In June last year, I had an opportunity to do volunteer work in a small village which is located in northern Australia, far from the cities. Living there is an experience that cannot be fully defined in just words. Although the people of this small village are short of the much material wealth that most of us in big cities have, their positive(积极的) outlook on life is comparable to what we have.
The small village suffered a natural disaster(灾难)about two years ago. Many people lost their material belongings and their houses. Soon after the disaster, families had to live under one roof in houses that were suitable for just- one family. Instead of feeling bottled in, the people felt more of sense of belonging when families had to live together in such conditions. They banded together to help each other in rebuilding their houses.
It was still beyond my understanding how family took priority (优先) over anything else. If someone is in need, the family will provide any support needed. In cities, it is said that “Houses are getting bigger, while homes are getting smaller”. In this small village, the home will always remain big. Children are taught from an early age that family is worth more than any material wealth that they will come across. They pass the value to their kids, and the cycle continues in keeping family values.
I still remember on the third day I arrived in the small village, two elders wanted to adopt me into their tribe(宗族). As part of that process, I was given a Spirit Totem, and was told that I officially belonged to their tribe. One of the elders explained, “No one is a stranger here. You come here, and you become part of us! Can you imagine if we had that outlook in every small village or on every street on earth
Leaving this small village was challenging for me indeed. Not only did my outlook change, but my understanding of how life can be defined in different ways took a turn for the better
1.What can we know from the first paragraph
A. People in cities don’t live positively
B. People in that village live a very poor life.
C. The people in that small village are hopeful about the future.
D. The writer didn’t want to do volunteer work there.
2.What does the underlined part in Paragraph 2 most likely refer to
A. Especially excited.B. Badly ill.
C. very crowded.D. seriously scared.
3.What can be the most important in the eyes of the people there
A. Family values.B. Physical health.
C. Good living condition.D. Children’s education
Whether you’re looking for things at the Natural History Museum or taking a trip of discovery at the Science Museum, there are a host of top museums in London for families. Most London museums offer activities to children. Take your pick in London. Here are some:
Step aboard Europe’s largest preserved(保藏的) World War II warship and experience the legend of HMS Belfast. The ship has nine decks (甲板) filled with history, from the Captain’s Bridge to the sailors’ mess(食堂), and offers hands-on activities to parents and their children.
Adult Ticket: From & 14.50 per ticket
Child Ticket: From &7.25 per ticket (5—15, under 5’s free)
March—October: 10: 00-18: 00
November—February: 10: 00-17: 00
Closed: December 24th, 25th and 26th
Bank of England Museum
The Bank of England takes you through the history of the bank since its foundation in 1694 to its role today as nation’s central bank. There are gold bars dating from ancient times to the modern market bar, coins and a special collection of banknotes. Parents and their children can see gold bars—even try to lift one—and can learn the value of money in a fun way.
Monday—Friday: 10: 00-17: 00
Closed on weekends and Bank Holidays
London Transport Museum
The London Transport Museum hosts exhibitions connecting transport with the history of London.
Find more than 80 vehicles (交通工具)， including a red London bus and the world’s first under-ground train. The galleries are full of exhibits for parents and their children.
Adult Ticket:￡16.00to￡17.50 per ticket
Child Ticket: Free (under 18)
Monday—Sunday: 10: 00--18: 00
1.If a 15-year-old boy visits the warship with his parents, they need to pay _______.
A. at least &29B. at least &14.5C. at least &21.75D. at least & 36.25
2.What can children learn in the Bank of England Museum
A. The history of the UK.B. The change of business trade.
C. The history of all the banks in England.D. The development of means of payment.
3.What can we learn about the museums in London
A. They have a long history.B. They close on weekends.
C. Many of them are family-friendly.D. Many of them are the world’s best.
It’s common for a child to lose his or her baby tooth during the growth. What do children do when they lose baby teeth People around the world do it differently.
A custom in the US, England, Canada, Australia and some other English-speaking countries is that children put their baby tooth under their pillow (枕头) before going to bed. They believe the tooth fairy(牙仙子) comes during the night and leave a coin in exchange for their tooth. Of course, we know that the money is not from the tooth fairy. Their parents do it instead.
In some European countries it is a common practice to bury the baby tooth in the earth. The tooth might be buried in the garden or in the surrounding field. However, since most of the people now find themselves living in towns or cities, they begin placing the teeth in small flowerpots. It’s done so that the permanent(永久的) tooth will grow in its place.
Putting a tooth under a pillow sounds sweet, and putting a tooth under the ground or in a flowerpot sounds safe, but what about throwing those teeth around In some Asian countries, that’s just what people do. Children throw a lower tooth up onto the roof and an upper one is thrown down on the ground, or hidden under the bed. It is done so that the new upper tooth grows downwards, while the new lower tooth upwards.
