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2015 学年第一学期柯桥中学期中考试 高二年级 英语学科 试题
考生须知: 1.本卷满分 150 分,考试时间 120 分钟; 2.答题前,在答题卷密封区内填写班级、学号和姓名; 3.所有答案必须写在答题卷上,写在试卷上无效; 4.考试结束后,只需上交答题卷。 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 l0 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。 例:How much is the shirt? A.£19.15. B.£9.18. C.£9.15. 答案是 C。 1. What does the woman want to do? A. Find a place. B. Buy a map. C. Get an address. 2. What will the man do for the woman? A. Repair her car. B. Give her a ride. C. Pick up her aunt. 3. Who might Mr. Peterson be? A. A new professor. B. A department head. C. A company director. 4. What does the man think of the book? A. Quite difficult. B. Very interesting. C. Too simple. 5. What are the speakers talking about? A. Weather. B. Clothes. C. News. 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。 听第 6 段材料,回答第 6、7 题。 6. Why is Harry unwilling to join the woman? A. He has a pain in his knee. B. He wants to watch TV. C. He is too lazy. 7. What will the woman probably do next? A. Stay at home. B. Take Harry to hospital. C. Do some exercise. 听第 7 段材料,回答第 8、9 题。 8. When will the man be home from work? A. At 5:45. B. At 6:15. C. At 6:50. 9. Where will the speakers go? A. The Green House Cinema. B. The New State Cinema. C. The UME Cinema.
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听第 8 段材料,回答第 10 至 12 题。 10. How will the speakers go to New York? A. By air. B. By taxi. 11. Why are the speakers making the trip? A. For business. B. For shopping. 12. What is the probable relationship between the speakers? A. Driver and passenger. B. Husband and wife. 听第 9 段材料,回答第 13 至 16 题。 13. Where does this conversation probably take place? A. In a restaurant. B. In an office. 14. What does John do now? A. He’s a trainer. B. He’s a tour guide. college student. 15. How much can a new person earn for the first year? A. $10,500. B. $12,000. 16. How many people will the woman hire? A. Four. B. Three. 听第 10 段材料,回答第 17 至 20 题。 17. How long has the speaker lived in a big city? A. One year. B. Ten years. 18. What is the speaker’s opinion on public transport? A. It’s comfortable. B. It’s time-saving. cheap. 19. What is good about living in a small town? A. It’s safer. B. It’s healthier. convenient. 20. What kind of life does the speaker seem to like most? A. Busy. B. Colourful. 第二部分:英语知识运用 (共两节,满分 35 分)

C. By bus. C. For holiday. C. Fellow workers.

C. In a classroom. C. He’s a

C. $15,000. C. Two.

C. Eighteen years. C. It’s

C. It’s more

C. Quiet.

第一节 单项填空 (共 15 小题;每小题 1 分,满分 15 分) 21. The little town we visited was really ______ attraction and we’d like to pay a visit to it _____ second time some day. A. / ; a B. an; a C. the ; the D. / ; the 22. We are working hard to pass the entrance examination, gaining ______ to a famous university. A. admission B. permission C. agreement D. freedom 23. According to the report, the number of animals used in experiments _______ by 30% over the years. A. was reduced B. has been reduced C. were reduced D. have been reduced 24. Though having lived abroad for years, many Chinese still _______ the traditional customs. A. perform B. possess C. support D. observe

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25. There are hundreds of visitors ______ in front of the Art Gallery to have a look at Van Gogh’s paintings. A. waited B. to wait C. waiting D. wait 26. The new manager has a good sense of humor, which puts people who work with him ______. A. in trouble B. at present C. in debt D. at ease 27. With the number of cars increasing rapidly in cities, a _______ problem is where the cars can be parked. A. most B. major C. dangerous D. curious 28. At one point I made up my mind to talk to Uncle Sam. Then I changed my mind, ______ that he could do nothing to help. A. to realize B. realized C. realizing D. being realized 29. Many of the local government officials refused to _____ the school bus accident when interviewed. A. build up B. focus on C. comment on D. lead to 30. The kids seated themselves _______ to the teacher and listened _______with great interest. A. closely; close close; close 31. The meal over, the managers went back to the meeting room to________ their discussion. A. pu t away service learning? —No. On the contrary, I think it is very necessary. A. bringing brought 33. Keep ourselves and our hearts open ____ we can experience the joy that friendship can bring. A. so that since 34. —I have told Jane that I’ll help her. —________are better than words. You mustn’t disappoint her again. A. Activities B. Performances C. Deeds D. Movements 35. ---You really appreciate Justin Bieber's performances, don't you? ---______. I just like his soft voice. A. Not exactly say so 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,从短文后各题所给的四个选项(A、B、C 和 D)中,选出可以填入空白 处的最佳选项。 B. Don't mention it C. Not a little D. Don't B. even though C. as if D. ever B. to bring C. to be brought D. being B. take down C. look over D. carry on 32. —Do you regret______ up your opinion that every child should take part in B. closely; closely C. close; closely D.

