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60. This passage is written to ________.
A. offer some wonderful stories to readers
B. encourage people to write something
C. show that making money is not difficult
D. remind people that life is full of joy
61. The underlined word “karma” is closest in meaning to ________.
A. wish B. explanation C. luck D. imagination
62. Which of the following statements is true according to the passage?
A. The magazine is mainly intended for entertainment.
B. The more words you write, the more money you get.
C. Anecdotes and Jokes isn’t paid much attention to.
D. New jokes can be sent in for Life’s Like That.
63. Where can you most probably see this passage?
A. In a library. B. In a magazine. C. In a story book. D. On a website.
Living in a foreign culture there are many times when I realize that my perspective (观点) on life is drastically different from those Koreans I interact (相互影响) with on a daily basis. This past week I have been greatly challenged to change my perspective and here is why.
My dream in life is to become a doctor, one who changes the world. But last week I opened an email from UBC that contained the words “regrets”, no interview. I didn’t get an interview to medical school, thus will not be entering school for September 2009. My immediate reaction was one of extreme disappointment and anger—mostly directed at myself for not working hard enough, for not seeking out the opportunities necessary to have a good application, for simply not being good enough. My mind was full of hopelessness and despair that left me with no desire to further seek for the dream that I’ve held for quite a time now.
During the past week two things happened. At church our pastor mentioned perspective in a section of his sermon (说教). He stated that when we take our eyes off ourselves and realize God’s greatness, our circumstances will be seen through a new perspective.
The second thing that reminded me to look at perspective was reading a book. The Mitford Series is so good if you are looking for books to read. So last night I was reading and one of the main characters (who is a priest) is trying to figure out what to say at church. His sermon ended up saying “In everything we give thanks.” It is easy to give thanks when we feel successful in life. It is easy to give thanks when we receive a blessing. But seriously, who in their right mind says thanks for the financial problems I have?
64. Where does the author probably live now?
A. In the USA. B. In Britain. C. In China. D. In Korea.
65. How did she feel when the author received the email from UBC?
A. Surprised. B. Disappointed. C. Excited. D. Pleased.
66. In the first pastor’s view, when we face disappointment or despair, we should _________.
A. turn to God for help B. say thanks to it
C. see it in another way D. praise others for it
67. What can we infer from the passage?
A. The author can’t really free from the disappointment.
B. The author thinks the second sermon is wiser.
C. The author still wants to be a doctor.
D. The author thanks God for not being admitted by the university.
China reported blistering growth for the last three months of 2009, raising expectations of interest rate increases and other measures to head off inflation.
China has declared that it is recovering from the global economic crisis.
Ma Jiantang, of the National Bureau of Statistics, said Thursday the countrys economy grew by 10.7 percent in the last three months of 2009.
Ma says China has managed to quickly hold back what he described as “the sliding of the national economy.” He says China has become the first country, on the whole, to achieve economic recovery and stabilization.
According to previous estimates, Ma says Chinas gross domestic product for 2009 rose 8.7 percent to nearly five trillion dollars.
This goes beyond the official growth rate target of eight percent. The government has long considered eight percent growth essential to creating enough jobs for the countrys more than one billion people.
At the same time, Ma says some problems and contradictions are natural.
Ma says the Chinese government will give more priority to economic restructuring and improving peoples’ livelihoods.
To reduce the effects of the global economic crisis that began in 2008, China loosened lending practices, cut interest rates and began massive spending programs. But the government wants to make sure those measures do not contribute to inflation, which can be politically sensitive in a country where hundreds of millions of people remain poor.
Beijing resident Ms. Wang says she is worried. She says she thinks prices are rising really fast. She points to the price of cabbage, which has increased more than 10 times in the past year.
The head of the Chinese Banking Regulatory Commission, this week said the government will step up monitoring of banks and rein in lending to prevent speculative bubbles (投机泡沫)in real estate(房地产) and other assets.
