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Last October ,while tending her garden in Mora ,Sweden ,Lena  Pahlsson  pulled out a handful of small       56     (carrot) and was about to throw them away .But something made her look closer ,and she noticed a     57  (shine) object .Yes ,there beneath the leafy top of one tiny carrot was her long-lost wedding ring.

Pahlsson screamed   58   loudly that her daughter came running from the house .“she thought I had hurt   59     (I),”says Pahlsson Sixteen years   60   (early),Pahlsson had removed the diamond ring     61  (cook) a meal. When she

wanted to put the ring back on later, it was gone. She

supected that one of her three daughters-then ten. eight, and six- had picked it up, but the girls said they hadn't. Pahlsson and her husband      62  (seareh) the kitchen, checking every corner. but turned up nothing. “I gave up hope of finding my ring again," she says. She never replaced it.

Pahlsson and her husband now think the ring probably got 63    (sweep) into a pile of kitchen rubbish and was spread over the garden,   64     it remained until the carrot’s leafy top accidentally sprouted (生长) through it. For Pahlsson, its return was   65     wonder.




Alia Baker is a librarian in Iraq. Her library used to be a 36 place for all who loved books and liked to share knowledge. They 37 various matters all over the world. When the war was near, Alia was  38  that the fires of war would destroy the books, which are more 39 to her than mountain of gold. The books are in every language new books, ancient books, 40 a book on the history of Iraq that is seven hundred years old.

She had asked the government for  41  to move the books to a 42  place, but they refused. So Alia took matters into her own hands. 43  , she brought books home every night,  44  her car late after work. Her friends came to 45  her when the war broke out. Anis who owned a restaurant  46 to hide some books. All through the  47 , Alia, Anis, his brothers and neighbours took the books from the library, 48  them over the seven-foot wall and 49  them in the restaurant. The books stayed hidden as the war  50  . Then nine days laters, a fire burned the  51  to the ground.

One day, the bombing stopped and the  52 left. But the war was not over yet. Alia knew that if the books were to be safe, they must be 53 again while the city was 54  . So she hired a truck to bring all the books to the houses of friends in the suburbs(郊区). Now Alia waited for the war to end and 55 peace and a new library.

1.A. meeting   B. working   C. personal   D. religious

2.A. raised    B. handled   C. reported   D. discussed

3.A. worried   B. angry    C. doubtful   D. curious

4.A. practical   B. precious   C. reliable   D. expensive

5.A. then    B. still    C. even    D. rather

6.A. permission  B. confirmation  C. explanation  D. information

7.A. large    B. public   C. distant   D. safe

8.A. Fortunately  B. Surprisingly  C. Seriously   D. Secretly

9.A. starting   B. parking   C. filling   D. testing

10.A. stop    B. help    C. warn    D. rescue

11.A. intended   B. pretended   C. happened   D. agreed

12.A. war    B. night    C. building   D. way

13.A. put    B. opened   C. passed   D. threw

14.A. hid    B. exchanged  C.burnt    D. distributed

15.A. approached  B. erupted   C. continued   D. ended

16.A. restaurant   B. library   C. city    D. wall

17.A. neighbours  B. soldiers   C. friends   D. customers

18.A. sold    B. read    C. saved    D. moved

19.A. occupied   B. bombed   C. quiet    D. busy

20.A. dreamed of  B. believed in  C. cared about  D. looked for



How to Do Man-on-the-Street Interviews

The man-on-the-street interview is an interview in which a reporter hits the streets with a cameraman to interview people on the sport. _____ But with these tips, your first man-on-the-street interview experience can be easy.

 When your boss or professor sends you out to do man-on-the-street interviews for a story, think about the topic and develop a list of about ten general questions relating to it. For example, if your topic is about environmental problems in America, you might ask, “Why do you think environmental protection is important in America?” _____

 Hit the streets with confidence. _____ Say, “Excuse me, I work for XYZ News, and I was wondering if you could share your opinion about this topic.” This is a quick way to get people to warm up to you.

Move on to the next person if someone tells you she is not inter

Don’t get discouraged.

  Each interview that you get on the street shouldn’t be longer than ten minutes. As soon as you get the answer you need, move on to the next person. Make sure that as you go from interview to interview, you are getting a variety of answers. If everyone is giving you the same answer, you won’t be able to use it. A safe number of interviews to conduct is about six to ten. 

If your news station or school requires interviewees to sign release forms to appear on the air, don’t leave work without them.

A. Limit your time.

B. As you approach people, be polite.

C. If you don’t own a camera, you can buy one.

D. For new reporters, this can seem like a challenging task.

E. To get good and useful results, ask them the same question.

F. That number of interviews should give you all the answers you need.

G. With a question like this, you will get more than a “Yes” or “No” reply.




FLORENCE, Italy—Svetlana Cojochru feels hurt. The Moldovan has lived here seven years as a caregiver to Italian kids and elderly, but in order to stay she’s had to prove her language skills by taking a test which requires her to write a postcard to an imaginary friend and answer a fictional job ad.

