1. People all think it strange that the boy should tell what’s written on the paper in another room
without looking at it. It really ________ explanation.
2. The result is that the elephants have learned to distinguish the voices and languages of
________ they consider a threat.
3. President Xi Jinping urged that every effort ________ to rescue and treat the injured when the
coalmine accident happened in Shanxi Province this year.
A. was made
B. must be made
C. would be made
D. be made
4. — I was wondering if you would like to play softball with us on Sunday afternoon.
—Uh…thanks Paul. It sounds like fun, but I’m really ________.
A. out of reach
B. out of question
C. out of sight
D. out of shape
5. The cause of charity in China has yet to _______, as some wealthy Chinese fear generous
donations could invite unwanted attention on their fortunes.
A. take off
B. pay off
C. lay off
D. give off
6. — When did you took these amazing photos of whales?
—It was last summer vocation _______ my parents and I spent at Botany Bay in Sydney’s south.
7. Widening inequality is creating an evil circle ________ wealth and power are increasingly
concentrated in the hands of a few, ________ the rest of us to fight over crumbs(面包屑) from the top table.
A. in which; to leave
B. where; leaving
C. that; leaving
D. of which; leaves
8. —I received a letter from my aunt two weeks ago. But I’m ________ in work so that I can
hardly find time to write back.
— If I were you, I would send her an e-mail.
A. getting on my nerves
B. drawing a blank
C. getting cold feet
D. up to my neck
9. — Hey, Tom, Guess what? I was chosen as a torch bearer in the coming 2014 Youth Olympic
Games to be held in Nanjing.
— Congratulations! ________.
A. That’s something
B. You name it
C. You got it
D. All right
10. — Excuse me, would you lower your voice or not use your cell phone inside?
—Oh, sorry …I ________it.
A. don’t realize
B. hadn’t realized
C. wasn’t realizing
D. haven’t realized
11. China has________ imports of British cheese after the country’s food inspectors were
dissatisfied with standards at a UK dairy.
12. —So how do I join? Do I have to fill in an application form?
—________. Why don’t you ring up? I’ve got the number here.
A. Not necessarily
B. Not really
C. No doubt
D. No wonder
13. The vocabulary and grammatical differences between British and American English are so
slight and few as hardly________.
A. to notice
B. to be noticed
D. being noticed
14. Most of the bodies found in the last two days had broken fingers, probably from the children
________ hard to climb the walls or floors to escape from the sinking ship in their last moment.
C. to try
D. having tried
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A. hotel and tourism
B. food and health
C. sports and arts
D. science and technology
17. To know more about SEG, one can choose all the following but ______.
A. calling the group
B. emailing the group
C. visiting a campus
D. faxing the group
(REUTERS/Jason Lee) Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of China’s central bank, a high-level Chinese official on Sunday made the government’s first admission that the country’s economic slowdown was not going as planned. He told a meeting of regi onal leaders that his country’s growth rate had tumbled "a bit too much."
"China's inflation is also declining, so we need to be very careful to see if the disinflation trend will continue, and if deflation will happen or not," said Zhou, His remarks were made at the Boao Forum for Asia, an annual conference on the island of Hainan in southern China. Zhou added that China could "have room to act" by taking "quantitative measures" and setting interest rates.
For many, the way he described China’s health was no surprise. The country’s economy has not been growing this slowly since the 1990s. Companies in debt are seeing sickly profit margins. Banks are carrying loads of debt, too, and the housing market is slowing. China’s official 2015 GDP growth target is 7%, but that seems shaky.
Acknowledging that significant intervention has to be on the table is a big deal for China. Everyone has known for years that this slowdown was coming because the government is purposely transitioning its economy from one based on foreign investment to one based on domestic consumption. It is a brutal process, but the government knows it is the only way the country will become the self-sustaining superpower it wants to be.
(Barlcays)Until now, while the Chinese government had acknowledged the slowdown was rough, it had assured the world that the situation was under control. Just a few weeks ago, Chinese officials were saying they would be monitoring deflation but still were not that keen on intervening with policy measures.
