A卷 第Ⅰ卷（选择题，共 65 分）
第一部分 听力（共三节，满分 20 分） 第一节： （共 5 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 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。每段对话读二遍。 1．What does the man want to do? A．To write a check. B．To cook breakfast. C．To read the newspaper. 2．What can we know about Lisa and Eric? A．They don't want children for the time being. B．They will start a family as soon as they get married. C．They had a baby two years ago. 3．Where does this conversation take place? A．At a birthday party. B．At the baker's. C．At the café . 4．When will the post office be open on the weekend? A．Only in the morning. B．All day long. C．The same as during the weekdays. 5．What are they talking about? A．Traffic problems in America. B．Americans' heavy dependence on cars. C．Roads and highways. 第二节： （共 10 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 10 分） 听下面 4 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。听完每段对话或独白前后，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。每段对话读两遍。 听第 6 段材料，回答第 6 至 7 题。 6．What did Ann do after the light was turned off? A．She lit a candle and went on reading in bed. B．She fell asleep in no time. C．She still didn't come back to the room. 7．How many people were burnt in the fire? A．One. B．Two. C．Three. 听第 7 段材料，回答第 8 至 9 题。 8．What's the relationship between the two speakers? A．Schoolmates. B．Colleagues. C．Teacher and student. 9．What's Mark's attitude toward the test? A．He worries about it.
B．He is calm. C．He has to get an A. 听第 8 段材料，回答第 10 至 12 题。 10．How did Jane feel when the two speakers met? A．Nervous. B．Happy. C．Tired. 11．What did Jane have to do after the party? A．Get a good sleep. B．Type a history paper. C．Go home. 12．What cannot the man do? A．Work well under pressure. B．Plan a birthday party. C．Sleep during the day. 听第 9 段材料，回答第 13 至 15 题。 13．What did Steve originally plan to do? A．To do some housework. B．To go for a walk. C．To write a paper. 14．Why did Maggie finally decide to go to see a film? A．Because it would be easier to go to a cinema. B．Because the weather wasn't good for a walk. C．Because Steve hadn't seen the film yet. 15．Where did they plan to meet? A．At the cinema. B．At Steve's house. C．Near the bank. 第二部分 知识运用（共两节，满分 25 分） 第一节：单项填空（共 10 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 10 分） 从每题所给的 A、B、C、D 四个选项中，选出可以填入空白处的最佳选项。 16．It was hard for him to ________ to the students what he meant. A．get at B．get across C．figure out D．make out 17．Most students in my class ________ very good marks in the exam. A．acquired B．obtained C．attained D．ensured 18．Our firm ________ two fruit packaging companies last year. A．took over B．took in C．took after D．took up 19．There was more than ________ rain and snow last year, so some parts of the country have been flooded this spring. A．efficient B．adequate C．permanent D．extra 20．Some old people don't like pop songs because they can't ________ so much noise. A．prohibit B．violate C．postpone D．tolerate 21．________ I want to know is ________ it is worth doing. A．What; that B．What; whether C．That; why D．That; what 22．She is pleased with ________ you have given her and all ________ you have said. A．that; that B．what; which C．what; that D．all; what 23．It's reported that by the end of the month, the output of the factory ________ by about 10%. A．will have risen B．will be rising C．has risen D．has been rising 24．When she graduates from the college this summer, she ________ here for five years.
