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(2014届)2012年下学期安乡一中期末考试高二英语试卷


2012 年下学期安乡一中期末考试 高二英语试卷
时量:120 分钟 总分:150 分 命题人: 朱彩霞

PART ONE LISTENING COMPREHENSION(30 marks) SECTION A
Directions: In this section, you’ll hear 6 conversations between 2 speakers. For each conversation, there are several questions and each question is followed by 3 choices. Listen to the conversations carefully and then answer the questions by marking the corresponding letter (A, B or C) on the question booklet. You will hear each conversation TWICE. Conversation 1 1. Why doesn?t the man take exercise often? A. Because he is not interested in it. B. Because he is healthy enough. C. Because he has no time for it. 2. In the woman?s opinion, what is the advantage of being healthy? A. Being healthy makes him more attractive. B. Being healthy can help him walk a longer distance. C. Being healthy is good for his work. Conversation 2 3. What can we infer from this conversation? A. Cheng Hong and Xiao Wei have met somewhere before. B. Cheng Hong and Xiao Wei have never met each other. C. Cheng Hong and Xiao Wei are familiar with each other. 4. What is the woman going to do now? A. She is going to her office. B. She is going to do some shopping. C. She is going to meet some friends at the airport. Conversation 3 5. Where was one of the biggest diamonds found? A. In Britain. B. In South Africa . C. In America. 6. What do you know about one of the biggest diamonds mentioned in the news? A. It is believed to be made as a wonderful work. B. It was set in the crown of British Queen. C. It weighs 168 carat, and it?s white and pure. Conversation 4 7. Who is the man talking to? A. A teacher. B. A doctor. C. A policewoman. 8. What happened to the man?s son last year? A. He had a very bad cold. B. He had a small operation. C. He felt too tired to go to school. 9. According to the conversation, what may be the problem with the man?s son? A. He feels tired of working every day. B. His operation has a bad effect on him and he is rather sick.
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C. His schoolwork makes him feel tired and he may need a good rest. Conversation 5 10. How long did Penny live in an apartment in downtown Denver? A. For more than six years. B. For over ten years. C. For almost four years. 11. Which of the following statements is TRUE? A. Penny is more than 50, but she looks young. B. Henry is much older than Penny. C. Penny is 40 years old. 12. What can we conclude from this conversation? A. Henry lives alone and doesn?t get on well with his neighbors. B. Henry and Penny are both satisfied with the neighborhood. C. Penny and Henry both are always busy with work. Conversation 6 13. Who is Jake?s doctor? A. Jake?s doctor is Bob. B. Johnson is Jake?s doctor. C. Not Bob but Dories is Jake?s doctor. 14. What do we learn about Jake?s wife? A. She has been dead for years. B. She is good at cooking. C. She is making good money as a model. 15. What does the man say about Jake?s daughter? A. She is careless and lazy about her schoolwork. B. She loves her father and gets along well with her father. C. She is always caring about herself.

SECTION B
Directions: In this section, you’ll hear a mini-talk. Listen carefully and then fill in the numbered blanks with the information you’ve got. Fill in each blank with NO MORE THAN 3 WORDS. You’ll hear the mini-talk TWICE. Topic Students? 16 sometimes comes from their parents. Some parents can?t help with the difficulties their children 17 in adjusting to high school. Some parents aren?t Reasons 18 the kinds of problems their children face.

Some parents are accustomed to seeing As and Bs on Primary school report cards. Some parents 19 as extensions of themselves. that everyone

Result

In their involvement and identification with their children, they 20 is different and that each person must develop in his or her own way.

PART TWO LANGUAGE KNOWLEDGE SECTION A (15 marks)

(45 marks)

