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江苏省泰州中学 2011-2012 学年高三第一学期期中考试试卷 英语
2011 年 11 月 本试卷分第 I 卷(选择题)和第 II 卷(非选择题)两卷,满分 120 分,考试时间 120 分钟。 第 I 卷将正确的选项填涂在答题卡的相应位置上,第 II 卷做在答题纸上。

第Ⅰ卷(共 85 分)
第一部分:听力(共两节,满分 20 分) 第一节(共 5 小题;每小题 1 分,满分 5 分) 请听下面 5 段对话。每段对话后有一个小题,从题中所给的 A、B、C 三个选项中选出 最佳选项,并标在试卷的相应位置。听完每段对话后,你都有 10 秒钟的时间来回答有关小 题和阅读下一个小题。每段对话仅读一遍。 1. Where does the woman have to get off? A. At the Bank of China. B. At the post office. C. At the next stop. 2. Why does the man refuse the woman? A. He doesn’t have a car. B. He’ll be using his car. C. She doesn’t drive. 3. Where does the woman want to go? A. The Grand Hotel. B. The shopping center. C. The traffic light. 4. How is the woman going home? A. In a car. B. By bus. C. On foot. 5. How many friends can the girl invite? A. Four or five. B. Two or three. C. Two or four. 第二节(共 15 小题;每小题 1 分,满分 15 分) 听下面 5 段对话或独白。每段对话或独白后有几个小题,从题中所给的 A、B、C 三个 选项中选出最佳选项,并标在试卷的相应位置。听每段对话或独白前,你将有时间阅读各个 小题,每小题 5 秒钟;听完后,各小题将给出 5 秒钟的作答时间。每段对话或独白读两遍。 听第6段材料,回答第6至7题。 6. What are the speakers going to do this weekend? A. Go to the beach. B. Climb a mountain. C. Go for a bicycle-ride. 7. What do we know about Paul and Mary? A. They might be the speakers’ friends. B. They’ve decided to join the speakers. C. They did some riding yesterday. 听第 7 段材料,回答第 8 至 10 题。 8. What are the two speakers talking about? A. Using the left hand. B. Operating machines. C. Designing machines. 9. What is the possible relationship between the two speakers? A. Master and servant. B. Boss and secretary. C. Fellow workers 10. What can we learn from the conversation? A. Left-handers can’t run the machines. B. The woman only uses her right hand. C. The woman is more skillful than the man.

听第 8 段材料,回答第 11 至 13 题。 11. What did the woman do last weekend? A. She went to the beach. B. She visited her parents. C. She had a trip to the countryside. 12. Why did the woman come home so soon? A. She was tired. B. She caught a cold. 13. What was the weather like at the weekend? A. Cloudy. B. Sunny. 听第 9 段材料,回答第 14 至 16 题。 14. What does the woman think about her boss? A. Rude. B. Foolish. 15. What do we know about the woman? A. She was in charge of a school. B. She succeeded in her job. C. She has left her job. 16. What does the man want to be? A. A dancer. B. A dancing trainer.

C. She had school work to do. C. Rainy.

C. Troublesome.

C. A high school teacher.

听第 10 段材料,回答第 17 至 20 题。 17. What can we learn from the news? A. No villager was killed. B. 15 houses were badly damaged. C. Over 200 people were made homeless. 18. How many people were badly injured in the storm? A. Seven. B. Nine. C. Ten. 19. What do we know about the farmer? A. His house was destroyed. B. His wife was missing. C. One of his children was killed. 20. What did the woman do when she saw her house shaking? A. She tried to take something out. B. She rushed out with her children. C. She told her husband not to leave. 第二部分:英语知识运用(共两节,满分 35 分) 第一节:单项填空(共 15小题;每小题1分,满分 15分) 从 A、B、C、D 四个选项中,选出可以填入空白处的最佳选项,并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。 21. Each member country of WTO must its laws and regulations and complete on the principle of fairness and cooperation. A. cater to B. correspond to C. relate to D. submit to 22. All of us have the desire to visit the three main temples in Athens, especially _______ contains a gold and ivory statue of Athena. A. the one that B. one that C. the one D. one 23. An explosion blew the roof off an unstable reactor north of Tokyo, ____ fears of a disaster at a nuclear plant ____ in the massive earthquake that hit Japan.

