I. Multiple choice(22’)
1. What he said is _______. We are ______ at his work.
A. bored; boring B. boring; bored
C. bored; bored D. boring; boring
2. It took Susan a long time to ______ a new dress at the store.
A. pick out B. pick up C take up D. take out
3.__________ me was that he spoke French so well.
A. What astonished B. That astonished
C. That surprised D. Which surprised
4. Stones were flying around _________.
A. with all directions B. in all directions C. in all direction D. for all directions
5.He was in hospital for many days. He felt as if he had been _______ from the outside world.
A. cut off B. cut in C. cut down D. cut up
6. How did Jack _______ your idea?
A. react with B. react to C. react on D. react by
7. We were ____that he ______ the strong desire to run away.
A astonishing; overcome B. astonished; overcame
C. astonish; overcomes D. astonishing; overcame
8.I saw Bob play the piano at John’s party and on that _______ he was simply brilliant.
A. scene B. circumstance C. occasion D.situation
9.Could you ______ the children for an hour while I make supper.
A support B. observe C. deliver D. entertain
10. ---She didn’t take the medicine last night, did she?
15. If you don’t know that _____ is the mother of success, you are sure to be _____ in life.
A. failure; failure B. a failure; a failure C. a failure; failure D. failure; a failure
16. As they _____ in the snowstorm in the deep mountains, they had great _____ in getting in touch with the outside world.
A. lost; trouble B. were caught; difficulty
C. were stuck; difficulties D. were trapped; troubles
17. The Oscar Award is ______ all outstanding actors and actresses all ______.
A. what; dream to win B. something; look forward to win
C. what; dream of winning D. something; look forward to winning it
18. The man in the lead swung his right arm _______ a signal for us to stop.
A. as if to make B. even if to make
C. as though making D. even though making
19. She was fortunate ______ to star in the film which ______ in the remote mountainous village.
A. having been picked out; was set B. to have been chosen; set
C. to be picked out; was set D. to have been chosen; was set
20. Although I tried my best to convince them _____the importance and urgency of the operation, the doctors were not convinced _______ it immediately.
A. with; to perform B. of; doing C. on; to do D. of; to perform
21. Are you bored with your life? Do you feel depressed every day? Do you want to try something new and exciting? _______, ______ the Comedy Club, which is sure to brighten your life up
A. If so; take part in B. Even so; Join C. If true; attend D. If so; Join
22. It is reported that up to now, mountain slides have cut off more than ten villages from the outside world, ______more than 100 hundred people alive and ______ many houses.
A. buried; destroyed B. buryed; destroying C. to bury; to destroy D. being buried; being destroyed
We recently treated our now-adult son to a seafood feast, near Cocoa Beach, Florida. Our server, a grandmotherly woman skilled in the art of___23___, flew around the ___24___ while treating customers as individuals. She remembered their ____25___tastes, likes and dislikes –all of which she’d learned after only the briefest ___26___.
At the end of the meal, she presented the bill, and then went to___27___ the growing crowd of other dinners. My husband ___28___with a credit card, added her___29___, and we were off.
“Mr. Goldsmith!” our waitress ran out of the dinning room waving a receipt(收据) at him, “Thank you. ”
He looked at her as though he didn’t __30___. We’ve all seen that universal__31__ of confusion—eyebrows drawn together and head cocked to one side
“What did you give her?” I asked, ___32___if he had done something __33__ or made a calculation error.
“Wow, Dad,” our son said, __34__like an awestruck(肃然起敬地)10 –year-old boy. “I’ve never seen a waitress ___35___anyone out of the restaurant to say ‘thank you’ for the tip.
“She gave us great service. I just thought she deserved a little bump __36___ what I usually give. ”
It wasn’t until later, when I accidentally heard our __37___retelling the story of the ___38___waitress, that I realized she had given my family something__39__ a “thank you”. She showed our son the __40___ of hard work and the rewarding sound of “thank you”. Her show of thanks helped a dad earn a bit more __41__from a loving son. And it reminded me just why I __42__this thoughtful, caring man.
23. A. paintingB. smilingC. cookingD. serving
24. A. restaurantB. skyC. cornerD. table
25. A. commonB. specialC. considerableD. delicious
26. A. argumentB. discussionC. conversationsD. debate
27. A. attend toB. look forC. care aboutD. find out
28. A. paidB. calledC. carriedD. pushed
29. A. adviceB. suggestionsC. tipD. prize
30. A. doubtB. suspectC. happenD. understand
31. A. feelingB. lookC. attitudeD. face
32. A. thinkingB. hopingC. wonderingD. expecting
33. A. unreasonableB. appropriateC. unfairD. helpful
34. A. lookingB. soundingC. doingD. imagining
35. A. helpB. keepC. driveD. follow
36. A. exceptB. belowC. aboveD. within
37. A. sonB. friendC. colleagueD. parent
38. A. excellentB. skilledC. generousD. grateful
39. A. rather thanB. more thanC. less thanD. no more than
40. A. possibilityB. possibleC. importanceD. important
41. A. respectB. sympathyC. thanksD. satisfactory
42. A. trainedB. refusedC. leftD. married
III. Reading comprehension (18’)
Welcome to my Message Board!
Subject: Slimming down(缩编)classics?
6: 34 AMOrion Books, which decides there is a market in creating cut-down classics(经典著作), is slimming down some novels by such great writers as L. Tolstoy, M. Mitchell and C. Bronte. Now, each of them has been cut down to about 400 pages by cutting 30 to 40 pages percent of original, with words, sentences, paragraphs and, in a few cases, chapters removed. The first six shortened editions, all priced at ￡6.99 and advertised as great reads “in half the time”, will go on sale next month, with plans for 50 to 100 more to follow. The publishing house believes that modern readers will welcome the shorter versions.