Italy is the latest Western European country trying to control a growing immigrant(移民) population by demanding language skills in exchange for work permits, or in some cases, citizenship.

Some immigrant advocates worry that as hard financial times make it more difficult for natives to keep jobs, such measures will become a more vehicle for intolerance than integration(融合). Others say it’s only natural that newcomers learn the language of their host nation, seeing it as a condition to ensure they can contribute to society.

Other European countries laid down a similar requirement for immigrants, and some terms are even tougher. The governments argue that this will help foreigners better join the society and promote understanding across cultures.

Italy, which has a much weaker tradition of immigration, has witnessed a sharp increase in immigration in recent years. In 1990, immigrants numbered some 1.14 million out of Italy’s then 56.7 million people, or about 2 percent. At the start of this year, foreigners living in Italy amounted to 4.56 million of a total population of 60.6 million, or 7.5 percent, with immigrants’ children accounting for an even larger percentage of births in Italy.

Cojochru, the Moldovan caregiver, hoped obtaining permanent residence(居住权) would help her bring her two children to Italy; they live with her sister in Moldova, where salaries are among the lowest in Europe. She was skeptical that the language requirement would encourage integration.

Italians always “see me as a foreigner,” an outsider, even though she’s stayed in the country for years and can speak the local language fluently, she said.

1.Why does Cojochru have to take a language test?

A. To continue to stay in Italy.    B. To teach her children Italian.

C. To find a better job in Italy.    D. To better mix with the Italians.

2.Some people worry that the new language requirement may ________.

A. reduce Italy’s population quickly    B. cause conflicts among people

C. lead to financial difficulties    D. put pressure on schools

3.What do we know about Cojochru?

A. She lives with her sister now in Italy.

B. She enjoys learning the Italian language.

C. She speaks Italian well enough for her job.

D. She wishes to go back to her home country.



Getting less sleep has become a bad habit for most American kids. According to a new survey(调查) by the National Sleep Foundation, 51% of kids aged 10 to 18 go to bed at 10 pm or later on school nights, even though they have to get up early. Last year the Foundation reported that nearly 60% of 7- to 12-year-olds said that they felt tired during the day, and 15% said they had fallen asleep at school.

How much sleep you need depends a lot on your age. Babies need a lot of rest: most of them sleep about 18 hours a day! Adults need about eight hours. For most school-age children, ten hours is ideal(理想的). But the new National Sleep Foundation survey found that 35% of 10- to 12-year-olds get only seven or eight hours. And guess what almost half of the surveyed kids said they do before bedtime? Watch TV.

“More children are going to bed with TVs on, and there are more opportunities(机会) to stay awake, with more homework, the Internet and the phone,” says Dr. Mary Carskadon, a sleep researcher at Brown University Medical School. She says these activities at bedtime can get kids all excited and make it hard for them to calm down and sleep. Other experts say part of the problem is chemical. Changing levels of body chemicals called hormones not only make teenagers’ bodies develop adult characteristics, but also make it hard for teenagers to fall asleep before 11 pm.

Because sleepiness is such a problem for teenagers, some manfen5 school districts have decided to start high school classes later than they used to. Three years ago, schools in Edina, Minnesota, changed the start time from 7:25 am to 8:30 am. Students, parents and teachers are pleased with the results.

1.What is the new National Sleep Foundation survey on?

A. American kids’ sleeping habits.      B. Teenagers’ sleep-related diseases.

C. Activities to prevent sleeplessness.    D. Learning problems and lack of sleep.

2. How many hours of sleep do 11-year-olds need every day?

A. 7 hours.     B. 8 hours.    C. 10 hours.     D. 18 hours.

3.Why do teenagers go to sleep late according to Carskadon?

A. They are affected by certain body chemicals.

B. They tend to do things that excite them.

C. They follow their parents’ examples.

D. They don’t need to go to school early.



Benjamin West,the father of American painting, showed his talent for art when he was only six years of age. But he did not know about brushes before a visitor told him he needed one. In htose days ,a brush was made from camels hair. There were no camels nearby. Benjamin decided that cat hair would work instead. He cut some fur from the family cat to make a brush.

The brush did nott last long. Soon Benjamin needed more fur. Before long, the catbegan to look ragged (蓬乱). His father said that the cat must be sick. Benjamin was forced to admit what he had been doing.

The cats lot was about to improve. That year, one of Benjamins cousins, Mr.Pennington, came to visit. He was impressed with Benjamins drawings. When he went home, he sent Benjamin a box of paint and some brushes. He also sent six engravings (版画)by an artist. These were the forst pictures and first real paint and brushes Benjamin had ever seen. In 1747,when Benjamin  was nine years old,Mr.Pennington retured for another visit .He was amazed at what Benjamin had done with his gift.He asked  Benjamin’s parents if he might take the boy to Philadelphia for a visit.

