With two children ______ to school in town now, the father had to work hard.

A. to go                    B. going                C. went                 D. having gone


 Now parents often give their children much pocket money, _______ that in this way they love their children more.

A. thinking                B. think                 C. thought                    D. to think


 The students are having a test. You ______ make so much noise.

A. won’t                 B. may not                    C. needn’t                  D. shan’t


 --- I know your English was a little weak. Do you need my help?

   --- ______, but I think I’ll be all right.

A. No, thanks                              B. That’s OK                    

C. You are helpful                    D. That’s very kind of you


 I was surprised to know that ________ two top students were caught stealing in the supermarket. Worse still, _______ third one was found fighting with others.

A. the; a                    B. the; the              C. 不填;a                  D. 不填;the


 I shall certainly not tell him the news. ________, it will go to his ears.

A. Besides          B. Moreover          C. Nevertheless             D. Meanwhile


 --- You 've made great progress in your English study.   

--- Yes, but much _________.

A. remains to do            B. is remained to do

C. remains to be done       D. is remained to be done


 The world’s supplies of coal _______ gradually _______ up with the development of modern technology.

A. is; used            B. are being; used  C. has; used     D. have been; using


 If a person has never tasted ______ is bitter, he does not know ______ is sweet.

A. that; that       B. what; what        C. that; what      D. what; that










   The traditional tent cities at festivals such as Glastonbury may never be the same again. In a victory of green business that is certain to appeal to environmentally-aware music-lovers, a design student is to receive financial support to produce eco-friendly tents made of cardboard that can be recycled after the bands and the crowds have gone home.

   Major festivals such as Glastonbury throw away some 10,000 abandoned tents at the end of events each year. For his final year project at the university of the West of England, James Dunlop came up with a material that can be recycled. And to cope with the British summer, the cardboard has been made waterproof.

   Taking inspiration from a Japanese architect, who has used cardboard to make big buildings including churches, Mr Dunlop used cardboard material for his tents, which he called Myhabs.

   The Design won an award at the annual New Designers Exhibition after Mr Dunlop graduated from his product design degree and he decided to try to turn it into a business.

   To raise money for the idea, he toured the City’s private companies which fund new businesses and found a supporter in the finance group Mint. He introduced his idea to four of Mint’s directors and won their support. Mint has committed around £500,000 to Myhab and taken a share of 30 percent in Mr Dunlop’s business. The first Myhabs should be tested at festivals this summer, before being marketed fully next year.

   Mr Dunlop said that the design, which accommodates two people, could have other uses, such as for disaster relief and housing for the London Olympics.

   For music events, the cardboard houses will be ordered online and put up at the sites by the Myhab team before the festival goers arrive and removed by the company afterwards. They can be personalized and the company will offer reductions on the expense if people agree to sell exterior(外部的) advertising space.

   The biggest festivals attract tens of thousands of participants, with Glastonbury having some 150,000 each year. Altogether there are around 100 annual music festivals where people camp in the UK. The events are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious.

                              (1.)_________________ tents

Major festivals

(2.)_____________ some 10,000 tents at the end of events each year.

  A Japanese architect has used (3.)________ to make big buildings including churches. 

Because of the (4.)_________cardboard tents, James Dunlop was (5.) ______at the annual New Designers  Exhibition and he decided to turn it into a business.

   To (6.)_____________ for the idea, he toured the City’s private companies and won (7.)___________of four Mint’s directors.

  The first (8.) ________ should be tested at festivals this summer, before being put into (9.)________fully next year.

 The cardboard houses will be ordered online and can be used for disaster relief and housing for the London Olympics

(10.)_________music events.




                  Dead-end Austrian town blossoms with green energy

For decades, the Austrian town of Gussing was a foreign outpost not far from the rusting barbed-wire border of the Iron Curtain.

Now it’s at the edge of a greener frontier: alternative energy. Gussing is the first community in the European Union to cut carbon emissions by more than 90 percent, helping it attract a steady stream of scientists, politicians and eco-tourists.

