例：How much is the shirt?
A. £19.15. B. £9.18. C £9.15.
1. Where are the speakers?
A. On a plane. B. On a bus. C. On a ship
2. What time is it now?
A. 7:00. B. 7:25. C. 7:30.
3. What does the man mean?
A. He is too busy to help her.
B. His hands are holding something.
C. He wants to move the sofa all by himself.
4. Who is the woman?
A. Mr. Johnson’s secretary. B. Mr. Johnson’s wife. C. Mr. Johnson’s mother.
5. How does the man feel?
A. Worried. B. Excited. C. Unconcerned.
6. Why did Mary’s parents make her stay at home yesterday evening?
A. To let her do her homework.
B. To let her take care of her baby sister.
C. To let her watch TV.
7. What did Mary do yesterday evening?
A. She watched boxing on TV.
B. She watched a movie about boxing.
C. She went to a concert.
8. What did John do last night?
A. He watched boxing on TV.
B. He went to the cinema.
C. He went to a concert.
9. What main dish will the woman serve?
A. Roast duck. B. Chicken. C. Beef and potatoes.
10. When will the woman serve bread?
A. Before dinner. B. During dinner. C. After dinner.
11. How will the woman probably get the dessert?
A. She will make it. B. She will buy it. C. She expects someone to bring it.
12. When does the woman usually watch TV?
A. After midnight. B. When she is bored. C. After she has dinner.
13. Why was the man unhappy?
A. He lost his meal tickets. B. The food was terrible. C. The TV program was boring.
14. Why did the man feel even worse?
A. He didn’t sleep well. B. He wasted so much time. C. The woman had the same problem.
15. Who is disabled in the dialogue?
A. The man. B. The man’s wife. C. The man’s boss.
16. What did the man’s boss do?
A. He fired the man. B. He moved the company. C. He disappeared with lots of money.
17. What did the woman give the man?
A. A job opportunity. B. Only some money. C. Some food.
18. Which statement is true about the park that Walt dreamed of?
A. Children instead of adults would like to go to his park.
B. The park would be exciting and safe.
C. The park would be attractive to Americans only.
19. When was Disneyland opened in California?
A. In 1966. B. In 1955. C. In 1958.
20. Which statement is true about Walt?
A. Before he died in 1966, he built only one amusement park in America.
B. He was forgotten by the world quickly after he died.
C. He had two daughters, who liked to go to amusement parks.
● Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
When Ophelia moves to a strange city where it never stops snowing, she discovers a boy locked away for 75 years in a museum. She must help the boy before the Snow Queen freezes the world. Along the way, Ophelia learns how to believe in things she cannot see.
Targeted readers: People who like fairy tales would enjoy this book.
● A Hundred Horses by Sarah Lean
The wooden horse Nell brings along during her visits to aunt and cousins is stolen by a girl named Angel. As Nell finds out Angers true identity, a bond grows between them and a group of 99 horses. Word has it that the 100th horse is magical. But where is it? Nell doesn’t know, but Angel might know.
Targeted readers: Kids who like animals and nature will be sure to find this book exciting.
● How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks
Birdie is an orphan who is good at trapping monsters with her singing voice. She is the only goblin (妖精) hunter in the world. When kids go missing, it’s up to her to figure out why.
Targeted readers: Anyone who is looking for monsters will take great pleasure in this book.
● I Even Funnier. A Middle School Story by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
After a car accident Jamie loses his family, so he moves in with his aunt, uncle and his cousin Stevie, whose basic aim is to trick Jamie. But Jamie keeps having a positive attitude and running after his goals. He has been recently honored the Funniest Kid Comic of New York State. Targeted readers: This book would be great for anyone who is fond of humorous books.
21. Which writer tells a story about a girl saving the world?
A. Karen Foxlee. B. Sarah Lean.
C. Catherine Jinks. D. James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein.
22. Nature lovers may take interest in .
A. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy B. A Hundred Horses
C. How to Catch a Bogle D. I Even Funnier: A Middle School Story
23. Who goes through life challenges without losing heart?
A. Ophelia. B. Nell. C. Birdie. D. Jamie.
24. In which section of a newspaper can we probably find this passage?
A. Fashion. B. Literature. C. Business. D. Local news.
In the tiny village of Angelica, New York, the post office is more than a place to get mail or send packages. There you’ll find the heart of this lovely community. It’s where villagers meet and greet friends.
When Angelica’s post office was threatened with being closed in the 1980s，a villager，Pat, came up with a plan to save it. “At Christmas time I would hear on the news about towns named Snow or Bethlehem having celebrations,” says Pat, “Why couldn’t we do the same thing with Angelica?”
Pat, who is an artist，created a postal cancellation (郵戳) design featuring an Angelica angel.
She drew her angels in a traditional fashion and submitted her suggestion to the U.S. Postal Service. Once approved, the drawing was carved into a cancellation stamp that could be used for one day only. The postmistress (女郵局局長) then had another idea to make the day even more special calling the post office Angel Station.
The large increase in mail amount saved Angelica’s post office from being closed and keeps the doors open today.
