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Now many young people are traveling around the world on their own not because they have no one to travel with, but because they prefer to go alone.

Kristina Wegscheider from California first traveled alone when she was at college and believes that it is something everyone should do at least once in their life. “It opens up your mind to new things and pushes you out of your comfort zone.” Wegscheider has visited 46 countries covering all seven continents.

In foreign countries, with no one to help you read a map, look after you if you get ill, or lend you money if your wallet is stolen, it is challenging. This is what drives young people to travel alone. It is seen as character building and a chance to prove that they can make it on their own.

Chris Richardson decided to leave his sales job in Australia to go traveling last year. He set up a website, The Aussie Nomad, to document his adventures. He says he wished he had traveled alone earlier.“ The people you meet, the places you visit, or the things you do, everything is up to you and it forces you to grow as a person,” said the 30-year-old man.

Richardson describes traveling alone like “a shot in the arm”, which “makes you a more confident person that is ready to deal with anything.” He said, “The feeling of having conquered something on my own is a major part of what drives me each day when I’m dealing with a difficult task.” “I walk around with my head up because I know deep down inside that nothing is impossible if you try.”

The great 19th century explorer John Muir once said, “Only by going alone in silence can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness.”

1.Which of the following will Kristina Wegscheider agree with?

A. Traveling alone is a necessary experience for everyone.

B. It is more meaningful to travel in foreign countries.

C. It is comfortable to travel around without a friend.

D. Traveling abroad helps people to find new things.

2.Traveling alone is challenging because________________ .

A. you have to make things on your own

B. it is hard for you to prove yourself to others

C. you can only depend on yourself whatever happens

D. it will finally build your character

3.What can we infer about Chris Richardson?

A. He started traveling alone at an early age.

B. He was once shot in the arm.

C. He used to work as a salesman.

D. His website encourages others a lot.

4.What is the best title for the passage?

A. Travel Abroad          B. Travel alone     

C. Travel Light           D. Travel Wide and Far



The teacher stood before his class and was going to hand out the final exam papers. “I know you have all worked hard to get    1.   for this test.”He said. “And because I know you can do it well, I would like to offer a B to anyone who will choose not to take the test.” Many students jumped     2.   to thank the teacher and left the classroom. The teacher looked at the students left in the classroom and said, “Does anyone else want to get a B? This is your last    3.   .”Two more students decided to go out.

Only seven students stayed behind in the classroom. The teacher then     4.   out the papers. There were three sentences on the paper: Congratulations! You have just got an A in this class. Keep   5.  in yourself.

I never had a teacher     6.   that, but I think it is a test that any teacher can and should give. Students who don’t believe in what they have learned are B students at most.

The same is true in our real life. The A students are those who believe in what they are doing because they have learned from both success and failure. They have learned life’s lesson, not only from school education    7.  also from things happening in their lives. So they have become better people.

Scientists say that by the age of eight, 80% of what we believe about ourselves has already been formed. You are a big kid now, and you realize that you have some limits(局限). However, there is     8.    you can’t do if you believe in yourself and keep going. Sir Edmund Hilliary, the first person to the summit of Mount Everest (珠峰)said, “It’s not the summit of Mount Everest we got over but ourselves.




I'm here today to share a good lesson with you. It is a true story about a student who studied in Germany.

After years of hard work, this student graduated with amazing achievements. Everyone was sure that he was going to get a good job easily and have a bright future. But to his surprise, he was not even given the chance for an interview! The third time he was refused, he couldn't help telephoning the company to ask why they didn't want him. The answer was simple. “We don't offer jobs to dishonest people in Germany.”

What was wrong, you might wonder? The truth is, shortly after he arrived in Germany, this clever student found that it was easy to skip(逃票) buying subway tickets in this country. So in order to save money, he often went in the subway without a ticket. As a result, he had been caught without a ticket many times.

From this story, we learn that we may get short-term benefits in dishonest ways, but the truth will com out sooner or later and the cost is high. So remember: honesty is the best rule.

1.Did the student often buy a ticket when he took the subway?


2.Where did the student study?


3.According to the passage, what is the best rule?




Once upon a time, a greedy rich man hired a wise man. He wanted the wise man to find a way to make him even more money. The rich man was building a giant safe. And his greatest dream was to fill the safe with gold and jewels.

