Mexico's neighbors are the United States to the north and Guatemala and Belize to the south．Mexico is about one quarter of the size of the United States．Mexico has more than ninety million people．The language of Mexico is Spanish．This makes Mexico the world's largest Spanish-speaking country．
Mexico City is the capital and largest city of Mexico．The city is also very high．It is 7349 feet high（2240 meters）．This makes it one of the highest capital cities in the world．The population，of Mexico City grows bigger every day．About thirty million people live there．It has more people than any other city in the world，even more than Tokyo．
Mexico also has its specialties．Many of the foods we eat started in Mexico．Foods like beans，maize，avocados，tomatoes，peanuts，chili peppers，vanilla，and chocolate come from Mexico．Mexico is also famous for its cactus（仙人掌）plants．Mexico has more kinds of cactus than any other country．
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（ ）1．Mexico is ____the USA．
A．on the south of B．on the north of C．a part of D．as large as
（ ）2．Mexicans speak______．
（ ）3．Which of the following is NOT true?
A．Mexico City is the capital of Mexico．
B．The population of Mexico City is 30，000，000．
C．Tokyo is one of the cities with the largest population．
D．Mexico City is the highest city in the world．
（ ）4．Tomatoes were originally（最初）grown in ______．
A．America B．Spain C．Tokyo D．Mexico
（ ）5．The best title （题目） of the passage is ___．
A．Mexico City B．Mexico's plants
C．Mexico D．Mexico's population
In almost every big university（大学）in the United States，football is a favorite sport．American football is different．Players sometimes kick the ball，but they also throw the ball and run with it．They try to take it to the other end of the field．They have four chances（机会）to move the ball ten yards（码）．They can carry it or they can throw it．If they move the ball ten yards，they can try to move it another ten yards．If they move it to the end of the field， they receive six points．
It is difficult to move the ball．Eleven men on the other team try to stop the man with the ball．If he does not move the ball ten yards，his team kicks the ball the other team．
Each university wants its own team to win．Many thousands of people come to watch．They all shout for their favorite team．Young men and women come on the field to help the people shout more．They dance and jump while they shout．
Each team plays ten or eleven games each season．The season begins in September and ends in November．If a team is very good，it may play another game after the season ends．The best teams play again on January 1，the first day of the New Year．Many people go to see these games and many others watch them on TV．
（ ）1．The passage talks about ___________．
B．how to play football
（ ）2．We can _______ the football in both American football and Chinese football．
A．kick B．throw C．run with D．catch
（ ）3．Why is it difficult to move the ball? Because ___________．
A．ten yards is a long way
B．many men on the other team try not to let the ball come near
C．the playing field is very large
D．eleven men have to catch the ball one by one
（ ）4．If they _________，the teams will play on January 1．
A．receive six points
B．play eleven games in the season
C．are the best teams
D．move the ball to the end of the field
（ ）5．Many people come to watch football and they want their team to win．Which of the following is not their act?
November 9 is a time for us to learn a lot more about fire．This is what to do in a fire．
①Shout out．Shout as loudly as you can，because people may be asleep．
②Call 119．Never try to put out a fire yourself．Tell 119 where you are and what is on fire．
③Keep down close to the floor．There is less smoke down there，so it’s easier to breathe and see where you are going．
④Test the door．If the door is hot，do not open it! Try to find a different way out．
⑤Get out．Do not stop to pick up anything．A fire can become very big in a few seconds!