Directions: Beneath each of the following sentences there are four choices marked with A, B, C and D. Choose the one answer that best completes the sentence. 21. Japanese people _______ when you don?t look at their business cards before putting them into your pockets. A. dislike it B. don?t like that C. hate this D. don?t love that 22. It?s no use _______ after making such a terrible mistake.
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A. cry B. crying C. being cried D. to be crying 23. If you had told me about it earlier, I _______ into trouble now. A. don?t get B. didn?t get C. wouldn?t get D. wouldn?t have got 24. The bell _______ the end of the period rang, ______ our heated discussion. A. indicating; interrupting B. indicated; interrupting C. indicating; interrupted D. indicated; interrupted 25. Finding her car stolen, _______. A. a policeman was asked to help B. it was looked for everywhere C. the area was searching thoroughly D. she hurried to a policeman 26. _______ I said before, I visit countries _______ the UN has programs to help people. A. What; where B. As; where C. Which; that D. That; that 27. _______ the motivation, ________ a person will learn a foreign language. A. More; quicker B. The more stronger; the more quickly C. The stronger; the more quickly D. Much stronger; much more quickly 28. _______ seems unusual to others. A. What you consider normal B. That you consider normal C. What you consider normal is D. That you consider normal 29. With everything they needed _______, they returned, tired but happy. A. buying B. bought C. to be bought D. to buy 30. Mr. Li requested the computer equipment referred ________ used in every classroom. A. should be B. to being C. to be D. have to be 31. Not only ________ vital for reducing fever and helping stop pain, but _______ also other things that aspirin can help with. A. aspirin has proved; there are B. has aspirin proved; are there C. has aspirin proved; there are D. aspirin has proved; are there 32. --- It?s a long time _______ we last met. --- Yes, and it will be a long time _______ we meet again. A. before; since B. since; before C. that; until D. when; that 33. If Joe?s wife doesn?t go to the party, _______. A. neither will he B. neither he does C. neither he will D. neither does he 34. The question _______ now is more important than the one _______ tomorrow. A. is discussing; will discuss B. is discussing; to discuss C. discussed; discussed D. being discussed; to be discussed 35. _______ I had to do was _______ and spent a few hours studying when I came here. A. Which; go to school B. That; to go to school C. What; went to school D. All; go to school

SECTION B (18 marks)
Directions: For each blank in the following passage there are four words or phrases marked with A, B, C and D. Fill in each blank with the word or phrase that best fits the context. That day, my parents were leaving for our hometown and I went to see them off. In fact, my father had never traveled by air before, so I just took this 36 to make his experience wonderful. In spite of being asked to book train tickets, I got them air tickets. The moment I handed over the tickets to him, he was 37 to see that I had booked them air tickets. The 38 was very obvious on his face, waiting for the time of travel. We went to the airport together, checked the baggage, asked for a window seat and then waited 39 for the security check-in. He was thoroughly enjoying himself and I, too, was filled with joy 40 him experience all these things. As they were about to go in for the security check-in, he walked up to me with tears in his eyes and thanked me. He became very emotional and it was as if I had done something 41 , but the fact was
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that this meant a great deal to him. I felt surprised at his behavior. But later, thinking about the entire matter, I 42 my life. How many 43 did our parents have? Did they come true? Without understanding the financial situation, we, as children, 44 cricket bats, dresses, toys, outings, etc. Did we ever think about the sacrifices (牺牲) they had to make to realize our wishes? Did we ever say thanks for all that they have done for us? Instead of my dad saying 45 to me, I would want to say I?m sorry for making him wait so long for this small dream. I do realize how much he has 46 for my sake and I will do my best to give the best possible attention to all their wishes. Being old does not mean that they have to 47 everything. They have wishes, too. 36. A. risk B. opportunity C. time D. luck 37. A. angry B. glad C. embarrassed D. surprised 38. A. astonishment B. disappointment C. excitement D. anxiety 39. A. eagerly B. easily C. calmly D. leisurely 40. A. looking B. noticing C. observing D. watching 41. A. great B. serious C. necessary D. terrible 42. A. looked up to B. looked back on C. looked forward to D. looked out for 43. A. children B. ambitions C. dreams D. houses 44. A. played with B. asked for C. turned to D. demanded for 45. A. sorry B. apology C. thanks D. goodbye 46. A. sacrificed B. gained C. accepted D. lost 47. A. give away B. take up C. pick up D. give up

SECTION C (12 marks)
Directions: Complete the following passage by filling in each blank with one word that best fits the context. My grandfather is 48 old man, and he has always been happy. He likes travelling and has been to many places in China. Last month, he went to Beijing and visited the Forbidden City 49 the emperors lived. He even dreams 50 travelling abroad one day. He says it is important to try to understand 51 much as possible and travel helps you do that. In his youth, 52 , he never left his hometown, let alone travelled to another country, 53 he had to work to support his family. He wanted to study medicine, 54 he never got into a university. He hopes 55 can go to a good university and get a good in the future.

