无锡市 2009 届高三第一学期期末质量调研 英语 2009．1
命题单位：惠山区教研室 制卷单位：无锡市教研中心 注意事项及说明： 1、考试前请将密封线内的项目填写清楚。 2、试卷分第一卷(选择题)和第二卷(非选择题)两部分。共 120 分。考试时间 120 分钟。 3、答案一律写在答题纸上。考试结束时，只需交答题纸。 第一卷(共 85 分) 第一部分 听力测试(共两
节，满分 20 分) 做题时，先将答案标在试卷上。录音内容结束后，你将有两分钟的时间将试卷上的答案 转涂到答题卡上。 第一节(共 5 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 5 分) 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—小题。每段对话仅读一遍。 1. What’s the possible relationship between the speakers? A. Guest and host. B. Customer and shop assistant. C. Mother and son. 2. What do we learn from the conversation? A. John is not sick. B. John is feeling better. C. Jack hasn’t been sick. 3. When will Mr Addison return? A. On Monday afternoon. B. On Thursday night. C. On Friday morning. 4. What time did the second baseball game finally start? A. At 3:35. B. At 4:45. C. At 5:45. 5. Where does this conversation take place? A. In a park. B. At a station. C. On the street. 第二节(共 15 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 15 分) 听下面 5 段对话。每段对话后有几个小题，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。每段对话读两遍。 听第 6 段材料，回答第 6 至 8 题。 6. Which item did the girl NOT mention about her needed supplies for school? A. Pencils. B. Computer. C. Calculator. 7. How much will the staff cost file father? A. $90. B. $99. C. $19. 8. What is the mother’s attitude? A. She supports the father. B. She supports the daughter. C. She supports neither of them. 听第 7 段材料，回答 9 至 11 题。 9. What does the man want to send? A. A telegram. B. A magazine. C. Some books. 10. How soon will a parcel get to Hong Kong if mailed by air?
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A. One week. B. One day. C. Three or four days. 11. How much will the man pay for the mail? A. Five dollars and twenty cents. B. Five dollars and twelve cents. C. Five dollars and two cents. 听第 8 段材料，回答 12 至 14 题。 12. What was the robber wearing? A. A black dress. B. A red sweater. C. Tennis shoes. 13. Who is the robber? A. A man who robs women in the park. B. A woman who robs men in the park. C. A man who dresses up like a woman. 14. What can we learn from the conversation? A. The robber is really quite harmless. B. Such a case has never been heard before. C. The man speaker has been robbed several times. 听第 9 段材料，回答第 15 至 17 题。 15. What was Henry doing Friday night when his problems started? A. He was watching a game on TV with some friends. B. He was playing basketball with a few of his friends. C. He was having a party with some of his friends. 16. How did one of Henry’s friends break the vase? A. Hit it with a ball. B. Accidentally dropped it. C. Bumped into it with his arm. 17. How did the book become totally mined? A. It burned up in a fire. B. Hot water damaged the entire copy. C. Someone mistakenly threw it into the wastebasket. 听第 10 段材料，回答第 18 至 20 题。 18. Where is Jakan? A. In his country. B. On a plane. C. In a foreign country. 19. Why is he going abroad? A. To study. B. To visit his friend. C. His parents are abroad. 20. What is Jakan worried about? A. Flying over an ocean. B. His family and friends. C. Whether he will learn enough English. 第二部分：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. The Chinese government announced in ________ public that the Olympic stadiums would be open to ____________ public after the 2008 Olympic Games. A. the; 不填 B. 不填; the C. 不填; 不填 D. the; the 22. Our teacher insisted that the key words worth paying attention ___________ before class. A. be underlined B. being underlined
C. to be underlined D. to being underlined 23. The man ________ you referred to is fond of chatting online with ________ shares the same interest. A. 不填; whoever B. who; whomever C. 不填; whomever D. who; no matter who 24. --- Have you been to Australia? --- Yes, only once. I ________ there only for seven days. A. have stayed B. was staying C. stayed D. had stayed 25. The experts pointed out that it would be many years _________ the survivors of the earthquake get fully recovered. A. after B. unless C. since D. before 26. The workers could no longer tolerate ________ in the company. A. not having a say B. not to have a say C. not having a saying D. not to have a saying 27. Is it the news ________ the milk contains a harmful chemical ________ is being broadcast on TV now? A. that; which B. which; that C. which; which D. that; that 28. -- Did you go and watch the latest opera? --No. We ________ it, but our car broke down on the way. A. must have watched B. shouldn’t have watched C. could have watched D. needn’t have watched 29. Translated into the English language, ____________. A. the students have polished up their English B. the merchants made a profit out of the books they sold C. the influence of