1. What will the woman probably do tonight?
A. Visit someone.
B. Entertain some guests.
C. Have dinner with the man.
2. What does the man want to do?
A. Study. B. Watch TV. C. Go on a trip with his parents.
3. How much did the woman spend on the makeup?
A. 110 yuan. B. 100 yuan. C. 90 yuan.
4. Why is the man late for a meeting?
A. He got up late. B. His car broke down. C. He was stuck in a traffic jam.
5. What happened to the man?
A. He slipped and fell.
B. He bumped into the woman.
C. He spilled some water on the floor.
6. What is the man doing?
B. Mailing something.
C. Paying for something at customs.
7. How much should the man pay?
A. $ 13.72. B. $ 15.00. C.$ 50.00.
8. What doesn’t the man like about the dress?
A. The color. B. The price. C. The style.
9. What will the woman do next?
A. Call a tailor. B. Fix the dress herself. C. Give the man her number.
10. Where will the speakers go this weekend?
A. A hotel. B. A swimming club. C. A restaurant.
11. What will the man do next?
A. Surf the Internet. B. Go to Hyde Park. C. Make a reservation.
12. What is NOT included in the price?
A. Car parking. B. Taxes. C. Tips.
13. Where does this conversation probably take place?
A. On the phone. B. At the subway station. C. On the street.
14. Why was the woman upset?
A. Her train was late today.
B. The man was late today.
C. The man didn’t arrive earlier than her.
15. What happened to the woman at work?
A. She was laid off.
B. She found out some bad news.
C. She became stressed out by the amount of work.
16. What does the man suggest in the end?
A. Going to a café. B. Going home directly. C. Looking for new jobs.
17. What do we know about short popular papers in the UK?
A. They’re often serious.
B. They contain lots of entertainment news.
C. They’re independent newspapers.
18. When was The Times started?
A. 50 years ago. B. 100 years ago. C. More than 200 years ago.
19. What is The Times best known for?
A. Its high-quality news.
B. Its strange writing.
C. Its support of a particular political party.
20. What are the letters to the editor mostly about?
A. Fashion. B. Serious subjects. C. Opinions about young people.
21. A true gentleman won’t pretend to have those absurd manners which are
necessary ______ we call the upper class.
A. who B. in which C. in what D. which
22. Michael had a serious fall in playing football and his under lip began to
A. wind B. split C. choke D. swell
23. A major fire broke out at Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris, ______ the
dates back to the year 1163.
A. where B. of which C. in which D. whose
24. So ______ to Coca-Cola that he can hardly go without it.
A. addicted is he B. is he addicted C. addicted he is D. he is addicted
25. Only those people who use a kitchen frequently understand the best way to
A. let it out B. pick it out C. put it out D. lay it out
26. When heated, material of this kind ______ plastic in quality will soften.
A. resembled B. resemble C. to resemble D. resembling
27. —Mary is not equal to the job, and neither is Mike.
—I can’t agree more. You know, Mike is ______ competent than Mary.
A. not more B. no more C. no less D. not less
28. —Where did you knock into your old friend, LiHua?
—It was in the firm ______ his brother is working.
A. where B. that C. which D. when
29. Luckily, the weather ______ sometime after lunch and we headed for the
A. turned up B. ended up C. cleared up D. came up
30. The May Fourth Movement was launched in 1919 and its spirit ______ Chinese
make contributions to national rejuvenation ever since.
A. is motivating B. has been motivating
C. motivated D. was motivating
31. Those aiming high won’t be vain about their ______ achievements.
A. modest B. generous C. valid D. vivid
32. We can’t make out his ______ of the article because there are too many
technical terms in it.
A. fiction B. abstract C. claim D. principle
33. To deliver the Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May had to make some
policies ______ the needs of the British people.
