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江苏省淮阴中学 2015 届 12 月高三测试英语试题
2014 年 12 月

第一部分 听力(共两节,满分 20 分) 第一节 (共 5 小题;每小题 1 分,满分 5 分) 听下面 5 段对话。每段对话后有一个小题, 从题中所给的 A、B、C 三个选项中选出最佳 选项, 并标在试卷的相应位置。 听完每段对话后, 你都有 10 秒钟的时间来回答有

关小题和阅 读下一小题。每段对话仅读一遍。 1. What does the man want to do? A. Take photos. A. A noisy night. 3. Where is the man now? A. On his way. 4. What will Celia do? A. Find a player. A. Saturday. B. Watch a game. B. Sunday. C. Play basketball. C. Monday. 5. What day is it when the conversation takes place? 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、7 题。 6. What is Sarah going to do? A. Buy John a gift. France. 7. What does the man think of Sarah’s plan? A. Funny. 听第 7 段材料, 回答第 8、9 题。 8. Why does Diana say sorry to Peter? A. She has to give up her travel pan. B. She wants to visit another city. C. She needs to put off her test. 9. What does Diana want Peter to do? A. Help her with her study. B. Take a book to her friend. C. Teach a geography lesson. 听第 8 段材料, 回答第 10 至第 12 题。 10. Why does the man call the woman? A. To tell her about her new job. B. Exciting. C. Strange. B. Give John a surprise. C. Invite John to B. In a restaurant. C. At home. B. Buy a camera. B. Their life in town. C. Help the woman. C. A place of living. 2. What are the speakers talking about?

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B. To ask about her job program. C. To plan a meeting with her. 11. Who needs a new flat? A. Alex. 12. Where is the woman now? A. In Baltimore. B. In New York. C. In Avon. 听第 9 段材料, 回答第 13 至第 16 题。 13. What does Jan consider most important when he judges a restaurant? A. Where the restaurant is. B. Whether the prices are low. C. How well the food is prepared. 14. When did Jan begin to write for a magazine? A. After he came back to Sweden. B. Before he went to the United States. C. As soon as he got his first job in 1982. 15. What may Jan do to find a good restaurant? A. Talk to people in the street. 16. What do we know about Jan? A. He cooks for a restaurant. B. He travels a lot for his work. C. He prefers American food. 听第 10 段材料, 回答第 17 至第 20 题。 17. What do we know about the Plaza Leon? A. It’s a new building. A. Saturday nights. Saturdays. 19. Which street is known for its food shops and markets? A. Via del Mar Street. A. It has an old stone surface. B. It is named after a writer. C. It has a famous university. 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. — When did Christina find her purse missing? — It was not until she arrived at the shopping mall ________ she got ready to buy her mother a B. Fernando Street. C. Hernandez Street. 20. Why does the speaker like Horatio Street best? B. It’s a small town. B. Sunday afternoons. C. It’s a public place. C. Fridays and 18. When do parents and children like going to the Plaza Leon? B. Speak to taxi drivers. C. Ask hotel clerks. B. Andrea. C. Miranda.

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gift. A. before B. that C. where D. why

22. I’d like to be rewarded with a smile from our teacher ________ I finish presenting my research result. A. hardly B. quickly C. constantly D. immediately

23. The manager has decided to put ________ he thinks is energetic and clever in the position of the leadership of the company. A. whoever B. anyone C. whomever D. those

24. China’s first aircraft carrier, ________ as long as 304 metres, was handed over to the People’s Liberation Army navy in 2012. A. measures B. measuring C. to measure D. measured

25. The managers in that large company normally have a meeting every Monday morning ________ there is nothing important to discuss. A. if B. because C. unless D. when

26. At night, I can’t ________ a light switch for fear that my parent(s) might wake up, so I have to use a flashlight to give me some light to read novels. A. hit B. strike C. turn D. push