⑥Don’t use the lift．Always use the stairs．The lift may go wrong and keep you inside．
⑦Don’t go back．Even if you have left your pet or favorite toy inside，do not go back for it．
Animals have a very good sense of smell．They often get out of buildings before people．
（ ）1．According to the passage，when something is on fire，you must _____ at once．
A．look for your pet B．telephone 119
C．call 120 D．put out the fire yourself
（ ）2．The passage tells us that we can _____ in a fire．
A．use the lift B．try to put out a fire ourselves
C．open the hot door and go out D．shout as loudly as possible
（ ）3．You should keep down close to the floor because _____．
A．people may be asleep
B．the firemen can find you easily
C．there is less smoke down there
D．you should look after your things carefully
（ ）4．If the door is hot，we should _____．
A．open it and get out B．find another way out
C．stop to pick up something D．go back for something
（ ）5．The lift is dangerous in a fire because _____．
A．it is too small B．it may go wrong
C．it may keep you inside D．both B and C
Now satellites are helping to forecast（预报）the weather．They are in space，and they can reach any part of the world．The satellites take pictures of the atmosphere（大气），because this is where the weather forms．They send these pictures to the weather stations．So meteorologists（气象学家）can see the weather of any part of the world．From the pictures，the scientists can often say how the weather will change．
Today，nearly five hundred weather stations in sixty countries receive satellite pictures．When they receive new pictures，the meteorologists compare（比较）them with earlier ones．Perhaps they may find that the clouds have changed during the last few hours．This may mean that the weather on the ground may soon change，too．In their next weather forecast，the meteorologists can say this．So the weather satellites are a great help to the meteorologists．Before satellites were invented，the scientists could forecast the weather for about 24 or 48 hours．Now they can make good forecasts for three or five days．Soon，perhaps，they may be able to forecast the weather for a week or more ahead．
（ ）1．Satellites travel _____________．
A．in space B．in the atmosphere
C．above the ground D．above space
（ ）2．Why do we use the weather satellites to take pictures of the atmosphere? Because __________．
A．the weather satellites can do it easily
B．clouds form there
C．the weather forms there
D．the pictures can forecast the weather
（ ）3．Meteorologists forecast the weather __________．
A．when they have received satellite picture
B．after they have compared new satellite pictures with earlier ones
C．before they received satellite pictures
D．during they study satellite pictures
（ ）4．Maybe we’ll soon be able to forecast the weather for ________．
A.oneday B.two days
C.fivedays D．seven days or even longer
（ ）5．The main（主要的）idea of this passage is that satellites are now used in _________．
A．taking pictures of the atmosphere
B．receiving pictures of the atmosphere
C．doing other work in many ways
Some people think only school children do not agree with their parents, however, it is not true.
Communication is a problem for parents and children of all ages. If it’s hard for you to communicate with your parents, don’t worry about it. Here are some advice for you to bridge the generation gap（消除代沟）.
Don’t argue（争辩）with your parents. Don’t get to your parents when you are angry. Your parents probably won’t consider your ideas if you are shouting at them. And you can’t express yourself well if you are angry. Go to someplace to cool off. Make sure you understand why you are unhappy. Then think about what you want to say to your parents. If you don’t think you can speak to them at the moment, try writing a letter.
Try to reach a compromise（和解）. Perhaps you and your parents disagree on something. You can keep your disagreement and try your best to accept each other. Michael’s mother didn’t agree with him about buying a motorcycle. They argued over it. But they finally came to a compromise. Michael bought the motorcycle, but only drove it on certain days.
Of course, your parents might refuse to compromise on something. In these situations, it is especially important to show love and respect（尊敬）to them. Showing respect will keep your relationship strong.
Talk about your values. The values of your parents are probably different from those of your own. Tell your parents what you care about, and why. Understanding your values might help them see your purposes in life.
A good relationship with your parents can make you a better and happier person. It is worth having a try!
（ ）1. The passage tells us _______ have a communication problem.
A. parents and other people B. school kids and their parents
C. teachers and their students D. parents and children of all ages
（ ）2. Your parents probably won’t consider your ideas if you _______.
A. don’t get to them often B. write a letter to them
C. don’t speak to them politely D. express yourself well
（ ）3. The underlined phrase “cool off” in the passage means “_______”.
A. to make yourself happy B. to get you quiet and relaxed
C. to have a good rest D. to hide yourself quickly
（ ）4. If there’s really a generation gap between you and your parents, you’d better _______.
A. have a talk with them often B. keep away from them
C. agree with them all the time D. know about their values
（ ）5. From the passage we learn that _______.
