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衡水中学 2013-2014 学年度上学期二调考试 高三年级英语试卷

本试卷分第Ⅰ卷(选择题)和第Ⅱ卷(非选择题)两部分,共8页,共150分,考试时间120 分钟。 注意事项: 1.答题前,考生务必将自己的姓名、考号用铅笔涂写在答题卡上。 2.每小题选出答案后,用铅笔把答题卡上对应题目的答案标号涂黑。如需改动,用橡皮擦 干净后,再选涂其它答案标号。 3.二卷试题用黑色中性笔作答。

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祝同学们取得好成绩!

第一卷(选择题 共 115 分)
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。听每段对话前,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。每段对话读一遍。 1. Why does the man want to move to New York? A. Because he doesn’t like to live in the small town. B. Because he wants to find a job there. C. Because he likes the way of life in a big city. 2. What does the man mean? A. He doesn’t agree with the woman. B. He has a better idea than the woman. C. He has the same opinion as the woman. 3. How was the climate where the old couple lived? A. It was very rainy. B. It was very snowy. C. It was very warm.

4. What are they mainly talking about? A. People with AIDS. B. What HIV is. C. How people gets AIDS.

5. What will most probably happen if the woman supplies her bank details? A. She will get a lot of money. B. Her money in the bank will be stolen. C. She will take part in a special activity.

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。听完每段对话或独白前,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 秒钟的做答时间。每段对话或独白读两遍。 听第 6 段材料,回答第 6 至 8 题。 6. Why is new high tech-equipment used in modern Olympic Games? A. To help athletes perform even better. B. To make competition fiercer. C. To stop competition among the athletes. 7. People hold modern Olympic Games in order to ________. A. improve their technology B. improve their health C. promote competition

8. According to the dialogue, new technology has affected all the following EXCEPT ______. A. timing 听第 7 段材料,回答第 9 至 11 题。 9. What does the man do when coming across some trouble? A. Sleeps on it. B. Solves it immediately. C. Asks for help. B. awarding C. cheating

10. What does “sleep on” it mean? A. Sleeping with the problem in mind. B. Taking the problem as a pillow. C. Sleeping without thinking about the problem. 11. It is mentioned in the dialogue that ___________. A. scientists still can’t explain the phenomenon. B. it is untrue that sleeping can help solve problems.

C. only the man has the ability to sleep on problems. 听第 8 段材料,回答第 12 至 14 题。 12. Where does the conversation most probably take place? A. In the classroom. B. At home. C. In a bus.

13. What has the woman been thinking about recently? A. The environmental protection. B. The advantages of public transportation. C. The explosion of the world population. 14. How many aspects did the man mention when he talked about sustainable(可持续的) development? A. One. B. Two. C. Three.

听第 9 段材料,回答第 15 至 17 题。 15. Where are the two speakers? A. At the radio station. B. In a studio. C. In the forest.

16. How many kinds of trees grow in one square kilometer? A. About l, 500. 17. What is the woman? A. A reporter. B. A student. C. A scientist. B. About 400. C. About 750.

听第 10 段材料,回答第 18 至 20 题。 18. How long did it take Tom to find his parents by Internet? A. Only one day. B. About one year. C. 26 years.

19. When did Tom meet his mother Silvia? A. On New Year’s Day. B. On Teachers’ Day. C. On Mother’s Day

20. Which of the following can we NOT know? A. Tom’s birth information. B. Where Tom’s father lives. C. Why Tom’s parents left him.

第二部分:英语知识运用 (共二节,满分 45 分) 第一节: 单项填空(共 15 小题;每小题 1 分,满分 15 分) 21. Paris was made a judge to decide to whom the golden apple ____. A. was to be given B. to be given C. to give D. be given to

22. Anyone who refuses to ____ with others is not likely to be given a job that involves teamwork. A. correspond B. cooperate C. cope D. consult

23. This language training programme ____ teenagers who want to go abroad to study. A. accounts for B. cares for C. makes up for D. caters for

24. Kate, run a bit faster, ____ you can catch up with all of your classmates. A. so B. and C. but D. or

25. --- We need three single rooms for the first week in June. --- ____. The hotel’s not busy then. A. Never mind B. Don’t bother C. No problem D. It doesn’t matter