27. Over the last few years, I have found that having male nurses is a real _______, and they certainly have a ________ in our hospital. A. bond; potential B. hit; preference C. bonus; place D. deal; passion

28. In modern education, I think, students should be involved in various activities, especially those ________ they can gain experience for growth. A. who B. where C. which D. whom

29. Male and female students are quite different from each other ________ the age at which they begin to develop an intellectual self-discipline. A. on account of B. in the light of C. in honor of D. with regard to

30. Mr. Yang always reminds us to go over our test paper carefully after we finish it, where we ________ otherwise make careless mistakes. A. will B. may C. might D. can

31. Try to spend your time just on the things you find ________. That way, you’ll find life enjoyable and meaningful. A. worth doing them B. worth doing C. them worth doing D. worth being done

32. Since the recent river pollution in several provinces, people ________ more and more

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attention to the quality and safety of drinking water. A. pay paying 33. Though the scheme was well designed, it ________ because people were unwilling to cooperate. A. broke down B. took on C. turned down D. carried on B. are paying C. have paid D. have been

34. Another advantage of having male nurses is that they see things from a different angle ________ women and bring a male way of thinking ________ problems. A. from; to solve B. to; to solve C. than; to settling D. at; to settling

35. — Two of the boys were caught playing computer games in the Internet café. Mr. Chen criticized them severely in front of the whole class. — They deserved it. And Mr. Chen was just ________. A. killing the fatted calf C. teaching a fish to swim B. putting the cart before the horse D. beating the dog before the lion

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。 Who is the most important person in your life? It is a simple and assume the majority answer is one of their Internet, which indicates that 38 36 asked question. I

37 . I read some interesting statistics from the

people say the most important person is their child, while 39 all

for people who are single, the answer is their parents. As for me, it’s really difficult to the people in my heart and say who is the best. I used to live with my grandfather when I was young. Kong occasionally, it didn’t affect the raising me for a long time, how 43 42 41 40

he had to go to work in Hong

he gave me. Meanwhile, my parents have been

me lots of proverbs about life. For my close friends, no matter

I am, they always stay with me and tell me never to give up and they will always 44 in my life.

support me. They are all valuable and cannot be So don’t be 45

about my answer. In my opinion, the most important person is myself. 46 , but that’s because you don’t understand my answer yet. I’m sure 47 .

Perhaps you think I’m

you’ll agree with me after you read my In my country, we have a(n) parents are 49 48

that the son should take care of the family after the 50 or for 51

or too old to take care of themselves. So either for

emotional reasons, I should be able to support my family in the future. So I must be enough to have a good job so that I will never let them 52

when they ask for help. That’s

why I said I am the most important person in my life. This is not only for me, but also for
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everyone who cares about me and who on me. In a 54

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, no matter who is the most important person in your heart, please cherish 55 to those in your life. C. formally C. relatives C. educated C. adore C. Unless C. trust C. teaching C. ridiculous C. discovered C. curious C. self-confident C. explanation C. feeling C. unattached C. expectation C. strong C. out C. depends C. stage C. dignity D. casually D. employers D. conservative D. ignore D. Although D. confidence D. saving D. hopeless D. selected D. surprised D. self-controlled D. introduction D. arrangement D. unprotected D. responsibility D. noble D. through D. focuses D. word D. fantasy

yourself, cherish your job, in order to bring 36. A. frequently 37. A. educators 38. A. mature 39. A. rank 40. A. Now that 41. A. honor 42. A. showing 43. A. greedy 44. A. replaced 45. A. optimistic 46. A. selfless 47. A. story 48. A. belief 49. A. retired 50. A. reputation 51. A. helpful 52. A. off 53. A. calls 54. A. way 55. A. happiness B. deliberately B. partners B. married B. understand B. In case B. care B. awarding B. awkward B. rewarded B. anxious B. selfish B. letter B. tradition B. disabled B. conscience B. wealthy B. down B. comments B. sense B. convenience

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 Below are some classified ads from an English newspaper. Classified ads FOR DIRECT CLASSIFIED SERVICE CALL 800-0557 10 A.M.-4P.M. MONDAY-FRIDAY FOR SALE ——————————— COME to our moving sale— Plants, pottery, books, clothes, etc. Sat,Dec.14th—9a.m.-5p.m. PERSONAL ———————————— OVERSEAS JOBS—Australia, Europe, S. America, Africa. Students all professions and occupation, $700 to $3000 DOMESTIC SERVICE ———————————— EARLY HOUR WAKE-UP SERVICE: For prompt, courteous wake-up service, call 800-0760.