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At the age of forty-five, my usually well-ordered life became full of changes. After twenty-two years of working in a My once secure future became 36 , a plan to use less staff 37 the unemployment of over one hundred people. I was one of them. 38 . However, I was not a single parent, __39 40_ my livelihood (生计), I had to the family did not depend only on my income (收入). My motto has always been “Change is good, change is progress, " but when it change it to," ___41__ 42 _ 43 to look on this matter not as luck, but as a welcome opportunity. I refused to become sorry; 45 44 , I change and make the most of it. " From the beginning, I

actively planned to do something new and different. Having a positive attitude made all the future. First, I decided to graduate had 48 49 46 in the way I pursued (追求) the 47 . Not being a to college and graduate many years later than

I should have. Doing this at my age took more than a little goal I longed to and became an adult this time, I stops. 51

held me back in my career in the bank, but now it was a personal . With a lot of determination, I went to evening classes, 50 . In the class, I became more and more confident. During

that no matter what life throws in our way, personal growth never

The second thing I did to improve my inner self was to reevaluate (重新评估) my 52_ life. It used to be filled with endless and meaningless events. But now, 53 . 54 changes in my life. Revisiting the past my heart and life are completely around people I made 55__ The loss of my job led to some making the most of it. 36. A. factory 37. A. made up led to 38. A. clear bright 39. A. so but 40. A. affected offered 41. A. Make Collect 42. A. happened D .pretended 43. A. rare special 44. A. instead however 45. A. effort B. use C. difference
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for the future. I realize that I have accepted the change, and am B. company B. took off B. uncertain B. or B. improved B. Accept B. considered B. bad B. anyway C. school C. set aside C. boring C. if C. destroyed C. Bring C. chose C. good C. besides D. D. D. bank D. D. D. D. D.

D. decision 46. A. attend D. return 47. A. chance 48. A. ever D. sometimes 49. A. arrive discover 50. A. monitor student 51. A. hoped suggested 52. A. past 53. A. join in D. care for 54. A. unsure normal 55. A. room progress 第三部分:阅读理解(共两节,满分 50 分) 第一节: (共 20 小题,每小题 2 分,满分 40 分) 阅读下列材料,从每题所给的四个选项(A、B、C 和 D)中,选出最佳选项 A Katharine Meyer Graham was once described as “the most powerful woman in America”. She was not a government official or elected representative. She owned and published The Washington Post. Under her leadership, it became one of the most important newspapers in the country. Katharine Meyer was born in New York City in 1917. Her father was a successful investment banker and became an important financial official. Her family was very rich. Katharine grew up in large houses in New York and Washington D. C.. Her parents were often away from home, traveling and working, Katharine was often lonely. Katharine Meyer graduated from the University of Chicago in Illinois in 1938. In 1933, her father bought a failing newspaper, The Washington Post. It was the least successful one of five newspapers in Washington D. C. Katharine Graham returned to Washington D. C. and got a job editing letters to the editor of her father’s newspaper. She married Philip Graham. He was a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter but soon accepted a job at his wife’s father’s newspaper. Mr. Graham improved The Washington Post. He bought Newsweek and several television stations. He also established close ties with important political leaders. However, Mr. Graham treated his wife badly. He had B. change C. promise D. B. confident C. positive D. B. daily B. look at C. future C. stand for D. new B. believed C. realized D. B. teacher C. manager D. B. find C. achieve D. B. courage B. never C. time C. always D. risk B. turn C. admit

