is making good money as a model 17. What does the man say about Jake’s daughter? A. She is always caring about herself B. She is careless and lazy about her school work C. She loves her father and gets along well with her father 听下面一段独白,回答第 18 至 20 题。 18. Why was the speaker excited? A. She liked to teach children B. It was her first time going abroad C. She was paid to be a teacher for the first time 19. What is the speaker’s nationality? A. Canadian B. American C. Japanese 20. How did the speaker feel about the students’ questions at first? A. Angry B. Moved C. Uncomfortable 第二部分:英语知识运用(共两节,满分 30 分) 第一节:单项填空(共 20 小题;每小题 0.5 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,并在答题纸上将该项 选项的标号涂黑。 21. Living in _______ ever increasingly fast-paced world, we are facing greater competition, so we must take ________ advantage of every opportunity to develop. A. an; the B. an; / C. the; an D. the; / 22. Under the environment of fierce competition, the only way John could imagine _______ stress was to get tougher by making greater efforts. A. handling B. to handle C. handled D. having handled 23. ________ going to the program If You Are the One, she knew she had to be there or her mother would be unhappy. A. Although much she disliked B. Much although she disliked C. As she disliked much D. Much as she disliked 24. ----Has your uncle come back from England for a summer holiday? ----Yes. But he _________ at home for only a few days. Now he has been back to London. A. stayed B. has stayed C. had stayed D. is staying 25. Published in 1974,the book was a(n) ________ success and was soon translated into thirteen foreign languages. A. constant B. instant C. unique D. accurate 26. ----Have you got any idea for the winter vacation? ----Yes. I’m going to a peaceful place, especially _________ suitable for relaxation.
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A. one B. the one C. that D. this 27. She kept a little notebook, in which _______ the telephone numbers and email addresses of her friends. A. wrote B. have written C. was written D. were written 28. When I saw the cars crash in the road, a frightened feeling ______ across my mind. A. flashed B. struck C. hit D. occurred 29. The long-lasting war, filled with blood and deaths, ended in people’s sadness, ______ no result. A. having produced B. to produce C. producing D. produced 30. I have to reschedule the appointment with you since there is a ________ in my plan. A. contact B. contrast C. connection D. conflict 31. We can hardly believe that an intelligent person like Daniel ________ be asking such a silly question. A. should B. might C. must D. could 32. Here is a list of names of the guests to be invited to the party. Please don’t _______ any of them when typing. A. let out B. make out C. leave out D. put out 33. Everyone will go through life's stages of ups and downs, ________ selfrespect plays a key role in the maturity(成熟) of a person. A. when B. which C. as D. that 34. Though Tom knew nothing about business, he succeeded ________ other more well-informed managers failed. A. what B. how C. if D. where 35. ________ cleaning the yard and making up the beds for the old, we also read newspapers for them and had chats with them. A. Except for B. Rather than C. Apart from D. Instead of 36. ----Why is he feeling down today? ----Because the suggestion he _______ has been turned down. A. put away B. put up C. put down D. put forward 37. In the job interviews, job applicants often find themselves ________ unexpected questions, some very difficult to answer. A. to ask B. asked C. to be asked D. asking 38. They are still very cautious about ______ side effect the new medicine will bring about, although the experts have tried it on about 2,000 patients. A. which B. that C. where D. what 39. Only when________ possible to settle the problem. A. does the chief editor come will it be B. the chief editor comes will it be C. has the chief editor come it will be D. the chief editor comes it will be 40. —My family usually holds a big party for my birthday, but I want to try a different way this year. —________ A. It's your business. B. Come along! C. Like what? D. So what? 第二节:完形填空(共 20 小题;每小题 1 分,满分 20 分)
