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湖北省部分重点中学 2013-2014 学年度上学期高二期中考试 英 语 试 卷
————————————————————————————————— 第一部分:听力(共两节,满分 30 分) 第一节(共 5 小题;每小题 1.5 分,满分 7.5 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. How will the man go to the holiday center? A. By plane. B. By train. C. By bus. 2. What is the man unsatisfied with? A. A drink’s price. B. A drink’s taste. C. A drink’s machine. 3. Where does this conversation most probably take place? A. In a store. B. In a factory. C. In a repair shop. 4. How much will the man pay for the tickets? w 5. What do we know about the man? A. He is going in for sports. B. He is in poor health. C. He is getting fat. 第二节(共 15 小题;每小题 1. 5 分,满分 22. 5 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,各小题给出 5 秒钟的作答时间。每段对话或独白读两遍。 听下面一段材料,回答第 6 和第 7 题。 6. What do we know about the woman and her parents? A. They control her too much. B. They dislike dealing with her. C. They have nothing in common. 7. What can we learn from the conversation? A. Young people should obey their parents. B. Some parents lose the respect of their children. C. There are some differences between generations. 听下面一段材料,回答第 8 至第 10 题。 8. Where is the woman? A. In an airport hall. B. At a travel service. C. In a newspaper office. 9. Why does the man decide to leave on Thursday? A. To save money. B. To stay longer. C. To arrive earlier. 10. How long will the man stay in New York? A. For 6 days. B. For 8 days. C. For 14 days. 听下面一段材料,回答第 11 至第 13 题。 11. What is the relationship between the two speakers? A. Seller and buyer. B. Husband and wife. C. Householder and housekeeper. 12. What advantage does the older flat have over the modern one?

A. It is much bigger. B. It is a lot cheaper. C. It is in better shape. 13. Which flat is the woman more interested in? A. Neither one. B. The older one. C. The modern one. 听下面一段材料,回答第 14 至第 16 题 14. What are the speakers doing? A. Reading a newspaper. B. Setting up camp. C. Listening to a weather forecast. 15. Why do the speakers have no food to eat now? A. The rain has ruined their food. B. Someone has taken away their food. C. Neither of them has brought any food. 16. What will the speakers most probably do next? A. Go to a restaurant. B. Look for food in their car. C. Return to get something to eat. 听下面一段材料,回答第 17 至第 20 题。 17. Why does the woman call the man? A. He is looking for an acting job. B. Many of his friends are actors. C. She knows he enjoys acting. 18. How often does the group practice? A. Once a week. B. Twice a week. C. Every two weeks. 19. What does the woman expect the man to do? A. Give up his work. B. Join the theatre group. C. Phone her on Wednesday. 20. Why can’t the man make a decision at first? A. He does not like the way they work. B. He has not acted a play for a long time. C. He has to arrange his programme of work. 第二部分:词汇知识运用(共两节,满分 40 分) 第一节:单项填空(共 10 小题; 每小题 1 分,满分 10 分) 从 A、B、C、D 四个选项中,选出可以填入空白处的最佳选项,并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。 21. As a candidate, you must try to make a good ________ on everyone if you want to win the election. A. decision B. situation C. impression D. position 22. It’s reported that many wars broke out in the Middle East. What’s your ________ of the situation there? A. adjustment B. assessment C. appointment D. advantage 23. It was a long time before the Americans completely _________ from the shadow of th the September 11 attack launched by the terrorists. A. healed B. improved C. cured D. treated 24. One of the English teachers Kate eventually __________ her project to the school board for their approval of the speech contest. A. admitted B. permitted C. submitted D. recommend
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25. An interesting suggestion for measuring the atmosphere around Mars has been _________, thus leading a heated discussion among the scientists. A. come up B. put forward C. swept up D. accused of 26. In Britain today women __________ 44% of the workforce and nearly half the mothers with children are in paid work. A. hold up B. build up C. consist of D. account of 27. We need to spend more time researching these suggestions so that we can make a(n) _______ choice. A. informed B. talented C. apparent D. known 28. Unemployment arises partly from overpopulation and if fines can’t keep the rich from having more than one child, we should say that the regulation is not ________. A. efficient B. evident C. economic D. effective 29. We could hardly believe what she says because she is ________ changing her mind. A. regularly B. constantly C. eventually D. steadily 30. According to the embarrassing situation here, I’m afraid that your arrival at present is not quiet ________. A. in practice B. in demand C. in place D. in turn 第二节:完形填空(共 20 小题,每小题 1 分, 满分 20 分) 阅读下面短文,掌握其大意,然后从 31-50 各题所给的四个选项(A、B、C 和 D)中选出 最佳选项,并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。 It was very cold at 7 am that Monday morning in Harvard Square. I was nearly mad because I had just 31 the bus, and was standing out in the freezing cold waiting for the next one. My mind was filled with anxiety and 32 thoughts. “Why didn’t I leave two minutes 33 ?” 34 the others at the bus stop was a woman in her fifties wearing a old-fashioned hat, an old pair of boots and a dark coat, but she had no 35 . Another woman, who looked to be in her middle twenties, said to the 36 woman, “Your hands must be very cold. You’ll get frostbitten (冻伤的) in this weather.” She 37 her heavy backpack to the ground, bent down, and began 38 for something inside her backpack. The older woman looked 39 and said, ”Oh no, that’s OK. I’m 40 . The younger woman continued to search 41 in her backpack and the older woman kept repeating, “Don’t 42 yourself. I’ll be all right.” After 43 seemed like so many minutes, the younger woman 44 a pair of purple gloves. She took the older woman’s hands and gently 45 a glove on each hand, covering one finger 46 . The older woman said, “Thank you. You’re so sweet.” Though I was very cold, the act of 47 gave ma a warm feeling inside. It also motivated me to buy five pairs of purple gloves, similar to hers, and 48 them in my bag, just in case I 49 someone who was in great 50 on a cold day. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. A. A. A. A. A. A. A. A. A. missed negative ago With shoes older pushed watching down B. B. B. B. B. B. B. B. B. got happy earlier Between gloves younger pulled caring up C. C. C. C. C. C. C. C. C. waited good later Among scarf latter lifted looking away D. D. D. D. D. D. D. D. D. seen creative sooner Before coat shorter dropped leaving out