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an affair with a young reporter. For many years, Mr. Graham suffered from mental illness. He killed himself in 1963. Katharine Graham had four children to raise and a newspaper to operate. At first, she was only concerned about finding a way to keep control of The Washington Post until her sons were old enough. She did not think she had the ability to do an important job. She had no training in business or experience in operating a large company. In those days, it was unusual for a woman to be the head of a business. Women were expected to look after their homes and children. Katharine Graham met with officials of The Washington Post. She was elected president of The Washington Post Company. She had no idea about how to operate a newspaper. So she decided to learn. She began by hiring Benjamin C. Bradlee. He later became chief editor. Mr. Bradlee improved the newspaper. He hired excellent reporters and editors. They began doing important investigative reporting. In 1969, Mrs. Graham became publisher as well as president of The Washington Post Company. In the 1970s, The Washington Post became famous around the world because of two major successes. 56. Katharine Graham is considered powerful because ______________. A. she was born of a very rich family B. she was in charge of The Washington Post C. she had the most important newspaper D. she gained much money from newspapers 57. We can infer from the second paragraph that Katharine Graham ___________ . A. lived a rich life when she was young B. helped her father in purchasing the paper C. didn’t take interest in managing a bank D. 58. A. B. C. D. 59. A. B. C. D. 60. A. B. C. D. was one of the top students at university After Katharine Graham got married _______________. her husband gave up his previous job she got a job editing letters for the editor she improved The Washington Post her husband wanted to be a political leader Faced with the death of Mr. Graham ______________ . Katharine Graham made up her mind to raise the kids Katharine Graham had confidence to operate the newspaper well Katharine Graham seemed to be trapped in the dark world Katharine Graham thought more about gaining experience What do you think of Benjamin C. Bradlee? He intended to buy The Washington Post. He should have given more help to Katharine Graham. He was an expert when it came to earning money. He brought The Washington Post back to life.

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B Western New Bridge Library Announcement Shortened Library Hours for Spring Break Library Hours have been shortened to 7 hours a day (9∶00 a. m. ~ 4∶00 p. m.) for Spring Break from March 24 to March 30. Coming Events ◆On Monday, March 24, at 10∶30 a. m. , Scott Sutton, a children’s writer, will tell stories to kids over seven. Sutton’ s attractive style will surely inspire everyone present! ◆At 2∶00 p. m., on March 25, a lecture will be delivered in Room 201, which focuses on the development of writing skill. Famous tutors from the district won’t disappoint you. ◆At 1∶00 p. m., on March 26, the Georgetown Musicians will present an Irish Folk Concert, which will be entertaining for the entire family. Come for the music and stay to check out some relevant books for the rest of the week! ◆On Thursday, March 27, at 2∶00 p. m. , the annual Children’ s Gathering will take place in Room 201, the second floor. Pick up an invitation in the Children’ s Room and return your RSVP (回复) to reserve your seat at the table by 3∶00 p. m. on Tuesday, March 25. Only children are allowed in the Gathering. ◆At 10∶30 a. m. on Friday, March 28, Enzo Monfre of the hit kids’ science show, ENZOology, will bring Fossils Live! Surely Enzo will take the audience back in time, deep beneath the surface of the earth, to uncover the mysteries of killer dinosaurs, and more. Enzo recently appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show — come and see him at the library! Please note: In case of emergency, please call the Help Desk at 926 -3736 and follow the procedures outlined on the voice message. The call-down service is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies. The Help Desk supplies service to you all the year round! For questions about all these, please contact: hld@wnbl.corg. Come for the great Fun; Stay for the relevant Books! 61. The announcement is mainly intended for________. A. the school children C. staff members of the library on________. A. Monday B. Tuesday C. Thursday D. Friday 63. Which of the following is NOT true according to the announcement? A. Children can borrow some relevant books for the activities.
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B. parents of the school children D. volunteers of the activities

