江苏省扬州中学 2015—2016 学年度第一学期阶段性测试
第一部分：听力部分（共两节，满分20分） 第一节(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. Where does the conversation most probably take place? A. At a hotel. B. At an airport. C. At a bus station. 2. What does the woman mean? A. Martha won't come. B. Martha will be late. C. Martha will come on time. 3. When will the football game be held? A. In the morning. B. In the afternoon. C. In the evening. 4. Where is Mr. Adams now? A. At the Health Center. B. At home. C. At the office. 5. What will Arnold do on Sunday? A. Go swimming. B. Play football. C. Play tennis. 第二节 (共 15 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 15 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，各小题将给出 5 秒钟的作答时间。每段对话或独白读两遍。 听第 6 段材料，回答第 6 至 7 题。 6. Which of the following is the bad result of using computers? A. Many people will lose their jobs. B. Many people will write articles at home. C. People will become much lazier than before. 7. What does the man think we should do in order not to fall behind? A. He thinks we should make more money. B. He thinks we should run faster. C. He thinks we should learn more. 听第 7 段材料，回答第 8 至 10 题。 8. What does the woman come for? A. Meeting her new friend. B. Seeing her friend off. C. Sending her address. 9. How will they keep in touch with each other? A. By chatting online. B. By telephoning. C. By writing emails. 10. What do we know about the two speakers? A. They are going to New York. B. They are good friends. C. They meet for the first time. 听第 8 段材料，回答第 11 至 13 题。 11. How did the man go to the countryside? A. On foot. B. By car. C. By bike. 12. Where did the man have his lunch? A. On the way to the lake. B. On the mountain. C. In the village. 13. What does the man think of his trip? A. Disappointing. B. Satisfying. C. Boring. 听第 9 段材料，回答第 14 至 16 题。 14. What does the woman think of modern art? A. She thinks very highly of it. B. She thinks most of the modern art is good and only a small part of it is bad. C. She thinks that the modern artists are not serious towards their works. 15. Why does the man want to stop discussing the matter of modern art? A. Because he thinks he will lose the argument soon. B. Because he thinks it no good discussing it any more. C. Because he knows his opinion does not sound reasonable.
16. What will the woman most probably do if there is a modern art exhibition near her house? A. Do anything but visit the show. B. Visit the show alone. C. Spare some time to take some photos of it. 听第 10 段材料，回答第 17 至 20 题。 17. What's the problem of some of the university students? A. They don't spend all their time on studies. B. They don't know what to do with their free time. C. They don't have choices for outside class activities. 18. How is the students' high school life? A. Controlled and busy. B. Regular and colorful. C. Active and independent. 19. According to the speaker, what is the role of outside class activities at university? A. To make students healthier. B. To improve students' test scores. C. To enrich students' experience. 20. What does the speaker advise his students to do? A. Learn to enjoy themselves. B. Learn to be their own masters. C. Learn to develop their potential. 第二部分：英语知识运用（共两节，满分 35 分） 第一节：单项填空（共15小题，每小题1分，满分15分） 21.It was ______ middle of _____ winter, and ______ snow lay thick on the ground. A. the; the; the B. the; /; / C. /; the; the D. the; /, the 22. “I don't think it's my_____ that the TV blew up. I just turned it on, that's all,” said the boy. A. error B. mistake C. fault D. duty 23. Tom, you leave all your clothes on the floor like this ! A. wouldn?t B. mustn?t C. needn?t D. may not 24. It?s a pity that you missed _____ the chance to go abroad for further education. A. to give B. to be given C. giving D. being given 25. Though the boy came back to life, ______ he was still weak. A. but B. yet C. however D. so 26. The reason ______ she gave for being late was ______ the heavy snow prevented her ______. A. why; because; to come B. for which; whether; to come C. /; that; coming D. that; why; coming 27. She decided to buy the house, windows faced the blue sea. A. whose B. which C. of which D. that 28. Is that exhibition they visited last Sunday? A. where B. that C. in which D. the one 29. Is there anything else _________ you want? A. which B. that C. who D. what 30. You are saying that everyone should be equal, and this is _______I disagree. A. why B. where C. what D. how 31. What more do you ______ me to do? A. demand B. require C. hope D. have 32. Readers can ______ quite well without knowing the exact meaning of each word. A get over B get in C get along D get through 33 ---Didn?t you come yesterday? ---______. But I wasn?t listening to you then. A No, I did B Yes, I did C No, I didn?t D Yes, I didn?t 34. ---Sorry, I ________ her. ---But what you said ________her.