“This was a dead-end town and now we are the center of attention,” said Maria Hofer, a lifelong resident, as she bought organic vegetables at a farmer’s market. “It seems like every week We read about new jobs from renewable energy.”

Gussing’s transformation started 15 years ago when, struggling to pay its electricity bill, the town ordered that all public buildings would stop using fossil fuels. Since then, Gussing has fostered a whole renewable energy industry, with 50 companies creating more than 1,000 jobs and producing heat, power and fuels from the sun, sawdust, core and cooking oil.

Signs reading “Eco-Energy Land “ greet people entering the town, located 130 kilometers, or 80 miles, southeast of Vienna. Visitors are as divers as Scottish farmers, Japanese investors and a delegation from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Gussing used to rely on agriculture, with farmers selling their corn, sunflower oil and timber. As for tourism, the main attraction was a 12th-century castle built by Hungarian nobles.

The town could hardly afford its 6 million, or $8.1 million, fuel bill when Peter Vadasz was first elected mayor in 1992.The turnaround started after he hired Rheinhard Koch, an electrical engineer and Gussing native, to assess how the town of 4,000 people could benefit from its natural resources.

1.Where is Gussing ?

  A. It is in the border of Australia.             B. It is in the center of Austrian.

  C. It is not far from the Japanese border.      D. It is in the southeast of Vienna.

2.Who does the town attract ?

  A. Scientists, eco-tourists, politicians and Japanese farmers.

  B. Scientists, politicians, eco-tourists, farmers and investors.

  C. Politicians, Scottish farmers, Japanese investors and Organization for Security

  D. Politicians, tourists, co-operation workers, and European soldiers

3.Which of the following doesn’t belong to “Eco-Energy “material ?

  A. Fossil fuels   B. The sun    C. Sawdust and corn    D. Cooking oil

4.Besides the mayor, who did great contribution to the Gussing’s transformation ?

  A. Peter Valdasz    B. European Union    C. Rheinhard       D. Maria Hofer



What’s On TV?

6:00 ③    Let’s Talk! Guest: Animal expert Jim Porter

⑤    Cartoons

⑧    News

⑨    News

       7:00 ③    Cooking with Cathy 

Tonight: Chicken with mushrooms.

⑤    Movie “A Laugh a Minute” (1955) 

James Rayburn.

⑧    Spin for Dollars!

⑨    Farm Report

       7:30 ③    Double Trouble (comedy)

The twins disrupt the high school dance.

⑨    Wall Street Today: Stock Market Report

       8:00 ③    NBA Basketball.  Teams to be announced

⑧    Movie “At Day’s End” (1981) 

Michael Collier, Julie Romer.

Drama set in World War II.

⑨    News Special

“Saving Our Waterways: Pollution in the Mississippi”




1.If you were a school student and is a sport fan, which program would probably interest you most ?

A. Let’s Talk!      B. Wall Street Today  C. NBA Basketball  D. Cooking with Cathy

2.Which is most probably the News Channel?

A.  3.                   B.  5.                       C.  8.               D.  9.

3.If you’d like to watch a funny film, you could turn on the TV to __________.

A. Channel 8 at 8:00                B. Channel 5 at 7:00

C. Channel 3 at 7:30                           D. Channel 9  at  8:00



Charms and Symbols

Well before the 15th century, an Anglo-Saxon custom required that a prospective bridegroom break some highly valued personal belonging. Half of the broken token was held by the father of the bride and the other half by the groom. A wealthy man was expected to split a piece of gold or silver.

The earliest engagement rings were also used as wedding rings, serving to seal an act of sale which transformed ownership of a daughter from father to husband. Such rings were usually of solid gold to prove the groom’s worth.

For Roman Catholics, the engagement ring became a required statement of Nuptial intent(结婚意向), as decreed by Pope Nicholas I in 860 A.D. The engagement ring was to be of valued metal, preferably gold, which for the husband-to-be represented a financial sacrifice.

Signifying enduring love, and chosen for its durability, the diamond was chosen for the engagement ring. The diamond’s fire is also associated with “love’s clear flame,” given by Medieval(中世纪的) Italians because of their belief that the diamond was created from the flames of love.

