21. --I hear that there was a terrible crash in the subway in Shanghai the other day.
--Yes, _____ news came as _____ shock to all of us.
34. --Mary, how did your Math test go?
--I had thought I _________, but in fact I came in the top 10 in my class.
35. Temperatures________ quite dramatically at night in mountains, so put on some warm clothes before going out.
23. None of the underwater workers has been harmed by the great fish. ______, most fish were so friendly that they played with the instruments.
25. Young people who have got jobs may realize university lessons can’t be the only
preparation for all of the situations ________ appear in the working world.
26. --Can I use the telephone on the table, sir?
--Under no circumstances _________ to use the telephone in the office for personal affairs.
31. I ______ to reach the manager for the last two hours but the line is always busy.
32. --He didn’t feel a bit nervous when ________.
--No. He’d had a lot of time ________ for it after all.
33. Though a typhoon is on the way, people are still looking forward _____ the outdoor
22. Alibaba has become China’s largest online commercial company, ______ a profit of 1.47 billion yuan in 2010.
24. --Has James finished his report on his Enquiry Learning yet?
--I’m not sure. She _________ on it last week.
27. It is good manners to eat up ______ is left in your plate.
28. _______ me when you get it through and I’ll pick you up at your work place.
29. A broad smile spread_____ Jack’s face when he eventually gained a scholarship.
30. --How do you usually go to work? –– I usually drive, but if it is fine, I ______ by bike.
Are you an optimist? Do you look at your glass and see it as half full? Do you believe that every cloud has a silver lining and that things generally turn out for the best? Do you believe that if something is meant to be, it will be? If you reply “yes” to all of these questions, then you are an optimist. You probably are enthusiastic, cheerful and outgoing. You may be successful at work and in love.
But you may be misguided because things don't turn out for the best. You may believe that when one door closes another one opens(for example, you may fail to obtain a new job; another chance will come around soon). Wrong. When one door closes, another door slams(砰然关上)in your face. That's bitter reality.
Now a book has been published which confirms what pessimists(悲观者)have suspected all along. it's called The Positive Power of Defensive Pessimism. Its author argues that defensive pessimism can lead to positive results. Defensive pessimism is a strategy used to manage fear, anxiety and worry. Defensive pessimists prepare for the things by setting low outcomes for themselves. They carefully consider everything that may go wrong and plan for ways to handle these problems. And this gives them a sense of control. Lawrence Sanno, a psychology professor, says, “What's interesting about defensive pessimists is that they tend to be very successful people, so their low opinion of the situation's outcomes is not realistic. They use it to motivate themselves to perform better.”
So far，so good. This is not rocket science. Defensive pessimists prepare carefully and consider what might go wrong, whether at work, on date or even in a sports game. It makes sense to have a back-up plan. There are many sayings in English urging caution. For example, “Don't put all your eggs in one basket.”
And “Don't count your chickens until they hatch.” To have a confident and optimistic approach to life's problems is good. But listen to what Woody Alien, the American comedian says,” Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem.”
There are pros and cons to being an optimist and a pessimist. Don't feel bad if you see the glass half empty. You are a realist But lighten up and hook up with someone who sees the same glass half full.
67. What's the passage mainly about?
68. The underlined sentence “This is not rocket science”(Para.4)means ______.
69. Which of the following English expressions would a defensive pessimist believe?
70. The writer would probably describe himself as ______.
First, you ought to know that I’m “only” fourteen. My mother points this out often. I can make my own decisions when I’m old enough to vote, she says. Second, I should tell you that she’s right — I’m not always responsible. I sometimes take the prize for grade-A dork（呆子）. Take last weekend for instance. I was staying at Dad’s, and I decided it was time I learned to drive. It was Sunday morning, 7 A.M., and I hadn’t slept well. I’d been up thinking about an argument, which I’ll tell you about in a minute. Well, nobody was up yet in the neighborhood, so I thought it couldn’t hurt to back the car out of the garage and drive around the block. But Dad has a clutch（离合器）car. The “R” on the shift handle was up on the left side, right next to first gear（档位）. I guess you can guess the rest.
Dad’s always been understanding. He didn’t say, “Okay, little Miss Know-It-All, you can just spend the rest of the year paying this off,” which is what Mom would have said. Instead, Dad worried about what might have happened to me. And that made me feel more guilty than anything. I think he’d be a better number-one caregiver, but I can’t say things like that to Mom. To her, I have to say, “But Mom, Dad’s place is closer to school. I could ride my bike,” to which she replies, “Amy Lynn, you don’t own a bike. Remember? You left it in the yard, and it was stolen. And you haven’t got the patience to earn the money to replace it.”
56. The writer feels guilty because she ________.
57. The main conflict between the writer and her mother is about whether she ________.
58. The writer’s mother thinks the writer is ________.
59. In the first sentence, the writer used “only” to suggest that she ________.
Environment Awareness Week
Regal Convention Centre, Halls 1-4
24-30 March 2011 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Free admission for all!
Save the environment, Save our future
Our environment needs help. With the participation of more than 50 organizations, Environment Awareness Week is the biggest public education event dedicated to environmental protection and conservation. Don’t miss it! Come and know more about:
The Threats to Earth (Hall 1) – What is global warming? How serious is pollution? Learn about different environmental problems from our university students. Protect our environment!