A. don?t mean to hurt; meant to hurt C. don?t mean hurting; meant to hurt 35. ---I am sorry I broke your mirror. A. It?s OK with me C. Don?t be worry
B. didn?t mean to hurt; meant hurting D. didn?t mean to hurt; meant to hurt ---Oh, really? . B. It doesn?t matter. D. I don?t care
第二节：完形填空（共 20 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 20 分） 请认真阅读下面短文，从短文后各题所给的 A、B、C、D 四个选项中，选出最佳选项，并在 答题卡上将该项涂黑。 I came to study in the US last fall. My life had been quite 36 since I arrived at Andover. Although I had quite a few extracurricular (课外) activities, I hadn?t taken any official leadership position. This 37 changed when I received an email from Ms Griffith, my cluster (a group of dorms) dean (主任), 38 that a new female DC Rep was needed. DC Rep 39 Discipline (纪律) Committee Representative (代表). 40 boarding school students break serious rules, like using 41, getting drunk or cheating in their studies. The punishments given to such students are 42 by a DC Rep, a house counselor, two student representatives, the cluster president and the cluster dean. I was really interested in becoming DC Rep for my cluster, Pine Knoll, 43 so were five other students. We had to hold 44 and Ms Griffith asked us to write 45 to be sent to everyone in Pine Knoll. I thought hard about what to write. I didn?t want to make any 46, because they are difficult to keep. I didn?t want to say I was experienced, because I was not. So I started my speech by explaining 47 I wanted to become a DC Rep. “I want to serve Pine Knoll and also learn how American boarding schools carry out discipline,” I wrote 48. I made three 49 that said “Vote For Teresa” and put them on every exit of my dorm so that people would 50 my name when they went to vote. Although I tried hard, I didn?t win the election. I was 51, but my positive (积极的) nature did not allow me to 52 for very long. I actually 53 when my friends tried to comfort me, “Teresa, I am sorry that you didn?t win the election,” they would say. “No, don?t be sorry for me. I am very happy to have taken part in the election,” I said. It is true; the 54 is much more important than the result. I am surprised and happy to discover my hidden 55. 36. A. hard B. terrible C. happy D. simple 37. A. condition B. situation C. time D. life 38. A. explaining B. writing C. saying D. talking 39. A. stands for B. asks for C. calls for D. looks for 40. A. Usually B. Sometimes C. Often D. Seldom 41. A. computers B. drugs C. cars D. mobiles 42. A. carried out B. given C. decided D. made 43. A. or B. although C. but D. therefore 44. A. a discussion B. a meeting C. an election D. a selection 45. A. articles B. speeches C. compositions D. introductions 46. A. mistakes B. movements C. promises D. requests 47. A. how B. whether C. when D. why 48. A. seriously B. easily C. fluently D. honestly
49. A. posters 50. A. recognize 51. A. satisfied 52. A. put down 53. A. smiled 54. A. reason 55. A. strength
B. advertisements B. remember B. surprised B. look down B. cried B. attitude B. courage
C. speeches C. forget C. disappointed C. feel down C. laughed C. process C. ability
D. promises D. know D. helpless D. lie down D. sorrowed D. ail D. Skill
第三部分：阅读理解（共 15 小题；每小题分 2 分，满分 30 分） 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 卡上将该项涂黑。 A Hilton English Language Center Information for New Students CLASS TIME: 8:30a.m.—10:00a.m., 10:30a.m.—12:00a.m., 1:30p.m.—3:00p.m.. The Language Center is open Monday to Friday. Each class has one afternoon free per week. On the first day, go to the lecture hall to check your timetable. SELF-ACCESS: The language laboratory (Room 1110) is open Monday to Friday from 3:15p.m. to 5:00p.m. for all full-time students. You can learn how to use computers for language games or word-processing （文字处理） . There are tapes for students to borrow to practice their English. Go in and ask the teacher to show you. If you plan to take public examinations, there are dictation and listening comprehension tapes for you to practice with. There are cloze exercises on the computers. Ask your class teacher for a list of past exam essays. Students can borrow tapes to take home but they must be returned after two days. ATTENDANCE （出勤） ： All students are expected to attend classes as it is required. Students who do not attend classes will be reported to OSS. Eighty percent attendance is required for students to receive their certificates（证书）when they finish their courses. It is also required by OSS for an extension to your visa. BOOKS: If students are given course books, the books are their responsibility. If a book is lost, the student will be expected to pay for it. If students wish to buy books, there is a bookshop in the college specializing in English books (Room 3520). 56. Which of the following statements is TRUE? A. No teachers are in the language lab. B. 90% attendance is required for the students. C. Books can?t be taken out of the center. D. Students can prepare for exams by listening to tapes. 57. Timetable can be seen in _____. A. the lecture hall B. Room 3520 C. the classroom D. Room 1110 58. The books which the students wish to buy are in the _____. A. library B. bookshop in the college C. street D. classroom B San Francisco is going to do what many other cities have already done—provide free bicycles to the public. The mayor of San Francisco supports the bicycle program. He wants to improve the terrible traffic problems in the city.
