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湖北省宜昌市一中2013-2014学年高一上期末考试英语试题

湖北省宜昌市一中2013-2014学年高一上期末考试英语试题


公安一中、宜昌一中、沙市中学 2013 年秋季高一年级期末考试

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命题学校:沙市中学 审题学校:宜昌一中、公安一中 考试时间:2014 年 1 月 19 日下午 14:30 —16:30 试卷满分:150 分 第一部分:听力(共两节,满分 30 分) 做题时,先将答案划在试卷上。录音内容结束后,你将有两分钟的时间将试卷上的答案 转涂到答题卡上。 第一节(共 5 小题;每小题 1.5 分,满分 7.5 分) 听下面 5 段对话。每段对话后有一个小题,从题中所给的 A、B、C 三个选项中选出最 佳选项,并标在试卷的相应位置。听完每段对话后,你都有 10 秒钟的时间来回答有关小题 和阅读下一小题。每段对话仅读一遍。 1. What?s the man?s attitude to smoking? A. He is against it. B. He enjoys it. C. He has no idea. 2. Where are the two speakers? A. In a hospital. B. In a classroom. C. In a restaurant. 3. What is the man going to do? A. He is going to change the seat. B. He is going to stop smoking. C. He is going to give the women a cake. 4. What?s the woman? A. A teacher. B. A doctor. C. A boss. 5. What is the relationship between the two speakers? A. Boss and worker. B. Doctor and patient. C. Wife and husband. 第二节(共 15 小题;每小题 1.5 分,满分 22.5 分) 听下面 5 段对话或独白。每段对话或独白后有几个小题,从题中所给的 A、B、C 三个 选项中选出最佳选项,并标在试卷的相应位置。听每段对话或独白前,你将有时间阅读各个 小题,每小题 5 秒钟;听完后,各小题将给出 5 秒钟的作答时间。每段对话或独白读两遍。 听第 6 段材料,回答 6 至 7 题。 6. How many turns should the man take if he wants to get to the bookstore? A. One. B. Two. C. Three. 7. Where is the cinema? A. On St. Jones Street. B. On High Street. C. Opposite the church. 听第 7 段材料;回答第 8 至 9 题。 8. What is the weather like today? A. It will be a little bit colder in the afternoon. B. The highest temperature is seven below zero. C. It is cloudy and windy. 9. What is the woman most probably going to do in the afternoon? A. Go skating. B. Drive somewhere. C. Throw snowballs. 听第 8 段材料,回答第 10 至 12 题。
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10. What are the speakers mainly talking about? A. A well-balanced diet. B. The harm from smoking. C. A bike competition. 11. What do they have in common in their daily life? A. Healthy eating. B. Riding practice. C. Smoking every day. 12. Why does the woman suggest the man run every day? A. Running can be very tiring. B. Running can he very interesting. C. Running helps build up leg muscles. 听第 9 段材料,回答第 13 至 16 题。 13. What do we know about the woman? A. She?s enthusiastic about art. B. She doesn?t have much taste for art. C. She likes all kinds of art except modem art. 14. How many pieces of art are mentioned? A. One. B. Two. C. Three. 15. Why is the first painting famous? A. Because it was done by a kid. B. Because it was done hundreds of years ago. C. Because the painter showed great talent in the work. 16. What are the speakers doing? A. Visiting an art museum. B. Trying to buy a painting. C. Displaying (展示) their works of art. 听第 10 段材料,回答第 17 至 20 题。 17. What is special about Jackson?s home? A. It takes up a huge area. B. It has a golf course. C. Many animals live there. 18. Which is NOT mentioned as a part of Jackson?s home? A. A garage. B. A swimming pool. C. A theater. 19. Who did Jackson want to enjoy his house? A. Children. B. Other famous people. C. His fans. 20. What does the speaker think of Jackson? A. He spent too much money. B. He was a strange guy. C. He deserved this home. 第二部分:词汇知识运用(共两节,满分 30 分) 第一节:多项选择题(共 10 小题;每小题 1 分,满分 10 分) 从 A、B、C、D 四个选项中,选出可以填入空白处的最佳选项。 21. I can?t cheat him——it?s against all my ___________. A. emotions B. devotions C. principles D. opinions
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22. That is the little house where we took from the heavy rain on our way to school yesterday. A. block B. shelter C. reserve D. protection 23. The shop which sells polluted milk has been 20,000 yuan for breaking food safety rules. A. bargained B. charged C. fined D. punished 24. When the new problem , the child could solve it with the help of his teacher. A. rose B. arose C. risen D. raised 25. If we don?t take steps, the Tibetan antelopes and pandas will some day just as dinosaurs, which is terrible. A. die off B. die away C. die down D. die out 26. Mark was very excited to go for an interview in an international company and he decided to wear a suit of ______ clothes. A. valuable B. fancy C. regular D. formal 27. It?s a(n) rule that anyone who is under 16 should not be forced to work as a normal worker. A. artificial B. logical C. personal D. universal 28. ---Have you finished your experiment report, Peter? ---Oh, my God! I?ve forgotten all about that. A. entirely B. rarely C. freely D. exactly 29. ---What a terrible experience! ________, you are safe now——that?s the main thing. A. Anyway B. Therefore C. However D. Besides 30. The visitors were reported to be lost in the forest. Therefore, a large number of police were sent them there. A. in charge of B. in honor of C. in search of D. in view of 第二节:完型填空(共 20 小题;每小题 1 分,满分 20 分) 阅读下面短文,从短文后所给各题的四个选项(A、 B、 C 和 D)中,选出可以填入 空白处的最佳选项,并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。 