英语学科测试 2013. 4
本试卷共 12 页，共 150 分。考试时长 120 分钟。考生务必将答案答在答题卡上，在试卷上作答 无效。考试结束后，将本试卷和答题卡一并交回。 第一部分：听力理解（共三节， 30 分） 第一节（共 5 小题；每小题 1.5 分，共 7.5 分） 听下面 5 段对话。每段对话后有一道小题，从每
题所给的 A、B、C 三个选项中选出最佳选项。听 完每段对话后，你将有 10 秒钟的时间来回答有关小题和阅读下一小题。每段对话你将听一遍。 例：What is the man going to read? A. A newspaper. B. A magazine. C. A book. 答案是 A。 1. How many people telephoned the man at the office yesterday? A. One. B. Four. C. Five. 2. Why does the man come? A. To book a hotel. B. To take a flight. C. To say thanks. 3. Where will the woman go first? A. To her house. B. To a bank. C. To a telephone booth. 4. Which of the following best describes Bill? A. Brave. B. Generous. C. Outgoing. 5. What is the man doing? A. Asking for help. B. Making invitations. C. Giving instructions. 第二节（共 10 小题；每小题 1.5 分，共 15 分） 听下面 4 段对话或独白，每段对话或独白后有几道小题，从每题所给的 A、B、C 三个选项中选出 最佳选项。听每段对话或独白前，你将有 5 秒钟的时间阅读每小题。听完后，每小题将给出 5 秒钟的 作答时间。每段对话或独白你将听两遍。 听第 6 段材料，回答第 6 至 7 题。 6. What is the relationship between the two speakers? A. Boss and clerk. B. Husband and wife. 7. Where is the man’s book? A. In a box. B. On the floor. 听第 7 段材料，回答第 8 至 9 题。 8. Why does the man make the call? A. To report a fire. B. To order a garden pipe. C. To show anger with a neighbor. 9. What will the man do? A. Get a fire truck. B. Put out the fire. 听第 8 段材料，回答第 10 至 12 题。 10. What is the woman looking for? A. The student dormitory. B. A student apartment. C. The Student Union building.
C. Customer and saleswoman. C. On the bookshelf.
C. Hold the line.
11. What is the man’s major? A. Medicine. B. Psychology. 12. What can be learned from the conversation? A. The two speakers know each other well. B. The man has just arrived in the States. C. The woman lives outside the school.
听第 9 段材料，回答第 13 至 15 题。 13. When can people do fitness training? A. 4 pm. B. 6 pm. C. 8 pm. 14. What can people do at the sports center? A. Swim at any time of the day. B. Play tennis in the indoor court. C. Buy snacks in the caféwhenever the center is open. 15. Who will probably be interested in the speech? A. People who want to study athletics. B. People who hope to build a good shape. C. People who plan to open a training center. 第三节（共 5 小题；每小题 1.5 分，共 7.5 分） 听下面的一段对话，完成第 16 至 20 五道小题，每小题仅填写一个词，听对话前，你将有 20 秒 钟的时间阅读试题，听完后你将有 60 秒钟的作答时间，这段对话你将听两遍。 Regal Bookstore Survey on reading habits—fiction Types preferred: crime books, ___16___ fiction & Western Frequency of reading: ___17___ Number read monthly: about ___18___ Money spent monthly: $ ___19___ Ways to purchase: ___20___ & bookstores including Regal Bookstore 第二部分：知识运用（共两节， 45 分） 第一节 单项填空（共 15 小题；每小题 1 分，共 15 分） 例：It’s so nice to hear from her again. _____, we last met more than thirty years ago. A. What’s more B. That’s to say C. In other words D. Believe it or not 答案是 D。 21. The customer didn’t choose _____ of the coats and went away without looking at a third one. A. both B. all C. any D. either 22. —Why not find a new job? —Why should I? I _____ as much, but I like what I’m doing. A. didn’t earn B. don’t earn C. hadn’t earned D. haven’t earned 23. You don’t necessarily have to own _____ latest everything, but you should have _____ rough idea what is changing. A. the; a B. a; 不填 C. 不填; the D. the; the 24. Jim came back early last night. It was not yet eight o’clock _____ he got home. A. before B. that C. when D. until 25. Click OK, and you _____ a blank form named Form 1. A. see B. have seen C. are seeing D. will see 26. —Have they started the bridge repair work?