A. parents and children should not have a generation gap
B. parents should show love and respect to their children
C. there are some good ways to bridge the generation gap
D. there are so many serious problems in families today
Would you like to visit Britain one day? Our country would like to welcome you! Overseas travel can be expensive. But there are ways of visiting Britain cheaply. We hope that we can give you some good ideas.
When to come? If you can avoid（避免）the busy months—July and August ,your visit may be cheaper. There will be smaller numbers of visitors. British weather is pleasant from April to the end of September. Of course, you can visit it in winter, but it is often dark by 4 p. m. Many places, such as large houses and castles（城堡）, are closed early in winter. However, if you are interested in museums, art galleries or theatres, winter may be a good time to visit.
Be prepared. If you are a student, it’s a good idea to apply for（申请）an International Student Identity Card（身份证）.With this card, you can save a lot of money. You can get the card from your local student travel office, and you can also call（44）-08708-413224 to get it. To get the card, you need to show that you are a student, get a passport photo, and pay a little money.
（ ）1. Which is the most popular time for visitors to Britain?
A. July and August B. The winter season
C. From April to September D. The vacation season.
（ ）2. What’s the weather like in winter in Britain?
A. There is lots of snow. B. The daytime is short.
C. It's neither hot nor cold. D. The weather is pleasant.
（ ）3. If you are a student with an International Student Identity Card ________.
A. you have to prove you're a student
B. you will pay less money for your trip.
C. you can call （44）-08708-413224 for help.
D. you must apply for a trip from the student travel office
（ ）4. The writer of this article is ________.
A. a German B. a Chinese
C. an Englishman D. an American
（ ）5. This passage is mainly about ________.
A. when to visit Britain B. why to take a trip to Britain
C. what to do and see in Britain D. how to travel cheaply in Britain
A School Report
Name: Edward Scott
School: Kelvin Grove State High School, London
He is a little weak in this, but he has tried his best to catch up with others.
He can work out many difficulties. Well done!
He is the best in the class. Keep it up!
His reading is very good, and he can remember many words.
He is not so good at this, but he is doing better than before.
He knows the names of many places in the world.
He sings very well. But he doesn’t like pop songs.
Edward has the ability to do a lot better. He must do more work next term.
（ ）1. The reading above is ________.
A. a studying plan B. an advertisement
C. a school report D.a teaching plan
（ ）2. Edward’s coming summer will last ________.
A. three months B. three weeks C. two months D. ten weeks
（ ）3. Edward’s best subject is ________.
A. Science B. English C. Geography D. French
（ ）4. Edward is not so good at ________.
A. maths and history B. science and geography
C. history and French D. music and English
（ ）5. According to the form, which of the following sentences is TRUE?
A. Edward can’t sing songs very well.
B. School will begin again on May 6th.
C. Edward can do better if he works hard next term.
D. Edward doesn’t do well in science.
Many of us now live in gated communities (封闭式社区). Only people who live there can go freely inside, and only their cars can pass through the gates. But are you hoping for a more open and convenient environment? When gates and walls are gone, everyone can enjoy a city with better traffic, bigger green areas for picnics and more cafes and bookstores to meet your friends.
Turning gated communities into blocks （街区）is one way to achieve this, according to the Chinese government. On Feb 21, China said that gated communities should be open to the public.
Open communities have already become popular in many cities of other countries, like Paris, France, and New York City, US. There, the roads, shops and green areas are for everyone.
“Humans need communication and sharing. A good city needs to offer people enough space to do this,” said Wang Weiqiang, an expert (专家) from Tongji University.
Another good change blocks may bring is better traffic in cities, according to Professor Li Hongchang from Beijing Jiaotong University. There will be more roads open to the public. And more people may choose to walk rather than drive cars because they don’t need to take a long way to get around those gated communities.
However, not everyone likes the idea of open communities. Quite a lot of people say they have spent money on the roads inside the communities, and they worry about safety problems when communities are open.
The Chinese government explained that the opening would be carried out step by step and more detailed plans would come out in the future. Also, they have been testing blocks in some areas in Chengdu, Sichuan, and so far it has been working well.
1. ___________ can go freely inside gated communities now.
