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阅读理解汇编(5)(同步类)高二
河南省濮 阳二高10-11学年高二上学期阶段性考试
A
Is your family interested in buying a dog? A dog can be a good friend to your family, but if you choose the wrong kind of dog, it can cause you a lot of trouble.
Families should sit down and discuss the problems before buying a dog.Even if the children in your family are the ones who want the dog,the parents are the ones who are really responsible(有责任的) for seeing that the animal is properly cared for.If you don’t know much about dogs,it’s a good ides to go to the library for books about different kinds of dogs,as well as books about how to train a young dog. Dogs of different kinds change in popularity as the years go by. One of the most popular dogs these days is the German shepherd(牧羊犬). This is because it provides protection. The family should be warned that these dogs grow up to be very big, and may he too powerful for children, If your house is not big, a toy dog may be a good choice(选择). These dogs are very small and easy to train. They don’t need to be walked daily.
56. According to the passage, who should take care of the dog?
   A. Children.     B. Parents.      C. Family.      D. Friends.
57. The writer suggests one can get information about the different kinds of dogs            .
   A. by reading books about dogs                B. by buying a dog from a pet shop
   C. by watching dogs in a zoo                  D. by asking some friends
58. The passage is mainly about           .
   A. how to take care of dogs                   B. different kinds of books about dogs
   C. how to choose the right dogs for family pets   D. different kinds of dogs
答案:56-58 BAC       
B
Microsoft founder bill Gates has recovered his spot at the top of the US money heap, taking the place of investor Warren Buffett as America’s richest person, Forbes magazine’s latest list reveals. With 57 billion dollars net worth Gates again leads the list of 400 richest individuals in the world’s wealthiest country. He displaced Buffett who briefly held the position this year but who has seen his Berkshire Hathaway investment group’s shares slip 15 percent since February and is now worth 50 billion.
According to Forbes, whose list was published late Wednesday, the golden 400 have 1.3 billion dollars net worth or more. However, their combined net worth rose only 30 billion dollars, or two percent, to 1.57 trillion dollars.
Forbes said that rising oil and dizzy art prices fuelled the entry of 31 new members into the ultra-rich club and the return of eight previous members.
A notable arrival was Mark Zuckerberg, 24, founder of the social networking site Face book (脸谱网). Forbes estimates his worth at 1.5 billion dollars.
Meanwhile, turmoil(动荡)on the stock and housing markets saw 33 others drop off the list. including the former head of the troubled insurance giant AIG, Maurice Greenberg, and a former head of the online auction site eBay, Margaret Whitman.
Biggest gainers were led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg who took eighth place with 20 billion dollars worth after a transaction(交易)put a new value on his Bloomberg media and financial data network..
The biggest loser was casino(赌场,娱乐场)tycoon Sheldon Abelson, whose fortune fell 13
Billion dollars over 12 months —the equivalent to 1.5million dollars an hour—although he still has 15 billion dollars and occupies 15th place.
About two thirds of the list are self—made billionaires and just over 10 percent are women, led by television star Oprah Winfrey whose fortune rose 200 million dollars to 2.7 billion dollars.
59. According to Forbes, Warren Buffet is worth         .
   A. 57 billion dollars    B. 50 billion dollars    C. 1.5 billion dollars   D. 20 billion dollars
60.31 new members entered the ultra-rich club as a result of            .
   A. turmoil on the stock and housing market   B. media and financial data network
   C. rising oil and dizzy art prices             D. investment
61. The purpose of the author using the television star Oprah. Winfrey as an example is to       
   A. tell the readers that television stars make money easily
   B. prove that a millionaire can become a billionaire
   C. women can also be billionaires
   D. tell the readers that most of the billionaires are self-made
62. What is the best title of the passage?
   A. Bill Gates Leading World’s Richest People Again         B. What Made Billionaires
   C. Self-Made Billionaires                 D. Biggest Gainer and Biggest Loser
答案:59-62 BCCA

C
Londoners are great readers. They buy vast numbers of newspapers and magazines and of books --- especially paperbacks, which are still comparatively cheap in spite of ever-increasing rises in the costs of printing. They still continue to buy “proper” books, too, printed on good paper and bound(装订)between hard covers.
There are many streets in London containing shops which specialize in book-selling. Perhaps the best known of these is Charring Cross Road in the very heart of London. Here bookshops of all sorts and sizes are to be found, from the celebrated one which boasts of being “the biggest bookshop in the world” to the tiny, dusty little places which seem to have been left over from Dickens’ time. Some of these shops stock, or will obtain, any kind of book, but many of them specialize in second-hand books, in art books, in foreign books, in books on philosophy, politics or any other of the countless subjects about which books may be written. One shop in this area specializes only in books about ballet!
Although it may be the most convenient place for Londoners to buy books, Charring Cross Road is not the cheapest. For the really cheap second-hand books, the collector must venture off the beaten track, to Farringdon Road, for example, in the East Central district of London. Here there is nothing so impressive as bookshops. The booksellers come along each morning and pour out their sacks of books onto small hand carts. And the collectors, some professionals and some amateurs, have been waiting for them. In places like this they can still, occasionally, pick up for a few pence an old one that may be worth many pounds.
63. “Londoners are great readers” means that __________.
A. Londoners are great because they read a lot.        B. There are a great number of readers in London
C. Londoners are readers who read only great books   D. Londoners read a lot
64. According to this passage, Charring Cross Road __________.
A. is in the suburbs of London           B. is famous for its bookshops
C. contains various kinds of shops        D. is the busiest street in London
65. In this passage, what does the underlined part “venture off the beaten track” mean? __________.
A. buy books in a most busy street        B. move away from a busy street
C. waste time looking for books          D. take a risk of losing one’s life
66. On Farringdon Road, _________.
A. you can find fine bookshops for the latest books                
B. there are only small bookshops for the second-hand books
C. you can see book sellers selling books on hand-carts
D. the same books as the ones in the bookshops of Charring Cross Road are sold
答案:63-66 DBBC   
D
Foxes and farmers have never got on well. These small dog-like animals have long been accused of killing farm animals. They are officially classified as harmful and farmers try to keep their numbers down by shooting or poisoning them.
  Farmers can also call on the services of their local hunt to control the fox population. Hunting consists of pursuing a fox across the countryside, with a group of specially trained dogs, followed by men and women riding horses. When the dogs eventually catch the fox they kill it or a hunter shoots it.
  People who take part in hunting think of it as a sport; they wear a special uniform of red coats and white trousers, and follow strict codes of behavior. But owning a horse and hunt ing regularly is expensive, so most hunters are wealthy.
  It is estimated that up to 100,000 people watch or take part in fox hunting. But over the last couple of decades the number of people opposed to fox hunting, because they think it is brutal (残酷的), has risen sharply. Nowadays it is rare for a hunt to pass off without some kind of confrontation (冲突) between hunters and hunt saboteurs (阻拦者). Sometimes these incidents lead to violence, but mostly saboteurs interfere with the hunt by misleading riders and disturbing the trail of the foxs smell, which the dogs follow.
    Noisy confrontations between hunters and saboteurs have become so common that they are almost as much a part of hunting as the pursuit of foxes itself. But this year supporters of fox hunting face a much bigger threat to their sport. A Labor Party Member of the Parliament, Mike Foster, is trying to get Parliament to approve a new law which will make the hunting of wild animals with dogs illegal. If the law is passed, wild animals like foxes will be protected under the ban in Britain.
67. Rich people in Britain have been hunting foxes
   A. for recreation (娱乐)    B. in the interests of the farmers 
C. to limit the fox population  D. to show off their wealth
68. What is special about fox hunting in Britain?
   A. It involves the use of a deadly poison.    B. It is a costly event which rarely occurs.
   C. The hunters have set rules to follow.  D. The hunters have to go through strict training.
69. A new law may be passed by the British Parliament to________.
   A. prohibit farmers from hunting foxes   B. forbid hunting foxes with dogs
   C. stop hunting wild animals in the countryside D. prevent large-scale fox hunting
70. It can be inferred from the passage that ________.
   A. killing foxes with poison are illegal
   B. limiting the fox population is unnecessary
   C. hunting foxes with dogs is considered cruel and violent
   D. fox-hunting often leads to confrontation between the poor and the rich
  答案:67-70 ACBC

河南省商水一高10-11学年高二上学期期中试题
A
We walked in so quietly that the nurse at the desk didnt even lift her eyes from the book. Mum pointed at a big chair by the door and I knew she wanted me to sit down. While I watched mouth open is surprise, Mum took off her hat and coat and gave them to me to hold. She walked quietly to the small room by the lift and took out a wet mop. She pushed the mop past the desk and as the nurse looked up, Mum nodded and said, "Very dirty floors."
"Yes, Im glad theyve finally decided to clean them, "the nurse answered. She looked at Mum strangely and said, "But arent you working late?"
Mum just pushed harder, each swipe(拖一下)of the mop taking her farther and farther down the hall. I watched until she was out of sight and the nurse had turned back to writing in the big book.
After a long time Mum came back. Her eyes were shining. She quickly put the mop back and took my hand. As we turned to go out of the door, Mum bowed politely to the nurse and said, "Thank you."
Outside, Mum told me, "Dagmar is fine. No fever. "
"You saw her, Mum?"
"Of course I told her about the hospital rules, and she will not expect us until tomorrow. Dad will stop worrying as well. Its a fine hospital. But such floors! A mop is no good. You need a brush."
56. When she took a mop from the small room what Mum really wanted to do was  .
 A. to clean the floor     B. to please the nurse
C. to see a patient      D. to surprise the story-teller
57. When the nurse talked to Mum she thought Mum was a_____.
A. nurse           B. visitor   C. patient    D. cleaner
58. From the text we know that Dagmar is most likely
A. the story-tellers sister B. Mums friend C. the story-tellers classmate D. Dads boss
59. Which of the following words best describes Mum?
A. strange        B. warm-hearted C. clever      D. hard-working
答案:56-59 C DC  
B
When something goes wrong,it can be very satisfying to say, “Well, it’s so-and-so’s fault.” or “I know I’m late,but it’s not my fault; the car broke down.” It is probably not your fault,but once you form the habit of blaming somebody or something else for a bad situation,you are a loser. You have no power and could do nothing that helps change the situation. However, you can have great power over what happens to you if you stop focusing on whom to blame and start focusing on how to remedy the situation. This is the winner’s key to success.
Winners are great at overcoming problems. For example, if you were late because your car broke down, maybe you need to have your car examined more regularly. Or, you might start to carry along with you the useful phone numbers, so you could call for help when in need. For another example, if your colleague (同事) causes you problems on the job for lack of responsibility or ability, find ways of dealing with his irresponsibility or inability rather than simply blame the person. Ask to work with a different person, or don’t rely on this person. You should accept that the person is not reliable and find creative ways to work successfully regardless of how your colleague fails to do his job well.