Some countries even have more interesting traditions. In Nigeria, if you’re a boy, you hold your tooth and eight stones in your fist(拳头). Girls hold six stones and their tooth in their fist. The children then close their eyes and state their names. They then say, “Oh, I want my tooth back!” Next, they throw everything in their fist up in the air and run away as fast as they can. In Mongolia, the baby tooth is given to a young dog. There, the dog is respected and considered to be able to protect people. If the dog likes the baby tooth and eats it, it’s said that a strong tooth will grow again
1.How many different traditions about the baby tooth are mentioned in the passage
A. Four.B. Five.C. Six.D. Seven.
2.Why do people in Asia throw their baby teeth around in different ways
A. Because it means nothing but it is only a tradition.
B. Because they think that the teeth are useless to them.
C. Because they have no other places to store these teeth.
D. Because they expect their new teeth to grow in a correct way
3.Which of the following is NOT true according to the passage
A. A kid in UK hides his baby tooth under a pillow to get some money.
B. People in Europe usually bury their baby teeth in different places.
C. In Nigeria, boys and girls like games with their baby teeth
D. In Mongolia, people think dogs can help them to have strong teeth to grow.
4.What does the passage mainly want to tell us
A. There are different traditions to do with the baby tooth in the world
B. The baby tooth means something different to people in different countries.
C. When children lose baby teeth, they like to do some different things with them.
D. Most children in the world hope to have stronger teeth when they lose baby teeth.
Agatha Christie is possibly the world’s most famous detective(侦探的) story writer. She wrote about 80 novels, and her sales (4 billion copies of her novels) was over those of William Shakespeare. However, behind her works was a shy woman whose life was often lonely and unhappy.
She was born in 1890 in Devon, the third child of Clarissa and Frederick Miller, and grew into a beautiful and sensitive(敏感的) girl. She didn’t go to school but was educated by her parents. Her father taught her maths through stories and games, and her mother encouraged her to write by her own stories. Unfortunately her father died in 1901 when she was 11, and both she and her mother were very sad.
When World War I came in 1914, she became a nurse in a hospital, which was very useful to her later work. Many of the murders(杀人犯) in her books were carried out by a clever use of medicine, showing how much she had learnt about them as a nurse.
She wrote her first detective novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, in 1916. And it was published in 1920. In this novel she introduced Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective who appeared in many later novels. Her other main detective was Miss Marple, who was from Agatha’s grandmother and her circle of friends. Christie’s stories keep the reader guessing who the murderer is until the very end of the story.
In 1914, at the beginning of the war, she married Archibald Christie, but the marriage was unhappy. It didn’t last and they left each other in 1926. It was a very difficult time for her, as her much-loved mother had died earlier that year. Agatha suffered a lot and one night she drove her car and disappeared.
She went missing for eleven days and was finally found in a hotel in Harrogate, in the North of England. Agatha only wanted staying alone but the newspapers had given her a hard time over her driving the car and disappearing. She decided never to let them enter her private life again
She enjoyed a very happy second marriage to Max Mallowan who she met in Baghdad and married in 1930. Her detective skills were a help to him in his work in Syria and Iraq. By successfully staying out of the newspapers, she found happiness with her husband. Her best novels were written after 1930, and she continued writing until 1973. She died peacefully in 1976.
1.What does the underlined word “her” refer to
A. Clarissa.B. Miss Marple.
C. Agatha.D. Agatha’s grandmother.
2.Why did Agatha drive her car and disappear
A. She felt terrible and went to hospital.B. She wanted to stay alone for some time.
C. She went to find Max Mallowan.D. She decided to stay away from the war.
3.When did Agatha write her best novels
A. When she was very young and with her father.
B. When she got married with Archibald Christie.
C. When she stopped being shy and quiet.
D. When she had a second marriage.
4.What is the right order according to the passage
① Agatha’s mother died. ②Agatha got married the first time.
③ Agatha helped Max Mallowan with his work. ④ Agatha’s father died.
⑤ Agatha disappeared. ⑥Agatha wrote her first detective novel.
A. ①②④③⑤B. ④⑥②①⑤③C. ④②⑥①⑤③D. ④②⑥③①⑤
5.Why does the writer write the passage
A. To make a difference on writers.B. To explain how to stop being shy.
C. To show us a history of a war.D. To introduce us a famous writer.
How to ride a bicycle in traffic
Cycling in traffic is something that seems dangerous but can be quite safe as long as you obey the rules of the road and exercise alertness (机敏)and common sense. Here are some tips for you.
1.A helmet(头盔) won’t prevent accidents. But it can save you from serious head injuries if you are in an accident. That’s why it’s always safer to wear it when cycling.
2. So always have lights if it is not very bright out, and if you cycle in the evening, reflective clothing is a great idea. The more obvious you are to drivers, the less likely they are to hit you.
3.Start from the easy streets. Pick some quiet back streets and get used to being around cars and other road traffic Gradually build up your stamina(耐力) on larger roads by practicing on them on quiet days.