A. Everybody B. Rich people
C. People who have cars D. Only people who live there
2. A good city needs to offer people enough space because ______________.
A. humans likes to live together
B. humans don’t want to stay in their own houses
C. humans need communication and sharing
D. humans worry about safety problems
3. The aim (目的) of turning gated communities into blocks is _______________.
A. to let Chinese people have more houses to live in
B. to let everyone enjoy a city with better traffic, bigger green areas and more cafes and bookstores to meet friends
C. to let people drive cars more easily on the road
D. to make the city a safer place
4. The passage is mainly talking about ________________.
A. The advantages of open communities
B. Chinese people want to have a better life
C. The Chinese government is planning to turn gated communities into blocks
D. Blocks can bring better traffic
The European Union (EU) is like a wall. Some Eastern European countries like Albania want to get inside, while the UK is thinking about getting out.
On June 23 this year, people from the UK will vote (投票) and decide if the country will stay in the EU, the UK Prime Minister David Cameron said on Feb 19.
The EU is an organization in which its 28 member countries work together. But the UK has always kept away from getting too deeply into it. Now, 19 out of the 28 members use the same money: the euro (欧元), but the UK is not one of them. Also, some EU countries set up the Schengen(申根) area, so people in it can move freely without a visa (签证), just as we do between Chinese provinces. However, the UK chose not to join.
In recent years, the EU seems to be even less attractive to many British people. More and more foreign workers from other countries, especially those in Eastern Europe, go to Britain. And many British believe that it put a burden on the UK’s welfare (福利), reported the Daily Mail. Besides this, the country has always given money to the EU but gets less in return, according to The New York Times.
However, there are also people who want the UK to stay in the EU. They say it’s easier for the UK to sell things to other EU countries. The EU as a whole has a big say on the international stage, and leaving the EU would hurt the UK’s influence on the world. Leaders of other EU countries like Angela Merkel of Germany and Francois Hollande of France hope to keep the UK in the EU, too.
“We need to think carefully about what is best for Britain, what is best for our future,” said Cameron. And as each side has its own ideas, we may not know the result until June.
1. ___________ will decide if the UK will stay in the EU.
A. People all over the world. B. People in the EU
C. People from the UK D. The UK Prime Minister
2. ____________ members of EU don’t use euro.
A. 1 B. 19 C. 28 D. 9
3. The underlined word “burden” in paragraph 4 means ____________ in Chinese.
A. 财富 B. 负担 C. 利益 D. 增长
4. According to the passage, which of the following is TRUE?
A. The EU is a country which has 28 provinces.
B. People from Schengen area can move freely to the UK without a visa.
C. Everybody in the UK wants to get out of the EU.
D. Leaders from Germany and France want the UK to stay in the EU.
The world’s most popular musical, The Sound of Music is coming to China!
Presented by Lunchbox Theatrical Production, we are looking for talented young performers to play the roles of the von Trapp children. This is a fantastic chance to perform with musical theater professionals.
Since its first performance on Broadway 55 years ago, The Sound of Music has been singing its way into everyone’s hearts with some of the most popular songs ever performed on the musical theatre stage.
This June, after a tour around the world with stops including the UK, Canada, South Africa, Singapore, and New Zealand, this show will take to the stage in China. Don’t miss it!
We are looking for young talented performers for the roles of:
l Friedrich (1.55m tall, unbroken voice, playing age 14)
l Louisa (1.5m tall, undeveloped body, playing age 13)
l Kurt (1.45m tall, unbroken voice, playing age 11)
l Brigitta (1.4m tall, playing age 9/10)
l Martha (1.35m tall, playing age 7)
l Gretl (up to 1.2m tall, playing age 6)
Interview Dates: 16-18/04/2016
Application Deadline (申请截止日期): 13/04/2016
Interview Address: National Theatre of China
Rehearsals(排练): 5 May until performances
Performances: 15 June-20 June 2016, National Center for the Performing Arts
1. The Lunchbox Theatrical Production is _________________ now.
A. selling some tickets B. introducing a new film
C. looking for some young performers D. talking about their feelings
2. ___________ can play the role of Martha.