Now it’s tradition that on the first Friday in December，people come to Angelica to mail their Christmas cards. Each year the amount of mail going through the Angelica Post Office increases during late November and early December. Stamp collectors from around the world have accepted the Angel Station cancellation, some sending mail from as far away as France.
Because the stamp is destroyed each season, Pat draws a new angel that conveys season’s greetings from Angel Station every year. Post offices may close in other parts of the country, but this tiny one continues.
25. What did Pat do to save the post office?
A. She invented a new cancellation. B. She hosted Christmas celebrations.
C. She gave the office a better name. D. She designed a special set of stamps.
26. Which of the following can best describe Pat?
A. Stubborn and determined. B. Humorous and intelligent.
C. Curious and friendly. D. Creative and warm-hearted.
27. What can we learn about Angelica’s post office from the passage?
A. It was complately closed in the 1980s.
B. Its name has been changed many times.
C. Its stamp remains the same each season.
D. It is also the centre of local social life.
As her son Cameron sits at his laptop completing a task for his math degree course, Alison Thompson，a full-time mum，is busy helping her daughter Emma (two years younger than Cameron) get dressed. While help has always been available for Emma, Alison and her husband also have to fight to get Cameron the support he needs. “People could see that Emma has special needs but because Cameron was doing so well at school, his teachers never thought there was a problem with him.” says Alison.
It took Alison and her husband a while to realize their son was different. Cameron’s ability didn’t become clear until he began primary school. Once he even corrected the teacher when she told the class that zero was the lowest number. Cameron told her she was wrong because there were negative numbers (負數). He was four at the time. Now 14-year-old Cameron is at secondary school, studying for a distance learning math degree with the Open University, having sailed through his GCSE at 11 and his A-level at 12, achieving top grades.
Bethany, another daughter of Alison, is bright too but not gifted. She is the one who will remind absent-minded Cameron to put on his coat. She also helps him out in social situations.
Emma attends a specialist school and the family is quick to celebrate her successes too.
“The other day she did up the buttons on her coat, which was real progress,” Alison says.
Late last year the Thompsons took part in a television documentary (紀錄片) to prove that not all gifted children are the result of extremely ambitious parents. Gifted children need support too, but their lives don’t have to be that different. Cameron is an example.
28. What does Paragraph 1 indicate?
A. Cameron helps Emma with her math tasks.
B. Teachers at school ignored Emma’s problems.
C. Both Cameron and Emma need parental support.
D. The couple often have fights because of Cameron.
29. What does the underlined phrase “having sailed through his GCSE” probably mean?
A. Having passed his GCSE easily. B. Having taken his GCSE seriously.
C. Having worked hard at his GCSE. D. Having suffered a lot from his GCSE
30. There are at least people in Mrs. Thompson’s family.
A. three B. four C. five D. six
31. What can be known from the passage?
A. Emma has learned to take good care of herself.
B. Cameron showed his gift before primary school.
C. The children of the family are bright and gifted.
D. Gifted kids are not so different as people expect.
On April 14th, 2010, my entire life changed in an instant. One moment I was joyfully riding through the sunshine. The next moment, metal, flesh and bone were spreading against the pavement in a thunderous crash. Another cyclist, biking carelessly, had cut me off and sent me supermanning toward oncoming traffic.
As if to symbolize the accident that had hit my life, another disaster also occurred on April 14th, 2010. It cost the airline industry ＄l.7 billion. Ten million travelers were stuck for days. Economies all over the world were disturbed. This was the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, one of Iceland’s many volcanoes.
However, volcanoes are not all bad. In fact, they are necessary. They are responsible for the birth of new earth, and for the creation of rich soil. This eruption gave off 0.15 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere daily. But cancelling 48% of the worlds flight travel saved about 2.8 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere，temporarily decreasing our carbon footprint.
Similarly, the accident had badly affected my emotion but it also allowed me to look more closely inside myself and discover things about myself I never would have realized. I learned how not to judge myself for my new limitations.
In 1973, another Icelandic volcano, Eldfell, broke out. Icelanders decided to bomb it with cold water until it froze and chose a different path. After their plan worked，they used the geothermal (地熱) energy for the next 15 years to heat their homes. A good example of life bringing lemons, and making lemonade! One must move on from misfortunes, focusing only on the present moment and being hopeful for the future.
I ran from April 14th, 2010, to every kind of escape. Eventually I ended up in university for a new-found love in Earth sciences.
32. What happened to the writer on April 14th, 2010?
A. He was involved in a car crash.
B. He was stuck in Iceland’s airport.
C. He witnessed a volcanic eruption.
D. He was badly injured on a bike ride.
33. Which was an effect of the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull?
A. Economy was cost globally by the eruption.
B. Carbon dioxide was increased temporarily.
C. The earth in Ireland was terribly polluted.
D. Most of the world’s planes were held up.
34. Why did the writer mention the Eldfell volcano?
A. It broke out in Iceland on April 14th as well.
B. It symbolized the accident that changed his life.
C. It encouraged him to know more about himself.
D. It told us to make the most of given situation.
35. What is the best title for the passage?
A. Inspiration from Disasters B. Escape from Volcanoes
C. Love for Earth Science D. Attitude towards Nature
Mary had feared the day she would draw a blank during a presentation. Then one day during a 45-minute speech, it happened. 36. To help herself get back on track, Mary asked the audience to look at the handout and tell her what topic was up next. At the end of her presentation, audience members gave her top marks for organization.