The Search for renewable Energy (Hall 2) – can we get electricity from wind, solar energy, waves, rivers and underground heat? Get the answers from Solar Ace, Tefron, Touch Wind Resources and other participants.
The Quest for Fresh water (Hall 3) – is the shortage of freshwater worsening? What are Singapore’s solutions for treating wastewater? Hear from Flow Technologies, HydroMax Solutions and other participants.
The 3 Rs and Save Earth (Hall 4) – How can we REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE to cut down household wastes? Find out from the Global Gala Network, Green Earth Foundation and other participants.
For more information, please call Mr. Philip Koh at 65531188, send an email to Mrs. Daisy Soh at email@example.com or visit the events web at http://www.ief.org/caw
60. The main aim of Environment Awareness Week is to ________.
61. The organizer of the event is ________.
62. Which of the following statements is NOT true of the event?
If asked if space exploration should continue, most Americans would give an immediate response either in favor of continuing or in favor of ending space exploration. A common response would be that space exploration is a waste of money. An average American, uneducated on the subject, might believe that the government is wasting billions of dollars on the research that has no merit. Someone strange to the subject might say that a space shuttle goes up once in a while and that is about all that happens. Research is ongoing and continues when there are no shuttles being launched. This also costs the government money. Does the extreme cost of space exploration make sense?
One argument is that the government is wasting money on the research not being used on Earth. Actually, the money goes to workers and scientists that support National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) missions (任务), and goes to major companies that play important roles in major sectors of the US economy. Boeing is a partner of NASA for aircraft, the same company that makes commercial aircraft for the airline industry.
Another benefit to continuing space exploration is the many spinoff (衍生的) technologies it provides. The artificial heart resulted from experiments on the space shuttle. The handheld Jaws of Life used to save victims from car accidents originated from the system used to separate the space shuttle from its booster rockets. Insulation in homes that keeps them warm and energy efficient is based on the technology used to insulate the space shuttle.
There are direct benefits to the economy provided by NASA missions as well as spinoff technologies. These advances are found in food, building materials, medical procedures and the vehicles we drive. While it can be proven that billions of dollars that could be used elsewhere is being spent on space exploration, the benefits it provides outweigh the terrible aspects. As a matter of fact, the money spent helps to improve the quality of our lives.
63. How is Paragraph 2 mainly developed?
64. The function of Jaws of Life is to _____.
65. In the author’s opinion, space exploration _____.
66. What would be the best title for the text?
In 1956, Phoenix, Arizona, was a city with boundless blue skies. One day as I walked around the house with my sister Kathy’s new parakeet on my finger, I wanted to show Perky the sky looked like. Maybe he could make a little bird out there. I took him into the backyard, and then, to my , Perky flew off. The enormous blue sky swallowed up my sister’s blue and suddenly he had gone, clipping its wings.
Kathy managed to me. With fake optimism, she even tried to reassure me that Perky would find a new .But I was far too clever to that such a thing was possible.
Decades later, I watched my own growing. We shared their activities, spending soccer Saturdays in folding chairs with the of the kids’ friends, the Kissells. The two families went camping around Arizona together. We became the of friends. One evening, the game was to tell Great Pet stories. One person claimed to the oldest living goldfish. Someone else had a psychic dog. Barry, the father of the other family, took the floor and that the Greatest Pet of All Time was his blue parakeet, Sweetie Pie.
“The best thing Sweetie Pie,” he said, “was the we got him. One day, when I was about eight, out of the clear, blue sky, a little blue parakeet just down and landed on my finger.”
When I was finally able to , we examined the amazing evidence. The dates and the locations and the pictures of the bird all . It seems our two families had been long before we ever met. Forty years later, I ran to my sister and said, “You were ! Perky lived!”
Forthe rest of March, a disease will sweep across theUS. It will keep kids home fromschool. __71__ Employees will suddenly lose their ability toconcentrate.
Thedisease, known as “March Madness”, refers to the yearly 65-team US men’scollege basketball tournament(锦标赛). __72__ Teams competeagainst each other in a single-elimination(单局淘汰) tournament that eventually crowns anational champion.
__73__The fun comes partly from guessing the winners for every game. Friends competeagainst friends. Husbands against wives. Colleagues against bosses.
Big-nameschools are usually favored to advance into the tournament. But each year thereare dark horses from little-known universities. This adds to the madness.Watching a team from a school with 3,000 students beat a team from a schoolwith 30,000, for many Americans, is an exciting experience. Two years ago, thelittle-known George Mason Universitywas one of the final teams. __74__
Collegebasketball players are not paid, so the game is more about making a name fortheir university and themselves. __75__ About $4 billion willbe spent gambling on the event. According to Media Life magazine, the eventwill bring in $500 million in advertising income this year, topping thepost-season income of everyUSprofessional league, including that of the NBA.
A. Nearly20 million Americans will find themselves prisoners of basketball festivalMadness.
B. The players will go all out forthe games.
C. But that doesn’t mean money isn’tinvolved.
D. College students will ignorepiles of homework.
E. People are willing to spend moremoney on watching it.
F. Itbegins on March 15 and lasts through the beginning of April.
G. Many people had never even heardof the university before the tournament.