衡水中学 2010-2011 学年度第二学期期末考试 高一年级英语试卷
第一卷（选择题 共 105 分）
第一部分：听力(共两节，满分 20 分) 做题时，先将答案划在试卷上。录音结束后.你将有两分钟的时间将试卷的答案转涂到答题卡上. 第一节：听对话(共 5 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 5 分) 听下面 5 段对话。每段对话后有一个小题，从题中所给的 A、B、C 三个选项中选出最佳选项，并标在 试卷的相应位置，听每段对话前，你将有时间阅读各个小题，每小题 5 秒钟；听完后，各小题将给出 5 秒 钟的作答时间。每段对话读一遍。 请听下面 5 段对话，选出最佳选项。 1. What are the speakers talking about? A. How to find a motel. (汽车旅馆) 2. What did Peter offer to do? A. Call a taxi for the speakers 3. What does the woman want to know? A. How to get to the station. C. Where to find a set of traffic lights. 4. What does the woman mean? A. Beijing is better than Washington D.C. B. She prefers to live in Washington D.C. C. The two cities have a lot in common. 5. Why could the woman finish the work on time? A. She worked very hard. 听第 6 段材料，回答第 6 至 7 题。 6. What is the woman buying something for? A. Breakfast. A. $3.00. B. Lunch. B. $3.50. C. Supper. C. $4.00 7. How much will the woman pay in total? 请听第 7 段材料，回答第 8 至 10 题。 8. Where did the woman notice the article? A. On the Internet. A. America. A. Understandable. B. In the newspaper. B. Canada B. Unbelievable C. In a magazine. C. China C. Unreasonable 9. Where does the woman come from? 10. What does the woman think of what the man say? B. The man helped her. C. Joan helped her 请 第二节： （共 15 小题； 每小题 1 分， 满分 15 分） 请听下面 5 段对话， 选出最佳选项。 每段对话读两遍。 B. When to get to the station. B. Take the speakers to the airport. C. Buy the flight tickets for the speakers. B. Where to stay tonight. C. What to do tonight.
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请听第 8 段材料，回答第 11 至 13 题。 11. What did the woman do? A. She earned much money A. In a week A. Proud B. She bought many things C. She borrowed the man’s money B. In two weeks B. Selfish C. In a month C. Helpful 12. How soon will the woman’s birthday money come up? 13. What kind of person is the man? 请听第 9 段材料，回答第 14 至 16 题。 14. Why does the woman make the call? A. To ask for some information about a job C. To tell the man about her new job 15. When is the man’s company closed on Friday? A. At 3:30 A. Go to a publishing House 17. When did the storm happen? A. Last Thursday A. 15 A. In the kitchen B. Last Friday B. 14 B. In his bedroom C. This Friday C. 9 C. In his office B. She rushed out with her childre n 18. How many people were badly injured in the storm? 19. Where was the farmer when the storm came? 20. What did the woman do when she noticed her house shaking? A. She tried to take something out C. She told her husband not to leave 第二部分：英语知识运用 (共二节，满分 45 分) 第一节: 单项填空(共 15 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 15 分) 21. A balloon A. is increased --. B. go; Neither B. noticed C. have gone; None C. to notice D. have to go; None . D. being noticed whether he was as it is filled with air. B. increases C. expands D. is expanded with you, Wang Lin or Li Feng? B. At 2:30 B. Give the woman a call C. At 4:30 C. See the woman 16. What will the man do tomorrow morning? 请听第 10 段材料，回答第 17 至 20 题。 B. To ask the man to write an article
22. –Tom, go to the office to fetch the papers. Who would you rather A. have go; Neither A. noticing
23. He wondered if he could slip out of the lecture hall without anyone 24. The man was walking along the street going in the right direction. A. when; seeing 25. He’s perfectly A. curious B. when; to see B. proud C. while; seeing C. anxious
he stopped and looked as if D. while; to see D. content
to live in the mountain and paint pictures all day, though he is badly off. the judges, who tried the cases, of their innocence (清白) only
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26. The couple tried every effort to
in the contrary. A. prove; to result 27. I was A. cut off them. A. take up B. take out C. pick up . D. every another week. , he is worthy of D. pick out 29. –How often do you go to see your parents? --Not very often, I’m afraid. But I manage to see them A. each other week the honor of Top Students. A. What’s more 31. B. To our surprise C. However D. In general in today ’s world. seems to be one of the main reasons for many people B. each two weeks C. every other week B. charge; resulting C. convince; to result B. broken in C. hung up D. confirm; resulting D. put down my sister in in the middle of my call because I had no more coins to put in the box.