A．will study B．will be studying C．will have studied D．studies 25．If the snake bite ________ poisonous, you ________ very ill now. A．were; would feel B．were; would have felt C．had been; would feel D．had been; would have felt 第二节：完形填空（共 15 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 15 分） 阅读下面短文，掌握其大意，从每题所给的 A、B、C、D 四个选项中，选出最佳选项。 What is in the drug that makes you sick or dead? For example, cocaine is harmful, but what makes it harmful? I can't tell you all about drugs, but I can help you think about them in this 26 way. Your body is a very complicated machine. Special chemicals, which we call drugs, can affect it in many different ways. Some drugs are 27 when your body has a problem, as with disease-causing bacteria. Then someone may give you aspirin to keep your temperature from going too 28 or some penicillin 29 it stops the growth of some kinds of bacteria. 30 , all drugs are really poison, 31 if you take too much, so you must always use them carefully. Why do some people take drugs like cocaine? For a little while they seem to make you feel better, or happier. But 32 their effects have 33 , your body has to pay an extra 34 to get back to normal. That makes you want to get some more of the drug. Drugs like cocaine have their special effects because they act as 35 for your nervous sys tem. They cut off some of your nerve pathways and take away some of your senses and your 36 . They make you want always more. And just a little too much can even 37 nerves to your heart and stop its beating. Many of us worry about the 38 around us and what pollution does to us. How about your internal （内在的） environment, and what goes on 39 you? You control that all by yourself in what you put into your 40 . Most drugs are pollutants. You would not want pollutants in the air and water around you. Why would you want pollutants in your body? 26．A．funny B．different C．simple D．true 27．A．powerful B．helpful C．painful D．helpless 28．A．high B．tall C．much D．hot 29．A．when B．until C．as D．before 30．A．Besides B．Thus C．However D．Naturally 31．A．at most B．at least C．at times D．at first 32．A．where B．before C．after D．until 33．A．worked B．worn C．appeared D．lost 34．A．number B．quantity C．amount D．price 35．A．guards B．medicine C．chemicals D．poisons 36．A．worries B．happiness C．freedom D．pride 37．A．lead B．block C．offer D．stick 38．A．places B．nature C．people D．environment 39．A．inside B．around C．outside D．next to 40．A．heart B．head C．body D．mind 第三部分 阅读理解（共 15 小题；第一节每小题 2 分，第二节每小题 1 分，满分 25 分） 第一节：阅读下列短文，从每题所给的 A、B、C、D 四个选项中，选出最佳选项。 A A sense of humor is just one of the many things shared by Alfred and Anthony Melillo, 64-year-old twin brothers from East Haven who made history in February 2002. On Christmas Eve, 1992, Anthony had a heart transplant from a 21-year-old donor. Two days before Valentine's Day in
2002, Alfred received a 19-year-old heart, marking the first time on record that twin adults each received heart transplants. "I'm 15 minutes older than him, but now I'm younger because of my heart and I'm not going to respect him," Alfred said with a grin （露齿而笑）, pointing to his brother while talking to a roomful of reporters, who laughed frequently at their jokes. While the twins knew that genetics might have played a role in their condition, they recognized that their eating habits might have also contributed to their heart problems. "We'd put half a pound of butter on a steak. I overdid it on all the food that tasted good, so I guess I deserved what I got for not dieting properly." The discussion moved to Anthony's recovery. In the five years since his heart transplant, he had been on an exercise program where he regularly rode a bicycle for five miles, swam each day, and walked a couple of miles. He was still on medication, but not nearly as much as Alfred, who was just in the early stage of his recovery. "Right now I feel pretty young and I'm doing very well," Anthony said. "I feel like a new person." Alfred said his goal, of course, was to feel even better than his brother. But, he added, "I love my brother very much. We're very close and I'm sure we'll do just fine." 41．This article is mainly about ________. A．the danger of heart transplant surgery B．becoming young by getting a new heart C．the effect of genetics on the heart D．the twin brothers who received heart transplants 42．What did Alfred and Anthony think caused their heart problems? A．Exercise. B．Diet. C．Surgery. D．Medicines. 43．Why did Alfred say, "I'm 15 minutes older than him, but now I'm younger because of my heart"? A．