—Yes. Emergency repairs _____ to take three weeks. A. expect B. are expected C. will expect D. will be expected 27. I’m glad you told me about yesterday’s show being cancelled. Otherwise I _____ all the way for nothing. A. travelled B. had travelled C. would travel D. would have travelled 28. Dad, can you write a note and tell the teacher why I _____ the exam? A. missed B. was missing C. would miss D. had missed 29. Talking of greetings, sometimes it depends on the age or sex of the person _____. A. greeting B. greeted C. having been greeted D. having greeted 30. It saves time in the kitchen to have things you use a lot _____ easy reach. A. near B. upon C. within D. around 31. With some urgent business _____, Mr Smith has decided to put off his journey to Paris. A. attending to B. to attend to C. attended to D. attend to 32. As for some skills, once having commanded them, you will never forget them, and this is _____ we call internalization. A. why B. what C. because D. where 33. What a pity! Considering his ability and experience, he _____ better. A. could have done B. must have done C. couldn’t have done D. needn’t have done 34. _____ the entire annual report, I couldn’t give comments at the meeting. A. Not reading B. Not read C. Having not read D. Not having read 35. Music should be taught routinely in schools because of the benefits _____ can have on the development of the brains of young children. A. which B. that C. it D. one 第二节 完形填空（共 20 小题；每小题 1.5 分，共 30 分） Outside our hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, a seemingly ancient woman waited beside the door with her hand outstretched(伸出的). Every day I put my hand in hers as our eyes __36__. She never __37__ to return my smile, my grasp, and my greeting. On the last day of our __38__, I found myself __39__ on a busy corner across the street from our hotel. Bicycles and motorbikes rushed in front of me. We had been advised to walk __40__ through the heavy traffic without looking right or left. Let them __41__ us. But tonight I was by myself and felt __42__ to face the stream of vehicles. __43__ I hesitated on the sidewalk, I felt a hand on my elbow and looked down to see the smile of my small beggar friend looking up at me. She nodded her head toward the street, __44__ that she would take me across. Together, we moved slowly into the chaos. Then we moved on __45__ the sidewalk, where she pulled my face down to hers, kissed me on both cheeks, and then walked away, still smiling and waving back to me. I had not given her a single coin. We had __46__ something vastly more important—a warming of hearts in friendship. Traveling in poorer nations, I have __47__ a variety of ways to deal with beggars. The most __48__ response of tourists faced with those extremely poor people is to __49__ them and focus their eyes elsewhere. I have seen people push away an outstretched hand in __50__. A few may hurriedly drop a few coins, and then make a quick getaway in hopes that another 20 ragged beggars won’t immediately appear on the __51__. For many reasons, giving money is not the best __52__ to an outstretched hand. The greatest gift is time and respect. To look beggars in the eye and smile, thus acknowledging their existence, is a small thing. Putting your hand into another’s outstretched hand and grasping it __53__ for a moment is also a small thing. But these are important. Everyone needs __54__, to be seen as worthy of being __55__, to feel appreciated and loved. And I believe that everyone is worthy and worth knowing. 36. A. met 37. A. attempted 38. A. work B. opened B. wanted B. visit C. turned C. managed C. camp D. dropped D. failed D. festival
39. A. free 40. A. away 41. A. avoid 42. A. unwilling 43. A. Since 44. A. hoping 45. A. across 46. A. earned 47. A. changed 48. A. initial 49. A. ignore 50. A. anxiety 51. A. street 52. A. result 53. A. firmly 54. A. recognition 55. A. liked
B. alone B. off B. stop B. inadequate B. Although B. considering B. off B. shared B. followed B. automatic B. oppose B. desperation B. corner B. response B. casually B. encouragement B. trusted
C. lost C. straight C. lead C. inappropriate C. As C. concluding C. along C. expected C. possessed C. aggressive C. tolerate C. annoyance C. way C. reward C. cautiously C. motivation C. accepted
D. exposed D. about D. direct D. unfit D. Before D. indicating D. towards D. undertaken D. witnessed D. common D. scold D. sadness D. scene D. reply D. eagerly D. commitment D. known