Now it s eems they are warming to the idea. In January, China’s headline consumer price inflation hit 0.8%, then it bounced back up to 1.4% in February. March probably isn’t looking that great either from the People’s Bank of China’s point.
"Widening PPI deflation and soft CPI inflation, especially after adjusting for seasonal effects, point to persistent deflation risks," Barclays wrote after February's number came out. "In our view, the monetary policy needs to be more 'proactive' in order to deal with the cyclical challenges in the near term."
18. Which of the following illustrates ―growth rate had tumbled‖ in Paragraph 1?
A. setting interest rates
B. economic transition
C. bounce of CPI
D. FIGURE 1
19. We can infer from the passage that one of the solutions to the slowdown could be _______ if needed.
A. monitoring deflation
B. expanding foreign investment
C. making new policy measures
D. reducing domestic consumption
20. Which of the following could be the best title for the passage?
A. Zhou's admission is a big deal and a little bit irresponsible.
B. The Chinese government has admitted that things aren't going so well.
C. China should be more active in its struggle against inflation.
D. China's economy has been growing fast since the 1990s.
Alan, 17, was randomly shot and killed by a gang member. His father, Keith, and his mother, Donna, were filled with anger as they followed the all-consuming ongoing investigation into the killing. A close couple, friends of Keith and Donna's, dropped in one evening and said to them, "You have to accept this loss. Your son is gone and none of this is going to bring him back. All you need now is acceptance." Keith got angry with his friend and asked, "What part of Alan's death don't you think I accept? Believe me, I hate to be in so much pain."
Acceptance is not about liking a situation. It is about acknowledging all that has been lost and learning to live with that loss. It would be too soon for Keith to be able to accept the situation. He can acknowledge the reality of the loss, but it would be unrealistic to think he should have found some peace with it by then.
The gang member who killed Alan was sentenced to life in prison, and Keith and Donna went back to their own lives. But Keith actually had a new loss to deal with, an emptiness, which made the absence of his son's loss even louder.
It is important for people to understand that gradually, in your own time, you can begin to find some peace with what has happened. In situations such as murder, it is vital to understand we have a legal system, not necessarily a justice system. Acceptance is a process that we experience, not a final stage with an end point.
No one else could know how much acceptance Keith was capable of or how time would affect his process. After five years, Keith felt he had found as much acceptance as was possible. Then he was notified that the shooter was up for hi s parole ( 假释) hearing. Keith was once
again filled with anger. The proceedings were brief and parole was denied. Keith was struck by how quickly it happened and by the tears of the shooter's father. For the first time, Keith realized that there were victims on both ends of the gun.
Keith walked over and shook his hand. A t that moment, something happened: Keith’s anger was replaced by a curiosity. He wanted to know what this other father's life was like and what led him to the same place. Over the next few years, the two men worked together helping gang members stop the violence and find their place in the world.
Keith's acceptance was a journey deeper than ever expected. And it happened over many years, not many months or days. Not everyone will or can fully embrace those who have hurt us, as Keith did, but there is always a struggle that leads us to our own personal and unique acceptance.
21. Alan’s parents were very angry at their son’s death because _______.
A. he was innocently killed
B. he was a member of a gang
C. their friends brought the truth back to them
D. the murders were soon released
22. Which of the following gives the true meaning of ―acceptance‖ according to this passage?
A. Acknowledging the reality.
B. Seeking justice for what has been lost.
C. Embracing the pain that has made you hurt.
D. Finding some peace with what has happened.
23. What personality can we infer from the passage about Keith?
24. The journey of acceptance is _______.
A. necessary but unrealistic
B. uniquely characterized
C. full of curiosity and violence
D. not long but unexpected
Unlike other men of his time, Irish writer Oscar Wilde was showy, outspoken and unconventional. At the height of his fame, he was betrayed by his lover Lord Alfred Douglas and had to serve two years hard labor for being himself. He died three years after he came out of
The work Wilde is remembered for was written over a period of less than 10 years. The Happy Prince and Other Tales was published in 1888. That volume marks the beginning of Wilde’s true creativity. However, academic criticism of Wilde’s work has too often dismissed his fairy stories as lesser works, a minor bit of sentimentalism(多愁善感).
