I don't think I can recall a time when I wasn't aware of the beauty of the ocean. Growing
up in Australia, I had the good fortune of having the sea at my side. The first time I went to
Half moon Bay. I suddenly had the feeling of not being able to feel the ground with my feet
For my 10th birthday, my sister and I Were taken out to the Great Barrier Reef. There
were fish in different colors, caves and layers of coral. They made such an impression on
me. When I learned that only 1 percent of Australia's Coral Sea was protected, I was shocked.
Australian marine life is particularly important because the reefs have more marine species
than any other country on earth. But sadly, only 45% of the world's reefs are considered
This statistic is depressing, so it's important forms to do everything to protect them. The
hope that the Coral Sea remains a complete eco-system has led me to take action. I've become
involved with the Protect Our Coral Sea activity, which aims to create the largest marine park
in the world. It would serve as a place where the ocean's species will all have a safe place
Together, Angus and I created a little video and we hope it will inspire people to be a part of the movement. Angus also shares many beautiful childhood memories of the ocean as a young boy, who grew up sailing, admiring the beauty of the ocean, and trying to find the
secrets of ocean species.
4.From the underlined sentence in Para.1, we can learn the author_____.
5.According to the second paragraph, Australian marine life_____.
6.The Protect Our Coral Sea activity is intended to____.
7. Angus and the author created a little video to______.
Need for closure is a psychological term that describes a person's desire for a firm
answer to a question. Our need for closure is our natural preference for definite answers over
confusion and uncertainty. Every person has their own baseline level of need for closure. It
likely evolved via natural selection.
What I find really fascinating is how our need for closure is affected by the situation
we're in. Our need for closure rises when we have to act rather than just observe, and it
matters much more when we're rushed, or bored, or tired. Any stress can make our discomfort
with uncertainty increase, and a high need for closure negatively influences some of our most
important decisions: who we decide to trust, whether we admit we're wrong and even how
creative we are.
In hiring, for instance, a high need for closure leads people to put far too much weight on
their first impression. It's called the Urgency Effect. In one experiment, psychologists tried to
lower people's need for closure by telling them, right before participants are about to make
various judgments of a job candidate, that they'll be responsible in some way for them, or that
their judgments have serious consequences.
In making any big decision, it's not enough just to know that we should take our time.
We all know that important decisions shouldn't be rushed. The problem is that we don't keep
that advice in mind when it matters. So, one of the best solutions is to formalize the reminders.
Before making important decisions, write down not just advantages and disadvantages but
what the consequences could be. Also, think about how much pressure you're under. If your
need for closure is particularly high that day, it's even more important to think twice.
12. How does "need for closure" probably come into being?
13. It can be inferred that a high need for closure_____.
14. In the experiment the psychologists reduced participants ' need for closure by telling
15. What would the author probably discuss in the paragraph that follows?
A famous magazine, Amusement Today, does a survey among park lovers every year both in the US and overseas, based on which,"Top 5 List of the Best Amusement Parks in the World" has come out as follows :
Disneyland is a theme park in Anaheim, California, the US. More than 515 million guests have traveled to this American landmark from around the world since the park first opened to guests on July 17, 1955. The park consists of many world- famous sections, such as Main Street, Adventure land, New Orleans Square, and so on.
Magic Kingdom, Disney World, Florida
Magic Kingdom is a theme park within the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida,near Orlando opened on October 1, 1971. It is the most famous theme park in Florida. The park's design and attractions don't make much difference from Disneyland Park in Anaheim.
EPCOT, Disney World, Florida
EPCOT is the second theme park built at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando,
Florida. The park opened on October 1, 1982, and was named EPCOT Center froth 1982 to
1993. It was the largest Disney theme park in the world until 1998, when Disney's Animal
Disney-MGM Studios, Florida
MGM's streets are the home for some great movie-themed attractions with a history of
less than 30 years. With the addition of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Rock and
Roller Coaster, the park is now home to Disney World's most thrilling rides. Universal
Go behind the scenes, beyond the screen and jump right into the action of your favorite
movies at Universal Studios, the number one movie and TV theme park in the world.
