11. ---Let’s go to the New Year’s Eve party, shall we?
---__________ I guess it will be fun.
12. The little pupil took his grandma __________ the arm and walked her across the street.
13. To warm himself, the sailor sat in front of the fire rubbing one bare foot against __________
14. __________ more learned a man is, __________more modest be usually become.
15. As the smallest child of his family, Alex is always longing for the time __________ he should be able to be independent.
16. —Sir, could I hand in my homework a bit late?
— __________, since you’ve been unwell these days.
17. After receiving the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Anne Benedict went on __________ all the people who had helped in her career.
20. I believe you will have a wonderful time here __________ you get to know everyone else.
19. Reading her biography, I was lost in admiration for __________ Doris Lessing had achieved in literature.
18. Back from his two-year medical service in Africa, Dr. Lee was very happy to see his mother __________ good care of at home.
21. You __________ feel all the training a waste of time, but I’m a hundred percent sure later you’ll be grateful you did it.
22. Mary__________ really hard on his book and thinks he’ll have finished it by Friday.
23. Ellen is a fantastic dancer. I wish I __________ as well as her.
24. At college, Barack Obama didn’t know that he __________ the first black president of the United States of America.
25. Peter will __________ his post as the head of the travel agency at the end of next month.
Dad had a green comb. He bought it when he married Mum. Every night, he would hand me his _and say, “Good girl, help Daddy clean it, OK?”
I was _ to do it. At age five , this dull task brought me such _. I would excitedly turn the tap _ and brush the comb carefully. Satisfied that I’d done a good job, I would happily return the comb to Dad. He would _ affectionately at me and place the comb on his wallet.
Two years later, Dad started his own _, which wasn’t doing so well. That was when things started to _. Dad didn’t come home as early and as much as he used to. Mum and I became _ with him for placing our family in trouble. With _, an uncomfortable silence grew between us.
After my graduation, Dad’s business was getting back on track. On my 28th birthday, Dad came home _. As usually I helped him carry his bags into his study. When I turned to leave, he said ,“Hey, would you help me _ my comb?” I looked at him a while, then _ the comb and headed to the sink.
It hit me then: why, as a child, _ Dad clean his comb was such a pleasure. That routine(习惯) meant Dad was home early to_ the evening with Mum and me. It _ a happy and loving family.
I passed the clean comb back to Dad. He smiled at me and _ placed his comb on his wallet. But this time , I noticed something _. Dad had aged. He had wrinkles next to his eyes when he smiled, _ his smile was still as _ as before, the smile of a father who just wanted a good _ for his family.
When the dog named Judy spotted the first sheep in her life, she did what comes naturally. The four-year-old dog set off racing after the sheep across several fields and, being a city animal, lost both her sheep and her sense of direction. Then she ran along the edge of cliff( 悬崖) and fell 100 feet, bouncing off a rock into the sea.
Her owner Mike Holden panicked and celled the coastguard of Cornwall, who turned up in seconds . Six volunteers slid down the cliff with the help of a rope but gave up all hope of finding her alive after a 90-minute search.
Three days later, a hurricane hit the coast near Cornwall. Mr. Holden returned home from his holiday upset and convinced his pet was dead. He comforted himself with the thought she had died in the most beautiful part of the country.
For the next two weeks, the Holdens were heartbroken . Then, one day, the phone rang and Steve Tregear, the coastguard of Cornwall, asked Holder if he would like his dog bark.
A birdwatcher, armed with a telescope, found the pet sitting desperately on a rock. While he sounded the alarm, a student from Leeds climbed down the cliff to collect Judy.
The dog had initially been knocked unconscious(失去知觉的)but had survived by drinking water from a fresh scream at the base of the cliff. She may have fed on the body of a sheep which had also fallen over the edge. “The dog was very thin and hungry,” Steve Tregear said , “It was a very dog. She survived because of a plentiful supply of fresh water,” he added.
It was ,as Mr. Holden admitted, “a minor miracle(奇迹)”.
50. The dog Jody fell down the cliff when she was __________.
51. Who spotted Judy after the accident?
52. What can we infer from the text?
53. Which of the following can be the best title for the text?
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The production of coffee beans is a huge, profitable business, but, unfortunately, full-sun production is taking over the industry and bringing about a lot of damage. The change in how coffee is grown from shade-grown production to full-sun production endangers the very existence of, certain animals and birds, and even disturbs the world’s ecological balance.
On a local level, the damage of the forest required by full-sun fields affects the area’s birds and animals. The shade of the forest trees provides a home for birds and other special(物种) that depend on the trees’ flowers and fruits. Full-sun coffee growers destroy this forest home. As a result, many special are quickly dying out.
On a more global level, the destruction of the rainforest for full-sun coffee fields also threatens(威胁)human life. Medical research often makes use of the forests' plant and animal life, and the destruction of such species could prevent researchers from finding cures for certain diseases. In addition, new coffee-growing techniques are poisoning the water locally, and eventually the world's groundwater.
Both locally and globally, the continued spread of full-sun coffee plantations (种植园)could mean the destruction of the rainforest ecology. The loss of shade trees is already causing a slight change in the world's climate, and studies show that loss of oxygen-giving trees also leads to air pollution and global warming. Moreover, the new growing techniques are contributing to acidic(酸性的) soil conditions.