At first, 40 to 60 bikes will be available only to city workers. People will give their old bikes to the city to use in the program. If this program is successful, one day more than 1000 bicycles will be available. Everyone, not just city workers, will be able to use these bicycles. People in Fresno, California already have a free bicycle program. In fact, this idea began in Amsterdam over 40 years ago. These programs encourage citizens to get out of their cars and use free bikes. Fresno?s Yellow Bike Program puts about forty bicycles around the city. The bikes are painted bright yellow so people know they can take them. When people take a yellow bike, they can ride to work or to shopping areas, and then leave the bike for the next rider. Some people worry that the free bikes will be stolen. However, theft hasn?t been a problem in free-bike cities by now. While most people think the bike program is a good idea, only a few say they will use it. “I will still drive my car,” says Joanna Green. “San Francisco has a lot of hills. My office is at the top of Potrero Hill. I don?t think I?m in good shape. And, wouldn?t I have to carry a helmet with me all the time? ” Phil Chung agrees, “There is too much traffic. Riding a bicycle can be dangerous. There are not very many bike lanes.” He continues, “Plus, it?s too cold in the winter. And what if you ride a bike to work, and then there isn?t one to ride home? ” Program leaders know there will be problems. But they think it?s worth trying. “It?s not the solution for everyone,” states Sylvia Pass. “But if just one hundred people use it every day, that?s one hundred cars that aren?t on the streets, one hundred parking spaces that aren?t used. I think it?s a great beginning. ” 59. Why does San Francisco provide bicycles to the public? A. Because there are many bikes available. B. Because the citizens don?t have cars of their own. C. Because other cities have not done so. D. Because the traffic problems are terrible. 60. The underlined words “in good shape” mean “______”. A. beautiful B. healthy and strong C. tall enough D. fat and small C SOMETIMES we make friends with unexpected people. For example, who would have thought that a spider would make friends with a pig? But in E. B. White's classic novel "Charlotte's Web", this is exactly what happens. The pair will appear in a movie at the end of this year. In the story, Wilbur is an ill-fated (倒霉的) pig. When he is born, he is so small that the farmer decides to end the pig's life. Fortunately, the farmer's daughter stops him from killing Wilbur and volunteers to raise the pig in a barnyard (谷仓前的空地) . Wilbur grows day by day and makes many friends in the barnyard, including the spider, Charlotte. However, one day a sheep tells Wilbur that he will be served up as dinner. But, Charlotte is determined to save her friend from this danger. By making words such as "famous pig" in her web, she persuades the farmer that Wilbur is some sort of supernatural (神奇的) animal, too important to kill. After Wilbur is saved, Charlotte is so tired that she finally dies. Unusually, the author makes a spider the heroine (女英雄) of the book. Spiders are normally
creatures many people regard with fear. Charlotte does everything in her power to keep Wilbur alive. It shows how a strong friendship can last through the worst possible times. Who would you like to make friends with if you could? 61. The purpose of this passage is to _______. A. tell us a true story about a pair of unusual friends B. give us a brief introduction about “Charlotte?s Web” C. describe how a spider makes friends with a pig D. persuade people to make friends with animals 62. The writer is trying to tell us ______. A. Charlotte does her best to save Wilbur because he is really amazing B. we?d better make friends with unexpected man for they can help us C. the spiders are not scary when you make friends with them D. a real friend is the one who dedicates to you when you are in trouble 63. Choose the right order of the events_____________ (1) Charlotte dies for Wilbur. (2) Wilbur?s owner attempts to kill Wilbur for he is so small. (3) Farmer?s daughter feeds Wilbur in a barnyard. (4) Wilbur makes friends with so many animals. (5) The sheep hears that Wilbur will be killed for his meat. (6) Charlotte manages to save Wilbur. A. (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (1) B. (5) (3) (6) (2) (4) (1) C. (2) (3) (5) (4) (6) (1) D. (1) (6) (3) (4) (2) (5) 64. Which of the following has the same meaning as “raise” in the 3rd paragraph? A. He raised his glass and said: "Your health, Mum." B. The baby was raised on soybean milk. C. They raised a monument to the national hero. D. The landlord raised my rent last month. 