Most people in America like having the surprise party. It’s very popular. They think it is very exciting to have surprise parties for their friends or family members. They often plan a surprise party for special events like someone’s birthday. If you want to know what a surprise party is like, please look at the following example.
One Saturday night, Sam’s wife asked him to go to the kitchen and bring her a glass of water. Sam walked to the kitchen. When he opened the door, he saw a “bear（熊）” standing in front of him! Sam was very scared and wanted to run away at once. Just then the “bear” took off his costume(服装).
It was Sam’s friend John! When he turned back, he saw some other people standing behind him. All of them said “Surprise! Happy birthday!” to him.
In fact, we can have many kinds of surprise parties. A successful surprise party always makes people feel surprised and excited. Would you like to plan a party like this for your friends or family members?
1.How is the surprise party in America?
A. Relaxing B. Popular C. Boring D. Meaningless
2.When was Sam’s birthday?
A. On Saturday. B. On Sunday. C. On Friday. D. On Thursday.
3.What does the underlined word “scared” mean in English?
A. Sad B. Surprised C. Afraid D. Available
4.Who stood in front of Sam that night in fact?
A. His mother B. A real bear. C. His father D. His friend.
5.What’s the passage mainly about?
A. What a surprise party is like in America.
B. Why Sam felt scared when he saw the bear.
C. How to have a surprise party for others.
D. How people feel about a successful surprise party.
In the US, people prefer waiting for a table to sitting with people they don’t know. If you are sitting at a table with people you don’t know, it is impolite to smoke without first asking if it will disturb them. In American restaurants and coffee shops you are usually served tap water(自来水) before you order. You may find the bread and butter is free, and if you order coffee, you may get a free refill(补充).
Serving(食物) in restaurants are often too large for many people. If you can’t finish your meal but would like to enjoy the food later, ask your waitress or waiter for a “doggie bag”. It may have a picture of a dog on it , but everybody knows you’re taking the food for yourself.
Supper and dinner are both words for the evening meal. Some people have “Sunday dinner”. This is an especially big noon meal. Tips are not usually added to the check. They are not included in the price of the meal, either. A tip of about 15% is expected and you should leave it on the table when you leave. In some restaurants, a check is brought on a plate and you put your money there. Then the waiter or waitress brings you your change.
1. Which statement is TRUE according to the first paragraph?
A. American people like sitting with people they don’t know.
B. Hostess always seats a small group at a large table.
C. American people never sit with people they don’t know.
D. Without others’ permission, American people are not supposed to smoke at
the same table.
2.Which is NOT free in American restaurants and coffee shops?
A. Coffee. B. Bread C. Butter. D. Tap water.
3. When servings are too large for them, American people .
A. leave the food on the table and go away
B. take the food home with a doggie bag for their dogs
C. ask the waiter or waitress to share the food with them
D. take the food home with a doggie bag and enjoy the food later
4. “Sunday dinner” in this passage is .
A. a big supper on Sunday
B. a big lunch on Sunday
C. a big supper on the weekend
D. a big lunch on holiday
5. Which statement is NOT mentioned in the passage?
A. Tips are not usually included in the total check.
B. A 10% tip in large cities shows satisfactory service.
C. People tip waiters and waitresses in America.
D. People usually put tips on the table.
Canada is a very large country．It is the second largest country in the world．By contrast it has a very small population．There are only about 29 million people there．Most Canadians are of British or French origin，and French is an official language of Canada as well as English．About 45% of the people are of British origin，that is，they or their parents or grandparents，etc，come from British．Nearly 30%are of French origin．Most of the French–Canadians live in province of Quebec．
Over the years，people have come to live in Canada from many countries in the world．They are from many countries in the world．They are from most European countries and also from China，besides other Asian countries．
However，Canada was not an empty country when the Europeans began to arrive．Canadian Indians lived along the coast，by the rivers and lakes and in forests．Today，there are only about 350，000 Indians in the whole country，with their own languages．In the far north live the Inuit，there are only 27，000 Canadian-Inuit．Their life is hard in such a difficult climate．
（ ）1．About ____ live in Quebec．
A．30% of the French –Canadians B．45% of the Canadians
C．29，000，000 people D．8，700，000 French – Canadians
（ ）2．The official languages of Canada are ____．
A．English and Chinese B．French and English
C．Indian and French D．Chinese and Inuit
（ ）3．The word “origin” in the passage means ____．
A．血统 B．后裔 C．先驱 D．猿人
（ ）4．About 23% of people came from _____．
D．some other countries except France and Britain
（ ）5．Which of the following is true according to this passage?
