In a far-away place, there was a village. The village was___1___ in potatoes than anywhere else in the country. At the end of every growing season, ___2____potatoes were dug out of the ground, and readied for market. In each home, men and women would_____3_____divide the potatoes into three groups, large, medium and small.
One year, there was a young man___4_____received his share of the potatoes. As the other villagers_____5_____, he walked around the village laughing and talking._____6____villagers thought he was lazy, and they worried that this man would never get______7_____potatoes ready in time. When it was time for the villagers____8______to market, they were greatly surprised to find that the mans potatoes____9____perfectly into three groups.
After _____10____the man how he did it, they understood he was not lazy, ____11____very clever. He had put all his potatoes in a cart and pulled it along the villages rough dirt road. As the cart moved up and down over the road, the potatoes moved_____12____. The small potatoes moved to the bottom, the larger potatoes rose to the top and the medium potatoes rested___13___ the middle.
Life___14____like this too. The rough roads we travel along can also___15____us.
1. A. rich B. richer C. richest D. more rich
2. A. thousand with B. thousands with C. thousand of D. thousands of
3. A. busily B. busy C. more busily D. busier
4. A. who B. which C. what D. whose
5. A. work B. was working C. were working D. works
6. A. A B. An C. The D. /
7. A. he B. him C. himself D. his
8. A. go B. going C. to go D. went
9. A. are divided B. were divided C. are dividing D. divided
10. A. asking B. asked C. ask D. asks
11. A. so B. and C. or D. but
12. A. too B. also C. either D. neither
13. A. on B. in C. with D. by
14. A. has B. are C. were D. is
15. A. to help B. help C. helps D. helped
There once was a farmer who lost his watch in his barn (谷仓). The watch was only cheap but was very ____36 to him because it was a gift from his father.
After _ 37 __ the barn for a long time, he gave up and asked for __38 __ from a group of children playing nearby.
He __39 __ them that the person who found the watch would be rewarded.
Hearing this, the children hurried inside the barn ___40 __. They searched everywhere but still could not find the __41 ___. Just when the farmer was going to give up, a little boy went up to him and asked to be given another ___42___.
The farmer looked at him and thought, Why not? After all, this kid looks honest.
So the farmer __43 _ the little boy back into the barn. After a while the little boy came out with the watch in his hand! The surprised farmer asked the boy how he ___44__ where the rest had failed.
The boy replied, I did nothing but sit quietly and listen for the sound of the watch.
This shows us that sometimes a __45__ mind can think better than an excited one.
16. A. important B. expensive C. useless D. interesting
17. A. finding B. searching C. watching D. studying
18. A. money B. danger C. work D. help
19. A. promised B. taught C. warned D. believed
20. A. angrily B. slowly C. immediately D. hardly
21. A. rule B. book C. child D. watch
22. A. way B. chance C. lesson D. smile
23. A. threw B. sent C. gave D. caught
4. A. came B. knew C. succeeded D. suggested
25. A. beautiful B. smart C. peaceful D. quick
Once when I was a teenager, my father and I were standing in line to buy tickets for the circus. Finally, there was only one family between the ticket office and us. This family made a big impression on me.
There were eight children, all probably under the age of 12. You could tell they didnt have a lot of money. Their clothes were not expensive, but they were clean. The children talked excitedly about the clowns. It was clearly a very important day out for them. The father and mother seemed happy as they could be.
The tickets lady asked how many tickets the father wanted, he proudly answered, Please let me buy eight childrens tickets and two adults tickets, so I can take my family to the circus.
The ticket lady told him the price.
The mans wife lowered her head. There was no longer a smile on the mans face. He quietly asked, How much did you say?
The ticket lady again told him the price.
The man obviously didnt have enough money. But how could he tell his kids the bad news?
Seeing what was happening, my dad took a $20 note from his pocket and dropped in on the ground. (We were not rich ourselves at all!) He then tapped the man on the shoulder and said, Excuse me, sir, you dropped this.
The man understood my father was helping him. He picked up the money, looked straight into my dads eyes, and in tears replied. Thank you. This really means a lot to me and my family.
Although we did not go to the circus that night, we didnt go without.