When I was young,I belonged to a club that did community(社区)service work. There was one special event that was 31 for me. I spent three or four hours32 out warm dinner to the homeless out in the streets and then in a homeless shelter not far from the Bay Bridge as well. I was in high school and at the time my sister was too 33 to join in. She wanted to help, 34 she made many chocolate chip cookies for me to 35 and hand out to people. When getting to the shelter, I passed out the 36 .I began making sandwiches and 37 them with the crowd. I had the boxes with my sister?s 38 in them and began to 39 around, offering them to anyone near me. I moved towards an 40 gentleman and said, “Sir,would you like a cookie?” He stopped and turned around. He looked at me and said, “What did you say? Did you call me sir?” I told him I had, and his eyes 41 a little bit and said, “No one has 42 called me sir in the past 60 years.” So he was completely moved. It 43 me. I explained I had been raised that 44 a person?s color and social position were, he deserved
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respect. It 45 me to think that just because he was homeless, no one 46 him the honor. It broke my heart. I just didn?t understand 47 no one ever called him sir. I had never thought that anyone was below me because I wasn?t raised that way. Every 48 person deserves to be treated with respect. Years later, I still carry that memory and the 49 it taught me. Sometimes,what we are raised to believe can 50 make a difference in someone?s life. 31. A. informal B. unfair C. illegal D. uncommon 32. A. carrying B. picking C. handing D. bringing 33. A. young B. active C. selfish D. afraid 34. A. however B. but C. yet D. so 35. A. enjoy B. eat C. collect D. take 36. A. papers B. meals C. books D. gifts 37. A. shared B. provided C. helped D. returned 38. A. dishes B. fruits C. cookies D. sandwiches 39. A. walk B. turn C. run D. show 40. A. ugly B. unusual C. old D. unlucky 41. A. watered B. shut C. opened D. closed 42. A. never B. ever C. still D. yet 43. A. encouraged B. attracted C. shocked D. upset 44. A. whichever B. whatever C. whoever D. however 45. A. persuaded B. saddened C. frightened D. moved 46. A. handed B. offered C. provided D. promised 47. A. what B. how C. whether D. why 48. A. single B. usual C. ordinary D. normal 49. A. reality B. class C. truth D. lesson 50. A. possibly B. nearly C. really D. usually 第三部分:阅读理解(共 20 小题;每小题 2 分,满分 40 分) 阅读下列短文,从每篇短文后所给各题的四个选项(A、B、C 和 D)中,选出最佳选项, 并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。 A “Yes, I?ll be ready at nine in the morning. Goodbye, dear, and thanks again.” It had not been an easy telephone call for Mrs. Robson to make. Her daughter had been very kind, of course, and had immediately agreed to pick her up and drive her to the station, but Mrs. Robson hated to admit that she needed help. Since her husband had died ten years before, she had prided herself on her independence. She had continued to live in their little house, alone. On the evening, however, she was standing at her living room window, staring out at the SOLD notice in the small front garden. Her feelings were mixed. Of course, she was sad at the thought of leaving the house, as it was full of so many memories. But at the same time she was looking forward to spending her last years near the sea, back in the little seaside town where she had been born. With the money from the sale of the house, she had bought a little flat there. She turned from the living room window, and looked round at the walls. There was a small fish tank, with two goldfish in it. When asked why, here husband used to say, “It?s nice to have something alive in the room.” Since he had passed away, she had always kept some goldfish, had always had “something alive in the room”.