A．There are 27，000 Canadian-Indians in Canada．
B．More than 13 million people have come from Britain and France recent years．
C．There are 30% of the population whose parents or grandparents come from France．
D．There are no people when the Europeans began to arrive in Canada．
In many English homes, people have four meals(餐) a day: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea(茶) and dinner.
People have breakfast from 7:00 to 9: 00 in the morning. They eat eggs or(或者) bread. English people drink tea or milk for breakfast, too. Lunch comes at about 13:00. Afternoon tea is from 16:00 to 17:00, and dinner is about 19:30. They often have soup(汤), and they have some chicken or fish with vegetables. Then they eat some bananas, apples or oranges. But not all English people have meals like that. Some of them don’t have their dinners in the evening(晚上).
( ) 1. Many English people have ____ meals a day.
A. one B. two C. three D. four
( ) 2. Usually, people in English don’t have ____ for their breakfast.
A. bread B. fish C. milk D. eggs
( ) 3. People in English have lunch ____.
A. from 7:00 to 9:00 B. at about 13:00
C. at 19:30 D. from 16:00 to 17:00
( ) 4. Usually, people in England have ____ for their dinner.
A. bananas, apples or eggs B. soup, bananas or milk
C. soup, chicken or fish with vegetables D. soup, milk and vegetables
( ) 5. Do all the English people eat in the same way(方式)?
A. No, not all the English people eat in the same way.
B. Yes, all the English people eat in the same way.
C. No, some of them don’t have lunch at all.
D. Sorry, we don’t know.
Plan the party around your child's interest. The best way to learn about your child's idea is to ask.
Children are usually happier and better behaved at things they have helped to plan. Let your child help get ready for the party. He can help send out the invitations and clean the house.
At the party, the birthday child should greet friends and guests at the door, take their gifts and show them politely to where the party is taking place. Parents should ask the child to talk with other guests politely. Make sure the birthday child knows how to follow polite table manners-this will help the other children be polite as well.
When it is time for the birthday activities, call the children to sit and listen to instructions for the activities. Before your child goes to a birthday party, discuss with him right ways to listen and behave.
At the end of the party, the birthday child should say “Goodbye” and “Thank you” to each friend. Always remember the thank-you notes! You will be very happy if you have a well-mannered child.
( )1. The party should be planned according to parents' opinions.
( )2. Children are willing to do something they can for the party.
( )3. Only the birthday child needs to know about polite table manners.
( )4. Children should listen to instructions before the birthday activities.
( )5. A thank-you note is very necessary after the party.
It’s 9:00 a.m., on the fifth day of the fifth month in the Chinese lunar calendar(农历). Today is the Dragon Boat Festival. Zhu Hui’s family are at home. His mom and aunt are making zongzi. His dad and uncle are watching the boat races on TV.
A special day in the United States is Thanksgiving. It is always on the fourth Thursday in November. It’s a time to give thanks for food in the autumn. The main dish for this day is almost always turkey, a large bird.
Many people in the United States celebrate Christmas Day on December 25. When they think of Christmas, they probably think of gifts, Christmas trees and Christmas Father. But behind all these things lies the true meaning of Christmas: the importance of sharing and giving love and joy to people around them.
1. The favorite food on the Dragon Boat Festival is _______.
A. cake B. turkey C. zongzi
2. What do people usually do on Thanksgiving Day?
A. Watch boat races on TV. B. Give thanks for food.
C. Send gifts to each other.
3. People celebrate ________.
A. Dragon Boat Festival on June 5 B. Thanksgiving on November 4
C. Christmas after Thanksgiving
4. On Christmas, children can often get _______.
A. Christmas trees B. Christmas gifts C. Christmas Fathers
5. _________is the spirit(精神) of Christmas.