26. You must have read about Mark Twain long ago, ____? A. mustn’t you B. haven’t you C. didn’t you D. needn’t you

27. After five hours’ drive, they reached ____ they thought was the place they had been dreaming of. A. what B. that C. which D. where

28. Dr. Peter Spence, ____ headmaster of the school, told us, “____ fifth of pupils here go to study at Oxford and Cambridge.” A. a; A B. 不填;The C. the; The D. 不填; A

29. As I know, there is ____ car in this neighborhood. A. no a B. no such C. not such D. no such a

30. It was with great excitement one morning in July ____ the young man got the news that he was admitted to the university of his choice. A. when B. who C. that D. which

31. ---When did you last hear ____ Jay? ---He phoned me this morning, and we agreed ____ a time and place to meet. A. of; to B. about; with C. from; on D. from; with

32. People complain that decisions to approve or deny a permit are often ____ rather than based on fixed criteria. A. arbitrary B. conscious C. appropriate D. controversial

33. That car accident ____all his life. After that he was limited to a wheelchair. A. damaged B. destroyed C. harmed D. ruined

34. The time and effort he has devoted during the past few years____ trees in that remote area is now considered to be of great value. A.to plant B.to planting C.plant D.planting

35. ____ they decide which college to go to, students should research the admission procedures. A. Once B. While C. Until D. As

第二节:完形填空(共 20 小题;每小题 1.5 分,满分 30 分) 阅读下面短文,掌握其大意,然后从各题所给的 A、B、C、D 四个选项中,选出最佳选项。 Half a year before graduation from college, my son began to seek a job. __36__ the financial crisis(危机), fewer companies would like to __37__ new staff. My son targeted a company that was __38__ to hire only one person __39__ there were more than twenty people filling their resumes(简历). After the interview, there would only be 3 who could enter the final round, which would later ____40____ one person to be employed. Everything seemed to go quite ____41____ and my son passed the first round and entered the final round in a week. On the day of the final interview, my son and other two __42__ arrived at the interview place on time, __43__ the test. Unexpectedly, the interview was unbelievably __44__. The interviewer only said to them, “All of you are very super. Please go home and wait for our __45__. We will tell you the __46__ in 3 days. Good luck to all of you!” On the morning of the third day, my son received a text from the company shortly after breakfast that he was not employed. We all felt very __47__. In nightfall that day, my son suddenly told me __48__ on the phone, “Dad, I have been employed!” Greatly surprised, I could not wait to ask him, “What’s the whole __49__?” My son told me that he received another text saying that he was employed. Actually the first text sent to my son was also __50__ of the test in the interview. Three men received the same text this morning and only my son’s __51__ was “Thank you” while the others said “Goodbye”. Only then did I know that my son’s “hope” __52__ in that way. That is, when you feel disappointed, do not __53__ to say “thank you” to the one who disappoints you. Saying “thank you” shows respect for others’ work and shows your grand __54__. Therefore, while under the same condition, you will get the upper hand in terms of __55__ compared with others! 36 A. As to B. Due to C. Instead of D. Contrary to

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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。 A Andy is the most unreasonable, pigheaded life form in the world, and he makes me so angry I could scream! Of course, I love him like a brother. I have to because he is my brother. More than that, he is my twin! That’s right. Andy and Amy(that’s me) have the same curly(卷曲的) hair and dark eyes and equally stubborn character. Yet, though we may look alike, on most issues(事情) we usually take completely opposite positions. If I say day, you can count on Andy to say night. Just this week, the hot topic in school was all about the PTA’S proposal(提议) to adopt a school dress principle. Every student would be required to wear a uniform. Uniforms! Can you imagine? Oh, they would be uniforms in color. The dress style would be sort of loose and free.

