I grew up on a farm outside Port Clinton, Ohio. I was the youngest son, with four brothers and four sisters. By the late 1960s, most of us were married and had families of our own. I worked full time and also had a part-time job on a tree farm.
One day, while I was visiting my parents in late summer or early fall, Dad mentioned he’d always wanted a maple tree for the yard. Mom agreed that it was pretty. Since it was hard for my parents to go shopping, I figured this was a great opportunity to get them something they’d appreciate. I also thought if they wanted one tree, two would be even better. I checked the price at work and decided it was a bit more than I could afford – but all of my brothers and sisters agreed to chip in (凑钱).
In northern Ohio, you don’t plant maple trees at Christmas, so we decided to surprise Mom and Dad with a special Christmas in October before the ground froze. Then my sisters went into action, planning a big holiday turkey dinner.
On the chosen Sunday, we all met at my house and loaded the trees in a pickup truck. I dressed up as Santa Claus. Then off we went, nine cars loaded with people and food. When we arrived at my parents’ house, Dad came out of the back door, thinking something was wrong. He and Mom were amazed when we told them why we were there.
When Christmas rolled around, of course, we couldn’t go to our parents’ house empty handed, so Mom and Dad got double presents that year. Almost half a century later, I still drive by the old farmhouse and smile when I see those big, handsome trees and remember giving a special gift to special people on Christmas in October.
21. What made the author have the idea to buy his parents maple trees? （ ）
22. When did they plant the maple trees for their parents? （ ）
23. What did the author finally do? （ ）
24. Which is the best title for the passage? （ ）
What were the best things about Los Angeles?
One of my favorite things about Los Angeles is the weather. I hate the cold and it never really gets that cold there. Plus, most of the time it’s usually sunny. I also loved going to the beach during the summer. There’s so much to do at the beach, but my favorite thing was going with my friends and having a picnic on the sand.
Where were the worst things about being there?
I definitely disliked that you had to drive everywhere to get around because the city is so spread out. Los Angeles has a ton of traffic and sometimes it takes a long time to get somewhere close by just because the streets are crowed with traffic. Also, a lot of people complain about the pollution.
Was it easy to meet people?
I think people there are pretty nice in general, but normally you only meet people through school or through work. I went to school there so that’s how I met most of my friends. I guess you could also try meeting people by going out to clubs or bars.
What did you usually do there?
If I was with my friends, we’d go out to dinner, see a movie, or sometimes go out to a club. There’s always something to see or do in Los Angeles whether it’s a museum exhibit or a concert, so we were rarely bored.
25. What is the weather like in Los Angeles? （ ）
26. Which of the following is NOT true about Los Angeles? （ ）
27. We can conclude that Michelle ______ in Los Angeles before the interview. （ ）
Many people have gotten pretty good at showing their best side on camera.
Three years since Oxford Dictionaries named it “word of the year”, the selfie has already become an important part of online culture. But in Asian countries like China, Japan and South Korea, many people won’t post pictures on social media without editing their faces with photo editing apps such as Meitu Xiuxiu.
According to The Telegraph newspaper, these hugely successful, homegrown photo editing apps specially focus on two clear psychologies (心理) of Asian users, and in particular, women: the eagerness to post selfies and the desire to look whiter than they really are.
As the US style website Mic put it, “What actually makes a good selfie comes from what we consider beautiful, and that is greatly different by culture.”
Photo editing apps play to Asian women’s dreams of achieving a more “Westernized” look that comes from having a more oval-shaped (瓜子形的) face, whiter skin and bigger eyes.
With the slide of a finger, the apps let them change their faces, just like they are having plastic surgery (整容).
Without a doubt, editing facial characteristics with an app has become something that people do for fun, and it isn’t harmful in most cases. But it is important to know that “the gap between reality and our online lives is widening as we sit on our phones playing plastic surgeon”, The Telegraph noted.
28. The underlined word “selfie” in Paragraph 2 is a kind of ______.（ ）
29. What makes photo editing apps successful? （ ）
30. What do Asian women wish to look like? （ ）
31. What can be concluded from the last paragraph? （ ）
Growing up in one of the poorest communities on the south side of Atlanta, US, not many people expected much of me, so I had to expect something of myself.
On my 13th birthday, I bought a poster of Harvard to hang in my room. Being at Harvard became what I dreamt about: I saw myself attending class in Sanders Theater, studying in Widener Library and eating in Annenberg Hall. I’d begin my day by asking myself these two questions: “What do I want in my life?” and, “Are the things I am doing today going to get me closer to that life?”