62. Tim wants to polish his writing, it is best for him to attend the related activity

B. Children can’ t attend all the activities with their parents. C. Children can choose more than one of the activities. D. The children who are interested in the mysteries of killer dinosaurs can attend the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday. 64. If there is an emergency, you should________. A. stay in the library and wait C. call the Help Desk true? A. Tickets are a must in order to attend it. B. Only those who have received an invitation are admitted to the Gathering. C. You’d better apply in advance because there are not enough seats for everyone. D. You have to make a reply to the invitation to make sure you get a seat. C Although in the 17th century in the United States fine art and folk art had similar qualities, a difference between them began to appear as time went on. In the 18th and 19th centuries artists with ambition studied abroad and came back to paint portraits (肖像) of upper-class families in American society. The less ambitious or less fortunate artists traveled around their own areas and created pictures of countryside society. Anyway, artists got trained and those simple creations improved a lot. Around 1930,folk art began to take on a new meaning and was considered as an expression of a small cultural class. Folk art is never the product of art movements, but comes out of craft traditions. This art is based not on measurements or calculations and rarely goes with the standards of realism. It goes straight to the bases of art which the folk artists feel naturally. The period 1930~ 1960 was the time when folk artists began to receive recognition. They often began their art careers late in life and used art as an outlet(出口) for their energy. Their materials were cheap and simple, their subjects were different, but their creativity flowed. Doing their own things became the norm (标准), and was what made folk art so desirable. Although it is hard to define folk art, one thing is certain --- it touches us in a special way because the artists show us how he or she brought beauty into their everyday life. Since folk artists come from all walks of life, each piece of art created is one of a kind, emphasizing (强调) color, simplicity of line and brave, simple form. Most importantly, it represents the history of American life. 66. The author’s purpose in writing the text is to ___________. A. speak highly of folk art
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B. ring 926—3637 D. contact hld@wnbl.corg

65. Which of the following descriptions about the annual Children’s Gathering is

B. compare folk art and fine art C. explain the development and changes of American art D. explain the history and characteristics of folk art in America 67. What similar qualities did folk art and fine art probably have in the 17th century? A. They were both simple creations. B. They were both gifted creations by trained artists. C. The artists of both came from the lower class. D. The artists of both focused on family life. 68. What was folk art around 1930 based on according to the second paragraph? A. The traditions of the upper class. C. The standards of realism. period. 69. Which of the following statements can be used to describe the works of folk artists? A. They are difficult to understand. another. C. They show pictures of unreal life. their energy. 70. Why did folk art become popular during the period from 1930 to 1960? A. Artists could express their dissatisfaction towards society. B. Artists didn’t need to spend much on materials. C. It offered artists the freedom of expression. D. Other kinds of art couldn’t express the beauty of life. D If you want to help children develop language and speech skills, UCLA researchers say, listening to what they have to say is just as important as talking to them. The effect of a conversation between a child and an adult is about six times as great as the effect of adult speech input alone, the researchers found. “Adults speaking to children helps language develop, but what matters much more is the interaction,” said the study’ s lead author, Frederick Zimmerman, an associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. The researchers also found that TV viewing didn’t have much of an effect — positively or negatively — as long as it wasn’t displacing (取代) conversations between an adult and a child. The UCLA study included 275 families with children between 2 months and 48 months old. They represented a variety of incomes and education. The researchers found that, in an
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B. The feelings of the artists. D. The progress of art in that

