The booking notes of the play “The Age of Innocence”:
Saver: $2 off any seat booked any time in advance for performances from Monday to Thursday. Savers are available for children under 16, over 60s and full-time students.
Supersaver: Half-price seats are available for people with disabilities and one companion. It is advisable to book in advance. There is a maximum of eight wheelchair spaces available and one wheelchair space will be held until an hour before the show.
Standby: Best available seats are on sale for $6 from one hour before the performance for people eligible (suitable) for Saver and Supersaver discounts and thirty minutes before for all other customers.
Group Bookings: There is a ten percent discount for parties of twelve or more.
School: School parties of ten or more can book $6 standby tickets in advance and will get every tenth ticket free.
Please note: We are unable to exchange tickets or refund (退款) money unless a performance is cancel led due to unforeseen circumstances.
There are four easy ways to book seats for performance:
-In person: The Box Office is open Monday to Saturday, 10a. m.- 8p. m.
-By telephone: Ring 01324976 to reserve your tickets or to pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Amex accepted).
-By post: Simply complete the booking form and return it to Global Theatre Box Office.
-On line: Complete the on-line booking form at www. Satan fiedtheatre. com.
1. According to the notes, who can get$2 off?
A. A 55-year-old woman.
B. An 18-year-old teenager.
C. A 20-year-old full-time college student.
D. The people who book the tickets on Fridays.
2. Which of the following is NOT true according to the passage?
A. There are only 8 wheelchair spaces in the theatre.
B. A group of 12 persons can get 10 percent discount.
C. The audience can’t refund money if the performance is on show.
D. A school party of 15 students should pay $90 for the standby tickets.
3. What kind of tickets are the cheapest?
A. The standby tickets for school parties often or more.
B. The tickets for saver discount.
C. The tickets for group booking.
D. The standby tickets.
Ask people in the UK what the words “Sunday roast” mean to them, and they’ll probably take you back to their grandmothers’ dining rooms -maybe with a few stories of “the greatest puddings” and “the best ever steak”. But now the traditional Sunday roast seems to have been left back in the old days. According to the Daily Mail, just one in 50 British families sits down to this weekly meal together.
There are many reasons why the roast is becoming less popular. In the busy modern world, where breakfast is a slice of toast eaten on the way to work or school and lunch is a quick sandwich in front of the computer screen, people just don’t seem to have the time or patience to make a roast.
And Sunday was once a day when people could easily go to the kitchen to cook. Nowadays, people are often out shopping or at the cinema until it’s far too late to start thinking about heating the oven(烤箱) up.
However, a recent article from The Telegraph warned against being carried away by our tight schedules: “It would be a shame to let this fine old tradition disappear.”
The Guardian further explained that the eating of the big meal is only the half of it. The Sunday roast also makes for relaxed morning activities in the kitchen, and the table becomes the perfect place to share good food and chat with family and friends. “For busy moms and dads, even if you can manage to turn off your mobile phone and the TV only once a week and turn the Sunday roast into a real family event, children can have fun cooking the food and clearing up together.”
4. The best title for the passage is probably _____.
A. Sunday—Best Time for Family
B. Sunday Roast Dying Out
C. It’s the Perfect Time for Us
D. Let’s Sit Down Together
5. Why do people pay less attention to Sunday roast?
A. They have a busy lifestyle.
B. They have no interest in cooking.
C. They don’t think it worthwhile.
D. They are living in the modern society.
6. What does the underlined word “it” in the last paragraph refer to?
A. A recent article.
B. A traditional kitchen.
C. The fine old tradition.
D. Sunday morning activity.
7. How does the author feel towards Sunday roast’s dying out?
A. Doubtful.B. Positive.
C. Sorry.D. Uncertain.
In a country where many girls are still discouraged from going to school, Sushma Verma is having anything but a typical childhood.
The 13-year-old girl from a poor family in north India has enrolled in (入学登记) a master’s degree in microbiology, after her father sold his land to pay for some of his daughter’s tuition to help her to be part of India’s growing middle class.
Verma finished high school at 7 and earned an undergraduate degree at age 13 with the encouragement of her uneducated and poor parents. “They allowed me to do what I wanted to do,” Verma said, “I hope that other parents don’t make their children accept their choices.”
Sushma lives with her family in a crowded single-room apartment in Lucknow. Their only income is her father’s daily wage of up to 200 rupees (less than $3. 50) for laboring on construction sites. Their most precious possessions include a study table and a second-hand computer. It is not a great atmosphere for studying, she admitted. But having no television and little else at home has advantages, she said. “There is nothing to do but study.”
Her first choice was to become a doctor, but she cannot take the test to qualify for medical school until she is 18. “So I chose the master’s of science and then I will do a doctor’s degree,” she said.