The Venetians were the first to discover that the diamond is one of the hardest, most enduring substance in nature, and the fine cutting and polishing releases the brilliance. Rarity and cost limited their rapid proliferation(急增) throughout Europe but their intrinsic(内在的) appeal guaranteed them a future. By the 17th century, the diamond ring Had become the most sought after statement of European engagement. 

1.Who kept the two halves of the engagement rings before marriage?

  A. The bride’s father and the bridegroom’s mother.

  B. The bride’s mother and the bridegroom.

  C. The bride and the bridegroom.

  D. The bridegroom and the bride’s father,

2.What’s TRUE about the early Anglo-Saxon custom before the 15th century ?

  A. A will-be bridegroom should beat all this valuable belongs.

  B. Every will-be bride should split a piece of gold.

  C. The engagement rings were also used to prove the groom’s worth.

D. A rich bride should break one of her most valuable personal belongs.

3.Pope Nicholas made the engagement ring a required statement of nuptial intent ______.

A. in the 15th century          B. around 3000 years ago

  C .in the 1860s                D. by the 17th century

4.What kind of engagement ring has been the most popular one in Europe ?

  A. Rings made of gold          B. Rings made of silver

  C. Rings made of diamond       D. Rings made of a unknown substance in nature.



The Touchstone

When the great library of Alexandria burned, the story goes, one book was saved. But it was not a valuable book; and so a poor man, who could read a little, bought it for a few coppers.

The book wasn’t very interesting, but between its pages there was something very interesting indeed. It was a thin strip of vellum(牛皮纸) on which was written the secret of the “Touchstone”!

The touchstone was a small pebble that could turn any common metal into pure gold. The writing explained that it was lying among thousands and thousands of other pebbles that looked exactly like it. But the secret was this: The real stone would feel warm, while ordinary pebbles are cold.

So the man sold his few belongs, bought some simple supplies, camped on the seashore, and began testing pebbles.

He knew that if he picked up ordinary pebbles and threw them down again because they were cold, he might pick up the same pebble hundreds of times. So, when he felt one that was cold, he threw it into the sea. He spent a whole day doing this but none of them was the touchstone. Yet he went on and on this way. Pick up a pebble. Cold--throw it into the sea. Pick up another. Throw it into the sea.

The days stretched into weeks and the weeks into months and months into years. One day, however, about mid-afternoon, he picked up a pebble and it was warm .He threw it into the sea before he realized what he had done. He had formed such a strong habit of throwing each pebble into the sea that when the one he wanted came along, he still threw it away.

So it is with opportunity. Unless we are vigilant(警惕的),it is easy to fail to recognize an opportunity when it is in hand and it’s just as easy to throw it away.  

1.What’s unusual about the book mentioned in the passage ?

  A. It is saved from a fire           

 B. It is from the library of Alexandria

  C. It has a page with the secret of the “Touchstone”    

D. It is worth only a few coppers

2.Which of the following is NOT true about the “Touchstone”?

  A. It is a small pebble that could be made into gold.

  B. It is a small pebble that looks as ordinary as others.

C. It looks like an ordinary pebble but it feels warm.

D. It is like a small pebble but it could turn any common metal into pure gold.

3.Why did he throw the Touchstone he wanted very much into the sea?

  A. He hated it because it came along too late.    

B. It didn’t feel warm at first.

  C. He did it out of habitual behavior.        

D. It hurt his hand so badly.

4.What lesson shall we draw from the story?

  A. Be vigilant to an opportunity.      

B. Practice makes perfect.

  C. Don’t throw cold stone into the sea.  

D. Don’t repeat the same action too often.




    A person may have an idea about himself that will prevent him from doing good work. He may have the belief that he is not capable of it. A child may think he is  1because he doesn’t understand how to make the   2of his mental faculties(才能). Older people may be mistaken that they are incapable of learning things new because of their 3.