“What I learned is that the audience doesn’t care if you mess up, and what they care about is what you are going to do about it,” Mary said. “My nervousness went away when I concentrated not on myself, but instead just thought, ‘How is my speech going to help the audience?’ 37. Every single step of the way，ask yourself, ‘What’s in it for them?’”
Carter is the founder of Canada-based presentation skills training company. When possible, he gets to the location of his presentation the day before to make sure all the electronic aids work. He wants to ensure the screen, lighting and inputs all work properly. “In addition, build an extra plan before you present.” he said.
● Involve the audience
Whether you are giving a one-on-one talk or a speech in front of 400 people, think “story-telling”. 39. The way to a person's head is through his heart. Sometimes all it takes is a few seconds to connect an audience member with a story.
Moreover, one thing that shocks people back into attention is to leave an almost uncomfortably long pause. 40.
A. Keep order
B. Be prepared
C. That brings them back to the speaker
D. She forgot what she was going to say
E. Once you do that, it gets rid of the fear
F. Story-telling makes messages easy to remember
G. Stories combine data and information with emotion
Thinking of my good friends, I sense that my attitudes are totally different towards men and women.
My earliest childhood friend is Donald. In the street was a (an) 41 old German truck. No wheels. No doors. Each day, 42 we were flying over the Atlantic in that truck our “airplane”，there came that wonderful moment: “Engine 43!” I’d shout, “We’ll have to jump out.” Glancing at me，he’d say, “I can’t 44!” “Fear not! I’ll drag you to the 45.
And when we swam 46 the dust, Donald cried “Sharks!” But I always 47 him. The next day, changing 48，Donald would do the same to me. We saved each other hundreds of times, but when my family really did leave for America, we could do 49. We just cried silently as the train 50.
These days, Jessica is one of my best friends. Recently we were swimming at a beach in the Atlantic, the 51 one I had “flown” over in my German truck with Donald. We were far form shore when we both thought we 52 a shark! We began swimming 53 toward the shore. Although in 54，I fell back to protect her. In the end» the “shark” proved 55，but not my deep emotional feeling for my friend. We looked into each other’s eyes and said, “I love you!”
You see with women I could be 56 ，emotionally honest and transparent. With male friends, it seemed impossible to 57 caring feelings however deep the friendship was. “Am I normal?” I thought to myself. Much to my 58，researches show that men and women have very different 59 and rational (理性的) processes. I do love all my friends - only the means of expression 60.
41. A. advanced B. decorated C. abandoned D. updated
42. A. before B. while C. after D. until
43. A. loss B. death C. pressure D. failure
44. A. jump B. swim C. die D. run
45. A. dust B. river C. truck D. shore
46. A. over B. through C. across D. beyond
47. A. left B. fetched C. rescued D. defeated
48. A. roles B. manners C. images D. forms
49. A. something B. nothing C. anything D. everything
50. A. broke down B. moved in C. pulled away D. blew up
51. A. very B. last C. first D. only
52. A. attacked B. spotted C. annoyed D. killed
53. A. eagerly B. casually C. hardly D. crazily
54. A. panic B. hesitation C. doubt D. silence
55. A. fierce B. friendly C. imaginary D. true
56. A. cool B. shy C. passive D. open
57. A. express B. hide C. admit D. control
58. A. embarrassment B. disappointment C. relief D. surprise
59. A. emotional B. physical C. mental D. moral
60. A. changes B. develops C. matters D. differs
Flying cars may soon become a 61 (real). The rideshare service Uber has asked 62 expert from NASA, the American space agency, 63 (help) the company develop cars that can fly.
Uber plans to use flying vehicles 64 the future to avoid traffic in and around cities. The company wants to use small, totally electric aircraft, 65 could take off and land like a helicopter on top of parking garages. Uber said its flying vehicles would be much 66 (quiet), cost less to operate and produce less pollution than helicopters.
One person in San Francisco 67 (write) on Twitter, “I used to think that flying cars was a ridiculous idea. 68 I changed my mind this morning when I sat in a heavy traffic.” Another person added from Mumbai, India: “I’m reading about Uber 69 (hire) a NASA engineer to build flying cars, while Fm stuck in traffic. There is hope.”
The expert predicts there will be several early models of cars that can’t fly 70 (they) but with human pilots within one to three years.
As the saying goes, chance favored the prepared mind. I learned this from one of my experience.
I was not chosen as member of the volleyball team of our school. Because of this, I decided to give up play volleyball. Luckily, my best friend stopped me but pointed out that it was my laziness and poor preparation which led to my failure. After that, I practiced playing volleyball on every day. When another tryout arrived, I was full prepared and tried my best. As a result, I was selected and became an important player on our school team.
From this, I am firmly convincing that we are able to seize a chance as long as I get well prepared.
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