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第 三 部 分: 阅 读 理 解 ( 共 20

小题,每小题 2 分,满分 40 分) 阅读下面短文,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 I made a promise to myself on the way down to the vacation beach cottage. For two weeks I would try to be a loving husband and father. Totally loving. No ifs, ands or buts The idea had come to me as I listened to a talk on my car radio. The speaker was quoting a passage from the Bible about husbands being thoughtful of their wives. Then he went on to say, “Love is an act of will. A person can choose to love.” To myself, I had to admit that I had been a selfish husband. Well, for two weeks that would change. And it did. Right from the moment I kissed Evelyn at the door and said, “That new yellow sweater looks great on you.” “Oh, Tom, you noticed,” she said, surprised and pleased. Maybe a little puzzled. After the long drive, I wanted to sit and read. Evelyn suggested a walk on the beach. I started to refuse, but then I thought, “Evelyn’s been alone here with the kids all week and now she wants to be alone with me.” We walked on the beach while the children flew their kites. So it went. Two weeks of not calling the Wall Street firm where I am a director; a visit to the shell museum though I usually hate museums. Relaxed and happy, that’s how the whole vacation passed. I made a new pledge to keep on remembering to choose love. There was one thing that went wrong with my experiment, however. Evelyn and I still laugh about it today. On the last night at our cottage, preparing for bed, Evelyn stared at me with the saddest expression. “What’s the matter?” I asked her. “Tom,” she said in a voice filled with distress, “do you know something I don’t?” “What do you mean?” “Well?that medical checkup I had several weeks ago?our doctor?did he tell you something about me?Tom, you’ve been so good to me?am I dying?” It took a moment for it all to sink in. Then I burst out laughing. “No, honey,” I said, wrapping her in my arms. “You’re not dying; I’m just starting to live.” 51. From the story we may infer that Tom drove to the beach cottage __________. A. all by himself B. with Evelyn