In another family, Sushma might not have been able to receive higher education. Millions of Indian children are still not enrolled in grade school, and many of them are girls whose parents choose to hold them back in favour of advancing their sons. Some from conservative (守旧的) village cultures are expected only to get married. “The girl is an inspiration for students who are born with everything”, said Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak of Sulabh International, who decided to help after seeing a local television program on Sushma. She is also receiving financial aid from well-wishing civilians and other charities.
8. Which word can best describe Sushma Verma’s father?
A. Strict.B. Educated.
C. Understanding.D. Supportive.
9. Why does the writer mention a study table and a second-hand computer?
A. To show her family enjoy a simple life.
B. To show her family live a very poor life.
C. To tell us her room is poorly furnished.
D. To tell us her room is a great place to study in.
10. What made Sushma not qualified to take the test for medical school?
A. Her age.B. Her choice.
C. Her interest.D. Her poverty.
11. What can we infer from paragraph 6?
A. Indian parents treat their sons and daughters equally.
B. Indian parents spend much of their income on education.
C. Indian boys have more chances to receive higher education.
D. Indian girls in the countryside get married when they leave primary school.
Hawking died early Wednesday at his home in England at the age of 76. Throughout his career as one of the world’s most recognizable cosmic thinkers, he regularly threw himself into pop culture’s comedic ring with cameos（客串）on programs such as The Simpsons and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
These appearances defined Hawking’s personal life as mush as his universe-shaking theoretical work. Humor, however, was not just one side of his personality, but a key to overcoming the disease he struggled against since 1963.
“Keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has maintaining a sense of humor,” Hawking said in a 2013 documentary. “I am probably better known for my appearances on The Simpsons and on The Big Bang Theory than I am for my scientific discoveries.”
At 21, Hawking was diagnosed with a condition similar to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis（肌萎缩性侧索硬化症）, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. According to the ALS Association, “Half of all people affected with ALS live at most three or more years after diagnosis. Twenty percent live five years or more; only ten percent will live more than ten years.”
The disease would eventually shut down Hawking’s motor functions, making him speechless and unable to move without a wheelchair. Doctors initially said he would be dead in two years. His condition, however, proved to be a rate slow-acting version.
But Hawking fought through his worse physical state, rising to a position as a celebrated professor of mathematical at the University of Cambridge and altering the popular conception of physics with his 1988 bestseller, A Brief History of Time.
“When I turned 21, my expectations were reduced to zero,” he said in a TV show. He added, “It was important that I came to appreciate what I did have. It’s also important not become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can lose all hope if you can’t laugh at yourself and at life in general.”
12. What was Hawking like according to the text?
A. He was kind and brave.B. He was friendly and adventurous.
C. He was humorous and strong-minded.D. He was shy and uncommunicative.
13. How did Hawking deal with ALS?
A. He did further research into the disease.
B. He kept a positive attitude towards his disease.
C. He did more exercise and spoke a lot with others.
D. He went to hospital to have a health check regularly.
14. What can be learnt from the story of Hawking?
A. Laughter is the best medicine.
B. Lost time is never found again.
C. Everything comes to him who waits.
D. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
15. What can we know from the text?
A. ALS is a common disease in England.
B. Doctors once abandoned treatment for Hawking.
C. Playing roles in comedy was Hawking’s favorite.
D. It’s almost a wonder that Hawking can survive the disease.
In a world surrounded by bad news, it may feel like an unhappy place sometimes.___16___
If you make even one person smile today, you can help make this world a better place. Here is list of ideas to help you.
___17___In this day and age where everything is sent via the Internet, it's a shock to receive a letter through the post. Putting pen to paper and writing a few words to a friend can be an easy way to make a positive impact.
Requiring some time and research to find the perfect project, volunteering is one of the nicest things you can do. Whether you volunteer at your local youth group or take dogs from shelters for a walk, the simple fact that you are giving up your time to help someone else is incredible. There are so many opportunities.___18___
Tell someone "I love you". It can be anyone. ____19____Perhaps you can tell a friend that you appreciate all they are to you, or remind your mum that it's her birthday. Sometimes, in our busy lives we forget to take a moment to tell people what they mean to us.
___20___Whether you're creative or not, taking time to make something for someone else shows how much you appreciate them. Even if you think you're not creative, the recipient will feel lucky to get such a unique gift that you put your precious time into. Some ideas could include a card, painting, drawing, song, poem or cake!
A. However, you can make a difference.
B. It's a surprise to send a handwritten letter.
C. And you don't even have to say "I love you"
D. So you are sure to find one that is right for you.
E. And it doesn’t necessarily have to take up all your life.
F. Making something for a special person is always unique.
G Even a postcard with a couple of sentences could really make someone's day.
I often read of incidents of misunderstanding or___21___. I'm left puzzled. Why do these people create mistrust and problems especially with those from other___22___?