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阅读下面短文,掌握其大意,然后从 21~40 各题所给的四个选项(A、B、C 和 D)中, 选出最佳选项,并在答题纸上将该项选项的标号涂黑。 Whatever misfortune you face, just hold up your head and face it with a smile! I got to know this from a musical soul. The other day I was feeling quite 41 , having just been laid off from my job. With so many 42 to pay, I was wondering what was going to happen to my family. I got off the bus when I heard piano music and singing rising above the noise of the 43 . I walked a bit slower, trying to find out where it was coming from. Through the 44 I saw a young lady sitting at a piano with a box next to her. She was singing songs about love and her sweet voice 45 me a bit. Then I stood there watching her playing, thinking that it must take 46 to perform on her own in front of hundreds of people she didn’t know. She might have felt my 47 for she occasionally looked in my direction. By now I was telling myself that I could at least tell her how good she sounded. I walked 48 and put some money in her box and she expressed her thanks with a smile on her face. I asked her 49 , ―Why are you playing the piano in the middle of this crowded place?‖ She explained to me that she sees so many 50 people in the world that she is trying to relieve the pain by 51 motivational(激励的)music. Instead of continuing my way home, I said to her, ―I have been going through a 52 time lately, but you’ve made me 53 again.‖ ―I’m happy that I could be 54 to you,‖ she replied. ―Why are you so sad?‖ I told her my story and said, ―I’m not so 55 about what to do….‖ ―You see, here’s the 56 ,‖ she responded. ―When you were walking, your head was down.‖ She looked me in the eyes and went on, ―Don’t look defeated, because 57 comes in different ways and if your head is down you might never see it. You should 58 more … lift your head up.‖ I was really 59 by what she said! I did hold my head up and soon got through the difficult time. So 60 in trouble, just face it bravely and you are sure to overcome your difficulty sooner or later. 41. A. lonely B. relaxed C. awful D. breathless 42. A. bills B. fees C. fines D. prices 43. A. listeners B. traffic C. instrument D. background 44. A. trees B. street C. buildings D. crowd 45. A. shocked B. comforted C. excited D. amused 46. A. courage B. energy C. patience D. technique 47. A. mood B. presence C. thought D. appreciation 48. A. aside B. down C. off D. over 49. A. quietly B. deliberately C. curiously D. seriously 50. A. negative B. unhealthy C. unconscious D. elderly 51. A. creating B. sharing C. enjoying D. teaching 52. A. tense B. wonderful C. rough D. crazy 53. A. enthusiastic B. emotional C. energetic D. hopeful 54. A. available B. essential C. superior D. helpful
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55. A. sure 56. A. problem 57. A. success 58. A. concentrate 59. A. occupied 60. A. however

B. ashamed B. situation B. opportunity B. look B. moved B. wherever

C. particular C. conflict C. aid C. smile C. inspired C. whoever

D. anxious D. condition D. happiness D. fight D. satisfied D. whenever

第三部分:阅读理解(第一节 15 小题,第二节 5 小题;每小题 2 分,满分 40 分) 第二节: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 在答题纸上将该项选项的标号涂黑。 A Are we getting more stupid? According to Gerald Crabtree, a scientist at Stanford University in the US, we are. You may not want to hear this, but Crabtree believes that human intelligence reached its peak more than 2,000 years ago and ever since then has been going downhill. ―If an average Greek from 1,000 BC were transported to modern times, he or she would be one of the brightest among us,‖ Crabtree told The Guardian. At the heart of Crabtree’s thinking is a simple idea. In the past, intelligence was critical for survival when our ancestors had to avoid dangerous animals and hunt for food. The difference of being smart or stupid is often life or death. However, after the spread of agriculture, when our ancestors began to live in dense farming communities, the need to keep their intelligence in peak condition gradually reduced. This is not hard to understand. Most of the time, pressure is what keeps us going – you need the pressure from your teachers to finish your homework; the pressure of looking pretty prompts(促使) you to lose weight when summer comes. And the same is also true of our intelligence – if we think less, we