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盱眙中学 2013 届高三上学期第二次月考 英语试题
本试卷分第Ⅰ卷 (选择题) 和第 II 卷 (非选择题) 两部分, 120 分。 共 考试时间 120 分钟。

第 I 卷 (选择题 三部分 共 85 分) 第一部分 听力(共两节,满分 20 分)

做题时,先将答案标在试卷上。录音内容结束后,你将有两分钟的时间将试卷上的答

案 转涂到答题卡上。 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. Why does the woman refuse the invitation for tonight? A. She doesn?t like the man. B. She has another appointment. C. She is too busy with her work. 2. What does the man think of classical music? A. He does not like it at all. B. He prefers it to other music. C. He enjoys it at bedtime. 3. What is the weather usually like in May? A. Warmer and drier. B. Cooler and drier. C. Warmer and damper. 4. What happened to the speakers? A. They lost their way. B. They were caught in the traffic. C. They broke the traffic rule. 5. Where does the conversation take place? A. In a tourist office. B. In a doctor?s office. C. In an employment office. 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. What is Laura doing? A. Waiting for her father. B. Having her bicycle repaired. C. Working at the bicycle shop. 7. Why does John want to buy a bicycle? A. To tour on a bicycle. B. To begin bicycling to work. C. To train for a bicycle race.

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听第 7 段材料,回答 8 至 10 题。 8. What is the relationship between the two speakers? A. Manager and secretary. B. Husband and wife. C. Waitress and customer. 9. Why won?t the man give the woman the detail of the call? A. It is too long a story. B. It is something dull. C. It is about his business. 10. How does the man feel? A. Uneasy. B. Sad. C. Tired. 听第 8 段材料,回答第 11 至 13 题。 11. What are the two speakers? A. First-year students. B. University teachers. C. Travel agents. 12. Where did the woman go for her holidays last year? A. The mountain. B. The desert. C. The seaside. 13. What will the two speakers probably do next? A. Finish their course work. B. Buy something for their trip. C. Surf the Internet. 听第 9 段材料,回答第 14 至 16 题。 14. Which of the following does the man prefer? A. Chatting with his wife. B. Collecting buttons. C. Watching television. 15. Who is active while taking a rest? A. Jeff. B. Mary. C. Neither of them. 16. What are the speakers doing? A. Talking about their plan. B. Discussing what to do next. C. Arguing about their interests. 听第 10 段材料,回答第 17 至 20 题。 17. What was the speaker like ten years ago? A. Athletic. B. Confident. C. Enthusiastic. 18. Why did the speaker give up his hobbies for weekends? A. He took up some others. B. He was too busy. C. He lost interest in them. 19. Why did the speaker drink more and start smoking? A. To enjoy himself. B. To keep awake. C. To get rid of stress. 20. What will the speaker probably do with his lifestyle? A. Continue it. B. Change it. C. Drop it.

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) 请认真阅读下面各题,从题中所给的 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。 21. It is widely accepted that _______ beautiful is always _______ joy to everyone. A. a; a B. 不填; the C. the; 不填 D. the; a 22. —Do you think the weather will be all right this summer? —No, ________ we?re lucky. The newspaper says it?ll be very hot anyway. A. if B. though C. unless D. as 23. —I want someone to write the composition for me. —No! As a student, you _________ depend on yourself. A. shall B. will C. can D. may