the book on children is worth considering D. the works of the famous writer have sold well 30. --- Could you tell me what made you so upset? --- _____________. A. Charged with giving away state secrets B. Being charged with giving away state secrets C. Accused of giving away state secrets D. Accusing of giving away state secrets 31. The young fellow is determined to work harder ________ the help from his friends. A . in search of B. in return for C. in terms of D. in charge of 32. --- Would you mind if I smoked here? --- _______ . Don’t you see the sign NO SMOKING on the wall? A. You’d better not B. Yes, go head C. You are welcome D. Take your time 33. It is a real bargain. I ________ when I was traveling in Be ijing. A. put it up B. took it up C. made it up D. picked it up 34. Not until _________ at the airport ________ she had left her passport at home. A. the lady arrived; she realized B. the lady arrived; did she realize C. did the lady arrive; she realized D. did the lady arrive; did she realize 35. --- Tom, have you gone over your lessons after school? --- Not yet.
--- Please remember: __________ A. Many hands make light work. B. Rome wasn’t built in a day. C. Strike while the iron is hot. D. Great minds think alike. 第二节 完形填空（共 20 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 20 分） 请认真阅读下面短文，从短文后各题所给的 A、B、C、D 四个选项中，选出最佳选项， 并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。 The Circus Tickets Once, when I was a teenager, my father and I were standing in line to buy tickets for the circus. Finally, there was only one family in front of us. This family left a big 36 on me. There were eight children, all probably under the age of 12. You could 37 they didn’t have a lot of money. Their clothes were not 38 , but they were clean. The children were standing in line, two-by-two 39 their parents, hand in hand. They were 40 talking about the acts they would see that night. One could sense they had never been to the circus before. The father and mother were now at the head of the pack, standing proud as proud could be. The ticket lady asked the father 41 tickets he wanted. He 42 responded, “Please let me buy eight children’s tickets and two adult tickets so I can take my family to the circus.” The ticket lady quoted the 43 . The man’s wife let go of his hand, her head 44 , and her lip began to quiver (颤抖). The man didn’t have 45 money. Seeing what was going 46 , my dad put his hand in his pocket, pulled 47 a $ 20 bill and dropped it on the ground. (We were not 48 in any sense of the word ! ) My father reached down, 49 up the bill, tapped the man on the shoulder and said, “Excuse me, sir, this fell out of your pocket.” The man knew what was happening. He wasn’t 50 for a handout (施舍) but certainly 51 the help in an 52 situation. He looked straight into my dad’s eyes, took my dad’s hand in both of his, and with his lip quivering and a 53 running down his Cheek, he replied, “Thank you, thank you, sir. This really 54 a lot to me and my family.’ My father and I went back to our car and drove home. We didn’t go to the 55 that night, but we didn’t go without. 36. A. difference B. impression C. speech D. suggestion 37. A. say B. speak C. tell D. talk 38. A. expensive B. neat C. dirty D. torn 39. A. beside B. above C. under D. behind 40. A. surprisingly B. nervously C. generally D. excitedly 41. A. what B. which C. how many D. whose 42. A. secretly B. proudly C. equally D. unintentionally 43. A. value B. price C. profit D. coins 44. A. dropped B. exposed C. hidden D. pu shed 45. A. any B. some C. much D. enough 46. A. by B. on C. about D. after 47. A. down B. in C. out D. through 48. A. sensitive B. wealthy C. aggressive D. poor 49. A. put B. polished C. turned D. picked
50. A. making B. running C. begging D. heading 51. A. refused B. appreciated C. wondered D. doubted 52. A. endangered B. interesting C. indirect D. embarrassing 53. A. tear B. drop C. stream D. sweat 54. A. appears B. means C. prays D. extends 55. A. theatre B. court C. circus D. cinema 第三部分 阅读理解（共 15 小题；每小题 2 分，满分 30 分） 请认真阅读下列短文，从短文后各题所给的 A、B、C、D 四个选项中，选出最佳选项， 并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。 