28. The students running on the playground are all in their uniforms, so it ’s hard for you to
30. He often helps his teachers and classmates, and is good at almost all his subjects.
A. Having an adventure; to travel C. Have an adventure; to travel 32. Who do you think is the man A. who; in danger --- __________. A. Mostly on Sundays C. No, their house is far away A. had worn B. wore 33. --- Are you close to your uncle and aunt?
B. To have an adventure; traveling D. To give an adventure; traveling you are going to turn for help when you are ?
B. to who m; in trouble C. with whom; in danger D. for whom; in trouble
B. No, they are all right. D. Not particularly C. are wearing D. were wearing beca
34. I guess you were in a hurry. Look! You _______ your sweater inside out. 35. Mary couldn’t remember when she first met Mr. Anderson, but she was sure it was _____ Sunday use everybody was at _______ church. A. /; the B. the; / C. a; / D. /; a
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，掌握其大意，然后从各题所给的 A、B、C、D 四个选项中，选出最佳选项。 阅读下面短文，掌握其大意，然后从 36-55 各题所给的四个选项（A,B,C 和 D）中，选出最佳选项。 My friend Monty Roberts told me a story about a young boy. One day at school, the boy was asked to write a paper 36 what he wanted to be and do when he grew up. 37 41 his dream of owning a farm. He put a great deal of his 38 39 . Two days later he received his paper back. On That night he wrote a seven – paper the 40 page was a large red F with a 42 43
into the paper and the next day he handed it in to his teacher after class and asked, “ young boy like
that read, “See me after class.” The boy went to see the 44 a young man could ever 46 .” 48
did I receive an F?” The teacher said, “This is an unrealistic dream for a you will rewrite this paper, I will reconsider your
. Owning a farm requires a lot of money. There’s no 47
do it.” Then the teacher added, “ 45 The boy went home and paper, making no changes.
about it long and hard. Finally, after a week, he turned in the
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Monty then said, “I tell you this story because you are sitting in my farm. I paper over fireplace.” He added, “The schoolteacher 51 50 30 kids to camp out on my farm. When the teacher was 54 B. at B. taking B. thought B. teacher B. middle B. note B. Where B. me B. way B. Although B. idea B. write B. same B. again B. biggest B. took B. leaving B. maker B. Generally B. make up A Hello, Shanghai! you had enough courage not to C. for C. describing C. soul C. father C. back C. paper C. Why C. him C. method C. Since C. grade C. spoke C. different C. even C. best C. carried C. moving C. lover C. Finally C. give up 55 yours.” D. about D. making D. heart D. writer D. last D. letter D. How D. them D. idea D. If D. advice D. read D. second D. still D. most D. found D. reaching D. leader D. Fortunately D. break up
have that school
part of the story is that two summers ago the same 52 , he said, ‘Look Monty, 53 . During those years I
I can tell you this now. When I was your teacher, I was something of a dream stole a lot of kids’ dreams. 36. A. in 37. A. giving 38. A. opinion 39. A. classmate 40. A. front 41. A. word 42. A. What 43. A. you 44. A. road 45. A. Now 46. A. work 47. A. thought 48. A. new 49. A. never 50. A. first 51. A. brought 52. A. arriving 53. A. stealer 54. A. Unluckily 55 . A. take up Don’t let anyone steal your dreams. Follow your heart, no matter what…
第三部分 阅读理解（共 20 小题；每小题 2 分，满分 40 分）