第三部分：阅读理解（共两节，40 分） 第一节（共 15 小题；每小题 2 分，共 30 分） 阅读下列短文，从每题所给的 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 Submitting Assignment Online In order to upload an assignment (work given to students) to the system properly, you must save the assignment using one of the following applications: Microsoft Word, Corel WordPerfect, or Microsoft Excel. After you complete an assignment, it is important to save your work. This ensures that assignment being uploaded to the system is the most updated version. Your word processing program may attempt to save the assignment to a folder on your computer. We recommend creating a new folder, named after your course, in a location that is easy to remember, such as “My Documents.” File Name Requirements Select a file name for the assignment that is easy to remember. The file name must NOT contain spaces. Any spaces used in the file name will prevent the file from uploading to the system. File names using the extensions .rtf, .html, .zip, .jpg, or .exe are NOT allowed. Assignment Upload Procedure Make sure you save the assignment using one of the applications previously identified and ensure that it meets the file name requirements described above. When the file is ready to upload, follow these steps: 1. Sign in the system. 2. Enter your address information and click the CONTINUE button. You will be routed to the “Directions” screen. 3. Review the directions and click the CONTINUE button. You will be routed to the “Special Assignment Upload” screen. 4. Click the SEARCH button. The “Choose File” pop-up window appears. 5. Find the location on your computer where you saved your assignment, and select the file. After you have selected the file, click the UPLOAD button to upload your assignment to the system. Assignment Submission Dates Assignments must be submitted by midnight on the specified due date. Submit your assignment on time so that it reaches the system on or before the due date. No late assignments will be accepted or marked. Assignments delivered after the due date will not be assessed and will be failed. Please manage your time carefully as family and work demands will not be accepted as excuses for late or non-submissions. Tutors and administrators do not have the authority to grant extensions. 56. Which of the following file names is acceptable for submitting assignment? A. research paper.doc B. research paper.pdf
C. researchpaper.doc D. researchpaper.rtf 57. Students are advised to save an assignment to a specific folder in order to _____. A. sign in the system B. remember where the document is C. choose the appropriate application D. remember the document name quickly 58. If you summit your assignment late, you _____. A. can have a second chance B. should ask a tutor for help C. may apply for an extension D. will get a fail for the work B My favorite English teacher could draw humor out of the driest material. It wasn’t forced on us either. He took Samuel Johnson’s dictionary, Addison’s essays, and many other literary wonders from the eighteenth century and made them hilarious, even at eight o’clock in the morning. The thing that amazed me most was that the first time I read these works on my own some of them seemed dead, but the second time, after his explanation, I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t seen the humor. The stories and poems and plays were suddenly filled with allusions(典故) and irony and hilarious moments. I learned more from him than from any other teacher. My least favorite English teacher also made people laugh. Some students found him to be wonderfully funny. Many others did not. He assigned journals over a six week period, to be written in every day. At the end of the six weeks I had a notebook full of bits and pieces about my ideas, short stories, reactions to what we had read, and so on. Our teacher announced that we would be grading each other’s journals. Mine was passed to Joe, that class clown, who always behaved in a funny or silly way. He saw it fit to make joke of and said, “This writing isn’t fit to line the bottom of a birdcage.” Our teacher laughed at that funny remark. It hurt me so much that the anger from it has driven my writing and teaching ever since. So what makes the difference? Humor is one of the most powerful tools teachers or writers have. It can build up students and classes and make them excited about literature and writing, or it can tear them apart. It is true that humor is either productive or counter-productive and self-defeating. 