21. The research group produced two reports based on the survey, but contained any useful suggestions.
22. A common memory they all have their school days is the school uniform.
23. It was________of Michael to inform us of his delay in case we got worried.
26. To my delight, I_____from hundreds of applicants to attend the opening ceremony.
25. It is said that body language_____55 percent of a first impression while what you say just 7 percent.
24. The failure was a big_____to him, but he wasn't discouraged and soon got as enthusiastic as ever.
27. —Sorry, Mum! I failed the job interview again.
—Oh, it's too bad. You_____have made full preparations.
28. _____more about Chinese culture, Jack has decided to take Chinese folk music as an elective course.
29. —1 wonder_____Mary has kept her figure after all these years.
—By working out every day.
30. —Where is Peter? I can't find him anywhere.
—He went to the library after breakfast and_____his essay there ever since.
32. Human life is regarded as part of nature and, as such, the only way for us to survive is to live ＿＿＿＿nature.
31. _____the students came from different countries, they got along quite well in the summer camp.
33. In recent years an English word "infosphere" has appeared, _______the sense of “information” and " atmosphere".
34. China Today attracts a worldwide readership,_______ shows that more and more people all over the world want to learn about China.
35. —Hi, Dr Brown! I'm a little early. Should I wait outside?
One of the easiest things in the world is to become a fault-finder. However, life can be 36 when you are not busy finding fault with it.
Several years ago I 37 a letter from seventeen-year-old Kerry, who described herself as a world-class fault-finder, almost always 38 by things. People were always doing things that annoyed her, and 39 was ever good enough. She was highly self-critical and also found fault with her friends. She became a really 40 person.
Unfortunately, it took a horrible accident to change her 41 Her best friend was seriously hurt in a car crash. What made it almost 42 to deal with was that the day before the 43 , Kerry had visited her friend and had spent the whole time criticizing her 44 of boyfriends, the way she wras living, the way she related to her mother, and various other things she felt she needed to 45 It wasn't until her friend was badly hurt that Kerry became 46 her habit of finding fault. Very quickly, she learned to appreciate life rather than to 47 everything so harshly ( 刻薄) . She was able to transfer her new wisdom to other parts of her 48 as well.
Perhaps most of us aren't as extreme at fault-finding, 49 when we're honest, we can be sharply 50 of the world. I'm not suggesting you 51 problems, or that you pretend things are 52 than they are, but simply that you learn to allow things to be as they are— 53 most of the time, and especially when it's not a really big 54 .
Train yourself to "bite your tongue" , and with a little 55, you'll get really good at letting things go. And when you do, you'll get back your enthusiasm and love for life.
Papa, as a son of a dirt-poor farmer, left school early and went to work in a factory, for education was for the rich then. So, the world became his school. With great interest, he read everything he could lay his hands on, listened to the town elders and learned about the world beyond his tiny hometown. "There's so much to learn," he'd say. "Though we're born stupid, only the stupid remain that way. " He was determined that none of his children would be denied ( fll^fe) an education.
Thus, Papa insisted that wre learn at least one newT thing each day. Though, as children, we thought this was crazy, it wrould never have occurred to us to deny Papa a request. And dinner time seemed perfect for sharing wrhat we had learned. We would talk about the news of the day; no matter how insignificant, it was never taken lightly. Papa would listen carefully and was ready with some comment, always to the point.
Then came the moment—the time to share the day's new learning.
Papa, at the head of the table, would push back his chair and pour a glass of red wine, ready to listen.
"Felice," he'd say, "tell me wrhat you learned today. "
"I learned that the population of Nepal is .... "
Papa was thinking about what was said, as if the salvation of the world would depend upon it. "The population of Nepal. Hmm. Well . . . . " he'd say. "Get the map; let's see wrhere Nepal is. " And the wThole family
went on a search for Nepal.
This same experience was repeated until each family member had a turn. Dinner ended only after we had a clear understanding of at least half a dozen such facts.
As children, we thought very little about these educational wonders. Our family, however, was growing together, sharing experiences and participating in one another's education. And by looking at us, listening to us, respecting our input, affirming our value, giving us a sense of dignity, Papa was unquestionably our most influential teacher.
Later during my training as a future teacher /1 studied with some of the most famous educators. They were imparting what Papa had known all along—the value of continual learning. His technique has served me well all my life. Not a single day has been wasted, though I can never tell when knowing the population of Nepal might prove useful.
60. What do we know from the first paragraph?
61. The underlined word "it" in the second paragraph refers to "
62. It can be learned from the passage that the author .
63. What is the greatest value of "dinner time" to the author?
64. The author's father can be best described as .
Food festivals around the world
Stilton Cheese Rolling
May Day is a traditional day for celebrations, but the 2,000 English villagers of Stilton must be the only people in the world who include checsc rolling in their annual plans. Teams of four,dressed in a variety of strange and funny clothes , roll a complete cheese along a 50-metre course. On the way, they must not kick or throw their cheese, or go into their competitors' lane. Competition is fierce and the chief prize is a complete Stilton cheese weighing about four kilos (disappointingly, but understandably the cheeses used in the race are wooden ones). All the
competitors arc served with beer or port wine, the traditional accompaniment for Stilton cheese.