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1612 Ferndale, Apt. 1. Call 800-4696. USED FUR COATS AND JACKETS. Good condition. $30-$50. Call 800-0436 after 12 noon. MOVING: Must sell. TV21, $50; AM/FM radio A/C or battery, $15; cassette tape recorder, $10. Call Jon or Pat, 800-0739 after 5p.m. or weekends. SHEEPSKIN COAT: man’s size 42, 1 year old. $85 after 6 p.m., 800-5224. LOST AND FOUND ——————————— FOUND: Cat, 6 months old, black and white markings. Found near Linden and South U. Steve.800-4661. LOST: Gold wire rim glasses In brown case. Campus area. Reward. Call Gregg 800-2896 FOUND: Nov.8th—A black and white puppy in Packard Jewett area. Call 800-5770.

monthly. Expenses paid, overtime sightseeing. Free information at STUDENTS’ UNION. THE INTERNATIONAL ———————————— CENTER plans to publish a booklet of student travel adventures. If you’d like to write about your foreign experiences, unusual or just plain interesting, call us (800-9310) and ask for Mike or Janet. UNSURE WHAT TO DO? Life-Planning Workshop. Dec. 13th-15th. Bob and Margaret Atwood, 800-0046. ROOMMATES ———————————— FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED: Own room near campus. Available December 1. Rent $300 per month until March 1. $450 thereafter. Call Jill for details, 800-7839. NEED PERSON to assume lease for own bedroom in apt. near campus, $380/mo.starting Jan.1.Call 800-6157 after 5 p.m.

HELP WANTED ———————————— BABYSITTER—MY HOME If you are available a few hours during the day, and some evenings to care for 2 school age children, please call Gayle Moore, days 800-1111, evenings and weekends 800-4964. PERSONS WANTED for delivery work. Own Transportation. Good pay. Apply 2311 E. Stadium. Office 101, after 9a.m. TELEPHONE RECEPTIONIST WANTED. NO experience necessary. Good pay. Apply 2311 E. Stadium. Office 101, after 9a.m. WAITRESS WANTED: 10a.m.-2p.m.or 10:30 a.m.5p.m. Apply in person, 207. S. Main. Curtis Restaurant. HELP WANTED for house Cleaning 1/2 day on weekends. When—to be discussed for mutual convenience. Good wages. Sylvan Street. Call 800-2817.

56. Where will you post a notice if you need someone to look after your children? A. PERSONAL. C. DOMESTIC SERVICE. B. HELP WANTED. D. ROOMMATES.

57. A second-hand jacket will probably cost you ________. A. $60 A. Students’ Union C. The International Center B
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B. $40

