While there are many fascinating countries in the world to visit, I think there is something more adventurous, exotic(异国风情的) and romantic about visiting an island country. Take a look at some breathtakingly beautiful island countries in the world, which everyone should certainly visit at least once in his lifetime.
Malta is a beautiful southern European country in the Mediterranean Sea, which has a rich history and culture. There are amazing sky-high cliffs to climb, splendid temples to explore and lots of wonderful places to go scuba-diving. In fact, there are plenty of interesting things to see and to do in Malta and this island country has something for everyone. The historic part of Malta is shown in its incredible architecture, great walled cities, and many underground tunnels.
Fiji is a fabulous island that has plenty of surprises for any adventurous travelers. It is famous for the world’s best surf scenes, and many surfing enthusiasts travel to Fiji yearly to ride the great waves. Well, if surfing is not for you and you love sitting on the beach and relaxing, hiking or seeing breathtaking waterfalls, Fiji is certainly the best island country to visit.
Not only is Maldives one of the most beautiful island countries, but it is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations. Situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Maldives is made up of a series of ancient coral reefs that grow up along the sides of ancient volcanoes, with fascinating beaches and luxurious resorts.
21. In Malta, you can____________.
22. What is the special feature about Fiji?
23. If a newly-married couple are looking for the best honeymoon destination, they will choose________.
A supermarket checkout operator was praised for striking a blow for modern manners and a return to the age of politeness after refusing to serve a shopper who was talking on her mobile phone.
The supermarket manager was forced to apologize to the customer who complained she was told her goods would not be scanned unless she hung up her phone. Jo Clark, 46, said, “I don't know what she was playing at. I couldn’t believe how rude she was. When did she have the right to give me a lecture on checkout manners? I won’t be shopping there again!”
But users of social media sites and Internet forums(论坛) were very angry that store gave in and the public appeared to be supporting the angry checkout worker. “Perhaps this is a turning point for mobile phone users everywhere. When chatting, keep your eyes on people around you. That includes people trying to serve you, other road users and especially people behind you in the stairs,” said a typical post.
“It’s time checkout staff fought back against these people constantly chatting on their phones. They can drive anyone crazy. It’s rude and annoying. I often want to grab someone’s phone and throw it as far as I can, even though I am not a checkout girl, just a passer-by,” said another.
Siobhan Freegard, founder of parenting site www. Netmums.com said, “While this checkout operator doesn’t have the authority to order customers to switch off their phones, you can see clearly how frustrated and angry she felt. No matter how busy you are, life is nicer when you and those around you have good manners.”
24. According to Jo Clark, the checkout operator_____________.
25. The third and fourth paragraphs imply that the public_________.
26. The attitude of Siobhan Freegard towards the checkout operator was________.
27. The passage is mainly about _________.
In order to increase their job chances after college, Chinese students are turning to a special practice—Eiffel Tower nose jobs(鼻整形手术).The latest trend in plastic surgery promises to create a nose that is similar to the curve of the Eiffel Tower.
Surgeon Wang Xuming said: “We are influenced by the beauty of the Eiffel Tower. We are not content to just add something to the nose; we reconstruct it.” The surgery costs about US$ 10,000 and involves the enlarging of the nose using tissue from the forehead.
Hundreds of posters advertising the procedure are put up all over Chongqing city, where surgeon Xuming runs his private practice. They show a Western-looking woman with an almost-too-perfect nose, against an outline of the Eiffel Tower.
Interestingly, many young women in China are eager to achieve a western appearance, as they believe it will give them an advantage in the highly competitive job market. “Some students face a lot of employment pressure after graduation. If their facial features are good, they’ll have more chances of finding a job,” said surgeon Xuming. “We’ve had students getting the Eiffel Tower nose; it’s helped them a lot.”
Apparently, Chinese employers are quite particular about appearances and prefer attractive candidates. Some of them even go as far as putting height and weight requirements in their employment ads. Plastic surgeons across the country are reporting an increase in the number of students choosing beauty “improvement”.
According to a Mr. Li, hospital manager at surgeon Xuming’s clinic, most of their customers are female and the bill is taken care of by the family. “They usually come in with their mothers, and tend to be from well-off backgrounds.” he said.
Personally, I don’t think it so important to “improve” our appearance as long as we are skilled at our jobs. We can’t decide how we look, but we can decide how well we live and work.
28. Chinese college students choose to have a nose operation to ____________ .
29. What is mainly talked about in Paragraph 3?
30. It can be inferred from Paragraph 5 that ___________.
31. From what Mr. Li said we can learn that ____________.
Square dancing is a form of entertainment and physical exercise, which is a good thing. However, a group of senior Chinese ladies dancing in New York’s Sunset Park were recently faced with noise complaints from nearby residents. The local court even served a summons (传票) related to a certain Ms. Wang.
The news soon caused heated discussion across China, with many believing the incident to involve a cultural conflict between the East and West, while others view it as a form of discrimination against Chinese in the United States.
The United States is a diverse society, and in many cases, Chinese dancers are tolerated and even appreciated. Meanwhile, the United States is a society based on the rule of law, and due to cultural differences, local regulations seem to be very different from those in China. As a result, some old Chinese ladies dancing in New York’s Sunset Park found themselves caught in an embarrassing situation. Locals and immigrants from other nations view such noise as a violation of their right to enjoy tranquility. Calling the police is regarded as the most efficient way to solve such a problem.