A. in company with B. in parallel with C. in tune with D. in touch with
34. Let the negative feelings go that we might have to tolerate ______.
A. though B. however C. otherwise D. regardless
35. The young man is very excellent. Now he is the ______ of a big company.
A. top dog B. cold fish C. white elephant D. black sheep
Some teachers seem to be bad teachers, but they are not. Take my football coach
for example. One day, we were doing some 36 practicing catching the football. He
threw me a pass and I dropped it. He started 37 me. I went back in line, 38 . My
friend was up next. He dropped it, too. But the coach said nothing. Annoyed, I
whispered, “Why 39 against me?”
After practice he came 40 to me and told me the reason he shouted at me 41 the
other guy was that he expected more out of me. If he 42 my mistakes, it meant he
had quit on me.
Another teacher 43 my mind was my PhD supervisor, Ken Crowe. He had a(n) 44 for
making grown men cry when they disappointed him, but I was 45 by the topic he
was working on.
He gave me a(n) 46 : to figure out what caused muons to get depolarized (去极化) in
liquids. After a week I came to Ken’s office to tell him about it. He listened
for a few minutes and then 47 : “You have no idea what you’re talking about! Get
out and don’t come back until you do!” Now I was starting to get 48 ,
complaining about him as cold-hearted.
Bent on changing his attitude and 49 more relevant knowledge, I really got into
it.50 , I understood it so well that to this day it is my most proud 51 . Then I
went back to tell Ken what I had figured out. Again he interrupted me a few
minutes into my 52 , but I carried on. When I finished, he praised me for doing
some very original research. From that day forward, he supported and promoted me
53 we became great friends and respected colleagues.
So don’t ever complain about your “ 54 ” teachers. They may 55 you to make
greater achievement you will be proud of decades later.
36. A. running B. drills C. operations D. research
37. A. yelling at B. staring at C. glancing at D. laughing at
38. A. amazed B. satisfied C. frightened D. embarrassed
39. A. debate B. discriminate C. decide D. defend
40. A. in B. across C. over D. away
41. A. other than B. more than C. less than D. rather than
42. A. overlooked B. condemned C. resisted D. exposed
43. A. closing B. broadening C. crossing D. reading
44. A. reputation B. reference C. affection D. preference
45. A. astonished B. puzzled C. disturbed D. fascinated
46. A. principle B. assignment C. reward D. award
47. A. cut down B. cut out C. cut in D. cut up
48. A. pleased B. content C. tense D. mad
49. A. acquiring B. acknowledging C. accelerating D. addressing
50. A. Suddenly B. Eventually C. Gradually D. Purposefully
51. A. accomplishment B. establishment C. development D. commitment
52. A. enquiry B. presentation C. outline D. conference
53. A. although B. as C. before D. until
54. A. tolerant B. considerate C. mean D. kind
55. A. permit B. bother C. inspire D. forbid
The Lion King Release date: July19, 2019
What it’s about: The CG reimagining of the Oscar-winning animated movie follows
Simba who grapples with the decision to return home and take his place as king
as his uncle Scar’s dictatorial leadership threatens to unravel the pride lands.
Why we’re excited for this: The first teaser trailer looks like a near
recreation of the opening of the 1994 movie. We have a lot of faith in director
Jon Favreau who brought the live-action version of “The Jungle Book” to the big
screen. That movie earned nearly $1 billion at theaters.
Artemis Fowl Release date: August 9, 2019
What it's about: The adaptation of the Eoin Colfer novels follows 12-year-old
genius Artemis Fowl who comes from a family of criminal masterminds. Fowl finds
himself face-to-face with a race of fairies who may have something to do with
the mysterious disappearance of his father.
Why we’re a bit reserved: Disney usually makes a big fuss over its trailer (预告片)
releases. This will either be the start of the next “Harry Potter”-like
franchise or a simple one-off if it underperforms.
Frozen II Release date: Nov. 22, 2019
What it’s about: Disney Animation hasn’t released an official synopsis for the
sequel to the 2013 hit, but we do know that Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Josh
Gad will reprise their roles as Anna, Elsa, and Olaf, respectively. The film
will also include new songs about the sisters.