This is what being a winner is all about—creatively using your skills and talents so that you are successful no matter what happens. Winners don’t have fewer problems in their lives; they have just as many difficult situations to face as anybody else. They are just better at seeing those problems as challenges and opportunities to develop their own talents. So, stop focusing on “whose fault it is.” Once you are confident about your power over bad situations, problems are just stepping stones for success.
60. According to the passage, winners        .
A. deal with problems rather than blame others    B. meet with fewer difficulties in their lives
C. have responsible and able colleagues         D. blame themselves rather than others
61. The underlined word remedy in Paragraph 1 is closest in meaning to        .
A. avoid  B.  accept  C. improve   D. consider
62. When your colleague brings about a problem, you should         .
A. find a better way to handle the problem        B. blame him for his lack of responsibility
C. tell him to find the cause of the problem       D. ask a more able colleague for help
63. Which of the following is the best title for the passage?
A. A Winner’s Opportunity.  B. A Winner’s Secret. 
C. A Winner’s Problem.      D. A Winner’s Achievement.
答案:60-63 ACAB 
                                      C
 What will people die of 100 years from now? If you think that is a simple question, you have not been paying attention to the revolution that is taking place in bio-technology(生物技术). With the help of new medicine, the human body will last a very long time. Death will come mainly from accidents, murder and war. Today’s leading killers, such as heart disease, cancer, and aging itself, will become distant memories.
In discussion of technological changes, the Internet gets most of the attention these days. But the change in medicine can be the real technological event of our times. How long can humans live? Human brains were known to decide the final death. Cells(细胞) are the basic units of all living things, and until recently, scientists were sure that the life of cells could not go much beyond l20 years because the basic materials of cells, such as those of brain cells, would not last forever. But the upper limits will be broken by new medicine. So metime between 2050 and 2100, medicine will have advanced to the point at which every 10 years or so, people will be able to take medicine to repair their organs ( The medicine, made up of the basic building materials of life, will build new brain cells, heart cells, and so on—in much the same way our bodies make new skin cells to take the place of old ones.
It is exciting to imaging that the advance in technology may be changing the most basic condition of human existence, but many technical problems still must be cleared up on the way to this wonderful future.
64.According to the passage, human death IS now mainly caused by    .
A、diseases and aging B、accidents and war   C、accidents and aging D、heart disease and war
65.In the author’ s opinion, today’s most important advance in technology lies in    .
A、medicine    B、the Internet     C、brain cells    D、human organ
66.Humans may live longer in the future because    .
A、heart disease will be far away from us          B、human brains can decide the final death
C、the basic materials of cells will last forever      D、human organs can be repaired by new medicine
67.We can learn from the passage that    .
A、human life will not last more than 120 years in the future
B、humans have to take medicine to build new skin cells now
C、much needs to be done before humans can have a longer life
D、we have already solved the technical problems in building new cells
答案:64-67 AA DC 
                                    D
Sometimes children do not do what their parents tell them to do.When this happens,a parent tries to help the child to do the right thing.When this does not work,the parent usually punishes the child.
    There are many things that a parent can do.One thing that people have done is to spank(打屁股)the child.When a parent spanks a child, they wil l use their hand or a hard object to strike them on the bottom.This means showing the child that they have done something wrong.
    One parent remembers being spanked when he was a child.His parents used a wooden spoon.When he spanked his own children with his hand, he saw that he put a red mark on his child’s leg.He never di d that again.
    One problem with spanking is that it teaches the child to hit someone when they do not like what the other person is doing.Another problem with spanking is that the parent is usually angry and can hit the child too hard.Sometimes parents will use spanking for everything and not try other ways to get the child to do the right thing.
    Many parents are not sure of what to do instead of spanking.Some people think that their religion tells them that spanking is okay.Some think that the law lets them do it.The courts(法院)say that parents have the right to teach their children how to behave.
   Other things should be tried before a parent decides to spank a child.Telling the child exactly what is wanted from them can ne one thing.Giving a child more than one choice is another thing that can be tried.Getting down to the child’s level and taking a more child-friendly approach can help as well.
68.According to the passage,when children do something wrong,one thing that parents usually do to punish them is to       .
    A.strike them on the bottom         B.try to help them do the right thing
   C.teach them what to d0            D.take them to court
69.Which of the following is NOT the problem caused by spanking?
   A.It teaches the child to hit others when they offend him or her.
   B.The parents may get angry and hit the child too hard.
   C.Sometimes parents may use spanking for everything.
  D.It makes parents try other ways to make the child do right.
 70.From this passage,we can conclude that           .
   A.good children always do the right thing
   B.parents should try their best to avoid spanking their children
   C.parents have no choice but to spank their children
   D.children can have more than one choice to avoid being spanked
答案:68-70 ADB

黑龙江省五大连池市高级中学10-11学年高二上学期期中考试
A
“Pop” stands for popular, and a pop singer has to work very hard to stay popular. He must either give the public what they want, or he must find a new way of singing that will attract their attention. Even when he has succeeded, and his records are sold everywhere, he cannot relax. Then he must work harder than ever to remain popular, because there are always younger singers trying to become famous and to steal some of the popularity.
The life of a successful pop singer isn’t easy at all. He can only relax when he is alone, because everything he does is watched and reported in the special newspaper written for the fans. The fans are the most important people in the world for the singer. They buy his records, they go to his concerts, and they make him rich and famous. But they can be very annoying, too. Sometimes their enthusiasm(热情) is so hysterical(歇斯底里的) that they do anything to get a souvenir(纪念品). They steal handkerchief, they tear off buttons, and they even cut off pieces of unfortunate singer’s hair. Many singers have been forced to hide, and some who have not been so lucky as to escape have been stripped(剥) practically naked by their fans. A pop singer has to spend a lot of money on clothes because he must always look smart, or at any rate, different. He must have a luxurious(豪华的) car. And most importantly, he must always keep smiling for the benefit of his public.
56. Pop singer works very hard ___________.
A. to get attention       B. to stay popular   C. to get more money    D. to sell more records
57. The underlined word “annoying” in the second paragraph means__________.
A. lovely     B. friendly      C. boring     D. angry
58. A pop singer has a lot of clothes in order to keep himself _________.
A. smart and the same    B. smart and different    C. healthy and young    D. rich and strong
59. A suitable title for this passage might be _______.
A. The Way to Become a Pop Singer           B. The Fans of the Pop Singer
C. The Pop Singers                        D. The Success of Pop Singers
答案:56-59 BCBC
B
   If you are human, you can’t help but experience times when everything seems
to be going wrong and you feel as if your life is completely out of control. It is during those “down times” that words of encouragement from family, friends, co-workers or even strangers can lighten your spirits. It is also during those times that destructive words can sink you deeper and deeper into depression.
   For example, consider this story about a group of frogs who were traveling through the woods when two of them fell into a deep pit(坑). All of the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two unfortunate frogs they would never get out.
   The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump out of the pit. The other frogs kept telling them to stop. Finally, one of the frogs took heed of  what the other frogs were saying and simply gave up. He fell down and died. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again the crowd of frogs shouted at him to stop the pain. The more they shouted, the harder he jumped and finally he made it to safety.
   When he got out, the other frogs asked him why he continued to jump when they were all shouting at him to simply quit. The frog explained to them that he was a little bit deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
   Every time you have a chance to say either something positive or negative to another human being, do choose the chance to say something positive! Don’t let those opportunities get away from you. Your words have a large amount of power. Use them wisely. You really never know just how much they can mean to someone else.
60. The first paragraph tells us that words play an important part especially when _______.
A. we stay with our family, friends and co-workers       B. we hear strangers say something to us
C. we get through hard times in life.                  D. we make some big mistakes.
61. The underlined phrase “took heed of” has the similar meaning with “_____”
A. acted according to    B. had some doubt     C. held on to          D. got used to
62. The more they shouted, the harder he jumped and finally he made it to safety.
That’s because_______________.
A. he struggled to prove that they were wrong         B. he thought they were encouraging him
C. he was angry with what they said                D. he didn’t want to let them down.
63. After reading the passage, readers should learn a lesson that _________.
A. we can use encouraging words to help others out   B. having a positive attitude is important in life
C. never give up until we win                     D. we must believe in ourselves rather than others
答案:60-63 CABA
                                        C
   Some people don’t mind being fat. Other people can keep slim(苗条) without any effort. But a lot of people do put on weight and don’t like it. The question is, what can they do about it?
   Some believe exercise can be helpful. But the trouble is that it only makes you want to eat more. You might sweat out a couple of pounds playing tennis or climbing a mountain, but you put it all back on again with a big steak or bread and jam.
   A helpful way is food choosing. But what sort of food should you choose? Some believe that the less they eat, the slimmer they will be. They don’t eat anything until they become weak with hunger. Some stick to milk and bananas. You’ll find you need a lot of bananas, and unless you live where they grow, they aren’t cheap. Another says that if you eat things like hard-boiled eggs, and apples with their skins on which are hard for your stomach to digest(消化),the more you eat, the thinner you get. This is because you use up the fat in your body to get the energy to digest the food.
   For most of us these methods are too extreme(极端的). The simplest way is just to cut down on the carbohydrates(糖类) that means not eating bread, potatoes, cakes, sugar, rice, and so on and eating anything else you like. It’s straight forward and often quite effective.
   Still others like to be more scientific. They get a table, which tells them that, for example, 100 grams of roast leg of lamb gives you 330 calories and a 50 gram helping of pudding gives you 130 calories.
64. There seems nothing wrong with exercise except that __________.
A. it makes you sweat       B. it’s hard work    C. it tires you out         D. it makes you eat more
65.According to the passage, the best way to keep slim is _________.
A. exercising          B. hunger      C. food-choosing       D. eating milk and bananas
66. The practical method suggested here means __________ .
A. sticking to bananas         B. not eating many carbohydrates
C. eating as little as possible    D. eating things that are hard to digest.
67. Which of the following do you think is the best title for the passage?
A. Don’t Eat Too Much           B. Various Ways of Losing Weight
C. Ways to Keep Fit              D. Food and Health
答案:64-67 DCBB
                                          D
   Ellis Island is located in New York Harbor. Ellis Island is open daily year round from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours during summer. It is closed on December 25. There is no admission charge to Ellis Island; but donations are gratefully accepted.