26. Why does the writer say Their clothes were not expensive, but they were clean ( Paragraph 2)?
A. To show the children were well looked after.
B. To show cheap clothes could be popular.
C. To show how hard the mother worked.
D. To show how rich the family were.
27. Why was the poor man unhappy after he spoke with the ticket lady?
A. He had lost his money. B. His children were noisy.
C. The tickets were sold out. D. The tickets were too expensive.
28. Who did the $20 note belong to?
A. The poor man . B. The writers father.
C. The poor mans wife. D. The ticket lady.
29. Why was the poor man in tears at the end of the story?
A. He found the money he lost. B. He wanted others to help him.
C. He made his children unhappy. D. He was thankful for the kindness.
30. Which of the following statements is probably true according to the passage?
A. The poor mans saw the circus that night.
B. The two families became close friends.
C. The writers father earned some money.
D. The writer saw the circs that night.
Lu Xun is one of the greatest Chinese writers of the 20th century. Besides his famous stories, he also wrote many influential articles about the living conditions of Chinese people.
Born in 1881 to a wealthy family, Lu Xun had a happy childhood. In 1893, however, his grandfather, a senior government official, was put into prison for taking money. At the same time, his father became seriously ill. From that time on, his family were no longer accepted by their relatives and friends. These early experiences greatly influenced his writing.
By the time Lu Xun arrived in Nanjing to study at university in 1899, he already believed that Chinese society had to change and become modern. In 1902 he went to study in Japan. There, he began writing articles for several Chinese student magazines. He showed a gift for writing and translating and he even wrote several books, although none was popular. He returned to China in 1909 because he was in need of money.
After working for several years as a teacher in Beijing, Lu Xun again returned to writing. In 1918, he wrote his famous short story Diary of a Madman. It was the first Chinese novel published using the everyday language that people spoke, which helped make it a great success. This, together with his novel The True Story of Ah Q (1921), made Lu Xun a leading Chinese writer.
Although successful, Lu Xun still worried greatly about Chinas future. In 1926, he moved to Shanghai and gave up writing stories in order to devote himself to what he called pen warfare. He now only wrote articles which called on the people to fight against the government. For this, the government stopped him from publishing any more books. He was forced to write his articles using false names.
Since his death in 1936, Lu Xuns importance and influence have grown. Today, many of his writings are included in school textbooks and his works are read by millions around the world.
31. Which of the following greatly influenced Lu Xuns writing according to the passage?
A. The people he met in Japan.
B. The experiences in his early life.
C. Working as a teacher in Beijing.
D. His fathers being put into prison.
32. According to the passage, why was Lu Xuns story Diary of a Madam so popular?
A. It was based on Lu Xuns diary.
B. It was the first novel to use everyday language.
C. Its story took place in modern times.
D. It was written using a western style.
33. The underlined word This (Paragraph 4) refers to .
A. the success of Diary of a Madman
B. the use of everyday language
C. the first Chinese novel
D. The True Story of Ah Q
34. After moving to Shanghai, Lu Xun mainly wrote .
A. funny stories
B. articles about himself
C. articles against the government
D. stories about government officials
35. In what order did these events take place in Lu Xuns life?
a. The government stopped him from publishing books.
b. He wrote Diary of a Madman.
c. His father became ill.
d. He moved to Shanghai.
e. His writings were put into textbooks.
A. c-a-b-d-e B. c-b-d-a-e
C. a-c-d-b-e D. a-d-b-c-e
The Vieira family moved to the United States in 1981. At that time, they decided to stop speaking Spanish at home and only communicate in English. This was because they were now living in an English-speaking country.
Now the Vieira children are adults, and they sometimes travel to Spain to visit their family and friends. But they cannot communicate with them. Unfortunately this is common. When people move to new countries, they often leave their own customs and mother language behind. This is a mistake because there are many benefits to knowing more than one language.
One advantage of speaking more than one language is that you can communicate directly with more people around the world. You do not have to depend on others to talk for you, so youre more independent. People who know only one language must use others to help them communicate.
Furthermore, speaking a second language also allows people to experience other cultures and customs more effectively. Local expressions, vocabulary, and even jokes can have a powerful effect on a persons understanding of another culture. So, knowing more than one language increases your knowledge of other cultures.