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24. Ad-makers choose words and brand names very carefully in order to make a creative image of the product they are _________. A. processing B. producing C. providing D. promoting 25. Gradually, you will realize that the things that matter are ______ that can?t be bought with money. A. these B. those C. ones D. some 26. The heavy snow swept across many parts of China, _________ many people?s family reunion at the 2008 Spring Festival impossible. A. made B. making C. to make D. having made 27. The price of any product is linked to a complicated system of prices __________ everything depends on everything else. A. that B. which C. where D. when 28. The students have been told that under no conditions __________ the mobile phone in class. A. may they use B. they may use C. they could use D. would they use 29. Don?t _______ important facts in your job application or you?ll lose a good chance. A. cut out B. leave out C. hand out D. point out 30. Our monitor ________ a qualification for an Olympic torch carrier when the reporters came to interview him. A. scarcely gained B. would scarcely gain C. had scarcely gained D. was scarcely gaining 31. The policy of the mainland is very clear and straightforward, and the key problem is _______ the leaders of Taiwan will accept it. A. that B. how C. why D. whether 32. —Sorry for having kept you waiting. But for the traffic jam, I ___________20 minutes earlier. —Never mind. I haven?t been waiting that long. A. arrived B. would arrive C. would have arrived D. had arrived 33. —Have you forgotten anything, sir? —Oh, I forgot to pay. You see, I?m terribly sick, but I ________ to. A. didn?t mean B. don?t mean C. haven?t meant D. wasn?t meaning 34. In my opinion, keeping dogs should not be banned, but __________ to certain areas. A. limited B. limiting C. to limit D. to be limited 35. —What a mess! The guest will be here soon. —_________. I assure you the house will be spotless in a minute. A. Take your time B. Take it easy C. Never mind D. Not at all 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。 Oh God! I think I was about seven when my sisters and I pulled this stupid stunt(惊险动作). I remember we were watching TV when we heard my 36 , Chris, yelling from the backyard. We all 37 out to see what happened. 38____ we finally located him, he was in a tree 39 ____ from the highest tree branch. Crying, he explained he had climbed up the tree and couldn?t get down. One of us should climb up but we couldn?t 40 to get him moving

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down. Luckily, my youngest sister, Ka, five then, had seen a(n) 41 situation. She suggested we grab a 42___, hold it under the branch, and tell him to 43____ so we could catch him. My other sister, Yams, one year younger than me, looked at me eagerly to 44 her idea and I said “Yeah, let?s try that.” Immediately we 45 a sheet and held it beneath the tree. Now mind you, the ages holding this blanket were 46 from seven to five, thus the sheet was probably being held up to our waist and also close to touching the ground. But we were 47 it could work. Chris, my brother, aged four, looked down at us with hesitation, asking in a 48____ voice, “Are you sure I?ll land on the blanket?” But because of a problem at 49 with his tongue being a bit attached to the mouth, it came out like this, “Ah you sho awill lan on da blanked?” “Yup!” I told him, “We?re sure!” and he let go. How 50 he was to trust us! And no matter how 51 we held, Chris fell right 52 that sheet and landed on his stomach. This tiny seventy-pound boy had made a big 53 right in the sheet! Because he wasn?t moving, we bent down to 54 if he was still alive. Slowly, he uttered these five words, “Ah stee hi da flow!”, in other words, “I still hit the floor!” Poor little man! Now Chris is fourteen and he still blames us about it. Any tree he climbs he can get down on his own and, 55 , he wants to be a fireman when he grows up. 36. A. neighbour B. brother C. classmate D. cousin 37. A. headed B. wandered C. waited D. stayed 38. A. After B. Since C. Though D. When 39. A. jumping B. looking C. hanging D. shaking 40. A. try B. manage C. plan D. decide 41. A. serious B. awkward C. similar D. ridiculous 42. A. sheet B. ladder C. quilt D. net 43. A. slide B. drop C. climb D. move 44. A. change B. offer C. prove D. confirm 45. A. bought B. took C. fetched D. snatched 46. A. counting B. lasting C. ranging D. decreasing 47. A. proud B. happy C. grateful D. confident 48. A. soft B. trembling C. frightening D. loud 49. A. birth B. school C. church D. table 50. A. lucky B. bright C. stupid D. careless 51. A. tight B. long C. high D. close 52. A. on B. under C. across D. through 53. A. noise B. swing C. mark D. hole 54. A. check B. sense C. prove D. claim 55. A. frankly B. strangely C. luckily D. obviously

第三部分 阅读理解 (共 15 小题;每小题 2 分,满分 30 分)
请认真阅读下列短文,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。 A