Shanghai is hosting the 2010 World Expo with the theme: “Bet ter City, Better Life.” The Expo is a window to the world. Haibao, the mascot, will guide you around the Expo Park. The World Has Come to You. Join the Trip to the Pavilions! (场馆) Pavilions What’s inside? Coloring the Future Red The first stop is the China Pavilion. As the largest national pavilion, it has three floors. There are three parts. Footprint in the East on t he top China Pavilion floor shows the changes in Chinese cities. Journey of Wisdom on the second floor shows the China’s four great inventions. Blossoming（绽放的） City on the ground floor shows what future cities will look like. The China Pavilion is painted in seven different red colors. It makes the pavilion look
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red at different times of day. Life Begins Here You will see a “World Bank” of seeds: There are 60,000 seeds in the UK UK Pavilion Pavilion. They are from seed banks in the UK and Kunming in China. If you can’t go to Shanghai, you can find out all about the UK Pavilion at its website online at: http://ukshanghaiexpo. com/ home. php. A Green Pavilion Norway is the best country for living in the world. At the Shanghai Norway Pavilion World Expo, you’ll find out what it means to be “powered by nature”. When the sun shines, the roof collects solar energy. The Norway Pavilion uses this energy for electricity. You can also learn about how green energy like the sun, wind and wave power is used to make air cleaner in cities. Visit Expo from Your Home Don’t have enough time or money to visit the World Expo in Shanghai? Check the official website Expo Online, at www. Expo 2010. cn. It has two main parts. One is a site tour. The other is Expo Carnival（嘉年华）. You will feel like you’re enjoying the real Expo Park. Why not check it out? 56. Which part of the China Pavilion should people go to if they are interested in the four great inventions? A. The ground floor. B. The second floor. C. The third floor. D. The top floor. 57. What is the typical feature of the UK Pavilion? A. People can see it on line. C. People can see 60,000 seeds here. A. A pavilion using green energy. C. A pavilion with more sunshine. B Once upon a time there was a wise man that used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought that someone would dance on the beach. So he began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn’t dancing, but in stead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer he called out, “Good morning! What are you doing?” The young man paused, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish in the ocean.” “I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?” “The sun is up and the tide is going out, and if I don’t throw them in they’ll die.” “But, young man, don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can’t possibly make a difference!” The young man listened politely, then he bent down, picked another starfish and threw it into the sea, B. It is the largest national pavilion. D. All the seeds are from the UK. B.A pavilion painted in green. D. A pavilion with cleaner air.
58. Which of the following can best explain the meaning of “a green pavilion”?
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past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.” There is something very special in each and every one of us. We have all been gifted with the ability to make a difference. And if we can know that gift, we will gain through the strength of our visions the power t o shape the future. We must each find our starfish. And if we throw our starfish wisely and well, the world will be better. 59. One day, the wise man saw the young man A. dancing along the beach C. picking up starfish for sale A. the gifts from friends C. our own starfish . B. walking with a dancer D. trying to save as many starfish as possible . B. the strength of making decision D. the ability of shaping one’s own future .