become less smart. These mutations(变异) are harmful to our intelligence and they were all developed in the past 3,000 years. The other evidence that Crabtree holds is in our genes. He found that among the 2,000 to 5,000 genes that we have that determine human intelligence , there are two or more mutations in each of us. However, Crabtree’s theory has been criticized by some who say that early humans may have better hunting and surviving abilities, but people today have developed a more diverse intelligence. For example, spearing a tiger doesn’t necessarily require more brainpower than playing chess or writing a poem. Moreover, the power of modern education means a lot more people have the opportunity to learn nowadays. ―You wouldn’t get Stephen Hawking 2,000 years ago. He just wouldn’t exist,‖ Thomas Hills of the University of Warwick, UK, told Live Science. ―But now we have people of his intellectual capacity doing things and making insights(洞察力) that we would never have achieved in our environment of evolutionary adaptation.‖ 61. What is Crabtree’s recent finding according to the article? A. The Greeks from 1,000 BC could have been the smartest in human history. B. Our ancient ancestors had no better surviving abilities than we do nowadays. C. Humans have been getting steadily more intelligent since the invention of farming. D. Mutations in genes that decide human intelligence have affected the development of
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intelligence. 62. According to Crabtree, ancient humans _______. A. had much more genes that determine human intelligence B. were forced to be smart due to natural selection pressures C. relied more on group intelligence than individual intelligence D. developed a diverse intelligence to adapt to the hard realities 63. Some argue that Crabtree’s theory is false because they think _______. A. people today are under much more pressure than early humans B. it’s ridiculous to compare a hunter’s and a poet’s intelligence C. modern education is far more advanced than ancient education D. human intelligence nowadays is different from that of the distant past 64. What is Thomas Hills’ attitude toward Crabtree’s theory? A. Supportive B. Unfavorable C. Worried D. Confused B Alabama Students in Alabama take the Alabama High School Graduation Exam, which consists of multiple-choice questions. In the classroom, Alabama high school students must prove specific skills in English and take certain math classes. Among the 2013 U.S. News Best High Schools in Alabama, two were awarded gold medals, 16 received silver medals and 72 were considered bronze medal schools. One of the gold medal schools, Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School, lies about 90 miles south of Birmingham in the state capital of Montgomery, within the Montgomery County School District. Alaska To graduate, Alaska high school students must get at least 21 credits, including a half credit in Alaska history. Alaska judges students from the third grade through senior grades. Students first take the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Examination at the tenth grade. It includes math, reading and writing skills. 10 schools were awarded silver medals and 21 received bronze medals among the U.S. News Best High Schools in 2013. While Alaska's capital is Juneau, several of the state's Best High Schools are in or near Anchorage, in the Anchorage School District. Delaware Delaware students have a high GPA(平均绩点)and 10 hours of community service. If they hand in their FAFSA(自愿联邦奖学金)by a certain date, they may get the Inspire Scholarship, which helps pay for tuition at Delaware State University. Before they go to college, however, students must pass the Delaware Student Testing Program Exams. Among the Delaware schools in the 2013 U.S. News Best High Schools, there are three silver medal schools and four bronze medal schools. The top school in the state is Delmar Senior High School. It is part of the Delmar School District and is about 50 miles from Delaware's capital, Dover. 65. What's the passage mainly about? A. The introduction to the Best High Schools in three states. B. The different examinations in several high schools. C. Scholarships in the Best High Schools in three states.