PART THREE

READING COMPREHENSION

(30 marks)

Directions: Read the following three passages. Each passage is followed by several questions or unfinished statements. For each of them there are four choices marked A,B,C and D. Choose the one that fits best according to the information given in the passage.

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Sir Steven Redgrave Winner of 5 Olympic Gold Medals “In 1997 I was found to have developed diabetes(糖尿病).Believing my career(职业生涯) was over, I felt extremely low. Then one of the specialists said there was no reason why I should stop training and competing. That was it—the encouragement I needed. I could still be a winner if I believed in myself. I am not saying that it isn?t difficult sometimes. But I wanted to prove to myself that I wasn?t finished yet. Nothing is to stand in my way.” Karen Pickering Swimming World Champion “I swim 4 hours a day, 6 days a week. I manage that sort of workload by putting it on top of my diary. This is the key to success — you can?t follow a career in any field without being well organized. List what you believe you can achieve. Trust yourself, write down your goals for the day, however
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small they are, and you?ll be a step closer to achieving them.” Kirsten Best Poet & Writer “When things are getting hard, a voice inside my head tells me that I can?t achieve something. Then, there are other distractions, such as family or hobbies. The key is to concentrate. When I feel tense, it helps a lot to repeat words such as ?calm?, ?peace? or ?focus?, either out loud or silently in my mind. It makes me feel more in control and increases my confidence. This is a habit that can become second nature quite easily and is a powerful psychological(心理的) tool.” 56.What does Sir Steven Redgrave mainly talk about? A. Difficulties influenced his career. B. Specialists offered him medical advice. C. Training helped him defeat his disease. D. He overcame the shadow of illness to win. 57.What does Karen Pickering put on top of her diary? A. Her training schedule. B. Her daily happenings. C. Her achievements. D. Her sports career. 58.What does the underlined word “distractions” probably refer to? A. Ways that help one to focus. B. Words that help one to feel less tense. C. Activities that turn one?s attention away. D. Habits that make it hard for one to relax. 59.According to the passage, what do the three people have in common? A. Courage. B. Devotion. C. Hard work. D. Self confidence. 60.Which do you think is the best title? A. How to Fight Diabetes B. How to Be a Winner C. Believe in Yourself. D. How to Concentrate B When I was growing up in America, I was ashamed of my mother?s Chinese English. Because of her English, she was often treated unfairly. People in department stores, at banks, and at restaurants did not take her seriously, did not give her good service, pretended not to understand her, or even acted as if they did not hear her. My mother has long realized the limitations of her English as well. When I was fifteen, she used to have me call people on the phone to pretend I was she. I was forced to ask for information or even to yell at people who had been rude to her. One time I had to call her stockbroker (股票经纪人). I said in an adolescent voice that was not very convincing, "This is Mrs. Tan." And my mother was standing beside me, whispering loudly, "Why he don?t send me cheek, already two week late." And then, in perfect English I said, "I?m getting rather concerned. You agreed to send the check two weeks ago, but it hasn?t arrived." Then she talked more loudly. "What he want? I come to New York tell him front of his boss." And so I turned to the stockbroker again, "I can?t tolerate any more excuse. If I don?t receive the cheek immediately, I am going to have to speak to your manager when I am in New York next week." The next week we ended up in New York. While I was sitting there red-faced, my mother, the real Mrs. Tan, was shouting to his boss in her broken English. When I was a teenager, my mother?s broken English embarrassed me. But now, I see it differently. To me, my mother?s English is perfectly clear, perfectly natural. It is my mother tongue. Her language, as I hear it, is vivid, direct, and full of observation and wisdom. It was the language that helped shape the way I saw things, expressed ideas, and made sense of the world. 61.Why was the author?s mother poorly served? A. She was unable to speak good English. B. She was often misunderstood. C. She was not clearly heard. D. She was not very polite. 62.From Paragraph 2, we know that the author was . A. good at pretending B. rude to the stockbroker C. ready to help her mother D. unwilling to phone for her mother
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63.After the author made the phone call, . A. they forgave the stockbroker B. they failed to get the check C. they went to New York immediately D. they spoke to their boss at once 64.What does the author think of her mother?s English now? A. It confuses her. B. It embarrasses her. C. It helps her understand the world. D. It helps her tolerate rude people. 65.We can infer from the passage that Chinese English . A. is clear and natural to non-native speakers B. is vivid and direct to non-native speakers C. has a very bad reputation in America D. may bring inconvenience in America C We bet that on cold wintry days, many of you love to stay in your warm home and, every now and then,come out into the kitchen for a snack. Unfortunately, plenty of creepy-crawly critters (爬行生物) like to do the same thing! Winter is the time when bugs (虫子) invade your house without an invitation. The season can be tough for such creatures. In winter the air is cold, the ground is hard and many trees have no leaves. So bugs do what they have to do to survive. Monarch butterflies head south to warmer climates. Ants crowd in deep underground colonies and eat food they have been storing all year. Many insects go into a deep sleep called diapauses. There?re different kinds of diapauses, but all are similar to hibernation, a time when bigger animals become inactive in the cold. Insects go into an inactive period, too, but it often isn?t when the temperature drops. They rely on more dependable signals in the environment. For example, many insects can tell how much sunlight there?s each day. They use that to tell themselves when to shut down. Bugs are cold-blooded, meaning that their inside temperature is the same as the outside. They can? t move much when it gets below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. So they search for any warm place. They?re looking for protection. These guys have been doing this for 300 million years, so they don?t really know they?re coming into your house. The home is a recent event in terms of their evolutionary behavior. They enter through tiny cracks or come in unnoticed on your clothes or shoes. Remember that they may be invading your homes for warmth and food, but they don?t care about humans. 66. What is the purpose of the first paragraph? A. To point out that humans like to stay at home in winter. B. To mean that humans and bugs have the same living habits. C. To put forward the idea that bugs are not welcome in winter. D. To mean that bugs will invade humans? houses for their winter. 67.According to the text, what is diapauses? A. It is a deep sleep similar to hibernation. B. It is done to keep bugs active in winter. C. It is the same as the animals? hibernation. D. It often appears in warm areas all the year. 68.What often decides bugs? diapauses? A. The amount of sunlight. B. The lower local temperature. C. Kinds of environmental signals. D. The insects? inside temperature. 69.According to the text, bugs invade humans? homes to________. A. attack humans B. seek for protection C. look for enough food D. show their evolutionary results 70.What would be the best title for the text? A. What does “diapauses” mean? B. Bugs? life on cold wintry days C. Good relations between humans and bugs D. Why do bugs invade your home in winter?