A. Love and joy B. Traditional history C. Religious(宗教) belief
From China Daily: On Oct 29, the Chinese government said all couples can now have two children. The new policy is expected to help solve China’s low birth rate problem. Up to now, China has faced an aging population and the problem of no enough labor. The Two-Children Law may also be good for Chinese people. Researches show that growing up with a brother or a sister can have a good influence on one’s mind and health.
From CCTV: China has long dreamed about making its own large passenger planes. Now the dream is becoming true. On Nov 2, China’s first homemade large passenger plane, the C919, was shown to the public in Shanghai. This makes China the third nation to make large passenger planes, following the Boeing Company, US and the European Union’s Airbus line.
From CNN, Dec 4, 2015: It's reported that Apple is planning to bring its mobile payment system（系统） “Apple Pay” to China by early February next year. Apple has reportedly reached a deal with China's big four banks to lay out the payment system. When it's used in China, Apple Pay will mainly compete with Union Pay.
From VOA WASHINGTON, November 25, 2015: The holiday shopping season is once again upon us. In the United States, that's usually the Friday after Thanksgiving, which is called "Black Friday". The shopping malls are busy and open for hands-chopping people who would like to chop their hands off after buying too many things on Black Friday.
( ) 1. According to The Two- Children Law, we may know that ________________.
A. it is used for solving China’s education problem
B. it is bad for families in China
C. it can give a brother or a sister to Chinese families
D.it was born because of Chinese aging population and no enough labor
( ) 2. _______________ is not mentioned to make large passenger planes.
A.USA B. European Union C. China D. Canada
( ) 3. Black Friday in the USA is _______________.
A. Every Friday B. Friday after Thanksgiving
C. Some Fridays D. Friday before Christmas
( ) 4. _______________ will compete with Union Pay in China
A. Boeing Company B. Airbus line C. Big four banks D. Apple Pay
Do you have the habit of drinking a cup of tea every day? Tea is one of the most popular drinks around the world，second only to water．
For over 4,000 years，people，especially Chinese，have enjoyed tea like green tea, black tea,flower tea and oolong tea．There will be a fifth International Tea Expo in Wuhu, Anhui Province in May．More than 10，000 people will take part in the Expo．Why do SO many people like tea?
As a national drink in China, tea drinking is a longtime tradition．When people invite gueststo their homes，they offer them a cup of tea．Young people show respect to elders by serving them tea．
Tea is good for our health．It can stop US from getting fat，protect our hearts and keep our teeth healthy．Tea can also give US energy．When we are tired after hours of studying or hard work，drinking tea Can make US excited．
Scientists say that tea can help US keep a good memory．So next time you study for a test，remember to drink tea．It might help you remember the answers．
1．Tea is the most popular drink around the world．
2．Chinese have enjoyed tea for over 4,000 years．
3．It’s a tradition to offer guests tea at home in China．
4．Drinking tea is good for our teeth but bad for our hearts．
5．If you study for a test，drinking tea might help you remember the answers．
If you live in the United States，the law says you can’t have a full．time Job until you are 16 years old．At 14 or 15，you can work part-time after school or on weekends，and during Summer you can work 40 hours each week．Does all that mean if you are younger than 14，you can’t earn(赚钱)your own money? Of course not! Kids who are between the ages of 10 and 13 can earn money doing lots of things．
Vera,11，told US she made money by cleaning up other people’s yards．Lena, 13, makes money by knitting(织)dog sweaters and selling them to her neighbors, and Reisa said she drew pictures for people to get money．Jasmine，13，writes articles for different magazines!