Today, since JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, children’s literature has been repositioned as central, not secondary, shifting what children read, what we write about what children read, and what we read as adults. At last we seem to understand that imagination is ageless. Wilde’s children’s stories are splendid. In addition, it seems to me that they should be revisited as a defining part of his creative process.
―The Happy Prince‖ starts a new note in Wilde’s writing: loss. Fairytales always involve reversals of fortune. This works in both directions: beggars become kings, palaces collapse into shelters, the spoilt son swallows bitterness. Wilde’s own reversal of fortune from fame and money to poverty and imprisonment shares the same rapid drama. Fairytales are also and always about transformation of various kinds – frogs into princes, coal into gold – and if they are not overly moralistic, there is usually a happy ending. Wil de’s fairytale transformations turn on loss.
―The Happy Prince‖ is the story of a gilded(鎏金的) and jeweled statue on a column high above the town. One day, a Swallow rests at the feet of the Happy Prince, who tells him of all the suffering he can see. He asks the Swallow to take the ruby(红宝石) from his sword and give it to a poor family. The Swallow does so. The Prince begs him to stay and to strip him bit by bit of all his gold and jewels to distribute to others. The weather is getting colder and the Swallow knows he should fly to the sun. But as he takes the Prince’s jeweled eyes, he realizes that he must stay, for now the Prince is blind.
Winter comes. The Swallow dies at the feet of the Happy Prince, no longer sparkling with jewels and gold. The Mayor has the statue pulled down. As the workmen melt down the Prince they find they cannot melt his heart. They throw it on the rubbish pile next to the body of a swallow.
I don’t think anything could be closer in description than this to the criticism of Wilde an d his talent by a society fascinated with appearances and indifferent to imagination.Wilde believed in the soul. The soul is often described as a bird – and if Wilde is the Happy Prince, then the Swallow
is his soul, that returns to him and will not leave him.
_______ gift and sacrifice is another theme of Wilde’s fairy stories.In ―The Nightingale and the Rose‖, a Nightingale colors a white rose red with her own heart’s blood so that a poor student will have the most beautiful flower in the world to give to his beloved. His beloved rejects him and his rose, and the rose is thrown in the gutter(排水沟), where it is broken by a cart-wheel. As Wilde says in his letter to Douglas: ―Having got hold of my life you didn’t know what to do with it… and so you broke it.‖
Reason and logic are tools for understanding the world. We need a means of understanding ourselves, too. That is what imagination allows. When a child reads of a Nightingale who bleeds her song into a rose for love’s sake, or of a statue who feels the suffering of the world more keenly than the Mathematics Master who scoffs (嘲笑) at his pupils for dreaming about Angels, the child knows at once both the mystery and truth of such stories. We have all at some point in our lives been the overlooked idiot who finds a way to kill the dragon, win the treasure, marry the princess.
25. What has caused people to reevaluate Wilde’s fairytales?
A. Wilde’s fairytales are well written.
B. The Happy Prince and Other Tale marks the beginning of his true creativity.
C. Children’s stories are regarded as important as other literary works.
D. Unlike other fairytales, Wilde’s stories have sad ends.
26. Which is closest in meaning of the underline d word ―note‖(paragraph 4)?
27. Wilde’s focus on loss because of _______.
A. Douglas’ betrayal
B. avoidance of being moralistic
C. the rise and fall of his life
D. his belief in the soul
28. The missing words in paragraph 8 should be ―_______‖.
A. Indifference to
B. Applause for
C. Reflection on
D. Condemnation of
29. What does the author think is the most valuable feature of Wilde’s fairytales?
30. What does the author mean in the last paragraph?
A. It is necessary for children to read some fairytales.
B. Fairytales should be read differently from serious works.
C. Everybody goes through a period of fantasy in his life.
D. Fairytales constitute an important part of one’s growth.
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