4. Always ride with the traffic. Stay off sidewalks, stop for red lights, stop at stop signs, and obey all other traffic signs. Don’t run red lights no matter how many other cyclists do it. Your good habits can help improve others’ safety awareness.
5. If you need to talk on your cellphone, stop and pull over. Don’t listen to an MP3 player or radio. Some cars are very difficult to hear, so you need to pay careful attention to not get run over by them.
A. The wearing of helmets is a requirement in many countries.
B. If you’re an inexperienced cyclist, it is not a good idea to throw yourself in the heavy traffic.
C. Make sure you are comfortable with your bike.
D. You should always pay attention to the rules of the road.
E. Most accidents happen when drivers haven’t noticed a cyclist.
F. Avoid doing things that will affect your ability to hear cars coming up behind you
When I was little, my family used to move very often. Before I could even get to know my schoolmates well, my family was on the move again. I became very ______ because of this.
But a girl with dark skin and long shiny hair changed me. She is very outgoing and happy.
She is always smiling, like a beautiful sunflower following the sun. Without ______, I enjoyed being with her and soon we became good friends. As time went by, I gradually became a __ girl. But this joyful period didn’t last long. We _____ different colleges. I felt like I had gone back to my always-on-the-move childhood. I felt ______ and helpless and I was afraid that I would __ her as my best friend. She stayed calm and said to me: “Rain, you can achieve more than I do, so ______ to your dreams and make a big effort! Real friendship doesn’t fade and we will be best friends forever.” Maybe she didn’t realize what a great ______ she was to me at that time.
However, it turned out that my worries were well-founded. I felt that the ______ between us was getting bigger and bigger. One day, she sent me a text message happily telling me that she had fallen in love with a handsome boy in her class. I felt happy for her, but ______ I was secretly worried about our friendship. I ______ her several times to tell her to think carefully about her relationship with the boy, but I got no more messages from her. I felt sad that perhaps our friendship would die. I had almost given up hope ______ she visited me at my campus(校园) a week later. She looked weak ______ was wearing the most beautiful smile. She gave me a big hug and said:“I’m sorry. I want to be myself and your friend forever!” We cried together, ______ seeing the people walking past. She told me about her sad story, and we knew we had gone back to ______ it was before.
Now I strongly believe that distance and time can’t separate you from a friend. If you care enough about each other, friendship never fades.
1.A. silentB. disappointedC. outgoingD. crazy
2.A. helpB. friendsC. doubtD. family
3.A. happyB. luckyC. helpfulD. successful
4.A. wentB. gotC. reachedD. entered
5.A. scaredB. strangeC. shyD. homesick
6.A. leaveB. missC. loseD. develop
7.A. look forwardB. hold onC. get downD. go back
8.A. influenceB. exampleC. encouragementD. wonder
9.A. differenceB. distanceC. misunderstandingD. sense
10.A. once in a whileB. to my surpriseC. at the same timeD. in that case
11.A. visitedB. messagedC. telephonedD. wrote
12.A. whileB. untilC. andD. as
13.A. andB. butC. howeverD. though
14.A. asB. byC. withoutD. like
15.A. whatB. whenC. whereD. how
One day, I was comfortably waiting for my flight with a good book to read when 1.elderly lady was wheeled to our waiting area. I noticed the trouble that she was trying to open a bag of nuts with her 2.(shake) hands. No one else was willing to meet her gaze (目光), so I 3.(offer) to help. The lady was very 4.(thank). We sat and chatted. The time came to board the plane. She could walk but needed some help, so I volunteered 5.( help) her and carry her bag.
As I helped her sit down, I noticed her “seat mate”, a businessman, looked a bit horrified at having to make the flight with her. He offered to change seat6.me — and I agreed. We had a long chat. As we were entering another country we needed to fill out forms(表格). I offered to fill 7.(her) because of her shaking hands. We landed and I needed to change planes, but I helped her first. The wheelchair 8.she ordered was nowhere to be seen so we slowly walked to the gate where her daughter was waiting.
9.a result, I had to run to catch my connection, but as I thought about the experience, I saw her as my airport angel(天使), a chance for me to hope that in the future when I’m in my 10. (eighty) and traveling, someone will take the time to connect with me.
假设你是Sunshine Middle School 的心理咨询教师，正在撰写一份关于九年级学生Nora的咨询记录。请根据以下信息介绍一下Nora的基本情况，并将她的问题给出1-2条可行的建议。
√one of the top students
√loves English, math and chemistry
√is a little fat and not good at sports
√has few friends and feels lonely
√one of the top students
√loves English, math and chemistry
√is a little fat and not good at sports
√has few friends and feels lonely
要求: 1. 文章必须涉及表格中所有信息，可适当拓展； 2. 条理清晰，语句连贯、通顺，标点正确；3. 字数：80左右。
Nora, from Sunshine Middle School, is ________________________________________