9: 40 AMWell, I’m publisher of Orion Group. Thanks for your attention, Mr. Handsome.
I must say, the idea developed from a game of “shame” in my office. Each of us was required to confess(承认)to the most embarrassing blanks in his or her reading. I admitted that I had never read Anna Karenina and tried but failed to get through Gone with the Wind several times. One of my colleagues acknowledged skipping(跳读)Jane Eyre. We realized that life is too short to read all the books you want to and we never were going to read these ones.
As a leading publishing house, we are trying to make classics convenient for readers but it’s not as if we’re withdrawing the original versions. They are still there if you want to read them.
11:35 AMI’m director of the online book club www.lovereading.co.uk.
Mr. Edwards, I think your shortened edition is a breath of fresh air. I’m guilty of never having read Anna Karenina, because it’s just so long. I’d much rather read two 300-page books than one 600-page book. I am looking forward to more shortened classics!
4:25 PMI’m from the London independent bookshop Corckatt & Powell.
In my opinion, the practice is completely ridiculous. How can you edit the classics? I’m afraid reading some of these books is hard work, and that is why you have to develop as a reader. If people don’t have time to read Anna Karenina, then fine. But don’t read a shortened version and kid yourself it’s the real thing.
43. According to the message board, Orion Books .
A. opposes the reading of original classics
B. is embarrassed for cutting down classics
C. thinks cut-down classics have a bright future
D. is cautions in its decision to cut down classics
44. In Mr. Edwards’ opinion, Orion Group is shortening classics to .
A. meet a large demand in the market B. make them easier to read
C. increase the sales of literary books D. compete with their original versions
45. By describing the shortened classics as “a breath of fresh air”, Ms. Weir .
A. speaks highly of the cut-down classics B. shows her love for original classics
C. feels guilty of not reading the classics D. disapprove of shortening the classics
46. Mr. Crockatt seems to imply that .
A. reading the classic works is a confusing attempt
B. shortening the classics does harm to the original
C. publishing the cut-down classics is a difficult job
D. editing the classic works satisfies children’s needs
47. How many classics are involved in the massage board?
A. Two.B. Five.C. Four.D. Three.
When milk arrived on the doorstep
When I was a boy growing up in New Jersey in the 1960s, we had a milkman delivering milk to our doorstep. His name was Mr. Basille. He wore a white cap and drove a white truck. As a 5-year-old boy, I couldn’t take my eyes off the coin changer fixed to his belt. He noticed this one day during a delivery and gave me a quarter out of his coin changer.
Of course, he delivered more than milk. There was cheese, eggs and so on. If we needed to change our order, my mother would pen a note-“Please add a bottle of buttermilk next delivery”-and place it in the box along with the empty bottles. And then, the buttermilk would magically appear.
All of this was about more than convenience. There existed a close relationship between families and their milkmen. Mr. Basille even had a key to out house, for those times when it was so cold outside that we put the box indoors, so that the milk wouldn’t freeze. And I remember Mr. Basille from time to time taking a break at our kitchen table, having a cup of tea and telling stories about his delivery.
There is sadly no home milk delivery today. Big companies allowed the production of cheaper milk, thus making it difficult for milkmen to compete. Besides, milk is for sale everywhere, and it may just not have been practical to have a delivery service.
Recently, an old milk box in the countryside I saw brought back my childhood memories. I took it home and planted it on the back porch (门廊). Every so often my son’s friends will ask what it is. So I start telling stories of my boyhood, and of the milkman who brought us friendship along with his milk.
48. Mr Basille gave the boy a quarter out of his coin changer____.
A. to show his magical power. B. to pay for the delivery
C. to satisfy his curiosity. D. to please his mother.
49. What can be inferred from the fact that the milkman had the key to the boy’s house?
A. He wanted to have tea there.
B. He was a respectable person.
C. He was treated as a family member.
D. He was fully trusted by the family.
50. Why does home milk delivery no longer exist?
A. Nobody wants to be a milkman now.
B. It has been driven out of the market.
C. Its service is getting poor.
D. It is forbidden by law.
51. Why did the author bring back home an old milk box?
A. He missed the good old days.
B. He wanted to tell interesting stories.
C. He missed it for his milk bottles.
D. He planted flowers in it.
1. Are you___________(满意)with your study?
2. In fact, China is a_________(多山的)country.
3. __________(失败)is the mother of success.
4. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be _______(咀嚼)and digested.
5. Tom is jobless, penniless and _________(无家可归的) .
6. We should try our best to __________(克服) all difficulties.
7. He did the job under my __________(指导).
8. She_________(耳语) a warning to me and then disappeared.
9. With________(满口的) of rice, he could hardly say anything.
10 I was _________ (幸运)to have a good teacher.
Now I’d like to tell you something about my part-time job this
summer vacation, of which I worked like a guide in a travel agency.
The work was interesting but tired. I think it was helpful to work this
holiday. It was the first time that I have earned money on my own.
I’ve come to understand how hard my parents work to support
for the family. I used to keep on ask them for money, but now I’ll never
waste money and learn to share worry with my parent. I"ve learnt how
to get along well with others. What"s worse, I"ve gained some working
and social experience and I have learnt something can" t be learnt from
textbooks. All these will be good for my future. In a word, I had the
wonderful and valuable summer vacation.