C. with his family D. with his children 52. During the two weeks on the beach, Tom showed more love to his wife because ________. A. he was willing to be a good husband B. he could afford time to care for her C. she looked lovely in her new clothes D. she was seriously ill 53. The author says, “There was one thing that went wrong with my experiment.” What was the one thing that went wrong? A. He praised her sweater, which puzzled her. B. He was so good to her that she thought she would be dying. C. He knew something about her illness but didn’t tell her. D. She insisted on visiting a museum, which he hated. 54. By saying “I’m just starting to live,” Tom means that __________. A. he is just beginning to understand the real meaning of life B. he is beginning to regret what he did to his wife before C. he lived an unhappy life before and is now starting to change D. he is just beginning to enjoy life as a loving husband B Someday a stranger will read your e-mail without your permission or scan the websites you’ve visited. Or perhaps someone will casually glance through your credit card purchases or cell phone bills to find out your shopping preferences or calling habits. In fact, it’s likely some of these things have already happened to you. Who would watch you without your permission? It might be a husband or wife, a girlfriend, a marketing company, a boss, a cop or a criminal. Whoever it is, they will see you in a way you never intended to be seen—the 21st century equivalent (相等物) of being caught naked. Psychologists tell us boundaries are healthy, that it’s important to reveal yourself to friends, family and lovers in stages, at appropriate times. But few boundaries remain. The digital bread pieces you leave everywhere make it easy for strangers to reconstruct who you are, where you are and what you like. In some cases, a simple Google search can reveal what you think. Like it or not, increasingly we live in a world where you simply cannot keep a secret. The key question is: Does that matter? For many Americans, the answer apparently is “no.” When opinion polls ask Americans about privacy, most say they are concerned about losing it. A survey found a serious depression about privacy, with 60 percent of respondents saying they feel their privacy is “slipping away, and that bothers me.” But people say one thing and do another. Only a tiny part of Americans change any behaviors in an effort to preserve their privacy. Few people turn down a discount at tollbooths (收费站) to avoid using the EZ-Pass system that can track automobile movements. And few turn down supermarket loyalty cards. Privacy economist Alessanfro Acquisti has run a series of tests that reveal people will surrender personal information like Social Security numbers just to get their hands on a pitiful 50-cents-off coupon (优惠券).

But privacy does matter—at least sometimes. It’s like health: when you have it, you don’t notice it. Only when it’s gone do you wish you’d done more to protect it. 55. What would psychologists advise on the relationships between friends? A. There should be a distance even between friends. B. Friends should always be faithful to each other. C. Friends should open their hearts to each other. D. There should be fewer disagreements between friends. 56. Why does the author say “we live in a world where you simply cannot keep a secret”? A. People leave tracks around when using modern technology. B. Modern society has finally developed into an open society. C. There are always people who are curious about others’ affairs. D. Many search engines profit by revealing people’s identities. 57. What do most Americans do about privacy protection? A. They change behaviors that might disclose their identity. B. They talk a lot but hardly do anything about it. C. They rely more and more on electronic devices. D. They use various loyalty cards for business deals. 58. According to the passage, privacy is like health because __________. A. people don’t treasure it until they lose it B. its importance is rarely understood C. it is something that can easily be lost D. people will make every effort to keep it C For several days I saw little of Mr. Rochester. In the morning he seemed much occupied with business, and in the afternoon gentlemen from the neighborhood called and sometimes stayed to dine with him. When his foot was well enough, he rode out a great deal. During this time, all my knowledge of him was limited to occasional meetings about the house, when he would sometimes pass me coldly, and sometimes bow and smile. His changes of manner did not offend me, because I saw that I had nothing to do with the cause of them. One evening, several days later, I was invited to talk to Mr. Rochester after dinner. As I was looking at him, he suddenly turned, and asked me, “Do you think I’m handsome, Miss Eyre?” The answer somehow slipped from my tongue before I realized it: “No, sir.” “Ah, you really are unusual! You are a quiet, serious little person, but you can be almost rude.” “Sir, I’m sorry. I should have said that beauty doesn’t matter, or something like that.” “No, you shouldn’t! I see, you criticize my appearance, and then you stab(刺) me in the back! You have honesty and feeling. There are not many girls like you. But perhaps I go too fast. Perhaps you have awful faults to counterbalance your few good points.” I thought to myself that he might have too. He seemed to read my mind, and said quickly, “Yes, you’re right. I have plenty of faults. I went the wrong way when