  In the city, Mr.Pennington gave  Benjamin  materials for creating oil paintings.The boy began a landscape (风景) painting.Wiliams ,a well-known painter,came to see him work . Wiliams was impressed with Benjamin and gave him two classic books on painting to take home .The books were long and dull. Benjamin could read only a little,having been a poor student.But he later said,”Those two books were my companions by day,and under my pillow at night.”While it is likely that he understood very little of the books,they were his introduction to classical paintings.The nine-year-old boy decided then that he would be an artist.

1.What is the text mainly about?

A. Benjamin’s visit to Philadelphia.

B. Williams’ influence on Benjamin.

C. The beginning of Benjamin’s life as an artist.

D. The friendship between Benjamin and Pennington.

2.What does the underlined sentence in paragraph 3 suggest?

A. The cat would be closely watched.

B. The cat would get some medical care.

C. Benjamin would leave his home shortly.

D. Benjamin would have real brushes soon.

3.What did Pennington do to help Benjamin develop his talent?

A. He took him to see painting exhibitions.

B. He provided him with painting materials.

C. He sent him to a school in Philadelphia.

D. He taught him how to make engravings.

4.Williams’ two books helped Benjamin to ________.

A. master the use of paints

B. appreciate landscape paintings

C. get to know other painters

D. make up his mind to be a painter
















Mr. and Mrs.Zhang all work in our school.They live far from the school, and it takes them about a hour and a half to go to work every day. In their spare time, they are interesting in planting vegetables in their garden, that is on the rooftop of their house. They often get up earlier and water the vegetables together. They have also bought for some gardening tools. Beside, they often get some useful informations from the internet. When summer came, they will invite their students pick the vegetables!



    In 1863 the first underground passenger railway in the world opened in London. z&xxk It ran for just under seven kilometers and allowed people to avoid terrible __61__(crowd) on the roads above as they travelled to and ___62__ word. It took three years to complete and was built using an interesting method. This included digging up the road, ____63___(lay) the track and then building a strong roof over___64___ top. When all those had been done, the road surface was replaced.

    Steam engines ___65__(use) to pull the carriages and it must have been___66__(fair)unpleasant for the passsengers, with all the smoke and noise. However, the railway quickly proved to be a great success and within six months, more than 25,000 people were using___67__ every day.

Later, engineers ____68___(manage) to construct railways in a system of deep tunnels (隧道), which became known to the tube. This development was only possible with the ___69___ (introduce) of electric-powered engines and lifts. The central London Railway was one of the most ___70___(success) of these new lines, and was opened in 1900. It had white-painted tunnels and bright red carriages, and proved extremely popular with the public.



In 1973, I was teaching elementary school.Each day, 27 kids  41    “The Thinking Laboratory.”That was the      42    students voted for after deciding that “Room 104” was too   43   .

Freddy was an average     44    ,but not an average person. He had the rare balance of fun and compassion(同情).He would   45   the loudest over fun and be the saddest over anyone’s   46    .

Before the school year    47    ,I gave the kids a special       48    , T-shirts with the words “Verbs Are Your   49   ” on them. I had advised the kids that while verbs(动词)may seem dull ,most of the  50   things they do throughout their lives will be verbs.

Through the years, I’d run into former students who would provide    51   on old classmates. I learned that Freddy did several jobs after his   52   from high school and remained the same  53   person I met forty years before .Once, while working overnight at a store, he let a homeless man   54   in his truck . Another time , he   55   a friend money to buy a house .

Just last year, I was   56   a workshop when someone knocked at the classroom door. A woman   57   the interruption and handed me an envelope. I stopped teaching and    58   it up. Inside were the “Verbs” shirt and a    59   from Freddy’s mother. “Freddy passed away on Thanksgiving. He wanted you to have this.”

I told the story  to the class. As sad as it was, I couldn’t help smiling . Although Freddy was taken from us,we all   60   something from  Freddy.

1.A. built          B. entered         C. decorated             D. ran

2.A. name         B. rule            C. brand                D. plan

3.A. small         B. dark            C. strange              D. dull

4.A. scholar        B. student         C. citizen               D. worker

5.A. speak         B. sing            C. question             D. laugh

6.A. misfortune     B. disbelief         C. dishonesty           D. mistake

7.A. changed       B. approached       C. returned            D. ended

8.A.lesson           B.gift               C.report           D.message

9.A.friends          B.Awards            C.Masters          D.Tasks

10.A.simple          B.unique             C. fun             D.clever

11.A.assessments      B. comments          C.instructions       D.updates

12.A.graduation       B. retirement          C.separation        D.resignation

13.A.daring          B.modest              C.caring           D.smart

14.A.wait            B.sleep               C.study            D.live

15.A.paid            B.charged             C.lent              D.owed

16.A.observing        B.preparing            C. designing        D.conducting

17.A.regretted         B.avoided             C.excused          D.ignored

18.A.opened          B.packed              C.gave            D.held

19.A.picture          B.bill                 C.note             D.diary

20.A.chose           B.took                C.expected         D.borrowed


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