（一） Last year when Tom graduated from school, he came to Taibei. He didn't like to work on his father's farm and hoped to find a job in a big city. He went from one company to another
but no one wanted him. With little money left, he got to the station, sad and tired. All he wanted to do was go back to his small town. It was very late at night and the station was full of people. They were waiting to buy tickets of the last train. He bought the last ticket, and he was very happy. At that time, a woman with a crying baby walked to him and asked him to sell her the ticket. He gave her the ticket because he thought they needed it more than he did. After the train left, he sat on the bench and didn't know where to go. Suddenly, an old man came and said, "Young man, I have seen what you did to the woman. I am the owner of a big company. I need a good young man like you. Would you like to work for me?" 1. Tom came to the station to _______. A. find a job B. take the train home C. sell the ticket D. take the train to Taibei 2. The woman walked to Tom because _______. A. she was Tom's old friend B. her child wanted to talk to Tom C. she needed to take the train D. she had no money to buy a ticket 3. Tom didn't take the train because _______. A. he didn't take a train ticket B. he missed the train C. he wanted to talk to the old man D. he gave his ticket to the woman 4. The old man wanted to _______. A. lend Tom some money B. give Tom a job C. say "Thank you " to Tom D. sit on the bench with Tom 5. What can we learn from this story? A. Many people find job in a train station. B. Don't buy the last ticket of the train. C. If we try our best to help others, others will help us. D. We should not give our ticket to others in a train station. Waste Mankind is wasting things everywhere and every day. Wherever we go, we can see that papers bottles and cans are throw away; food is wasted just because of poor taste; clothes are discarded(丢弃) simply due to their old fashion. Not only things and money are wasted, but natural resources are abused as well. Trees are cut down merely for fuel; wild animals are killed simply for meat and fur; oil and coal are exploited(开发) in a bad way . The worse example of man’s waste is the waste of time. Many people trend to spend their time on worthless things, such as wondering about in the street, gossiping(说闲话) in the office, sleeping too much during the day. As we know, time is very precious to us since it passes by and never returns. The waste of time amounts to the waste of life . It is time to call for an end to the waste. On one hand, we must save natural resources and make full use of them; otherwise human beings will be faced with the shortage of natural resources and suffer from the pollution caused by waste. On the other hand, we must treasure our time. Only with our time devoted to the study and the work for the people will we never regret the life we have had. （二） A beautiful and very successful actress (女演员) was the star for a new musical show. Her home was in the countryside, but she did not want to go back there every night, so she bought an expensive house in the centre of the city, got some beautiful furniture and got a man to paint the rooms in new colours. It was very difficult to get tickets for her show, because everybody wanted to see it. So she decided to give the painter two of the best seats. She hoped that this would make him work better for her. He took the tickets without saying anything, and she heard no more about them until the end of the month, when she got the paint er’s bill (帐单). At the bottom of it were these words: “ Four hours watching Miss Hall sing and dance : 3 pounds,” with this note:
“ After 5 p.m. I get 15 shillings (先令) an hour instead of 10 shillings.” 1. In order to make the painter work better for her, the actr ess ___________. A. sang and danced for him for hours B. gave him two tickets for her show C. paid him 3 pounds D. decided to pay him 15 shillings an hour 2. The actress got the painter’s bill ______. A. to ask for the money of his painting work. B. in which he expressed his dissatisfaction C. in which he showed his thanks for the tickets D. to ask her to pay for his watching her show 3. It can be learned from the text that one pound is___________ shillings. A. 10 B. 12 C. 15 D. 20 4. What kind of man was the painter? A. He was a careful man. B. He knew little about music and dances. C. He was not friendly to others. D. He was a poor man. Sports and Games Sports and games do a lot of good to our health. They can make us strong, prevent us from getting too fat, and keep healthy and fit. Especially they can be of great value to people who work with their brains most of the day, for sports and games give people valuable practice in exercising the body. What’s more, they make our life richer and more colourful. If we do not have a strong body, we will find it hard to do whatever we want. So persons of all ages enjoy watching and taking part in various kinds of sports-track and fields, swimming, skating, football, volleyball and basketball, etc. Sports and games are also very useful in character training. They demand not only physical skills and strength but also courage, endurance, discipline and usually teamwork. For boys and girls, what is learned in the playground often has a deep effect on their character. If each of them learns to work for his team and not for himself on the football field, he will later find it natural to work for the good of his country instead of only for his own benefit. A healthy citizen makes a strong country. Let’s all take part in sports and games. （三） My friend Robert started a new job this week and he’s been in the training class for two days. The employer has a very strict dress code—dark blue shirts and pants. On the first day, an older gentleman in his class did not have the proper clothes and he was strictly told that he would be fired if he didn’t have the right clothes the next day. He explained, “Sir, I had not been told about this. Because of my larger size, it’s sometimes difficult to find the right clothing for a price I can afford.” Last night, Robert and I decided that this old man shouldn’t lose the chance of work simply because he couldn’t afford the clothes. I had some cash on hand and Robert took it with him this morning