I think a dress principle is a good idea. The reason is simple. School is tough enough without worrying about looking cool every single day. The fact is, the less I have to decide first thing in the morning, the better. I also wouldn’t mind not having to see guys wearing oversized jeans and shirts. And I certainly would welcome not seeing kids showing off designer clothes. Andy is surprised at my opinion. He says he can’t believe that I would be willing to give up my all-American teenage birthright by dressing like — well, like a typical teenager. Last night, he even dragged out Mom and Dad’s high school photo albums. What a couple of peace-loving hippies(嬉皮 士) they were! The vote for or against uniforms took place later that day. The results of the vote and the headmaster’s decision will be announced next week. I wonder what it will be. I know how I voted, and I’m pretty sure I know how Andy voted. How would you vote—for or against? 56. The story is about___________. A. a school policy decision that will affect parents and students B. a personal experience and is told in the first person C. a historical event and is told in the third person D. a conflict of opinions between boys and girls 57.Amy’s position on school uniforms is most likely based on________. A. logical conclusions drawn form her own observation and personal experience B. an aggressive reaction to what she has been told by people in authority C. her preference for designer-labeled clothes D. not liking anything her brother likes 58. Which of the following is the best statement of Andy’s position? A. School clothing should reflect parents’ values. B. Teenagers should never follow the latest fashions in dress. C. How one dresses should be an expression of one’s individuality. D. Wearing school uniforms means one less decision every morning. 59. What is the best title for the text? A. A School Dress Principle. C. Endless Fights with My Brother B. My Stubborn Twin Brother D. For or Against?--- That Is the Question

B “Now I just don’t believe that.” Surely all of us, at some point, have watched a movie and thought: It’s simply badly researched, or, the makers must think we’re fools. If movies were completely scientifically accurate, they’d probably be as interesting as a Physics 101 lecture. In real life, there are no explosions in space, gas usually doesn’t explode from a lit cigarette, and Bruce Willis / Jackie Chan / Will Smith would most likely be in a coma(昏迷) after getting kicked in the head. Recently, the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph ran a humorous piece on unconvincing tech moments from some top movies. Let’s see what they are all about. Telegraph writer Tom Chivers’ first example is from the end-of-the-world movie Independence Day, in which a character comes up with a virus capable of destroying Windows, the computer system the alien(外星人的) spacecraft uses. “It’s a good thing they didn’t have Norton antivirus,” jokes Chivers. It’s just one case of a movie that takes a lot of license with its science. Another one Chivers mentions is from Star Wars, where glowing beams of light traveling through space look very impressive. The problem is that in space there are no air particles(颗粒) for the light to reflect off. In reality, they’d not be seen, which wouldn’t look so cool on the big screen. Chivers’ second piece of Star Wars nonsense is the sound the fighters make in the movies: “ the bellow(咆哮) of an elephant mixed with a car driving on a wet road”. But sound needs a medium to travel through, like air. In space, there wouldn’t actually be any sound at all. Few people would deny that the mind-bending Matrix films make for great viewing, but for Chivers, the science in the movies is a little silly. And finally: as Chivers points out, DAN is not replaceable. But this bit of elementary genetics passed the makers of the 2002 Bond film Die another Day by. In the film the villain(坏人) has “gene therapy” to change his appearance and his DNA, which is completely impossible. 60. What does the text mainly deal with? A. Plots of some famous movies. C. Popularity of space movies. B. Characters in space movies. D. Mistakes made in some movies.

61. From the first two paragraphs we can know that some movie makers ____. A. went against general knowledge of science

B. didn’t pay attention to the viewers’ real demand C. overestimated viewers’ appreciation of movies. D. didn’t try their best to improve the quality of the movies. 62. What does the underlined word “they” in Paragraph 3 refer to? A. The newspapers. C. Some top movies. 63. We can learn from Paragraph 7 that ____. A. most people like Matrix films C. few people think Matrix films silly B. the truth of Matrix films remains in doubt D. Chivers thinks science is unacceptable C This year’s World Food Prize will honor two leaders of hunger-fighting groups based in the United States. The winners are David Beckmann of Bread for the World and Jo Luck of Heifer International. They will share the prize of 250,000 dollars. The World Food Prize usually goes to researchers or top policy officials. This is the first time it will recognize the work of nongovernmental groups. Heifer International provides donated animals and training to farmers in 50 countries. Jo Luck remains president until next year. Under her leadership, the group’s budget grew from less than 10,000,000 dollars to more than 130,000,000 dollars. Jo Luck, “People pass on their gifts of not just animals but also gifts of training and leadership. We have seen cases where we have been gone 5 and 10 years and we go back and they have developed roads and built schools, and they have other communities receiving the animals and the training. You just give them those resources and that training and opportunity, and you cannot hold them back.” She told the story of a woman from a poor village in Zimbabwe. A family member helped send her to school in the United States with earnings from a donated milk goat. She received a doctoral degree. Jo Luck, “That is what a goat did. That is one example. The animal is only the catalyst(催化剂). That is the beginning of many other things that follow.” David Beckmann became president of Bread for the World in 1991. He is an economist and a Christian clergyman(牧师). Bread for the World organizes people from religious and non-religious groups to write, call and visit members of Congress(国会). The purpose is to support measures to improve the lives of the poor. David Beckmann points to big increase in American development B. Unconvincing tech moments. D. Heroes in the movies.