Earning is learning．By working to earn your own mone5 you are learning the skills you will need to succeed in life．These skills can include things like working with others, using technology and using your time．Some people think asking for money is a lot easier than earning it．However, when you make your own money, you don’t have to depend on someone else．The five dollars that you earn will probably make you feel a lot better in your hand than the twenty dollars you ask for．
1．You Can have a full—time job when you are_______ in the USA
A．younger than 16 B．16 or older than 16
C．at the age of 15 D．between 10 and 13
2．If you are 14 or 15，you can work 40 hours each week_________ in America．
A．on weekends B．after school C．on weekdays D．during summer
3．makes money by writing articles for different magazines．
A．Jasmine B．Lena C．Reisa D．Vera
4．According to the passage, making your own money is_______ than asking for money from
A．easier B．worse C．faster D．better
5．From the passage we can know that
A．earning is not a good way of learning
B．kids are not allowed to do things to earn money
C．people can learn the skills to succeed by working in their teens
D．kids won’t have enough time to study if they try to earn money
The winter holiday is coming. What are the students going to do during the winter holiday? We did a survey and this is what we learned. All students like the winter holiday because there is an important festival—the Spring Festival. Most students say they are going to finish their homework first. After finishing homework they can have a good time. During the Spring Festival, they are going to visit their friends and relatives(亲戚). They’re going to buy some new clothes and good food. Most students are going to watch TV with their families. Some are going to play computer games with their friends. Li Lei is going to travel with his parents. They are going to Hainan Island because it’s warm in winter. Huang Jing is going to the countryside to see her grandparents with her parents. Yang Fan is going to take guitar lessons. He loves to play the guitar. Lin Juan is going to play ping-pong every day in the winter holiday. She wants to have a healthy body. I hope all of them can enjoy themselves during the holiday.
1. There is an important festival during the winter holiday.
2. Most students are going to visit their friends first during the winter holiday.
3. Most students are going to watch TV with their friends.
4. Li Lei is going to Hainan Island with his parents because it’s warm in winter.
5. Lin Juan loves to play the guitar and ping-pong.
Now some women are spending a weekend at Mother's Camp .There ,husbands and children are not allowed (允许). Why would a woman want to take a vocation without her family? Some women say they need time to be alone.
At Mother's Camp, a woman has room of herself. She can sleep, read, or watch TV, and no one will disturb (打扰)her. No children will ask, "Mom ,what's for dinner?" No husband will say, "Oh, dear. I can't find any clean socks." In fact almost 50% of women in the United States work outside the home. Many of them work full time and then come back to a second job --- taking care of their homes and families. These working women say one of their biggest problems is housework.
In the United Stated, working wives do about 75% of the housework Many of their husbands say they want to help. But then they burn the rice or they can't find pans. They ask so many questions that their wives decide it is easier to do the job themselves.
Some women go to Mother's Camp just to get a break from housework. For two days they don't cook, they don't clean, they don't look after their children and husbands. What do they do? They enjoy warm, sunny weather ,walking ,swimming or boating in a clear blue lake and sing songs around the campfire. They relax away from home. They have a really wonderful vacation at Mother's Camp.
1. What can't the women do at Mother's Camp?
A . Watch TV. B. Read newspapers.
C. Swim in the lake D. Bring their husbands and children.
2. Why would some mothers like to be alone?
A. Because they don't like their husbands or children.
B. Because they have to work full-time.
C. Because they are too busy to relax themselves.
D. Because they want a new life.
3. What do most working women have to do after they get home?
A. Look after their children and families. B. Read novels.
C. Play computer games D. See a film
4. What's the best title for the passage?
A. Busy Working Mothers B. Welcome to Mother's Camp.
C. Mother Relax away from Home D. Mothers in the US.
We spoke to three students from around the world about different national holidays.
There are different customs (习俗) for each festival.
Tan Xiao dong. 15. Hong Kong, China
“It’ll soon be Chinese New Year. Before it we’ll clean the house and decorate
it for good luck. Every shop is going to close for a few days and we’ll go out a lot
to celebrate in the streets. We might go and see the lion and dragon dances in the
city center. I love this festival. ”
Wendy, 16, Sydney, Australia
“Australia is on 26th January and it’s an important holiday here. We always have
a Monday off, so we celebrate for three days. My parents and I go to the countryside for a picnic and friends always come over. Many people go to beach parties or street parties and there’s lots of music and dancing. What fun!”
Amy, 14, New York, the USA
“The first Thanksgiving Day was hundreds years ago when Europeans who came to America thanked God for his help. It’s still a very important day for families to be together. This year we’re going to visit my parents and we’ll eat a delicious meal of turkey. Thanksgiving Day is on the fourth Thursday in November every year.”
( )1. How many festivals are mentioned (提到) in the passage?
A. Two. B. Three. C. Four. D. Five.
( )2. During the Chinese New Year, tourists can _________.
A. do a lot of shopping B. see lion and dragon dances
C. decorate the house for good luck D. eat turkey
( )3. On Australia Day, families often ___________.