60. Near the end of the passage, “something very special” refers to
61. From the last two paragraphs, we can learn that A. the wise man realized something new and important
B. the wise man thought it was foolish of the young man to throw starfish into the ocean C. the young man had the ability to make a difference D. it is necessary for us to save starfish on the beach 62. The writer told this story in order to show us A. how and where we can write a go od article B. everyone can do something for the future C. wise men are sometimes stupid D. young people are actually wiser than old people C Why should I teach my children history? That sounds like a stupid question to even ask. But, as I hear different home schooling teachers discuss history, I get the idea that there may be different reasons for teaching history. Let me briefly explain the three good reasons for studying history and two bad reasons for studying history. The major reason I see for studying history is that we can learn from the past. I am convinced that the world would be a much better place if more people understood the successes and failures of the past and the things that made these successes and failures. However, as the unfortunately true statement goes "the one thing we seem to learn from history is that we don't seem to learn from history." Perhaps at least in teaching history to my children I can do a small part in changing this. A second major reason for studying history is that it is hard to understand the current political climate in the absence of an understanding of its historical context. We cannot even understand why we are and where we are without history, much less (更不必说) try to figure out where we are going or how we should get where we want to be. I teach my children history, for one more reason. I purchased a set of historical audio (录音机) tapes for our children. My seven-year-old son listened to them over and over. It was my hope that he would become inspired by the accomplishments of people like the Wright brothers to accomplish things by himself. I think that it is good that we celebrate the accomplishments of people like Martin Luther King Jr. if, in doing so, young people are called on to stand for the principles that he stood for and accomplish what he accomplished. I also think that by studying people like Adolph Hitler, people can learn to stand against the things that he
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stood for. 63. What message can we get from the underlined sentence in Paragraph 2? A. Many people aren't clever enough to learn well from the past. B. Many people fail to make good use of history and make the same mistakes. C. Many people feel it hard to understand history. D. Many people have no interest in studying history. 64. In Paragraph 3, the author shows that history is useful because ___________. A. it makes the current political situation go smoothly B. it helps us realize the importance of historical events C. it helps us understand why things are the way they are D. it helps people accept the present situation where they live 65. What would be talked about in the following paragraph? A. How to teach history effectively. C. How to get more people to study history. B. Some negative reasons for studying history. D. Some bad historical figures.
66. The main purpose of this passage is to ____________. A. inspire the parents to teach their children history B. show the importance of history in politics C. explain the reasons why children study history D. introduce the writer’s own way of teaching history D During his life Dr James Naismith worked as a doctor, taught P.E and wrote several books. While he never thought it very important, Dr Naismith is today best known for one thing. He was the inventor of basketball. Dr James Naismith was born in Canada in 1861 and his first job was at a special sports school in the USA. One day the school principal told James he was having a problem with the students. Because of heavy snow, the students could not go outside. He told James that they needed a sport the boys could play indoors and gave the teacher two weeks to think of something. It was on the very last day that James came up with his idea. The “birth of basketball” is said to be on December 21, 1891, when two teams from the school played the first game. It was quite different from the basketball games of today. It had 9 players on each team and footballs were used instead of basketballs. Soon after, the game changed to 5 players on each side, using special “basketballs” through nets. Although Dr Naismith did not live to see basketball become the worldwide game it is today, in 1936, just three years before his death, basketball became an Olympic sport at the Games in Berlin. 67. Which of the following things did Dr James Naismith NOT do? A. Teach P.E in school. C. Work at a hospital. A. Summer. B. Winter. B. Write some books. D. Take part in the Olympic Games. C. Spring. D. Autumn.
68. In which season did Dr Naismith invent basketball? 69. Why is December 21 thought to be the birthday of basketball? A. It was on this day that Dr Naismith came up with his idea for basketball. B. It was the day on which Dr Naismith was born. C. It was the day on which Dr Naismith was asked by his boss to invent a new game.