At Your Fingertips
Park information (212) 363-7620
Emergencies (212) 363-3260
Ferryboat information (212) 269-5755
Lost and found (212)363-7620
Dining, gifts & audio tour 344-0996
Transportation
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry; boats leave from Battery Park, Manhattan, and from Liberty State Park, New Jersey. They run about every 30 to 45 minutes beginning at 9:15 a.m.
(The time for ferry is changeable)
Hours: May vary; call the number above
Closed: December 25
Ferry fees (includes Liberty and Islands) adults, $7; senior citizens, $6; children (age 3~17), $5. (Group rates are available for 25 or more adults.)
68. In summer, visitors will have ______ to visit Ellis Island.
 A. a limited time  B. a longer time  C. a shorter time  D. a wonderful time
69. Which number would you call if our friends were suddenly ill?
  A. (212)344-0996 B. (212)363-7620  C. (212) 363-3260 D. (212) 269-5755
70. Which of the following is NOT true?
  A. People can visit Ellis Island free of charge.
  B. The boats departure time from Battery Park is at 9:15 all the year round.
  C. Ferry fees for children are cheaper than for adults.
  D. Ferry fees for group visitors can be reduced.
答案:68-70 BCB

湖北省赤壁市蒲圻高中10-11学年高二上学期期中考试
A
Hey, all you Muggles, witches, and wizards—are you ready for the grand finale of the Harry Potter series? J. K. Rowling announced on Thursday the title for book seven—Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Book seven in the Harry Potter series will pick up where book six, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, left off. With the last chapter of book seven, the magical adventures of Harry, Hermione, Ron, and friends will come to an end.
“I am alternately delighted and worried,” says Rowling on her official Web site. She made the announcement of the book title on the Web site. Rowling is currently busy putting the finishing touches on the book.
“I’m now writing scenes that have been planned, in some cases, for a dozen years or even more,” says Rowling. Rowling adds that she has been working very hard on this final installment in the series. With the title now set, she assured fans that she will indeed finish this book. 
“I both want, and don’t want, to finish this book,” Rowling says.
It’s not too late to catch up on the rest of the series. You can also reread your favorite books while waiting for the last one. The publication date for book seven has not been set. To make the waiting a little easier, there’s always the next Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which is scheduled for release in July 2007.
51. What’s the name of the last issue of the Harry Potter series? _____.
  A.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows           B.Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  C.Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix        D.Harry Potter and J. K. Rowling
52. Muggles, Harry, Hermione and Ron could probably be _____.
  A.the best friends of J. K. Rowling B.the characters of the Harry Potter series
  C.the fans of Harry Potter D.the publishers of the Harry Potter series
53. Which statement is true according to the passage? _____.
  A.Harry Potter series will be published on the Website.
  B.Book Seven of Harry Potter series will be published before July 2007.
  C.Book Seven is being written as planned years ago.
  D.Harry Potter will come to the end of his life.
54. In the last paragraph, the writer _____.
  A.encourages readers to act out a play following the Harry Potter movies
  B.persuades readers into reading their favorite book rather than Harry Potter series
  C.states that seeing the Harry Potter movies is the best way to catch up the series
  D.advises readers to wait for the publication of Book Seven patiently
答案:51-54 ABCD
B
On Saturday, millions of people around the world will celebrate Saint Patricks Day, which honors Patron Saint (or main religious figure) of Ireland. Communities across the United States will host parades, parties, and other festivities to mark the occasion.
This year, cities like Boston, New York, and Chicago have organized massive events celebrating Saint Patricks Day. In New York City, hundreds of thousands of people will gather to watch the Saint Patrick’s Day parade—the nation’s largest. It is one of the most watched parades in the world. Last year, almost 2 million spectators and more than 150,000 participants filled the streets. The parade, first held in 1776, is also one of the oldest.
Chicago also throws a big celebration. Every year, the Chicago River, which crosses the city, glows green as event organizers dump about 40 pounds of fluorescence, a powerful dye, into the water.
Boston keeps its parade rolling for three hours or more. It is the nation’s second-largest parade. The city will also salute one of its most famous former residents, President John F. Kennedy, by opening the exhibit "A Journey Home: John F. Kennedy and Ireland," at his official library.
Patron Saint lived in Britain in the early fifth century, when it was still part of the Roman Empire. He was captured and sold into slavery in Ireland when he was only 16.He eventually escaped slavery and turned to a life of religious devotion. He trained to become a minister and set out to spread Christianity throughout Ireland. After 30 years as a religious leader, Patrick died on March 17, 1461.Saint Patrick’s Day is always celebrated on March 17.In Ireland, it is an official holiday. ______.
55. What’s the best title of the passage?
  A.History of Saint Patrick’s Day     B.An Official Holiday in US
  C.The Largest Parade in the World    D.Celebrations across the Country
56. What do you think is the official color of St. Patrick’s Day? ______.
  A.Green       B.Red.  C.Black.      D.Yellow.
57. The last paragraph is mainly about _____.
  A.the cruel slave trade.   B.Saint Patrick’s contribution.
  C.activities during Saint Patrick’s Day    D.Ireland’s Patron Saint
58. Which of the following is not correct according to the passage? ______.
  A.Parade is a most important event to observe Saint Patrick’s Day.
  B.Saint Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday.
  C.Saluting the former president has become a main event on the occasion.
  D.The Saint Patrick’s Day parade has a history of over two centuries.
答案:55-58 DADC
C
    One Sunday, I took my daughter to the seaside. On arriving at the beach, I saw JoJo, a wealthy man in hotel business. We sat down to chat in an open air cafe while I watched my daughter enjoy herself on the swings (秋千) in front of us.
     Suddenly, our conversation was interrupted by a stranger, who politely asked permission to speak to me privately. People often want to tell me something about my TV show.
We stood a bit away from my table. He said, “I’m James, the father of a 7-year-old girl who’s very sick. The doctors said that if  she was treated in the UK, she would probably survive. But I’m poor, so can you help me, please?
I stared into the man’s eyes full of tears and asked how I could help. After I went back, JoJo asked me, “What’s wrong?” I told him about it and he was very sorry for that family.
All day I thought about James’ family. I even thought about making a special TV show to raise money for the sick child.
On Monday morning, JoJo walked into my office. Actually, JoJo was very busy, and I never imagined he would have the time to come and see me.
“Please, call the man and tell him I’ll pay all the expenses for the girl’s treatment,” JoJo said with a cheque in his hand. “I’ve been married for 35 years; I wasn’t lucky enough to have a child. Sometimes I feel lonely. I want to help this child.” I picked up the phone to call James.
Now James’ daughter is well and JoJo sometimes goes to visit her. I’m so happy that there are so good people on this earth.
59. According to the passage, the writer ________ .
A. often go to the beach with his daughter         B. is often troubled by his audience
C. met JoJo at the beach by accident             D. was unwilling to help James
60. James turned to the writer for help probably because he ______.
A. guessed the writer was rich enough to help him     B. wanted the writer to ask JoJo for help
C. thought the writer could help him through TV      D. knew the writer was warm-hearted
61. Why did JoJo make up his mind to help James? _________
A. To show his warm heart and kindness.      B. To remove his loneliness by doing something.
C. To show his love for a child.             D. To build a relationship with Jame’s family.
62. The most important character in the story is __________ .
   A. the writer himself       B. JoJo      C. James       D. James’ daughter
答案:59-62 CCCB
D
Some say everyday miracles(奇迹) are predestined(注定的)----the right time for the appointed meeting. And it can happen anywhere.
In 2001, 11-year-old Kevin Stephan was a bat boy for his younger brothers Little League team in Lancaster, New York. It was an early evening in late July. Kevin was standing on the grass away from the plate, where another youngster was warming up for the next game. Swinging his bat back and forth, giving it all the power an elementary school kid could give. The boy brought the bat back hard and hit Kevin in the chest. His heart stopped. 教  When Kevin fell to the ground, the mother of one of the players rushed out of the stands to his aid. Penny Brown hadnt planned to be there that day, but at the last minute, her shift(换班)at the hospital had been changed to see her son’s performance. She was given the night off. Penny bent over the senseless boy, his face already starting to turn blue, and giving CPR, breathing into his mouth and giving chest compressions. And he revived in the end.
After his recovery, he became a volunteer junior firefighter, learning some of the emergency first-aid techniques that had saved his life. He studied hard in school and was saving money for college by working as a dishwasher in a local restaurant in his spare time.
Kevin, now 18, was working in the kitchen when he heard people screaming, customers in confusion, employees rushing toward a table. He hurried into the main room and saw a woman there, her face turning blue, her hands at her throat. She was choking.
Quickly Kevin stepped behind her, wrapped his arms around her and clasped his hands. Then, using skills hed first learned in Scouts. The food that was trapped in the womans throat was freed. The color began to return to her face.
"The food was stuck. I couldnt breathe," she said. She thought she was dying. "I was very frightened."
Who was the woman?
Penny Brown.
63. The author wrote the passage to show us that_______.
A. miracles are predestined and they can happen anywhere
B. whoever helps you in trouble will get a reward one day
C. God will help those who give others a helping hand
D. miracles won’t come without any difficulty sometimes
64. Why did Penny Brown change her shift and was given the night off that night? ______.
A. She was invited to give the players directions
B. She volunteered to give medical services
C. She was a little worried about his son’s safety
D. She came to watch her son’s game and cheered him
65. The underlined word “revived”(paragraph3) most likely means______.
A. came back to life     B. became worse     C. failed      D. moved
66. When Kevin knew the woman was Penny Brown, probably he first felt _____.
A. happy        B. surprised         C. sad       D. worried
答案:63-66 ADAB
E
How Room Designs Affect Our Work and Feelings
Architects have long had the feeling that the places we live in can affect our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. But now scientists are giving this feeling an empirical(经验的,实证的) basis. They are discovering how to design spaces that promote creativity, keep people focused and lead to relaxation.
Researches show that aspects of the physical environment can influence creativity. In 2007, Joan Meyers-Levy at the University of Minnesota, reported that the height of a rooms ceiling affects how people think. Her research indicates that higher ceilings encourage people to think more freely, which may lead them to make more abstract connections. Low ceilings, on the other hand, may inspire a more detailed outlook.
In additions to ceiling height, the view afforded by a building may influence an occupants ability to concentrate. Nancy Wells and her colleagues at Cornell University found in their study that kids who experienced the greatest increase in greenness as a result of a family move made the most gains on a standard test of attention.
Using nature to improve focus of attention ought to pay off  academically, and it seems to, according to a study led by C. Kenneth Tanner, head of the School Design & Planning Laboratory at the University of Georgia. Tanner and his team found that students in classrooms with unblocked views of at least 50 feet outside the window had higher scores on tests of vocabulary, language arts and maths than did students whose classrooms primarily overlooked roads and parking lots.