A. Susan, 1.5m tall, 13 years old B. Elizabeth, 1.45m tall, 12 years old
C. Linda, 1.4m tall, 10 years old D. Rachel, 1.35m tall, 7 years old
3. The rehearsals will last for _____________.
A. 6 days B. 41 days C. 4 days D. 46 days
4. From the passage, we can infer that The sound of Music ______________.
A. was very successful when it was first showed on Broadway 55years ago
B. needs 7 talented performers
C. has been showed in the UK, Candada, South Africa, Singapore and Australia before coming to China
D. will be showed in the National Center for the Performing Arts in June, 2016w
阅读理解；从A , B, C, D四个选项中选出最佳答案。
Some students are talking about the changes in their own schools on the Internet.
I’m in Grade 2. Our school built a new classroom building recently. We used to have a day off when students from Grade 1 or Grade 3 had monthly exams, because they needed to use our classrooms to take the exams. However, now they can use the new classroom building instead, so we don’t need to take a day off and we will have more days to study.
We used to go out of the school to buy something to eat during class breaks, but now we are told not to go out. It is said that the rule was made to protect students from eating unhealthy food outside. Instead, we have a new shop in our restaurant. We can buy food there after class.
We used to have English reading every morning on weekdays, so we had to get to school half an hour early every day. But now the school has introduced an English learning app that can be used on our phones or computers. Now we can practice speaking and listening anytime and anywhere.
In the past, our PE classes were replaced by Chinese classes or maths classes on rainy days because we couldn’t go outside. Now I’m very happy, because a gym(体育馆) is being built and we will have PE classes in the gym on rainy days next year!
1. Sunshine1998 is in ___________.
A. Grade One B. Grade Two C. Grade Three D. Grade Four
2. Now, Liuxuan can buy food ________________ during class breaks.
A. outside their school B. in the classroom building
C. in their school restaurant D. in a supermarket downtown
3. _____________ can help Superman001 with English speaking and listening now.
A. A new English teacher B. An English learning app
C. A new computer D. An English reading class
Now students’ English handwriting gets worse and worse, which makes their teachers feel worried. Is your English handwriting beautiful? If not, here are four steps that really work!
Use paper that has lines
Using paper that has lines can keep you writing well when you write English words or sentences. Those lines on the paper can help you to write words in the right size. Be sure to fill the lined space completely. And make sure those capital letters (大写字母) are written properly.
If your writing is hard to read, try slowing down a little. For some kids, writing slowly makes handwriting clear. If you write too fast, it’s hard for you to stop where you should, and even worse, you may make more mistakes.
u Hold your pen right
When you hold your pen in the correct way, writing is much easier. Some students press down really hard when they write. That makes the handwriting not nice. Try to relax yourself and don’t hold the pen so hard. Let your writing appear nice and clean. If you do so, people will guess you are a student with a good habit.
Draw more pictures
Drawing can improve your handwriting. You need to use the skills to control your pencil better when you are drawing pictures. Even though you have no chance to draw at school, you can practice by yourself at home.
Handwriting is very important. Imagine you are a world-famous movie star or a well-known sports player, what do you do when your fans run up to you? Give them your autographs(亲笔签名), of course!
1. can help you to write words in the right size.
A. Using paper with lines B. Holding your pen right
C. Practicing drawing pictures D. Writing carefully on the paper
2. If you write too fast, it’s easy to .
A. make the words clear B. make more mistakes
C. write the words smoothly D. write the words nicely
3. Some students’ handwriting is not nice because they .
A. write too slowly B. relax themselves when writing
C. press down really hard D. don’t pay attention to their spelling
4. According to the passage, we know is helpful to improve your handwriting.
A. holding your pen hard B. copying more words
C. drawing pictures D. looking at words carefully
5. What’s the best title for the passage?
A. How to Write Quickly B. Giving Your Autographs
C. Getting the Good Writing Habits D. How to Improve Your Handwriting
Since last year, Where Are We Going, Dad？(爸爸去哪儿？) has become one of the most popular TV shows. On the show, the five fathers and their children traveled around China, riding camels (骆驼) through the western deserts, fishing on the east coast, and selling vegetables for their bus fare (费用) home in southwestern Yunnan province.