Why we’re interested: While the last “Frozen” short caused some backlash from
fans, the sequel is in good hands with returning directors Chris Buck and
Jennifer Lee and the Oscar-winning songwriting team of Robert Lopez and Kristen
Star Wars: Episode IX Release date: Dec. 20, 2019
What it's about: Disney and Lucasfilm haven't released an official synopsis yet
for the ninth “Star Wars” movie，but we know it will serve as a culmination of
the Skywalker storyline and will include more of Carrie Fisher’s General Leia
through previously unused footage.
Why you should see it: Say what you will about mixed reviews of “The Last Jedi,”
but if you’ve invested years watching the “Star Wars” saga, don’t you want to
see how it all ends for Kylo Ren and Rey? Maybe we’ll learn who Rey’s parents
56. What is the purpose of the poster?
A. To confirm. B. To entertain. C. To comment. D. To inform.
57. Which of the following statements about the four films is TRUE?
A. The Lion King: The adult version of Simba will be voiced by Donald Glover.
B.Artemis Fowl: We can see from the trailer that the film is wonderful.
C.Frozen II: New songs about the sisters are its only attraction.
D.Start Wars: Episode IX: The mystery of Rey's life can’t be solved.
One of the great concerns that ornithologists have is that climate change will
throw the nesting activities of birds out of sync (同步) with the availability of
food for the raising of chicks. For one species, the pied flycatcher, a new
study shows that some of its clan are proving to be remarkably adaptable.
Upon returning to Europe from their African wintering grounds, the flycatchers
time their egg-laying to the short period when juicy caterpillars (毛毛虫) are most
abundant. During the past three decades this caterpillar peak has advanced by
three weeks. Pied flycatchers initially had difficulty adjusting, but over time
have started laying their eggs earlier to grab the caterpillars. Some, though,
are doing a lot more to improve their reproductive chances of success, according
to a study in the Journal of Avian Biology led by Christian Both of the
University of Groningen, in the Netherlands.
Like most bird species, pied flycatchers have long been thought to lay a single
clutch of eggs during the breeding (繁殖) season. This was widely considered to be
a trait that wouldn’t change. Then, in 2007, a Swiss team led by Dr Ravussin
began to suspect that clutch numbers were flexible. They discovered a female
pied flycatcher that immediately produced a second brood with a new male after
raising an early set of chicks. Aware of Dr Ravussin’s findings, Dr Both
wondered whether this was just a single, odd instance or if second broods might
be happening on a larger scale driven by the arrival of earlier springs. So,
they cooperate to delve into the data to find out.
The team studied pied-flycatcher populations in the Netherlands and Switzerland
that were known to be among the earliest nesting members of the species. In
total, they tracked the egg-laying times and hatchling-rearing success of 8,848
breeding pairs in the Netherlands and1,372 in Switzerland between1980 and 2018.
They found that since 2006, 11 cases of second broods were observed, all of them
among the earliest breeders in both populations.
Further studies ruled out that the birds were making up for a failed first
attempt at raising chicks or that the second group of nestlings suffered.
With no obvious downside to laying a double clutch, Drs Both and Ravussin
conclude that the birds are attempting to double their annual reproductive
output. While this behavior is still rare, they argue that if the tendency is
driven by heritable genes (which it may well be) , then a succession of early
springs could make the strategy much more common.
58. As to flycatchers, we can learn that __________.
A. the population of caterpillars has no effect on their egg-laying time
B. climate change is the main cause of their advancing egg-laying time
C. they can only lay a single clutch of eggs during the breeding season
D. they’re born with the ability of raising more than one group of chicks
59. Dr Ravussin and Dr Both may both agree that __________.
A. flycatchers like to winter and lay eggs in the Netherlands and Switzerland
B. flycatchers know how to make up for a failed first attempt at raising chicks
C. flycatchers are making adaptations to double their annual reproductive output
D. flycatchers, driven by heritable genes, return early from their wintering
60. Which can be the most suitable title for the passage?
A. More nests, more eggs B. Earlier spring, earlier breeding
C. More caterpillars, less chances D. Later arrival, less output
Children who qualify for free school meals are twice as likely to be out of work
in later life as their better off peers, and even when they get good
qualifications at school, the employment gap remains, as a research has found.