C. $20 B. Gayle Moore

D. $10

58. To have your travel notes published, you may contact ________.

D. Life-Planning Workshop

To err is human. To blame the other guy is even more human. Common sense is not all that common. Why tell the truth when you can come up with a good excuse? These three popular misquotes(误用的引语)are meant to be jokes, and yet they tell us a lot about human nature. To err, or to make mistakes, is indeed a part of being human, but it seems that most people don’t want to accept the responsibility for the problem. Perhaps it is the natural thing to do. The original quote about human nature went like this, “ To err is human, to forgive is divine(神圣的).” This saying mirrors an ideal: people should be forgiving of others’ mistakes. Instead, we tend to do the opposite — find someone else to pass the blame on to. However, taking responsibility for something that went wrong is a making of great maturity. Common sense is what we call clear thought. Having common sense means having a good general plan that will make things work well, and it also means staying with the plan. Common sense tells you that you take an umbrella out into a rainstorm, but you leave the umbrella home when you hear a weather forecast for sunshine. Common sense does not seem to be common for large organizations, because there are so many things going on that one person cannot be in charge of everything. People say that in a large company, “the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing.” And what is wrong with a society that thinks that making up a good excuse is like creating a work of art? One of the common problems with making excuses is that people, especially young people, get the idea that it’s okay not to be totally honest all the time. There is a corollary(推论) to that: if a good excuse is “good” even if it isn’t honest, then where is the place of the truth? 59. According to the author, what is a sign of a man’s maturity? A. Doing things his own way. C. Bearing responsibility for his mistakes. wrongdoing. 60. Which of the following is NOT based on common sense? A. A lawyer acts on fine judgments. B. A company’s next move follows a good plan. C. A student goes out with an umbrella in stormy weather. D. A man tries to take charge of everything in a large company. 61. What is the author ’s opinion about a good excuse? A. Bitter truth is better than a good excuse. B. A good excuse is as rewarding as honesty. C. Inventing a good excuse needs creative ideas. D. Making a good excuse is sometimes a better policy. 62. What would be the best title for this passage? A. Truth or Excuse B. A Mark of Maturity B. Making as few mistakes as possible. D. Thinking seriously about his

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C. To Blame or to Forgive C

D. A Mirror of Human Nature

To take the apple as a forbidden fruit is the most unlikely story the Christians have ever cooked up. For them, the forbidden fruit from Eden is evil. So when Columbus brought the tomato back from South America, a land mistakenly considered to be Eden, everyone jumped to the obvious conclusion. Wrongly taken as the apple of Eden, the tomato was shut out of the door of Europeans. What made it particularly terrifying was its similarity to the mandrake, a plant that was thought to have come from Hell(地狱). What earned the plant its awful reputation was its roots which looked like a dried-up human body occupied by evil spirits. Though the tomato and the mandrake were quite different except that both had bright red or yellow fruit, the general population considered them one and the same, too terrible to touch. Cautious Europeans long ignored the tomato, and until the early 1700s most of the Western people continued to drag their feet. In the 1880s, the daughter of a well-known plant expert wrote that the most interesting part of an afternoon tea at her father ’s house had been the “ introduction of this wonderful new fruit—or is it a vegetable? “As late as the twentieth century some writers still classed tomatoes with mandrakes as an “evil fruit”. But in the end tomatoes carried the day. The hero of the tomato was an American named Robert Johnson, and when he was publicly going to eat the tomato in 1820, people journeyed for hundreds of miles to watch him drop dead. “What are you afraid of?” he shouted. “I’ll show you fools that these things are good to eat!” Then he bit into the tomato. Some people fainted. But he survived and, according to a local story, set up a tomato-canning factory. 63. The tomato was shut out of the door of early Europeans mainly because ________. A. it made Christians evil C. it came from a forbidden land B. it was the apple of Eden D. it was religiously unacceptable

64. What can we infer from the underlined part in Paragraph 3? A. The process of ignoring the tomato slowed down. B. There was little progress in the study of the tomato. C. Most western people continued to get rid of the tomato. D. The tomato was still refused in most western countries. 65. What is the main reason for Robert Johnson to eat the tomato publicly? A. To make himself a hero. B. To remove people’s fear of the tomato. C. To speed up the popularity of the tomato. D. To persuade people to buy products from his factory. 66. What is the main purpose of the passage? A. To challenge people’s fixed concepts of the tomato.