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D. The things students should do before going to college. 66.It can be inferred from the text that______. A. students with a high GPA can get the Inspire Scholarship B. reading and writing skills are included in the tests in all the schools C. Alabama has the most best high schools of the three states D. at least 21 credits are needed to graduate from all the schools 67. Which of the following in TRUE according to the passage? A. The High School Graduation Exams are multiple-choice questions. B. Both the gold medal schools in Alabama are in its capital. C. There were 21 silver medal schools in Alaska in all. D. Delmar Senior High school is the best in Delaware. 68. Alaska's graduation exam is different from the others' in the aspect that______. A. it includes all the subjects the students learn B. it includes its own state history as well C. it includes math, reading and writing skills D. it includes 10 hours of community service 69. The Inspire Scholarship is a prize______. A. that any student in gold medal schools can apply for B. that is given to the top students in gold medal schools C. that helps to pay for tuition at Delaware State University D. that is very difficult to get for students in silver medal schools

C When I was young, I went looking for gold in California. I never found enough to make a rich strike. But I did discover a beautiful part of the country called Stanislau. Like Heaven on Earth, it had bright green hills and deep forests where soft winds touched the trees. By the time I arrived, the charming paradise had been deserted because miners’ good luck didn’t last. Then, I realized I was not alone after all. A man was smiling at me as he stood in front of his little house. Its front yard was full of blue and yellow flowers. White curtains hung from the windows and floated in the soft summer wind. Still smiling, the man invited me inside. My spirit seemed to come to life again. I saw a bright rug(地毯) on the shining wooden floor. And on little tables there were seashells, books and china vases full of flowers. A woman had made this house into a home. The joy in my heart showed on my face. The man read my thoughts. ―All her work.‖ He said affectionately, ―Nothing here hasn’t felt the touch of her hand.‖ One picture on the wall was not hanging straight. He went to fix it. He stepped back several times to make sure the picture was straight. Then he gave it a gentle touch. ―She always does that,‖ he explained, ―It is like the finishing pat a mother gives her child’s hair after she has brushed it. I don’t know why I do it. I just do it.‖ As he talked, I went to a little black-walnut shelf that held a small picture of the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. There was a sweetness and softness in the woman’s expression. The man stared at the picture. ―Nineteen her last birthday. That was the day we married. When you see her...ah, just wait until you meet her!‖ ―Where is she now?‖ I asked. ―Oh, she is away
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visiting her parents. This is Wednesday,‖ he said slowly. ―She will be back on Saturday, in the evening.‖ That night, I stayed. The man told me his name was Henry. Thursday evening we had two visitors, Tom and Joe. ―We just drop over to ask when little madam is coming home. Any news from her?‖ ―Oh yes,‖ the man replied. ―A letter.‖ He took a yellowed letter out of his wallet and read it. It was full of loving messages. While reading, he glimpsed his friends and cried out, ―Oh no, you are doing it again, Tom! Take your hands away and let me see your eyes. I’m going to tell her this time!‖ ―No, you mustn’t do that, Henry,‖ the grey-haired miner said. ―I am getting old. And any little sorrow makes me cry. Lord, we miss her so.‖ Saturday finally came. I was glad to see his two friends, Tom and Joe, with guitars, coming down the road as the sun began to set. They put the flowers they brought in vases and began to play some fast and lively songs. Henry’s friends kept giving him glasses of whiskey. When I reached for one of the two remaining glasses, Tom stopped my arm. ―Drop that! Take the other.‖ he whispered. I did so. Henry was served last. He had hardly swallowed his drink when the clock struck midnight. His face grew paler and paler. ―Boys,‖ he said, ―I am sick with fear. Help! I want to lie down.‖ Henry was asleep almost before the words were out of his mouth. In a moment, those handy men had his clothes off and tucked him into his bed. They seemed to be getting ready to leave. So I said, ―Please don’t go, gentlemen. She won’t know me. I am a stranger.