I was growing up in Kuala Lumpur(吉隆坡) in the early 1960s, when children from different races and religions played and studied together in ___23___. At that time my family lived a stone's ___24___ from Ismail’s. And no one was bothered that Ismail was a Malay Muslim(穆斯林) and I was an Indian Hindu(印度教徒)—we just accept our differences. Perhaps, because our elders had not filled our heads with___25___ advice.
Ismail and I were nine when we became friends. During the school holidays, we'd___26___ the countryside on our bicycles, hoping to ___27___ the unexpected. At times Ismail would ___28___ my family as we made a rare shopping trip to town. We would be glad of his company.
When I was twelve, my family moved to Johor. Ismail’s family later returned to their village, and I___29___ touch with him.
One spring afternoon in 1983, I stopped a taxi in Kuala Lumpur. I_____30_____ my destination. The driver acknowledged my_____31_____ but did not move off. Instead, he looked_____32_____ at me. “Raddar?” he said, using my childhood nickname. I was astonished at being so_____33_____ addressed (称呼). Unexpectedly! It was Ismail! Even after two_____34_____ we still recognized each other. Grasping his shoulder, I felt a true affection, something hard to describe.
If we can allow our children to be themselves without prejudice, they'll build friendships with people,_____35_____ race or religion, who will be by their side through thick and thin. On such friendships are societies built and then we can truly be, as William Shakespeare once wrote, “we few, we happy few, we band of brothers”.
21. A. imaginationB. convenienceC. opportunitiesD. conflicts
22. A. partiesB. citiesC. villagesD. races
23. A. angerB. harmonyC. dangerD. risk
24. A. dropB. throwC. moveD. roll
25. A. unnecessaryB. unexpectedC. goodD. useful
26. A. exploreB. foldC. discoverD. reject
27. A. get throughB. deal withC. come acrossD. break down
28. A. challengedB. attractC. thrillD. accompany
29. A. lostB. gainedC. developedD. missed
30. A. statedB. consideredC. constructedD. reached
31. A. attemptsB. instructionsC. opinionsD. arrangements
32. A. annoyedlyB. carelesslyC. disappointedlyD. fixedly
33. A. familiarlyB. strangelyC. completelyD. coldly
34. A. weekB. monthsC. yearsD. decades
35. A. in charge ofB. in case ofC. regardless ofD. as for
With seasonal temperatures breaking records almost every year, tree species ___36___ (expect) to adapt to the changes by slowly shifting their population centers northward. But ___37___ recent survey shows the trend toward westward movement is even ___38___ (strong) than expected — in some cases, species have shifted their ranges to west by as much as 73 percent.
The survey shows that roughly three-quarters of the 86 tree species ___39___ (survey) have shifted their population centers westward ___40___ 1980.
Obviously, trees aren’t uprooting ___41___ (them) and moving elsewhere. The survey provides insight into general population trends as young trees continue to take root in westward land, while some of the older ___42___ (plant) of the species in the eastern areas are slowly dying out. In this way, the center of a species, range can gradually shift over time.
Though scientists aren’t sure ___43___ is causing this change, the publishers of the study think that it’s connected to rainfall. Rainfall totals across the United States have changed,___44___ (cause) areas such as the Southeast to experience significantly less rain annually, while the Great Plains is getting far more than its historical average. For this reason, most trees are moving toward the ___45___ (increasing) watery plains.
第一节 应用文写作 （满分15分）
Recently, I took part in an inquiry learning research, whose topic is whether parents are proud of their children.
第二节 读后续写 （满分25分）
Zigfried was a little mouse who used to live with a happy family. The children of the family would hug him in the arms and discussed about their Christmas gifts. Zigfried enjoyed every hour of them, especially when he was drinking hot chocolate. Suddenly he was woken up by the noise coming from his own stomach. He stretched himself and rubbed his eyes. Slowly and feebly he climbed to the windowsill. Zigfried blew his breath on the frosty window of the farmhouse and rubbed it to see the outside. Still nobody came. Maybe today, he thought hopefully. It was only a few days before Christmas and he was watching for a miracle.
This farmhouse had been empty too long. All the equipment was covered with dust and dirt. Everything looked like dead ashes. It needed a family. Only a family’s moving in could light up the house. Again Zigfried’s stomach made a noise. He realized that he hadn’t eaten anything since yesterday. He jumped from the windowsill, took a bag from his home, and went next door to Farmer Mike’s. He wished to get something to eat for the present. If lucky enough, he could store some sandwiches, cheese or chocolates for the coming of his granny who would arrive on Christmas Eve to celebrate with him, bringing a Christmas gift.
Farmer Mike’s house had been a great place for the little mouse until the farmer married a wife who had a cat. The cat was in and out of the window constantly and meowed horribly into the bargain. Zigfried trembled when he thought of that narrow escape with the cat. He looked around carefully as he stole into the room where grain was stored and was quite nervous as he filled his bag with wheat.
He was turning to leave when suddenly he felt a hot breath about his ear.
The next afternoon Zigfried heard some good news：