The Museum: The Charles Dickens Museum in London is the world's most important collection of material relating to the great Victorian novelist and social commentator（评论员）．The only surviving London home of Dickens （from 1835 until 1839） was opened as a museum in 1925 and is still welcoming visitors from all over the world．On four floors, visitors can see paintings, rare editions, manuscripts, original furniture and many items relating to the life of one of the most popular and beloved personalities of the Victorian age．
◇ The Museum is open from Mondays to Saturdays 10:00-15:00; Sundays 11:00-15:00．
◇ Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time．
◇ Special opening times can be arranged for groups, who may wish to book a private view．
Admission Charges: Adults: ￡5．00; Students: ￡4:00; Seniors: ￡4．00; Children: ￡3．00; Families:￡14．00（ 2 adults & up to five children）
Group Rates: For a group of 10 or more, a special group rate of ￡4．00 each applies．
Children will still be admitted for ￡3．00 each.
Access: We are constantly working to improve access to the Museum and its collection．Our current projects involve the fitting of a wheelchair ramp （活动坡道）for better access, a customer care kit and an audio tour for visitors with impaired (受损的） vision．Our Handling Sessions are also suitable for the visually impaired．The Museum has developed an online virtual tour through the Museum．Click here to visit all the rooms in the Museum online．
Hire the Museum: The Museum can be hired for private functions, parties and many other social occasions．
Find Us: The Museum may be reached by using the following buses: 5, 15, 19, 38, 45,44, 55, 243．And by these underground services: Piccadilly Line; Central Line．For a map, please click here．The British Museum and the Foundling Museum are within walking distance
1. In the Charles Dickens Museum, people can’t find .
2. Compared to going there separately, if a family with two adults and five children go to the Museum together they will save
3. According to the passage, which of the following statements is TRUE?
4 .The passage is written to .
Born in China, a documentary directed by Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan, came out on Aug 12 in the mainland.
Born in China not only brings to audiences the lives of animals that are rarely seen in the wild , but also shows audiences Chinese traditional culture. The film mainly focuses on life and love within three animal families：
A symbol of China, the giant panda is both black and white. Its body is thought to show yin and yang, which ancient Chinese ideas of the world were based on. Yin shows darkness and yang shows brightness. The panda’s gentle nature also shows how yin and yang, when perfectly balanced, lead to peace and harmony.
Unlike the shy giant pandas, monkeys always have strong personalities. On the one hand, it is a symbol of impatience, as in the Chinese phrase that translates as “monkey anxious”, but on the other hand, its use in Chinese points to cleverness and energy.
While the golden monkey learns to protect his family, a mother snow leopard – an animal rarely caught on camera – also faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs (babies) in a difficult environment. The leopards, known for their rapid attacks and quick footwork, have inspired a form of pictographic boxing (象形拳) in Shaolin martial arts.
“Born in China is a means to show off Chinese traditional culture,” director Lu told the Binhai Times newspaper. “From five-animal exercises to pictographic boxing, Chinese people have learned from wild animals since ancient times.”
5. Which of the following animal families is not focused on in Born in China?
6. Why is the Chinese phrase “monkey anxious” mentioned in Paragraph 4?
7. Born in China is _____________.
CHANGCHUN—A pair of endangered Amur leopards have been spotted in the northeastern Chinese Province of Jilin. It is the first time that field cameras have caught two Amur leopards at the same time in Jilin, home to a quarter of all the rarest cats in the world.
One of the reasons for the sighting is an improved habitat for the animals, which are at a high risk of extinction. China established a nature reserve in Hunchun in 2011 to protect Far Eastern big cats like Amur leopards and Siberian tigers.
On Tuesday, Lang Jianmin, education director with the animal conservation bureau in the forest-clad Hunchun City, said, “The two leopards, a male and a female, are very much like lovers. ”
Lang said the film of the leopards, side by side, was taken on November 14. “We’ve hardly seen pictures like these. Amur leopards do not live together unless they are mating. And the honeymoon, once every three years, lasts only about a week, ”Lang added.
Amur leopards, classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered, are in the highest risk category in IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. In 2005, IUCN concluded that Amur leopards were extinct in China and only 19 to 24 survived in Russia.
However, the rare scene of the couple, together with a survey released in April shows that the population of Amur leopards has been recovering in China.
The survey, co-conducted by Jilin Provincial Forestry Department (JPFD)and World Wide Fund for Nature, said that the predators (捕食性动物) are making a comeback as China has improved efforts to protect forests and fight poaching.
8. The passage is probably taken out of .
9. Which of the following is TRUE about Amur leopards?
10. Which of the following is NOT the measure mentioned to protect Amur leopards?
11. What is the purpose of the passage?
Super Typhoon Megi crashed into the Philippines on Monday, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. Thousands of residents fled to safety as heavy rains and strong winds caused flooding, collapsed trees and cut off power. It was the strongest storm to hit the island nation in four years.
At least seven people died in the storm, and at least six others were injured by falling trees, broken rooftops and glass, officials said. More than 4，150 residents were forced to take shelter in schools, town halls, churches and relatives' homes.