A. to raise; to be damaged B. raising; damaging C. raising; damaged D. raised; being damaged 24. Managers in excellent companies have a strong _____ for doing things rather than talking about situations. A. opinion B. feeling C. idea D. preference 25. With your help, there is no doubt ______ our plan is meant for will work out successfully. A. that what B. whether that C. what that D. that whether 26. The children went home from the grammar school, their lessons ______ for the day. A. finishing B. finished C. had finished D. had been finished 27. — ____ visited the Shanghai World Expo is sure to tell you the place is worthy ____ twice. — You can say that again. A. Those who have; visiting B. Whoever has; visiting C. Those who have; to be visited D. Whoever has; to be visited 28. The man should be excused because he caused the damage _______. A. deliberately B. unintentionally C. meaningfully D. determinedly 29. — Do you mind if I close the window? — _______. We should let in more fresh air. A. Yes, go ahead. B. Of course not C. I would like to close it D. I’d appreciate it if you didn’t 30. — Mr. Smith never means what he says.I dislike him. — ______________, as the saying goes. A. A single flower does not make a spring B. A still tongue makes a wise head C. A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds D. Actions speak louder than words. 31. My uncle, who _______ in Paris for 6 years, now teaches French in a famous domestic university. A. have lived B. lived C. was living D. had lived 32. His failure in the exam was expected. ________, it was still very disappointing. A. Nevertheless B. Furthermore C. Besides D. Therefore 33. his financial problems , his wife also left him , which made him very depressed . A. In case of B. Except C. On top of D. On account of 34. I think you could complain, _______, of course, you are happy with the way thing s are. A. which B. that C. unless D. where 35. The folks were delighted at the message of their relatives _______ that mine explosion. A. survived B. to survive C. were surviving D. surviving 第二节 完形填空(共 20 小题,每小题 1 分,满分 20 分) 阅读下面短文,掌握其大意,然后从 A、B、C、D 四个选项中,选出可以填入空白处的最佳 选项,并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。 I always long for romantic moments, like a little girl longing for candies.However, my husband is my complete 36 . His inability to bring romantic moments into our life has made me get tired of our 37 . One day, I finally told him that I wanted a divorce. “Why?” he asked, 38 . “I am tired; there are no 39 for everything in the world!” I answered.

He kept 40 , seeming to be in deep thought, with a lighted cigarette in his hands. Finally he asked, “What can I do to change your 41 ?” Looking deep into his eyes I slowly answered, “Let ’s say, I want a flower on a mountain cliff and picking the flower will cause your 42 . Will you do it for me?” He answered, “I will give you my answer tomorrow.” I 43 the next morning, finding a piece of paper on the dining table, which read: “My dear, I would not pick that flower for you, but please allow me to 44 .” My feeling of disappointment only 45 , but I continued reading: “You always leave the 46 keys behind, so I have to save my legs to 47 home to open the door for you. You always like to stay indoors and I 48 that you will feel too lonely, so I have to save my mouth to tell you jokes and stories. You always stare 49 the computer and that will do nothing 50 for your eyes, so I have to save my eyes so that when we grow 51 , I can help to clip your nails. Thus, my dear, 52 I am sure that there is someone who loves you more than I do, I could not pick that flower yet, and die.” My tears fell on the 53 and I continued reading: “Now that you have finished reading my answer, if you are 54 , please open the front door for I am standing outside 55 your favorite bread and fresh milk.” Love, not words, wins arguments. 36. A. supporter B. opposite C. follower D. advocate 37. A. marriage B. connection C. career D. future 38. A. annoyed B. shocked C. frightened D. amused 39. A. results B. signs C. causes D. reasons 40. A. easy B. normal C. silent D. calm 41. A. habit B. feeling C. attitude D. mind 42. A. death B. injury C. happiness D. trouble 43. A. hurried up B. looked up C. woke up D. went up 44. A. love B. explain C. stay D. change 45. A. arose B. disappeared C. reduced D. increased 46. A. car B. office C. bicycle D. house 47. A. leave B. walk C. rush D. get 48. A. worry B. think C. believe D. remind 49. A. at B. to C. on D. in 50. A. bad B. good C. terrible D. important 51. A. weak B. ill C. old D. close 52. A. unless B. if C. since D. because 53. A. photos B. flowers C. floor D. letter 54. A. hungry B. thirsty C. satisfied D. regretted 55. A. buying B. bringing C. heating D. catching 第二部分:阅读理解: (共 15 小题,每小题 2 分,满分 30 分) 阅读下面的短文,然后从 A、B、C、D 四个选项中,选出可以填入空白处的最佳选项,并在 答题卡上将该项涂黑。 A Here’s this week’s list of four open jobs throughout the local area. Whether you’re