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The next morning, as her train was pulling out of the station, Mrs. Robson called to her daughter, “Kate, you won?t forget to collect the goldfish, will you? The children will love them. It?s …” “I know,” Kate interrupted gently. “It?s nice to have something alive in the room.” 51. According to the passage, we know that Mrs. Robson _______. A. was tried of living alone B. was not liked by her daughter C. did not like asking people for help D. did not want to be visited by her daughter 52. Mrs. Robson was going to __________. A. be in hospital B. live with her daughter C. travel abroad alone D. move to her hometown 53. The feelings of Mrs. Robson on her last night in the house were ________. A. sad and hopeful B. regretful and excited C. sad and regretful D. excited and hopeful 54. From the last two paragraphs we can know that Mrs. Robson _______. A. enjoyed keeping pets at home B. missed her husband very much C. had the same hobby with her husband D. was worried about her daughter?s bad memory B At just six years old, Joey Kilpatrick is Australia?s unofficial hide-and-seek( 捉 迷 藏)champion after he hid in a bedroom cupboard for eight hours while playing his favorite game, causing a big rescue operation. The determined little boy?s disappearing act led to a careful search, including nice police officers, five State Emergency Service volunteers, tracker dogs and almost all of the people of the town of Goombungee. His mother, Chris, says she called the police when Joey disappeared one afternoon after telling his older brother, Lachlan, 14, that he was off to play hide-and-seek. “I called the two boys for dinner,” Chris says. “After about 20 minutes I started to worry, I was shouting to Joey, ?OK, we can?t find you, time to come out!?” But there was no sign of her little boy. Within minutes of Chris calling the police, the policemen started one of the biggest ground searches in the town?s history. “I was really frightened. I rang my husband, Kris, who works out of town, and he immediately hit the road, calling me every 10 minutes.” Chris recalls.“They searched the house from top to bottom; everyone was out looking for him. When a neighbor asked if I?d checked the water tank, that?s when reality hit. I was afraid.” After hours of searching the town, confused(困惑的)police decided to search the house one more time. “I just sat there waiting,” Chris says, “Then a strange feeling came over me, and I rushed into the bedroom and put my hand on a pile of blankets in the cupboard. As I pulled then out,there he was---asleep and completely not realizing what was going on! I?ve never held him in my arms so hard.”