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B. To give an explanation to people’s dislike of the tomato. C. To present the change of people’s attitudes to the tomato. D. To show the process of freeing the tomato from religious influence. D The man beside her looked familiar. She felt like she knew him. Then when he opened the book on his knees, she at once knew who he was. “Now, if anyone ever has a doubt regarding factorization (因式分解), just once, read page number thirteen in your textbook. There would be no more doubt.” She smiled at the memory, remembering his patient, cool face. She recalled one by one, all the memories of her middle school Math teacher. He was a widower, always looking sad. He looked tailor-made for a librarian, silent as his books, or a romantic poet, but a mathematics teacher was the last guess anyone could make about him. Oh, how they used to make fun of him, play tricks on him and laugh behind his back! He never laughed but smiled politely at everybody. Sometimes he would make silly mistakes on the blackboard, and then apologize as he erased it out. He always gave in to the girls’ demands of shortening his class. His correction was always careless and merciful, and the middle school girls relied on this fact to pass through the hardest of mathematics exam papers. But she didn’t remember him for this. Long shiny hair and soulful big eyes. A tall, slim frame. His daughter. They had been best friends and always hung about together. She recalled eagerly all the fun they had in middle school, wild and carefree...until his daughter went down with pneumonia(肺炎). She could never forget the suddenness and the meaninglessness of it, the feeling of emptiness. After that, he looked even sadder. But, life went on. Now, after almost 25 years, sitting beside him, with a dirty city bus aisle between them, she gathered her courage and said, “Mr. Rao? I’m an old student of yours. You taught me in middle school.” He looked at her for a while. “I do not even seem to remember any student.” She knew he was lying. “I am sorry about your daughter.” There was a pause in their conversation, and it was filled with all kinds of noises. Then he spoke, looking away. “I do not need any sympathy. In fact, all my new students think I never had any kids.” He had a smile, but his eyes were sad. “Where do you work now?” she asked. “Future Generation High School.” She swallowed, in excitement. The school where her daughter studied. “Do you happen to know Jaya Kumari?” Something flashed across his face. Anyone else would consider the expression as recalling something. But she knew it was pain. Then his face was calm again.

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“No.” His answer was short. “Well, she is my daughter.” Her daughter was a topper, a gold medalist in the Math State Competitions. He was pretending. The bus stopped. She stood up and looked down at him. “I was your daughter’s best friend. You must surely remember me...” “Excuse me,” he said, looking nervous. “I do not want this conversation. Someday, you’ll see that it is easier to bury the past.” He said, and went back to his graph. “Her loss was hard on me too,” she continued calmly. “I named my daughter after her.” 67. What does the underlined part mean? A. His dream was to be a poet. C. He didn’t look like a math teacher. B. He wasn’t equal to teaching math. D. He was silent and used to be a librarian.

68. According to the passage, when the woman was in middle school, Mr. Rao was probably ________. A. soft-hearted B. irresponsible C. indifferent D. strict

69. The woman remembered his math teacher probably because ________. A. they both suffered the loss of loved ones students B. he was often made fun of by his D. he taught well and was kind to C. he was handsome but always looked sad

girl students 70. The man refused to admit knowing the woman’s daughter because ________. A. he hated discussing about his job after work B. he never recovered from his daughter ’s death C. her daughter was not clever enough to stand out D. the name of her daughter was not familiar to him 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一个最恰当的单 词。注意:每个空格只填 1 个单词。请将答案写在答题卡上相应题号的横线上。 Green is not always referring to the color. In some cases, it is the term used for being environmentally friendly. If you’ve been looking to replace your furniture, consider going green because environmentally friendly furniture offers many benefits. Here are a few tips to get you started on your hunt for the perfect eco-friendly furniture. First, environmentally friendly furniture isn’t harmful to your health. Also its manufacturing process doesn’t cause damage to the environment in any way. Besides, by purchasing eco-friendly products, you prevent deforestation and global warming to some extent in your own way. You do your part in protecting the environment. Environmentally friendly furniture is cost-effective as well. The materials that are used in furniture are what make them green. Materials can be good for