65. It can be learned from the passage that______. A. The novel “Charlotte?s Web” will be made into a movie B. The spider Charlotte falls in love with Wilbur C. Wilbur has helped Charlotte many times D. Wilbur becomes a famous pig after his birth D In May 1944, when Ralph was a sailor stationed in the Pacific, he wrote a love letter to a girl named Gloria back in Chicago. He also wrote to his wife, Lillian. You can imagine Lillian?s surprise when she opened her letter and found Gloria?s included. “Dear Gloria,” it began. “It?s about time I introduced myself. We haven?t met, yet I have heard so much about you, I must say I?ve fallen in love.” “This confession might come as a shock, since you know nothing about me except what other people have told you. Don?t take them too seriously. I?m really not a bad fellow once you get to know me. And my feelings for you will never change as long as I live. ” “I hope this makes the proper impression and you won?t think me too bold. Send me a picture. And please my love for you locked in your heart, to be opened only when I call for it in person.” Gloria, now in her mid-40s, mailed me the letter, along with the one Ralph wrote in May 1994 to
Lillian. Gloria was three months old when Ralph, her father, mailed them both. He?d been on a warship for ten months and had never seen her. He?s now 80 and still happily married to Lillian, Gloria?s mother. 66. After Lillian read the letters ______. A. she was very angry with her husband C. she was very surprised A. in his 30s B. 50 B. she didn?t know what to do D. she was glad and much amused C. in his 20s D. 80
67. When Ralph wrote these two letters, he was ______. 68. Which of the following statements is true? A. Lillian divorced Ralph after she read the letter B. Gloria refused Ralph?s love C. Ralph remarried Lillian when he was 80 D. Ralph sent a letter to Lillian and one to Gloria in the same envelope 69. From the passage we can infer that ______. A. Lillian hated Ralph B. Ralph was an amusing man C. Gloria didn?t think Ralph was a good boyfriend D. Ralph put the two letters in one envelope by carelessness 70. What will be the best title? A. Ralph and Two Women C. Cruel War B. A Letter Sent by Mistake D. Two Love Letters
第四部分：任务型阅读 (共 10 小题,每小题 1 分,共 10 分) 请认真阅读下列短文,并根据所读内容在文章后表格中填入最恰当的单词。注意：每空一词。 British towns and cities have rich experience in providing accommodation (膳宿) for students and there are many cheap , comfortable and safe places to live . You should always try to arrange your long-term accommodation before leaving home. Your school should be able to help you with it. When you are accepted by a school, you will usually receive a package of information including accommodation information. Complete the accommodation application form and return it before the deadline. If the school accommodation is not available , the accommodation advisory （顾问的） office of your school can help you find private accommodation . If you?re coming to the UK for the first time, accommodation provided by your school might be the most suitable choice. This is a choice taken by more than half of the international students. There are plenty of advantages of living in accommodation provided by the school: you can live close to where you are studying; you will get to know other students easily; and most importantly, you will be living in a safer environment. This kind of accommodation is also affordable: a room in a self-catering（自己做饭的）student apartment usually costs from 180 to 360 pounds per month. To live in a place where meals are included you are expected to pay from 320 to 400 pounds per month. If you choose to rent accommodation in private houses, the choices are lodging, private hostels （招待所）and bedsits（卧室兼起居室）. In a lodging, your landlord / landlady lives in the same house, possibly with his / her family, and prepares meals for you. For hostel accommodation and lodgings where meals are included, you can expect to pay from 300 to 400 pounds per month. For a bedsit, you would pay from 200 to 380 pounds per month.