Recent study on room lighting design suggests that dim(暗淡的) light helps people to loosen up. If that is true generally, keeping the light low during dinner or at parties could increase relaxation. Researchers of Harvard Medical School also discovered that furniture with rounded edges could help visitors relax.
So far scientists have focused mainly on public buildings. "We have a very limited number of studies, so were almost looking at the problem through a straw(吸管)," architect David Allison says. "How do you take answers to very specific questions and make broad, generalized use of them? Thats what were all struggling with."
67. What does Joan Meyers-Levy focus on in her research?  ______.
A.  Light.      B.  Ceilings.     C.  Windows.     D.  Furniture.
68. The passage tells us that ______.
   A. the shape of furniture may affect peoples feelings               
   B. lower ceilings may help improve students creativity  
   C. children in a dim classroom may improve their grades    
   D. students in rooms with unblocked views may feel relaxed
69. The underlined sentence in the last paragraph probably means that ______.
   A. the problem is not approached step by step               
   B. the researches so far have faults in themselves  
   C. the problem is too difficult for researchers to detect    
   D. research in this area is not enough to make generalized patterns
70. Which of the following shows the organization of the passage?  ______.
 
CP: Central Point    P: Point   SP: Sub-point(次要点)   C: Conclusion
答案:67-70 BADC

湖南省汉寿龙池实验中学10-11学年高二上学期期中考试
A
In order to know a foreign language thoroughly(完全地), four things are necessary. First, we must understand the language when we hear it spoken. Secondly, we must speak it ourselves, correctly with confidence(自信) and without hesitation(犹豫). Thirdly, we must be able to write it. We must be able to make sentences that are correct in grammar.
   There is no short way to succeed in language learning. A good memory is a great help, but it is not enough only to memorize(记忆) the rules from a grammar book. It is no much use learning by heart long lists of words and their meanings, studying the dictionary and so on. We must learn by using the language. If we are pleased with a few rules we have memorized, we are not really learning the language. We must “Learn through use”. Practice is important. We must practice speaking and writing the language whenever we can.
56. The most important things to learn a foreign language are ____________.
    A. understanding and speaking     B. listening, speaking, reading and writing.
    C. writing and understanding.      D. memorizing and listening.
57. Someone hears and writes English very well, but he speaks it very badly. This is because__________.
A. he doesn’t understand the language when he hears it spoken.
B. he doesn’t have a good memory.   
C. he always remember lists of words and their meanings. 
D. he often hesitates to practice speaking it.
58. One can never learn a foreign language well only by _______.
  A. much practice       B. studying the dictionary    C. learning through use    D. using the language.
59. Which of the following is the most important in learning a foreign language?
   A. A good memory.    B. Speaking    C. Practice     D. Writing
60. “Learn through use” means ____________.
   A. we use a language in order to learn it.   B. we learn a language in order to learn it.  
 C. we can learn a language well while we are using it.     D. both B and C.
答案:56-60 BDBCC
B
Life gets noisier every day and very few people can be free from noise of some sort or another. It doesn’t matter where you live—in the middle of a modern city, or a faraway village—the chances that you will be disturbed by jet aeroplanes, transistor radios, oil-powered engines, etc. are almost everywhere .We seem to be getting used to noise, too. Some people feel quite lonely without background music while they are working.
Scientific tests have shown that total silence can be very frightening experience for human beings. However ,some people enjoy listening to pop music which is very loud, and this can do harm to their eardrums(耳鼓).The noise level in some disco is far above the usual safety level for heavy industrial areas.
One recent report about noise and concentration suggested that although a lot of people say that any noise disturbs their concentration, what really affects their ability to concentrate is a change in the level of noise. It goes on to say that a background noise, which doesn’t change too much (music, for example) may even help people to concentrate.
61. The best title for this passage is _______________.
A. Noisy Life    B. Background Noise     C. Disturbed Concentration    D. Changeable Noise
62. “Background music” in the passage means _______________.
A. music played in the concert    B. a kind of noise coming into your ears
C. music helps people to concentrate   D. music played while people are working
63. Some people may have their hearing hurt _______________.
A. while they are in completely silence B. while they are dancing violently
C. while they are listening to pop music D. while they are listening to soft music
64. Scientists have discovered that what prevents people from concentrating is _____.
A. any kind of noise          B. great changes in level of noise
C. background noise            D. various background music
65. What may even let people concentrate?
A. Changeable noise.   B. Fairly stable noise.  C. Loud noise.  D. Some discos.
答案:61-65 ADCBB
C
The host poured the tea into the cup and placed it on the small table in front of his guests, who were a father and daughter, and put the lid on the cup with a clink. Apparently thinking of something, he hurried into the inner room, leaving the thermos on the table. His two guests heard a chest of drawers opening and a rustling.
   They remained sitting in the parlor, the ten-year-old daughter looking at the flowers outside the window, the father just about to take his cup, when the crash came, right there in the parlor. Something was hopelessly broken.
   It was the thermos, which had fallen to the floor. The girl looked over her shoulder abruptly, startled, staring. It was mysterious. Neither of them had touched it, not even a little bit. True, it hadn’t stood steadily when their host placed it on the table, but it hadn’t fallen then.
   The crash of the thermos caused the host, with a box of sugar cubes in his hand, to rush back from the inner room. He gawked at the steaming floor and blurted out, “It doesn’t matter! It doesn’t matter!”
   The father started to say something. Then he muttered, “Sorry, I touched it and it fell.”
   “It doesn’t matter,” the host said.
Later, when they left the house, the daughter said, “Daddy, did you touch it?”
 “No. But it stood so close to me.”
 “But you didn’t touch it. I saw your reflection in the windowpane. You were sitting perfectly still.”
The father laughed. “What then would you give as the cause of its fall?”
The thermos fell by itself. The floor is uneven. It wasn’t steady when Mr. Li put it there. Daddy, why did you say that you… ?”
“That won’t do,” girl. It sounds more acceptable when I say I knocked it down. There are things which people accept less, the more you defend them. The truer the story you tell, the less true it sounds.”
The daughter was lost in silence for a while. Then she said, “Can you explain it only this way?”
“Only this way,” her father said.
66. The underlined words “ blurted out” in Paragraph 4 means “ _______”.
    A. said quietly    B. said mysteriously   C. said quickly    D. said patiently
67. The location of the thermos before it fell was __________.
A. on the floor of the inner room        B. on the windowpane
C. on a small table in the parlor         D. behind the father and daughter
68. It can be inferred from the story that the father _________.
A. didn’t know Mr. Li very well        B. didn’t think Mr. Li would believe the truth
C. was sorry that he told the truth       D. was a stubborn man
69. You can infer from the story that the daughter_______.
A. thought her father should tell the truth        B. knew why the thermos fell
C. knocked over the thermos                  D. understood why her father did so
70. The story shows us that ___________.
A. people rarely tell the truth
B. if you defend yourself, people will believe you
C. people should take the blame for something that they didn’t do
D. you can’t always make people believe the truth
答案:66-70 CCBAD

湖南省邵阳市二中10-11学年高二上学期期中考试
A
Talking on a mobile phone is expensive, so a lot of people send text messages. Text messages are much cheaper than talking on a mobile phone, and you can make it even cheaper by shortening the words that you use. You can do this by taking out “unimportant” letters in the words and using numbers instead of words (2=to, 3=free, 4=for , 8=ate , h8= hate.etc.) Here is an example: Im 3 nw, why nt gv me a cll? (I’m free now, why not give me a call?)
Mobile phone users have developed a series of symbols to show how they feel. They are called emoticons(情感符号). To read an emoticon , you have to look at it sideways. For example, if you say something in a text message which is a joke, you can follow it with a smiling face. Like this: Why didt u cll me ? Im so sad. :-)
Here are some others. Can you think of these text messages where you could use them?
  :-( sad   :-< really sad    |-| asleep   :-V shouting    8-| surprised
56.The underlined word “sideways” means        in this passage .
  A.从侧面地 B.从外面地 C.斜眼地 D.颠倒地
57.What do you think of this text message “Whr hv U bn ? Im wtng 4 U means ?
 A. Where have you been ? I’m waiting for you .
 B. Where have you been ? I’m looking for you .
 C. What are you doing ? I’m waiting for you .
 D. What are you dong ? I’m looking for you .
58.Which one means “laughing” in the text messages ?
 A.  :-(     B. :-)       C. :-< D. 8-|
答案:56—58 AAB    
B
Remembering names is an important social skill. Here are some ways to master it.
Recite and repeat in conversation.
    When you hear a person’s name, repeat it. Immediately say it to yourself several times without moving your lips. You could also repeat the name in a way that does not sound forced or artificial.
    Ask the other person to recite and repeat.
    You can let other people help you remember their names. After you’ve been introduced to someone,ask that person to spell the name mad pronounce it correctly for you. Most people will be pleased by the effort you’re making to learn their names.
    Admit you don’t know.
    Admitting that you can’t remember someone’s name can actually make people relaxed. Most of them will feel sympathy if you say, “I’m working to remember names better. Yours is right on the tip of my tongue. What is it again?”
    Use associations.
    Link each person yon meet with one thing you find interesting or unusual. For example, you could make a mental note: "Vicki Cheng-tall, black hair.” To reinforce (加强) your associations, write them on a small card as soon as possible.
    Limit the number of new names you learn at one time.
    When meeting a group of people, concentrate on remembering just two or three names. Free yourself from remembering every one. Few of the people in mass introductions expect you to remember their names. Another way is to limit yourself to learning just first names. Last names can come later. K^S*5U.C#O
    Go early.
Consider going early to conferences, parties and classes. Sometimes just a few people show up on time. Thats fewer names for you to remember. And as more people arrive, you can hear them being introduced to others -- an automatic(自动的) review for you.

59. How will most people feel when you try hard to remember their names?
A. They will be moved.                    B. They will be happy.
C. They will be angry.                   D. They will be discouraged.
60. If you can’t remember someone’s name, you may __________.
   A. ask others to help you                  B. tell him a white lie
   C. ask him for pity                         D. tell him the truth
61. When you meet a group of people, it is better to remember __________.
   A. a couple of names first                     B. all their names
   C. just their last names                     D. as many names as possible
62. What does the text mainly tell us?
   A. How to recite and repeat names.          B. Importance of attending parties.
C. How to make use of associations.          D. Tips on an important social skill.
答案:59—62 BDAD  
C
I know what you’re thinking: pizza(比萨饼)?For breakfast? But the truth is that you can have last night’s leftovers in the a.m. if you want to.
    I know lots of women who skip breakfast (不吃早饭), and they have a ton of different excuses for doing it. Some say they don’t have time, others think they’re “saving” calories (卡路里),still others just don’t like breakfast food .