A Mark was walking home from school one day when he noticed that the boy ahead of him had tripped and dropped all of the books he was carrying, along with two sweaters, a baseball bat, a glove and a small tape recorder. Mark knelt down and helped the boy pick up the scattered articles. Since they were going the same way, he helped to carry part of the burden. As they walked Mark discovered that the boy’s name was Bill, that he loved video games, baseball and history, that he was having a lot of trouble with his other subjects and that he had just broken up with his girlfriend. They arrived at Bill’s home first and Mark was invited in for a Coke and to watch some television. The afternoon passed pleasantly with a few laughs and some shared small talks, then Mark went home. They continued to see each other around school, had lunch together once or twice, then both graduated from junior high school. They ended up in the same high school where they had brief contacts over the years. Finally the long last year came, and three weeks before graduation, Bill asked Mark if they could have a talk. Bill reminded him of the day years before when they had first met. “Do you ever wonder why I was carrying so many things home that day?” asked Bill. “You see, I cleaned out my locker because I didn’t want to leave a mess for anyone else. I had stored away some of my mother’s sleeping pills and I was going home to commit suicide. But after we spent some time together talking and laughing, I realized that if I had killed myself, I would have missed that time and se many others that might follow. So you see, Mark, when you picked up my books that day, you did a lot more. You saved my life.” 56. Which of the following is t he correct order of the events that happened to Bill? a. Bill tripped and dropped all of his books he was carrying. b. Bill broke up with his girlfriend. c. Bill graduated from junior high school. d. Bill cleaned his locker. e. Bill stored away some of his mother’s sleeping pills. A. d-e-a-b-c B. e-d-b-a-c C. b-d-e-a-c D. b-e-d-a-c 57. We can learn from the passage that ________. A. Bill loved video games, baseball and geography B. Bill and Mark studied at the same senior school C. Because they were good friends, Mark picked up Bill’s books D. Mark knew Bill was having a lot of trouble before he was told 58. The author’s purpose in writing this passage is to _________. A. remind us that we should pick up the articles others dropped.
B. tell people schoolboys are easy to get along with each other. C. tell us that everybody can be great if he has a heart full of love. D. tell us that schoolboys should make as many friends as they can. B
They have appeared on clothes labels for four decades, each one chosen by international experts for its simplicity and clarity. Yet for most people, washing instructions might as well be written in Martian. According to a new poll, 9 in 10 people are unable to understand common symbols used on clothes labels. Even those who have mastered the difference between a wool and a synthetics (合 成纤维织物) wash admit being puzzled by the boxes, circles and crosses used to give advice about drying and bleaching (漂白). The findings come from a poll of 2,000 people carried out by YouGov for Morphy Richards. A third of the people surveyed said that they recognized none of the six symbols shown, while the only symbol recognized by more than half of the people was the iron with a single dot. Around 70 per cent knew it meant “iron on a low heat”. Just 10 per cent knew the sign for “do not dry clean”, while only 12 per cent were familiar with “drip dry only”. Despite the sexual revolution, women are stir more knowledgeable than men. Awareness was highest among 18- to 29-year-old women, for whom taking care of clothes is clearly important. Chris Lever, from Morphy Richards, said, “Clothes Care symbols are a unique language, clearly a language that few people in the UK have taken the time to learn.” “Learning the basics such as which icon represents tumble dry (滚动热干) and which represents normal wash woul d go a long way to getting the best out of clothes.” The Home Laundering Consultative Council, which promotes symbols, sold it was not surprised to learn that people were unfamiliar with them. “It’s disappointing that there is a lack of recognition, but it’s a story that’s repeated time and time again,” said a spokesman, Adam Mansell. “We are a small organization and we don’t have a big budget.” 59. Why are these six washing symbols chosen by international experts? A. Because they are simple and clear. B. Because people in the UK are interested in them.
C. Because it’s a long way to getting the best out of clothes. D. Because they are a unique language. 60. Which of the following statements is NOT true according to the text? A. Clothes care symbols have appeared on clothes labels for forty years. B. Few people in the UK have taken the time to learn about clothes care symbols. C. A third of the people surveyed said that they recognized the six symbols shown. D. Women have a better knowledge of the common symbols used on clothes labels than men. 61. Which symbol did most of people recognize according to the survey?