unemployed and need a job or you are just sick of the one you have, Roswell Patch wants to help. We know new jobs can be hard to come by these days, which is why we’ll try to post a selection of jobs we’ve found in the area on the site each week. Happy hunting! Part-time Spanish Instructor-World Language Institute, Inc. – Roswell. World Language Institute, Inc. in Roswell is currently hiring a part-time, native-speaking Spanish instructor. Applicants must be able to pass a background check and drive a 15-passenger bus to pick up students from several schools, from 2 p. m. – 6 p. m. Monday-Friday. The position pays $ 10 per hour. More information about the job is available online. Experienced Servers – Chill’s – Alpharetta Chili’s in Alpharetta is seeking experienced servers to add to its team. Qualifications will include being clean and neat and having great attitude and customer service skills. The pay is $ 2.13, plus tips. Stop by the store to fill out an application. More information about this position is available online. Registered Nurese-North Fulton Regional Hospital-Roswell North Fulton Regional Hospital is looking for a RN/Registered Nurse to fill a 12-hour night shift. Applicants must be registered and previous hospital experience is preferred. More information about the position is available online. Software Engineer-ControlScan-Alpharetta ControlScan in Alpharetta is hiring a software engineer. Applicants should have five or more years of relevant experience, as well as advanced knowledge of computer technology. Pay is commensurate (相称) with experience. More information about the position can be found online. 56. Where can we most probably rend the passage? A. In a newspaper. B. On a website. C. In a magazine. D. In a textbook. 57. What does the underlined word "sick" mean? A. Ill. B. Absent. C. Bored. D. Unfamiliar 58. World Language Institute, Inc. is looking for____. A. a school bus driver. B. a full-time teacher C. a Spanish teacher D a Spanish manager 59. Who will mainly work at night? A. Jane, hired by North Fulton Regional Hospital. B. John, hired by World Language Institute. Inc. C. Robert, hired by ControlScan. D. Sally, hired by Chili’s. B He’s out there somewhere, an instant icon in the records of American conflict, the final big-game hunter. But a puzzle, too, his identity would be kept a secret for now, and maybe forever. He is the unknown shooter. The nameless, faceless triggerman who put a bullet in the head of the world’s most notorious(臭名昭著的)terrorist, Bin Laden. He’s likely between the ages of 26 and 33, says Marcinko, founder of the “SEALs Team 6” that many believe led the attack on Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. He’ll be old enough to have had time to hurdle the extra training tests required to join the counter-terrorism unit, yet young enough to stand the body-punishing harshness of the job. The shooter ’s a man, it’s safe to say, because there are no women in the SEALs. And there’s a good chance he’s white, though the