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Fruit or juice, which is nutritionally superior? This is almost the same as the age-old question: The chicken or the egg, which came first? Usually, juicers remove the juice and some pulp (果肉) from fruits and/or vegetables. It takes a lot of fruit to make a container of juice. We do get all of the vitamins, minerals, beneficial plant chemicals and carbohydrates in juice out of a whole fruit. But we do not get much of the fiber, the part that aids our digestive process, fills us up, and may help protect us against heart diseases and certain cancers. However, you may be surprised to discover that some juices actually contain more necessary nutrients (营养). For example, apples are not a good source of vitamin C, but many types of apple juice are fortified with vitamin C. Juice typically has more calories than fresh fruit due to added sugar and less fiber. If calories are your primary concern, choose fresh fruit over juice and use water to quench your thirst. You can also look for low-calorie cranberry juice, typically sweetened with sugar substitute. We do not feel as filled up from juice because it does not contain any fiber. For many people, drinking a caloric beverage (饮料), such as juice, is not as satisfying as eating the same amount of calories in food. For those of us who need to increase caloric intake (such as athletes, children, or teens) juice is a GREAT choice. Kids love the taste of pure fruit juice, and parents love it because it is a healthy source of nutrients. But avoid junk fruit beverages which are mistaken for juice blends that contain various fruits like grape, apple and pear. These juices do not have the natural levels of vital nutrients that 100 percent pure juices like orange juice provide. 56. According to the passage, you?d better have _______ to help prevent heart disease. A. fruit B. juice C. calories D. minerals 57. What can we learn from this passage? A. We can get out of fruit all the nutrients which aid our digestive process. B. We can hardly determine which provides more nutrients, juice or fruit. C. People may prefer juice to food in taking in the same amount of calories. D. If you want more calories, fruit might be your better choice. 58. The underlined word “blends” in Paragraph5 probably means “______”. A. containers B. products C. substitutes D. mixtures 59. The author writes the passage mainly _______. A. to remind people of negative effects of juice B. to call on people to drink more juice C. to help people learn more about fruit and juice D. to persuade people to avoid junk juice containing various fruits B Master of Science in Information Systems (MS INSY) University of Texas Arlington College of Business Administration Introduction 1. Learn how to develop and manage computer-based information START DATE 01/05/2008 systems END DATE REQUEST INFO 2. Learn how information systems support general business activities PLACE UNITED STATES 3. Prepare for careers in business, industry, government, or non-profit OF AMERICA, organizations ARLINGTON, TX 4. Electives (选修课程) available: APPLICATION DEADLINE
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●expert systems ●decision support systems ●system concepts ●computer science ●information systems ●management science ●business logistics ●enterprise resource planning (ERP)
END DATE

01/01/2008
START DATE 01/09/2008

REQUEST INFO UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ARLINGTON, TX

PLACE

APPLICATION DEADLINE

01/04/2008
START DATE END DATE PLACE 01/01/2009 REQUEST INFO UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ARLINGTON, TX APPLICATION DEADLINE

Requirements For those students holding a BBA or equivalent, this program requires a minimum of 30 hours (holders of non-business degrees will likely require additional coursework): 12 hours of coursework in: ●management information systems ●database management systems ●system analysis and design ●distributed information systems and data communications 6 hours of Thesis research on a major project (or substitute 9 hours of advanced electives) 6 hours of research/statistics courses 6 hours of electives

01/09/2008
TYPE CAMPUS

LEVEL MASTER DURATION REQUEST INFO PART TIME FULL TIME PRICE NO YES

REQUEST INFO

60. If you want your program to start from September 2008, you?ll have to apply before _______. A. May 1st B. September 1st C. January 1st D. April 1st 61. Students of non-business degrees are required to spend _______ hours on the program. A. at most 48 B. at least 42 C. more than 30 D. not less than 60 62. What do we learn from the above web page? A. You won?t be admitted to the university if you are working in a company. B. This program will prepare you for your further study in business. C. Expert systems, computer science and business activities are available as electives. D. Detailed information about the end dates can be obtained by phone. C Are you ready to do your bit to stop global warming? Do you want to let the world know that you believe it is not doing nearly enough to fight climate change? On Saturday, March 29, you will have a chance to communicate your concerns—to tell Ottawa and the entire world that you are devoted to doing your part. You can do it by turning off your lights during Earth Hour, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Started last year by the World Wildlife Fund in Sydney, Australia, Earth Hour this year is going international, with 17 cities signed up so far, including Toronto. Others include Chicago, Manila, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen, Melbourne, and Christchurch, New Zealand. The challenge for us Torontonians will be to show we are as devoted to fighting global warming as Sydneysiders were last year, when more than 2.2 million of them participated and slashed the city's power use by 10 per cent for the planned hour. Of course, one hour of darkness isn?t going to stop global warming. But the thinking behind Earth Hour is that it gets people personally involved. Besides giving people a chance to register their concerns over climate change, the goal is to get them to start changing their wasteful habits.
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And we all have them, including some we aren't even aware of. Did you know, for example, that you are still drawing power if you leave your cellphone charger plugged in after charging your phone? The same is true for other electronic devices that you think you've turned off. If you want to make a difference, sign up today at http://www.wwf.ca/EarthHour and make a pledge (宣誓) to turn off your lights when Earth Hour arrives on March 29. Persuade your friends, co-workers and your employer or employees to do their part. But don't wait for this symbolic gesture to raise awareness that we all have to be part of the solution. Start today to think about changes that can be made in your home and your workplace that will cut down on waste and greenhouse gas emissions (排放). 63. The passage mainly calls on people of _____ to join in the March 29th activity. A. Sydney B. Toronto C. the world D. the 17 cities 64. The Earth Hour movement mainly aims to get people to _______ to save our earth. A. sense the danger B. make a pledge C. perform their duties D. show their value 65. Which is implied in the passage that should not happen in our daily life?