A typhoon is a tropical cyclone, or hurricane, that occurs in the western Pacific or Indian Oceans. The storm is named a “super typhoon” when winds exceed 150 mph. Megi crashed ashore in the Isabela province of the northern Philippines with whipping winds that reached 142 mph. The storm created big waves in Palanan Bay. All ships and fishing boats were advised to stay in ports. Several airline flights were canceled.
Luckily, the winds blew high from the ground, sparing many rice fields from damage, says Alvaro Antonio, the governor of Cagayan province. The region also took a hard hit from the storm.
Thousands of military reserve officers and volunteers stood by to help with relief efforts. Evacuations and emergency preparations for the storm were made days in advance. Retired army Major General Benito Ramos heads the Philippines' disaster preparedness agency. He said readying for the typhoon was like “preparing for war.”
12．How many people were homeless in this natural disaster?
13．What does the underlined word mean?
14．Which of the following didn't get involved in this disaster?
15．What can we infer from the major General's words?
Speaking English is not only about using proper grammar. To use English effectively, you need to understand the culture in which it is spoken. Here are a number of important tips to remember when speaking English in the United States.
Talk about location. Americans love to talk about location. When speaking to strangers, ask them where they are from and then make a connection with that place. For example: “Oh, I have a friend who studied in Los Angeles. He says it’s a beautiful place to live in.” 15 .
Talk about work. Americans commonly ask “What do you do?”. It’s not considered impolite and is a popular topic of discussion between strangers.
Talk about sports. Americans love sports! However, they love American sports. 18.
Address people. Many Americans prefer using first names, even when dealing with people in very different positions. Americans will generally say, “Call me Tom.” 19 .
Always shake hands. Americans shake hands when greeting each other. This is true for both men and women. Other forms of greeting such as kissing on the cheeks are generally not appreciated.
Smoking is out! Smoking, even in public places, is strongly disapproved of by most Americans in the modern United States.
A. Most Americans will then willingly talk about their experiences living or
visiting that particular city or area
B. Conversation Tips
C. When speaking about football, most Americans understand “American
Football”, not soccer
D. Talking with people
E. Americans prefer to make friends with foreigners
F. Public Behavior
G. Then they expect you to remain on a first name basis
Last Friday a storm swept through two villages in the New Territories, which destroyed fourteen homes. Seven others were so badly damaged 41 their owners had nothing to do 42 leave them, and fifteen others had broken windows or roofs. One person was killed, several people were 43 (serious) hurt and taken to hospital, and 44 number of other people received smaller hurt. Altogether over two hundred people were homeless after the storm.
A farmer, Mr. Tan, said that the storm began early in the morning and lasted for over an hour.
“I was eating with my wife and children,” he said, “ 45 we heard a loud noise. A few minutes later our house fell down 44 top of us. We tried our best 45 (climb) out but then I saw that one of my children was 48 (miss). I went back inside and found him, 49 (safety) but very frightened.”
Mrs. Woo Mei Fong said that her husband had just left for work when she felt her house was moving. She ran outside at once with her children.
Soldiers helped to take people out of the 50 (flood) area and the welfare department brought them food, clothes and shelter.
51.There is an old woman in our town calls Old Alice who said to be 108 years old. This can't be proved though she doesn't have a birth certificate. All her personal papers are destroyed during World War Ⅱ. I don't know if she really is so old, and it doesn't matter. She certain looks very old. Of course, she is often asked questions by people who want to be told the secret of long life. Old Alice always answered them like this, “If you are offered cigarette, never accept it; if you are annoyed by someone, never lose his temper; and if you are asked foolish questions, never answer to them.”
Eco-tourism involves people traveling to beautiful but environmental sensitive places. Such trips are 21 carried out with an experienced guide. Over recent years, this type of travel has been steadily gaining 22 as more people search for new travel experiences.
Eco-tourism has many benefits. First, all the 23 spent by the tourists is used to 22 the important environmental spots they visit. Second, it helps 23 to better understand the environment, there by 24 their knowledge of the world. Furthermore, this style of travel is also more 25 of the local culture.
Compared to 28 tourists, eco-tourists use energy more efficiently, save water and produce less rubbish by finding ways to 29 it. These behaviors have a 30 and lasting effect on the local environment.
Two things are needed to make eco-tourism a/an 31 . First, it should be done in small groups. And second, because it requires considerable effort, both eco-tourists and locals must be 32 in their commitment (承诺) to improving the environment.
Green travel provides local people with jobs in parks, 33 and shops. One great achievement of eco-tourism has been the 32 of illegal hunting. Former hunters can now work as guides to help keep the animals 33 in their natural surroundings. Green travel also 34 local people's quality of life, especially children's.
Peru is one country using eco-tourism to promote respect for the 35 . It's now able to take better care of its rainforests because of a/an 38 on more sustainable travel.
39 this, local people's living-standards have improved. Many others are now following Peru's 40 and using eco-tourism to preserve their environment for the future generations.
I’m Li Hua. On behalf of the Students’ Union of Yuchai High School,