59. The passage mainly discusses _____. A. teaching B. literature C. humor D. knowledge 60. The underlined word “hilarious” in Paragraph 1 probably means _____. A. funny B. tiring C. inspiring D. brilliant 61. With his favorite English teacher, the writer found it most amazing that _____. A. his teacher was very learned B. his teacher was very humorous C. the works by Johnson and Addison were very humorous D. few were able to find humor in works by Johnson and others 62. The English teacher the writer disliked most _____. A. was not able to make students laugh B. hurt his students’ feelings C. didn’t let his students do the grading D. had no sense of humor C Does money buy happiness? Not! Ah, but would a little more money make us a little happier? Many of us smirk(傻笑，假笑) and nod. There is, we believe, some connection between financial fitness and emotional fulfillment. Three in four American college students—nearly double the 1970 proportion— now consider it “very important” or “essential” that they become “very well off financially”. Money matters. But a surprising fact of life is that in countries where nearly everyone can afford life’s necessities, increasing wealth matters surprisingly little. The connection between income and happiness is “surprisingly weak,” observed University of Michigan researcher Ronald Inglehart in one 16-nation study of 170,000 people. Once comfortable, more money provides diminishing returns(报酬递减). The second piece of pie, or the second $100,000, never tastes as good as the first. Even lottery winners and the Forbes’ 100 wealthiest Americans surveyed by University of Illinois psychologist Ed Diener have expressed only slightly greater happiness than the average American. Making it big brings temporary joy. But in the long run wealth is like health: its complete absence can create suffering, but having it doesn’t guarantee happiness. Happiness seems less a matter of getting what we want than of wanting what we have. Has our happiness, however, floated upward with the rising economic tide? Are we happier today than
in 1940s, when two out of five homes lacked a shower or tub? Actually, we are not. Since 1957, the number of Americans who say they are “very happy” has declined from 35 to 32 percent. Meanwhile, the divorce rate has doubled, the teen suicide(自杀) rate has increased nearly three times, the violent crime rate has gone up nearly four times, and depression has mushroomed. Economic growth has provided no boost to human morale. When it comes to psychological well being, it is not the economy. I call this soaring wealth and shrinking spirit “the American paradox.” More than ever, we have big houses and broken homes, high incomes and low confidence, secured rights and reduced civility. We are good at making a living but often fail at making a life. We celebrate our prosperity(繁荣) but long for a purpose. We treasure our freedoms but long for connection. In an age of plenty, we feel spiritual hunger. 63. Which of the following statements best expresses the author’s view? A. The more money we earn, the less returns we have. B. The more money we earn, the happier we would be. C. In the long run, money cannot guarantee happiness. D. In the long run, happiness grows with economy. 64. “The second $100,000 never tastes as good as the first” because _____. A. it is not so fresh as the first $100,000 B. it is not so important as the first $100,000 C. profit brought by it is less than that from the first $100,000 D. happiness brought by it is less than that from the first $100,000 65. According to the passage, people do well in making a living but don’t _____. A. have any primary aim B. know how to spend money C. know how to enjoy life D. keep in touch with other people 66. The things that happened after 1957 are given to show that _____. A. people’s spiritual needs cannot be fulfilled by wealth B. family problems become more and more serious C. young people are not happy about their life D. social crimes have increased significantly D Science Fiction The science fiction type of entertainment is considered by most to be fathered by Jules Verne (A Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea) and H. G. Wells (The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds). Sci-Fi, as it is commonly shortened, is a fictional story in which science and technology have a significant influence on the characters and plot. Many such works are guesswork about what the future holds and how scientific findings and technological advances will shape humankind. Writing in the late 1800s, Jules Verne was remarkably successful in his 10 guesses about future technologies of air conditioning, automobiles, the Internet, television, and underwater, air, and space travel. Unbelievably, of all places from which to choose, Jules Verne guessed Tampa, Florida, USA as the launching site of the first project to the Moon, which was only 200 kilometers away from the actual 1969 location at Cape Canaveral, Florida. One of the best-known science fiction books is Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Published in 1949, it was not meant as a prediction, but as a warning: Orwell was describing