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Senior officer, Chris Brameld, from Goombungee police, says he is glad that Joey?s game had a happy ending: “When we realized he was safe, we agreed that it didn?t get much better than that!” And young Joey promises that next time he won?t be so intent(专注于) on finding the best hiding place. “I want to say sorry to the policemen and to Mummy for scaring them,” he says, “I promise next time I?ll hide where they can find me and I won?t fall asleep!” 55. Why did the boy hide in a bedroom cupboard? A. He thought it was a good place to sleep B. He wanted to start a big rescue operation C. He didn?t think he could be easily found there D. He is Australia?s unofficial hide-and-seek champion. 56. What did the boy?s mother do when she couldn?t find her son? A. She checked the water tank. B. She called the police and her husband. C. She turned to her neighbor for help. D. She searched the town from top to bottom. 57. What can we learn from the passage? A. The boy felt very cold when he was found. B. The boy knew clearly what was going on. C. The mother usually hugged her boy very hard. D. The mother was very grateful to find her boy. 58. How did the boy feel after he found out what had happened? A. Pitiful. B. Funny. C. Frightened. D. Sorry. C She is widely seen as proof that good looks can last forever. But, at nearly 500 years of age, time is catching up with the Mona Lisa. The health of the famous picture, painted by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1505, is getting worse by the year, according to the Louvre Museum (卢浮宫博物馆) where it is housed. “The thin, wooden panel on which the Mona Lisa is painted in oil has changed shape since experts checked it two years ago.” the museum said. Visitors have noticed the changes but repairing the world?s most famous painting is not easy. Experts are not sure about the materials the Italian artist used and their current (现在的)chemical state. Nearly 6 million people go to see the Mona Lisa every year, many attracted by the mystery of her smile. “It is very interesting that when you?re not looking at her, she seems to be smiling, and then you look at her and she stops,” said Professor Margaret Livingstone of Harvard University. “It's because direct vision is excellent at picking up detail, but less suited to looking at shadows. Da Vinci painted the smile in shadows.” However, the actual history of the Mona Lisa is just as mysterious as the smile. Da Vinci himself loved it so much that he always carried it with him, until it was finally sold to France?s King Francis I in 1519. In 1911, the painting was stolen from the Louvre by a former employee, who took it out of the museum hidden under his coat. He said he planned to return it to Italy. The painting was sent back to France two years later.
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During World War Ⅱ , French hid the painting in small towns to keep it out of the hands of German soldiers. Like many old ladies, the Mona Lisa has some interesting stories to tell. 59. The underlined sentence in the first paragraph means the Mona Lisa _____. A. is losing its value gradually B. has been destroyed completely C. is being damaged after so many years D. is getting more valuable with years passing 60. Experts haven?t done any repairs on the Mona Lisa because _____. A. it is now in a poor chemical state B. they don?t know how to replace the wooden panel C. they don?t have the materials Da Vinci used D. they are afraid it?ll be done further damage 61. The smile of the Mona Lisa can only be seen ______. A. by direct vision B. at a distance C. by indirect vision D. in shadows 62. From the last paragraph, we can infer that . A. many more stories will be told about the Mona Lisa. B. people are interested in the stories about the Mona Lisa. C. some mysteries remain to be solved about the Mona Lisa. D. many interesting stories have been written about the Mona Lisa. D On Saturday, millions of people around the world will celebrate(庆祝) Saint Patrick?s Day, which honors Patron Saint(a main religious figure)of Ireland. Communities across the United States will host parades(游行), parties, and other festivities to mark the occasion. This year, cities like Boston, New York, and Chicago have organized big events celebrating Saint Patrick?s Day. In New York City, hundreds of thousands of people will gather to watch the Saint Patrick?s Day parade-the nation?s largest. It is one of the most watched parades in the world. Last year, almost 2 million watched it , more than 150,000 took part in it and they filled the streets. The parade, first held in 1776, is also one of the oldest. Chicago also throws a big celebration. Every year, the Chicago River, which crosses the city, shines green as event organizers pour about 