A report by Impetus, a charity that supports young people from disadvantaged
backgrounds, found that 26% of those on free school meals (FSM) were not in
education, employment, or training (Neet) after leaving school. In contrast,
only 13% of non-FSM children ended up Neet.
The study found that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds were less
likely to get good qualifications, but even when they had the same
qualifications as their better-off peers, they were still 50% more likely to be
out of education and employment as other young adults.
The research is based on analysis of longitudinal education outcomes data from
the Department for Education, which reveals the impact of having a disadvantaged
background on life chances and connects pupils’ school records with their
“Qualifications play a central role,” the report said, “and it is well known
that disadvantaged young people have worse qualification outcomes than their
better-off peers.” It added qualifications alone were not enough to explain the
difference in Neet rates. “Disadvantaged young people are around 50% more likely
to be Neet than their similarly qualified but better-off peers. This is true at
all levels of qualifications and regardless of age. This means that half the gap
in Neet rates can be explained by qualifications, but half cannot.”
The study also showed how where you grow up affects your life chances—it found
that a disadvantaged young person in north-east England is 50% more likely to
end up Neet than a disadvantaged young person in London.
Andy Ratcliffe, the CEO of Impetus, said: “We are breaking a fundamental promise
to young people in this country. We tell them that study hard, get your
qualifications and good jobs will follow. For many young people this is true.
But for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds it isn’t. They are less
likely to get those qualifications, and even when they do, less likely to
benefit from them.”
61. Why did the author mention a report by Impetus in paragraph 2?
A. To offer evidence. B. To make a comparison.
C. To offer examples. D. To make criticism.
62. “People from disadvantaged backgrounds” refersto those __________.
A. who are well off B. from urban areas
C. from rural areas D. who are badly off
63. According to the study, young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
A. have a tendency to get good qualifications at school
B. are mostly not in education, employment or training
C. are more likely to be unemployed than wealthy peers
D. have equal employment chances with similar qualifications
64. What does the author want to stress in the passage?
A. The benefits of being wealthy. B. The existence of employment gap.
C. The meaning of having qualifications. D. The importance of educational
Charles Dickens’ joy at first arriving in Boston Harbor in 1842 reads like
Ebenezer Scrooge’s awakening on Christmas morning. Biographer Peter Ackroyd
reports that he flew up the steps of the Tremont House Hotel, sprang into the
hall and greeted a curious crowd with a bright “Here we are!” He took to the
streets that twinkling midnight in his shaggy fur coat, shouting out the names
on shop signs, pulling bell-handles of doors as he passed—excited with
laughter—and even screamed with (one imagines) astonishment and delight at the
sight of the old South Church. He had set at last upon the shores of “the
Republic of my imagination.”
Though not quite 30, Dickens was a literary rock star, the most famous writer in
the world, who landed like a conquering hero in a country swept up in an extreme
“Boz-o-mania”. He wrote to his best friend, John Forster, that he didn’t know
how to describe “the crowds that pour in and out the whole day; of the people
that line the streets when I went out; of the cheering when I went to the
theatre; letters of congratulations, welcomes of all kinds, balls, dinners,
assemblies without end.” When Bostonians renamed their city “Boz-town”, New
Yorkers determined to “outdollar…and outshine them”. Their great Boz Ball
boasted flags, flowers, a huge portrait of the author with a bald eagle
overhead, 22 tableaux (场景) from the great author’s works. “If I should live to
grow old,” Dickens said, “the scenes of this and other evenings will shine as
brightly to my dull eyes 50 years hence as now.” ①
The Spirit of the Times wrote of it: “This most extraordinary, fashionable,
brilliant, unique, eye-dazzling, heart-delighting, superb, foolish and
ridiculous celebration…came off at the Park Theatre, New York, on Monday
evening.” But, the reporter predicted, “Such were silly-minded Americans, and
such the ridiculous respect paid to a foreigner, who will probably return home
and write a book abusing the whole nation for the excesses of a few fools.” ②
In fact, Dickens wrote two.