A. have a picnic in the countryside B. go to a swimming pool
C. have a party at school D. clean the house and dance
( )4. From the passage, we can learn that _____________.
A. Australia is an important day for family members to get together
B. different festivals have different customs
C. many go out for s picnic with friends before Chinese New Year
D. the first Thanksgiving Day was born a hundred years ago
Amsterdam is the bike capital of the world. Riding bicycles is a fun and easy way of getting around Amsterdam.
Students go to school by bicycle. People ride their bicycles to work. Travelers ride bicycles freely around the city. Even police work on bicycles. You can see these every day in Amsterdam. There are many roads and traffic signs (标记) for bicycles. There are also many places for bicycle parking.
If you travel in Amsterdam, you don’t need to take a bus or taxi, just a bicycle. You can ride the bicycle along the roads and the streets enjoying the scenery (风景). The city has a lot of bicycle shops to choose from. If you do not want to buy a bicycle, you can go to bicycle rentals(租赁). They are in almost every part of the city. Going for a ride is enjoyable. It’s a good idea to find an experienced guide. Because he knows the city’s most beautiful places well, and he would take you around the city. Riding bicycles in Amsterdam is of great fun and relaxing, just remember to follow the traffic rules.
1. According to the passage, we know people like ____ in Amsterdam.
A. riding bicycles B. selling bicycles
C. traveling D. buying bicycles
2. What does the underlined word “experienced” mean in Chinese?
A. 经验丰富的 B.友善的 C.热心的 D.耐心的
3. Which of the following is NOT true according to the passage?
A. It’s easy for people to park their bicycles in Amsterdam.
B. People can find bike rentals everywhere in Amsterdam.
C. Amsterdam is famous as a bicycle city.
D. Most people in Amsterdam ride bicycles to work or school, except police.
4. What’s the best title for the passage?
A. How to Travel in Amsterdam
B. The City of Bicycles
C. How to Rent a Bicycle in Amsterdam
D. A Beautiful City — Amsterdam
On a small farm in Mexico, there are no schools. A bus is the school. The driver of the bus is the teacher. It’s a school bus, but it doesn’t take the children to school. It just goes round from place to place, and sometimes it comes to this farm. The bus will stay here for three months. The farmers call it a school on wheels (轮子).
Every time the bus comes, the farmers will come running to it, shouting and laughing. They warmly welcome the school bus.
When the bus is on the farm, in the morning, the teacher teaches the small children. In the afternoon, the bigger children come to have their lessons because they must work in the morning. At night, the fathers and mothers come to school. They want to learn, too. How the farmers hope that some day they can have a real school on their farm!
1. The driver of the bus is_______.
A. the teacher B. the student C. the farmer D. the school
2. The bus school will_______.
A. take the children to school
B. stay here for a long time
C. take the fathers and mothers to school
D. go round from place to place
3. When the school bus comes, the farmers will_______.
A. stop working B. warmly welcome it
C. be happy D. both B and C
4. The bigger children have their lessons in the afternoon because _______in the morning.
A. they can’t get up early
B. the teacher wants to teach the small children first
C. they have a lot of work to do
D. they have to do their homework
5. Which is TRUE?
A. A school bus is a real school for farmers’ children.
B. The bus school has no teacher at all.
C. The bus school has no students.
D. The children and their parents on the farm all come to the bus school to learn.
1970 was World Conservation（保护）Year. The United Nations wanted everyone to know that the world was in danger. They hoped something could be done.
Here is one example of the problem. At one time there were 1,300 kinds of plants, trees and flowers in Holland（荷兰）,but now only 866 are left. The others have been destroyed（毁灭）by modern people and their science. We are polluting earth, air, water and everything around us. We can’t live without these things. If things go on like this, we shall destroy ourselves.
What will happen in the future? Perhaps it’s more important to ask “What must we do?” More and more young people have known this. Many of them are helping to save our earth. For example, they plant trees. In a small town in the United States, a large group of girls cleaned the banks of 11 kilometers of their river. Young people may hear about conversation through a song called “No one’s going to change our world”. It was made by Cliff Gichard and other singers. The money from it will help to conserve tigers, elephants and pandas on the earth.