40 pounds of fluorescence, a powerful dye(染料), into the water. Boston keeps its parade rolling for three hours or more. It is the nation?s second-largest parade. The city will also show respect to one of its most famous former residents, President John F. Kennedy, by opening the exhibit “A Journey Home:John F. Kennedy and Ireland”, at his official library. Patron Saint lived in Britain in the early fifth century, when it was still part of the Roman Empire. He was caught and sold into slavery in Ireland when he was only 16. He finally escaped slavery and turned to a life of religious devotion. He trained to become a minister and set out to spread Christianity throughout Ireland. After 30 years as a religious leader, Patrick died on March 17, 1461. Saint Patrick?s Day is always celebrated on March 17. In Ireland, it is an official holiday. 63. What?s the best title of the passage? A. Celebrations across the Country B. An Official Holiday in US
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C. The Largest Parade in the World D. Saint Patrick?s Day 64. What do you think is the official color of St. Patrick?s Day? A. Green. B. Red. C. Black. D. Yellow. 65. The last paragraph is mainly about . A. the cruel slave trade B. Saint Patrick?s childhood C. activities during Saint Patrick?s Day D. Patron Saint?s life in Ireland 66. Which of the following is NOT correct according to the passage? A. Parade is a most important event to celebrate Saint Patrick?s Day. B. Millions of Americans celebrate Saint Patrick?s Day every year. C. Chicago paints a bridge green for Saint Patrick?s Day. D. The Saint Patrick?s Day parade has a history of over two centuries. E I needed to buy a digital camera, one that was simply good at taking good snaps(快照), maybe sometimes for magazines. Being the careful type, I fancied a reliable brand(品牌). So I went on the net, spent 15 minutes reading product reviews on good websites, wrote down the names of three top recommendations (推荐) and headed for my nearest big friendly camera store. There in the cupboard was one of the cameras on my list. And it was on special offer. Oh joy. I pointed at it and asked an assistant, “Can I have one of those?” He looked upset. “Do you want to try it first?” he said. It didn?t quite sound like a question. “Do I need to?” I replied, “there?s anything wrong with it?” This made him look a bit angry and I started to feel bad. ??No, no. But you should try it,?? he said encouragingly, “compare it with the others.” I looked across at the others: shelves of similar cameras placed along the wall, offering all kinds of just a little different prices and discounts(折扣), with each company selling a type of models based around the same basic box. With so many models to choose from, it seemed that I would have to spend hours weighing X against Y, always trying to take Z and possibly H into consideration at the same time. But when I had finished, I would still have only the same two certainties that I had entered the store with: first, soon after I carried my new camera out of the shop, it would be worth half what I paid for it; and second, my wonderful camera would very quickly be replaced by a new model. But something in the human soul says in a low voice that you can beat these traps by making the right choice, the clever choice, the wise choice. In the end, I agreed to try the model I had chosen. The assistant seemed a sincere man. So I let him take out my chosen camera from the cupboard, show how it took excellent pictures of my fellow shoppers…and when he started to introduce the special characters, I stopped him and asked whether I needed to buy a carry-case and a memory card as well. Why do we think that new choices still offer us anything new? Perhaps it is because they offer an opportunity to avoid facing the fact that our real choices in this culture are far more limited than we would like to imagine. 67. The shop assistant insisted that the writer should . A. try the camera to see if there was anything wrong with it B. compare the camera he had chosen with the others C. get more information about different companies D. trust him and stop asking questions