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PART FOUR WRITING (45 marks) SECTION A (10 marks)
Directions: Read the following passage. Fill the numbered blanks by using the information from the passage. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer. Millions of people from all over the world use the Internet to communicate, get information and play games. However, using Internet can have both positive and negative effects on young people. As for positive effects, children can use it for searching useful articles and materials. Also they can do their homework on computer instead of writing down. The Internet gives children possibilities to learn about new things in life, and discover how people live all over the world. Children can communicate with their friends and relatives who live far away. In addition, they can make friends and talk with people in foreign countries. However, there is much information that can be dangerous to children and damage their development. When children surf the internet, they can easily be tempted into something that is not proper. When kids start communicate with strangers online, they don?t know that they can be talking to a sick or a harmful person and may meet the person later. Another thing is that many children play only games rather than learn online. Too much sitting before the computer can be unhealthy and result in stress injuries, obesity and social isolation. Parents have a big responsibility to guide and guard their children and set clear boundaries to what kids do. Parents can reduce the risks for their children by setting sensible rules and knowing what their children are interested in. Title: Internet Effects On Young People ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● searching useful articles and materials 71 without writing down learning about new things 72 communicating with friends and relatives 73 making friends in foreign countries and talking to each other 75 to children?s safety and development being tempted into something improper meeting with 76 or a harmful person playing only games instead of 77 being unhealthy in mind

Positive effects

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78 responsibilities

● 79 children ● setting clear boundaries to children?s behaviors ● setting sensible rules for children ● knowing 80