    But the bottom line is that eating in the morning is very important when you’re trying to lose weight.  “Eating just about anything from 300 to 400 calories would be better than nothing at all,” says Katherine Brooking, R.D., who developed the super-easy eating plan for this year’s “SELF CHALLENGE”. And even pizza can be healthy if it’s loaded with vegetables, and you stick to one small piece.
    Breakfast is one meal I never miss, and the same goes for most weight loss success stories. Research shows that eating breakfast keeps you from overeating later in the day. Researchers at the University of Southern California found that breakfast skippers have a bigger chance of gaining weight than those who regularly have a morning meal.
    So eat something in the morning, anything. I know plenty of friends who end up having no breakfast altogether, and have just coffee or orange juice. I say, try heating up last night’s leftovers – it may sound crazy, but if it works for you, do it! I find if I tell myself, “You can always eat it tomorrow.” I put away the leftovers instead of eating more that night. Try it … you may save yourself some pre-bedtime calories. And watch your body gain the fat-burning effects.
63. The word “leftovers” in paragraph I probably means  ______.
   A. things left undone             B. food remaining after a meal
   C. meals made of vegetables             D. pizza topped with fruit
64. What can we infer from the text?
   A. Working women usually have breakfast in a hurry.
   B. There are some easy ways of cooking a meal. 
C. Many people have wrong ideas about breakfast.
D. Eating vegetables helps save energy.
65. According to the last paragraph, it is important to _______.
   A. eat calorie-controlled food    B. be careful about what you eat
   C. heat up food before eating it        D. eat something for breakfast
66. The text is written mainly for those _______.
   A. who want to lose weight    B. who go to work early 
C. who stay up late                  D. who eat before sleep
答案:63—66 BCDA   
D
    Valencia is in the east part of Spain. It has a port on the sea, two miles away on the coast. It is the capital of a province that is also named Valencia.
The city is a market centre for what is produced by the land around the city. Most of the citys money is made from farming. It is also a busy business city, with ships, railways, clothes and machine factories.
Valencia has an old part with white buildings, coloured roofs, and narrow streets. The modern part has long, wide streets and new buildings. Valencia is well known for its parks and gardens. It has many old churches and museums. The university in the centre of the city was built in the 13th century.
The city of Valencia has been known since the 2nd century. In the 8th century it was the capital of Spain. There is also an important city in Venezuela(委内瑞拉) named Valencia.
67.From the text, how many places have the name Valencia?
A. one           B. two         C. three         D. four
68. What is the main difference between the two parts of Valencia?
A. The colour of the building        B. The length of the streets
C. The age of the buildings         D. The colour of the roofs
69. When was Valencia the most important city in Spain?
A. 2nd century     B. 8th century    C.13th century   D. 20the century
70. What is Valencia famous for?
A. Its seaport     B. Its university    C. Its churches and museums  D. Its parks and gardens
答案:67—70CCBD

江西省白鹭洲中学10-11学年高二上学期期中考试
A
Did anyone find the names of “Great Britain”, “the United Kingdom”, “England” and “the British commonwealth” which have the same meaning? Strictly speaking, these names all refer to something different. None of them are exactly the same as any of the others.
 The British isles refer to the main islands and several thousand small ones as well, which you can see on the map. Great Britain, or Britain, refers to the larger of the two main islands. But the word “Britain” is often used as a short form for the United Kingdom or you call it the UK.
Now as for England, it refers simply to the largest of the three countries on the island of Great Britain. The United Kingdom is the name of the state and the official name of the country, which many people popularly refer to England.
  Finally, the Britain commonwealth is the usual name for what is left of the British Empire. This change shows the weakening of British Empire and the rising of the national liberation movements throughout the world today.   
56. According to the passage, we know that ____.
  A. Great Britain has the same meaning as Britain
  B. the United Kingdom has the same meaning as Britain or England
  C. all the names in the first paragraph have the same meaning
  D. all the names refer to England
57. It is clear that the British isles refer to ____.
  A. Britain, England and the UK.         B. the two main islands and thousands of small ones
  C. three countries and several islands      D. Great Britain or the United Kingdom
58. Which of the following shows the right relationship (关系) between the British isles (BI), Britain (B) and England (E)?
  A. B>BI>E        B. BI>E>B          C. E>B>BI              D. BI>B>E
59. If you want to write to someone in Edinburgh that lies in Scotland, you should write the address as ____.
  A. Edinburgh, England, Scotland           B. Edinburgh, Scotland, Great Britain
C. Scotland, Edinburgh, England             D. Great Britain, Scotland, Edinburgh
答案:56-59 ABDB
B
Thirty- two people watched Kitty Genovese being killed right below their windows. She was their neighbor. Yet none of the 32 helped her. Not one even called the police. Was this in gunman cruelty? Was it lack of feeling about one’s fellowman?
  “Not so,”say scientists John Barley and Bib Fatane. These men went beyond the headlines to research into the reasons why people didn’t act. They found that a person has to go through two steps before he can help. First he has to notice that is an emergency(紧急情况). Suppose you see a middle-aged man fall to the side - walk. Is he having a heart attack? Is he in a coma(昏迷) from a headache? Or is he about to sleep off a drunk? Is the smoke coming into the room from a leak(漏洞)in the air conditioning? Is it “steam pipes”? Or is it really smoke from a fire? It’s not always easy to tell if you are faced with a real emergency. Second, and more important, the person faced with an emergency must feel personally responsible(负责任的). He must feel that he must help, or the person won’t get the help he needs.
  The researchers found that a lot depends on how many people are around. They had college students in to be “tested.” Some came alone. Some came with one or two others. And some came in large groups. The researchers started them off on the “tests.” Then they went into the next room. A curtain divided the “testing room” and the room into which they went. Soon the students heard a scream, the noise of bookshelves falling and a cry for help. All of this had been prerecorded on a tape recorder.
  Eight out of ten of the students taking the test alone acted to help. Of the students in pairs, only two out of ten helped. Of the students in groups, none helped.
  In other words, in a group, Americans often fail to act. They feel that others will act. They, themselves, needn’t. They do not feel any direct responsibility.                             
  Are people bothered by situations where people are in trouble? Yes. Scientists found that the people were shocked, they sweated, and they had trembling hands. They felt the other person’s trouble. But they did not act. They were in a group. Their actions were shaped by the actions of those they were with.
60. The purpose of this passage is ________.
  A. to explain why people fail to act in emergencies   B. to explain when people will act in emergencies
  C. to explain what people will do in emergencies     D. to explain how people feel in emergencies
61. Which of the following is NOT true?
  A. When a person tries to help others, he must be clear th at there is a real emergency.
  B. When a person tries to help othe rs, he should know whether they are worth his help.
  C. A person must take the full responsibility for the safety of those in emergencies if he wants to help.
  D. A person with a heart attack needs the most.
62. The main reason why people fail to act when they stay together is that ________.
  A. they are afraid of emergencies
  B. they are not willing to get themselves involved
  C. others will act if they themselves hesitate
D. they do not have any direct responsibility for those who need help
63. The author suggests that ________.
  A. we shouldn’t blame a person if he fails to act in emergencies
  B. a person must feel guilty if he fails to help
  C. people should be responsible for themselves in emergencies
D. when you are in trouble, people will help you anyway
答案:60-63  BCDA
C
Babies are born yogis. Once we were all able to pull our toes up by our ears and laugh about it. Then we aged, got injured, and began carrying stress in our shoulders and back. In short, we lost our balance.
Yoga(瑜伽)is an ancient practice that helps create a sense of union in body, mind, and spirit. It brings us balance. I was seriously out of balance when I started practicing yoga in 1999. I had plantar fascitis(足底筋膜炎) in both feet, and my doctor had warned me against all the things I loved to do: walking, hiking, and playing tennis. I was desperate for exercise. Yoga became my salvation(拯救) and even enhanced my other fitness activities. I practice yoga at least twice a week, but I consider yoga to be part of my daily life because after a while you no longer just practice yoga—you love it.
Yoga becomes part of your physical life. Your body grows stronger, more toned, and more flexible as you move from one pose to the other. I spent a week in Mexico at a yoga retreat(静修), and it was the first vacation on which I lost weight. “Rather than building muscle, yoga builds muscle tone,” says Shakta Kaur Khalsa, author of the K.I.S.S. Guide to Yoga. “Because yoga helps maintain a balanced metabolism (新陈代谢), it also helps to regulate weight. Additionally, yoga stretches muscles lengthwise, causing fat to be removed around the cells.” I do yoga poses throughout the day. After hours at my computer, I stretch my stiff shoulders and arms. When I need a boost of energy, I do energizing poses. When I am feeling exhausted at the end of the day, I do restorative poses.
Yoga becomes part of your mental life. Yoga teaches you to focus on breathing while you hold the poses. This attention to breath is calming; it dissolves stress and anxiety. I use yogic breathing on the tennis courts, in the dentist’s chair, and in traffic jams. You should always leave a yoga practice feeling energized, not tired. If you feel tired after yoga, it means you spent the time “fighting” yourself, trying to force yourself into poses. In yoga, you “surrender” to the pose by letting go of the tension.
Yoga becomes part of your spiritual life. Yoga is practiced by people from all religions; it is not restricted to any religious group. Yoga teaches “right” living in how we deal with ourselves and others. As I work on a difficult pose, I learn patience, forgiveness, and the value of gentleness. Yoga advocates proper eating, but you don’t have to be a vegetarian to practice yoga.
64. What would be the best title for this passage?
A. What’s Yoga?       B. How I Do Yoga Poses  C. The Benefits of Yoga   D. The Varieties of Yoga
65. According to the third paragraph, yoga can help people __________.
A. grow taller          B. lose weight              C. become flexible in thinking     D. make more friends
66. People feel tired after yoga because __________.                             
A. they consume energy in practicing yoga     B. they respond well to yoga poses
C. they spend too much time on yoga             D. they force themselves into yoga poses
67. If this passage continues, what will the writer most probably write about in the next paragraph?
A. Yoga as a means to keep fit.                        B. Different yoga poses.
C. Popularity of yoga all over the world.         D. Encouraging people to do yoga.
答案:64-67 CBDD
D
The American humorist,Will Rogers,used to say,“All I know is what I read in the newspapers”.This was an exaggeration for humorous purposes,but it is true that newspapers are an important source of information.Many people begin their day by reading the paper.In this way they learn what is going on in the world.Sometimes,however,they dont have time to read the news carefully and must be satisfied with a quick look at the front page;at other times they may be in such a hurry that they have time only to glance at the headlines.
There are newspapers to satisfy every reader.In the big cities there are many types of papers,with several different editions every day.In small towns there are fewer newspapers and perhaps only one edition each day.In some areas the paper is printed weekly.