Before, these ladies probably did not understand local customs and rules. However, since the incident took place, they should perhaps know a little better next time and keep the noise to a minimum. People from different nations are often supposed to reach compromises, respecting and tolerating each other.
Whatever your choice of entertainment, it is important not to affect other people’s lives. Square dancing is only one of many activities during which people should mind their behavior.
As for U.S. police practice, there might still be some room for improvement. Some were said to be rather rude, leading to the so-called “racial discrimination,” which is a sensitive topic in U.S. society.
If the involved parties could be more tolerant, and solve such problems without involving the court, perhaps immigrants would mix more.
32 The underlined word “tranquility” in Paragraph 3 can be replaced by ________.
33. What will the senior Chinese ladies most probably do after the incident?
34. What’s the writer’s attitude towards senior Chinese ladies dancing in New York’s Sunset Park?
35. The writer mentions the incident in Paragraph 1 to __________.
第二节 语篇填空（共10小题；每小题1.5分，满分1 5分）
It was a hot summer day that found me 61____bd blank___ (run) down the street with a dollar in my sweaty hand. The closer I got to Sam & Joe’s Stationery Store, the more 62___ bd blank ____ (excite) I was. After all, a dollar was a large sum for an 11-year-old boy in 1961.
Out of breath, I opened the door and found myself in a place of pure 63____ bd blank ___ (happy). Sam & Joe’s had it all --- books, candy, toys, baseball cards, puzzles and games. I went directly to the bar and ordered a bottle of soda. There I stood, 64 ______ bd blank ____ (consider) my next move.
Books always came first. I picked out five titles. Next came the candy. I chose five candy bars, 65____ bd blank _____ brought my total to 75 cents. Then I picked a bottle of cold orange juice, a bag of chips and a pack of Ted Williams baseball cards. Eventually, 66 ___ bd blank _____ paying the clerk, I still had 5 cents.
I hurried directly to my backyard, where an apple tree 67_____ bd blank ___ (patient) waited for me. There, sitting in the shade against its strong trunk, I read my books, ate my candy and 68______ bd blank ___ (drink) my orange juice. As I sat in 69___ bd blank ____ own personal heaven, I started thinking about having more. That’s when 70 ____ bd blank __ fantastic, life-changing idea popped into my head: If I could get more money, I could buy more books I liked, even buy anything I wanted. That’s how it all started.
注意： 1. 每处错误及其修改均仅限一词； 2. 只允许修改10处，多者（从第11处起）不计分。
I’m Li Hua, a student from Class 6, an eleventh grader in our school. Of many wonderful memory in my senior years, my New Year’s party of 2015 is most unforgettable one.
The party was organized by ourself. Before the party, we prepare a lot of foods and fruits besides some humor and interesting performances. At the party, we danced while we singing excitedly for more than three hours in our classroom, completely forget our homework and pressure. It was the first time that I have sung an English song before so many people. My classmates gave me much applause and praise, that increased my self-confidence greatly. Undoubted, what I did and got at the party left a deep impression on me, and I will never forget it.
Do you want to put a smile on someone’s face? Maybe make their day a little bit brighter? bd blank In fact, many things can be done as a part of your normal routine and cost little or nothing. Try out one or more of the following ways today to put smiles on their faces:
bd blank Handwritten notes that are given to encourage, not just for thanking someone for a gift, are rare. That makes handwritten notes even more special. Start a new practice of sitting down and writing an encouraging note on a regular basis.
Take a friend out to lunch or invite him to your home. bd blank If you feel like being more adventurous, throw a party for several of your friends.
Deliver a meal to someone you know that is sick or having a rough time. We have all been sick and know the last thing you want to do is be out of bed. There are also times when life is tough. bd blank
Ask a friend if you can take care of their kid for a day or evening. If you have been a parent, you know the value of being able to have a few hours of free time without worrying about the children. bd blank Offer to do it when the parents want to relax themselves.
Besides, there is one more way that can’t be ignored. Give a real smile to everyone you meet. You will experience how easy it is to get others to smile!
第一节 完形填空（共20小题：每小题1. 5分，满分30分）
One day, I was waiting at the traffic light on my way to work when my car was badly hit from behind. After we stopped our cars, a young man admitted his bd blank , apologized and explained why he had not been watching while bd blank . He told me that his insurance (保险) had just run out. I could feel his 43 bd blank , and as he gave me his personal details and 44 bd blank to find a way to pay for it, I tried to 45 him and told him not to worry too much.
When I got to work, my colleagues advised me to get a quote (报价) 46 bd blank and were shocked that I hadn’t 47 bd blank his registration (注册) details. The 48 bd blank thing happened when I told my sister what had 49 bd blank , and she told me not to let him get away with it. She was 50 bd blank that I could not afford the repair cost.
With everyone trying to 51 bd blank me to ask for compensation (赔偿), I was 52 bd blank of what to do. Then, I decided to buy a small second-hand car. Four weeks passed and Christmas was around the corner. I started to think about how 53 bd blank this young man might be feeling, waiting for me to ask compensation from him, so I finally made my 54 bd blank and sent him a letter.
A few weeks ago you hit the 55 bd blank of my car. I’ve managed to buy another one, so I’ve been able to 56 bd blank in my new car. I want to let you know I’m not going to 57 bd blank any compensation from you. If in future you could help someone, that would be 58 bd blank . Wish you a wonderful Christmas.
That young man was so grateful, and I felt that finally a 59 bd blank had been removed from heart. If I had trusted my own heart earlier, we both could have avoided some 60 bd blank stress!