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D. It was on this day that the first game of basketball was played. 70. At the time of Dr Naismith’s death, which of the following was true? A. Basketball was already a worldwide game. B. Basketball was played with 9 players on each side. C. Basketball was an Olympic sport. D. Basketball was still played using footballs. (二）信息匹配 (E=AB F=AC) Dr. Green, Mrs. Brown, Li Ming 以及其他的读者，Mr. King 和 Henry Jordan 正在书店选择自己所需的书 刊。阅读下面六个介绍书籍及杂志的广告（选项 A、B、C、D、E 和 F），选出符合各人需要的最佳选项， 并标在相应的位置。选项中有一项是多余选项。 ____71. Dr. Green — a historian who is interested in the English history. ____72. Mrs. Brown — a woman who tries her best to keep pace with the fashion. ____73. Li Ming—a Chinese student who considers English a headache but wants to make progress in it. __ _74. Mr. King—a CEO in an IT company. ____75. Henry Jordan—an ordinary worker who is crazy about the mysteries of nature. A. Discover Newsmagazine of science devoted to the wonders and stories of modern science, written for the educated general readers. Published (出版) by Disney Magazine Publishing Co., Discover tells many of the same stories by professionals ( 专 业 人 员 ) read in Scientific American. A truly delightful family science magazine, each issue ( 每 期 ) brings light and newsworthy topics to make dinnertime and water-cooler conversations interesting. Cover Price: $59.88 Price: $19.95 ($1.66 / issue) You Save: $ 39.93 (67%) Issues: 12 issues / 12 months B. Self Published by Conde Nast Publications Inc., Self is a handbook devoted to women’s overall physical and mental health. Each issue contains usable articles such as “Style Lab”, in which wearable clothes are mixed and matched on “Non-models” and the “Eat-right Road Map”, with tips on how to eat properly. Cover Price: $35.86 Price: $15.00 ($2.5 / issue) You Save: $ 20.86 (58%) Issues: 10 issues / 12 mon ths C. Instyle Instyle is a guide to the life and life-styles of the world’s famous people. The magazine covers the choices about their homes, their clothes and their free time activities. With photos and articles, it opens the door to these people’s homes, families, parties and weddings, offering ideas about beauty, fitness and in general, life-styles. Publisher: The Time Inc. Magazine Company. Cover Price: $47.88 Price: $23.88 ($2.38 / issue) You Save: $ 24.00 (50%)
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Issues: 10 issues / 12 months D. Wired This magazine is designed for leaders in the field of information engineering including top managers and profe ssionals in the computer, business, design and education industries. Published by Conde Nast Publications Inc., Wired often carries articles on how technology changes people’s life. Cover Price: $59.40 Price: $10.00 ($1.00 / issue) You Save: $ 49.40 (83%) Issues: 10 issues / 12 months E. Crazy English This book is meant for the students who are learning English as a foreign language or a second language. Publi shed by Guangming Publishing Company. The writer—Li Yang says it will be of great help to whoever reads it c arefully. Cover Price: 15 yuan Price: 10 yuan You Save: 5 yuan (50%) Issues: 10 issues / 12 months F. A History of the English-speaking Peoples The book, written by Winston Churchill, who once was a famous Prince Minister of the UK, informs us something about the history of English-speaking people. It says something until the time when the New World was discovered by Christopher Columbus. Cover Price: $59.40 Price: $10.00 ($1.00 / issue) You Save: $ 49.40 (83%) Issues: 10 issues / 12 months
第二卷（共 45 分）(请把答案写在答案页上)
第一节 单词拼写（共 10 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 10 分） 根据下列句子所给汉语意思，写出空缺处各单词的正确形式。 1. Grandfather, father and sons belong to three different 2. After supper many people go to the Central Square just for e 3. ---Tom, look at your papers. How did you do your homework? --Sorry, sir. You have c me with my twin brother. I’m Jim (好奇). of food before you go shopping. . But when I got closer they all ran away. 4. Yesterday was our open day. Many children came into our school looking around 5. Don’t be in such a hurry; you’d better eat a few m_____ 6. I saw some girls were talking about something in w 7. The painting in the flag of our class r 8. As the teacher 9. If bright sunlight is (辈). （娱乐）.
unity, strength and effort.
(走近) the dormitory of his students, the rooms became quiet. (聚焦) on dry wood with a glass, it will start burning. (评论) all the time.