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68. What does the writer mean by “it would be worth half what I paid for it”(Paragraph2)? A. He should get a 50%discount. B. The price of the camera was unreasonably high. C. The quality of the camera was not good. D. The camera would soon fall in value. 69. The writer decided to try the model he had chosen because he _________. A. knew very little about it B. didn?t trust the shop assistant C. wanted to make sure the one he chose would be the best D. had a special interest in taking pictures of his fellow shoppers 70. It can be inferred from the passage that in the writer?s opinion . A. people waste too much money on cameras B. cameras have become an important part of our daily life C. we don?t actually need so many choices when buying a product D. famous companies care more about money than quality 第四部分:书面表达(共两节,满分 50 分) 第一节:完成句子(共 10 小题;每小题 2 分,满分 20 分) 71. To my relief, these rare trees being cut down. (protect) 让我宽慰的是,这些稀有的树木正在受保护不被砍伐。 72. Can you list the uses that the natural resources over the past few years? (make) 你能列举出近几年来对自然资源的利用吗? 73. That is the only way we can imagine the earthquake-stricken areas. (transport) 那是我们想到的把这些包裹运送到地震灾区的唯一办法。 74. the media reports, the result has been unclear. (judge) 从媒体报道来判断,结果还不清楚。 75. Mr. Thomas, ____________ I have made great progress in my English, is highly thought of by us students. (help) 史密斯先生受到我们学生的高度评价,在其帮助下我的英语学习取得了很大的进步。 76. It was the first time in his life that he such sufferings. (go) 这是他一生中第一次经受这种磨练。 77. He only thinks of himself; never others. (care) 他只想到自己,从不关心他人。 78. the newspaper, I didn?t notice what was happening. (employ) 专心看报,我没注意正在发生的事。 79. _______ ___ first aid is only a temporary(暂时的)form of help given to a patient. (there) 勿容置疑,急救只是给予患者一种暂时的救助。 80. Unluckily, the computer ____ _________ yesterday breaks down again. (have) 不幸的是,昨天我让人修理的那台电脑现在又坏了。 第二节:短文写作(共 1 题,满分 30 分) 假设你班班主任在安排座位时, 让成绩好的学生和成绩差的学生坐在一起。 班会上大家
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就此进行了讨论。请根据下表内容,介绍讨论情况并谈谈自己的看法。 赞成观点 1. 人人都有长处和不足, 成绩差 的学生也有可取之处; 2. 相互学习,建立友谊。 反对观点 1. 部分学习差的学生常常上课说话、 违 反校规,成绩好的学生可能会受到 影响; 2. 总是问问题, 使成绩好的学生不能专 心学习。 你的观点

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注意:1. 词数 120 左右; 2. 可适当增加细节,以使行文连贯。 参考词汇:成绩差的学生 a slower student

宜昌一中 沙市中学 2013 年秋季高一年级期末考试英语答案 公安一中 听力: 1-5 ACAAC 6-10 CACBC 11-15 ACABC 16-20 ACBAC 多项选择: 21-25 CBCBD 26-30 DDAAC 完形填空: 31-35 DCADD 36-40 BACAC 41-45 ABCBB 46-50 BDADC 阅读理解: 51-54 CDAB 55-58 CBDD 59-62 CDCC 63-66 DADC 67-70 BDCC 完成句子: 71. are being protected from 72. have been made of 73. to transport the parcels to 74. Judging from 75. with whose help / with the help of whom 76. is devoted to helping 77. Being admitted to/into 78. Employed in (reading)/Employing myself in (reading) 79. There is no doubt that 80. (that / which) I had repaired 短文写作: One possible version: We have held a discussion about whether it is good or not for a top student to share a desk with a slower student. Some are for the idea. They believe everyone has strengths as well as weaknesses. Although slower students are not good at lessons, they might do well in other fields like sports or arts.
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Therefore, they can learn from each other, and they may develop friendship. However, some top students don?t hold the same view. They think some slower students are always making trouble, such as keeping talking in class, breaking school rules, which has a bad effect on their studies. Besides, they may often be asked questions by slower students which will probably distract them from their lessons. In my point of view, that top students share desks with slower students does good to them all. In this way, they can help and learn from each other 听力录音稿: Text 1 W: Taking drug is so dangerous. M: I couldn't agree with you more. I'll try to persuade my father out of smoking. Text 2 W: May I take your order now, sir? M: Thank you, but I'm waiting for someone to join me. Text 3 W: Can I change a seat with you? I don't like the man smoking beside me. M: Of course. That's a piece of cake. Text 4 M: Hi,Miss Green. Sorry, I failed your subject again, but I really tried my best. W: No one is sure to succeed every time. Cheer up, young man. You will have more chances. M: Thank you,Miss Green. I'll try harder next time. Text 5 M: Tim, you are smoking in the study again! W: Really sorry. If not, I?ll be sleepy. M: Don?t say sorry. I've told you you can smoke on the balcony. W: I will. Text 6 M: Excuse me, could you tell me the way to the James Thing Bookstore? W: James Thing Bookstore. Er... When you go out of the station, turn left and walk to the traffic lights. Turn left again. You will be on St. Jones Street. Keep walking until you come to the cinema. Just after the cinema,there is a very narrow street on the left. This is High Street. The bookstore is a hundred yards down the street on the right. M: I see. First turn left and turn left again and then another left turn. Is that right? W: There is a church opposite the bookstore. You cannot miss it. M: Thank you. Text 7 M: Good Morning,Raul. You are up early. W: Good Morning,David. It is cold today. M: It always gets cold after a heavy snow fall. Actually,we haven't seen so much snow fall here for years. W: I love snow. When I was a child, I made snowballs and would always play in the snow. Do you like skating, David? M: Yes,of course. I hope the lakes will freeze over soon.