  A person who believes that he is incapable will not make a real  4because he feels that it would be useless. He won’t go at a job with the confidence necessary for  5, and he won’t work his hardest way, even though he may think he is doing so. He is  6likely to fail, and the failure will  7his belief in his incompetence.

  Alfred Alder, a famous doctor, had  8like this. When he was a small boy, he had a poor   9in math. His teacher told his parents he had no ability in math in order that they would not  10too much of him. In this way, they two  11the idea. He accepted  12mistaken thinking of his ability, felt that it was useless  13and was very poor at math,  14as they expected.

   One day he worked at a problem which   15of the other students had been able to solve.

   Alder   16in solving the problem. This gave him confidence. He now   17with interest, determination and purpose, and he soon became especially good at math. He not only   18that he could learn math well, but luckily he learnt  19in his life from his own experience that if a person goes at a job, with determination and purpose, he may   20himself as well as others by his ability.

1.A. clever        B. shy             C. useless         D. stupid

2.A. biggest       B. most            C. highest         D. deepest

3.A. ability       B. age             C. brain           D. knowledge

4.A. decision      B. success         C. effort          D. trouble

5.A. work          B. study           C. improvement     D. success

6.A. truly         B. really          C. however         D. therefore

7.A. lead to       B. strengthen      C. increase        D. add to

8.A. an experience B. an example      C. a thought       D. a story

9.A. state         B. mind            C. start           D. ending

10.A. blame         B. expect          C. get             D. win

11.A. developed     B. organized       C. discovered      D. found

12.A. his           B. her             C. its             D. their

13.A. managing      B. succeeding      C. trying          D. acting

14.A. only          B. almost          C. just            D. then

15.A. none          B. no              C. No one          D. nobody

16.A. gave          B. succeeded       C. failed          D. believed

17.A. lived         B. worked          C. played          D. graduated

18.A. made          B. took            C. expected        D. proved

19.A. early         B. deeply          C. late            D. simple

20.A. encourage     B. love            C. astonish        D. disappoint


 With nine months _______,we feel sad that our school life will be ending for we’ll have to say good-bye.

  A. going              B. gone             C. goes             D. to go


 Most museums are just for looking. But today some of them have things for you to touch. The signs say, "________!"

 A. Be touching       B. To touch       C. Do touch       D. No touch


 I spent the whole day repairing the motorbike. The work was ________easy.

 A. nothing but       B. anything but   C. something      D. all except


 —Does Bill do his new job well?

  — ________ his old job. I’m afraid there’s no hope for him.

  A. Not better than  B. No better than   C. Not so well as  D. Not as well as


 —I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have been so rude to you.

   —You ________ your temper but that’s OK.

 A. have lost     B. had lost        C. did lose     D. were losing


 By no means ______to her parents.

  A. this is the first time has she lied   

 B. this is the first time does she tell a lie

  C. is this the first time she has lied      

D. is this the first time she was lying


 Either you or the headmaster ______ the prize to these gifted students at the meeting.

  A. is handing out    B. are to hand out  C. are handing out   D. is to hand out


 There will be 21,880 persons for the torch relay of the 2009 Olympic Games, ____it the biggest in the Games' history.

  A. making            B. make             C. to make           D. made


 Before Tom left home, his mother kept telling him to ______ his manners at the party.

 A. mind          B. notice       C. watch         D. care


 ________, the idea of having to work under a woman defeated him.

 A. Wanting the job very much             B. Although wanting the job badly

 C. Though he wanted the job very much    D. He wanted the job badly


 Everyone in the hospital hoped that he ______ after a few day’s treatment.

  A. took up           B. gave up          C. made up           D. picked up


 Dad is used to smoking and drinking. There’s no chance _____ I'm able to talk him into_____.

  A. whether; giving it up                 B. of whether; giving them up

  C. that; getting rid of them             D. which; stopping it


 — Thank you for your help.

  — ________.

  A. Sometimes     B. Sometime         C. Anytime           D. Every time


 I should say it wasn’t a good idea to throw the bottle out of the window from this tall building. It _________ someone.

A. could hit         B. can hit          C. can have hit      D. might have hit


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