The World Bank on Thursday released a report that predicts Chinas economy will grow by nine percent this year. This contrasts with forecasts of 2.5 percent growth rate for the United States and one percent growth for European economies in 2010, because of weaknesses remaining from the global financial crisis.
68. What does the underlined phrase in the first paragraph mean?
A. prevent B. begin C. continue D. reduce
69. How many measures did China take to reduce the sliding of the national economy?
A. 2 B. 3 C. 4 D. 5
70. The global economy in 2010 will ________.
A. increase more quickly than in 2009
B. recover immediately if proper measures are taken
C. remain weak as a result of the global financial crisis
D. remain the same standard as that in 2009
71. The passage is mainly about ________.
A. jobs created for more than one billion people
B. lending practices loosened in China in the new year
C. rapid growth of Chinese economy in last months of 2009
D. fast growth in economy leading to inflation
Instead of hitting the beach, fourteen high school students traded swimming suits for lab coats last summer and turned their attention to scientific experiments.
The High School Research Program offers high school students guidance with researchers in Texas A & M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Jennifer Funkhouser, academic adviser for the Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management, directs this four-week summer program designed to increase understanding of research and its career potential.
Several considerations go into selecting students, including grades, school involvement and interest in science and agriculture. And many students come from poorer school districts. Funkhouser says, “This is their chance to learn techniques and do experiments they would never have a chance to do in high school.” Warner Ervin of Houston is interested in animal science and learned how to tell male from female mosquitoes. His adviser, Craig Coates, studies the genes of mosquitoes that allow them to fight against malaria and yellow fever. Coates thought this experience would be fun and helpful to the high school students.
The agricultural research at A&M differs from stereotypes. It’s “molecular(分子)science on the cutting edge,” Funkhouser says. The program broadened students’ knowledge. Victor Garcia of Rarcia of Rio Grande City hopes to become a biology teacher and says he learned a lot about chemistry from the program.
At the end of the program, the students presented papers on their research. They’re also paid $600 for their work—another way this program differs from others, which often charge a fee.
Fourteen students got paid to learn that science is fun, that agriculture is a lot more than milking and plowing and that research can open many doors.
72. The research program is chiefly designed for ________.
A. high school advisers from Houston
B. college students majoring in agriculture
C. high school students from different places
D. researchers at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
73. It can be inferred from the text that the students in poorer areas ____.
A. found the program useful to their future
B. could often take part in the program
C. had little chance to go to college
D. showed much interest in their high school experiments
74. When the program was over, the students ________.
A. entered that college B. wrote research reports
C. paid for their research D. found ways to make money
75. What would be the best title for the passage?
A. A program for Agricultural Science Students
B. A program for Animal Science Students
C. A program for Medical Science Lovers
D. A program for Future Science lovers
Very pleased to know that you’re coming to study in Beijing.
Here is an _____ (介绍) to a school of Chinese. Compared 76. __________
with other schools, it is a suitable one that you can go to. _____, 77. __________
it is very _____ (方便) for you to get there by No. 16 bus. 78. __________
Next, the classes are very small. There are 24 teaching h 79. __________
a week. _____class, you can enjoy sports and activities 80. __________
with other students. S with a Chinese family will 81. __________
provide you with a chance to _____ (练习) your Chinese 82. __________
and _____ more about the Chinese family life. The time suits 83. __________
you and 3,000 yuan is paid per month. I’ll get in t with 84. __________
them _____ you show interest in this school. 85. __________
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
近年来，不少学生选择到国外读大学，但更多的则是选择在国内求学。请你就“Studying at home or abroad?”这个话题，用英语写一篇短文，谈谈你的看法 。
Studying at home or abroad? Opinions vary from person to person
M: A table for four, please.
W: It will be about twenty minutes. Won’ t you sit down?
W: That looks nice. I’ll have a cheeseburger and fries.
M: Anything to drink?
W: A chocolate milkshake.