例: How much is the shirt？
A.￡19.15. B.￡9.18. C.￡9.15.
1. What is the relationship between the two speakers？
A. Friends. B. Strangers. C. Waiter and customer.
2. What does the woman mean？
A. She is fond of kidding.
B. She doesn’t like the sport.
C. She’s willing to join the man.
3. When will the film start？
A. At 6:15.B. At 6:45 C. At 7:20.
4. What will the woman probably do this weekend？
A. Work on a paper. B. Take on a new job. C. Teach a few classes.
5. Where does the conversation probably take place？
A. In a post office. B. In a company. C. At a store.
6. What can we know about the man’s dad？
A. He died. B. He fell ill. C. He overworked.
7. What’s the man’s concern about his mother？
A. Her life security. B. Her emotional state. C. Her financial problem.
8. Why did the woman go to New York？
A. To have meetings. B. To go sightseeing. C. To study a program.
9. What may help avoid jet lag？
A. Coffee. B. Alcohol. C. Exercise.
10. What did the woman say about most passengers？
A. They preferred alcohol.
B. They liked to do exercises.
C. They could hardly make a choice.
11. What does the book tell people to do？
A. Change others. B. Accept yourself. C. Stop complaining.
12. How does the woman describe the most annoying co-workers？
A. Mean. B. Greedy. C. Noisy.
13. Who is the woman？
A. The bookseller. B. The man’s colleague. C. The author of the book.
14. What did the woman do before？
A. A manager. B. A sales clerk. C. An accountant.
15. What was the most difficult part of the woman’s previous job？
A. Managing employees.
B. Dealing with angry customers.
C. Keeping track of the spending.
16. Why is the woman looking for a job in Boston？
A. To get better paid.
B. To stay with her husband.
C. To spend time with her parents.
17. What attracts the woman to the company？
A. Its good name. B. Its high productivity. C. Its relaxed atmosphere.
18. How do e-cigarettes deliver nicotine？
A. In smoke. B. In steam. C. In liquid.
19. What do we learn about e-cigarettes？
A. They help smokers stop tobacco use.
B. They are safer than traditional cigarettes.
C. They contain potentially harmful chemicals.
20. What’s the purpose of the speaker？
A. To warn. B. To complain. C. To advertise.
The promise of college in America is the promise of a clear path to the future, of a reward for all the sleep deprivation and soul-deadening competition of high school, and, most of all, of instant adulthood. As of April, 2020, however, none of that is happening due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus（新型冠状病毒）.
Saminah Haddad, a seventeen-year-old senior at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, wasn’t expecting her college offers until later in the spring. This year, there will be no spring season, which for Haddad means no four-year college. She is considering Long Beach City College, which is free for state residents. She also lost her job at an amusement park. All of the senior-year milestones that Haddad had been looking forward to have been cancelled: prom, graduation, and an event called the “Pursuit of Excellence Awards,” where she would have been recognized for perfect attendance. She doesn’t yet know if she’ll still be working this summer for her father, who was about to open a juice bar in Brooklyn.
In the meantime, Haddad’s school is offering some online instruction, but in her case the course load has dropped to just two classes: A.P. Literature, which meets virtually, and a government class, which consists of written assignments that she receives by e-mail. Haddad is planning to take her A.P. exam, though she finds it hard to imagine what the forty-five-minute, cell-phone-friendly version of the test will be like. No one knows how colleges will view it, either.
Life has been emptied of content, and the plot is lost. She texts with friends. She argues with her mom and stepdad a lot. “It’s bringing us closer together,” she half joked. “But it’s O.K.”
21. What can be known about Haddad from Paragraph 2?
A. She has applied to study abroad.
B. She will attend a graduation ceremony.
C. She won’t work in her father’s juice bar.
D. She may get her college offers in late spring.
22. How does Haddad feel about the A.P. exam?
A. Doubtful.B. Bored.
C. Excited.D. Nervous.
23. In which section of a newspaper may the passage appear?
A. Family.B. Society.
C. Education .D. Health.
Noah Higgs hated learning Irish in school. He hated the way it was taught, overly formal and disconnected from ordinary people’s lives. Most of all he hated the effect the lessons had on his fellow students’ willingness to speak the language. But the Dublin native never lost his love for Irish, nor his opinion that more people should be learning the language.
Today, almost 40% of the 7,000 languages spoken worldwide are endangered, according to the United Nations. More are going extinct every year. It was once widely feared that the Internet revolution would accelerate this decline. If developers and smartphone manufacturers aren’t willing to invest in supporting minority languages, that would cut off people who speak them from an important way to communicate and trap those languages in the past.
Higgs, 23, though, is one of a small group of educators and activists reinventing how minority languages are taught and preserved online by using cutting-edge technology.
When he was 17, Higgs had a “crazy teenage idea”. He had begun using Duolingo, a mobile language-learning app, to study French, and wondered if the creators had considered adding support for Irish.