Most newspapers have several sections,especially on Sundays when the edition is larger than usual.There are,in addition to the front page with the most important news,the sports section,the society page,the comics,the amusement section,a business page,and the editorials.
Another type of publication which helps keep the population informed is the magazine. Some magazines are published weekly,others are put out monthly.There are news magazines,literary magazines,and magazines for such special interests as photography,sports,art,and music,Some are primarily for men,others for women,and there is a selection of childrens magazines,too. In the United States, there are publications for every taste and interest.
68. The best title for this passage is______________.
A. Newspaper Should Be Reed Every Day
B. Different Newspapers Should Be Provided to Satisfy Their Readers
C. Many Types of Newspapers Must Be Published in Big Cities
D. Newspapers and Magazines
69. When Will Roger said that all he knew was what he read in the newspapers,his real purpose was______________.
A. to tell you that the real source of his knowledge was from the newspaper
B. to show that newspapers helped to get him well informed
C. to show that he was very learned through reading newspapers
D. tell you that he was interested in reading newspapers
70. Which sentence is the main idea of the 4th paragraph?
A. Sentence One       B. Sentence Two     C. Sentence Four       D. Sentence Six 
答案:68-70 DBA 
E
You are watching a film in which two men are having a fight. They hit one another hard. At the start they only fight with their fists. But soon they begin hitting one another over the heads with chairs. And so it goes on until one of the men crashes (撞击) through a window and falls thirty feet to the ground below. He is dead!Of course he isnt really dead. With any luck he isnt even hurt. Why? Because the men who fall out of high windows or jump from fast moving trains, who crash cars of even catch fire, are professionals. They do this for a living. These men are called stuntmen. That is to say, they perform tricks. There are two sides to their work. They actually do most of the things you see on the screen. For example, they fall from a high building. However, they do not fall on to hard ground but on to empty cardboard boxes covered with a mattress (床垫). Again, when they hit one another with chairs, the chairs are made of soft wood and when they crash through windows, the glass is made of sugar! But although their work depends on trick of this sort, it also requires a high degree of skill and training. Often a stuntman s success depends on careful timing. For example, when he is "blown up" in a battle scene, he has to jump out of the way of the explosion just at the right moment.
Naturally stuntmen are well paid for their work, but they lead dangerous lives. They often get seriously injured, and sometimes killed. A Norwegian stuntman, for example, skied over the edge of a cliff (悬崖) a thousand feet high. His parachute (降落伞) failed to open, and he was killed. In spite of all the risks, this is no longer a profession for men only. Men no longer dress up as women when actresses have to perform some dangerous action. For nowadays there are stuntgirls too!
71. Stuntmen are those who ______.
A. often dress up as actors                     B. prefer to lead dangerous lives
C. often perform seemingly dangerous actions     D. often fight each other for their lives
72. Stuntmen earn their living by ______.
A. playing their dirty tricks              B. selling their special skills
C. jumping out of high windows          D. jumping from fast moving trains
73. When a stuntman falls from a high building, ______.
A. he needs little protection             B. he will be covered with a mattress
C. his life is endangered                D. his safety is generally all right
74. Which of the following is the main factor (因素) of a successful performance?                             
A. Strength. B. Exactness. C. Speed. D. Carefulness.
75. What can be inferred from the author s example of the Norwegian stuntman?
A. Sometimes an accident can occur to a stuntman.    B. The percentage of serious accidents is high.
C. Parachutes must be of good quality.              D. The cliff is too high.
答案:71-75 CBDBA

辽宁省大连市第二十三中10-11学年高二上学期期中考试
A
The idea of rain making is almost as old as man, but it was not until 1946 that man succeeded in making rain. In ancient (古代的) times, rainmakers claimed (声称) to be able to bring rain by many methods: dancing, singing, killing various kinds of living creatures (including humans), and blowing a stream of water into the air from a kind of pipe.
More recently, some rainmakers claimed to make rain by shooting guns, causing explosions, or burning chemicals, the smoke of which was supposed to cause rain to fall. These rainmakers asked for as much as 1,000 dollars to make an inch of rain. One was so effective that he was almost hanged. He was believed to have caused a twenty-inch rain in southern California that flooded that land, killed several people, and did millions of dollars’ worth of damage. Before 1946, rainmakers were either liars or honest people who happened to have good luck. Scientific rain making was started in that year by Vincent J. Schaefer, a scientist at the laboratories of the General Elec tric Company in New York State. His success was the result of a lucky accident that changed years of failure into victory.
56. One rainmaker was almost hanged because ________.
A. he did not make rain at all.                 B. he asked for too much money.
C. people thought he caused too much rain.      D. he killed several people
57. Which of the following methods can make rain?
A. Killing pigs and sheep.               B. Blowing a stream of water  into the air from a kind of pipe.
C. Shooting guns or causing explosions.    D. None of the above is right.
58. Who was the first rainmaker succeeding in making rain?
A. The one who caused a twenty-inch rain in southern California.
B. Before 1946, a rainmaker who happened to have good luck.
C. Vincent J. Schaefer, in 1946.
D. The passage doesn’t tell us his or her name.
答案:56---58 CDC  
B
Many years ago my student asked me the question, “Mrs. Kindred, why do you teach?” Without taking time to reflect, I answered, “Because someday I do night and day something that might make a difference in someone’s life.” Even though I was sincere, that wasn’t a very good answer and my student didn’t let it slide.
“Let me get this clear,” he said, “You went to college for four years so you could come here every day because you have the hope that someday you might say something that will influence someone?” He shook his head as if I were crazy and walked away looking confused. I’m one of those people who look back and wish they had said something smart or witty(风趣的).
Even though that particular student might no longer wonder why I teach, there are days when I wonder. On those days, I remind myself of the real reasons I teach:
It’s in my blood. My mother was my most influential teacher, and she was a 6th grade reading teacher until her death in 1990. She instilled(灌输) in me a love of reading and the knowledge that education opens doors.
Teaching is a way to make a difference. If you throw a stone in a pond the small waves go on and on until they reach the shore. You can’t have waves without a “stone.” Good teachers throw stones that make a positive difference, and that’s what I try to do.
I genuinely love teenagers.
I want to share with others what I know and what I have learned through the years. Life is full of ups and downs, and I can help students avoid some potholes(坑) on the road of life, I want to do so. If they’ll allow me to celebrate their victories with them, I want to do too.
Teaching isn’t for everyone, but I know I made the right career choice.
59. Why did the student continue to ask the question about the writer’s being a teacher?
A. Because he thought her answer was unbelievable.    B. Because the writer was not honest.
C. Because the student was naughty.        D. Because the answer was difficult to understand.
60.According to the passage, which of the following is Not true?
A. The writer’s mother has the greatest influence on her. 
B. The writer’s answer made the student confused.
C. In the writer’s opinion, some people in the world are unfit to teach.
D. The writer annoyed the student who asked the question.
61.We can infer from the text that__________.
A. the writer was also a good teacher in school 
B. the writer often plays with her students beside a pond
C .the writer devotes herself to teaching and her students
D. the writer often accompanies the students on their way home
62.What’s the main idea of the text?
A. A student’s silly question        B. A good teacher who likes students
C.A confused student              D. The reason why I teach
答案:59---62 ADCD  
                              C
Earthquakes are something that people fear. There are some places that have few or no earthquakes. Most places in the world, however, have them regularly. Countries that have a lot of earthquakes are usually quite mountainous.
The most talked-about earthquake in the United States was in San Francisco in 1906. Over 700 people died in it. The strongest one in North America was in 1964. It happened in Alaska.
Strong earthquakes are not always the ones that kill the most people. In 1755, one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded was felt in Portugal. Around 2,000 people died.
In 1923, a very strong earthquake hit the Tokyo, Yokohama area of Japan. A hundred and forty thousand people died. Most of them died in fires which followed the earthquake.
One of the worst earthquakes ever was in China in 1976. It killed a large number of people. The worst earthquake ever reported was also in China, in which 400,000 people were killed or injured. This earthqake happened in 1556.
Earthquakes worry people a lot. The reason is that we often do not know when they are coming. People cannot prepare it.
63.Earthqakes happen_________.
A. in all the places in the world           B. only in the countries that have a lot of mountains
C. regularly in most places in the world    D. only in a few places along the coast
64.When and where was the worst earthquake ever reported ?
A. 1964; Alaska    B. 1556; China    C.1923; Japan     D. 1976; China
65. According to the passage, which of the following is Not true?
A. The stronger the earthquake is , the more people are killed.
B. Earthquakes often come unexpectedly.
C. Earthquakes may cause fires.
D. People still don’t know how to tell when an earthquake will come.
66.What may be talked about in the paragraph that follows the last paragraph?
A. How do earthquakes worry people?      B. What will people do to prepare for earthquakes?
C. How can we save people when earthquakes happen?     D. How do earthquakes happen?
答案:63---66CBAB 
                                     D
  I once had an unforgettable experience that has influenced and directed the way I think and act now.
    When I was about seven years old, my grandfather took me to a fish pond on a farm and told me to throw a stone into the water. He told me to watch the circles created by the stone. Then he asked me to think of myself as that stone. “You may create lots of circles in your life, but the waves that come from those circles will disturb the peace of all your fellow people,” he said thoughtfully. “Remember that your circle may touch many other circles, meaning that your thoughts or actions may disturb others’ lives. You are responsible for what you put in your circle. You will need to live in a way that allows the good or peace that comes from your circle to be sent to others. At the same time, the anger or jealousy(嫉妒) coming from your circle also spread to other circles. You are responsible for both.”
    That was the first time I had realized that each person’s inner peace or discord(不和谐) can flow out into the world. If we are filled with inner conflict(冲突), doubt or anger, we cannot create world peace. We spread the feelings and thoughts that we hold inside, whether we speak them or not. Whatever circles are inside us, they are spreading into the world, creating beauty or discord with all other circles of life.
67.The author’s grandfather took him/her to the fish pond to_______.
    A. go fishing together                    B. teach him/her a meaningful truth of life
   C. play a fun game with the author      D. correct his/her wrong doings
68.What does the author want to say by telling us his unforgettable experience?
   A. We cannot control our feelings that disturb others
   B. We shouldn’t keep in touch with other people.
   C. What we think and do can influence others’ lives.
   D. It’s difficult to keep a good relationship with other people.
69.The author would probably agree that we should________.
   A. send our anger to other people                 B. share our happiness with other people
   C. complain about the misfortune in our lives       D. hide our feelings and never express them to others
70.What is the purpose of writing this passage?