assistance. He said, “I think that would not have happened without the support of hundreds of thousands of people and churches that are part of Bread for the World and that keep the pressure on their members of Congress.” The prize committee also credited his efforts with helping to increase aid to needy families in the United States. 64. The World Food Prize honors ________. A. people who fight against hunger B. researchers or top policy officials C. people from nongovernmental groups D. people who have advanced human development 65. Why does Jo Luck receive the prize? A. Under her leadership, people develop roads and build schools. B. She has served Heifer International for almost 20 years. C. Under her leadership, Heifer International helps farmers in 50 countries. D. She makes the group’s budget grow to more than 130 million. 66. What has David Beckmann done to deserve the prize? A. He has trained farmers in 50 countries. B. He has made a great contribution to science. C. He has led Bread for the World for more than 20 years. D. He has aimed to support measures to improve the lives of the poor. D “A very disruptive(调皮捣蛋的) six-year-old child kicked my legs and clawed at my hand,” said one teacher. “ I broke up a fight and was kicked between my legs,” said another. Many people have heard stories like this. But the situation is more worrying still and it involves parents. Every child, regardless of the circumstances into which they are born, has the right to achieve their potential, regardless of their parents’ wealth and class. And we recognize that, as a nation, it is a long way to achieve this goal. But with rights come responsibilities and what worries people is that we are in danger of ignoring the latter. Far too many children are behaving badly at school, even to the point of being violent to staff. This is terrible enough, but it is hard to be surprised since many children are just mirroring the behaviour of their parents.

My members tell me that parents also come into school often and threaten staff and some staff have been attacked by a pupil’s parents. One father encouraged his child to start a fight on the playground before school started. A primary teacher reported that a parent shouted at him. We need to have a serious and sensible debate about the roles and responsibilities of parents and the support that they can reasonably expect of schools and teachers. Children will not learn how to behave as social beings if they are stuck in front of the TV for hours every day. They need their parents to show an interest in them and to spend time with them, helping them to play with their peers(同龄人) and to learn the rules of social behavior. Children are now arriving at school socially undeveloped, increasingly unable to dress themselves, unable to use the toilet properly, unable to hold a knife and fork and unused to eating at a table, Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, writes in today’s Observer. Instead of taking responsibility themselves, too many parents expect teachers to control their children’s behaviour and wellbeing, she adds. Bousted says one mother blamed staff when she discovered that her 16-year-old son was smoking. We are in danger of becoming a nation of families living separate lives under one roof. The bedroom, once a place to sleep, has become the living space for the young. Spending hours in front of computer screens, on social networking sites or being immersed(沉迷于) in computer games, children and young people spend little time with their parents. Parents are unable to monitor just what their children are watching.

67. In the opinion of the writer, what problem do people ignore? A. The violence in the school. C. The responsibilities of the students. B. The study pressure of students. D. The right to achieve students’ potential.