One dad doesn’t know how to do his daughter’s hair, so some people try to help him. Another one must survive (生存) with his son for three days in the desert, because the father can’t cook, they only eat instant noodles.
Why is Where Are We Going, Dad？so popular? Because it is about how Chinese parents look after their kids. The show makes modern parents think about what they should do with their kids. “In traditional Chinese culture, the father is strict and the mother is kind. But on the show, we see fathers who are much gentler on their kids and more involved (参与) in their growing.” said Li Minyi, a professor (教授) of early childhood education.
In the past, children were taught to obey their parents’ wishes and look after them in their old age. But today Chinese parents increasingly realize that respecting (尊重) their children’s choices may be a better way to prepare them for modern society. As they raise their children, parents are growing up at the same time.
1. According to the passage, what didn’t the fathers and their children do on the show?
A. Rode camels. B. Sold vegetables.
C. Climbed the mountains. D. Fished on the east coast.
2. One father and his son only eat instant noodles because .
A. the father can’t cook
B. there aren’t any vegetables in the desert
C. they think instant noodles are the most delicious
D. they have no money to buy something to eat
3. In the fourth paragraph, the underlined word “them” refers to (指的是) .
A. modern parents B. the five fathers on the show
C. the parents in the past D. the children in the old days
4. Why is Where Are We Going, Dad? so popular?
A. Because it’s about how Chinese parents raise their children.
B. Because there are many famous stars on the show.
C. Because it’s about how to help the poor.
D. Because it’s about how to sell vegetables.
5. Which of the following is NOT true according to the passage?
A. Fathers are much gentler on their kids on the show.
B. Children were told to obey their parents’ wishes in the past.
C. Parents can also learn something when they raise their children.
D. In traditional Chinese culture, parents are both strict with their kids.
Many children act in TV shows. They work several hours every day, so they can not go to regular school. How do they get an education?
In Hollywood many TV shows are made. About forty teachers give lessons to the children in the shows. They teach wherever their pupils are working. The teachers’ job is very important. They are responsible(负责) for making sure that the children work only the permitted(允许) hours each week. They are also responsible for making sure that children learn the required subjects. They make sure, too, that the children get enough rest and play, along with their education.
Child actors are required to attend classes twenty hours each week. California law says they must be taught from September to June. If they do not make much progress in school, they are not permitted to continue working in TV shows. TV children are usually good pupils, and most of their teachers like this special kind of work. Their classes are held in some wonderful places. Sometimes the “classroom” is a Mississippi riverboat, sometimes it is the inside of a spaceship. Often the pupils become famous TV or movie stars.
( )1.The child actors do not go to regular school because ______ .
A.they do not get good marks B.there is no school nearby
C.they have to act several hours a day D.they have to work all day long
( )2.The teachers usually hold classes in ______ .
A.a classroom building B.some interesting places
C.a Mississippi riverboat D.a spaceship
( )3.The teachers’ duty is to make sure that the child actors ______ .
A.do not overwork B.learn what they must learn
C.have enough sleep and play D.all the above
( )4.The pupils are not allowed to continue working if they ______ .
A.do not act well B.go to regular school
C.do not get good marks D.can not become famous stars
( )5.Which of the following is not true?
A.California law does not allow children to act in TV shows.
B.Many of the child actors become famous stars.
C.The lessons are given by forty teachers.
D.The teachers must teach them from September to June.
When something goes wrong, it can be very easy to say, “I know I’m late, but it’s not my fault; the car broke down” and so on. It is probably not your fault, but once you develop the habit of blaming somebody or something else for a bad situation (情况), you are a loser. You have no power and could not change the situation. However, you can have great power over what happens to you if you stop focusing on whom to blame (责备) 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. For another example, if your colleague (同事) causes you problems on the job for lack of responsibility, find ways of dealing with his irresponsibility (不负责任) rather than simply blame the person. You should find creative ways to work successfully instead of blaming your colleague. 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 something on the road to your success.