His heart transplant surgery was more successful than Anthony's. B．His recovery from the heart surgery was faster than Anthony's. C．His exercise program was better than Anthony's. D．His new heart was younger than Anthony's. B "A good parent" can be a confusing phrase. It is almost impossible for one person to be "a good parent" at all stages of a child's life. Some parents are at their best before their children begin to speak. Others are most successful before their children enter elementary school. Still others make their finest contribution to older children or teenagers. Every parent can understand one stage of a child's development better than another. It is a rare person who possesses superior capacities （能力） throughout the entire period of a child's growth. A mother might be "a good parent" from her baby's birth until it is three; that is the period when it needs her protection and loving care. Then the start of her child's independence might upset and alarm her, and she might then become less helpful for a few years. A father might be awkward and uncomfortable with a younger child, but could turn into an excellent parent when the child is old enough to be taught the skills of cycling, fishing and so on, or to be taken on trips. Some parents feel easier with boys, and others with girls—and then only at certain ages or stages. It is important for parents to understand and accept their own limitations in these matters, just as they must accept the child's faults of personality and limitations of talent. Otherwise, fathers and mothers will feel guilty and blame themselves for weaknesses that may not be their faults. Much of the guilt experienced by modern parents comes from the mistaken feeling that they ought to be all things at all times to the child, which is clearly mistaken. In past ages, grandparents and uncles and
aunts lived with the family, and provided different kinds of support; in our present "nuclear" family, too many roles are demanded of the two parents, which they cannot possibly fulfill. 44．Confusion arises about what it means to be "a good parent" because ________. A．it is normal to be a successful parent during most of a child's development B．most parents are only good at helping older children or teenagers C．parents are usually at their best before their children go to school D．parents do not realize they cannot perform equally well through a child's growth 45．If we consider the relative values of mothers and fathers, it is clear that ________. A．either parent may be effective with children at some stage B．only fathers can teach cycling, fishing and so on C．only mothers can succeed with very small children D．parents are better with children of their own sex 46．Parents of nuclear families sometimes feel at a loss because ________. A．they believe that such a family prevents the healthy growth of a child's personality and talent B．they dislike the support that other family members give to their children C．they do not always have the help of other family members in child-raising D．they no longer regard grandparents, uncles and aunts as good educators of their children C Many a young person tells me he wants to be a writer. I always encourage such people, but I also explain that there's a big difference between "being a writer" and writing. In most cases these individuals are dreaming of wealth and fame, not the long hours alone at a typewriter. "You've got to want to write," I say to them, "not want to be a writer." The reality is that writing is a lonely, private and poor-paying affair. For every writer kissed by fortune there are thousands more whose longing is never rewarded. When I left a 20-year career in the U. S. Coast Guard to become a freelance writer （自由撰稿人） , I had no hope at all. What I did have was a friend who found me my room in a New York apartment building. It didn't even matter that it was cold and had no bathroom. I immediately bought a used manual typewriter and felt like a real writer. After a year or so, however, I still hadn't gotten a break and began to doubt myself . It was so hard to sell a story that I barely made enough to eat. But I knew I wanted to write. I had dreamed about it for years. I wasn't going to be one of those people who die wondering, what if? I would keep putting my dream to the test — even though it meant living with uncertainty and fear of failure. This is the shadow land of hope, and anyone with a dream must learn to live there. 