10. The sports reporter was watching the football match, 第二节：根据内容提示完成句子（每题 1 分，共 5 分）
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（这里一定有什么误会）. I don’t know what you’re talking about. (战胜一切困
2. This character was a little failure but was loved for his optimism and 3. The teacher told us to their daily activities. 5.The function of the smile is to show happiness and 第三节：短文改错（共 10 小题，每小题 1 分，满分 10 分） 此题要求改正所给短文中的错误。对标有题号的每一行做出判断∶ 如无错误,在该行右边横线上画一个勾(√);如有错误(每行只有一个错误), 则按下列情况改： (使人放松).
(将难懂的单词划线) and look them up in the dictionary. (观察并记录)
4. Nobody before Jane fully understood chimp behaviour. She spent years
该行多一个词∶ 把多余的词用斜线（\）划掉, 在该行右边横线上写出该词,并也用斜线划掉。 该行缺一个词∶ 在缺词处加一个漏字符号(∧),在该行右边横线上写出该加的词。 该行错一个词∶ 在错的词下划一横线,在该行右边横线上写出改正后的词。 注意∶ 原行没有错的不要改。 （请在答题卡的指定位置作答。 ） 2. ______________ 3. ______________ 4. ______________ 5. ______________ 6. ______________ 7. ______________ 8. ______________ 9. ______________ 10. ______________ With the summer vacation coming around, many school 1. ______________ leavers feel it the great chance to enjoy themselves. Most of my classmate have plans to travel, which can broaden their views and add up to their life experience. There are also some students would like to work as volunteers in the communities. Beside, quite a few students want to learn to drive, dance or cook with attending summer classes. As for me, I am looking forward to spend this precious time with my family before I left for my college. Hopefully, I can do something in return for our parents' love and care. 第四节：书面表达 (满分 20 分 ) 为了庆祝我校建校 60 周年， 你所在的班级将要举办一次主题为“What Can We Do For Our School?”的英 语演讲比赛。请写一篇英语演讲稿，要求从以下几个方面进行阐述，可适当举例说明。 1、作为我校学生，时刻要举止行为得体，尊敬老师，关心帮助同学； 2、关心热爱班集体，保持校园环境清洁优美； 3、养成良好学习习惯，认真学习文化知识。 4、锻炼身体，将来为社会做贡献，为母校争光。 注意：不要在书面表达中出现学校的校名和本人姓名； 词数：100—120 词； 参考词汇： 校园----campus 开头和结尾已经写好，但不计入总词汇。 What Can We Do For Our School? Hello, everyone. It’s nice to speak about what we can do for our school, and I think each of us can do something.
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衡水中学 2010-2011 学年度第二学期期末考试高一年级英语试卷答案
听力：1-10. BBACC ACBCA 11-20. BACAB CBCAB 单选：21-30. CAABD CADCD 31-35. ABDCC 完形填空：36-45. DCDB A BCABD 46-55. CABDC ABADC 阅读：(A) BCA (B) DDAB (C) BCBC (D) DBDC (E) FBEDA 单词：1. generations 2. entertainment 3. confused 4. curiously 5. mouthfuls 6. whispers
7. represents 8. approached 9. focused 10. commenting 完成句子： 1. There must be some misunderstanding 2. determination to overcome all difficulties 3. underline the difficult words 4. observing and recording 5. put people at ease 改错：With the summer vacation coming around, many school leavers feel it the great chance to enjoy themselves. Most of my classmate have plans to travel, which can broaden their views and add up to their life experience. There are also some students ∧would like to work as volunteers in the communities. Beside, quite a few students want to learn to drive, dance or cook with attending summer classes. As for me, I am looking forward to spend this precious time with my family before I left for my college. Hopefully, I can do something in return for our parents' love and care. 8. 9. 10. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. leave my 1. a classmates up who Besides by spending √
书面表达：The first thing we can do is to behave ourselves well and be polite all the time. We should respect the teachers and help our classmates. Then we should try our best to make our campus clean and beautiful. Every one of us may take care of the trees and grass in the campus, and we can also form a good habit of putting the rubbish in the dustbin. If everyone does one thing for our school, I believe we will make our school a better place to study and live in. As a student, the most important is to study hard，have a good knowledge of every subject and improve ourselves in every aspect. What’s more, we can take exercise and build up our strength and will in order to make great contributions to our country in the future. Our school will be proud of us.