B. They are similar to one D. They help artists let out

average day, children hear about 13,000 spoken words from adults and participated in about 400 adult-child conversations a day. Assessed separately, factors positively associated with language development included each additional 100 conversations a day and each 1,000 word increase in the number of words spoken by adults and heard by children. When looked at alone, TV was negatively associated with language development. But, when the three factors were analyzed together, the only one that stood out was conversation between adults and children. “The more a child speaks and interacts with an adult, the better idea a parent has about where the child is, ” Zimmerman said. “Although it’s mostly done unconsciously (无意识地), parents will provide feedback and correct mistakes. They’ll also tailor their speech to the child. Parents can give a child words by talking to them about what they’re doing, such as, ‘I’m putting on your pajamas now’. But give your child the opportunity to talk, hopefully without the rest of the noise in the environment,” she added. “If parents can carve out (分 拆) some conversation time — maybe at bath time or at dinner time — that’s a wonderfu l thing.” 71. The researchers also found that TV viewing ________. A. had a little effect on a child’s language development B. could have a positive effect on a child’s language development C. affected a child’s language development more negatively than positively D. affected a child’s language development both negatively and positively 72. Frederick Zimmerman would probably agree that ________. A. children should watch TV programs selectively B. parents should let their children talk most of the time C. the conversation between parents and children should be two-way D. it’s no good for parents to correct their children’s mistakes when they are speaking 73. We can conclude from the last paragraph that ________. A. parents should leave a child talking alone B. parents should let a child repeat what he or she says C. parent-child conversation can be carried out at any proper time D. bath time or dinner time is the best chance for parents to talk to a child 74. The underlined word “tailor” in the last paragraph can be best replaced by ________. A. control B. improve C. pass D. adjust 75. What would be the best title for the passage? A. Talk with kids, not at them B. Let your children voice their own opinions C. How to develop a child’s language ability D. The importance of early child language development
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第二节:( 共 5 小题,每小题 2 分,满分 10 分) 根据短文内容,从短文后的选项(A-G)中选出能填入空白处(76-80 题)的最佳选项,选 项中有两项为多余选项。 This Way to Dreamland Daydreaming means people think about something pleasant, especially when this makes them forget what they should be doing. Daydreamers have a bad r eputation for being unaware of what’s happening around them. They can seem forgetful and clumsy. 76 They annoy us because they seem to be ignoring us and missing the important But daydreamers are also responsible for some of the greatest ideas and achievements in human history. 77 Can you imagine what kind of world we would have without such ideas and inventions? So how can you come up with brilliant daydreams and avoid falling over tree roots or otherwise looking like a fool? First, understand that some opportunities for daydreaming are better than others. Feeling safe and relaxed will help you to slip into daydreams. 78 And if you want to improve your chances of having a creative idea while you’re daydreaming, try to do it while you are involved in another task — preferably something simple, 1ike taking a shower or walking, or even making meaningless drawings. It’s also important to know how to avoid daydreams for those times when you really need to concentrate. “Mindfulness”, being focused, is a tool that some people use to avoid falling asleep. moved slowly away. 80 __79 Finally, you never know what wonderful idea might strike while your mind has Always remember that your best ideas might come when your head is actually in the clouds. A. Having interesting things to think about also helps. B. They stare off into space and wander by themselves. C. Without wandering minds, we wouldn’t have relativity, Coke or Post-it notes. D. At one time, daydreaming was thought to be a cause of some mental illnesses. E. It involves slow, steady breathing for self-control that helps people stay calm and attentive. F. Therefore, it’s a good idea to keep a notebook or voice recorder nearby when you’re in the daydream zone. G. Daydreams are often very simple and direct, quite unlike sleep dreams, which may be hard to understand. 第四部分:写作(共两节,满分 35 分) 第一节:语篇填空(共 10 小题,满分 10 分) 阅读下面短文,按照句子结构的语法性和上下文连贯的要求,在空格处 (第 81-90 题) 填入一个适当的词或使用括号中的词语的正确形式填空.
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Americans love pets. In America, there are more families with pets __81____ those with children. It is common ___82___ U.S. homes have some sort of pets, such as monkeys, snakes and even wolves. But Americans’ all-time favorites are cats and dogs, because dogs can offer protection from thieves and unwelcome visitors and cats can help get rid __83__ the home unwanted pests. Beneath keeping pets, there lies a basic American belief: Pets have a right to be treated well. In Houston, Texas, dogs can have their dinner ___84_____ (deliver) to their homes, just like pizza. Pets can even go with __85_____ owners on vacation. Besides, at least 75 animal welfare organizations exist in America which provide care and adoption services for __86_____ (home) and ill-treated animals. To pay for the high-tech health care, people can buy health insurance _ 87___ their pets. Pets are __88___ basic to American culture as hot dogs or apple pie. By now researchers ____89______ (discover) that interacting with animals lowers a person's blood pressure. Pets even encourage social relationships: They give their owners an appearance of friendliness, and they provide __90__ good topic of conversation. 第二节:书面表达(满分 25 分) 某英文报正面向高中生招聘兼职记者, 假如你是新华中学学生李华, 有意应聘这一工 作。请你用英语给报社写一封 100~120 个词的申请信。信件应包括以下主要内容: 1. 说明你对此工作感兴趣的原因; 2. 说明你的优势: 知识面、英语水平、合作精神、相关经历等; 3. 希望尽快得到回复。 注意: 信的开头和结尾已给出, 不计入总词数。 Dear Sir or Madam, ? ? Yours faithfully, Li Hua 参考答案: 听力:1---20 ABCBA 单选:21---35 BABDC 完形:36---55 DDBAA 阅读:56---75 BAACD 语篇: 81. than BCACA DBCCC BCBAC ABDCD 82. that ACBCA DAACA DBBCD DABDC 83. of 88. as CADCA ACCDA 76---80 BCAEF 85. their 90. a CBCAB