At the time in early 2013, there were five languages on Duolingo, the smallest of which, Italian, has an estimated 67.9 million speakers worldwide. By comparison, at its height in the 18th century, there were an estimated four million Irish speakers. Today the figure is closer to 1.2 million.
“I didn’t get a reply,” Higgs said.
But his email wasn’t ignored. Inside Duolingo’s open-plan, Silicon Valley-style headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, change was going on. Within five years, the language startup would build a library of over 30 languages, including some of the most endangered on the planet.
24. What was the public concern over the Internet revolution?
A. People’s less contact in real life.B. The negative effect on the lessons.
C. Fewer ways of learning languages.D. The decline of endangered languages.
25. What was Higgs’ “crazy teenage idea”?
A. Turning to Duolingo to study French.
B. Teaching minority languages on the Internet.
C. Asking Duolingo developers to support Irish.
D. Using cutting-edge technology to preserve Irish.
26. What can be learned from the last three paragraphs?
A. Higgs’ email went unnoticed.B. Duolingo improved its service.
C. Duolingo’s headquarters changed.D. Irish was on the point of dying out.
A desire among many seniors is to “age in place.” Aging in place is a term used to describe a person living in their own house, for as long as they are able to, as they age. Yes, the familiarity of your current home is the advantage of aging in place, but the potential financial drawbacks to renovate（翻新）the house might actually be more costly than the long-term benefits.
40 years ago, with a growing family, you probably purchased a 4-bedroom child-friendly house. Now, with kids moving out, you might be thinking about changing one of your bedrooms into a massive master bathroom, and another into an open-space reading area. You might also be thinking about cutting back on lawn maintenance（草坪维护）by installing a pool surrounded by beautiful paving stones. It all sounds wonderful doesn’t it？For the short term, you may really enjoy the new upgrades, but you’ll still have to climb those stairs, pay to heat and cool a home that’s larger than what you need, and continue fixing all the things that start to go wrong with a 40-year-old home.
Last month, in their Retirement Repot, Kiplinger addressed the point, “Renovations are just a part of what you need to make aging in place work for you. While it’s typically less expensive to remain in your home than to pay for assisted living, that doesn’t mean it’s a slam dunk to stay put. You’ll still have a long to-do list. You need to plan ahead for how you will manage maintenance and care-for your home, and for yourself.”
So, at some point, the time may come when you decide to sell this house anyway. That can pose a big challenge if you’ve already taken cash value out of your home and used it to do the type of renovation we mentioned above. The family moving into your neighborhood is probably similar to what your family was 40 years ago.
27. Why do many seniors want to age in place？
A. They are familiar with the house.
B. They can enjoy long-term benefits.
C. They can live as long as they desire.
D. They are likely to avoid financial trouble.
28. What do the seniors renovate the houses mainly for？
A. Preparing for aging in place.
B. Making it more energy-efficient.
C. Cutting back on the necessary cost.
D. Making full use of the space available.
29. What is conveyed in the Retirement Report？
A. Aging in place turns out to be very rewarding.
B. Renovating the house calls for a lot of money.
C. Assisted living deserves wider public attention.
D. Aging in place is more than renovating the house.
30. What can be the author’s advice for those wishing to age in place？
A. Take life as it is.B. Think before you act.
C. Better late than never.D. Enjoy life to the fullest.
A little battery puts out a little bit of electricity, so you can use it safely for your experiments. But the electricity that comes through the wires in your house or school is much more powerful. ___31___.
Inside the walls where you live or study, there are big wires that carry electricity. When you plug in a light or radio or other electrical appliance, you are putting the light or radio in the path way of the electricity. You have heard adults say, “Don’t stick your finger into the wall plug.” Now do you know why? ___32___Your body is a pretty good conductor of electricity. The electrical current coming through the wires to the wall plug is so strong that it would hurt a lot if you stuck your finger in the plug.
Think: Why should you never put your fingers into the socket（插座）where the light bulb is fixed into a lamp? ___33___Put your finger in there and it could be you, rather than the light bulb, that becomes part of the electrical path way. And that would hurt！
What if you held a piece of metal, like a fork or knife, and stuck it into the wall plug？Don’t do it！Why？It’s because metals conduct electricity. And you would get a terrible shock！
___34___ Can you think why？It’s because water is a good conductor of electricity. When your hands are wet or when your body is in a bathtub full of water, the electricity could flow right through you and give you an awful shock, or even kill you.
Electricity is very useful, but it can be dangerous. Be careful, be safe and be smart. ___35___.
A. Let electricity help you, not hurt you.
B. Keep yourself away from the electricity.
C. Therefore, you need to remember some safety rules.
D. Don’t touch any electrical appliance when you are wet.
E. Make your home as safe as possible for kids with these tips.
F. If you did, you would become part of the electrical path way.
G. That’s the place where the electricity flows into the light bulb.
I watered in my garden on that burning hot afternoon. “Missus!” The husky(沙哑的) voice___36___me and I turned quickly. “Could I please have a drink of water?” “Come into the yard.” I called and___37___the cup that hung over the outdoor tap. He drank, swallowing slowly and then splashed(泼洒) water on his face. “That feels___38___,” he said, and stood there, awkward. “Have you any___39___I can do for you? Weed or water your garden?” What work could I___40___him? Nothing！I couldn’t afford a single cent. I___41___to look around, before shaking my head.