SECTION B ( 10 marks)
Directions: Read the following passage. Answer the questions according to the information given in the passage and the required words limit. Write your answers on your answer sheet. If you are studying English, the Language Study Fair (游乐会)that is being held this month will certainly attract you. The fair is going on between the 28th and 30th of June at the National Education Centre. It is held to answer all your questions about self-study no matter how your English is.
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The Language Study Fair gives a very good chance for you to see and to get all kinds of information to help you improve the way you study. Over 350 producers of educational materials will be at the fair. Come along to this, and you won?t waste your money in the future on materials that are out-of-date, or books that you just don?t need. We?ve got lots of different things for you to see and hear. There will be stands (展台)showing different kinds of self-study textbooks and talks by educational speakers on the best ways to study by yourself. We?re sure you?ll also enjoy watching people using the latest computer programs to make studying English alone so much easier. This is for you to make good decisions about what to buy. You can come to the fair from nine thirty to five. Tickets cost £5 each, or £3 if you?re a full-time student. All tickets can be booked by ringing the ticket hotline. The number is 9847711. So, we hope to see you there! 81. Who will go to the Language Study Fair? (No more than 3 words) ______________________________________________ 82. What will you buy if you want to make studying English much easier? (No more than 10 words) ______________________________________________ 83. What is the opening time of the fair? (No more than 12 words) _____________________________________________ 84. How can you get a ticket for the fair? (No more than 5 words) _____________________________________________

Section C (25 marks)
Directions: Write an English composition according to the instructions given below in Chinese. 助人为乐是中华民族的传统美德, 然而我们有时却会听到热心人把某位摔倒的老人扶起来却 身陷窘境的事情。碰到陌生人需要帮助时,你会伸出援手吗?请以“Should we lend a hand to others?”为题写一篇英语短文发表你的观点。 注意:1. 词数不少于 120; 2. 不能使用真实姓名和学校名称。

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2012 年下学期安乡一中段考 高二英语答卷
听力填空(7.5 分) 16 ____________ 17 ____________ 18 ____________ 19 ____________ 完形填空二(12 分) 48 ____________ 53 ____________ 49 ____________ 54 ____________ 50 ____________ 51 ____________ 55 ____________ 阅读填空(10 分) 71. _______________________________ 73. _______________________________ 75. _______________________________ 77. _______________________________ 79. _______________________________ 72. _______________________________ 74. _______________________________ 76. _______________________________ 78. _______________________________ 80. _______________________________ 52 ____________ 20 ____________

阅读简答(10 分) 81. 82. 83. 84.

写作(25 分) ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________

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2012 年下学期安乡一中期末考试
参考答案
1-5 CCABB 6-10 ABBCA 11-15ABBAC 16. pressure 17. have 18. aware of 19. regard their children 20. forget 21-25 ABCAD 36-40 BDCAD 26-30 BCABC 31-35 CBADD 41-45 ABCBC 46-47 AD 55. I

48. an 49. where 50. of/about 51. as 52. however 53. because 54.but

[语篇解读] 本文叙述了三位名人在成功的道路上所经历的不同的事情,一是战胜了病痛, 一定克服了精力分散的困难,一是通过坚持不懈努力,最后都取得了胜利。 56. D [解析] 推理判断题。 第一部分写了 Sir Steven 得了糖尿病, 但最终克服了病痛拿到了金牌, 故 D 项符合题意。 57. A [解析] 事实细节题。第二部分第二句中,it 指代前面的句子内容,即她的训练计划。 58. C [解析] 猜测词义题。从下文“The key is to concentrate.”可以推出是指分散作家注意力的活 动。 59. D [解析] 事实细节题。第一部分中“I could still be a winner if I believed in myself.”,第二部分 中“Trust yourself...”及第三部分中“It makes me feel more in control and increases my confidence...” 都表明自信是他们三个的共同之处。 60. B [解析] 主旨大意题。B 项归纳了三位名人经历了不同的事情,但最终都取得了成功。 61. A 考查事实细节。由文中 Because of her English, she was often treated unfairly 可知 62. D 考查故事细节。 由文中 ?I was forced to ask for information or even to yell at people who had been rude to her”可知 63. B 考查文章分析推测能力。由文中 “I said in an adolescent voice that was not very convincing” 及 “If I don?t receive the check immediately , I am going to have to speak to your manager when I am in New York next week. ”和 “The next week we ended up in New York. ” 可推断出答案 64. C 考查分析推测能力。 由文中最后一段 But now, I see it differently. To me, --------and made sense of the world. 65. D 考查文章分析推断能力。由文中作者母亲的经历可以推测出 [语篇解读] 本文主要介绍的是:为什么虫子在冬天会入侵人类住所。 66. D [解析] 推理判断题。根据文章第一段可知,虫子和人类一样,也会喜欢待在温暖的屋里, 再结合文章的后面几段可知,本段暗示虫子在冬天会入侵人类住所。 67. A [解析] 细节理解题。根据文章第三段可知答案为 D。 68. C[ 解析 ] 细节理解题。根据文章第四段的 “They rely on more dependable signals in the environment”可知,虫子的“diapauses”是由多种环境可依赖性因素决定的,不一定全靠温度或者 光照。 69. B [解析] 细节理解题。根据文章最后一段可知,虫子进屋是为了寻求保护,把自己置身于 安全形势之下,而不仅仅是为了寻求食物。 70. D [解析] 标题概括题。整篇文章主要告诉读者的是:在冬天里,为什么虫子会入侵人类的 住所。
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71. doing their homework