just in case it was needed. When training started this morning, the trainer was ready to fire the older gentleman. “You have 10 minutes to be in proper clothes,” he was told. At this point, Robert spoke up and asked if he could have 10 minutes to get him the clothes. He then ran out to the store and bought the proper-sized pants and a shirt; he returned with both and gave them to the older man. The older gentleman began to cry and told him that he couldn’t accept such a gift from a stranger. Robert told him he had to because he had lost the receipt(收据) and couldn’t return them—a little white lie. The pants were a perfect fit, the shirt was a bit tight but he was able to keep his job. “My wife and I tried to gather together some money last night, but we didn’t have enough to buy the clothes,” he told Robert. “It’s unbelievable to me that anybody would do such a thing for only knowing me a day!” More unbelievable is how good it has made Robert and me feel to do this. 1. If the older man did not have the proper clothes, he would _____ A. be punished B. lose his job C. put off the training class D. be offered another job 2. The money which was paid for the clothes belonged to _____
A. the writer B. the older man C. the trainer D. Robert 3. How did Robert persuade the older man to accept the clothes? A. He told the older man that he would lose his job if he did not take them. B. He told a lie that the clothes didn’t fit himself. C. He told the older man that he had no way to send them back. D. He told the older man that he could save money and return it later. 4. What might be the best title for the passage? A. An unbelievable thing B. Fight against strict rules C. A strange employer D. Proper clothes for a stranger Smoking It is well known that smoking does harm to the health. Today, so many people still keep smoking, which has drawn wide attention of the society. Smoking has so many disadvantages but no advantages at all. First, the cigarettes with nicotine in them do great harm to the health. Such diseases as pneumonia, lung cancer may be caused or partly caused by them. Furthermore, the bad effects of cigarettes cost the smokers lots of money, which could be spent on other meaningful things. Thirdly, the accidents of fire all over the world every year are mostly caused by the still-burning butts (end). The government has formulated the regulation of no smoking in public places. Yet its result is not so satisfactory. From my point of view, it needs the common efforts of the society. Not only the nonsmokers but the smokers should cooperate on this matter. （四） Many people go to school for an education. They learn languages, history, geography, physics, chemistry and mathematics. Others go to school to learn a skill so that they can make a living. School education is very important and useful. Yet no one can learn everything from school. A teacher，no matter how much he knows can not teach his students everything they want to know. The teacher’s job is to show his students how to learn. He teaches them how to read and how to think. So much more is to be learned outside school by the students themselves. It is always more important to study by oneself than to memorize some facts or a formula(公式). It is actually quite easy to learn a certain fact in history or a formula in maths. But it is very difficult to use a formula in working out a maths problem. Great scientists, such as Einstein，Newton and Galileo didn’t get everything from school. But they were all so successful. They invented so many things for mankind. The reason for their success is that they worked hard all their lives, wasting not a single moment. They would ask many questions as they read and they did thousands of experiments. Above all, they knew how to use their brains. 1. The subject which is not referred to in the article is _____ A. maths B. history C. physics D. physiology（生理学） 2. The teacher’s job is to teach ___________. A. everything the students want to know B. the students how to learn C. the students some facts of formulas D. the students everything that they know 3. Einstein,Newton and Galileo did so many things for mankind because_____. A. they learned a lot at school B. they were so useful C. they knew how to learn new things outside class by themselves D. they went to college and learned form professors 4. From the passage we know that if we want to be successful, we should________ . A. Only learn more at school B. learn to learn at school and learn more outside school C. Only learn science subjects D. needn’t go to school My Views on Large Modern Cities Since every coin has two sides, living in large modern cities offers us many advantages, simultaneously causes
many troubles. Better education and better jobs are easy to get, and better medical care is convenient to receive in large modern cities. People are usually well informed due to the advanced media, such as television, newspaper and net PC. Large modern cities also provide varied entertainment for the city-dwellers. The public places like cinema, bar, disco-ball are everywhere. On the other hand, large modern cities are too big to control, so the traffic jams and traffic accidents often happen, and the social security is a headache problem. And city-dwellers have to face the housing problem. Usually a house is too expensive for the salary earning class to buy and the rent is also high. Moreover, noise and pollution in large cities bring harm to people’s health. （五） What’s the most important thing for you to have in your life? Somebody mentions hard-work, others suggest knowledge, love and luck. If you arrange（排列） the 26 English letters in order and use numbers to represent each of them, f or example, 1 for a, 2 for b, 3 for c…26 for z, you can change an English word into a number. So hard-work becomes 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11=98, meaning 98 is its mark. Knowledge: 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5=96, love:12+15+22+5=54, and luck: 12+21+3+11=47, a small mark. None of these words can give one a full mark. What about money? It can’t, either. Then what else? Don’t be worried. You can always find an answer to a problem in your life, when you change your way of looking at things or doing things, or your attitude. Yes, attitude is the word. See for yourself: attitude:1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5=100，a full mark. Different attitudes lead to different courses of life. Most time people hope for a better life. It is possible that they will have a better life if they change their attitudes. When you change your manner and became friendly towards others, you’ll meet more smiling faces towards you. In the same way, if you take a positive attitude towards failure, you’ll find it’s also rewarding（有益的）though it has caused you losses（损失）. 