1. According to the passage, winners ________.
A. blame themselves rather than others
B. have responsible and good colleagues
C. meet with fewer difficulties in their lives
D. deal with problems rather than blame others
2. The underlined word “remedy” in the first paragraph means “________” in Chinese.
A. 拒绝 B. 接受 C. 改善 D. 认为
3. When your colleague brings about a problem, you should ________.
A. blame him for his lack of responsibility
B. find a better way to deal with the problem
C. tell him to find the cause of the problem
D. ask another colleague to solve the problem
4. When winners meet problems, they take them as ________.
A. chances for self-development B. blocks to greater power
C. challenges to their colleagues D. excuses for their failures
5. Which of the following is the best title for the passage?
A. A Winner’s Excuse B. A Winner’s Problem
C. A Winner’s Secret D. A Winner’s Opportunity
The Forbidden City usually shows its fantastic and mysterious face. But recently, with some fun and creative products, the Forbidden City has changed its image and made history more inviting to young people.
With bean-shaped eyes and a round face, a series of small, cute dolls catch people’s hearts. There are different characters from emperors (皇帝) and empresses to princes and princesses, even ministers like He Shen and Ji Xiaolan. You can buy them from souvenir shops at the museum in Beijing or online.
Emperor’s One Day
Emperor’s One Day is an app (手机应用程序). In the app, you can be the emperor for one day. A little lion guides you to learn about the emperor’s life. The emperor usually gets up at 5 o’clock in the morning. At around 8 a.m., he starts working by reading letters from his ministers and having a meeting with them. The emperor usually has only two main meals a day. When he has time, he likes watching Peking Opera or local operas to relax.
Fun facts about the Forbidden City
·The Forbidden City is the world’s largest palace complex, with more than 9,000 rooms. Chinese people traditionally think of “9”
as the luckiest number among 1 to 10. Emperors love the number.
·Most buildings here are painted yellow and red. The red stands for happiness and yellow stands for earth.
1. The dolls catch people’s hearts because they are ________.
A. tall B. strong C. cute D. different
2. According to the app, we know the emperor usually relaxes himself by ________.
A. having a meeting B. reading letters
C. listening to music D. watching operas
3. From the passage, we can know the emperor usually has ________ main meals a day.
A. two B. three C. five D. eight
4. Most buildings here are painted yellow and red because ________.
A. the red stands for earth and yellow stands for happiness
B. the red stands for happiness and yellow stands for earth
C. the red is very beautiful and the yellow is quite special
D. the yellow is very beautiful and the red is quite special
5. What can we learn from the passage?
A. We can’t buy the dolls on the Internet.
B. The dolls are only about the emperors.
C. The emperor usually gets up early in the morning.
D. Many emperors think of “8” as the luckiest number.
Today people can use the phone to talk with others almost anywhere on the earth. But when you use the phone, you don’t usually see the person you are talking with. That may change in the near future.
Today some people are using a kind of telephone called the picture phone or vision phone. With __ it__, two people who are talking can see each other. Picture phones can be useful when you have something to show the person you’re calling. They may have other uses in the future. One day you may be able to ring up a library and ask to see a book. Then you’ll be able to read the book right over your picture phone. Or you may be able to go shopping through your picture phone. If you see something in the newspaper that you think you want to buy, you’ll go to your phone and call the shop. People at the shop will show you the thing you are interested in right over the phone. You will be able to shop all over the town and never even leave your home.
( )1. Today people can use the phone to talk with others _______.
A. In all the towns B. in some places in the world
C. only in big cities D. almost anywhere on the earth
( )2. The underlined word ”it” in the passage means________.
A. the picture phone B. any phone
C.the use D. the change
( )3. We can _____ through the picture phone according to the text.
A. write a book B. go shopping
C. play games D. have classes
( )4. Picture phones can be used for______.
A. ringing up library to see a book
B. going shopping without leaving our homes
C. showing the person the things that we are talking about
D. all of the above
( )5. The title of the article can be “______”.
A. The Telephones B. Picture Phones
C. Shopping on the phone D. Talking on the phone
It’s a long-awaited day for China. The navy now has its first aircraft carrier(航空母舰), Liaoning.