62. By the underlined part in the first paragraph “for most people, washing instructions might as well be written in Martian”, the author means __________. A. Most people can understand the washing instructions. B. Most people can understand the instructions if they are written in Martian. C. Most people think it impossible to understand the washing instructions. D. The washing instructions are written in Martian. C In so many ways, cyberspace (网络空间) mirrors the real world. People ask for information, play games, and share hobby tips. Others buy and sell products. Still others look for friendship, or even love. Some Internet users want more than just someone to chat with. They’re looking for serious love relationships. Is cyberspace a good place to find love? That answer depends on whom you ask. Some of these relationships actually succeed. Others fail miserably. Unlike the real world, however, your knowledge about a person is limited to words on a computer screen. Identity and appearance mean very little in cyberspace. Rather, a person’s thoughts or at least the thoughts they type are what really count. So even the shyest person can become a chat-room star. Usually, this “faceless” communication doesn’t create problems. Identity doesn’t really matter when you’re in a chat-room discussing politics or hobbies. In fact, this emphasis on the ideas themselves makes the Internet a great place for exciting conversation. Where else can so many people come together to chat? Supporters of online relat ionships claim that the Internet allows couples to get to know each other intellectually first. Personal appearance doesn’t get in the way. But critics of online relationships argue that no one can truly know another person in cyberspace. Why? Because the Internet gives users a lot of control over how others view them. Internet users can carefully craft their words to fit whatever image they want to give. And they don’t have to worry about what their “nonverbal (不用语言表达的)” communication is doing for their image. In a sense, they’re not really themselves. All of this may be fine if the relationship stays in cyberspace. But not knowing a person is a big problem in a love relationship. With so many unknowns, it’s easy to let one’s imagination “fill in the blanks.” This surely leads to disappointment when couples meet in person. How someone imagines an online friend is often quite different from the real person. So, before looking for love in cyberspace, remember the advice of Internet pioneer Clifford
Stoll, “Life in the real world is far richer than anything you’ll find on a computer screen.” 63. Critics of online relations are in favor of the following EXCEPT that ________. A. Nobody can truly know another person in cyberspace B. To fit whatever image they want to give, Internet users can carefully’ craft their words C. The Internet allows couples to get to know each other intellectually first D. In a sense, Internet users are not really themselves 64. Even the shyest person can become a chat-room star because a person’s ________. A. knowledge and appearance do really count in cyberspace B. thoughts he types on the screen do really count in cyberspace C. nonverbal communication does really count in cyberspace D. identity and interests do really count in cyberspace 65. The underlined word “This” in the passage refers to ___________. A. getting to know each other intellectually first B. the personal relationship in cyberspace C. imagining an online friends with so many unknowns D. knowing a person in a love relationship 66. What is the author’s attitude to finding love in cyberspace? A. Surprised. B. Interested. C. Positive. D. Negative. D The worsening global economic situation makes it difficult for China to predict its growth for next year, a senior official said on Friday. “How fast China% economy will grow next year is uncertain,” Liu He, deputy director of the Office of the Central Leading Group on Finance and Economy Work, told China Daily. “To a large extent, the rate will be decided by the external situation,” Liu said during a discussion with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and other economists in Beijing. “This year, GDP is estimated to grow at 9.4 or 9.5 percent, down from 10.6 percent last year”, he said. “However, the impact of the current financial turbulence (动荡) on our economy is much less than on the rest of the world”, he said. Nicholas Stern, a former UK government advisor, also told China Daily, “It will take at least one or two years for the world to recover from the recession, which is now spreading from the US and the UK to the rest of the world. We don’t know how long the recession will last, but it is unlikely to be short,” he said. Liu said China can use the downturn as an opportunity to restructure its economy, which has relied heavily on government investment, foreign trade and low-cost technology over the past years. “When the economy is experiencing fast growth, companies are unwilling to upgrade their technologies,’’ Liu said. “The slowdown gives such firms the opportunity to sharpen their competitive edge through better technologies.” 67. We can conclude from Liu He’s speech that __________. A. it will take at least one or two years for the world to recover from the recession B. GDP in China is expected to reduce this year compared to that of last year C. how fast China’s economy will grow this year is uncertain D. China, as well as the rest of the world, faces the same impact of the financial turbulence