The wise man thought about this problem for months. One night he appeared at the rich man’s house with a big smile on his face. He said, “ I’ve done it! My calculations are perfect! You’ll be rich beyond your wildest dreams.” The rich man was very delighted to go on a long journey. He promised the wise man double pay to run his business for him.

When the rich man returned, he found that all of his money was gone. Very angry, he asked the wise man to explain. The wise man told him he’d given everything away. The wise man said, “ I analyzed(分析) how a single rich man could gain the biggest wealth. But it is limited how much one man can do by himself. Then I realized that many people could help us achieve our goal. By helping other people, you could gain most.”

Disappointed and angry, the rich man went away. As he was walking, several neighbours saw him. All of them had their share when the wise man gave away the man’s wealth. They were so thankful that they welcomed him to their homes and offered anything he needed.

Over the next few weeks, …

1.Did the rich man ask a wise man to build a safe? (此题一分)

2.Why did the rich man hire a wise man?

3. What happened when the rich man returned from his journey?

4. How could the rich man gain biggest wealth according to the wise man?

5. How did the rich man feel after the wise man explained?

6.Please add an ending(结尾) to the story (write at least three sentences). (此题三分)



Choose the best answer (根据论坛内容,选择最恰当的答案) (12分)

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Read the post from the travel forum(论坛)

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3 days ago

Question: First trip to the USA

For my new job, I will travel to the United States next month and meet my American boss. This will be my first trip to the USA. I’m worried about correct business behavior and manners. My boss invited me to his home for dinner. Do you have any advice?


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3 days ago

Re: First trip to the USA

It’s a good idea to bring a small gift or something from your country. Don’t be surprised if your boss opens the gift right away. In the USA, people often open a gift when they receive it. In Korea, that is not polite, but it’s appropriate in the USA.


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Los Angeles


2 days ago

Re: First trip to the USA

Americans use their hands to eat some kinds of food, such as pizza and fried chicken. Watch your American hosts, and do what they do.


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New York


12 hours ago

Re: First trip to the USA

In Korea and Japan, it’s the custom to remove your shoes before entering a house. In the United States, you usually don’t take your shoes off. Once I was travelling in Japan and entered a house with my shoes on by mistake. Oops!


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2 hours ago

Re: First trip to the USA

Many Americans are very informal at home. One time I went to dinner at the home of an American business partner, I was surprised that everyone stood and talked in the kitchen while the husband and wife cooked dinner. Besides, unlike in Korea, everyone took part in the dinner table conversation, even the man’s wife and children.


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Andrew, Washington


2 hours ago

Re: First trip to the USA

I agree with Lee. I was surprised that American men often cook and that both the husband and wife come to dinner table and talk. You probably won’t speak about business during dinner, so my advice is to know some good topics of conversation. For example, you can talk about travel, food, music, or sports. Of course, it’s good to ask about your boss’s family. But it’s not polite to question about age, salary, religion, or politics.

1. Who will go to the USA?

A.Sue                                 B.Kathryn                               

C.Sam                                  D.Jun

2. People usually don’t need to remove shoes before entering a house in ________.

A.Korea                                  B.the USA                                

C.Japan                                    D.Not mentioned

3. The underlined word appropriate in the first reply probably means ________.

A.完整的                                 B.无礼的                                 

C.合适的                                 D.愉快的

4. According to Andrew, it’s polite to talk about some topics during dinner except ________.

A.travel                                              B.politics                                

C.sports                                 D.food

5. Which of the following statements is True? ________

A.Jun is worried about his English.

B.It’s not polite to bring a small gift when visiting a home in the USA.

C.It’s OK for you to use hands to eat pizza and fried chicken like your American hosts.

D.Lee found the husband talking with the guests while the wife cooked in the kitchen.

6. What can we infer(推断) from the online discussion? ________

A.Both Japanese and Korean are informal at home.

B.Only wives cook in the kitchen in the USA.

C.American customs are similar to Korean and Japanese customs.

D.Women and children don’t usually take part in the table conversation in Korea.



I have had thousands of classes since I started school nine years ago. But only one     was the most important.

It happened last term just after I had got a     result in an exam. I was sad and had lost my confidence. I decided to go to a class which can tell me how to be    .

The speaker walked into the room. But he did not start talking    a teacher. In­stead, he held up a twenty yuan note(钞票) !

"Who wants this?" he asked. Unsurprisingly,     of us in the class held up our hands.