SEALs have stepped up efforts to increase the number of minorities in their ranks, Marcinko and Smith say. He was probably a high school or college athlete, Smith says, a physical specimen who combines strength, speed and wisdom. “They call themselves ‘tactical athletes,’” says Smith, who works with many future SEALs in his Heroes of Tomorrow training program in Severna Park. “It’s getting very scientific.” Marcinko puts it in more conventional terms: “He’ll be ripped,” says the author of the best-selling autobiography “Rogue Warrior.” “He’s got a lot of upper-body strength. Long arms. Thin waist. Flat stomach.” On this point, Greitens departs a bit. “You can’t make a lot of physical assumptions,” says the author of “The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL.” There are SEALs who are 5 feet 4 and SEALs who are 6 feet 5, Greitens says. In his training group, he adds, there were college football boys who couldn’t hack it; those who survived were most often men in good shape, but they also had a willingness to show their concerns in favor of the mission. The shooter ’s probably not the crew-cut(平头), neatly shaven ideal we’ve come to expect from American fighting forces. “He’s bearded, rough-looking, like a street naughty boy,” Marcinko supposes. “You don’t want to stick out.” Marcinko calls it “modified grooming standards.” His hands will be calloused (长老茧) , Smith says, or just rough enough,” as Marcinko puts it. And “he’s got frag in him somewhere,” Marcinko says, using the battlefield shorthand for “fragments” of bullets or explosive devices. This will not have been the shooter ’s first adventure. Marcinko estimates that he might have made a dozen or more deployments(部署), tours when he was likely to have dealt with quite a number of dangerous situations, getting ready any time for explosive devices or bullets. 60. Which of the following is most likely to be the title of the passage? A. Who shot Bin Laden? B. What do the SEALS do? C. How can boys be SEALS? D. What SEALS are like? 61. From the passage we can know that the writer ___________. A. knows clearly what the shooter is like B. doubts whether Bin Laden is dead C. is certain that the shooter is a man D. is not sure of the shooter ’s gender 62. We can say for sure according to the passage that ___________. A. the shooter will eventually be revealed in the Press B. the writer is a person who is curious about the shooter C. the writer is a detective who tries to arrest the shooter D. the shooter is a strong man with a pair of rough hands 63. Which of the following are the names of writers mentioned in the passage? ① . Marcinko ② . Greitens ③ . Smith ④ . Abbottabad A. ① ④ B. ③ ④ C. ② ③ D. ① ② C Recently there was a major discovery in the scientific research—the mapping of all DNA in a human gene(基因)is complete. Couple of years ago, this seems an impossible task for scientist to accomplish. All this progress in science leads us to believe that the day, when the human being will be cloned, is not far away. Human cloning has always been a topic of argument,in terms of morality or religion.

Taking a look at why cloning might be beneficial, among many cases, it is arguable that parents who are known to be at risk of passing a genetic limitation to a child could make use of cloning. If the clone was free of genetic limitations. Then the other clone would be as well. The latter could foe inserted in the woman and allowed to ripen to term. Moreover,cloning would enable women, who can’t get pregnant, to have children of their own. Cloning humans would also mean that organs could be cloned, so it would be a source of perfect transfer organs. This, surely would be greatly beneficial to millions of unfortunate people around the world that are expected to lose their lives due to failure of single(or more) organ(s) .It is also arguable that a ban on cloning may be unlawful and would rob people of the right to reproduce and limit the freedom of scientists. Arguments against cloning are also on a perfectly practical side. Primarily, I believe that cloning would step in the normal “cycle”of life. There would be a large number of same genes., which reduce the chances of improvement,and, in turn, development-the fundamental reason how living things naturally adapt to the ever-changing environment. Life processes failing to do so might result in untimely disappearance. Furthermore, cloning would make the uniqueness that each one of us possesses disappea. Thus, leading to creation of genetically engineered groups of people for specific purposes and, chances are, that those individuals would be regarded as “objects” rather than people in the society. Scientists haven’t 100 percent. guaranteed that the first cloned will be normal. Thus this could result in introduction of additional limitations in the human “gene-pool”. Regarding such arguable topics in “black or white” approach seems very innocent to me personally. We should rather try to look at all “shades: of it. I believe that cloning is only legal if its purpose is for cloning organs, not humans. Then we could regard this as for “saving life” instead of “creating life”. I believe cloning humans is morally and socially unacceptable. 64. Which of the following is true according to the passage? A. Genetic limitation will be beneficial for some women B. A large number of genes will prevent us from developing C. Prohibition of cloning might limit the freedom of scientists D. First cloned humans might be normal according to scientists 65. What’s the author ’s opinion on cloning? A. Cloning should be entirely banned B. Cloning should be used in creating life C. Cloning will take away the right to reproduce D. Cloning is acceptable if it is used for cloning organs 66. Where can you read this article? A. In a story book. B. In a magazine. C. In a science fiction D. In a brochure 67. Which of the following shows the structure of the passage