47．The passage is meant to ________. A．warn young people of the difficulties that a successful writer has to experience B．advise young people to give up their idea of becoming a professional writer C．show young people it's unrealistic for a writer to seek wealth and fame D．encourage young people to enter on a writing career 48．Why did the author begin to doubt himself after the first year of his writing career? A．He wasn't able to produce a single book. B．He hadn't seen a change for the better. C．He wasn't able to have a rest for a whole year. D．He found his dream would never come true. 49．"… people who die wondering, what if?" （Line 3, Para. 3） refers to "those ________". A．who think too much of the dark side of life B．who regret giving up their career halfway C．who think a lot without making a decision
D．who are full of imagination even upon death 50．What can be concluded from the passage? A．Genuine writers often find their work interesting and rewarding. B．A writer's success depends on luck rather than on effort. C．Famous writers usually live poorly and alone. D．The chances for a writer to become successful are small. 第二节： （共 5 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 5 分） 根据短文内容，从短文后的选项中选出能填入空白处的最佳选项。 The day my husband fell to his death, it started to snow, just like any November day, just like the bottom hadn't fallen out of my world when he fell off the roof. 51 It snowed almost every day for the next four months, while I sat on the couch and watched it pile up. One morning, I dragged my feet downstairs and was surprised to see a woman clearing my driveway. I dropped to my knees, crawled through the living room, and back upstairs so those good Samaritans （乐善好施的人） would not see me. I was embarrassed. 52 I didn't have the strength to brush my hair let alone clear someone's walk. 53 I defined myself by my competence and independence. So who was I if I was no longer capable and busy? How could I respect myself if all I did was sit on the couch everyday and watch the snow fall? 54 Friends cooked for me and I cried because I couldn't even help them set the table. "I'm not usually this lazy," I cried. Finally, my friend Kathy sat down with me and said, "Mary, cooking for you is not a chore （杂物活）. I love you and I want to do it. It makes me feel good to be able to do something for you." Over and over, I heard similar sentiments （情感） from the people who supported me during those dark days. One very wise man told me, "You are not doing nothing. Being fully open to your grief may be the hardest work you will ever do." 55 . My life is now filled with gratitude and modesty. I have been surprised to learn that there is incredible freedom that comes from facing one's worst fear and walking away whole. I believe there is strength in giving up. A．My first thought was, how would I ever repay them? B．Learning how to receive the love and support that came my way wasn't easy. C．Before Jon's death, I took pride in the fact that I rarely asked for help or favors. D．I am not the person I once was, but in many ways I have changed for the better. E．His body, when I found it, was lightly covered with snow.
第Ⅱ卷（非选择题，共 35 分）
第三节：听取信息（共 5 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 5 分） 听下面一段独白，根据题目要求在相应的横线上写下第 1 题至第 5 题的关键信息。此对话 听两遍。 Changing reasons for keeping dogs In the past，dogs were used for （1） ________ other animals （2） ________ sheep Guarding（3） ________ Now dogs are used for
（4） ________ thieves Staying with（5） ________
第一部分 阅读表达（共 5 小题；每小题 2 分，满分 10 分） 阅读下面的短文，并根据短文后的要求回答问题（请注意问题后的字数要求） 。
Every winter, at least in cold climates, people sink into an all-too-familiar round of illness, with sneezing, sore throat, and stuffed-up head, a few of the most common symptoms. Sometimes other conditions, such as a severe cough, are also present, and people wonder whether they have simply caught a cold or are suffering from flu. Since the two illnesses have several common characteristics, the confusion is understandable. Colds are generally rather mild annoyances, but flu can be quite serious and lead to pneumonia （肺炎）. So it is wise to be aware of the differences. Sneezing, stuffy nose, and sore throat are the most common symptoms of colds, and they are often, but not always, present with flu as well. Chest discomfort and coughing may also accompany both illnesses, but in flu they have bronchitis （支气管炎） that may last for weeks afterward. The symptoms particularly distinguishing flu, which are rarely if ever present with the common cold, are headache, high fever, aches and pains all over the body, a general weakness, and exhaustion. Often the illness begins with vague body pains and headache, then quickly worsens as the victim's bodily temperature rises and extreme fatigue （乏力） sets in. Suffers may find themselves in bed for several days, sleeping much of the time and battling temperatures of 102-104 degrees. Waking moments may be spent coughing uncontrollably. Though there is presently no cure for the common cold, antibiotics can resist certain types of flu. And getting a flu shot at the beginning of each season is a particularly good idea. 6．