84. delivered 89. have discovered

86. homeless 87. for 书面表达: One possible version

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Dear Sir or Madam, I’m glad to learn that you want a few part-time English reporters. I’m quite interested in the position as it can improve my English and other abilities. I am a Senior Two student from Xinhua Middle School. I think I’m fit for the job. As a student, I’ve read a lot and have much knowledge in many fields. I ’m fond of Engl ish and do well in speaking and writing. I have won several prizes in all kinds of English contests inside or outside the school. Besides, it’s easy for me to get along well with everyone and I enjoy working with others. Above all, I once worked as a reporter for my school broadcasting station. Therefore, I’m sure I can do the job well if I get the position. I’m looking forward to receiving your reply as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Li Hua 听力原文: Text 1 W: Excuse me. This is the address. How do I find it? M: Right. You’ll need a street map. Here’s one, and I’ll show you where it is. Text 2 W: Oh my! My car broke down, and I have to meet my aunt at the railway station before noon. M: You’re lucky. I can drop you off on my way. Text 3 W: Did you hear that Mr. Peterson is coming next week, Gordon? M: Yes, so I called all the department heads to my office this morning. We need to give him reports on our program. Text 4 W: I hope you like the book I lent you. I wasn’t sure if you’d be interested. M: I had the same doubt at first. But once I started, I simply couldn’t put it down.

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Text 5 W: What is going on? It’s May, and we still have to wear warm clothes. M: Well, there’s some good news on the radio. You probably can wear shorts tomorrow. Text 6 W: Harry, let’s play some ping-pong today. M: I’d love to play a set or two, but my right arm hurts. I’ve decided to stop playing ping-pong until it feels better. W: Well, how about going skating? M: I’d like to, but my knee hurts, too. W: Harry, stop making excuses! You’re just lazy. M: No, I’m not! You know, there’s a basketball match on TV today. Let’s just stay home and watch it. W: OK. You stay, and I’ll play with Helen. Text 7 W: What do you want to do tonight? M: How about going to the cinema? I should be home from work at 5:45. Then we can go out and eat before we see a film. W: What do you want to see? M: There’s a good art film at the Green House Cinema. W: Let’s see?it starts at 6:15. I don’t think we can get there in time to see the beginning. How about the action film at the New State Cinema? It starts at 6:50. Perhaps the 7:00 one at the UME Cinema is even better. It stars Jackie Chan. M: OK, that’s fine. I like him, too. Text 8 M: Hey, Lucy. Do you have some time to talk about next week’s trip with me? W: Sure, Dave. M: O K. So, we’re leaving on Monday from Hartsfield International Airport, and returning on Friday. Do we take ourselves to the airport? Maybe we need to book a taxi, or just go by bus. W: No, we don’t have to. The company car will pick us up and take us there. M: Oh, that’s good. When? W: Our flight leaves at 11:00 a.m., so they should pick us up between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. Besides, the company pays for our trip, including hotel and food. M: How much will that be? W: Well, New York is a pretty expensive city. So, each of us will get $200 a day. M: Oh, OK. Thanks for telling me that. W: You’re welcome. Text 9 W: Please sit down. Let’s see?you’re Mr. Smith. Is that correct?

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M: Yes. John Smith. W: And you’re interested in this job? M: Yes, I am. I’ll graduate from college the coming June. My major is Chinese. W: I see. Have you ever done any work in this field? M: Yes, I used to be a tour guide for Chinese travellers. W: Good. Now, how much money do you expect to have for a year? M: From what I’ve read, it seems that a starting pay would be around $12,000 a year. W: Here, you would start at $10,500 for the first year?a kind of training period. Then you would go to $15,000. M: That sounds fair enough. What do you think are the chances for me to get a job here? W: Well, I’m talking to three people today and four tomorrow. We’ll be hiring two people. You’ll hear from us sometime next month. Good luck! And thanks for coming in today. Text 10 M: Well, I’d love to share with you my personal opinions on city life and life in small towns. I grew up in a small town until I was 18 and then moved to a big city, so I have experienced the good and bad sides of both. I never thought that I would like living in a big city, but I was wrong. After ten years of living in one, I can’t imagine ever living in a small town again. Surely small towns and big cities both have some problems in terms of transport. In a small town, you have to own a car to make life comfortable. You can’t get around without one because there isn’t any kind of public transport. Big cities generally have heavy traffic and expensive parking, but there you have a choice of taking public transport, which is cheaper than driving. So, if you don’t have a car, you’d better live in the city. I also love the exciting life in big cities. I can alw ays enjoy a lot of films, concerts, and other wonderful shows. However, these things are not common in small towns. The final thing I like about large cities is that you can meet different kinds of people. However, you seldom find such a variety of people in a smaller town. I think that living in an area where everyone was just like me would quickly become dull. Of course, safety should be considered, and that’s one area where small towns are better than big cities. Still, I would rather be a bit more careful and live in a large city than to feel safe but dull.

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