66. The best title for the passage is _____. A. A Chance to Help Save the Earth C. An Hour to Fight Against Bad Habits

B. A Chance to Help Prevent Pollution D. An Hour to Keep Climate Unchanged

D The teacher was leaving the village, and everybody seemed sorry. The miller at Cresscombe lent him the small cart and horse to carry his goods to Christminster, the city of his destination, such a vehicle proving of quite enough size for the teacher's belongings. For his only article, in addition to the packing-case of books, was a piano that he had bought when he thought of learning instrumental music. But the eagerness having faded he had never acquired any skill in playing, and the purchased article had been a permanent trouble to him. The headmaster had gone away for the day, being a man who disliked the sight of changes. He did not mean to return till the evening, when the new teacher would have arrived, and everything would be smooth again.
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The blacksmith, the farm bailiff and the teacher were standing in confused attitudes in the sitting room before the instrument. The teacher had remarked that even if he got it into the cart he should not know what to do with it on his arrival at Christminster, since he was only going into a temporary place just at first. A little boy of eleven, who had been assisting in the packing, joined the group of men, and said, ?Aunt has got a fuel-house, and it could be put there, perhaps, till you?ve found a place to settle in, sir.? ?Good idea,? said the blacksmith. The smith and the bailiff started to see about the possibility of the suggested shelter, and the boy and the teacher were left standing alone. ?Sorry I am going, Jude?? asked the latter kindly. Tears rose into the boy?s eyes. He admitted that he was sorry. ?So am I,? said Mr. Phillotson. ?Why do you go, sir?? asked the boy. ?Well—don't speak of this everywhere. You know what a university is, and a university degree? It is the necessary hallmark (标志) of a man who wants to do anything in teaching. My scheme, or dream, is to be a university graduate. By going to live at Christminster, I shall be at headquarters, so to speak, and if my scheme is practicable at all, I consider that being on the spot will afford me a better chance.? The smith and his companion returned. Old Miss Fawley's fuel-house was practicable; and she seemed willing to give the instrument standing-room there. So it was left in the school till the evening, when more hands would be available for removing it; and the teacher gave a final glance round. At nine o'clock Mr. Phillotson mounted beside his box of books, and waved his friends good-bye. 67. It seemed that the teacher _____. A. was not getting on well with the headmaster B. had lived a rather simple life in the village C. was likely to continue to practice playing the piano D. would get help in the city on arriving there 68. The motivation of the teacher?s moving lay in his _____. A. ambition B. devotion C. admiration D. inspiration 69. The boy named Jude may be described as _____. A. polite, generous and cheerful B. active, modest and friendly C. kind, bright and helpful D. calm, confident and humorous 70. In the passage the writer describes both the teacher?s _____. A. love for music and his dislike for musical instruments B. hard work in the village and his strong interest in city life C. friendship with some villagers and also conflicts with others D. eagerness to go to the city and his affection for the village