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W: So do I. By the way,did you hear the weather forecast this morning? M: Yes. It said partly cloudy today with a strong wind from the northwest. The highest temperature will be 6 below zero at least in the morning. But in the afternoon,it will rise a little bit. W: Then the beautiful snow might melt away. M: And we will get big ice on the. road,so be careful when you drive in the afternoon. Text 8 W: Hello Tim. Are you going in for the bike riding competition next week? M: Sure I am! Can't you see that I'm preparing for it? I'm doing two hours of bike riding a day. W: Wow! That sounds serious! Although I'm not taking part in the competition I run every day. And I eat a well-balanced diet. M: Good. I've been eating healthily too and also stopped smoking. I found that I didn't have so much energy when I smoked. I want to win so I decided to stop it. W: Well done. That must be hard. I know because I stopped smoking last year. It was bad for a time but afterwards I felt much better. Much fitter too! I'm sure you did the right thing. M: I hope so. I sometimes feel quite nervous but I've stuck with it and not smoked for a week. W: That should help you when you actually get to the competition. Do you do other exercise as well as riding your bike? M: Well,no. W: I recommend you run as well. It helps build up your leg muscles and that will help you when you cycle up hills. That can be very tiring,you know! M: Yes,that's good idea. Thanks. I hope that my healthy diet, the extra running and my riding practice should help me win. W: I hope so too. Good luck to you! Text 9 M: Are you really going to a museum? W: Of course, art is very important. It's a way to understand culture and history. Don't you like art? M: OK, OK; if you say so. W: And this is the largest museum in Beijing. M: What kind of art is there? Paintings? Statues? Pottery? W: Mostly modern art but in all styles and forms. M: Is there a special exhibit? W: Yes, there is a modern art exhibit all month, and it's on the third floor. Let 's go upstairs. Look at this piece of art; it's very famous. You know why? M: I don't know. It looks like a kid did that one with some colored pencils or something. W: You really don't have a taste for art. Look at the shapes and colors. It's fantastic. It takes talent to make this kind of painting. M: Look at this one. It looks really old. W: Yes, it is. It was done hundreds of years ago. Look at all the details. I bet it's expensive. M: Yeah,I think so,but it's not for sale. W: Could you even afford it if it was? M: Ha-ha... Text 10
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Welcome to Fantastic Homes of the Rich and Famous! In this program we will explore the beautiful homes of famous people from all around the world. Today, we are looking at the home of the late Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson's home is called Neverland Ranch. It is a home like no other. It has all the things that every star's home should have: a six-car garage, a huge basketball court, and a golf course. It is also home to twenty-seven different types of animals, and there is a large roller coaster and tons of other rides and games. Jackson believed that his home should be a place for kids to have fun and relax. There are also many great places for adults, including a huge ballroom, a space for music and art, and a large theater. Jackson's home was mainly a place for him to escape from his fame and relax by himself and with friends. He wanted to build his own private world to enjoy and he certainly managed to do that. After all, Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, and he deserved to live in a nice place.

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