1. The United Nations hoped something could be done .
A. to conserve the world B. to change the world
C. to develop the world D. to destroy the world
2. Why aren’t there so many plants, trees and flowers in Holland now? Because .
A. people there didn’t need so many plants, trees and flowers.
B. people there want to destroy themselves
C. little conservation has been done there D. people need more land to live on
3. How many kinds of plants, trees and flowers have been destroyed in Holland?
A. 1300 B.988 C.3166 D.434
4. We shall destroy ourselves if we go on .
A. Planting trees and flowers B. polluting earth, air and water around us
C. saving the world D. helping to conserve tigers, elephants and pandas
5. What must we do now according to the passage?
A. Save the world B. Clean the banks of river C. Sing songs D. Get money
People in different countries have their favorite food. Italians like to eat pizza. Indians like to eat hot food. Japanese like to eat fish. But they don't often cook it.
In England，people like to eat fish and chips. They usually buy it in a fish and chip shop. They put it in paper bags，and take it home or to their workplace. Sometimes they eat it in the park or on the road. The most popular food in the world is American fast food. If you go to some important cities in the world, you can find people eating hamburgers and chips.
Fish and chips and Chinese takeaway(外卖的) food are very popular in England. But they are less popular in the USA. The Americans eat takeaway food，too，like chicken. But the most popular takeaway food is the hamburger. It looks like bread with meat in it. Ham(火腿) is a kind of pork(猪肉)，but the hamburger doesn't have any pork in it. The beef is inside a kind of cake hamburgers. They are delicious. They are also popular in England and Australia.
( )1.From the passage we can know Indians like to eat ________.
A．fish B．hot food
( )2.English people may not eat fish and chips ________.
A．at fish and chip shop
B．on the street
C．in the park
( )3.Which of the following is NOT true about the hamburger?
A．It looks like bread.
B．It's a kind of takeaway food.
C．There is some pork in it.
D．It's also popular in both England and Australia.
( )4.What can we learn from this passage?
A．Ham is not made of pork.
B．Americans don't eat chicken.
C．Japanese people like to eat fish，so they often cook it.
D．American fast food is the most popular in the world.
( )5.What's the best title for this passage?
A．Where people buy fish and chips
B．What takeaway food is
C．Why most people like fast food
D．Every country has its favorite food
Do you think there is a ghost in the world？More than 20 years ago, a student jumped from the top of the clock tower in the University of Birmingham. He did this only because he failed his final exam.
After his death, a superstition(迷信)began：Anyone who walks under the clock tower will have bad luck in his exam. Years later, students there still remembered the story of the tower. Although Birmingham is the second largest city in Britain, the university is green and quiet. The grass around the tower has been worn away by the feet of students who refuse to pass underneath the tower.
The university had to pave(铺)extra paths, so students could walk to their classrooms without passing under the most terrible area. But, one day just before an important exam, a top student in the university walked under the clock tower because he was lost in thought. However, he got high marks in the exam the next day. Quickly students all knew about it. Then they realized that the most important thing is working hard.
Whenever I go under the clock tower, I will tell myself, “Working hard is the key to success.”
( ) 1. Why did the student jump from the top of the tower?
A. Because he saw a ghost there. B. Because he was very careless.
C. Because he didn't pass his final exam. D. Because there was no risk.
( ) 2. The University of Birmingham lies in ________.
A. the largest country B. the middle of America
C. the largest city in Britain D. the second largest city in Britain
( ) 3. The grass around the tower has been worn away by the students who ________.
A. think the grass is really beautiful and like to walk on it
B. think they will fail exams if they walk under the tower
C. believe anyone who walks under the tower will die
D. know there is a ghost in the tower and are afraid of it
( ) 4. What did the university do with the problem?
A. It paved other roads for the students.
B. It ordered students to walk under the tower.
C. It moved the clock tower away at last.
D. It didn't do anything for the students.
( ) 5. What's the writer's opinion in the passage?
A. He thinks it's dangerous to risk walking under the clock tower.
B. He doesn't believe the story is true.
C. He thinks the story is interesting.
D. Working hard is important to success.
In the United States，sixteen，eighteen，and twenty－one are important ages in a person's life. There are no special celebrations for these birthdays，but each is a time when a person can do new things to mark their transition(转变)into adulthood(成人时期).
After turning sixteen a person can work，get a driver's license and leave home.Many high school students learn to drive and get part－time jobs soon after celebrating their sixteenth birthday.