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the environment either because they are materials that are considered renewable resources or they are all natural. A lack of chemicals and toxins in green furniture also means it is a better choice for the environment. It may be hard to imagine that a sofa or a table could actually be a green product but they really can be depending on what they ’re made of. There are a lot of renewable sources that manufacturers could use when building the furniture, so you should be keeping an eye out for them. Bamboo can be an excellent replacement for wood and can also replace plastics and metals in some furnishing. Cotton is a soft fabric that is safe for the environment and it can be replenished(补充) often. Hemp is also a renewable source that can be used for fabric and twine. Recycled materials also can be made into green furniture. Metals can be recovered and remade into new things such as frames and foundations for sofas. Recycled plastic can also be made into furniture such as tables and chairs. Touching up old furniture instead of buying new items is very cheap way to be green. Yard sales and second-hand stores sell furniture too and buying the used means new things won’t be made, so no more damage has to happen to the earth. Therefore, when you want to hunt for the perfect environmentally friendly furniture, you should try to know the type of materials which are used in building the furniture. Environmentally friendly furniture ●It is (72) ▲ ▲ to your health. ▲ damaging the environment in any ●Its manufacturing process (73) (71) way. ●It prevents deforestation and global warming to some extent. ●It helps you (74) Requirements of the materials ●The materials (75) ▲ ▲ some money as well. ●The materials should be renewable and natural. fewer chemicals and toxins. ▲ wood, plastics and ●Bamboo can be used to (76) Renewable Materials often used in green furniture Recycled materials materials metals. ●Cotton is a soft fabric which can be often replenished. ●Hemp is also a good material. ●Metals can be recovered and (77) things (78) ▲ ▲ to make new

frames and foundations for sofas. ▲ furniture is also a good idea.

●Recycled plastics can be made into tables and chairs. ●Purchasing (79) ▲

Conclusion

It is (80)

to know the type of materials used in the furniture while

you’re hunting for the perfect eco-friendly furniture.

第五部分 书面表达(满分 25 分)

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81. 请根据下面图画所反映的现象和问题,写一篇 150 词左右的短文。 你的短文应该包括: (1) 描述上图的内容; (2) 分析问题的危害; (3) 谈谈你对此问题的看法。 注意:短文的开头已给出(不计 入总词数) 。

Nowadays, it’s not uncommon that parents tend to do everything for their children. ___________ _______________________________________________________________________________ ___

江苏省淮阴中学 2015 届高三英语试题

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I. 听 力 1-5: ACACB 6-10: BBABA 11-15: BACAA 16-20: BCBCC II. 单项选择 21-25: CDABC 26-30: ACBDC 31-35: BDACD III. 完形填空 36-40: ACBAD 41-45: BCDAD 46-50: BCBAD 51-55: CBCDA IV. 阅读理解 56-58: BBC 59-62: CDAD 63-66 DDBC 67-70: CAAB V. 任务型阅读 (71) Benefits/Advantages (72) harmless/beneficial (73) avoids (74) save (75) contain/have (76) replace (77) reused/recycled/used (78) like (79) second-hand/used/old (80) better/necessary/important/vital/essential V. 书面表达 Nowadays, it’s not uncommon that parents tend to do everything for their children. As we can see in the picture, Xiaoming is busy with his homework while his mother is fanning him to make him cool and comfortable. It reflects that parents show excessive affection for their children. There is no doubt that parents’ excessive care for their children does more harm than good. First of all, too much care leads to children lacking independence and confidence. As they grow up, they have little ability or courage to challenge difficulties in life. What ’s worse, children take anything their parents do for them for granted. Therefore, they become self-centred and indifferent. As far as I am concerned, too much care is not a true love. Great love and concern means providing a good chance for children to fly higher. Parents should love their children in a proper way instead of getting everything done for them so that children can develop the habit of working and living independently. (153 words)
Text 1 M: I’ve got my camera with me. But am I allowed to take photos here? W: I think so. It doesn’t say you can’t.

