Opera at Music Hall: 1243 Elm Street. The season runs June through August, with additional performances in March and September. The Opera honors Enjoy the Arts membership discounts. Phone: 241-2742. http://www.cityopera.com.
Chamber Orchestra: The Orchestra plays at Memorial Hall at 1406 Elm Street, which offers several concerts from March through June. Call 723-1182 for more information. http: //www.chamberorch.com.
Symphony Orchestra: At Music Hall and Riverbend. For ticket sales, call 381-3300. Regular season runs September through May at Music Hall in summer at Riverbend. http://www.symphony.org/home.asp.
College Conservatory of Music (CCM): Performances are on the main campus(校园) of the university, usually at Patricia Cobbett Theater. CCM organizes a variety of events, including performances by the well-known LaSalle Quartet, CCM’s Philharmonic Orchestra, and various groups of musicians presenting Baroque through modern music. Students with I.D. cards can attend the events for free. A free schedule of events for each term is available by calling the box office at 556-4183. http://www.ccm.uc.edu/events/calendar.
Riverbend Music Theater: 6295 Kellogg Ave. Large outdoor theater with the closest seats under cover (price difference). Big name shows all summer long! Phone: 232-6220. http://www.riverbendmusic.com.
21. Which number should you call if you want to see an opera?
22. When can you go to a concert by Chamber Orchestra?
23. Where can students go for free performances with their I.D. cards?
24. How is Riverbend Music Theater different from the other places?
On one of her trips to New York several years ago, Eudora Welty decided to take a couple of New York friends out to dinner. They settled in at a comfortable East Side cafe and within minutes, another customer was approaching their table.
“Hey, aren’t you from Mississippi?” the elegant, white-haired writer remembered being asked by the stranger. “I’m from Mississippi too.”
Without a second thought, the woman joined the Welty party. When her dinner partner showed up, she also pulled up a chair.
“They began telling me all the news of Mississippi,” Welty said. “I didn’t know what my New York friends were thinking.”
Taxis on a rainy New York night are rarer than sunshine. By the time the group got up to leave, it was pouring outside. Welty’s new friends immediately sent a waiter to find a cab. Heading back downtown toward her hotel, her big-city friends were amazed at the turn of events that had changed their Big Apple dinner into a Mississippi state reunion (团聚).
My friends said: ‘Now we believe your stories,’” Welty added. “And I said: ‘Now you know. These are the people that make me write them.’”
Sitting on a sofa in her room, Welty, a slim figure in a simple gray dress, looked pleased with this explanation.
“I don’t make them up,” she said of the characters in her fiction these last 50 or so years. “I don’t have to.”
Beauticians, bartenders, piano players and people with purple hats, Welty’s people come from afternoons spent visiting with old friends, from walks through the streets of her native Jackson, Miss., from conversations overheard on a bus. It annoys Welty that, at 78, her left ear has now given out. Sometimes, sitting on a bus or a train, she hears only a fragment(片段) of a particularly interesting story.
25. What happened when Welty was with her friends at the cafe?
26. The underlined word “them” in Paragraph 6 refers to Welty’s.
27. What can we learn about the characters in Welty’s fiction?
If you are a fruit grower — or would like to become one — take advantage of Apple Day to see what’s around. It’s called Apple Day but in practice it’s more like Apple Month. The day itself is on October 21, but since it has caught on, events now spread out over most of October around Britain.
Visiting an apple event is a good chance to see, and often taste, a wide variety of apples. To people who are used to the limited choice of apples such as Golden Delicious and Royal Gala in supermarkets, it can be quite an eye opener to see the range of classical apples still in existence, such as Decio which was grown by the Romans. Although it doesn’t taste of anything special, it’s still worth a try, as is the knobbly (多疙瘩的) Cat’s Head which is more of a curiosity than anything else.
There are also varieties developed to suit specific local conditions. One of the very best varieties for eating quality is Orleans Reinette, but you’ll need a warm, sheltered place with perfect soil to grow it, so it’s a pipe dream for most apple lovers who fall for it.
At the events, you can meet expert growers and discuss which ones will best suit your conditions, and because these are family affairs, children are well catered for with apple-themed fun and games.
Apple Days are being held at all sorts of places with an interest in fruit, including stately gardens and commercial orchards (果园). If you want to have a real orchard experience, try visiting the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale, near Faversham in Kent.
这是一篇生活故事类短文。本文作者向人们介绍了一个节日---Apple Day. 由于这个节日翡翠受欢迎，西安在已经演变成“苹果月”了。在英国，人们在十月份庆祝该节日，持续大约一个月的时间。
28. What can people do at the apple events?
29. What can we learn about Decio?
30. What does the underlined phrase “a pipe dream” in Paragraph 3 mean?
31. What is the author’s purpose in writing the text?
Bad news sells. If it bleeds, it leads. No news is good news, and good news is no news. Those are the classic rules for the evening broadcasts and the morning papers. But now that information is being spread and monitored (监控) in different ways, researchers are discovering new rules. By tracking people’s e-mails and online posts, scientists have found that good news can spread faster and farther than disasters and sob stories.