The speaker smiled. Then he put up the note on the blackboard and asked the same question. Again, we all put up our hands. The speaker smiled again, but     nothing. Sud­denly, he threw the note onto the floor!  Then he asked the same    a third time.

I didn' t     what the speaker was doing. Why was he asking the same question again and again? I didn't know what to do. I wanted the note,     I put my hand up again. Af­ter a while, he    the note and started to laugh. "You have all just told me how to be­come successful, "    said to us with the note in his hand.

"The note is worth twenty yuan. It is     worth twenty yuan, even though I throw it on the floor. You are like the note. No matter    happens to you, you still have your worth."

When I heard those words, I was deeply moved. Suddenly, I    I was worth a lot. I may have done in an exam, but it doesn't     I can' t do well in the future. If I believe in myself, I will be successful!

1.A. classroom    B. subject        C. class                       D. school

2.A. same         B. good          C. lucky           D. bad

3.A. comfortable   B. successful      C. famous         D. rich

4.A. like          B. for          C. about           D. by

5.A. both          B. neither         C. all            D. none

6.A. said           B. bought         C. saw          D. wanted

7.A. student        B. teacher         C. question      D. way

8.A. remember      B. understand      C. notice       D. find

9.A. so            B. though         C. if           D. or

10.A. took out       B. threw away     C. picked up    D. put down

11.A. you           B. he            C. she         D. they

12.A. never         B. sometimes      C. hardly        D. always

13.A. when         B. who           C. what         D. how

14.A. realized       B. forgot         C. dreamed      D. decided

15.A. know       B. mean          C. think                      D. complain



Millions of British people have ditched the traditional “thank you” and took the place of it with the less formal “cheers”, according to a survey.

  Although the common person will say “thank you” nearly 5,000 times a year, one in three are more likely to add a “cheers” or “ta” where it’s needed to show they are fashionable.

  One in twenty now say “nice one” instead, while the younger are more likely to offer a “cool” than a “thank you”. “Merci”, “fab” and even “gracias” were also listed as common phrases to use, as “much appreciated(感激)”.

  One in twenty who took part in the survey of 2,000 people by the Food Network UK for Thank You Day, which is marked on November 24, 2011, said a formal “thank you” was now not often needed in everyday conversation. More than one in ten adults said they regularly won’t say thank you if they are in a bad mood. Most people stated that saying thank you was something that their parents trained them. A huge 70 percent of those questioned will say thank you to a person’s face without even meaning it, while one fifth avoid(避免)saying it when they know they should.

It seems our friends and family get the stress of our bad manners. Half of them admit (承认) they’re not good at thanking those closest to them. Many of them explain that they don’t say thank you because their family “already know I’m grateful”.

When spoken words won’t do, it falls to a nice text to do the job for most people.

  One third will still send a handwritten thank-you note---but 45 percent admit it’s been more than six months since they tried to send one.

  A quarter of British people say “thank you” with food, with 23 percent cooking a meal to show their appreciation to someone. Another 15 percent bake a cake.

  It follows that 85 percent of people will be angry because of not getting the gratitude (感激)they feel they should receive.

1.Most of the people who took part in the survey say that they say “thank you” _______.

A. when they are in good mood                                                       

B. completely out of habit

C. when they feel truly grateful                                                       

D. purely out of politeness

2.The underlined word “ditched” in Paragraph 1 means “________”.

A. gave up                                          B. used                                         

C. shared                                          D. knew

3.It can be learned from the passage that _______.

A. different ways of expressing gratitude are all fashionable

B. people should avoid saying “thank you” nowadays

C. a thank-you note is still appreciated by most people

D. people in a bad mood never say “thank you”

4.Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage?

A. Most people express their gratitude to others by buying food for them.

B. About fifty percent of people try not to say thank you when they should.

C. Most people may feel natural when they fail to receive others’ gratitude.

D. Many people think it unnecessary to say thanks to their family members.



Birthdays are celebrated all over the world. Some ways to celebrate birthdays are rather similar from county to country---candles, cakes and birthday wishes. But there are also different ways to celebrate birthdays. Here are a few:


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A flag is flown outside a window to show that someone who lives in the house is having a birthday. Presents are placed around the child’s bed while he is sleeping so he will see them at once when he wakes up.

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Usually Indian children wear white to school. However, on their birthdays, children wear colored clothes to school and give out chocolate to everyone in the class. Their best friends help them to do this.