72. in life 73. (living) far away

74. Negative effects

75. being dangerous 76. a sick 77. learning 79. guiding and guarding 80. children?s/ kids? interests

78. Parents?

81. School students / English learners / Lovers of English. 由句子“If you’re studying English, the Language Study Fair that’s being held this month will certainly attract you.”可以推知:不论是学生 还是英语学习者和爱好者等都会前往。 82. Different kinds of self-study textbooks and the latest computer programs 根据短文内容推测自学 课本和教学自学方法的电脑软件可以帮助学习英语的人自己自学英语,提高自学英语的效率。 83. From nine thirty to five between the 28th and 30th of June. /From 9:30 to 5 between June 28 to 30. 根据短文中的句子 “The fair is going on between the 28th and 30th of June.” 和句子 “You can come to the fair from nine thirty to five.”可知。 84. By ringing / Phone the ticket hotline / By calling 9847711 /By phoning the ticket hotline.根据短文 中的句子 “All the tickets can be booked by ringing the ticket hotline. The number is 9847711.”可以 知道答案。

One possible version:
Should we lend a hand to others? Helping others has been considered a traditional virtue for us Chinese, but nowadays the person offering help is sometimes put in trouble while helping others. Should we help the people in need? On my personal part, we should offer what we can in a reasonable way. Firstly, helping others will bring us great happiness, which will make our society warmer and more harmonious. Can you imagine one such world without love and support? What?s more, helping others means benefiting others and helping yourself as well. As a matter of fact, you often come across a situation where you need others? help and care. If everyone turned a blind eye to your trouble, how would you feel at that time? Moreover, helping others can also develop human nature and perfect human personality, thus making us more cooperative with others. Weighing up pros and cons, we should lend a hand to others in an appropriate way. 听力部分录音稿 Conversation 1 M: I'm done in and must rest here. W: Why? We just walk 5km, and it is only half of the journey. M: I have never walked such a long distance for several years. W: How often do you take exercise? M: I can?t remember when the last time I worked out is. And I always hurry on with my bus in the morning. I have no time for doing it. W: Oh, you should take exercise regularly and should have a well-balanced diet. I know you always go to bed after midnight, even more late. This is not a good habit. M: You look like my old maidservant at this time. W: No, I talk to you because I know that having a strong constitution is an important condition that you can compete with others in you work. M: Ok, let?s go on. I don?t want to sit here and listen to your lengthy speech. W: Hey, come on. I just can?t stand your life style. Working out for an hour every day is good for your health. Conversation 2
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M: Is this your umbrella, Miss? W: Oh, yes, it is. Thank you. I was looking for it just now. M: You look a bit familiar to me. I wonder if I have seen you somewhere before. W: Have you? M: May I ask where you live? W: Just two blocks away, in that tall building. M: That's it. I live there too. I live on the sixth floor. W: My family moved in just two weeks ago. We live on the fourth floor. M: It's a small world. May I know your name? W: I'm Chen Hong. M: How do you do, Miss Chen? I'm Xiao Wei. W: I'm glad to know you, Mr. Xiao. M: Are you going to your office now, Miss Chen? W: No, I'm going to do some shopping for the weekend. What about you? M: I'm going to the airport to meet some friends from Beijing. W: See you later, Mr. Xiao. M: Have a good day, Miss Chen. W: You too. Conversation 3 M: Amazing! Look at this news. W: Wow, one of the biggest diamonds was found in South Africa. M: Yes, the weight is 507.55 carat, and it?s a white one. W: The impurity content is very low. Wonderful! M: Look, with the biggest one, some smaller diamonds were found. There are 168 carat, 58,5 carat, and 53.3 carat. W: Wow, anyone of them is big enough. But what I want to know is that how they are going to deal with these diamonds. M: I remember hundreds of years ago, there was another big diamond found in South Africa, but because South Africa was one of the colonies of Britain. The diamond was finally set in the crown of British Queen. W: Which king is going to have this one? M: I believe none. The financial crisis and the recovery of the economic are the reasons. W: Yes, but I still believe it would be made as a very wonderful work. Conversation 4 M: I just don?t know what?s wrong with my son. He always feels tired and weak. We come here to visit you to find out what the trouble is. W: From what is written here I can see that your son had a very bad cold two years ago and had a small operation last year. Did he have any effects after that? M: I can?t really remember. W: For example, how long did he stay at home each time he was ill? M: Just a few days, but about three months ago he was home for about a week with a cold. W: Did he see a doctor at that time? M: No, he didn?t see a doctor. When he began to feel better, he returned to school.
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W: And when did he start feeling so tired? M: It must have been about a couple of days ago. When he came back from school one day, there just didn?t seem to be any reason to go back the next day. W: Well, it sounds as if his problem may be his schoolwork. The tests I just made don?t show anything really wrong. I would like to make some further tests. M: That?s fine with us. Conversation 5 W: Hi Henry, it's been a long time since we saw each other last. What have you been up to? M: Hi Penny! It's great to see you again. I've been away on business. W: Really, where did you go? M: Well, first I flew to New York for two meetings. After that, I flew to Atlanta, where I had to make a presentation at a company conference. W: It sounds like you've been busy. M: Yes, I've been very busy. It's good to be home again. What have you been doing lately? W: I have been away for the past two weeks visiting my relatives in Chicago. M: I didn't know you have family in Chicago. W: Yes, that's right. I was born in Chicago and lived there until I went to college. M: How long have you lived here in Colorado? W: I've lived here for over 10 years. I moved here in 1998 because I had a new job as a sales representative. M: Have you lived in the same house since you arrived? W: No, first I lived in an apartment in downtown Denver. I moved here four years ago. I've lived on the street for four years and they've been the happiest years of my life. M: Yes, my wife Jane and I love this neighborhood. W: And how long have you lived in your house? M: We've only lived here for two years. W: That's strange. It seems like you have lived here longer than that. M: No, we moved here in 2006. W: How time flies! M: I have to agree with you on that. It seems like yesterday that I graduated from college. I can't believe I've been working for more than 10 years! W: I've been working for more than 30 years! I'm going to retire soon. M: Really? You don't look a day over 40! W: Thank you. You're a great neighbor! M: Not really. Well, I have to get going. Work is waiting for me. Have a good day. W: You, too. Glad to have you back in the neighbor!