③ Apart from the country’s great writers, he found Americans ill-mannered and
invading his privacy. “I am so surrounded by people that I am exhausted from
want of air.” Dickens complained to Forster. “I go to church for quiet, and
there is a violent rush to the neighborhood of the bench I sit in. I take my
seat in a railroad car, and the very conductor won’t leave me alone. I can’t
drink a glass of water without having a hundred people looking down my throat.”
④ He disliked Americans’ table manners and the tobacco spit everywhere he
looked — on even the sidewalks of the nation’s capital, where he found party
politics corrupting everything, its leaders “the lice (虱子) of God’s creation,”
and “despicable (卑鄙的) trickery at elections.”
Even worse, everyone wanted a piece of the action, from Tiffany’s selling
unauthorized copies of his bust (半身像) , to a barber selling locks of his hair.
“I never knew what it was to feel disgust and contempt (蔑视),” Dickens said,
“till I traveled in America.” When he departed in June, he left behind all
notions of an Arcadian realm he now regarded as “a vast counting house” full of
nothing but “cheaters and bores.” (See: A Christmas Carol.)
Americans had soured on him, too. Dickens never missed an opportunity to accuse
American publishers of openly pirating his novels to sell for mere pennies, with
no recompense to the author at all. The press took offense. Within a month of
his arrival, Dickens were laughed at for his “foppish” clothing and effeminate
hair, described as “no gentleman,” “a contemptible Cockney (伦敦佬).”
65. When Dickens arrived in America, he was __________.
A. amused and cautious B. aggressive but disappointed
C. content but stressed D. delighted and curious
66. From paragraph 2 and 3, we can learn __________.
A. Americans went crazy and welcomed Dickens with open arms
B. New Yorkers built a park theatre in honor of Dickens
C. Americans went to Boston and New York to visit Dickens
D. Americans all praised Dickens and his visit to America to the skies
67. Where can the sentence “His love affair with an idealized America was
short-lived and hard-felt.”most probably be put?
A.① B. ②C. ③ D. ④
68. Which of the following is a possible factor for the change in Dickens’s
opinion on America?
A. He stayed there too long and gradually lost interest.
B. His prejudice against America accumulated over time.
C. He finally found his American dream a reality rather than a fantasy.
D. He found his experiences there in contradiction to previous imagination.
69. Which of the following is the correct order of the things that happened?
a. Charles Dickens set foot in Boston Harbor.
b. Dickens and Americans soured on each other.
c. Dickens felt uncomfortable for excessive concern.
d. Americans admired Dickens and treated him royally.
e. Dickens became the most famous writer in the world.
A. a—b—c—d—e B. e—a—d—c—b
C. a—c—e—b—d D. e—a—c—d—b
70.Which of the following can best describe the relationship between Dickens and
A. Faults are sick when love is thin. B. Beauty lies in the lover’s eyes.
C. Love me little and love me long. D. Hatred is blind as well as love.
A fresh-faced batch of teenagers just began a new school year, but will they get
the most out of it? In the mornings, many are forced to get to school much too
early. And at night, screens are a temptationthat’s hard to resist. This double
whammy(双重灾难)is a perfect lesson in sleep deprivation(剥夺).
Three out of every four students in grades 9 to 12 fail to sleep the minimum of
eight hours thatthe American Academy of Medicine recommends for their age group.
Inmost cases, insufficient sleep results in reduced attention, preventingstudent
s’ progress and lowering grades. More alarmingly, sleep deprivation may lead to
physicaland emotional problems.
It is important to understand why teenagers have a particularly hard time
getting enough sleep, and what adults need to do to help.First, a reminder of
the basic biology: Adolescents are no longer the morning larks of their younger
years. They become rewired as night owls, staying awake later and then sleeping
in. This is mostlydriven by changes in the way the brain responds to light.
