In America，each of the states likes to promote itself with a slogan(口号)．I currently live in Utah，where the slogan is “Life Elevated”．It’s a nod to outdoor entertainment in the high country，including the ski industry.I previously lived in Colorado，a land with red dirt，great mountains and golden plains.The slogan there is “Colorful Colorado”．Years ago I lived in the “Peach State” of Georgia，and I grew up in New Mexico as a little boy，whose slogan is “Land of Enchantment(魔力)”．
We never seemed to get away from dust in New Mexico，so I appreciate the story of a newcomer to the “Land of Enchantment” who learned about dusty wind.She was visiting an antique shop and the owner wiped down every item before showing it.The newcomer said，“Everything gets dusty here pretty quickly，doesn’t it？” “That’s not dust，honey，” the shop owner replied，“That’s ENCHANTMENT”．That made the problem more acceptable or at least can be live with.An escalator(自动扶梯) broke，so he posted a sign to warn customers.He chose not to use the traditional “Out of Order” or “Do Not Use” warnings.Instead，his sign read，“This Escalator Is Temporarily a Stairway”．He turned a minus into humor and made it a plus.
And in fact there are some things，like the weather，we can’t change.All we can change is our ways that we think and feel about them.I believe one of the best techniques to do this is to find some humor in the situation.Finding something amusing or enjoyable of difficulty，a troublesome problem can be one of the most creative and effective things we can do.Sometimes the only sense you can make of a situation is a sense of humor.
1．How many places has the author lived in from the first paragraph?
A．2. B．3. C．4. D．5.
2．How would the newcomer probably feel after hearing what the shop owner said?
3．What’s the purpose of the author in writing the text?
A．To encourage people to find the funny side in their daily life.
B．To show the effects of using slogans to raise the position.
C．To explain the skills of turning a disadvantage into humor.
D．To tell the strange experience of a bargain in an antique shop.
4．What does the underlined word “it” in Paragraph 2 refer to?
A．Dust on items.
B．The antique shop.
C．An item for sale.
D．The Land of Enchantment.
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The discussion on renewable energy has been going on for at least a decade and people have relied on fossil fuels almost entirely for more than a century.However，the situation when fossil fuels were the most efficient and the cheapest source of energy has been left far in the past.Many countries such as Germany and Sweden have already made significant efforts to fix this situation，employing numerous power plants working on the renewable resources of energy.The most effective among these resources is geothermal(地热的) energy.
Geothermal energy does not depend on the world’s economic and political situation as strongly as fossil fuels do.Besides，extracting(提炼) fossil fuels adds to the price of energy produced from them.Therefore，geothermal energy is much cheaper than traditional energy，saving up to 80% of the costs over fossil fuels.
Being a renewable resource，geothermal energy produces less waste and pollution than traditional energy sources.In geothermal systems，carbon dioxide makes up about 10% of air produced.Overall，in order to produce the electricity that can be used for one hour，the geothermal systems produce 0.1 pound of carbon dioxide and other harmful gases.For a comparison，a power plant producing from gas produces up to 2 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere，and those power plants that work on coal(煤) produce an astonishing 3.6 pounds of greenhouse gases.
Low costs is another reason why using geothermal power plants should be the first choice for many countries.Geothermal heat systems require 25% to 50% less energy for work compared with the traditional systems for heating or cooling.Besides，geothermal equipment is less big：due to the very nature of geothermal energy，geothermal power plants have only a few moving parts，all of which can be easily sheltered inside a relatively small building.What’s more，the life span of geothermal equipment is rather long.All these make geothermal power stations easy to build and keep.
8．Fossil fuels are more expensive than geothermal energy partly because .
A．it is free to use geothermal energy
B．the production of fossil fuels costs a lot
C．fossil fuels are nearly used up
D．geothermal energy doesn’t depend on political situation
9．According to Paragraph 3，what can be concluded from the comparison?
A．Geothermal energy is environmentally friendly.
B．Gas and coal are often used to produce electricity.
C．Coal is much more efficient than gas.
D．The geothermal systems don’t produce harmful gases.
10．What is the main idea of this passage?
A．Many countries have benefited from geothermal energy.
B．Geothermal energy is well accepted.
C．Fossil fuels are being run out of.
D．Geothermal energy has many advantages.
We all know what it means when a nice envelope lands in your mailbox：Someone’s getting married，and they’re hoping that you can be there for the big day.While saying yes to the invitation is a relatively straightforward process，things can get a bit awkward if you’re not so sure about attending. 11 .To help you get out of these formal engagements without feeling awkward，we’ve consulted Katie Balmer，a leading wedding expert in Scotland.
Follow the format
The level of formality should be informed by the way that the invitation was sent. 12 ，you should decline via post.If the message came in an email，a simple email expressing your regrets will do.
Don’t put off your response
If you already know that you can’t make it for whatever reason，don’t hesitate to let the happy couple know why.“It is very important to respond in good time. 13 ，” says Balmer.
While it’s a nice gesture to offer a reason for your refusal，there’s no need to be extreme.A simple response will do，and it’s an especially bad idea to emphasize your reason if it’s cost-related.It will establish nothing beyond making the couple feel bad.
Don’t change your decision
15 ，it is important to stick to that decision.“Going back and forth only adds to the inconvenience for the soon¬to¬be newlyweds，” says Balmer.“As long as you are honest and timely，the bride and groom should understand.”
A．Make it up to the couple
B．Be brief in your explanation
C．If the offer was sent to you by mail
D．Do not leave it until the last possible moment
E．Once the decision not to attend the wedding has been decided
F．Otherwise，you risk adding to the couples last¬minute wedding stress
G．Turning down a wedding is a situation where you can feel very personal