what he saw as the outcome of the ideas, trends, and emerging technologies of his time. Many invented terms from this novel have become common in everyday use, such as “big brother” and “doublethink”. Even the author’s name has been made into an adjective—Orwellian—and has become a warning descriptor for situations where privacy is lost and the individual becomes sacrifice under a totalitarian( 极 权 主 义 ) government. Nineteen Eighty-Four was translated into sixty-five languages within five years of its publication, setting a record that still stands. What helps bring science fiction into being is usually a new discovery or innovation. The author creates an analysis of the potential influence and consequences and then wraps it in a pleasant story. For example, the beginning of space exploration was followed a few years later by the Star Trek television program and movie series. Advances in genetics(遗传学) cause fantasies of the end of disease, horrors of eugenics(优生
学), and thrillers where creatures disappearing long ago are brought back to life. The science fiction author’s self-determined role is that of field glasses for humanity—searching the world of future possibilities upon the road which we are traveling. 67. What can science fiction offer to people? A. A forecast of how a new discovery could influence mankind. B. A thoughtful look at the present drawbacks of technology. C. An analysis of why a new technology could be used to harm human. D. A thoughtful look at the past and what brought us to this point in history. 68. Which of the following best summarizes the description of Nineteen Eighty-Four? A. A prediction of future technologies. B. A warning of cruel and unfair ruling. C. The consequence of scientific findings. D. An imaginary perfect world of freedom. 69. From the passage we can learn that _____. A. Nineteen Eighty-Four adopted some popular terms B. H.G. Wells predicted the Internet in the late 1800s C. Cape Canaveral was mentioned in Jules Verne’s fiction D. Star Trek movie series were based on space exploration 70. According to the author, what is the role of science fiction in society? A. A moral compass. B. A reference of technology. C. A record of science development. D. A consideration of possibilities. 第二节（共 5 小题；每小题 2 分，共 10 分） 根据短文内容， 从短文后的七个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。 Stay on the brighter side of life One very important component of optimism is gratitude or feeling grateful. In fact, there is a strong connection between a grateful attitude and a heightened sense of well-being. Appreciate all the positives in your life by starting a gratitude journal in order to remember what you’re grateful for. ___71___ Feeling down? Instead of feeling sorry for yourself waiting for the universe to throw you a bone, try acting like you’re happy—even if you aren’t. A sincere smile and a forced smile will cause the same chemical reactions in your brain, so you can actually fool your mind into feeling better by making it react chemically as if things were going well. ___72___ Reassure yourself that everything is good— even if you don’t feel it. “___73___ If you’re stuck in traffic, then everything else must be going horribly too,” says Anne Parker, a wellness counselor. By blowing negative events out of proportion, you’re setting yourself up for feeling down all day. Instead, acknowledge that you’re stuck in traffic, but also bring to mind something good, like the beautiful scenery outside the window. That way, you’ll get in the habit of forbidding negative circumstances from blanketing your whole day. Swearing to lose 20 pounds or to run a marathon seems like goals leading to happiness, but they take time to achieve. ___74___ You may even end up admitting that you have been defeated. However, if you focus on the small milestones that occur along the way, you will feel positive about your progress, which will give you the strength to keep going. ___75___ Try making someone else’s day better. A report by United Healthcare and Volunteer Match found that volunteers are 72% more likely to characterize themselves as optimistic compared with non-volunteers. Plus, 89% of volunteers say that volunteering has improved their sense of well-being, and 92% say that it enriches their sense of purpose in life. A. Try to help someone in need. B. Want to give your attitude a lift? C. People tend to think in an either-or way. D. Act in an optimistic way—smile, laugh, tell a joke. E. You’ll fail to appreciate more important things in your life. F. By focusing on not having accomplished them yet, you will start to feel down on yourself. G. By remembering the pleasant things in your life, you can actually turn a negative attitude around.