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The birthday child wears new clothes to mark the special time. Certain birthdays are more important than others. These are the third and seventh for girls and fifth for boys.


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The birthday child receives an especially large present. The family also puts flowers on the birthday child’s chair to make it beautiful.

1.When someone is having a birthday in Denmark, what can you see outside the window?

A. flowers                                          B. presents                                         

C. a flag                                          D. a chair

2.Flowers are put on the chair of the birthday child in      .

A. Japan                                          B. Denmark                                         

C. India                                          D. Holland

3.In India, birthday children      .

A. give out chocolate to their classmates                           

B. share chocolate with their best friends

C. go to school in white clothes                                             

D. wear new clothes to mark the special time



We went into a secondhand shop to get out of the rain.

I took my 6-year-old daughter’s hand and we started to walk around. Suddenly she reached out her hand to touch a pair of shiny black shoes.

“Buy for me?” she asked.

“Oh, Sweetie, they are tap dancing (踢踏舞) shoes. You aren’t taking tap dance.”

“Buy for me?” she repeated.

“Well, let’s try them on.”

She sat on the floor and took off her bright pink rain boots . When she stood up we heard “click”. She took a step, “click, click, click.”

The sun came out and we went on our way. Our next stop was the grocery store(杂货店).

“Click, click, click…” people turned to look as we entered the store. People would never allow their daughter to wear tap dancing shoes to the grocery store .

“Excuse me, dear. Why would you allow your daughter to wear tap dancing shoes here?  They make such a noise.”

“Isn’t it wonderful?”

“Wonderful? My dear, this is not the place to wear those shoes.”

“You don’t understand. When she was a baby, doctors told us that she would never walk or talk. It has taken a lot of hard work and patience, but she asked for the shoes and the ‘click, click, click’ says that she can walk,” I said.

My daughter is 18 now and will graduate from grade 12 in June. It has not always been easy, but it has all been worthwhile (值得做的). She has taught me that it doesn’t matter what others think. They don’t walk in your shoes.

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1.Why did the mother and daughter go to the secondhand shop?

A. They just went window shopping.

B. The daughter loved the place.

C. They just found the place to hide from the rain.

D. The mother wanted to buy cheap shoes for her daughter.

2.People would never allow their daughter to wear tap dancing shoes to the grocery store

because _________.

A. they make noise                                                                      B. they are expensive

C. they are dirty                                                                         D. it is not allowed

3. According to the story, which of the following is TRUE?

                               A. The mother didn’t buy the tap dancing shoes for her daughter.

B. The mother allowed her daughter to do anything she wanted.

C. The mother had once thought of giving her daughter up.

D. For the mother, the “click” noise sounded beautiful.

4.What does the sentence “They don’t walk in your shoes” mean? __________.

A. They don’t have the same shoes as yours.

B. They don’t know how you feel.

C. They don’t walk the same way as you.

D. They don’t know the size of your shoes.

5. The story wants to tell us ______.

A.the love between mother and daughter is strong

B. sometimes you shouldn’t care what others say

C. you should wear the wrong shoes for your feet

D. wearing your own shoes helps you walk faster



Mrs. Smith has a bottle of medicine named 666 POWDER FOR COLD at home. Here is the instruction of it.

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1.What kind of patients mustn’t take 666 POWDER FOR COLD ?

A. The patients who have got a fever.          

B. The patients who have got a cough.

C. The patients who have got a sore throat.      

D. The patients who have got a heart disease.

2.How many days can a bottle of 666 POWDER FOR COLD last for an adult patient at least? A. One day             B. Two days.          

C. Three days            D. Six days.

3.Mrs. Smith’s baby, John, six months old, has got a cold. What do you think she should do ?

A. She should feed him 1/2 spoon of 666 POWDER FOR COLD three times a day

B. She should feed him 1 spoon of 666 POWDER FOR COLD three times a day.

C. She should take him to see a doctor and get to know what’s wrong with her son.

D. She should feed him 1/2 spoon of 666 POWDER FOR COLD only once

4. Which of the following is NOT true?

A. Patients can take the 666 POWDER FOR COLD in February , 2015.

B. If patients take more than one spoon at a time, they need to see a doctor.

C. If patients don’t feel well after taking, they need to see a doctor.

D. Patients can’t use 666 POWDER FOR COLD for more than seven days.


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