(限时：25 分钟) (一) Wesla Whitfield, a famous jazz singer, has a unique style and life story, so I decided to see one of her performances and interview
her for my newspaper. I went to a nightclub in New York and watched the stage lights go up. After the band played an introduction, Wesla Whitfield wheeled herself onstage in a wheelchair. As she sang, Whitfield's voice was so powerful and soulful that everyone in the room forgot the wheelchair was even there. At 57, Whitfield is small and pretty, humorous and modest. Raised in California, Whitfield began performing in public at age 18, when she took a job as a singing waitress at a pizza shop. After studying classical music in college, she moved to San Francisco and went on to sing with the San Francisco Opera Chorus. Walking home from rehearsal (排练) at age 29, she was caught in a random shooting that left her unable to move her body from the waist down. I asked how she dealt with the realization that she'd never walk again, and she admitted that at the beginning she didn't want to face it. After a year of depression she tried to kill herself. She was then admitted to a hospital for treatment, where she was able to recover. Whitfield said she came to understand that the only thing she had lost in this misfortunate event was the ability to walk. She still possessed her most valuable asset—her mind. Pointing to her head, she said, “Everything important is in here. The only real disability in life is losing your mind. ”When I asked if she was angry about what she had lost, she admitted to being annoyed from time to time, “Especially when everybody's dancing, because I love to dance.” But when_that_happens I just remove myself so I can focus instead on what I can do. 1．In which of the following places did Wesla Whitfield once work? A．A college. B．A hospital. C．A pizza shop. D．A news agency.
2．Which of the following statements is TRUE about Wesla Whitfield's physical disability? A．It was caused by a traffic accident. B．It made her sad and depressed at first. C．It seriously affected her singing career. D．It happened when she was a college student. 3．What do the underlined words “when that happens” mean in the last paragraph? A．When Wesla is losing her mind. B．When Wesla is singing on the stage. C．When Wesla goes out in her wheel chair. D．When Wesla sees other people dancing. 4．What advice would Wesla most likely give other disabled people? A．Ignore what you have lost and make the best use of what you have. B．Be modest and hard?working to earn respect from other people. C．Acquire a skill so that you can still be successful and f a mous. D．Try to sing whenever you feel upset and depressed. (二) Henry Loomis served as director of the Voice of America for seven years starting in 1958. Mr. Loomis played an important role in creating the Special English service. Henry Loomis was born in 1919 in Tuxedo Park, New York. His father was Alfred Lee Loomis, a wealthy New York City businessman. In 1940, Henry Loomis dropped out of Harvard University to join the United St ates Navy. He was able to put to good use his knowledge of radar technology that he had learned about because of his father's work. After graduating at the top in his naval training class, Henry Loomis became a teacher at the Navy's radar training school in Hawaii. By the end of World War Ⅱ， Henry Loomis had received many honors for his service, including a Bronze Star and an Air Medal. He left the Navy in 1946 to begin graduate studies. Henry Loomis later moved to Washington, D．C.to begin another stage of his career in public service. He held positions in the Department of Defense and other agencies.
In 1958, h e became director of the Voice of America. During his travels around the world, Mr. Loomis saw that English was becoming an important international language. He believed that it was important to make English easier to understand by listeners of VOA broadcasts whose native language was not English. So Mr. Loomis asked VOA program ma nager Barry Zorthian to develop a way to broadcast to listeners with a limited knowledge of English. The result of this effort was Special English. The first Voice of America broadcast in Special English took place on October 19th, 1959.Critics at the time said the Special English method of broadcasting at a slower rate with a limited vocabulary would never work. American embassies demanded that the program be cancelled. But Mr. Loomis supported the program. Soon, VOA began to receive hundreds of letters from listeners praising the program. Special English programs became some of the most popular on VOA, and we are pleased to say that they still are. 1．We can know from the passage that Henry Loomis________. A．was born in a poor family B．did well in his naval training class C．stayed in the Navy for nearly 8 years D．joined the army immediately after graduating from university 2．What is the second paragraph mainly about? A．Henry Loomis' childhood. B． Henry Loomis' career. C．Henry Loomis' background. D．Henry Loomis' army life. 3．What led to Henry Loomis' inspiration of Special English programs? A．His experience in the Navy. B．His experience in the Department of Defense. C．His early dream of promoting the influence of VOA. D．His finding tha t VOA programs are too difficult for non?native listeners. 4．Those who were against his idea of Special English programs said________. [
A．Special English programs were too ideal, not practical B．it would cost too much to make Special English programs C．it was unnecessary to broadcast Special English programs D ． Special English programs wouldn't help listeners in improving their English (三) Powered by courage and determination, Felicity Aston, 33, became the first person to ski alone across Antarctica on 15, Jan, 2012. Aston finished the 59?day trip almost exactly a century after Roald Amundsen first reached the South Pole in 1911. Aston crossed 1,084 miles from the Ross Ice Shelf to Hercules Inlet. Aston, a freelance travel writer, and explorer, faced temperatures that averaged ?25 degrees as she pulled two sleds across the ice and thick snow on her nearly two?month trip. The scariest moment came when her two lighters failed to work while she was in the Transantarctic Mountains.The lighters started working again at lower altitudes. While early Antarctic explorers were cut off from the outside world, Aston's access to a satellite phone meant that friends and family could follow her online as she regularly tweeted (在 Twitter 上发微博) and made almost daily podcasts (播 客) about her journey.An interactive map showed Aston's progress in real time.And while she skied, Aston listened to bands. On New Year's Eve she noted that there would be no champagne.No wine with me to toast the new year but treating myself to spoonfuls of the peanut butter, Aston tweeted as the new year approached. In Aston's last podcast, the e motional traveler recorded after she reached Hercules Inlet, “I seem to have got here in a rush or something and I don't really feel prepared for it，” said Aston. “It feels amazing to be finished and greatly sad that it's over at the same time.” Weather permitting, Aston will return home today where she says she is looking forward to some “red wine and a hot shower”．
1．What is Aston's most possible purpose to ski alone across Antarctica? A．To memorize human's arrival at the South Pole. B．To become the first woman to cross the South Pole. C．To make an exploration by herself and write about it. D．To explore Antarctica and do science researches. 2．What is the difference between Aston's trip and the early explorers'? A．She brought an electronic map with her. B．She was monitored by a special satellite C．She suffered much lower temperatures. D．She was followed online all through the trip. 3．It was the most difficult for Aston when ________. A．the temperatures fell below ?5 degrees B．her two lighters failed to work in mountains C．there was no champagne on New Year's Eve D．her trip across Antarctica was coming to an end 4．Aston feels ________ about the ending of her trip. A．depressed and sorry B．amazed but sad C．excited and proud D．tired but cheerful