I was twenty-one, and have never found the right path again. I might have been very different. I might have been as good as you, and perhaps wiser. I am not a bad man, take my word for it, but I have done wrong. It wasn’t my character, but circumstances that were at fault. Why do I tell you all this? Because you’re the sort of person people tell their problems and secrets to, because you’re sympathetic and give them hope.” “Don’t be afraid of me, Miss Eyre.” He continued. “You don’t relax or laugh very much, perhaps because of the effect Lowood school has had on you. But in time you will be more natural with me, and laugh, and speak freely. You’re like a bird in cage. When you get out of the cage, you’ll fly very high. Good night.” 59. Which of the following cannot describe Miss Eyre’s first impression of Mr. Rochester? A. Sociable. B. Friendly. C. Busy. D. Changeable 60. Why did Mr. Rochester say “?and then you stab me in the back!”? A. Because Jane had intended to kill him with a knife. B. Because Jane had said something else to correct herself. C. Because Jane had regretted having a talk with him. D. Because Jane had intended to be more critical. 61. From what Mr. Rochester said to Miss Eyre, we conclude that he wanted to_____. A. tell her all his troubles B. change his circumstances C. change her opinion of him D. tell her his life experience 62. At the end of the passage, Mr. Rochester sounded______________. A. rude B. encouraging C. depressing D. cold D They once seemed more at home on the busy streets of Asia like Delhi, Calcutta and Bangkok but cycle powered rickshaws (人力车) can now be seen taking people across town in many European cities. Many people believe that rickshaws are a good way of experiencing a city close-up, while also cutting down on traffic jams and pollution. In Berlin, one of the first cities to introduce this new model of transport, more than 200 bike-taxis go along at 15km per hour, past many tourist attractions and city parks. “It is completely environmentally friendly; we have new models with an engine to help the driver up the hills but they use renewable energy.” said a spokesman for VELOTAXI, the leading rickshaw company which has carried a quarter of a million people this year. While the city still has 7,000 motor-taxis, rickshaw company officials say their taxis’ green ideas, speed and safety make them more than just a tourist attraction. While now increasingly out of fashion in Delhi, Berlin people have eagerly accepted the new fleet since their launch in 1997. “It’s better than a taxi, better than a bus, better than the train,” said ULF Lehman, 36, as he leapt out of a rickshaw near the world famous Brandenburg gate. “It feels so free.” “This is something out of the ordinary, you feel you are on holiday in Bangkok instead of Berlin,” said another traveler. In Amsterdam, driver Peter Jancso said people like to be driven around in his

bright yellow rickshaw and pretend to be a queen in a golden carriage. “I like my passengers to feel important,” he said as he dropped off another passenger. Another visitor noted how cheap it was compared with a normal taxi. Although increasingly popular in Europe, it is the opposite in India, where hand-pulled rickshaws are considered inhuman and a symbol of India’s backward past. Nearly 500 bike-rickshaws are running in London and are not required to pay the city’s road tax but things may change as other taxi drivers complain of unfair treatment. 63. Where are rickshaws becoming more popular? A. Delhi, Berlin, Paris. B. Berlin, Amsterdam, London. C. Athens, London, Berlin. D. Amsterdam, Bangkok, Delhi. 64. Why are rickshaws no longer as widely used in India as in the past? A. They have been banned because they are inefficient. B. They are a reminder of a bad period in India’s history. C. The streets of India are too crowded for them to move through easily. D. Indians now prefer to travel by car because they are richer. 65. What does the underlined sentence “This is something out of the ordinary, you feel you are on holiday in Bangkok instead of Berlin” suggest? A. The passenger didn’t like taking a rickshaw as it reminded him of Bangkok. B. The passenger was impressed when taking a rickshaw and considered it unusual. C. The passenger enjoyed being on holiday in Berlin more than in Bangkok. D. The passenger disapproved of rickshaws because they were not original to Berlin. 66. What is the author’s attitude towards rickshaws? A. He thinks they will reduce pollution B. He believes they will be of no use. C. He gives no personal opinion. D. He thinks they are old-fashioned. E I have had just about enough of being treated like a second-class citizen, simply because I happen to be that unfairly treated member of society --- a customer. The more I go into shops and hotels, banks and post offices, railway stations, airports and the like, the more I am convinced the things are being run merely to suit the firm, the system, or the union. There seems to be a deceptive (欺骗的) new motto for so-called “service” organizations --- Staff Before Service. How often, for example, have you queued for what seems like hours at the Post Office or the supermarket because there was not enough staff on duty to manage all the service grilles or checkout counters? Surely in these days of high unemployment it must be possible to hire cashiers and counter staff. Yet supermarkets, hinting darkly at higher prices, claim that uncovering all their cash registers at any one time would increase operating costs. And the Post Office says we cannot expect all their service grilles to be occupied “at times when demand is low”. It is the same with hotels. Because waiters and kitchen staff must finish when it suits them, dining rooms close earlier or menu choice is cut short. As for us guests,

