The world’s first “Sky Pool” has been uncoated（曝光）-and it’ll give anyone a touch of dizziness（眩晕）, unless he or she is not bothered by heights.
Situated in the capital’s new riverside district beside Battersea Power Station, the glass pool, hanging 10 storeys, or 110 feet up as a bridge between two apartment buildings, is 25m long, 5m wide and 3m deep with a water depth of 1. 2m. Swimmers will be able to look down 35 meters to the street below as they take a dip, with only 20cm of glass between them and the outside world. It’s even got a bar, folding chairs and an orange garden.
The pool will be part of Embassy Gardens at Nine Elms, a huge￡15 billion building project beside the new American Embassy in south-west London. The project is creating thousands of apartments, the smallest of which are expected to cost nearly $1 million, and the pool will only be open to the apartments’ owners.
Embassy Gardens takes design inspiration from the Meatpacking District of New York with floor to ceiling windows and brick frontages. The designer, Sean Mulryan, desired to push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering and do something that had never been done before. The Sky Pool’s transparent structure is the result of significant advancements in technologies over the last decade.
The experience of the pool will be truly unique and it will feel like floating through the air in central London.
Those people lucky enough to swim there will have a perfect view of the Palace of Westminster and the London Eye. It will be a selling point for developers when the second stage of the development is released to market.
Who can swim in the Sky Pool?
People lucky enough to swim in the Sky Pool can do the following except .
What do we know from the text?
We can infer from the text that ________ .
Volunteering Is Fun
One afternoon I was sitting at home feeling so bored. Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I wanted to meet people and have new experiences so I decided to start volunteering. I searched on my computer and found a website where I could volunteer on a farm in France.
My time working on a farm was a new experience for me. It was basically a free holiday as food and accommodation were provided. However, it was not your typical holiday as I had to look after fifteen horses and sleep at the top of a tower in a castle! I was an awful farmer but it did not matter because I made some great friends.
However, you do not need to go abroad to volunteer. I have had plenty of adventures at home as volunteering can become a hobby. For example, I love singing so I had a good laugh waving my arms in an attempt to conduct my local choir. I did slowly improve and it felt great to conduct the choir in a concert. At university, I organised a concert for charity with my friends. It was really fun finding bands and raising money for a cause we believe in.
It is true that you feel good volunteering but there are also other advantages. I once volunteered as a server at a charity sports event where the organizers gave me cupcakes to thank me for my services. I also volunteered in a charity shop so I found loads of nice cheap clothes to update my wardrobe（衣柜）.
While this is all fun, my favourite aspect of volunteering is creating and sharing stories. My terrible attempts at farming have given me hilarious stories to tell! Talking to volunteers from different countries and backgrounds has also helped me learn more about the world. I feel thankful to have had so much fun with many nice people thanks to volunteering.
Why did the author want to volunteer?
The underlined word “hilarious” in the last paragraph is closest in meaning to “ ”.
What volunteering work did the author do?
How does the author feel according to the last paragraph?
Welcome to The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met, which is short for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, presents over 5, 000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. Millions of people take part in The Met experience online or offline.
Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always tried to be more than a storeroom of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing（显示）both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.
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Every day, people come into contact with thousands of chemicals. These chemicals are said to be harmless to human health. In fact, the chemicals are considered so safe that we wash with them. We put them on our bodies and even our faces. Other chemical products are used throughout our homes.
By the time you walk out of your front door, you have already been exposed to thousands of chemicals.
On its own, each chemical seems harmless. But in combination with other chemicals, they may become deadly. That is the finding of a two-year study by a high-profile（高调的）task force of scientists. The task force was told to investigate the cancer-causing possibility of chemical mixtures.
Linda Gulliver was one of the 174 scientists on the task force. Their job was to study the cancer-causing potential of 85 chemicals. All 85 are said to be common in the environment.
Ms. Gulliver explains that chemicals have the potential or ability to form dangerous mixtures. Even simple minerals can become dangerous when mixed with chemicals found in plastics or beauty products. [来源:Z+xx+k.Com]
Working in groups, the scientists explored how different chemical mixtures could lead to cancer. Ms. Gulliver’s team looked at the ability of different combinations to support the increase of malignant（恶性的）human cells.
She says the current way to identify whether chemicals cause cancer is to test them one at a time. This method leads, she adds, to a long list of supposedly “safe” chemicals. She and her team say that approach needs to change.
“We definitely need certain research to find out what mixtures of chemicals would be more harmful than others; what groups of chemicals, when together, would produce more harmful effects. And at the moment, that is not known. ”
An estimated one in five cancers has been linked to chemical exposure. It may turn out that the cancer-causing villain（恶棍）is not a single chemical at all.
What effect may one single chemical have on us according to the text?
What can we learn about Ms. Gulliver’s research?
According to the text, we can infer that the study
What is the best title for the text?