第四部分：书面表达（共两节, 35 分） 第一节 情景作文（20 分） 假如你是红星中学高二（1）班的李华，上周你在学校食堂值周时看到一些浪费现象。请根据以 下四幅图的先后顺序，写一篇英文周记，叙述你们帮助食堂减少食物浪费的过程。 注意：1. 周记的开头已为你写好。 2. 词数不少于 60。
Last week, our class was on duty for student self-management. _____________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ 第二节 开放作文（15 分） 请根据下面提示，写一篇短文，词数不少于 50。 You are discussing the following picture with your English friend Jim. Now you are telling him how you understand the picture and what makes you think so.
北京市朝阳区高三年级第一次综合练习 英语参考答案 2013.4
第一部分：听力理解（共三节，30 分） 第一节（共 5 小题；每小题 1.5 分，共 7.5 分） 1—5 BCCAA 第二节（共 10 小题；每小题 1.5 分，共 15 分） 6—10 BBACC 11—15 ACBCB 第三节（共 5 小题；每小题 1.5 分，共 7.5 分） 16. science 17. often 18. 4 19. 50 20. online 第二部分：知识运用（共两节，45 分） 第一节 单项填空（共 15 小题；每小题 1 分，共 15 分） 21—25 DBACD 26—30 BDABC 31—35 BBADC 第二节 完形填空（共 20 小题；每小题 1.5 分，共 30 分） 36—40 ADBBC 41—45 ABCDD 46—50 BDDAC 51—55 DBAAD 第三部分：阅读理解（共两节，40 分） 第一节（共 15 小题；每小题 2 分，共 30 分） 56—60 CBDCA 61—65 CBCDC 66—70 AABDD 第二节（共 5 小题；每小题 2 分，共 10 分） 71—75 GDCFB 第四部分：书面表达（共两节，35 分） 第一节 情景作文（20 分） 一、内容要点： 1．看到学生浪费粮食 2．讨论如何减少浪费 3．宣传教育 4．浪费现象减少 二、One possible version: Last week, our class was on duty in the cafeteria for student self-management. On the first day, I was shocked to see so much leftover food thrown away by students. What a waste! Being concerned about it, my classmates and I had a heated discussion on how to solve the problem. Lots of good ideas came up, such as holding class meetings, putting up wall newspapers and charging a fine for wasting food. Finally, we all agreed that wall newspaper would be the best choice. The next day, we put our idea into reality. Towards lunch time, we put up a wall newspaper outside the school cafeteria, calling on students not to waste food. Many students gathered around to read and expressed their support. To my great delight, there were changes soon. In the cafeteria, I found the trays returned after lunch all empty without any leftover. Food was saved and the dining hall was cleaner. Seeing this, I felt relieved and proud of what we had done. 第二节 开放作文（15 分） One possible version: As you can see, the girl is trying to reach an apple at the top of the tree. It’s so high that she has to stand on a stack of stools and may fall any time. Down at the lower part of the tree, there are many big apples within her reach. But she just ignores them. Isn’t it ridiculous? I think the picture tries to tell us that we should set a proper goal for ourselves. If we ignore the readily
attainable goals and choose one beyond our reach, we may fall and end up with nothing. In our daily life, there are many such “little girls”, who only aim at what is up high. Sometimes, they even take risks in getting the apple, the result of which is most probably only a fall. Actually, if we set a more realistic goal, we will not only get big apples, but also achieve confidence and happiness. 听力原文： Text 1 M: I hope there weren’t many visitors when I was away yesterday. W: There wasn’t a single one, but I received four phone calls before I left the office at about 5:30. Text 2 W: Larry, good to see you again. How was your flight? M: Fine. I thought I’d just drop in to thank you for booking a hotel for me. W: Shall we go to the hotel right now? M: OK. Text 3 M: What’s wrong? W: My bank card and mobile phone were stolen. I’d better go home to make a lost call first. M: Oh, my god. Why not go to the telephone booth to make the call. W: That’s right. Text 4 M: Bill was really great. He nearly lost his life while rescuing a child from the ice water of the river yesterday. W: Well, as far as I know that was not the first dangerous situation he was in. Text 5 M: Are you free on Friday night? W: Sure, what did you have in mind? M: I’m going to my grandmother’s 80th birthday party. No one looks after my pet dog. Text 6 M: I can’t believe it! Could you tell me where you’ve put my book? W: Isn’t it on the bookshelf? M: No. The bookshelf is full of your cookery books. W: Then you should