   A. To teach the young people how to hold their  feelings and thoughts.
   B. To indicate the importance of an unforgettable experience.
   C. To recall the experience of fishing.
   D. To tell people to create beauty and harmony.
答案:67----70 BCBD

辽宁省抚顺县高中10-11学年高二上学期期中考试
A
Charles Dickens (1812-1870), the great nineteenth century English novelist, was born near Portsmouth. His father ran heavily into debt and when he was twelve, he had to go and work in a factory for making boot polish. The only formal education he received was a two-year schooling at a school for poor children. In fact, he had to teach himself all he knew. He worked for a time as junior clerk in a lawyer’s office. After that, he  worked as a reporter in the law courts, and later in parliament, for London newspapers. His career as a writer of fiction began in 1833 with short stories and essays in periodicals, and in 1837 his comic novel The Pickwick Papers made him the most popular author at his time in England.
He was a great observer of people and their places because he was attracted by life and conditions in mid-nineteenth century London. He wrote 19 novels all his life and in many of them, Dickens gave a realistic picture of all classes of England society, showing deep sympathy for the poor and unfortunate, exposing the injustice and inhumanity of the bourgeoisie (资产阶级).
Many of his novels like Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities and so on drew attention to the unsatisfactory social conditions that existed in England over a hundred years ago.
Dickens criticized capitalist (资本主义) society from the point of view of bourgeois humanism. He wished to see improvement in the living conditions of the poor, but failed to find any effective means to achieve that end.
36. Dickens only received a little formal education because _______.
A. he wanted to teach himself
B. he wanted to work and made a lot of money
C. he was too poor to afford any more formal education
D. he wanted some working experiences to be a novelist
37. According to Dickens, the society at his time in England was _______.
A. just           B. poor     C. comfortable        D. unsatisfying
38. Which of the following novel made Dickens the most popular writer at his time in England?
A. Oliver Twist       B. The Pickwick Papers 
C. A Tale of Two Cities     D. Great Expectations
39. According to the passage, which of the following about Dickens is TRUE?
A. He didn’t go to school at all.
B. He only wrote about poor people and showed deep sympathy for them.
C. He began to write fictions when he was 21years old.
D. He found some effective ways to improve the living conditions of the poor.
答案:36-39 CDBC 
B
Mobile phone has become a problem for middle school students. Some middle schools in Australia have banned (禁止) students from carrying mobile phones during school hours.
Mobile phones used among children have become a problem for school this year. Several children have got mobile phones as Christmas gifts, and more students will want them.
Mary Blue, an official, said mobile phone is a distraction (分心的事) to students during school hours and it also gives teachers so much trouble in their classrooms. Teachers were also saying that sometimes students might use phone messages to cheat during exams.
She said some schools had tried to ban mobile phones. Some parents felt unhappy because they couldn’t get in touch with their children.
Many teachers said students should not have mobile phones at school, but if there was a good reason why the students should not have mobile phones at school: they were easy to lose and were a distraction from study.
Many people say that they understand why parents would want their children to have phone, but they think schools should let the students know when they can use their mobile phones.
40. Some middle schools in Australia have banned students carrying mobile phones _______.
A. because they are students           B. when they are free
C. when they are at school             D. because they are children
41. We know from the passage that some children get mobile phones from _______.
A. the makers and sellers                B. the passers by and strangers
C. their parents and friends             D. some mobile phone users
42. What does the underlined word “cheat” mean in the passage?
A. 聊天         B. 核对            C. 查询             D. 作弊
43. Some parents felt unhappy because they couldn’t _______ during the school hours.
A. use their mobile phones               B. leave their mobile phones at school office
C. help the teacher with their work       D. get in touch with their children
答案:40-43 CCDD
C
Dear Mr. Thunders,
We would like to introduce ourselves. Our company was organized only two years ago, but we are one of the largest boat companies in California. As you know, your son bought a boat from us recently, and I think you know how pleased he is with our product. Also, John Webb, one of your sons friends, has bought a boat from us and, we understand, is very happy with his boat. We are always happy to know that our customers are satisfied. We are writing to you now because, as you know, your son has decided to buy a larger boat, and we need your signature on  the loan(贷款) papers. The loan application has already been signed by Danny. As you will see, there is one form to fill out, and there are three contracts to sign. Dannys 26-foot boat was returned to our San Pedro Dock yesterday, and we are pleased to say that the new 36-foot "Challenger" will be delivered(送达) two weeks from today. It is being inspected by our manager right now. The auto-pilot(自动领航仪) has already been installed by our mechanic. It looks as though everything will be ready in time for delivery. All we need are the signed contracts from you.
Thank you.
Sincerely yours,
Tony Valention
44. This is a letter Mr. Thunders received from _______.
A. Tony Valention in England   B. a boat company in California
C. Danny, a salesman in California  D. a bank manager in California
45. The underlined word “installed” means “_______”.
A. fixed   B. checked   C. bought   D. removed
46. From the letter we can see that the boat company ______.
A. is a world-famous one    B. is developing slowly
C. doesnt has a long history     D. has to advise customers to buy its boats
47. Danny wants to change the 26-foot boat for a new 36-foot "Challenger" because _______.
A. the former one is broken down   B. the new one has modern equipment]
C. the former one doesnt work well  D. the new one is a little larger
答案:44-47 BACD
D
 When many people are worried that there are no more heroes in the modern era,two university students who lost their lives to rescue drowning children have shown that heroes still exist.
 According to the Inner Mongolia Morning Post,the tragedy(悲剧) occurred on the afternoon of December 14,2002 when three school students skating on a frozen lake in Qingcheng Park in Hohhot fell through the ice into the freezing water.
 More than 20 university students who happened to be near the spot immediately went to the rescue of the children.Two children were quickly rescued,but the third died.The childs body was not found for three hours.Two of the rescuers,Liu Ye and Hao Longbiao,also died of cold and exhaustion.The body of Hao who took the lead in jumping into the lake was not found until the next day.
 A student who was unwilling to tell his name said he and his classmates from the local college were taking photos at the lake.When they heard the childrens cries for help,they went to the ice hole hand in hand to rescue the children.But the ice kept breaking,causing most of them to fall into the icy water.
Local residents held mourning ceremonies(祭奠仪式)at the lake.
Eight of the students were seriously affected by the freezing water and were being kept in hospital for further observation,but their lives were no longer in danger.
48.When the three students fell into water,the university students were _______.
A.skating on the ice                         B.taking photos at the lake
C.having a picnic                            D.walking along the lake
49.Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage?
A.Three students died on the same day in all.
B.Hao Longbiao’s body was found on December 14,2002.
C.The university students didn’t think it dangerous to save the drowning children in the lake.
D.Local residents were not brave in face of danger.
50.It can be inferred that _______.
A.people think little of the two university students death
B.the ice on the lake wasnt strong enough to skate on
C.some students regretted for what they had done
D.heroes dont agree with the steps of modern times
答案:48-50 BAB

山东省苍山县10-11学年高二上学期期中测试
A
Women have been making scientific discoveries since ancient times. Twelve women have won the Nobel Prize for science, one of the highest honors in the world. Some women scientists never married, some worked with their husbands, and others raised large families. It has been difficult for women to be successful scientists.
In the early 1800s in England, Mary Anning became one of the first women recognized for her discoveries about the ancient history of the earth. Mary and her father collected fossils (化石) in their village on the south coast of Great Britain. Fossils are parts of plants or animals that have been saved in rocks for millions of years.
    When she was only twelve years old, Mary became the first person to find the almost complete skeletons(骨架) of several animals that no longer existed on earth. She didn’t become famous for her discoveries at that time because she often sold her fossils to get money to support her family.
    In 1891, a young Polish woman named Marie Sklodowska traveled to Paris to study physics.  She did so because she could not get a college education in Poland. She began working in the laboratory of a man named Pierre Curie. Marie and Pierre Curie got married and made many discoveries together. They received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903 along with another scientist. Marie Curie became the first person to be awarded a second Nobel Prize in 1911, this time for Chemistry. Marie Curie was one of the few women at the time who became famous as a scientist.
56. The author believes that women scientists ______.
   A. have more opportunities to become successful     B. can not get the highest honors in the world
C. go through difficulties to be successful           D. had better pay more attention to their families
57. Mary Anning was one of the first women to ______.
   A. win the Nobel Prize for Science after getting married  B. make achievements in the study of ancient Earth
C. research animals and their bones                  D. study the mystery of all kinds of plants
58. Mary Anning failed to be famous for her discoveries of fossils when she was 12 because ______.
   A. nobody recognized them     B. they weren’t worth studying
C. she didn’t want to be known to anyone D. she sold them for money
59. What can we learn about Mary Sklodowska?
   A. She studied physics in Poland and got a college education.
B. She received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903 on her own.
C. She only got one Nobel Prize during her lifetime.
D. She made many discoveries after she got married.
60. What’s the passage mainly about?
   A. Ancient discoveries. B. Women scientists.   C. Successful marriages. D. Different prizes.
答案:56-60 CBDDB 
B
Recently, an Internet game has become a new fashion among young office workers and students. People can “farm” on a piece of “land” and “grow”, “sell” or even “steal” “vegetables”, “flowers” and “fruits” on the Net. They earn some e-money and buy more “seeds”, “pets” and even “houses”.
    Joyce interviewed some young people. Here are their opinions.
    Harold: I don’t quite understand why they are so mad about the childish game. Maybe they are just not confident enough to face the real world.
    Allan: I enjoy putting some “bugs” (小虫子) in my friends’ gardens and we’ve become closer because of the game. Having fun together is the most exciting thing about it.
    Laura: You know, people in the city are longing for the life in the countryside. It reduces my work pressure in the office; besides, it gives me the exciting feeling of being a “thief”.
    Ivy: Well, it’s just a waste of time. Teenagers playing the game spend so many hours on it that they cannot pay more attention to their study.
61. By playing the game, people can ______.
   A. make a lot of mone y   B. make many friends      C. have great fun     D. better their life
62. The people “steal” someone else’s “vegetables” to ______.
   A. live a more comfortable life               B. show their confidence in the reality
   C. earn e- money to develop their own "farm"   D. enjoy the feelings of being children
63. Among the people interviewed, ______ doesnt like the game at all.
   A. Laura        B. Harold      C. Joyce        D. Allan
64. What can you learn about Laura from the passage?
A. She is a college student.       B. She lives in a village.
   C. She is an office worker.          D. She wants to be a thief.
65. What is Ivy’s opinion about the game?
   A. It is not good for students to play.  B. Teenagers can have fun together.
   C. Teenagers can relax themselves.  D. Students will learn to face the world.
答案:61-65 CCBCA 
C
The largest-ever chariot pit (战车坑) of relics with carts and horse bones has been discovered in Henan Province. It may lead to the uncovering of chariot pit groups that could be a key to understanding Chinese civilizations that existed more than 2,000 years ago.