Accommodation in Britain Application If you plan to study in Britain for a (71) time, you should arrange your accommodation when you are still at home . Your school will (72) you the application form for you to(73)_______ in . Remember that you had better return it by the (74) date required. Types of accommodation School accommodation It?s the (75) choice for international students. They can enjoy many(76) if living on campus . Besides, the cost of school accommodation is relatively (77) . （78） accommodation You can (79)__________ among ,lodgings, private hostels and bedsits. For the first choice, you have to (80) a house with your landlord / landlady.
第五部分：单词拼写(共 10 小题,每小题 1 分,共 10 分) 根据首字母，在句中填入适当的词。注意：每空一词。 81. A__________ means many persons who come together especially for a meeting. 82. Children should show r__________ for their parents and teachers. 83. He loved l__________ very much, so he decided to be a writer in the future. 84. Is the library a__________ during summer vacation? 85. He must have a good sleep, because he will a__________ an important meeting early tomorrow morning. 86. Little Tom was too poor to buy a ticket, so he had to h_________ to Beijing. 87. It?s bad for your teeth to eat more d__________ after meals. 88. In this country, women are f______________ to enter the temple 89. We should take all reasonable p_________ to protect ourselves and our families. 90. He s_______________ his feet in anger. 第六部分：书面表达（满分 15 分） 假如你是英国的 Jackson，现在在中国的一所中学学习。请给国内的朋友 Annie 发一封 e-mail，介绍你所在学校的情况。 文章应包括以下内容： 1. 学校每天上午 8 点前开始上课； 2. 班级规模大，平均每班超过 50 名学生； 3. 课多，作业多，课外活动少；自主学习的时间少； 4. 多数学生学习刻苦，以上重点大学为目标； 5. 老师和同学都很友好，给了我很多的帮助； 6. 很幸运能体验异国的生活方式，学到了很多。 注意：1. 短文应包括所有要点，可适当发挥；2. 词数 120 左右；开头和结尾已给出，不计入 总词数。 Dear Annie, We haven?t seen each other for a long time. I?m glad to introduce the school I?m studying in to you. ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________
Yours sincerely, Jackson
命题：徐勤红、王洁 审核：顾 霞
第四部分 任务型阅读 (共 10 小题,每小题 1 分,共 10 分)
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71. ____________________ 73. ____________________ 75. ____________________ 77. ____________________ 79. ____________________
单词拼写(共 10 小题,每小题 1 分,共 10 分)
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书面表达（满分 15 分）
We haven?t seen each other for a long time. I?m glad to introduce the school I?m studying in to you.________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________
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一、听力部分（20 分，每题 1 分） 1-5 ACBCA 6-10 ACBCB 11-15 二、单项填空（15 分，每题 1 分） BCBCB 16-20 ABACB
21-25 BCBDB 26-30 CADBB 31--35 BCBBB 三、完形填空（20 分，每题 1 分） 36-40 DBCAB 41-45 BCCCB 46-50 CDDAB 51-55 CCACB 四、阅读理解（30 分，每题 2 分） Passage A: 56-58 DAB Passage B: 59-60 DB Passage C: 61-65 BDABA Passage D: 66-70 CADBD 五、任务型阅读（10 分，每题 1 分） 71. long 72. send 73. fill 74. final/ last 75.best/ favourite/first 76. advantages 77. low 78. Private 79. choose 80. Share 五、单词拼写（10 分，每题 1 分） 81. Assembly 82. respect 83. literature 84.available 85. Attend 86. hitchhike 87. desserts 88. forbidden 89. precautions 90. stamped 六、书面表达（15 分） Dear Annie, We haven?t seen each other for a long time. I?m glad to introduce the school I?m studying in to you. Our school begins classes before 8 a.m. every day. The size of classes is bigger than that of classes in my old school and the number of the students in each class is more than 50 on average. I have so many classes and so much heavy homework. It is a struggle for me to attend activities after class. I also have no much time to learn by myself. But most of the students study very hard to enter key universities, which are their dreams. Not only teachers but also classmates are very kind to me. They help me a lot. I feel very lucky to experience this different way of life. I learned a lot here. I hope you have a chance to come here and study with me together. Yours sincerely, Jackson
听力材料 Text 1 W: I am sorry. We don't seem to have a room for you, sir. M: But my secretary said she had called you for me. I phoned her from the airport this morning. Text 2 M: I wonder if Martha will really come at 7：00. She said she would.