Finally, having more multi-language speakers improves relationships between countries. If people from different countries can communicate well, the world can become closer. Countries will then have more respect for each other and better understand each others problems.
The benefits of knowing more than one language are clear. In fact, there are no disadvantages. It is very sad that many people dont try to learn another language. It is even worse when people let themselves forget their mother language and become silenced.
36. What is the passage mainly about?
A. The benefits of learning other languages.
B. The reasons why people come to America.
C. The importance of learning English.
D. How to learn another language.
37. The passage begins with the experience of the Vieira family in order to_______.
A. discuss the need for teaching a new language
B. introduce the passages main characters to the readers
C. describe the advantages of moving to another country
D. show the problems of speaking only one language
38. The underlined phrase multi-language speakers (Paragraph 5) means people who know ______.
A. their mother language B. a new language
C. more than one language D. body language
39. According to the passage, if you can speak more than one language, you can____.
A. find a better job
B. make more friends
C. better understand history
D. communicate more independently
40. Based on the last paragraph, which of the following is the worst?
A. Not knowing another language.
B. Forgetting ones mother language.
C. Refusing to learn another language.
D. Failing to communicate with others.
( D )
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Reasons for learning English
Your level of English
Areas that you need to focus on – grammar, listening, speaking, reading, writing, etc.
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41. Where did Li Hua see Mrs. Daniels advertisement?
A. At London University B. In a newspaper
C. On the Internet D. On TV
42. Why did Li Hua write the email?
A. To make friends with Mrs. Daniels
B. To apply to study at London University
C. To get more information about Mrs. Daniels lessons
D. To find out more information about Aston College
43. Which of the following information did Li Hua NOT mention in his email?
A. His age B. His reasons for learning English
C. His language level D. The language skills he wants to focus on
44. Li Hua wants to take the lessons to improve his______.
A. listening and writing B. writing and speaking
C. listening and grammar D. listening and speaking
45. What can we learn about Li Hua from his email?
A. He is now living in England
B. He is a student in Hong Kong
C. His level of English is very low.
D. He is studying at London University.
Jellyfish and Crocrodiles（水母和鳄鱼）
Hi, my name’s Ben. My family, that’s Mum, Dad and me, live in Broome in Western Australia. Western Australia is about 80 times larger than Italy, but only 1.5 million people live there. 46.________________ It has a population of about 12,000. Its right on the coast and is known for its famous Cable Beach, which is 20km long.
We live in the town in a house with a large garden. 47. _________________ We drive to Cable Beach and look for a quiet place to swim or to fish. We dont go swimming from October to March because there may be box jellyfish in the water. The box jellyfish is one of the most dangerous jellyfish. 48. ____________________ If you are attacked by one, the best thing to do is to pour vinegar（醋）over the area of your body where you are hurt. That’s why we always take a bottle of vinegar with us.
_____________________ A year ago I went camping in the bush with my friend Bill and his dad. We wanted to do some fishing and set up camp about 20 metres from a river. 50.______________Bills father told us to get up and we quickly got out of the tent adn ran to the car, which was only 10 metres away.
Bills dad started the car and turned on the headlights. In the light, we could see a big crocodile pulling the tent into the river!
In Australia, they kill up to 65 people a year.
Broome is a town in the north of Western Australia.
Another dangerous animal in Western Australia is the saltwater crocodile.
At weekends I often go fishing or swimmming with my friends or my parents.
Suddenly, at 3 o’clock in the morning, we felt something pulling on our tent.
51. David can r__________ very fast. Im sure he will win the race at the sports meeting.
52. Its dangerous to swim in the r___________. Its safer to go to the swimming pool.
53. Animals are useful. For example, we can get fresh m__________ from cows.
54. Your voice is very sweet. Would you s_________ a song at the English party?
55. Yao Ming, one of Chinas best ever basketball player, is more than 2 meters t________.
56. I live c___________ to school so I go to school on foot every day.
Please_______ ________ the lights when you leave the classroom.
After the football game, he was__________ excited_________ sleep.
_________ __________ your hands are! Go and wash them now.
In China, badminton_________ __________ everywhere.
Do you know_________ __________ __________ this kind of stamp?
We __________ __________ _________ _________ a comfortable bedroom.
Last night I _________ _________ to bed _________ my parents got home.
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