68. The underlined part in Paragraph 7 means _____. A. parents care little about children’s life at home

B. parents and children live in their separate rooms C. children don’t live with their parents in the same house D. children live a different life from that of parents at home 69. The author’s attitude to the behaviour of parents may be ______. A. dissatisfied B. indifferent C. understanding D. tolerant

70. From the last paragraph, we can infer that ______. A. teachers have no responsibility for playing the role of parents B. schools can’t correct the wrongs that society does to teachers C. students are responsible for making themselves known in society D. parents should spend time with children to make them ready to learn E 根据短文内容,从短文后的选项中选出能填入空白处的最佳选项,选项中有两项为多余 选项。 (71—75 涂到答题卡上,选 E 涂 AB,选 F 涂 AC,选 G 涂 AD)

____72___ Among the Masai of East Africa, when men are old enough to marry and make decisions for their people, they participate in a special ceremony in which they paint their heads and faces red. This ceremony takes place every seven to fourteen years, so there is not an exact age for participating in it. The Samburu, also from East Africa, like to paint their faces and hair red because they think it looks attractive. ____73____ To show that he has killed a lion, a man will paint his body with a natural white material, making special marks to represent this accomplishment. The Masai men also use this white to show that they are no longer boys and are considered adults. One quite unusual example of face painting is done by the Wodaabe people of West Africa. Once a year, they have a beauty contest for men. ____74___ Then they add white and black circles and lines. Black paint is used near the eyes and on the lips to draw attention to the whiteness of their eyes and teeth, which the Wodaabe consider most beautiful.____75___. As you travel, enjoy the beautiful and bright colors of Africa.

A. Red is the common color in body painting because it often represents health and long life. B. Other marks are used for ceremonies such as weddings and during times of war. C. The ceremony expresses hope for rain. D. The Masai men also have a unique way of showing that they are brave. E. The women then decide which man they like best. F. The men pretend to fight each other. G. The men paint their faces yellow and red.

第二卷(共 35 分) 第一节:短文改错(共 10 小题,每小题 1 分,满分 10 分)
英语课上,老师要求同桌同学相互修改作文。假设以下短文为你同桌所写,请你对其进行 修改。文中共有 10 处错误,每句中最多有两处。错误涉及一个单词的增加、删除或修改。 增加:在缺词处加一个漏词符号∧,并在此符号下面写出该加的词。 删除:把多余的词用斜线\划掉。 修改:在错词下面划一横线,并在该词下面写出修改后的词。 注意:1、每处错误及其修改均仅限一词; 2、只允许修改 10 处,多者从第 11 处不计分。 Dear Peter, I’m very glad to receive your e-mail asking for information about the host family we have arranged you to stay with. Locating in a beautiful and quiet neighborhood, the house was big enough to enable you to have a room of your own.Apart from the convenient public transportation, our private car will make your visits difficult.Because all the family members can speak fluently English and have outgoing personalities, I’m sure you will have no trouble to communicating with them.Above all, they hosted the American student last year, through that they gained lots of experience. addition, In

the hostess cooking will guarantee you a wonderful chance of tasting delicious Chinese food. Hope you enjoy your stay here. Yours, Li Hua

第二节:书面表达(满分 25 分) 假如你是李华,下星期六是你的生日,你准备在家开一个生日晚会,并邀请部分同学和 外国朋友参加,晚会 7:30 开始。你家住在英才路(Yingcai Road)228 号,乘 3 路或 16 路 公共汽车在衡水中学站下车。你家就在车站的对面。房子是红色的。门是白色的,很容易找 到。请根据所给信息,给你的好友 Jack 写一封邀请信。

注意: 1. 词数 100 左右; 2. 可以适当增加细节,以使行文连贯; 3. 开头语和结束语已为你写好。

228 Yingcai Road September 11, 2013 Dear Jack, Next Saturday will be my birthday. ________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________ Best wishes. Yours truly, Li Hua

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听力: BCBCB ABBAA ACABC 单选: ABDBC CADBC CADBA 完形: BCDAC BDABB ACBAC 阅读: BACD DABA ACD CAAD 短文改错: Dear Peter, CAACC BCBAD BADGE

Located is room of your own.Apart from the convenient public transportation, our private car will make your visits their difficulty . Because all the family members can speak fluently English and have outgoing personalities, easy fluent I’m sure you will have no trouble to communicating with them. Above all, they hosted the American an student last year, through that they gained lots of experience.In addition, the hostess cooking will which hostess’ guarantee you a wonderful chance of tasting delicious Chinese food. Hope you enjoy your stay here. Yours, Li Hua 书面表达:One possible version: 228 Yingcai Road September 11, 2013 Dear Jack, Next Saturday will be my birthday. I’m going to hold a birthday party at home in the evening. It will start at 7:30. Some classmates as well as some foreign friends are also invited. The activities include singing, dancing and sharing interesting experiences. Surely, we’ll have a good time. I would feel honored if you could come. I live at 228 Yingcai Road. You can take Buses No 3 or No 16 and get off at the stop of Hengshui High School. Just on the opposite of the stop is my house which is red with a white door. I’m sure you can’t miss it.