D “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity,” said the American talk show host Oprah Winfrey. I’ve never watched her show, but when a self-made billionaire gives life advice it’s probably worth listening to. Her point is that blind luck is very rare. You may have to be lucky to find a good job these days but that does not mean you should sit at home waiting for the opportunity to come to you. If you’re a Chinese, you may already be familiar with the tale of a farmer waiting by a tree stump(树桩) for a rabbit to run out and break its neck. A book by the UK psychologist Richard Wiseman, called The Luck Factor, argues we can all make ourselves luckier. It ’s not about going to a temple to burn some incense(香) hopes that the gods will give you good fortune; it ’s practical advice you can follow each day. Wiseman conducted an experiment as part of his studies. First he divided volunteers into two groups; those who said they were lucky in life and those who said they were not. He gave everyone a newspaper and asked them to look through it to count how many photographs it had inside. On average, the unlucky people took about two minutes to count the photographs while the lucky people took just seconds. Why? On the second page of the newspaper, a command, “Stop counting. There are 43 photographs in this newspaper,” was written in big letters. The unlucky people mostly did not spot the message. It’s easy to compare this situation to a young person looking for jobs in a local paper. They might search so hard for one type of position that they miss an even better opportunity. People who are “lucky”, in fact, keep an open mind and don’t go through the same routine every day. I first came to China in 2002 when it was considered a rather strange thing to do. Like many foreigners, my plan was to teach English for one year. Seven years later, and still here, I’ve had many great opportunities such as writing for newspapers and magazines. I did not dream these would have been possible. I’ve also never been sick, had an accident, got into a fight or had problems with the police. Coincidence? After reading about Professor Wiseman’s studies I think not. As Wiseman advises, I usually trust my own judgment. Your friends and parents may give you advice based on rational thinking, but it ’s important to consider how you feel about each choice you make. Your feeling acts as a warning for a potential problem.

Finally, try to turn bad luck into good. Even if you do fall down and break a leg, the time spent at home can be used wisely to study English. 68. Which of the following proverbs most agrees with the writer ’s point? A. Make the best of a bad job. B. Rome was not built in a day. C. All is not gold that glitters. D. A good heart conquers ill fortune. 69. What do you know about Oprah Winfrey? A. She became famous through her family background. B. She is a British talk show host. C. She became successful by her own effort. D. She was very lucky and seldom suffered setbacks in her life. 70. The writer quoted the Chinese tale of a farmer in order to show __________. A. man can conquer nature B. luck is in your own hand C. bad luck can turn into good D. you should not sit at home waiting for the opportunity to come to you

第Ⅱ卷 (共 35 分)
第三部分:写作(共三节,满分 35 分) 第一节 任务型阅读(共 10 小题,每小题 1 分,满分 10 分) 请认真阅读下列短文,并根据所读内容在文章后表格中的空格里填入最恰当的单词。 注意:每空格 1 个单词。 For years, the automobile industry has been testing vehicles that use hydrogen as fuel. Now, people across the United States have had a chance to see and even drive cars that get power from hydrogen fuel cells (燃料电池). But the hydrogen fuel cell is not a new idea. The fuel cell was first invented by Sir William Grove of Britain in 1839. Since then, many different designs, have been invented. There is one place where fuel cells are a proven technology: in space. The American space agency used fuel cells in its Apollo spaceships in the twentieth century. The most useful fuel cell for transportation purposes is the Polymer Electrolyte Membrane, or P.E.M. fuel cell. It is simple and can operate at temperatures of sixty to eighty degrees Celsius. That is much lower than other fuel cell designs. A P.E.M. fuel cell has two sides divided by a thin membrane (膜). Hydrogen gas is forced through one side where it comes in contact with a reactive material containing the metal platinum(铂). The membrane separates the electrons(电子) from the protons(质子) in the hydrogen atoms. The protons pass through it to the other side of the fuel cell. But the electrons are captured to do work; like powering a motor. Oxygen from the air is forced into the other side of the fuel cell. There, the gas meets the protons that have passed through the membrane. They combine to form water and heat. A single fuel cell does not produce a lot of electricity. But when many fuel cells are combined, they can produce enough electricity to power a vehicle. The product of the chemical reaction that powers fuel cells is water. This makes fuel cells a very clean technology. Hydrogen fuel cell cars have been slow to develop because of many technical problems that have to be solved. For example, it is unclear how long the membranes in P.E.M. fuel cells will last.