W: Don't worry about it. Her word is as good as gold. Text 3 W: Henry, why don't we go out to lunch today, and then visit some friends? M: And miss today's football game? Washington and Los Angeles are playing. I can't miss that. Text 4 M: Good afternoon. This is Edward Miller at the Sun Valley Health Center. I'd like to speak to Mr. Adams, please. W: Mr. Miller, my husband isn't at home. I can give you his business phone if you'd like to call him at work. Text 5 W: Hi, Arnold. Do you want to play tennis on Saturday? M: I'm not sure if I can. I should go to football practice with my team. W: Oh, right. Well, I'm cycling to the swimming pool with my brother on Sunday. Perhaps you'd like to join us. M: Sure. I'll drive over and meet you there. Text 6 M: Newspapers and magazines often refer to the word “SOHO” －S－O－H－O, SOHO. But I don't know what it means. Could you explain it to me? W: Well, SOHO means “small office and home office”. With the use of computers, more and more people work at their homes. They needn't go to their offices. M: Are computers that useful? W: Yes, they are. People can work faster and better with the help of computers. But they can also make a lot of people lose their jobs. M: In this modern society, it's necessary for us to learn more so as not to fall behind. Text 7 W: I have heard you're moving to New York. M: Yes. I've got an offer in upstate New York. W: Oh, that's great! But I'm going to miss you. M: Me, too. Let's keep in touch. W: Yeah. Don't forget to drop me a line when you settle down. M: Trust me, I won't. I'll keep you posted. W: You have my address? M: Well, I have your email address. W: OK! I look forward to hearing from you. Good luck and have a good trip! Text 8 W: Jim, how did you enjoy your trip to the countryside? M: It was fun. W: Will you tell me more? M: Well, we drove to the village in the morning. What a wonderful sight! W: So you stayed in the village? M: Yes. The village were so kind that they gave us delicious food. They sang and danced to welcome us. W: Good. What did you do then? M: We had lunch in the village and then went to the lake beside the mountain. The water was so clear. W: Did you go for a swim there? M: Sure. We really had a good time and I hope I will go there next weekend. Text 9 M: Do you mean to tell me not to care for modern art? Not any of it? W: That's right. I don't understand it and I don't like it. M: That's a very narrowminded viewpoint. If you don't understand it, how can you say that you don't like it? W: Perhaps I am a little conservative. I really can't keep pace with so many changes nowadays. So, I just can't imagine that the modern artist is really serious. M: I won't argue with you, but I think you're being unfair. The modern artist is different from traditional artist in his work. W: Are you trying to tell me these strange paintings mean anything? A child could paint better
than that. M: I guess there's no point in discussing the matter any further. You have your opinion and I have mine. W: I agree there are two sides to everything, but this time I see only one of them. M: Well, I'm attempting to explain that the modern artist is trying to get across his personal feelings about the world around him. W: Then he should keep his feelings to himself. Text 10 In my spoken English class, I asked the students about their impressions of their university life. To my surprise, many of them expressed disappointment. After their highly controlled high school lives, they were having difficulty adjusting to the free time in the university. When I asked them to describe their high school lives, many of them told me they got up at six in the morning and studied until ten at night. Most of this time was spent at school, doing piles of homework to help them prepare for the university entrance exams. Once they entered the university, in my opinion, the students are not expected to devote all their waiting hours to studying, they should also take an active part in social activities. Therefore, they should learn to divide their time outside of the class between sports and clubs. What's more, they should spend some time watching TV and chatting with their roommates. These activities are useful in helping them prepare for their future. But what struck me most was that many of them did not seem particularly happy about their new found freedom. As they had so many choices, they felt that no matter what they were doing, they should be doing something else. That's why they were not happy. To those students, my advice was, get used to it and learn to make decisions for yourselves.