Reminding myself of my goal each day made it easy to say no to the same choices I saw other teenagers making, because those paths wouldn’t have gotten me closer to my goal. I found that being poor could not take away my power to decide what I choose to do with my day. Asking myself those questions gave me the energy to study just one more hour on my SATs when my friends were asleep; and it gave me the determination to send just one more scholarship application when 180 others had already turned me down.
Every day I could feel myself getting closer and closer to my goal as my writing got better, my SAT score increased, and my scholarship checks started coming in. March 31st, 2011, an email arrived from Harvard. The first word was “Congratulations!” A month later, Harvard invited me to visit the campus where for the first time I got to see inside Sanders Theater, tour Widener Library and eat dinner in Annenberg Hall.
Who you are today is the result of the decisions you made yesterday, and who you will be tomorrow will be the result of the choices you make today. Who do you want to be tomorrow?
32. What does Paragraph 1 infer? （ ）
33. Which was the writer’s goal of working hard? （ ）
34. Which didn’t help the writer stick to her goal? （ ）
35. What can we learn from the writer’s experience? （ ）
China is known for its innovation (创新) all over the world in all fields of life. As for architecture, it _ (have) the famous Olympic stadium in Beijing and also the Great Wall of China. But now this Asian country has _ (beat) its own record of having the highest bridge in the world. The Beipanjiang Bridge in China is _ world’s highest bridge.
Lying in the southwest part of China, this bridge was declared the highest in the world once it opened to traffic _ Thursday. The time _ (take) to build this bridge is almost three years. With the _ (appear) of this bridge, Chinese engineering has earned great value and recognition. _ (expert) consider such engineering to be among the best in the world. Not only are the Chinese engineers good at _ (they) job, but they also have the skill of creating admirable architecture at _ (relative) cheaper costs. The bridge cost the Chinese government more than $146.7 million. This is much cheaper _ the cost of building other such great bridges in different parts of the world.
I feel it a great honor to be welcomed to participate in such awonderful activity.
As for me, read a good book is just like talking with a learnedperson. It is wide considered that what reading plays an important part inlearning. Besides, reading can open my eye and make my life colorful. As matterof fact, only through reading can one person become a succeed.
When it comes to the books I’ve read, A Global History has had a deep influence with me. The book givethe history of the world. It not only has enlarged our knowledge, but also getme interested in history.
One morning last week I looked out of my study window and saw that it was a fine day. No, it was a wonderful day: the sun shone down from a sky without even a single cloud.
But later that day, hard at work at my desk, I heard a loud noise on the roof. Turning to the window, I saw that the sky was now the color of charcoal (木炭). Two minutes later the rain poured, making rivers of water.
_ It’s extremely variable (易变的). Go ahead with your picnic in the local park by all means, but don’t suppose that because the sun is shining now, it will be when you open your pack of sandwiches. _
The weather in Britain is not always bad. _ This is one of the biggest reasons why the British talk so often about the weather. Wherever there are strangers standing or sitting close together, and talk cannot be avoided, the conversation focuses on the weather: “Yes, the weather has been good, hasn’t it?” or “_”
The unexpected change of the weather is something that every British can agree on. _ Even those with different opinions on everything else in the world, such as the current argument in the UK about membership of the European Union, can talk about the weather without leading to a quarrel.
Before you open the envelope with your score in it, we want you to read this first.
Inside the envelope is a score. It’s a score you’ve been _ for but it might not be the score you’ve been hoping for. If that’s the _, it’s natural that you will feel _. We will be very sorry about that and will feel disappointed “for you” too –_ we won’t feel disappointed “in you”. _, in life, things don’t always _ the way we want them to and it can _ a little time to sort out the feelings and thoughts we can have when that happens. We know that each one of you has _ very hard and with a great attitude. No score can ever take that _ from you. In fact, we believe that your _ and who you are as a person is much more _ than any mark on a test. Who you are and the attitudes you have will _ with you to whatever school that is going to _ you as one of their new pupils in September. That is so important. You are quite simply “_” and we are very proud of you. Make us proud _ school you go to. Don’t give up easily when things get _ . Grow up to be kind, caring, generous, loving adults who make a positive _ to this world by how you live your life.
Remember, the score in the _ is just a mark for some tests. It can’t _ how amazing you are! So, no matter what happens in the next few _, today you must celebrate YOU!
With love from all the staff!
72.假如你是李华。你的英国朋友Bill想在中国给他的父亲买一个特别的生日礼物，来邮件向你咨询在茶叶、小米移动电源(MI Power Bank)和丝绸衬衫这三样东西中应该选哪一个更好。请你给他回复邮件，从这三样东西里选择一个推荐给Bill并说明你的理由。