At the age of eighteen a person in the United States can vote and smoke，but they are prohibited from going into many nightclubs，buying wine or gambling(赌博)until they are twenty-one.
In many Latin(拉丁的)cultures，a young woman's fifteenth birthday is important.At this age，she is regarded as an adult. To mark this special day，families with teenage daughters have a celebration called a Quinceanera. The day begins with the young woman and her family going to church .Later, there is a party and many guests are invited.
In Japan，young people become adults at twenty. At this age，they can legally(合法地)vote，drink wine and smoke. The second Monday in January is a national holiday called “Coming of Age Day”. On this day，twenty-year-olds celebrate by first going to a church to pray with their families. Later，they listen to speeches given by city and school leaders. Afterward，many celebrate with family or friends late into the night.
In some countries，birthday celebrations continue through adulthood. Some people celebrate their fortieth and fiftieth birthdays，or their retirement(退休)years，with a huge party.
( )1.In the United States，age sixteen marks the time when you can ________.
A. vote and drive
B. drive and get a job
C. drink wine and smoke
D. go into nightclubs
( )2.In some Latin cultures，the fifteenth birthday is important for ________.
B. young men
C. both young women and young men
D. young women
( )3.In Japan，young people are considered as adults at age ________.
A. sixteen B. eighteen C. twenty D. twenty-one
( )4.Which of the following is NOT the turning point in a person's life in the United States?
A. The 15th birthday.
B. The 16th birthday.
C. The 18th birthday.
D. The 21st birthday.
( )40.What is the meaning of the underlined word “prohibited”？
A.允许 B.禁止 C.终止 D.支持
Many of us have heard of a special school called Kentucky Avenue School. It's their duty to give the children the best of both traditional and progressive(进步的) education. While the teachers in other schools teach the students in the usual ways，most teachers here are allowed to choose to enrich(丰富) the children's challenging subjects with creative，hands-on projects.
A visitor to the school might see，for example，that in language arts，the older children are talking about Hamlet while the younger children are writing a puppet play(木偶戏).In Spanish，students might be drawing family trees. In science，they are allowed to act out cell membranes(细胞膜) or test with magnets(磁铁).In music，they are allowed to learn a kind of jazz，play the guitar，or learn lyrics in sign language. In gym，they are allowed to take a class with dance music or play balls in the park. In current events(时事)，they might be filming an original news report.
There are always so many interesting things going on at Kentucky Avenue School that adult visitors often shout，“I wish I could go to school here！”
( )1.Kentucky Avenue School's duty is to give the students traditional and progressive education.
( )2.At Kentucky Avenue School，students might film an original news report in Spanish.
( )3.Students might be taking a class with dance music in language arts.
( )4.The lessons of Kentucky Avenue School are all creative.
( )5.The passage mainly tells us that what students are learning in Kentucky Avenue School.
Hong Kong has about forty public beaches. Some of the beaches are among the best in the world. People can go there for a swim. You can go to most of them by bus. To go to some beaches you must take a boat. There are toilets, changing rooms and places to buy food and drink on most of the beaches.
You will swim there without danger if you remember these instructions:
1. Never swim alone.
2. Never swim after a meal or when you feel hungry or tired.
3. Do not stay in the water too long.
4. Never get out of a boat if you cannot swim.
Remember: A red flag means that it is dangerous for anybody to go into the water. A blue flag means that it is dangerous for children.
( )1. There are ______ public beaches in Hong Kong.
A. forty B. less than forty C. more than forty D. a little more or less than forty
( )2. We can reach ______ by bus.
A. all the public beaches B. any public beaches
C. only a few public beaches D. all the public beaches except some
( )3. When you see a blue flag, you know that ______ there.
A. women should not swim B. children should not swim
C. nobody should swim D. anybody can swim
( )4. Which of the following is true according t this passage? ______.
A. You can always swim when you see a red flag
B. You should not swim with other people
C. You should not swim after lunch
D. You can’t swim for a short time
( )5. This passage mainly tells us ______.
A. something about Hong Kong’s beaches and swimming there
B. that swimming in Hong Kong is dangerous
C. that Hong Kong has many best beaches in the world
D. it is not easy to go swimming in Hong Kong