‖ They glanced at each other. Then Joe said, ―She? Poor thing, she’s been dead nineteen years!‖ ―Dead?‖ I whispered. ―That or worse.‖ he said. ―She went to see her folks half a year after she got married. On her way back, on a Saturday evening in June, when she was almost here, the Indians captured her. She’s never been heard of since. Henry went insane. He thinks she is still alive. When June comes, he thinks she has gone on her trip to see her parents. Then he begins to wait for her to come back. We drop in here, three days before she’s due, to encourage him up and listen to him read the letter. On Saturday we all come and get everything ready for a dance. We’ve done it for nineteen years. The first Saturday there were twenty-seven of us, but only two now. We drug him to sleep through the night. Then he’s all right for another year.‖ The two old men opened the door and disappeared into the darkness of Stanislau. 70. You can sense the existence of a woman from the following sentences EXCEPT ―______‖. A. Soft winds touched the trees in Stanislau. B. There was a bright rug on the shining wooden floor. C. There were seashells, books and china vases full of flowers. D. A little black shelf held a small picture of a woman. 71. Tom cried when Henry read the yellowed letter, because ______. A. he was getting older and older B. he was moved by the loving messages in the letter C. he felt sad at the thought of Henry’s wife D. he was disappointed that Henry’s wife would arrive so late 72. Tom stopped my reaching for whiskey because ______. A. there was not enough whiskey for Henry B. he didn’t want me to get drunk
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C. that glass of whiskey was drugged D. it was for Henry’s wife 73. The underlined phrase ―went insane‖ probably means ―lost his______‖. A. hope B. mind C. heart D. temper 74. It can be inferred from the passage that ______. A. Henry’s wife was 38 when she was last seen B. Tom and Joe have heard the letter many times C. the author stayed in Henry’s house because he was lost D. the two miners came on Saturday to share past memories 75. The story is mainly about ______. A. ever-lasting love B. lifelong friendship C. an unforgettable experience D. charming Stanislau

第二节:下面文章中有 5 处 (第 76~80) 需要添加小标题。请从(A、B、C、D、E 和 F) 中选出符合各段意思的小标题, 并在答题纸上将相应选项的标号涂黑。选项中有一项是多 余选项。 A. B. C. D. E. F. Do voluntary work List your positives Create a job search plan Keep a regular daily routine Break big goals into small ones Concentrate on the things you can control

Keeping Positive During a Long Job Search A long job search can affect your attitude, especially if you're out of a job. If it's taking you longer than expected to find a job, the following tips can help you concentrate and stay positive, as well as reducing your depression. 76.___________ When you no longer have a job to report for every day, you can easily lose motivation. Treat your job search like a regular job, with a daily "start" and "end" time. Following a set schedule will help you be more efficient and productive while you're out of a job. 77.___________ Avoid getting overwhelmed by breaking big goals into small manageable steps. Instead of trying to do everything at once, first put something ahead. If you're out of luck in your job search, take some time to rethink your goals and work out another job search plan. 78.___________ Make a list of all the things you like about yourself, including skills, characters, achievements and successes. Write down projects that you're proud of, situations where you excel and things you're good at. Review this list often to remind yourself of your strengths. 79.___________ Being out of a job can decrease your self-esteem and make you feel useless. However,
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volunteering can help you maintain a sense of value and purpose. Helping others can put you in a good mood. Volunteering can also provide career experience, social support and networking opportunities. 80.___________ You can't control how quickly a possible boss calls you back or whether or not he decides to hire you. Rather than wasting your energy and time on things that are out of your hands, turn your attention to things you can control during the time when you are out of a job, such as writing a great cover letter and resume to the company you want to work for, setting up meetings with your networking contacts and so on.