第Ⅱ卷(非选择题 两部分 共 35 分)
第四部分 任务型阅读(共 10 小题;每小题 1 分,满分 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的空格里填入最恰当的单词。 注 意:每空格 1 个单词。
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Possession of Private Guns in the United States Christmas is approaching. But shooting massacres (残杀) cast a tragic shadow over the holiday season in the US. On December 5, a gunman killed eight people, before taking his own life, at a shopping mall in Omaha, Nebraska. On December 9, five people, including the gunman, died in two attacks in Colorado. While people are busy trying to discover the killers? motives (动机), another issue is causing heated debate in the country --- the weapon the killers used. The US is one of just a few developed Western countries that allow private possession of guns. Any adult can buy army style weapons from a handgun to an AK-47. “The right to own arms is a part of the Constitution (宪法). Many Americans believe it to be a fundamental freedom,” said Jonathan Haagen, who worked for Teens. When the United States was still a group of colonies, they dealt with a lot of corruption (腐 败 ) from the British. Therefore, American people considered it a great danger for the government to have control of all the weapons. Private gun ownership was important in their fight for freedom. However, with more and more killings in schools and shopping malls, lots of Americans argue that they should do away with the right to bear arms. But the National Rifle Association (NRA) said this position violates (违反) the Constitution. The NRA is fond of saying it is not guns but people who kill. In some cases, this is true. But in many other cases, owning guns is what causes the murder. According to the US Department of Justice, more than 10,000 crimes a year are committed with guns. Possession of Private Guns in the United States Original belief It was (71)____ for the governm ent alone to control all the weapons. It was important for people to own private guns to (72)____ for freedom. Present situation The US is one of the few Western countries where any (73)____ has the freedom to possess private weapons. As a result, more than 10,000 crimes are committed with guns (74)_____. Three attacks alone in Nebraska and Colorado in December, for example, claimed altogether (75)____ people?s lives. People have different (76)_____ towards owning private guns. Those in (77)____ of owning guns believe that it is the freedom given by the Constitution. Besides, the key factor in killing is (78)____ instead of guns. (79)_____, those against owing private guns argue that the right to own guns should be removed, because a(n) (80)____ number of killings occur in schools and shopping malls.

第五部分

书面表达(满分 25 分)

假如你是李明,你班同学获悉江苏省委、省政府提出“高中学生在校集中学习时间不得 超过八小时”的要求后,对如何支配由此增加的校外时间展开了讨论。请你根据下列表格所 示内容,用英文写一封电子邮件,向你的英国朋友 John 介绍相关情况。

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你的打算及目的 (内容由考生自己拟定,不得重复上列内容) 注意:1.对所给要点,不要简单翻译,要有适当发挥; 2.词数 150。电子邮件中已写好了的部分,不计入词数。 Dear John, I am writing to tell you about the discussion we have had recently about how to spend time outside school efficiently since the authority of Jiangsu has required that senior middle school students shouldn?t spend more than 8 hours a day studying at school. _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________ That?s all about the discussion. Bye for now! Yours sincerely, Li Ming

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参考答案及听力录音材料
1-5 BABAC 6-10 CBBCA 11-15 ABCCB 16-20 CABCA 21-25 DCADB 26-30 BCABC 31-35 DCAAB 36-40 BADCB 41-45 CABDC 46-50 CDBAC 51-55 ADDAB 56-60 ABDCD 61-65 CABCD 66-70 ABACD 71. dangerous 72. fight 73. adult/grown-up 74. annually/yearly 75. 14 76. attitudes 77. favo(u)r 78. people 79. However 80. increasing/growing One possible version: Dear John, I?d like to tell you about the discussion we?ve just had. It?s about how to spend time outside school efficiently, since the authority of Jiangsu has required that senior middle school students shouldn?t spend more than 8 hours a day studying at school. Opinions are divided on the topic. Some of my classmates choose to read more in their spare time. They think reading can enrich their knowledge and prepare them for their further studies. Some prefer to make use of their spare time to surf the Internet. For one thing, they can collect necessary information on line. For another, they can share ideas with friends in every corner of the world. Others love to spend their spare time taking exercise to strengthen their bodies, while still others would choose to do some part-time jobs. On the one hand, they can put themselves in touch with society. On the other hand, they can learn to be independent. As far as I am concerned, I would … Bye for now!

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Yours sincerely, Li Ming

听力材料: Text 1 M: When can we expect you for dinner? Can you come tonight? W: Not tonight. I promised to go to a concert with my sister. M: Well.... How about Friday then? W: That sounds fine. Text 2 M: What kind of music do you like? W: I like classical music. Do you? M: Well, you see, classical music always sends me to sleep. Text 3 M: Do you always have weather like this in May? W: Generally it?s much cooler than this. And I can?t remember when we had such a rainy day. Text 4 M: Where on earth are we? W: Judging by all the traffic, I?d say we?re near the heart of the downtown area. M: What did I do wrong? Did I take a wrong turn? W: I think so. Text 5 M: Here is my CV. There?re three copies. W: Have you brought your certificates as well? M: No, I haven?t. I?m awfully sorry. Can I send them to you? W: Yes, that?ll be all right. Now, let?s talk about the post.