Fiery Foods Festival—The Hottest Festival on Earth
Every year more than 10,000 people head for the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They come from as far away as Australia, the Caribbean and China, but they all share a common addiction—food that is not just spicy ,but hot enough to make your mouth burn, your head spin and your eyes water. Their destination is the Fiery Eood and BBQ Festival which is held over a period of three clays every March. You might like to try a chocolate-covered habanero pepper—officially the hottest pepper in the world—or any one of the thousands of products that are on show. But one thing's for sure—if you don't like the feeling of a burning tongue, this festival isn't for you!
La Tomatina—The World's Biggest Food Fight
On the last Wednesday of every August, the Spanish town of Bunol hosts Ea Tomatina—the world's largest food fight. A week-long celebration leads up to an exciting tomato battle as the highlight of the week's events. The early morning sees the arrival of large trucks with tomatoes—official fight-starters get things going by casting tomatoes at the
The battle lasts little more than half an hour, in which time around 50,000 kilograms of tomatoes have been thrown at anyone or anything that moves, runs, or fights back. Then everyone heads down to the river to make friends again—and for a much-needed wash!
56. In the Stilton cheese rolling competition, competitors on each team must .
57. Where is the Fiery Food and BBQ Festival held?
58. The celebration of La Tomatina lasts .
59. Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage?
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66. Which of the following bookings may receive the most benefits?
67. Which of the following is TRUE according to the advertisement?
Life can be so wonderful, full of adventure and joy. It can also be full of challenges, setbacks and heartbreaks. Whatever our circumstances, we generally still have dreams, hopes and desires—that little something more we want for ourselves and our loved ones. Yet knowing we can have more can also create a problem, because when we go to change the way we do things, up come the old patterns and pitfalls that stopped us from seeking what we wanted in the first place.
This tension between what we feel we can have and "what wre're seemingly able to have is the niggling suffering, the anxiety we feel. This is where we usually think it's easier to just give up. But we're never meant to let go of the part of us that knows we can have more. The intelligence behind that knowing is us—the real us. It's the part that believes in life and its possibilities. If you drop that, you begin to feel a little "dead" inside because you're dropping "you".
So, if we have this capability but somehow life seems to keep us stuck, how do we break these patterns?
Decide on a new course and make one decision at a time. This is good advice for a new adventure or just getting through today's challenges.
While, deep down, we know we can do it, our mind—or the minds of those close to us—usually says we can't.
That isn't a reason to stop, it's just the mind, that little man or woman on your shoulder, trying to talk you out of something again. It has done it many times before. It's all about starting simple and doing it now.
Decide and act before overthinking. When you do this you may feel a little, or large, release from the jail of your mind and you'll be on your way.
68. It can be inferred from the first two paragraphs that we should .
69. What is the key to breaking the old patterns?
70. Which of the following best explains the underlined part in the last paragraph?
71. What does the author intend to tell us?
Group exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve physical fitness and sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Group exercise is challenging, yet fun and empowering! Of course everyone knows that exercise is good for the body.
However, studies have shown that when exercise is performed in groups, it's not only great for improving physical health but for psychological health. It's an opportunity to be social, release endorphins , and improve your strength. Additionally, group exercise creates a community feel and the shared common goal motivates participants to work hard. The instrumental support of taking on a fitness journey with others proves more effective than going to the gym alone.
Another beneficial aspect of group exercise is the informational support participants receive from the instructor.
Many people fear the gym because they feel lost and don't want to embarrass themselves. If you feel you can relate, then group training is an even better option for you. It's a great opportunity to learn more about fitness through the clear instruction and supervision (Hu^) of a fitness instructor. If you're tired of wandering around the gym wasting time and becoming bored, !you can attend an upbeat group fitness class that'll keep your workout on track. Don't let
fitness frighten you!
If you're serious about wanting to live a healthy lifestyle, it's extremely important to surround yourself with people who'll provide you with the proper emotional support. I wouldn't scold anyone for deciding to party on weekends and in turn I wouldn't expect anyone to give offence to me for focusing on my health. Surround yourself with people who uplift, encourage and understand you! Make fitness even more fun by trying something new or any group fitness class, with a friend. Plan to go for a jog together. Then try a fun healthy restaurant or fresh juice bar! Fitness can be both fun and social!
Surrounding yourself with people who'll provide you with respect support can be very beneficial while working towards reaching health and fitness goals. First, decide to do it for yourself and work towards staying positive. Then make sure the people you surround yourself with are supportive. Don't let negativity ruin your motivation.
72. The first paragraph focuses on .
A. the greatest challenge of group exercise
B. the most effective way to improve physical fitness
C. the contribution of group exercise to psychological health
D. the shared common goal in performing exercise in groups
72. The first paragraph focuses on .
73. The underlined word "upbeat" in the second paragraph probably means "
74. When it comes to emotional support, the author thinks it necessary .
75. What would be the best title for the passage?
Sometimes we have disagreements with people. When this (76) h_____, the important thing is to try not to let a calm discussion turn into a heated argument. Here (77 ) _____my tips for you.
The (78)f _____thing I would say is that the way you begin the conversation is very important.
Imagine you are a student and you share a flat (79)_____another student who you think isn't doing her share of the housework. If you say, "Look, you never do your share of the housework. (80) _____are you going to do about it?", the discussion will very soon turn into an argument. It's much more (81)______ (有帮助)to say something like, "I think we had (82) b _____ have another look about how we divide up the housework. Maybe there is a better way of dealing with it. "
My second piece of (83) a is simple. If you're the person who is in the wrong, just admit it! This is the easiest and best way to avoid an argument. Just make an (84) (道歉)_____， and move on. The other person will have more respect for you (85) _____the future if you do that.