What is the title for this passage? （within 5 words） ____________________________________________________________________________ 7．Why do people often confuse colds with flu? （within 10 words） ____________________________________________________________________________ 8．Which illness can cause victims to suffer more? Colds or flu? Why? （within 15 words） ____________________________________________________________________________ 9．What advice is given to fight flu? （within 20 words） ____________________________________________________________________________ 10．Translate the underlined sentence. ___________________________________________________________________________ 第二部分 书面表达（共 20 分） 假定你是李华，David 是你的美国笔友。他对中国鼓励使用环保购物袋很感兴趣，来信向 你询问此事。请你给他写封回信。主要内容如下： ◇感谢他的关注。 ◇简要介绍相关情况。 ◇谈谈你的感想。 注意： 1．词数 100 左右。 2．可根据内容要点适当增加细节，以使行文连贯。 3．参考词汇：环保购物袋 environment-friendly shopping bag __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________
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B 卷（满分 50 分）
第一节：动词填空（共 10 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 10 分） 用括号内所给动词的适当形式填空。 1．They ________ （complete） the work on the great dam by the end of this decade. 2．As soon as she arrived home, the girl discovered that she ________ （take） her friend's English text book by mistake. 3．If you had posted the letter, Joan ________ （receive） it tomorrow. 4．By the time he was twelve, Edison ________ （begin） to make a living by himself. 5．She ought to stop working; she has a headache because she ________ （read） too long. 6．Should he need an operation, he ________ （take） to the hospital. 7．So far, 600,000 RMB ________ （raise） to help the flood victims. 8．It was the first time that I ________ （talk） with a foreigner in English. 9．His letter, ________ （address） to the wrong number, reached me late. 10．If I ________ （have） your advantages, I'd be better off now. 第二节：语法填空（共 10 小题；每小题 1.5 分，满分 15 分） 仔细阅读下面短文， 短文中有 10 个空格。 请按照语境用方框中所给词的适当形式将短文补 全。 by （× 2）, however, both, report, young, when, the, act, wealthy In the United States, there were 222 people 11 to be billionaires （亿万富翁） in 2003. The 12 of these is Bill Gates, worth at least $ 41 billion, who made his money 13 starting the company Microsoft. Mr. Gates was only 21 years old 14 he first helped to set up the company in 1976. He was a billionaire 15 the time he was 31. 16 , there are still some other people who have made lots of money at even 17 ages. Other young people who have been struck rich include Jackie Coogan and Shirley Temple. 18 of these child actors made over a million dollars 19 in movies before they were 14．But 20 youngest billionaire is Albert von Thurn und Taxis of Germany, who, in 2001, inherited （继承） a billion dollars when he turned 18! 第三节：翻译句子（共 5 小题；每小题 3 分，满分 15 分） 根据中文意思和提示词语翻译下列句子。 21．经理不在的时候，由我负责。 （absence） ___________________________________________________________________________ 22．她说话的方式像她妈妈。 （resemble） ___________________________________________________________________________ 23．那艘船被派出去救沉船的水手。 （rescue） ___________________________________________________________________________ 24．遇紧急情况严禁使用电梯。 （prohibit） ___________________________________________________________________________ 25．医生进退两难不知该不该把真相告诉患者。 （dilemma） ___________________________________________________________________________ 第四节：阅读理解（共 5 小题；每小题 2 分，满分 10 分）