It is obvious that the way much coffee is grown affects many aspects many aspects of life, from the local environment to the global ecology. But consumers do have a choice. They can purchase shade-grown coffee whenever possible, although at a higher cost. The future health of the planet and mankind is surely worth more than an inexpensive cup of coffee.
54. What can we learn about full-sun coffee production from Paragraph 4?
55. The purpose of the text is to .
56. Where does this text probably come from ?
57. Which of the following shows the structure of the whole text
Parents who help their children with homework may actually be bringing down their school grades. Other forms of prenatal involvement, including volunteering at school and observing a child's class, also fail to help, according to the most recent study on the topic.
The findings challenge a key principle of modern parenting(养育子女) where schools except them to act as partners in their children's education. Previous generations concentrated on getting children to school on time, fed, dressed and ready to learn.
Kaith Robinson, the author of the study, said, "I really don't know if the public is ready for this but there are some ways parents can be involved in their kids' education that leads to declines in their academic performance. One of the things that was consistently negative was parents' help with homework." Robinson suggested that may be because parents themselves struggle to understand the task." They may either not remember the material their kids are studying now, or in some cases never learnt it themselves, but they're still offering advice."
Robinson assessed parental involvement performance and found one of the most damaging things a parent could do was to punish their children for poor marks. In general, about 20% of parental involvement was positive, about 45% negative and the rest statistically insignificant.
Common sense suggests it was a good thing for parents to get involved because "children with good academic success do have involved parents ", admitted Robinson. But he argued that this did not prove parental involvement was the root cause of that success." A big surprise was that Asian-American parents whose kids are doing so well in school hardly involved. They took a more reasonable approach, conveying to their children how success at school could improve their lives."
58. The underlined expression "parental involvement " in Paragraph 1 probably means __________.
59. What is the major finding of Robinson's study ?
60. The example of Asian-American parents implies that parents should __________.
There is the belief that, if you arrive at an appointment late, you will be considered important. This is a mistaken view. Being unpunctual, we are not respectful of others ; we are interfering (扰乱)with another man's time. We must realise that keeping appointments or being punctual is a contract that is silently agreed and we are expected to respect this contract. It is only natural that we lose faith, trust and confidence in a person who is tardy(延迟的).
To be punctual one has to have self-discipline(自律), and the lack of it affects others. A school boy or girl is unpunctual because he or she does not have the necessary human virtue of self-discipline. It is also a mark of disrespect for a system or an institution. Unpunctual people seldom realise that their habit cause problems to others. A salesman who is not punctual may not make a sale if he arrives late for an appointment. If one is late for a job interview, it is not likely that he will get the job.
Being punctual, we can avoid anxiety. Imagine the anxiety if you do not want to be considered unpunctual. You will be anxious if you set out for a dinner late. The person who sets out late might be careless in driving. He will ignore traffic rules. A traffic jam, flat tyres, etc. can delay him further. Happy and calm is the man who takes all these possibilities into consideration and arrives at the appointment either early or on time.
Many of those who attend dinners are notorious (声名狼藉的)for unpunctuality. They ignore the appointed time and leave their homes only after the fixed time. They are indifferent to the inconvenience caused to others. If the self-centred guest arrives late, the nine others at the table set for ten will have to wait. The host is put in an unpleasant situation and this man seldom thinks of the inconvenience caused to all -the waiters, the management staff, etc. It is necessary for us to think of others and be considerate to them.
However, we cannot always be intolerant (无法容忍的) of tardiness, for ordinary living requires some tolerance. There can be a busy executive who fights to keep to his schedule. Such a person may be forgiven if he is late, but not those who are deliberately late to create impression.
In modern society, punctuality is a necessary virtue. It is a recognition of the importance of other people.
66. Cecily, I shall _______________ (想念) our pleasant talks when you leave.
67. Hans Zhang was _______________ (自豪的) of himself for not giving up.
68. The teacher asked one student to _______________ (重复) what he had heard from the tape recorder.
70. Tourism is the major source of _______________(收入) for this area.
69. Young people should always _______________ (对待) the elders with respect.
71. Our class president went up to Cambridge at the age of 15 to study _______________ (化学) .
72. For your own _______________ (安全), please keep away from the tiger cage.
73. It was pouring with rain so I _______________ (接受) his offer of a lift.
74. In a week, Lucy has already been interviewed by six _______________ (医院).
75. After knocking _______________ (礼貌地) at the door, the applicant entered the office of the general manager.
My soccer coach retired in last week. I wanted to do anything special for him at his retirement party. My mum makes the better biscuits in the world, so I decide to ask her for help. Mum taught me some basic step of baking. I insisted on doing most of the baking myself. I thought the biscuits were really well. My only mistake was that I dropped some on the floor after I was packing them up.
Our annual English Festival, which will be held on June 15-17, 2015, is now looking for 20 student volunteers to provide service for Talent Show, Speech Contest, and English Debate. If you are interested, please send an application email at your earliest convenience to Ms.Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org.