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Text 6 W: Hi, John. M: Oh! Hi, Laura. What are you doing here? W: Uh, I?m usually here on weekends. It?s my dad?s shop. So are you looking for a bike? M: Yeah. Now that the weather is warming up, I think I?ll get some exercise instead of taking the bus all the time. W: Well, you came to the right place. Do you know what you would like? M: Er, I don?t want a racer or a touring bike or anything. Mostly I?ll just be using it to get me back and forth from work. W: How far is that? M: About four miles. W: Are there a lot of hills on the way? M: Some I guess. But maybe I should tell you that I?ve only got 150 dollars. Can I get anything decent for that? W: Well, you are not going to get anything top of the line. But we do have a few trade-ins in the back that are in good condition. M: That sounds good. Text 7 M: Was the telephone ringing? W: I didn?t hear anything. M: I thought I heard it ring two or three times. W: Sometimes when the windows are open, you can hear the neighbors? phone. M: Well, I?m expecting an important phone call, and I don?t want to miss it. W: Is it anything I should know about? M: Not really. It has something to do with work and doesn?t really affect us here at home. W: Well, why don?t you go ahead and do what you wanted to do outside? I?ll call you if the phone rings for you. M: Thanks. I think I will. I?ve been waiting so long and now I?m getting nervous. I need to relax outdoors. Text 8 M: Well, Cynthia, our first term at university is almost over. I can?t wait for the holidays. W: Me, too, Edward! Why don?t we go somewhere far away and forget about lectures and essays and all that hard work? M: Sounds good to me. Now, how long will the holidays last? W: About six weeks, I think. M: How about going to the coast? It would be great to do some swimming and surfing. W: The coast would be good, but are there any other choices? There are the mountains. They?re nice and cool at this time of year. And we can do some bush-walking. There?s also the desert, which I really enjoyed last year. M: What about going to Sydney? I?ve never been there and they say it?s a great city to visit. Lots of things to do there, I?ve heard. W: I agree. Sydney would be good but now there are too many tourists there. And I?d rather get away from buildings and cars. There are enough of those around here. I vote for the mountains.

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M: All right, then, let?s do that. Now let?s find out where we?re going to stay and how we?re going to get there. Text 9 M: What?s on TV this evening? I feel like relaxing. W: Why ask me that? You know I never watch it. M: Too busy with the latest hobby, are you? What is it this time, collecting stamps or buttons? I wish I had as much free time as you do. W: As a matter of fact, you probably have more than I do. But you waste it all watching TV. M: That?s not a waste of time. I?ve got to rest sometimes. W: Sometimes, maybe, but not all the time. And anyway, I relax with my hobbies. A change is as good as a rest. M: Well, TV?s my hobby, and I learn a lot from it. There are lots of educational programmes. W: But you don?t watch them, do you? Whenever an educational programme comes on, you either switch over to the other channel or go to sleep. M: When I come home from work, I need to put my feet up, at least for a while. Life?s not all work, you know. W: Hobbies aren?t work, Jeff. I like putting my feet up, too, but I like doing things while I rest. Life?s too short for us to waste time. M: Mary dear, as I?ve said many times, we?re different. There are two kinds of people in the world. . . Text 10 Now let me tell you about myself. Ten years ago I used to be very fit. I cycled to work and I got a lot of exercise at the weekends. I used to play tennis a lot and go for long walks. In those days I had a job in an office. It wasn?t a very good job but I had a lot of time to do the things I enjoyed doing. Then, about eight years ago, I got a much better job. The pay was better. But the hours were a lot longer, too. I bought a car and drove to work every day. I stopped playing tennis and going for long walks at the weekend because I just didn?t have any time for things like that any more. And I began to put on weight. There?s a lot of stress in a job like mine. Perhaps that?s why I started drinking more than I used to. For example, I used to have only half a glass of whisky when I got home, then I started filling the glass to the top. I started smoking a lot, too. I never used to smoke at all. Two months ago I had a heart attack. At first I just couldn?t believe it. Luckily it wasn?t very serious. The doctor advised me to stop smoking and to eat less. He told me to do a lot of other things, too. But I don?t see how I can do some of them and keep my job. For example, he advised me to work less, and get more exercise. But I just haven?t any time! My job takes everything out of me!

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