1. The writer thinks _________ is the most important thing in a person’s life. A. hard-work. B. know ledge C. attitude D. money 2. What is the mark of the word money according to the passage? A. 72 B. 73 C. 75 D. 62 3. According to the passage, if you meet with problems, the best way is to ___________. A. change your attitude B. hope to be lucky C. ask for help from others D. try math-solving ways 4. From the passage we can learn that ______________. A. different attitudes come from different courses of life B. math can solve every problem easily in our daily life C. sometimes failure can bring you good if you take a positive attitude D. none of the English words except “attitude” is 100 or more Make friends Everyone needs friends, and if you fail to make friends, you should examine yourself and see if there is something wrong with your personality. May be you have social faults such as snobbishness, talkativeness and using slang etc. which drive away your new acquaintances. Whatever your social faults may be, look at them honestly and make real effort to correct them. To be friendly you must feel friendly. Cheerfulness is the basis of friendliness. A cheerful person smiles. A smile is a magnet which draws people. A smile at someone and you are almost sure to get a smile in return. A friendly person does his best to make a stranger feel at home, wherever he happens to be. Put yourself in the other fellow's place and make them feel welcome. Try to remember names. It makes your new acquaintances feel happy when you call them by their names. It gives them the feeling that they have made an impression on you and that must mean something to them because you
remember them. If you don't agree with other people on a certain matter, you should appear to be friendly. Don't argue, but discuss. You always lose friends if you argue too much. A friendly person thinks of others, and doesn't insist on his own "rights". People who refuse to consider others have few friends. Finally, don't treat people according to their social positions. Really friendly people respect everyone at all times. （六） There were smiling children all the way. Clearly they knew at what time the train passed their homes and they made it their business to stand along the railway, wave to complete strangers and cheer them up as they rushed towards Penang. Often whole families stood outside their homes and waved and smiled as if those on the trains were their favorite relatives. This is the simple village people of Malaysia. I was moved. I had always traveled to Malaysia by plane or car, so this was the first time I was on a train. I did not particularly relish the long train journey and had brought along a dozen newspapers and magazines to read and reread. I looked about the train. There was not one familiar face. I sighed and sat down to read my 21st Century Teens. It was not long before the train was across the Causeway and in Malaysia. Johore Baru was just another city like Singapore, so I was tired of looking at the crowds of people as they hurried past. As we went beyond the city, I watched the straight rows of rubber trees and miles and miles of green. Then the first village came into sight. Immediately I came alive; I decided to wave back. From then on my journey became interesting. I threw my magazines into the waste basket and decided to join in Malaysian life. Then everything came alive. The mountains seemed to speak to me. Even the trees were smiling. I stared at everything as if I was looking at it for the first time. The day passed fast and I even forgot to have my lunch until I felt hungry. I looked at my watch and was surprised that it was 3:00 pm. Soon the train pulled up at Butterworth. I looked at the people all around me. They all looked beautiful. When my uncle arrived with a smile, I threw my arms around him to give him a warm hug. I had never done this before. He seemed surprised and then his weather-beaten face warmed up with a huge smile. We walked arm in arm to his car. I looked forward to the return journey, by train. 1. What did the author remember most during her train trip? A. The mountains along the way. B. The friendly country people. C. The crowds of people in the streets. D. The simple lunch served on the train. 2. Which of the following can best take the place of the word “relish” in the second paragraph? A. choose B. carry on C. prepare for D. enjoy 3. Where was the writer going? A. Johore Baru. B. The Causeway. C. Singapore. D. Butterworth. 4. What can we learn from the story? A. Comfort in traveling by train. B. Smiles brighten people up C. Reading gives people happiness. D. Pleasure of living in the country. How to Be Popular Most people would like to be popular with others, but not everyone can achieve this goal. What is the secret to popularity? In fact, it is very simple. The first step is to improve our appearance. We should always make sure that we stay in good shape and dress well. When we are healthy and well-groomed, we will not only look better but also feel better. In addition, we should smile and appear friendly. After all, our facial expression is an important part of our appearance. If we can do this, people will be attracted to our good looks and impressed by our confidence. Another important step is developing more consideration for others. We should always put others first and place their interests before our own. It's also important to be good listeners; in this way people will feel comfortable enough
to confide in us. However, no matter what we do, we must not gossip. Above all, we must remember to be ourselves, not phonies. Only by being sincere and respectful of others can we earn their respect. If we can do all of the above, I am sure popularity will come our way.
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