The Best of Friends The evidence for harmony may not be obvious in some families. But it seems that four out of five young people now get on with their parents, which is the opposite of the popularly-held image of unhappy teenagers locked in their room after endless family quarrels. An important new study into teenage attitudes surprisingly shows that their family life is more harmonious than it has ever been in the past. "We were surprised by just how positive today's young people seem to be about their families," said one member of the research team. "They're expected to be rebellious （叛逆的） and selfish, but actually they have other things on their minds: they want a car and material goods, and they worry about whether school is serving them well. There's more negotiation and discussion between parents and children, and children expect to take part in the family decision-making process. They don't want to rock the boat." So it seems that this generation of parents is much more likely than parents of 30 years ago to treat their children as friends. "My parents are happy to discuss things with me and willing to listen to me," says 17-year-old Daniel Lazall. "I always tell them when I'm going out clubbing. As long as they know what I'm doing, they're fine with it." Susan Crome, who is now 21, agrees." Looking back on the last 10 years, there was a lot of what you could call negotiation. For example, as long as I'd done all my homework, I could go out on a Saturday night. But I think my grandparents were a lot stricter with my parents than that. " Maybe this positive view of family life should not be unexpected. It is possible that the idea of teenage rebellion is not rooted in real facts. A researcher comments, "Our surprise that teenagers say they get along well with their parents comes because of a brief period in our social history when teenagers were regarded as different beings. But that idea of rebelling and breaking away from their parents really only happened during that one time in the 1960s when everyone rebelled. The normal situation throughout history has been a smooth change from helping out with the family business to taking it over." 26．What is the popular image of teenagers today? A．They worry about school. B．They dislike living with their parents. C．They have to be locked in to avoid troubles. D．They quarrel a lot with other family members. 27．The study shows that teenagers don't want to ________. A．share family responsibility B．cause trouble in their families C．go boating with their family D．make family decisions 28．Compared with parents of 30 years ago, today's parents ________. A．go to clubs more often with their children B．are much stricter with their children C．care less about their children's life D．give their children more freedom 29．According to the author, teenage rebellion ________. A．may be a false belief B．is common nowadays C．existed only in the 1960s D．resulted from changes in families 30．What is the passage mainly about? A．Negotiation in family. B．Education in family. C．Harmony in family. D．Teenage trouble in family.
A卷 第Ⅰ卷 1．C 2．A 3．B 4．A 5．B 6．A 7．C 8．A 9．B 10．C 11．B 12．A 13．C 14．B 15．A 16．B 17．C 18．A 19．B 20．D 21．B 22．C 23．A 24．C 25．C 26．C 27．B 28．A 29．C 30．C 31．B 32．C 33．B 34．D 35．D 36．A 37．B 38．D 39．A 40．C 41．D 42．B 43．D 44．D 45．A 46．C 47．A 48．B 49．B 50．D 51．E 52．A 53．C 54．B 55．D 第Ⅱ卷 1．hunting/fighting （against） 2．driving 3．chickens 4．frightening 5．lonely people, family 6．Cold or Flu? 7．Because the two illnesses have several common characteristics. 8．Flu. Because flu can be quite serious and lead to pneumonia. 9．Getting a flu shot at the beginning of each season. 10．患者会卧床好几天，大部分时间都在睡觉，与 102 到 104 度的高温搏斗，醒时可能都在无 法控制地咳嗽。 One possible version Dear David, I'm glad that you've noticed our efforts directed towards environmental protection. Thank you for your concern. As too much use of plastic bags has caused serious white pollution, our government encourages us to use environment-friendly shopping bags. These bags are made of a variety of material that can be easily treated when they become rubbish. Besides, they can be reused. More and more people in China have realized the advantages of such bags and started using them. I believe that the wide use of these shopping bags can greatly improve our environment. This is one of the many steps we are to make our country an even cleaner place. Yours, Li Hua B卷 1．will have completed 2．had taken 3．would receive 4．had begun 5．has been reading 6．would be taken 7．has been raised 8．had talked 9．having been addressed 10．had had 11．reported 12．wealthiest 13．by 14．when 15．by 16．However 17．younger 18．Both 19．acting 20．the 21．In the absence of the manager, I shall be in charge. 22．She resembles her mother in the way of talking. 23．The ship was sent out to rescue the sailors from the sinking ship. 24．The use of elevator is prohibited in （an） emergency. 25．The doctor's dilemma was whether he should tell the patient the truth.