“The ‘if it bleeds’ rule works for mass media,” says Jonah Berger, a scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. “They want your eyeballs and don’t care how you’re feeling. But when you share a story with your friends, you care a lot more how they react. You don’t want them to think of you as a Debbie Downer.”
Researchers analyzing word-of-mouth communication—e-mails, Web posts and reviews, face-to-face conversations—found that it tended to be more positive than negative(消极的), but that didn’t necessarily mean people preferred positive news. Was positive news shared more often simply because people experienced more good things than bad things? To test for that possibility, Dr. Berger looked at how people spread a particular set of news stories: thousands of articles on The New York Times’ website. He and a Penn colleague analyzed the “most e-mailed” list for six months. One of his first findings was that articles in the science section were much more likely to make the list than non-science articles. He found that science amazed Times’ readers and made them want to share this positive feeling with others.
Readers also tended to share articles that were exciting or funny, or that inspired negative feelings like anger or anxiety, but not articles that left them merely sad. They needed to be aroused (激发) one way or the other, and they preferred good news to bad. The more positive an article, the more likely it was to be shared, as Dr. Berger explains in his new book, “Contagious: Why Things Catch On.”
这是一篇风俗文化类阅读短文。人们常说“No news is good news.”类似的传统说法只适合于大众媒体。在网络普及的时代，好消息在网络上的传播速度比坏消息要快很多。
32. What do the classic rules mentioned in the text apply to?
33. What can we infer about people like Debbie Downer?
34. Which tended to be the most e-mailed according to Dr. Berger’s research?
35. What can be a suitable title for the text?
Everyone knows that fish is good for health. _ But it seems that many people don’t cook fish at home. Americans eat only about fifteen pounds of fish per person per year, but we eat twice as much fish in restaurants as at home. Buying, storing, and cooking fish isn’t difficult. _ This text is about how to buy and cook fish in an easy way.
_ Fresh fish should smell sweet: you should feel that you’re standing at the ocean’s edge. Any fishy or strong smell means the fish isn’t fresh._ When you have bought a fish and arrive home, you’d better store the fish in the refrigerator if you don’t cook it immediately, but fresh fish should be stored in your fridge for only a day or two. Frozen fish isn’t as tasty as the fresh one.
There are many common methods used to cook fish._ First, clean it and season it with your choice of spices (调料). Put the whole fish on a plate and steam it in a steam pot for 8 to 10 minutes if it weighs about one pound. (A larger one will take more time.) Then, it’s ready to serve.
When I was 13 my only purpose was to become the star on our football team. That meant_ Miller King, who was the best _ at our school.
Football season started in September and all summer long I worked out. I carried my football everywhere for _ .
Just before September, Miller was struck by a car and lost his right arm. I went to see him after he came back from _ . He looked very_ , but he didn’t cry.
That season, I _ all of Miller’s records while he _ the home games from the bench. We went 10-1 and I was named most valuable player, _ I often had crazy dreams in which I was to blame for Miller’s _ .
One afternoon, I was crossing the field to go home and saw Miller _going over a fence—which wasn’t _to climb if you had both arms. I’m sure I was the last person in the world he wanted to accept _ from. But even that challenge he accepted. I_ him move slowly over the fence. When we were finally _ on the other side, he said to me, “You know, I didn’t tell you this during the season, but you did _ . Thank you for filling in for _.”
His words freed me from my bad _ . I thought to myself, how even without an arm he was more of a leader. Damaged but not defeated, he was _ ahead of me. I was right to have _ him. From that day on，I grew _ and a little more real.
In much of Asia, especially the so-called “rice bowl” cultures of China, Japan, Korea, _ Vietnam, food is usually eaten with chopsticks.
Chopsticks are usually two long, thin pieces of wood or bamboo. They can also be made of plastic, animal bone or metal. Sometimes chopsticks are quite artistic. Truly elegant chopsticks might _ (make) of gold and silver with Chinese characters. Skilled workers also combine various hardwoods and metal _ (create) special designs.
The Chinese have used chopsticks for five thousand years. People probably cooked their food in large pots,_ (use) twigs (树枝) to remove it. Over time, _ the population grew, people began cutting food into small pieces so it would cook more quickly. Food in small pieces could be eaten easily with twigs which_ (gradual) turned into chopsticks.
Some people think that the great Chinese scholar Confucius, lived from roughly 551 to 479 B.C., influenced the _ (develop) of chopsticks. Confucius believed knives would remind people of killings and _ (be) too violent for use at the table.
Chopsticks are not used everywhere in Asia. In India, for example, most people traditionally eat _their hands.
The teenage yearfrom 13 to 19 were the most difficult time for me. They were also the best andworse years in my life. At the first, I thought I knew everything and couldmake decisions by yourself. However, my parents didn’t seem to thinksuch. They always tell me what to do and how to do it. At one time, I even feltmy parents couldn’t understand me so I hoped I could be freely from them. Ishowed them I was independent by wear strange clothes. Now I am leaving home tocollege. At last, I will be on my own, but I still want to have my parents toturn to whenever need help.