第Ⅱ卷 (非选择题,共 50 分) 第四部分:写作(共两节,满分 50 分) 第一节:单词拼写:(共 10 小题; 每小题 1 分,满分 10 分) 根据首字母提示在横线上填入一个单词,使句子完整。 81. The shop has v__________ clothes for women customers to choose from. 82. He has a___________ a knowledge of computers by careful study. 83. It was an unusually hot summer and air conditioners were in great d_________. 84. From what is said above, we can draw a c_________ that his theory is practical. 85. His wonderful speech made a strong i__________ on his audience. 86. The President says he is o___________ that an agreement can be worked out soon. 87. He was d_________ to hear that his son got admission to Beijing University. 88. It’s not necessary for parents to a_________ everything for their children. 89. Finding information in today’s world is easy. The c__________ is how you can tell if the information you get is useful or not. 90. They are trying to find a new a_________ to cancer treatment. 第二节:短文改错(共 10 小题;每小题 1 分,满分 10 分) 下面短文中有 10 处语言错误,请在有错误的地方增加、删除或修改某个单词。 Recently China has launched national campaign ―Eat up All on the Plates‖. It is traditional for most peoples in China to entertain their guests with too much food. They believe that they had not satisfied their guests if there’s no food left on the table, that they think is a good way to show our hospitality(好客). As a result, restaurant trashcans are often being found full of leftover food, even with full plates untouch. The ―Eat Up All on the Plates‖ campaign is intended to reduce the waste and raise people’s awareness. It has been warm welcomed with positive responses. As middle school students, we should do our bit to say ―No‖ to food waste, and try to develop the habit of never ordering or cooking much than what we need so as to save our limited food resources, which we depend for a better life. 第三节:书面表达(共 1 小题,满分 30 分) 假如你是李华, 你的笔友 Mike 从媒体上得知前段时间全国多地包括宁波等地出现雾霾, 非常担心,写 E-mail 询问有关情况,请你回复。回复应包括以下要点: 1. 实况描述 2.影响和成因 3.生活启示
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注意:1.词数:100-120 词。 E-mail 的开头与结尾已给出,不计入总词数。 2.生词:雾霾 haze Dear Mike, Thank you very much for your concern. … Yours, Li Hua

宁波市 2013 学年第一学期八校联考高二英语答案 听力理解:1-5 CCABB 6-10 CCBAB 11-15 ABCCB 16-20 BACBC 单项填空:21-25 BBDAB 26-30 ADACD 31-35 ACADC 36-40 DBDBC 完型填空:41-45 CABDB 46-50 ABDCA 51-55 BCDDA 56-60 ABCCD 阅读理解:61-64 DBDB 65-69 ACDBC 70-75 ACCBBA 76-80 DCBAF 单词拼写:81. various 82. acquired 83. demand 84. conclusion 85. impression 86. optimistic 87. delighted 88. arrange 89. challenge 90. approach 短文改错 1. national 前加 a 2. peoples---people 3. had---have 4. that---which 5.our---their 6. 去掉 being 7. untouch---untouched 8. warm---warmly 9. much---more 或 much 后加 more 10. which 前或 depend 后加 on/upon 书面表达: Dear Mike, Thank you very much for your concern. Recently many places in China including Ningbo were blanketed with thick yellow haze. Everything around disappeared from our sight. Some highways were closed. Traffic jams were commonly seen in the streets. Many people, especially children and seniors, even found it difficult to breathe. As a result, local hospitals were crowded with people who had problems with their noses and lungs. Part of the cause was the dry weather, but the severely damaged environment contributed a lot to this nightmare. To make a significant change, we really have to do more to protect our environment. To live a better life, we have to push on with the economy, but it would be meaningless if we had to achieve it at the cost of our breathing air. Yours, Li Hua 听力录音稿 Text 1 W:What kind of music do you like? M:I really enjoy pop music.How about you? W:I also like pop music.But classical music is even more enjoyable. Text 2 W:I knew you’d been to London and Paris.But New York is the place I am longing for. M:Oh,me,too.It’s a great city,but I have to pay for a new car first. Text 3 M:You won’t believe what Bill did last night!He moved his piano by himself.