New technology habits aren’t helping. More teenagers now turn to activities
involving screens at night. The growth in screen time is particularly
problematic for sleep. The blue light emitted by LEDs, TVs, tablets and
smartphones suppresses the body’s secretion(分泌)of melatonin, the hormone that
signals it’s time to sleep. Overdosing on screens at night effectively tells the
brain it’s still daytime, delaying the body’s cues to sleep evenfurther.
Parents should inform their kids of the time that can be spent on screens, and
praise children who show signs of regulating their own media consumption. In the
hour before bedtime, there should be a suspensionon bright lights in the home,
avoiding devices and harsh LED bulbs in kitchens and bathrooms.
In 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that middle and high
schools start no earlierthan 8:30 a.m., a policy now backed by the American
Medical Associationand many other health organizations.
Parentsalsoneed tojoin forces with community leaders, sleep scientists, health
professionals and educators to put school start times on the local, then state
Whenever schools have managed the transition to a later start time, students get
more sleep, attendance goes up, grades improve and there is a significant
reduction in car accidents.
Let Teenagers Sleep In
The(71) ▲ of students fail to have enough sleep.
Consequences of insufficient sleep
★Lacking sleep, students fail to (72) ▲ on their study, progress prevented and
★Deprived of sleep, students are (73) ▲ to suffer from physical and emotional
Reasons for lacking sleep
★Biologically, adolescents tend to sleep late and get up
(74)▲ , which can’t meet the actual needs.
★Long(75) ▲ to the blue light from screens prevents thebody’s secretion of the
hormone sending sleeping signals.
(76)▲ to the problem
★Parents should set real (77) ▲ on screen time, and praise children who can
regulate their own media consumption.
★Before bedtime, parents should create a healthy environment
(78)▲ from bright or too strong lights.
★Joint efforts should be made to (79) ▲ the school start time until, say, 8:30
Changes on school start time will (80) ▲ both students and society although
there is a long way to go.
A good book can expose readers to a weird (不可思议的) place — a place which you
could call art or fiction. I call it wonder, for those moments where a story —
no matter how strange — has some semblance (样子) of truth, and then you’re able
to believe it. It’s not just kids who can get there. Adults can too, and we get
there when we read. It’s why people will take the walking tour of Bloomsday and
see everything that happened in Ulysses. Or people visit Baker Street to see
Sherlock Holmes’ apartment. We know these characters aren’t real, but we have
real feelings about them.
There is a word called metafiction (超小说) and that’s just stories about stories.
And one metafictive technique is breaking the fourth wall. If I am going to
break down the fourth wall, I want fiction to escape and come into the real
world. I want a book to be a secret door that opens and lets stories out into
一、听力：1-5.BBCBA 6-10.BACAA 11-15.CCACB 16-20. ABCAB
二、单项选择：21-25 CDBAD 26-30 DBACB 31-35 ABCCA
三、完型填空：36-40 BADBC 41-45DACAD 46-50 BCDAB 51-55ABDCC
四、阅读理解：56-57 DA 58-60 BCB 61-64 ADCB 65-70 DACDBA
71. majority 72. focus/ concentrate
73. likely 74. late
75. exposure 76. Solutions/ Approaches
77. limits/restrictions 78. free
79. delay/ postpone 80.benefit/ profit
A good book can open a secret door to a weird and wonderful world where a soul
can experience what it might have no access to otherwise in the real world,
helping readers to grow.
The saying “Books are the ladder of human progress.” clearly indicates how good
it is to read a book. For one thing, books are the heritage of mankind, which
expands our knowledge, broadens our minds and shapes our character. For another,
the mystery in books empowers and encourages readers to explore a new world and
beyond, overcoming all challenges along the way.
As to selecting an appropriate book, a high priority, personally, should be
given to interest which could be reading motivation. Equally important is the
help that a book can offer to those desire to have mental communication with
great minds, their mind world thereby edified and purified. Let’s approach and
open a secret door. (151w)
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