Conversation 6 W: Bob, do you know who I saw the other day? Old Jake is looking terribly sad. Did he get pensioned off at last? M: Yes. They made him retire after 50 years at sea. He is pretty upset about it. W: He is all alone, isn?t he? M: Yes, his wife has been dead for years. They had one daughter, Dories. But she went off to town as
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soon as she left school. And he hasn?t heard from her since. I hear she is making good money as a model. W: Maybe someone could get in touch with her. Get her to come back for a while to help? M: I don?t suppose she?ll come. She never got on with her father. He is a bit of a tough character and she is rather selfish. Oh, I expect old Jake will get by. He is healthy at least, comes into a clinic for a check regularly. W: Are you his doctor? M: No, my partner doctor Johnson is. W: That bad-tempered old thing? M: Oh, he isn?t bad-tempered. He just looks it. He is an excellent doctor, taught me a lot, and he has a very nice family. His wife invites me over there to supper every week. Very pleasant. W: Yes. I teach their daughter Pen at school. She is a bit careless and lazy about her school work, but a bright little thing and very popular with her age group. Conversation 7 Students? pressure sometimes comes from their parents. Most parents are well-meaning, but some of them aren?t very helpful with the problems their sons and daughters have in adjusting to high school. And a few of them seem to go out of their way to add to their children?s difficulties. For one thing, parents are often not aware of the kinds of problems their children face. They don?t realize that the competition is keener, that the required standards of work are higher, and that their children may not be prepared for the change. Accustomed to seeing As and Bs on primary school report cards, they may be upset when their children?s first semester high school grades are below that level. They may ask why John or Mary isn?t doing better, whether he or she is trying as hard as he or she should, and so on. Sometimes parents regard their children as extensions of themselves and think it only right and natural that they determine what their children do with their lives. In their involvement and identification with their children, they forget that everyone is different and that each person must develop in his or her own way. They forget that their children, who are now young adults, must be the ones responsible for what they do and what they are.

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