Also, fuel cells need water for their chemical reactions. They must be designed to start easily at low temperatures and in dry climates. And smaller, less costly fuel cells must be designed before they can truly take the place of gasoline engines. Now more models of fuel cell vehicles are being tested than ever before. The threat of climate change and the high cost of oil have increased interest in these vehicles that do not cause pollution. Title More Models of Hydrogen Cars Being Tested

·(71) ________ by Sir William Grove in 1839. The progress of hydrogen fuel ·Designed (72) ________ ever since. cell ·Used in Apollo spaceships in the twentieth century. ·It has two sides divided by a thin membrane. ·Hydrogen gas from one side (73) ________ the active metal platinum. ·The electrons are (74) ________ from the protons in the hydrogen atoms. ·The protons pass through the fuel cell to the other side. ·Oxygen from the air is (75) ________ into the other side of the fuel cell. · The gas meets the protons, and then water and heat are(76) ________ ·There are many technical problems (78) ________ ·The durability of the membranes in P.E.M. fuel cells is not (77) clear. ·They have to start easily at (79)________ temperatures and in dry climates. ·They must be smaller and less costly before (80) ________ gasoline engines. 第二节 书面表达(满分 25 分) 目前,不少人在写作文或交流时喜欢使用网络语言。就此现象,你班最近举行了一场讨 论。请根据下表的提示,客观地介绍讨论的情况及你的观点。 40%的同学认为 1. 有点荒诞,有时让人无法理解 2. 违背了汉语的语法规则, 对学习 毫无帮助 60%的同学认为 1. 幽默,使语言更生动 2. 有助于表达思想 1… 2. … 你的观点

Operating principle of P.E.M.

Reasons for slow ___________ of hydrogen fuel cell cars

荒诞 ridiculous 注意: 1. 对所给提示,不要简单翻译,可适当增加细节,使行文连贯。 2. 词数 150 左右。开头已给出,不计入总词数。 Nowadays, with the development of the Internet, there came a kind of language called Web Language.

江苏省泰州中学 2011—2012 学年度第一学期 高三英语期中考试试卷参考答案
一、听力 1—5 BBABA 6—10 BABCC 11—15 ACBAC 16—20 BCBAB 二、单项选择 21—25DACDA 26—30 BDBDC 31—35 BACCD 三、完形填空 36—40 BABDC 41—45DACBD 46—50DCAAB 51—55CADCB 四、阅读理解 56—59 BCCA 60—63 ACBD 64—67CDBA 68—70 ACD 71. Invented 72. differently 76. formed 77. development 73. meets 74. separated 75. forced 80. replacing

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Nowadays, with the development of the Internet, there came a kind of language called Web Language. Recently, our class has held a discussion on whether it’s good for students to use Web Language in writing compositions or communication. 40% of the students are not in favor of the idea of using Web Language, thinking it ridiculous to see or hear words which are not commonly used in our daily life. Worse still, it ’s hard for them to make themselves understood. In their opinion, it is against Chinese grammar, and it’s not beneficial to students’ studies. However, the rest of the students are fond of it. They think what they say will sound humorous, which makes the language more lively. Moreover, it is of special help for them to express themselves freely. In my opinion, it is a phenomenon worth thinking about. I don’t think it good to use Web Language. It may be fashionable as some think, but you may also make your idea confusing, leaving other people at a loss. One possible version: Recently, parents, students and teachers sometimes care much about test results, especially when kids fail. Some parents, when their kids fail in an exam, choose to yell at their kids and complain much about present education system while their kids would blame the bad results on teachers. Teachers, who always work hardest, have more complaints like lack of co-operation from parents and less hard work of students. What should be the appropriate attitude towards test results is