I do hope you will come. Best wishes. Yours, Li Hua 附:听力原稿: Text 1 W: What’s your plan for the future? M: I’ll have to move to New York. There are no jobs in the small town where I live now. Text 2 W: Sending emergency food aid to countries in need is only a short term solution to a long term problem. M: I can’t agree more with you. Text 3 W: Why did the old couple sell their house here? M: Because they wanted to live somewhere warm. They were tired of the snow all year round. Text 4 W: People get AIDS after having been infected with HIV. M: Yes. HIV can spread through blood and other body liquids. Text 5 W: Hi, darling. I have just received an email, saying that I have won a big prize of $10,000. M: Really? But did you take part in any activities concerned? W: No. I am only asked to supply my bank details. M: Don’t believe that. It’s a trap. Text 6 W: Why do people hold modern Olympic Games, Sam? M: To improve their health and education, I’m afraid. W: Do people use modern technology to push the sports to new levels? M: Yes. People in all walks of life are trying to help achieve every bit extra in competition. W: Can you give me some examples? M: Yes. To improve an athlete’s performance in competition, more new high tech equipment has been introduced. For example, in swimming, people have been trying to introduce new swimsuit to reduce the water resistance. W: What about the technology to allow the results to be measured more accurately? M: Oh, the timing becomes more accurate and the cheating athletes are easier to be caught out. Text 7 W: What do you usually do when you come across some trouble? M: I just sleep on it. W: Pardon? What do you mean by that?

M: I have a good night’s sleep with the trouble in my mind. W: Does that work well? M: Yes. A problem that seems impossible might appear more manageable. W: So you mean you can solve the problems after a sleep? M: Not exactly. But a good sleep might improve insight and problem solving. W: How come it improves your ability of solving problems? M: Well, when you sleep on a problem, your brain acts on the memories and the insight increases. W: So people have to have a memory of the problem in their brains? M: Yes. Though it is still a mystery, people do believe that sleep can improve creative thinking. Text 8 M: Hi, Diana, mind if I sit down? W: Not at all, Jerry. How have you been? M: Good. But I’m surprised to see you on the city bus. Is there anything wrong with your car? W: No. I’ve just been thinking a lot about the environment lately. So I think the air will be a lot cleaner if we all use public transportation when we can. M: I’m sure you are right. Besides the environmental protection, we can save a lot of natural resources. W: Yes. With the fast increase of the world population, we should focus on the environment and preserve natural resources. M: This is called sustainable development. This is a gift for the future. Text 9 W: So, here we are, deep in the forest. With me is Dr Mike Green. Dr Green, can you tell us a little about this wonderful place? M: Yes, of course. As you can see, the forest is full of trees, birds and insects. W: Yes, there are some strange and beautiful plants everywhere. How many different kinds of trees are there? M: There are about seven hundred and fifty different kinds of trees in one square kilometer. W: Really? Now I am sure the people watching this program can hear his unbelievable noise. It is really very loud. What’s making all the noise? M: Well, of course, the forest is full of living things. For example, you can find about four hundred different kinds of birds in just one square kilometer. W: Really? How interesting! Text 10 Tom, a student who does computer studies at Texas University, found his own parents with the help of the Internet. The news spread soon and many of his friends came to share his happiness. Some of them even asked him to help them find jobs on the Internet. Before he turned to the Internet for help, Tom had spent one year looking for his parents who left him 26 years ago when he was a baby. Using knowledge on computer and networks, Tom found out his birth information and sent a notice to the Internet in hope of finding his parents. Only one day later, Tom’s dream came true. When Tom flew to Los Angeles to meet his father, Stephen, they embraced each other lovingly

and warmly. They enjoyed the family meeting. Later on Mother’s Day, Tom met his mother Silvia. Three yeas ago Stephen himself also tried hard to look for his son, but he failed. Tom’s try on the Internet has turned out to be a happy ending.


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