第一节 A “She’s never going to walk,” the doctors told Mom when I was only eighteen months old. “You don’t know Darla like I do” was Mom’s response to that. “She’s smart, independent and she has a mind of her own. If she sets her heart to it, she will do everything.” Ten years had passed, and I still had not walked. Mom and Dad had faced the fact long ago that maybe the doctors had been right. After all I was nearly twelve and had not taken a step in my life. “Maybe we’re pushing too hard,” Mom told Dad. “Mom, don’t worry. Someday I will walk. I believe that from the bottom of my heart. I believe it is only a matter of time.” We were having breakfast on Christmas morning. We had just left the table, and were getting ready to exchange gifts when the miracle (奇迹) happened. I sat still at first watching with a smile as we exchanged gifts, but the greatest gift from God was given last. I stood up for the first time in my life, and put one foot in front of the other. I was really walking! I took a few steps and fell on the sofa next to Mom and Dad who were crying like babies. The doctors had been wrong! I could walk, not until I was twelve, because of a Christmas miracle, a gift from God. This special gift has helped us see the true meaning of Christmas. 36. As time went by, . A. Darla’s condition became better and better B. Darla became totally hopeless about her disease C. Darla’s parents began to lose heart about her disease D. the doctors became confident about Darla’s recovery 37. Which of the following words can best describe Darla? A. Determined. B. Stubborn. C. Humorous. D. Warm-hearted. 38. What would be the best title for the passage? A. An unlucky girl B. A Christmas miracle C. A special family D. Good memories last long B Four interesting festivals Grand Old Days Phone numeber: (651) 699-0029 E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org Grand Old Days is one of the Midwest’s largest one-day festivals. It’s held every year on the first Sunday in June. It starts at 7:45 am until 5:00 pm. You should pay $8 for a ticket to enter the live music festival gardens and you must be at least 21 years old. There are a lot of interesting activities for the whole family. Uptown Art Fair Phone numeber: (612) 823-4581 E-mail address: email@example.com There is a wide variety of artwork you can buy from only a few dollars to thousands of dollars. There are also activities held by some artists. Uptown Art Fair starts on August 5th and ends on August 7th. It is free to attend. The opening time and closing time are Friday 11 am-8 pm, Saturday 10 am-8 pm, and Sunday 10 am-6 pm. Minnesota State Fair Phone numeber: (651) 288-4400 E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org It is one of the most popular fairs in Minnesota. It starts on August 25th and goes through Labor Day on September 5th. Tickets for adults (aged 13-64) are $11, seniors (aged 65 and older) $9, kids (aged 5-12) $8 and children under 5 are free of charge. It opens at 6 am and closes at midnight. The State Fair has lots of fun activities, bands, games, and rides. Nativity County Fair Phone numeber: (651) 696-5401 E-mail address: email@example.com The Nativity County Fair is a kid’s fair, but it has some fun things for adults as well. You can buy tickets for the rides and games, and the price depends on how many tickets you want to buy. It starts from September 16th to September 18th. 39. Which of the following lasts the longest? A. Grand Old Days. B. Minnesota State Fair. C. Uptown Art Fair. D. Nativity County Fair. 40. How much should a couple with their 4-year-old son pay to attend the Minnesota State Fair? A. 17 dollars. B. 19 dollars. C. 22 dollars. D. 30 dollars. 41. The author’s main purpose in writing this passage is to . A. advertise some popular festivals B. introduce some festival activities C. give advice on kids’ festival safety D. compare the costs of different festivals 42. Where can you probably find the passage? A. In a museum guide. B. In a business report. C. In a book review. D. On a tourist website. C There was a time when people used to communicate by writing letters to each other. As part of a primary English class, students learned how to write different types of notes, which included the heading, body and closing in each. Among the different styles they learned were the thank-you letters, which were used to send out in response to receiving a gift. Today creating your own thank-you letters is still a polite response to receiving a gift. And sending a thank-you letter after a job interview is also important. A formal letter should have the name and address of the person. They are written on the top of the page as well as the name and address of the person sending it. It should include the date the letter is being written in the heading. Then write a salutation (称呼) and a friendly greeting as the opening line. In the body you should not only thank the person for the item that was gifted, but should name the item as well. This shows the receipt (收到) of the gift. It is also good to mention what uses you have for the gift. Some of the gift-giving occasions include Christmas, weddings and birthdays. These are festive (喜庆的) events where the gift givers are usually present at a party held in honor of the event. Even though you might thank your guests at some point during the party, it is still polite to send a card or note after the event. Other occasions that are not centered around celebrations include hospital stays and funerals. These are times when people send words and gifts of encouragement to the person with the illness or the loss. 43. What can we learn from the first paragraph? A. Middle school students began to learn how to write letters. B. A letter is mainly made up of the heading, body and closing. C. In the old days writing letters is the only way of communication. D. Today there is no need to write letters to respond to receiving a gift. 44. What should the heading of a formal letter include according to the passage? ① The salutation and a friendly greeting. ② The date when the letter is being written. ③ The name and address of the person who sends it. ④ The name and address of the person who receives the letter. A. ①②③ B. ①②④ C. ①③④ D. ②③④ 45. The last paragraph mainly talks about . A. how to choose proper gifts B. reasons of writing thank-you letters C. the occasions of giving gifts D. who usually receives gifts 46. Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage? A. It is rude for people to thank the guests during a party. B. Writing a thank-you letter to your interviewer can help you get the job. C. People mention what uses they have for a gift to show that they like it. D. It is necessary for people to write thank-you letters after attending a funeral. D If researchers want to know what happened on a special day, they often look at newspapers published (出版) on that day. But what would happen if newspapers were to stop publishing? Future researchers would likely turn to the Web. The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine at Archive.org has for years saved websites from the past. But it only does this once a day for news websites. A reporter Ben Welsh decided to create a site similar to Archive.org. But he wanted to archive (存档) only news websites. And he wanted to save their homepages (主页) more often. In May Mr. Welsh created PastPages.org to save the homepages of seventy news websites once an hour. He said, “This schedule of what I call ‘harvesting’ is important in today’s quickly-changing news environment. Because over the course of a day, a news story can develop quite a bit. No one has saved the homepages of so many news websites so often and made that material available (可获得的) to the public. I hope to keep adding to the site until it is archiving material from up to three hundred news websites around the world.” Ben Welsh spent about sixty dollars a month on storage space. He feared the cost would increase beyond what he could afford, so he asked people for help through the website Kickstarter. Within about a week, he had gotten what he had asked for and more. Stephanie Bluestein, a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, said, “Now you could go back and see what the lead story was, how the headline changed and how the newspaper played a story. You can actually compare. Today’s news changes so quickly that even archiving once an hour may soon not be enough.” 47. Why does PastPages.org save homepages of news websites once an hour? A. Because news changes quickly in modern times. B. Because there are over 300 news websites that need to be saved. C. Because the website can make all the news available to the public. D. Because saving homepages of news websites may earn money. 48. Mr. Welsh asked for help through the website Kickstarter to . A. help more people save homepages B. make more money from PastPages.org C. to help create another site Archive.org D. raise money to pay for the cost of storage space 49. What’s Stephanie Bluestein’s attitude towards PastPages.org? A. Uncaring. B. Favorable. C. Disagreeable. D. Doubtful. 50. Which of the following can be the best title for the passage? A. Websites compete with newspapers B. Websites save useful homepages in the past C. Websites save today’s homepages for the future D. Websites save more homepages than newspapers
第二节 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。选项中有两项为多余选项。 All wise people know that it takes some time before a person reaches their goals and improves their life. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t make small changes to your life to make it better in few weeks if not in few days! 51 Here is what you can do: Wake up earlier: One of the main reasons for stress is finding yourself out of time while facing a lot of work. When you wake up earlier, you will not only do your work better but you will also reduce the amount of stress in your life. Get organized and write a plan: When you write down a plan, your mind starts feeling more comfortable about your future. 52 Writing down a plan using a pen and a piece of paper will make the plan settle in your mind and as a result you will feel much safer than if you didn’t have a plan. Break a simple bad habit: 53 However, what about simple habits that can be broken immediately? When you break a habit that you have been doing for a long time, you will feel better. Change your eating habits: Do you drink enough water? 54 Once you start eating healthy food and a balanced diet, your health will become better and so will your life. Apologize to someone: Did you quarrel with someone lately? Is there someone out there who is sad right now because of what you did to him? Call that person and say sorry. 55 A. I know that some habits take a lot of time to break. B. Turning to others for help is also good for you. C. You still can take small actions that can help you live a better life almost at once. D. Taking more exercise is a good habit which can help you a lot. E. Not only will you make another person happy but you will also feel better. F. Meanwhile, you will reduce the amount of worry in your life. G. Do you know that unhealthy food can make you feel unhappy?