1.What's the purpose of the passage?（ ）
2.Which of the following theme parks have similar attractions?（ ）
3.Which park has the longest history?（ ）
A water lily painting,Water Lily Pond, by Claude Monet, the French impressionist artist,
was sold for more than $80 million Tuesday, breaking the auction(拍卖）record for himself.
Water Lily Pond was part of a four-work collection of water lily paintings that Monet put up
for sale during his lifetime.
The four paintings of Monet's water lily garden were signed and dated by the artist in
1919. One of the other paintings is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, while
another was sold at auction in 1992 for $ 12.1 million and is in a private collection now. The
final painting in the series was cut into two before World War II.
"After a fierce bidding battle between a number of buyers in the room and on the
telephone, the painting finally was sold to a collector for $80. 4 million, setting a new world
record price for the artist at auction," said Olivier Camu, a scholar of impressionist art.
The last record for a Monet work was set in May when Le Pont du chemin de fer a
Argenteuil sold for $41.4 million.
The painting sold Tuesday was bought at a 1971 New York auction for $ 320,000. It has
not been exhibited since.
Monet's later works had unique characteristics, especially Grandes decorations, another
good example, which was bedded in Musee de I'Orangerie in Paris five months after Monet's
death in 1926.
Monet created his water lily garden in Giverny, France. He selected different water lilies
in an effort to get as many different colored flowers as possible, specially creating the garden
as a base for his paintings.
8. According to the passage, Water Lily Pond broke the last record for Monet's paintings by
9.What can we learn about Water Lily Pond?
10.What does Olivier Camu think of the auction?
11.What would be the best title for the passage?
注意1.每处错误及其修改均仅限一词；2.只允许修改10 处，多者(从第11 处起)不计分。
My school holds a sports meeting in every October. We all looked forward to it, for it is a time for us to reduce stress and it always brings us lots of unforgettable memories, It usually
last for three days, during which time we have no classes. All the student go to the Playground to watch or joining in games. The part I like most is the relay race. With race going on, our excitement grows. All of them yell out "come on" to the athletes, watching them competing aggressive. The most breathtaking moment is that the athletes are getting to the finishing line. Somebody can tell who is the winner until the last minute.
Goal setting seems to be a hot topic, yet it's easy to know about but difficult to practice.
People set goals, work hard at them for even a few months, and then _ them. Next
year, they set the goals. But why do so many people do it? They may be making goals
too . But that isn't to say that they aren't goals. They need to be broken apart into
smaller and pieces. Make spoon-size goals and you'll accomplish them .
Many people are probably unwilling to you to reach your goals. They're with
you when you have your own goals. They may even be enthusiastic about your to change
something or accomplish something new. , as you change and accomplish, the y may not
like it. Why? It's usually because your changes and accomplishments them that they
could be doing it, too... they aren't!
You may have filled your _ with so many things that there's little for your goals
to grow. We must be careful not to confuse busyness with , as goals are always achieved
step by step. Be about how you use your time and what you focus on. Success often
comes when you know what to , rather than what to include in your life.
Goal setting is like the pig and chicken walking out early one morning. The chicken
became really when she saw a sign: "Ham & Eggs, $2. 99". She said to the pig, "Look,
we've got double billing again. " The pig said, "That's _ for you to say! For you, it's all in
a day's work. For me, it's total commitment Goal setting is all in a day's work. Goal is
Eileen Taylor had something sweet on her mind in the drive-through line at Heav'nly
Donuts. Just the day before, a stranger ahead of her in line had __ (generous) paid for her
coffee. The gesture made such _ big difference in my day," says Eileen. She had
recently lost her job as a physician's _ (assist), and money was tight. But Eileen _
(inspire) to pay the $ 12 bill of the family in the car behind hers. _ __ she didn't know was
that her kindness would set off a chain reaction. In two and a half hours, fifty- five drivers
paid for the order of the person behind (they). The doughnut shop' s employees
(see) this before. This Heav'nly Donuts, in fact, is known as a special place, the
customers of are considered as the "best in the world". But, even so, the workers were
(amaze) that the shop had more than doubled its previous record by the end of the
Now (work) as a chemist, Eileen visits Heav'nly Donuts every Saturday morning, picking up a coffee and paying for the order of the customer behind her.