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W:You’re kidding.He shouldn’t have done that.He could have broken his back. Text 4 M:I didn’t go to the film yesterday because I had to take care of my baby. W:It’s a pity that you missed it.We haven’t seen a better one for years. Text 5 M:I heard you took a trip to Mexico recently.What was it like? W:I got sick and tired of staying in the hotel and eating the hotel food. M:I can imagine.East or west,home is best! Text 6 W:Hey,Jack.Your dad and I plan to go swimming this Sunday.Will you join us? M:Sorry,mum,but I have a lot of homework to do. W:It’s a pity!What about next Sunday? M:I don’t think I’ll be free then. W:What a poor boy you are!You spend all your time in the house.You do not even go out to get some fresh air and exercise. M:Yes,mum.I must study hard now.The college entrance exams are coming. W:You know you are the apple of my eye.When you get into college,I’ll take you for a trip anywhere in the world you want to go. M:Thank you,mum. Text 7 W:Hello.Paul.I’m ringing about Granddad’s 70th birthday party.Will it be on Friday the 26th,or Saturday the 27th of May? M:Actually,mum and Uncle Jerry decided on 28th because several people couldn’t do Saturday or Friday. W:OK.Are you going to have the party at your house? M:It’s too small!There’s a nice room at his goal club,so we’ll have it there.There’s a lunch before the party at Mario’s restaurant. W:Great.Will the party still start at 3:30? M:No,4:00.We’ll finish eating around 2:45 and it’s an hour’s drive. W:Mm.I can take you there in my car. M:Thanks,but I’ll have mine. W:Now,what about presents?My brother’s going to buy Granddad a set of three CDs,and there’s a beautiful mirror I’d like to get for him.What do you think? M:Sounds excellent.I’ve bought him a leather suitcase. W:He’ll love that.Well,see you on the day then,Paul. M:Yes.Bye. Text 8 M:Hello,House Rentals.May I help you? W:Hello.My husband and I are looking for a house to spend the holidays,and we heard that you have a nice one for rent. M:Yes,Madam.How many people are there in your family? W:My husband and I,and our three children. M:How long will you stay in the house?And when will you move in? W:About three months,moving in on May 1st.By the way,how many rooms has it got?
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M:Well,the ground floor has two double rooms,both beautifully decorated.There’s also a large kitchen and a large dining room.And then upstairs,it’s got a very large sitting room with windows all around,and a backyard with a big swimming pool. W:That’s great!How much is it? M:$600 a month. Text 9 W:Bob,do you know who I saw the other day?Old Jake is looking terribly sad.Did he get pensioned off at last? M:Yes.They made him retire after 50 years at sea.He is pretty upset about it. W:He is all alone,isn’t he? M:Yes,his wife has been dead for years.They had one daughter,Daisy.But she went off to town as soon as she left school.And he hasn’t heard from her since.I hear she is making good money as a model. W:Maybe someone could get in touch with her.Get her to come back for a while to help. M:I don’t suppose she’ll come.She never got on with her father.He is a bit of a tough character and she is rather selfish.Oh,I expect old Jake will get by.He is healthy at least,comes into a clinic for a check regaularly. W:Are you his doctor? M:No,my partner doctor Johnson is. W:That bad-tempered old person? M:Oh,he isn’t bad-tempered.He just looks it.He is an excellent doctor,taught me a lot,and he has a very nice family.His wife invites me over there to supper every week.Very pleasant. W:Yes.I teach their daughter Pen at school.She is a bit careless and lazy about her school work,but a bright little thing and very popular with her age group. Text 10 I taught in Tokyo,Japan,and I thought I had prepared myself pretty well with the necessary travel books and my helpful Japanese-Canadian roommate.I was really excited about teaching because it was my first paid job.I began each class by introducing myself.I could see the excitement in my studens’ faces as they had a real American girl.Their warm welcome made me feel comfortable,and so I let them ask me some questions.To my surprise,I was asked questions like―How old are you?‖ ―Are you married?‖―Why aren’t you married?‖―Why did you come to Japan?‖I was really surprised.I couldn’t believe that the students could ask such personal questions and expect honest answers.After this happened in several classes,I stopped giving the students a chance to ask me these questions.I later found out that these questions are acceptable in Japan,and that is not information that is considered too personal.Once I realized that the students didn’t mean to be impolite and actually cared about me,I felt much more comfortable about my first experience.

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