26．D 27．B 28．D 29．A 30．C 听力录音稿 Text 1 M: I haven't read the newspaper yet. When you're finished, may I see it? W: I'll give it to you right now. I have to check on dinner anyway. Text 2 W: Have Lisa and Eric started a family yet? They've been married for two years now. M: Eric told me that they'd put off having children until he got his Dr's degree. Text 3 M: I'd like four rolls, a pound of biscuits, and that birthday cake. W: Do you want the cake delivered? Text 4 M: I hope that the post office will be open now. W: The sign says: 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. weekdays, 9 a. m. to 12 noon Saturdays. Text 5 W: You Americans are funny! It seems as if you were married to your cars. M: Yeah, I guess that's true. The country is becoming one big highway. I was reading that there are about 4 million roads and highways in this country now. Text 6 M: Where have you been these days? W: In the hospital. M: In the hospital? What happened? W: Didn't you know that our room caught fire last Sunday evening? M: Oh, really? I'm sorry to hear that. But what caused the fire? W: Well, the light in our room was turned off at 10:30 as usual. Ann lit a candle to go on reading. Unluckily she fell asleep with the candle still burning beside her. Then her bed caught fire. M: Oh, my God! I'm sorry to hear that. And how was Ann? W: She was badly burnt and is still in hospital. M: Was she the only one burnt? W: No. There were two more, including me. M: I think you should be more careful in the future. W: We will. Text 7 M: Hi, Alice. Why have you come to school an hour early? W: I wanted to get a front row seat and review one more time before the test. Why are you here so early, Mark? M: I get out of my car here this time every day. You seem to be nervous about your lessons. Have you finished your review? W: I've only been studying night and day for the last week. If I don't get an A in this class, I won't get the support of my country. Why do you seem so calm? M: This class is really just a review for me. I've been learning it for two years. W: That's lucky for you. M: Can you guess what the test will be like? Will it be difficult? W: I hope not. But I'm still worried about it. M: Well, cheer up. Hope for good luck. Text 8 M: Are you feeling OK, Jane? You look pretty tired.
W: My sister and I had a birthday party for my brother last night. I didn't get much sleep. M: Where did you have the party? W: It was at my aunt's house. Then, right after the party, I had to start typing a history paper that was due first thing in the morning. I was kind of nervous because the professor said he wouldn't accept any late papers. M: I don't know how you managed it. I can't handle a pressure situation like that. W: Well, I just turned the paper in and now I'm going home to bed. See you later. Text 9 W: Hi, Steve, how are things? M: Hi, Maggie. Good, thanks. What's new with you? W: I was just wondering if you wanted to go out tonight. M: Well, I was thinking of doing some work, to work on my paper which is due next week. What have you gotten in mind? W: I thought we could just go for a walk, maybe down to that park near the beach. M: Tonight. You must be joking. It's so cold. W: Oh, yes, it's too cold. Oh, that new Tom Cruise's film is on in town. How about that? M: OK. What time does it start? W: Oh, I think it's half past eight or something. I'll just get the paper and have a look. M: Then, where are we going to meet? W: It'd be easier if we met up at the cinema. M: OK. Text 10 If you are in a western country, you will often see people walking their dogs. It is true that a dog is the most useful animal in the world. However, the reason why one keeps a dog has changed. Once upon a time, a man met a dog and wanted it to help him in the fight against other animals, and the dog listened to him and did what he told him to do. Later people used dogs for hunting other animals, and dogs did not eat what they got until their masters agreed. Dogs were also used for driving sheep and guarding chickens. But now people in towns and cities do not need dogs to fight other animals any more. Of course, they keep them to frighten thieves, but the most important reason for keeping dogs is that they feel lonely in the city. For a child, a dog is his best friend when he has no friends to play with. For a young wife, a dog is her child when she does not have her own. For old people, a dog is also a child when their real children have grown up and left. Now, people do not have to use a dog, but they keep it as a friend just like a member of the family.