I knew he must be___42___, but the icebox held so little: only some milk and bread for my daughter, Alice. I said, “I’ll get you something to___43___.” I couldn’t bear to look into his___44___eyes. When I carried some bread to him, I felt a little___45___at offering so little. After I returned to the house, I dropped into the armchair.
“Mama, where are you?” I struggled to my feet and found Alice sitting at the kitchen table. “Mama, Acme Stores are____46____next week. The employment officer said girls would be hired____47____they were properly dressed. That means a decent pair of shoes, Mama!” My heart ached and I stepped to____48____her with a hug. “Honey, we have a whole____49____to work on it. Maybe something will come our way.” “That’s what you always say, Mama. What’s the use of____50____?”
The week____51____the boy’s stop at my garden, I watered, as usual. A flash of white in the mailbox____52____my eye. The____53____contained a note: “To the lady in the garden: I got a job a after you____54____me and let me rest. You helped me feel and look___55____Now, let me help you.” Folded within the paper were eight one-dollar bills.
36. A. terrifiedB. interestedC. embarrassedD. disappointed
37. A. stared at.B. pointed toC. looked forD. held up
38. A. tiringB. goodC. thirstyD. hot
39. A. favorB. deedsC. workD. dishes
40. A. suggestB. requireC. presentD. offer
41. A. hesitatedB. desiredC. continuedD. pretended
42. A. worriedB. happyC. hungryD. tired
43. A. drinkB. eatC. doD. wash
44. A. gratefulB. sharpC. blankD. determined
45. A. guiltyB. nervousC. worriedD. shocked
46. A. closingB. hiringC. sellingD. displaying
47. A. now thatB. in caseC. only ifD. so that
48. A. pleaseB. amuseC. expectD. comfort
49. A. weekB. dayC. minuteD. hour
50. A. workingB. hopingC. tryingD. hugging
51. A. beforeB. duringC. afterD. by
52. A. caughtB. shadedC. avoidedD. wet
53. A. shoeB. letterC. envelopeD. mail
54. A. relaxedB. supportedC. acceptedD. fed
55. A. hopefulB. carefulC. thankfulD. respectful
Playing video games casually can be a great way to have fun. However, if you’re so focused___56___gaming that it feels like it’s taking over your life, you may have a video game addiction. It is no joke. The WHO in 2018___57___(official) classified it as a mental health condition, ___58___(call) “gaming disorder”. Fortunately, there___59___(be) things you can do to get it controlled.
Give yourself a strict time limit for daily play. Don’t give it up if you end up playing___60___(long) than you meant to—it’s totally normal! Try to learn from___61___happened and think of a way to avoid it next time. If this still doesn’t work, ask___62___(friend) and family to help you. Have them check in with you to make sure you are not playing.
Keep gaming devices inaccessible. If there is a mobile phone or___63___computer in your room, you may___64___(attract) to stay up playing Make your room a screen-free zone____65____(stay) away from late-night gaming.
It was a rainy November morning. Overcome with anger I knew if I didn’t leave the house soon I would lose my temper with my husband, Joe. As rain came down in sheets, Joe offered to take me to work. I struggled into my jacket, seized my bag and teaching plans and ignored him.
He insisted and reached for his boots. I looked at the piles of newspapers and the dirty dishes still on the table. “Don’t you have enough to do？I can take care of myself.” I stormed out, not even kissing him good-bye. Joe shouted after me not to take the shortcut.
Joe and I had been eagerly looking forward to our retirement when heart a attack that past spring forced him to leave his job earlier than we had planned. As the medical bills mounted we realized I would have to continue working full-time while Joe stayed home and took over the housework.
The new arrangement was a disaster. Exhausted after a day of full work, all I wanted was hot homecooked meal and a good night’s sleep. However, what greeted me at the table was a microwave package. Sometimes he would serve oatmeal for several nights in a row. One night when I dragged myself to bed, I was terrified to discover Joe had turned our white sheets blue: He told me he had found out how to save on water, soap and electricity. He patted his blue trousers and announced proudly washing everything together was just the secret.
Ten minutes later, ignoring Joe’s warning I turned off the main route. I thought it hadn’t rained enough to flood the road, but as I rounded the corner water rushed across my path. After a few feet, the car got stuck. I opened the door and water poured in. I hurriedly closed the door. I couldn’t risk walking in this. Almost 20 minutes passed. The car began to shake. I got frightened to death when I heard three long honks.
Looking over my shoulder, I stared into the flashing lights of a truck.
I screamed that I couldn’t make it.