we just have to put up with it. There is also the nonsense of so many friendly hotel night porters having been thrown out of their jobs in the interests of “efficiency” and replaced by coin-eating machines which offer everything. Not to mention the tea-making kit in your room: a kettle with a mixed collection of tea bags, plastic milk boxes and lump sugar. Who wants to wake up to a raw teabag? I do not, especially when I am paying for “service”. Can it be stopped, this worsening of service, this growing attitude that the customer is always a trouble? I angrily hope so because it is happening, sadly, in all walks of life. Our only hope is to hammer home our anger whenever and wherever we can and, if all else fails, bring back into practice that other, older slogan --- Take Our Deal Elsewhere. 67. The writer feels that nowadays customers __________. A. have become victims of modern organizations B. are unworthy of proper consideration C. have received high quality service D. deserve the lowest status in society 68. The writer argues that the quality of service is changing because __________. A. customers’ demands have greatly changed B. customers’ needs have become more complex C. the staff receive more consideration than customers D. staff members are less considerate than their employers 69. According to the writer, long queues at counters are caused by __________. A. not having enough male staff on duty B. difficulties in hiring more efficient staff C. not providing enough staff on purpose to reduce budget D. lack of cooperation between staff members 70. The writer suggests that a customer __________. A. go to other places where good service is available B. put up with the rude manners of the staff C. try to control his temper when ill-treated D. be patient when queuing before checkout counters 第四部分:书面表达(共两节,满分 50 分) 第一节:完成句子(共 10 小题;每小题 2 分,满分 20 分) 71. I am sorry _________________________ for such a long time, but the traffic was really terrible then. (keep) 很抱歉让你等了这么久,但交通实在是太糟糕了。 72. William, as well as his friends, ____________________ last night.(invite) 昨天晚上,威廉和他的朋友们都被邀请了。 73. _______________________ means that our country is determined to establish a new cooptation with that country. (meet) 和那位领导人的会面表明我们国家决定和该国建立一种新的合作关系。 74. Medical researchers are painfully aware that there are many


problems _______________ answers till today. (find) 医学研究者们痛苦的意识到,对于许多问题来说,直到今天他们还没有找到答案 75. It was in the twentieth century ________________ a huge change. (witness) 我们正是在 20 世纪见证了一个巨大的变化。 76. After washing the floor, you can proceed to the garage, where __________ the car. (repair) 浇完花后你可以去车库找我,我在那里修车。 77. It seems that her heart is broken. I would rather _______________ the letter just now. (read) 她看上去心都碎了,真希望她刚才没看到那封信。 78. While by no means ________________, the music hall provided the Chaplins with a comfortable living. (rich) 虽然他们不富裕,可戏院的工作毕竟能使卓别林一家过上安逸的生活。 79. As your granddad, I do hope that you can live _______________________ I have. (life) 作为你的祖父,我真心希望你能像我一样长寿。 80. You can’t imagine ________________ when they received these nice Christmas presents. (excited) 你一定想象不出当他们收到这些圣诞礼物的时候,他们有多兴奋。 第二节:短文写作(满分 30 分) 请根据以下提示,并结合事例,用英语写一篇短文。 You may talk a lot in life, but you must learn to listen. 注意: ①无须写标题,不得照抄英语提示语; ②除诗歌外,文体不限; ③文中不得透露个人姓名和学校名称; ④词数为 120 左右。 湖北省部分重点中学 2013-2014 学年度上学期高二期中考试 英 语 试 卷 答 案 听力: 1-5 ACABC 6-10 ACBAC 11-15 BACBC 16-20 ACABC 单项选择:21-25 CBACB 26-30 DADBC 完形答案:31-35 AABCB 36-40 ADCAD 41-45 DBCAB 46-50 CBDBB 阅读理解:51-54 AABD 55-58 AABA 59-62 BBDB 63-66 BBBC 67-70 ACCA 完成句子: 71. to have kept you waiting 72. was invited 73. Meeting the/that leader 74. to which they haven’t found 75. that we witnessed 76. I will be repairing 77. she had not read/she hadn’t read 78. were they rich
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79. as long a life as 80. how excited they were

写作参考答案: Have you ever noticed that we have only one mouth but two ears? Some people say that is because the God hopes that we can learn to listen to others more. I still remember that once my best friend made a promise that she would come to my birthday party. To my great disappointment, she didn’t show up. She later tried to explain what had happened to her, but I refused to listen. There came some misunderstanding between her and me. I thought she didn’t value our friendship at all and just found excuse for her absence. But later, another friend told me that on her way to my party, she met an old man who lost the way home. She had great difficulty in helping the old man getting back home, so she missed my party. Now I felt it a pity that I hadn’t listened to her with my heart. It was until then that I realized the importance of listening. My experience tells me that it is important to learn to listen. It is listening that can remove much misunderstanding.