It’s a unique experience to get to know the life in the carrier. The carrier is just like a small city on the sea. It has all the functions for daily life. There are 4 words to sum up its characters: big, small, much and high. The carrier Liaoning is such a huge one that the total length of the whole corridor（过道）could reach over 20 kilometers. But the living space for the sailors（水手）is quite small. That’s because the carrier is designed for researching purposes, rather than comfortable living. Over 1,000 sailors, both men and women, are living onboard. They are arranged among over 3,000 tiny rooms below the deck. For visitors, it’s so easy to get lost. So the first thing the new sailors have to learn is their way around. The number of female sailors is much less than that of the males, taking about 5 percent of the total. But they play a key role in carrying out some special missions.
Also, you will be surprised by the high level of education of today’s sailors. The captain said that over 90 percent of the sailors are college graduates. Six hold Doctor’s Degrees and 45 have a Master’s. The whole team is young but vigorous. The complex work on the carrier requires high management abilities for the commanders onboard(在船上).
1. Why do we visitors get lost easily inside the carrier?
A. Because they don’t have a map.
B. Because the living space is quite small.
C. Because there are too many corridors for rooms.
D. Because the corridor inside the carrier is too long.
2. What does the word “high” in Line 6 refer to（指代）？
A. The aircraft carrier is high since it is just like a small city.
B. Most of the soldiers received good education.
C. The expense（花费）to run a carrier is high.
D. The high-level of their training.
3. Which of the following is NOT TRUE according to the passage?
A. Liaoning is our country’s first aircraft carrier.
B. Most of the sailors on the carrier are college graduates.
C. There are far fewer women sailors than men sailors on the carrier.
D. It is comfortable for the sailors to live in the carrier.
The label（标签）, Made in China, is one that is becoming increasing common in shopping centers all over the world.
In the United States, shoppers at Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer（零售商）, have a wide selection of products mostly produced in China. The large amount of Chinese imports have created a large selection of goods in other countries as people begin to buy more and more products made in China. These goods are even widely available in other Asian nations, where Chinese-made goods are quite popular. Chinese brand names are also becoming more well-known outside China.
When Chinese Americans visit family and friends in their homeland, gifts from the U.S. are a must. But TVs and fashionable clothes aren't rare any more, and anything 'Made in China' shouldn’t be considered in any case.
"When I decide to visit my family members in China, I will have a big headache. What should I buy for them? They may not all speak English, but everyone in China knows those three words," a Chinese American said. "When they see the label 'Made in China,' they will think, 'Why do you send me this?' "
The development of China has surprised the world with its growth. As a result, the other countries are beginning to try to reduce Chinese goods with the use of taxes（税）and import restrictions. However, the development on the Chinese economy still affects the world in many ways.
1. Around the world, the products made in China are ________ in the shopping malls.
A. unwelcome B. expensive C. popular D. rare
2. What is the Chinese meaning of the underlined word “brand” in the second paragraph?
A. 品牌 B. 明星 C. 生产地 D. 树枝
3. Why do Chinese Americans usually have a headache if they come back to China?
A. Because their Chinese friends can not speak English.
B. Because their friends will be unhappy if the gifts are made in China.
C. Because they should give their friends rare gifts.
D. Because they should give their friends fashionable gifts.
4. How do other countries try to reduce the Chinese goods in their own countries?
A. By developing the qualities of their own products.
B. By telling their shoppers not to buy Chinese goods.
C. By importing more Chinese goods.
D. By using taxes and import restrictions.
5. From the passage, we can know that________.
A. products made in China are more and more popular all over the world
B. TVs and fashionable clothes are ideal gifts for Chinese people
C. everyone in China can speak English
D. the other governments don’t welcome any Chinese goods
List of the 85th Oscar Award winners announced Sunday in Los Angeles, America:
Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Life of Pi
1. Where was the 85th Oscar Awards presentation held?
A. In Nanjing B. In New York C. In Los Angeles D. In London
2. Which film was directed by the winner of this year’s Best Director?
A. Lincoln B. Life of Pi C. Ang Lee D. Les Miserables