    Experts said the relics are dated more than 300 years earlier than the famous warriors (武士) in Shaanxi Province. What excited the experts were two other projects that located two huge pits with similar features.
 “It is absolutely a miracle. These relics indicate that there could be a tomb group in this area, which is likely to be important for China’s archaeological (考古学的) studies,” said Ma Juncai, a leading relic researcher in the province.
    In ancient China, carts, sheep, spoons and so on were buried to ensure that dead people had a happy afterlife. The number and quality of the sacrifices indicated the social status of the dead. The custom was carried into the Qin Dynasty. Emperor Qinshihuang’s tomb, located near Xi’an, the capital of Shanxi Province, is accompanied by thousands of wood or clay figures of warriors and horses. The tomb is probably the most well-known.
    The discovered pit measures 10.4 meters long, 8.4 meters wide and 5 meters deep. It holds 20 carts in different sizes. The smallest one is 1.05 meters long and 1.3 meters wide.
    Experts think that 40 horses are likely to be found as well. Careful plans need to be made to deal with the demanding uncovering. “The clay is very weak and a small misstep can destroy the whole project. That’s why we need to take every step very carefully to protect these cherished cultural relics,” Ma said.
66. What’s the passage mainly about?
   A. The dead people’s sacrifices in ancient China.       B. China’s archaeological studies.
   C. The discovery of a large chariot pit in Henan.        D. The history of Chinese civilizations.
67. According to Ma Juncai, the uncovering of the three pits is a miracle because ______.
   A. it shows there may be a tomb group there
   B. it’s helpful in discovering Emperor Qinshihuang’s tomb
   C. the relics are dated such a long time ago
   D. the relics are more than 300 years older than the ones in Shan’xi
68. It can be inferred from Paragraph 4 that ______.
   A. all dead people had sacrifices in ancient China
   B. the discovered pit is the most well-known in the world
   C. the discovered pit dates back to the Qin Dynasty
   D. Emperor Qinshihuang wanted to maintain his power after death
69. Careful plans for the uncovering are needed because ______.
   A. another 40 horses are likely to be found as well
   B. the whole uncovering could be destroyed easily
   C. experts are too busy to spare time for it
   D. the government hasn’t agreed to it
70. Which of the following statements is TRUE according to the passage?
   A. The discovery has drawn the leading experts’ attention.
   B. A lot of cultural relics have been discovered in Henan.
   C. 40 horses have been discovered together with the chariot pit.
   D. The discovered carts in the chariot pit are similar in size.
答案:66-70 CADBA

山东省德州市夏津县第一中学10-11学年高二上学期期中试题
A
During his life Dr James Naismith worked as a doctor, taught P.E and wrote several books.While he never thought it very important, Dr Naismith is today best known for one thing.He was the inventor of basketball.
 Dr James Naismith was born in Canada in 1861 and his first job was at a special sports school in the USA.One day the school headmaster told James he was having a problem with the students.Because of heavy snow, the students could not go outside.He told James that they needed a sport the boys could play indoors and gave the teacher two weeks to think of something.
 It was on the very last day that James came up with his idea.The “birth of basketball” is said to be on December 21, 1891, when two teams from the school played the first game.It was quite different from the basketball games of today.It had 9 players on each team and footballs were used instead of basketballs.Soon after, the game changed to 5 players on each side, using special “basketballs” through nets.
 Although Dr Naismith did not live to see basketball become the worldwide game it is today, in 1936, just three years before his death, basketball became an Olympic sport at the games in Berlin.
56.Which of the following things did Dr James Naismith NOT do?
 A.Teach P.E in school.       B.Write some books.
 C.Work at hospital.            D.Take part in the Olympic Games.
57.In which season did Dr Naismith invent basketball?
 A.Summer.     B.Winter.     C.Spring.     D.Autumn.
58.Why is December 21 thought to be the birthday of basketball?
 A.It was on this day that Dr Naismith came up with his idea for basketball.
 B.It was the day on which Dr Naismith was born.
 C.It was the day on which Dr Naismith was asked by his boss to invent a new game.
 D.It was on this day that the first game of basketball was played.
59.At the time of Dr Naismith’s death, which of the following was true?
 A.Basketball was already a worldwide game.
 B.Basketball was played with 9 players on each side.
 C.Basketball was an Olympic sport.
 D.Basketball was still played using footballs.
60.What would be the best title for this story?
 A.History of Basketball       B.How Basketball Has Changed
 C.Father of Basketball        D.Happy Birthday, Basketball
答案:56—60 DBDCC  
B
It was Mothers Day. John was so busy with his work that he couldnt go back home. When he passed by a flower shop in the evening, an idea came to his mind, “Ill send Mum some roses.”While John was picking his flowers, a young man went inside. “How many roses can I get for only five dollars, madam?” He asked. The assistant was trying to tell him roses were as expensive as forty dollars a dozen(一打). Maybe he would be happy with carnations(康乃馨).
 “No, I have to have red roses,” he said. “My mum was badly ill last year and I didnt get to spend much time with her. Now I want to get something special, it has to be roses, as rose is her favourite.”
 After hearing it, John said he would pay the rest of the money for the young man. Moved by both of them, the assistant said, “Well, lovely young men, thirty dollars a dozen, only for you.” Taking the roses, the young man almost jumped into the air and ran out of the shop. It was well worth twenty-five dollars that John paid to see the exciting moment. Then John paid for his dozen of roses and told the assistant to send them to his mother.
 As he walked out, he felt nice. Suddenly he saw the young man crossing the street and going into a park. But soon John realized it was not a park but a cemetery(墓地). Crying, the young man carefully put down the roses, “Mum, oh, Mum, why didnt I tell you how much I loved you? God, please help me find my mum and tell her I love her.”
 Seeing this, John turned and quickly walked to the shop. He would take the flowers home himself.
61. The assistant tried to ask the young man to buy carnations instead of roses because_________.
 A. carnations were nicer than roses             B. roses were saved for John
 C. roses were more expensive than carnations   D. carnations were special flowers for Mothers Day
62. John spent _________ altogether(总共) in the flower shop that day.
 A. $5   B. $25  C. $30  D. $55
63. The young man cried at the cemetery because he ______.
 A. had spent all his money on the roses              B. wasnt able to tell his mother he loved her himself
 C. felt sorry to ask John to pay for his flowers         D. hadnt got enough money for his sick mother
64. At last John changed his mind and went home because he wanted to ______.
 A. tell his mother he loved her himself               B. ask his mother for more money
 C. tell his mother the young mans story              D.  ask his mother if she liked roses
65. The writer writes the passage in order to tell us ______.
 A. Buy roses for your mother when she is ill         B. Let your mother know how much you love her
 C. Work hard to get more money for your mother     D. Send your mother flowers on Mothers Day
答案:61—65 CDBAB   
C
Sydney—Mobile phone has become a problem for middle schools. Some middle schools in Australia have banned students from carrying mobile phones during school hours.
Mobile phone use among children has become a problem for the school this year. Several children have got mobile phones as Christmas gifts, and more students want them.
Mary Bluest, an official, said mobile phone use is a distraction (分心) to students during school hours and it also gives teachers so much trouble in their classrooms. Teachers were also saying that sometimes students might use phone messages to cheat during exams.
She said some schools had tried to ban mobile phones. Some parents felt unhappy because they couldn’t get in touch with their children.
Many teachers said students should not have mobile phones at school, but if there was a good reason, they could leave their phones at school offices. They also said there were many reasons why the students should not have mobile phones at school: they were easy to lose and were a distraction from studies.
Many people say that they understand why parents would want their children to have phones, but they think schools should let the students know when they can use their mobile phones.
66. Some middle schools in Australia have banned students from carrying mobile phones ________.
   A. because they are students               B. when they are free
   C. because they are young                  D. when they are at school 
67. We know from the passage that some children get mobile phones from ______.
   A. the makers and sellers                  B. some other strangers
   C. their parents and friends                D. some mobile phone users
68. Some parents felt unhappy because they couldn’t _______ during school hours.
   A. use their mobile phones                 B. leave their mobile phones
   C. help the teachers with their work          D. get in touch with their children
69. The underlined word “they” in the fifth paragraph refers to ______.
   A. many teachers                        B. some messages
   C. mobile phones                        D. some students
70. The topic mainly talked about in the text is ______.
   A. why the students should not use mobile phones in some Australian schools
   B. when the students of some Australian schools can use their mobile phones
   C. whether the Australian students can have mobile phones at school
   D. how some parents feel when their children should not carry mobile phones
答案:66—70 DCDCA   
D
Life is difficult.
It is a great truth because once we truly understand and accept it.Then life is no longer difficult.
Most do not fully see this truth.Instead they complain about their problems and difficulties as if life should be easy.It seems to them that difficulties represent(代表)a special kind of suffering especially on them or else on their families, their class, or even their nation.
What makes life difficult is that the process of facing and solving problems is a painful one.Problems , depending on their nature(性质,本性), cause us sadness,or loneliness or regret or anger or fear.These are uncomfortable feelings,often as painful as any kind of physical pain.And since life causes an endless series of problems,life is always difficult and is full of pain as well as joy.
Yet,it is in this whole process of solving problems that life has its meaning.Problems are the serious test that tells us success from failure.When we desire to encourage the growth of human spirit, we encourage the human ability to solve problems,just as in school we set problems for our children to solve.It is through the pain of meeting and working out problems that we learn.As Benjamin Franklin said,“Those things that hurt , instruct(指导).”It is for this reason that wise people learn not to fear but to welcome the pain of problems.
71.From the passage,it can be inferred(暗示) that _________.
A.everybody has problems
B.we become stronger by meeting and solving the problems of life
C.life is difficult because our problems bring us pain
D.people like to complain about their problems
72.The writer probably used just one short sentence in the first paragraph to_____
A.save space       B.persuade readers   C.make readers laugh   D.get readers’ attention
73.The main idea of Paragraph 3 is that_______
A.most people feel life is easy               B.the writer feels life is easy
C.the writer likes to complain about his problems   D.most people complain about how hard their lives are
74.According to the passage, we give school children difficult problems to solve in order to______
A.encourage them to learn              B.teach them to face the pain of solving the problem
C.help them learn to deal with pain       D.teach them how to respect the problems
75.The saying from Benjamin Franklin “Those things that hurt.instruct” suggests that_______
A.we do not learn from experience    B.we do not learn when we are in pain世纪金榜
C.pain teaches us important lessons   D.Pain cannot be avoided
答案:71—75 BDDAC  

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