look in the bedroom, shouldn’t you? M: I’ve looked. You took that book and put it somewhere, didn’t you? W: The living-room? M: No. I’ve looked. I’m going to put all my books in a box and lock it! W: Look! Mr. Berman. It’s on the floor next to your foot. M: Ah! Good! Text 7 W: You have reached the police and fire emergency. Can I help you? M: Hurry! I need the fire department. My neighbor’s house is on fire. W: Please remain calm, sir. Could I have the address? M: Yes, OK, it’s 715 N. Fillmore. W: A fire truck is on its way, sir. Do you know if anyone is in the burning house? M: No, there isn’t; they got out safely. The owner is trying to put out the fire with a garden pipe by spraying water through a broken window. W: Could you stay on the line until they arrive? M: Sure. Text 8 M: Hello, you look lost. Can I be of assistance?
W: Oh, thanks. You’re right, I am lost. I’m looking for the Student Union building. M: You’re close; it’s just across the playground. It’s the three story brick building over there. W: I see, thanks a lot. You’ve been a big help. M: Excuse me for saying so, but you’re not from around here, are you? Are you British or what? W: Actually I’m Australian. I’m an exchange student. You’re an American, I assume? M: Yes. By the way, I’m Sam Jones. M: I’m Mary Donald. Pleased to meet you. M: So how long have you been in the States, Mary? W: I’ve been here about three weeks now. So, what’s your major, Sam? M: I’m studying medicine now. What’s yours? W: I’m not sure yet. I’m kind of interested in business but my parents believe psychology will be hot in the future. M: So, do you live in the dorm? W: Actually no, I have a small apartment about five blocks from here. Well, I have to run. Thanks for your help. Maybe we’ll run into each other again sometime. M: Could be, it’s a pretty small college. Nice to meet you, Mary. See you later. W: So long. Text 9 Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to our sports center. Here, between nine o’clock in the morning and nine o’clock in the evening, you can enjoy a number of different sporting activities. The outdoor tennis courts are open all day, and the running track is used for various forms of athletics, also all day. Most visitors, of course, come to use our Olympic-sized swimming pool. The hours for swimming are nine o’clock to half past eleven in the morning and two to nine pm. You can also play basketball in the gym between one and five, or do fitness training in the evening between five o’clock and half past seven. The caféis open all day for snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Finally, we have a shop that sells books and sports equipment. The opening hours are nine to five, but it closes for lunch between twelve and one. That’s all about our sports center. Are there any questions? No? Now I’d like to walk with you around the center and show you what we have here. Text 10 W: Excuse me, do you have a few minutes? We are doing a survey about people’s reading habits. M: Yes, alright. W: Thank you. Can I ask how often you read fiction books? M: Very often. I usually read about one book a week, sometimes more if I’m away on vacation. W: What three categories of books do you prefer? M: Hmm, let me think. I absolutely love crime books, also science fiction such as Arthur C. Clark and Asimov. And, recently I’ve read a lot of Westerns. W: Fine. How much do you spend on fiction books every month? M: Not very much because I get a lot of my books from friends. Probably around $ 50. W: OK, now the next question is about where you buy your books, in stores or on the Internet? M: As I said, I don’t buy books very often but when I do, I buy them online or sometimes I go to a bookstore. W: And have you ever been to our Regal Bookstore? M: Yes, I bought something there only two weeks ago. It was the new book by Grisham. I saw that it was on special offer so I came in. W: OK sir, thank you for your time. M: No problem.