68. The underlined word “recession” in the fifth paragraph refers to ________. A. decline B. development C. increase D. change 69. What are the firms advised to do in the face of the slowdown in economy? A. To rely firmly on government investment B. To stop foreign trade in the near future C. To depend on low-cost technology D. To sharpen their competitive edge by better technologies 70. Which of the following is the best title for the passage? A. The fast growing economy of China B. The decline in China’s GDP next year C. The worsening global economic situation D. The financial impact on China’s economy 第Ⅱ 卷(共 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恰当的单词。 注意：每个空格只填一个单词。 If you are asked to chair a meeting, remember the following six golden rules for meeting management. 1. Always start the meeting on time If you begin on time, group members who show up late will realize the value of time. Beginning on time reflects the skill as an effective time manager and sets an example for others to follow. 2. Select a note-taker or arrange to have the meeting audio-taped You may need to refer back to an issue that was discussed during the meeting at a later date. Good record-keeping is a sign of a good meeting manager as well. 3. Learn to listen So many times we think we are going to say and, in the process, block out important points that other group members may be contributing. Additionally, we often hear only what we want to hear, rather than really listen to other people. Meetings that are characterized by effective listening are successful meetings. 4. Keep the discussion on track Many times important issues can get sidetracked in a meeting, especially when everyone has a different opinion about the topic. If an unexpected conflict develops once the meeting is in progress, either appoint a subcommittee to look into the problem, or ask the participants involved in the conflict to meet with you after the meeting. Doing so will help keep the discussion on track and minimize (减少) the chances of wasting participants’ time of great value. 5. Give everyone an opportunity to be heard Some people tend to control meetings, whereas others wait to be asked their opinions. As the leader of the meeting, you need to keep an open mind and make sure everyone feels welcome to contribute and express ideas without criticism. 6. End on time If you said the meeting would last no longer than one hour, make sure the meeting lasts for only one hour. Running late with a meeting makes members late for other appointments, increases the chances that the members will mentally leave the meeting and reduces your reliability as an effective meeting manager. 71. ▲ on how to manage a meeting
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第二节 书面表达(满分 25 分) 大多数人都希望受到别人欢迎，但并非都能做到。请根据下表问卷调查结果，写一篇题 为 How to be popular 的英文短文。 45%的人认为 1、改善外表，穿着得体，精神状态好 2、经常微笑，待人友善 1、培养对他人的体贴 2、当个好听众 3、不说别人的坏话 (至少两点)
注意：1、短文须包括所有要点，可适度发挥。 2、开头已为你写好，但不计人总词数。 3、词数：150 左右。 How to be popular Many people desire to be popular with others, but not everyone can achieve this goal. What is the secret to popularity?
1-5 AABCB 6-10 ABBCC 11-15 BBCAA 16-20 CABAC 21-25 BCACD 26-30 ADCDB 31-35 BADBC 36-40 BCADD 41-45 CBBAD 46-50 BCBDC 51-55 BDABC 56-60 DBCAC 61-65 ACCBC 66-70 DBADD 71. Advice/Suggestions/Tips 72. Reflect 73. audio-tape/record 74. later 75. effectively 76. discussion 77. valuable 78. opportunity 79. welcome 80. Increase One possible version: How to be popular Most people desire to be popular with others, but not everyone can achieve this goal. What is the secret to popularity? 45 percent of the people surveyed believe that the first step is to improve our appearance. We should always make sure that we dress properly and be in good spirits. In addition, if we always keep a smile on our face and act in a friendly way towards others, people will be attracted to our good looks and impressed by our actions. However, 55% of the people think a person popular with people is always considerate of others. It’s also important to be a good listener. In this way, people will feel comfortable enough to get along with you. Above all, we must remember not to speak ill of others at any time. In my opinion, no matter what we do, we are supposed to be ourselves. Only by being respectful of others can we earn their respect. Meanwhile, if we are trustworthy, I am sure popularity will come our way. 听力原文 Text 1 M: Taste this. This dish is delicious. W: Thank you. I don’t eat pepper. M: I did not know that you don’t eat things that are spicy. W: That’s okay. Text 2 W: Hi, John, long time no see. I hear you’ve been sick. How are you feeling now? M: They must have mistaken me for my brother, Jack. Anyway, he is feeling better now. Text 3 W: Good morning. M: Good morning. I’m here to see Mr Addison. W: Mr Addison went to Washington on Monday afternoon for an exhibition, and won’t be back until Thursday night. If you like, you can come again on Friday morning. Text 4 W: What time did yesterday’s second baseball game start? M: It was supposed to start at a quarter to five, but it was delayed an hour. Text 5 W: How can I get to your house? M: Oh, it’s very easy. My house is only five minutes’ walk from this station. Turn right outside the station, and walk along the street until you find the number on the gate. It’s exactly opposite a park.