第一节 完形填空（共20小题；每题1. 5分，满分30分）
As I walked through the door, I felt sharp coldness. While my fingers began to numb, many 41 ran through my head. Why am I here? What were my parents thinking when they 42 here?
My parents were born and raised a 43 family in southwestern Iowa. From a very young age, they were expected to 44 the family farm.
Five years after my birth, my parents made a decision that would 45 our lives forever. They decided they 46 more in life. They told their families that they were moving to Alaska!
Why would they move to Alaska, the 47 of polar bears and Eskimos? When I asked, they said, “We wanted to experience adventure. ” My grandparents thought that they were 48 and said, “It is a horrible thing to do to those kids. ”
49 my parents moved, with nothing but a few clothes and $500 dollars. Through hard work and perseverance, they have not only survived, but are 50 than ever. My father has gotten his 51 job as a wildlife technician for the Department of Fish and Game. My 52 is now the manager of the high school kitchen.
These two people had the courage to 53 for their dreams-no matter what others thought. Through good and bad time, my parents never lost sight of their 54 . What they wanted most in the world was to raise their children to be 55 . I honor and thank them. Because of their 56 , I have become an independent young man. 57 their hard work and strong will, they have become happy and successful. I have learned through their actions and mistakes that anything is 58 .
So, when I ask myself why I am in Alaska, I 59 myself how I got here. No matter how 60 it gets, I can’t think of a
better place to grow up. I surely do love Alaska!
41. A. ways B. plans C.questions D. wishes
42. A. left B. moved C. searched D.forget
43. A. farming B.building C. nursing D.training
44. A. look for B.put away C. take over D.find out
45. A. prove B. change C.begin D. save
46. A. ate B. lost C. used D.wanted
47. A. land B. sight C.visit D. protection
48. A. strong B. brave C.young D. crazy
49. A. So B.And C. But D. If
50. A. wiser B. happier C.earlier D. heavier
51. A. old B. rich C. lucky D.dream
52. A. mother B. brother C.friend D. grandpa
53. A. go B.ask C. care D. wait
54. A. problems B. feelings C.goals D. experiences
55. A. healthy B.safe C. kind D.successful
56. A. jobs B. teachings C.failures D. permissions
57. A. Despite B. Without C.Through D.Beyond
58. A. easy B. useful C.painful D. possible[来源:学&科&网Z&X&X&K]
59. A. doubt B. remind C.believe D. persuade
60. A. cold B. long C.much D. far
If you find yourself losing the motivation to do your homework, you are not alone. 36 If you want to get good grades, of course, you must do your homework. Here’s how to find the motivation:
37 If you are too tired, you’ll just want to watch television instead of thinking about your homework. Plus, you’ll have a much easier time remembering what you’ve read if you are energetic.
Turn off the distractions（分散注意力的事）. Turn off the music and television. If you don’t need your computer or the Internet for your homework, turn it off as well. Make sure your study area is free from distractions. 38
Start right away. Doing your homework right after you get home can keep you from falling into the trap of endless hours of distractions. 39 Although it may not be popular to do your homework on a Friday night, you’ll have the rest of the weekend free.
Create a schedule. 40 Plan out when you will do each part of the assignment. Split them into small parts, so that you can feel good about completing each part. It can be much easier to deal with a big assignment or project once you’ve split it into manageable pieces.
Homework can be boring, but it’s a necessary evil if you want to pass your classes. Once you make a plan to finish your homework, stick to it.
A. Get enough rest.
B. Gather your materials.
C. Write all of your assignments on a checklist.
D. Many students delay in doing their homework.
E. You’ll easily get distracted and avoid finishing your homework.
F. Plus, the material you’ve learned will still be fresh in your mind.
G. You’ll be able to finish your homework much faster if you can focus on it.
It is 2 years 61 we had a cleaning lady and for some reason my husband has become very demanding toward her. He believes she does not work as well as she used to. He complains a lot and has decided to complain to her. Yesterday I tried several 62 (time) to discuss with him my 63 (satisfy) with her work, but he was a little bit upset. This morning I looked at the house and all the cleaning she 64 (do) before. I thought it was unfair to complain because she was doing such 65 great job. So I fought for her again, 66 (say) it was unnecessary to complain. She was doing well and she deserved to get 67 (pay)more and to receive some extra money for the new year. And 68 (final) my husband told her that we had decided to pay her more, 69 was a surprise to her.
I’m very happy I have protected this lady from unfair words and that we are treating her fairly now and doing something to shorten the gap 70 the rich and the poor.
Recently I have taken quite an interest in cook so I suggest that the school organizes a cooking-learning activity to teach students to prepare any delicious food. It can be great fun and I bet there will be a lot communication going on among students. Besides, it’s a good way to build up team spirits. The school can even be hold a competition to see whom can cook the most delicious food. More important, I think cooking is a vital skill for people nowadays. What is known to all, eating self-cooked is a much healthier and little costly way of life than eating in a restaurant.