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听力材料： Text 1 W: Where are we going to stay tonight? M: Let’s stay in a motel. It’s cheap. Text 2 M: It was so nice of Peter to offer to take us to the airport. W: Wouldn’t it be more convenient if we just take a taxi? Text 3 W: Excuse me, could you please tell me how to get to the station? M: Turn left at the first set of traffic lights. You can’t miss it. Text 4 M: Amy, I have always wanted to go to Washington D.C. What does it look like? W: It reminds me of Beijing. The streets are wide, and there are tourists everywhere. Text 5 M: How did you manage to get the work finished on time? W: It was easy with Joan’s help. Text 6 M: What are you looking for? W: I need something for breakfast. M: Eggs are about 1.00 dollar a dozen. W: That’ a good price. How about tomatoes? M: 1.50 dollars a pound. W: A pound is…? M: About 0.45 kg. W: Not too bad. Give me a dozen eggs and two pounds of tomatoes, please. Text 7 W: I noticed an article in the newspaper about the problem of rapid growth of cities in America. I was wondering…Do you Americans carry out a birth control policy? Can Americans have as many children as they want? M: Yes, we can have as many children as we want, but most people decide to have only one or two. And some people decide not to have any. W: Why do they decide not to have any? In the old days, we Chinese always wanted to have as many as possible. Some still do now. M: Some people prefer to devote all their energy to their work or to seek their own interests and travel. And others see so many problems in the world that they refuse to bring children into such a difficult environment. Text 8 W: Hey, just look! What do you think of my new equipment? The wide screen TV, and my new DVD player, and… Here, let me show you my…
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M: But where did you get the money to buy all these? Did you borrow money from Mom and Dad again? W: Of course not. I got them with this! M: What? Have you been using Dad’s credit card again? What a student you are! W: No. it’s mine. It’s a student credit card. I got an application in the mail. M: How does a student credit card control spending? The interest rates of student credit card are usually high. And how are you going to pay your credit card bill? W: With my birthday money. It’s coming up in a week. M: Listen! Let’s sit down and talk about how you’re going to pay things back, and maybe we can come up with a budget that will help you get out of this mess. That’s the least I can do. W: OK. TEXT 9 M: Good morning, John Blare speaking. W: Good morning, Mr. Blare. My name is Kate Brown. I’m calling you about the typist’s job you advertised. M: Oh, yes. Have you ever been a typist before? W: Yes. I have ever worked in a publishing house. My job was typing then. M: Fine. W: Could you tell me what the working hours are? M: Well, basically, we work for 38 hours every week. The company is open from 8:30 to 4:30, Monday to Thursday. Friday is closed earlier, at 2:30. W: Thank you. And what is the pay for the basic working week? M: $428. If you work overtime, there will be more. Would you like to come and see me? What about tomorrow at 10:30? W: 10:30 tomorrow. That would be fine. M: Do you know the address? W: 482 Lowland Road, Kent Street. Is that right? M: Yes. I will see you tomorrow morning then. W: Thanks. Bye. Text 10 Back to the news. Last Friday a storm hit two villages destroying fourteen houses. Seven others were so badly damaged that their owners had to leave them, and fifteen others had broken windows. One person was killed, and nine were badly injured and taken to hospital. A number of other people received small injuries. Altogether over two hundred were left homeless as a result of the storm. A farmer said the storm began early in the morning and lasted over an hour. He was in the kitchen with his wife and his children when they heard a loud noise. A few minutes later their house fell down on top of them. They managed to climb out, but then he saw that one of his children was missing. He went back inside and found him safe but very frightened. A woman said that her husband had just left for work when she noticed that her house was shaking. She rushed outside immediately with her children. There was no time for her to take anything. A few minutes later,
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the roof came down. Soldiers went to the area to help the people in trouble.
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