英语听力录音稿 Text 1 W: Are you planning on flying to the holiday center, Andrew? M: Yes. It costs a lot, but the trains and the buses don’t run the day I’m going, so I have no choice. Text 2 M: Damn. It’s done it again! W: What happened? M: Oh, I put my 50 cents in and pressed the button for hot chocolate. But look! A cup of cold water. This thing is always going wrong. Text 3 M: Can I help you? W: I bought a colour TV set here yesterday, but when I turned it on, there was no sound. M: Well, if there’s something wrong with electric equipment within three months, it’s the responsibility of a factory. Text 4 M: How much are the tickets? W: They’re ten dollars each for the general public, but student tickets are half

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price. M: One general and two student tickets, please. Text 5 M: Oh, my God. I just seem to be putting on more and more weight these days. W: That’s not good for your health. Have you ever thought of doing regular exercises? M: No. I hear heavy people can have an operation to lose weight. W: That sounds frightening. Text 6 M: How do you get along with your parents? W: Well, I’m very fond of my parents, but I don’t always get on well with them. M: Why? W: In my family, it’s mainly dad who forces me to obey the rules, and he always wants to know everything. It’s difficult to have freedom at home. I can’t really talk about my ideas or what I really feel to my parents. The most important thing is that parents need to understand us young people. M: I quite agree with you. Text 7 W: Johnson’s Travel. Can I help you? M: Yes, I’d like some information about the special plane tickets to New York I read about in a newspaper. W: Okay, when’ll you be going and how long do you plan to stay? M: Well, I’d like to leave on Saturday and stay about two weeks. W: That’s $422, and it’s cheaper during the week except Saturday and Sunday. M: I guess I could leave on Thursday afternoon. Are there any other limitations? W: There’s a required stay of at least eight days. M: Well, that’s no problem. Can I get my ticket now? W: Sure. Come to our downtown office, please. M: Okay, thanks. Text 8 M: Which flat do you like better? W: Well, the modern one’s really nice, but the older one’s a lot bigger. M: Yeah. In the older one we could use the dining room for our son’s study. W: Mm. I like the furniture in the modern one, though. It’s in real good shape. M: But the older flat’s cheaper. W: Well, not much cheaper. M: That’s true. The modern one looks nice, but the walls are so thin that you can hear every word your neighbors say. W: Yeah. On the other hand, though, the kitchen in the modern one is really nice. The refrigerator is huge and there’s a dishwasher. It would save us a lot of time. M: So you seem to like the modern one more. W: Hmm, I guess I do. But really, I could live in either one. Text 9 W: Did you know it was going to rain today? M: Absolutely not. This comes as a total shock to me especially since the paper said
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mostly sunny. W: Well, I guess the paper must have meant mostly sunny somewhere else. But since we’ve come all this way, why don’t we just move the blanket under that tree? M: That’s a good idea. It looks like it’s still dry there as long as it doesn’t start to come down any harder. W: You didn’t happen to bring a spare blanket, did you? This one is all wet now. M: No. But I do have some folding beds in the car. Will they do? W: They’ll be just fine. I’m really hungry, so while you are there, how about bringing me the food? M: I thought you were bringing the food. W: This is unbelievable. If I weren’t so hungry, it would be really funny. So what now? M: What is the name of that restaurant you like so much again? Text 10 W: Hello, this is Susan Wilson. May I speak to Grover please? M: Hi, Susan. What can I do for you? W: Well, I’m calling about the theatre group I belong to. We are looking for more people to join us, especially men. And I thought you might be interested. M: Oh, gosh, you know how much I love acting, but I’m doing a hard job. I might be able to learn my part, but I would hardly have time to come to the practice performances. W: Well, actually, we practice only one night a week, Thursday from seven to ten, though we would have to put in extra time before performances. M: Well, could you give me time to think it over? W: Sure, but look, why don’t you come and watch next Thursday? I think you will like the way we work. When you see how much fun it is, you will want to join right away. M: Okay, I’ll come once, but I can’t promise more than that. W: Great. I’ll give you a call on Wednesday to remind you. Talk to you then, bye now. M: Bye, Susan.

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