W: I see. Thanks. Text 6 W: Dad, I need a few supplies for school, and I was wondering if. M: Yeah. There are a couple of pencils and an eraser in the kitchen drawer, I think. W: Dad, I’m in Grade Eight now, and I need real supplies for my demanding classes. M: Oh, so you need a rider, too.9 W: Dad, l need some high tech stuff like a calculator and a laptop computer. M: Uh. I didn’t have any of that when I was in high school, and I was just fine. W: But things are just more progressive now. M: Great. My daughter will be playing video games in geometry class. W: Dad. M: Okay. How much is this thing going to cost me? W: Well, I saw it at the store for only $ 99. M: Well, you’ll be supporting me in my old age, I guess. When do you need it? W: Now, right now. Mom’s already waiting in the car for us. She said she would buy me an ice cream if I could talk you into buying it for me today. Text 7 M: Hello! May I send a parcel here? W: Yes. What is inside the parcel? M: A dictionary and two books. W: By ordinary-mail or air-mail? M: How long does it take for the parcel to go regular mail to Hong Kong? W: About two weeks. M: What about air-mail? W: Three or four days. Which way do you prefer? M: By air -mail, please. How much should I pay’? W: Let me weigh the parcel first. It’s ten pounds and nine ounces. You’ll have to pay five dollars and twelve cents. M: Here you are ! W: Keep the receipt please. M: Thanks. W: Not at all. Text 8 W: Tell me exactly what happened. M: Well, I was walking through the park yesterday when a woman knocked me right off my feet and ran off through the trees. W: Can you describe the woman for me? M: Yeah. She was about 190 centimeters tall, wearing a white and black dress, a red sweater over it, and a pair of basketball shoes. W: Hmm. What else? M: She had a heavy build, with long hair and was probably in her late 30’s. W: What was, uh, taken.., exactly? M: Well, just my left shoe. W: Oh, this man again! He often wanders around the park. He likes to remove the left shoe
from men for some unknown reason and usually returns the shoe to the crime scene a couple of days later. M: Hey, he can keep my shoe, and I’ll just take off my left shoe every time I walk through the park. Text 9 W: Hey, Henry, bow’s everything going, and what’s the matter with the flowers? M: They’re for my wife. W: Oh, a wedding anniversary or something? M: To tell the truth, it couldn’t be worse. W: Oh really? What happened? M: Well, I had some of the guys over Friday night to watch a basketball game on TV, but one of them got all excited, and started honing around, waving his arms, and he accidentally knocked over my wife’s 250-year-old Chinese vase given to her by her grandmother. W: Oh, wow. You’re in hot water now. Oh, there’s more? M: Yeah, you s ee, the water from the vase spread all over a book my wife has been writing for the past two years. And so one of the guys had the bright idea of drying the pages by the fire while we watched, but a spark from the fire must have blown out and burned the book. W: Ah, so I get it now. You’re buying the flowers for her as a part of some kind of peace offering, light? M: (Laughter) Text 10 Here I am on this Boeing 747. I am going to another country to go to school. I am happy and excited. But I am also lonely. My family and my friends are at home. I am up here in the sky, halfway over in ocean. I am not afraid, but I am worried. What will my new life be like? Where will I live? Will people be friendly? Will I learn enough English to go to school? Win someone meet me at the airport? Four hours ago, I was at the airport in my country. My family and friends were with me. Everyone was saying, “Goodbye, Jakan. Good luck !” I looked at my parents’ faces. I saw big smiles. I knew that they were proud of me. But I also saw tears in their eyes. I knew that they were going to miss me. At home it is two o’c lock in the afternoon. My family is learning to live without me. And now I must learn to live without them. My parents want me to go to school. I want to go to school, too. So here I am on this airplane. I must stop thinking about my family and friends. I will be in a new country in three hours. I must be brave because I will have a lot to do.
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