always under hot discussion. Gladly, most parents nowadays are quite aware of their own responsibilities. They would co-operate more with teachers afterwards and give enough guidance to their kids. Teachers will undoubtedly re-consider and thus improve their teaching methods aiming to increase classroom efficiency. Students will certainly study harder. In my opinion, it is always the best for family, students and schools to co-operate closely. When kids fail, everybody should be brave enough to bear responsibilities and find practical solutions to avoid similar mistakes. It surely benefits a lot in the construction of a harmonious society as well as forming a friendly relationship between families and schools.(158 词) 附听力文字材料: 听力原文: Text 1 W: Does this bus go to the Bank of China? M: Yes. Get off at the post office and walk straight ahead for about two minutes. Text 2 W: Would you mind if I borrowed your car just over the weekend? M: I'm sorry, but it’s just not possible, because I’m visiting my mother this weekend. Text 3 W: Can you help me out? I'm trying to find Grand Hotel. M: Turn right at the traffic light. It is next to the new shopping centre. Text 4 W: Why not wait here a few minutes and I'll get my car? M: No, thank you. I'd better take the bus home. Text 5 W: Dad, can I have some friends over at the weekend? M: It really depends on how many. I mean just four or five. W: Thanks, Dad. Text 6 M: What do you want to do this weekend? W: Oh, I don't know. Maybe go to the beach if it's nice weather. M: But we did that last weekend. Let's do something different. W: Hum... Hey, I know what! Why don't we climb Mt. Fuji? M: Great idea! I've always wanted to do that! W: Paul and Mary talked about a bicycle ride yesterday, but they haven't made the final decision. Maybe we could persuade them to join us. M: Wonderful! I give them a call right now. Text 7 W: Hey, you. Can't you be a bit faster? You make the whole group wait for you. M: How can you blame it on me? I'm having trouble in operating this kind of machine. It is designed for you right handers. W: You always complain about these machines. But you are not the only one using your left hand. M: Really? I don't know any others who are the same as me. W: To tell you the truth, I'm also left-handed.

M: You? W: Yeah. You should spend some time getting suited to it in advance. Then you can do it quickly. M: Is that what you have done? W: Yes. In fact, it pays to use both hands. M: OK, I will try. Text 8 M: Hey, Karen, it looks like you've got some sun this weekend. W: Yeah, I guess so. I spent the weekend at the beach. M: Oh, yeah, that's great. Where did you stay? W: Some friends of my parents' live out there and they invited me for as long as I wanted to stay. M: So what are you doing back here already? W: Oh, 1 have a paper to work on, and I just couldn't do any serious studying at the beach. M: I don't blame you. So what did you do out there? I mean besides lying out in the sun. W: I ran slowly up and down the beach, and 1 played some volleyball. You know I never realized how hard it is to run on sand. I couldn't even get through a whole game before I had to sit down. M: Did you go swimming? W: I wanted to, but they said the water isn't warm enough for that until a couple of months from now. M: It all sounds nice. I wish I could get away to the beach like that. Text 9 M: Hi, Susan. Haven't seen you for ages. How are you getting along with your work? W: Hi, David. Not so well as I expected. I've left my position. I can't bear the rudeness of my boss any longer. M: What are you going to do then? W: No idea. Anyway, I have to think about it seriously. And you, David? M: I've been very successful as a dancer. I like this kind of life. It is so exciting. W: You can't do it forever. M: No, but I've decided to open a dance school once I'm over the top. Our younger dancers need better training. W: That's a wonderful idea! Text 10 Back to the news. Last Friday a storm hit two villages destroying four teen houses. Seven others were so badly damaged that their owners had to leave them, and fifteen others had broken windows. One person was killed, and nine were badly injured and taken to hospital. A number of other people received small injuries. Altogether over two hundred were left homeless as a result of the storm. A farmer said the storm began early in the morning and lasted over an hour. He was in the kitchen with his wife and his children when they heard a loud noise. A few minutes later their house fell down on top of them. They managed to climb out but then he saw that one of his children was missing. He went back inside and found him safe but very frightened. A woman said that her husband had just left for work when she noticed that her house was shaking. She rushed outside immediately with here children. There was no time for her to take anything. A few minutes later, the roof came down. Soldiers went to the area to help the people in trouble.


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