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Text 2 M: I really like living here in this flat, because it’s so near the center of town. W: That’s true. But it gets really noisy at night. Text 3 M: Hi, Maggie. I’m coming, but it’s snowing and the traffic is moving slowly. W: OK, David. Take your time. We’ll wait for you, so we can have dinner together. Text 4 M: Celia, you see those girls over there? They need another player for a basketball game. Would you like to join them? W: Seems like it’s a game for fun. Sure, I’ll be there in a minute. Text 5 W: I won’t have anything to wear to work on Monday unless I pick up my clothes at the dry cleaners. M: Then you’d better hurry. It closes at noon on Sundays. W: Oh! I should have gone there Saturday. Text 6 M: All right, Sarah. We know that you’re planning something big for John’s birthday. Could you tell us just what you have in your mind? W: I wanted to make his birthday a very special event. John has a sister living in France, and I’ll send her a plane ticket, so that she can be here for his birthday. M: Boy! What an excellent plan! That’s something special. I kind of guessed you had some secret plan and were waiting for the right time to tell me. W: Well, I didn’t want to say anything until I was sure she could come. Text 7 W: Hey, Peter. I’m sorry! M: Hi, Diana. What’s wrong? W: We were going to Hong Kong this weekend, but I’m afraid I can’t go. M: How come? W: I have a really big geography test and I have to study for it. M: We can go next week instead. W: No, I don’t want to ruin your weekend. You go ahead and please take the book I bought to my friend Sally. Tell her I have to study all weekend, because I can’t afford to fail the test. M: OK, then I’ll go with Dan. But it’s a pity you can’t come. Text 8 W: Hello, this is Andrea. M: Hello, Andrea, this is Alex. I have some very good news for you. Miranda was very satisfied with you and said she’s very much looking forward to working with you. Isn’t that wonderful? Congratulations, dear! How does it feel to be Miranda’s new assistant? I imagine that you’re just delighted with this news. So, let’s see…you can start on Monday, right? W: Umm, well, I don’t think I can start Monday. I am visiting my father in Baltimore. And because I don’t live in New York, I’ll need a couple of days to find a flat and buy some furniture and move my things from Avon. M: Oh, well…then, in that case I suppose Wednesday would be good. Ok, see you then! Text 9 W: Hello, Mr. Jan Erick Friedman. You’re a frequent traveler. And we also know that you eat out twice a day. How come you are so fond of eating out? M: When I got my first job back in 1982 and started traveling, I had no other choice but to eat out. I found that I felt different due to what I was eating, so I tried to find places that served food that made me feel good. The secret was the quality of the food and how well the food was prepared. I made an effort to find good restaurants as well as nice dishes. W: How did you manage to make a list of 218 favorite restaurants?

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M: I have lived in many cities, and when I moved back to Sweden from the United States, people asked me where to go and eat when they went to cities I knew. I got a lot of ideas. Then I wrote about restaurants for the Swedish Club’s magazine, and someone suggested I gather the information about the restaurants together. Since I had all the facts about the restaurants I had been to, I started to do that. W: How do you find restaurants? M: The best way is to ask the people there. I may talk to people at a street market or take a walk and look for a place myself. I never ask a hotel clerk or a taxi driver. I don’t go to empty restaurants or places with menus difficult to understand. Text 10: At the beginning of the tour, we will start with the most important place in my town, which is the Plaza Leon. The Plaza Leon, which is more than 100 years old, is the gathering place for young people on Friday and Saturday nights and for parents and children on Sunday afternoons. Four streets lead to the Plaza, which have wide sidewalks and are tree-lined. Hernandez Street, which was named after a famous writer born in the city, contains all of the food stores, fish markets, and vegetable stands. Fernando Street, which was named after an educator, is where all of the government offices are housed. Via del Mar Street, whose roads are made of stones, is the only street which still has its old surface. Finally, we come to Horatio Street, on which there are two universities. One of them is the most famous university in my country. That’s why it is my favorite street of all.

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