If you want to live longer and lower the risk of heart disease, a move to the mountains may help. Research by scientists in Greece shows that living in the mountains is good for the heart and longevity(长寿). People living at higher altitude(海拔) have lower possibility of dying from heart disease than those closer to sea level, even if they have factors that could increase their risk. "Residence in mountainous areas seems to have a protective effect’ from heart disease," said Dr Nikos Baibas of the University of Athens. He and his colleagues suspect that the increased exercise from walking up mountainous area gives the heart a good workout and enables it to cope with lower levels of oxygen.

Researchers studied the health records and death rates of 1,150 Greeks who lived in three villages near Athens over 15 years. One village was 1,000 meters above sea level and the other two were in low-lying areas. Although men and women living in the mountainous village had higher blood pressure rates and other risk factors than people in the other villages, they had a lower rate of death from heart disease and other causes after a fifteen year follow-up." The contrast was more evident among men than among women," Baibas added in a report in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Heart disease is one of the world's top killers. Smoking, high blood pressure, raised cholesterol levels, being overweight and a family history of the illness increase the possibility of developing the disease.

1.The first sentence in the passage is used to ________.

A. give a very good guessing

B. tell readers what the passage focuses on

C. warn people of the risk of heart disease

D. name a new unknown illness

2.According to the passage, a person ________ may have less possibility of having heart attack.

A. from higher altitude

B. with a better living habit

C. with more money

D. in a happier mood

3.How long does the research of the Greeks last?

A. At most 10 years.B. Not mentioned.

C. More than 20 years.D. About 15 years.

4.Apart from altitude, how many factors raise the chance of developing heart disease?

A. threeB. fourC. fiveD. six

 

What Will Be Done-With All This Denim?

All the denim (牛仔布) will be donated to Cotton From Blue to Green, which recycles jeans into UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation (纤维隔热材料), which is used to help build houses in places that have been damaged by hurricanes and other natural disasters. Your jeans will help keep clothes out of landfills (垃圾场), and build houses for families to live in! UltraTouch is made of 85% recycled fibers and is an environmentally safe, natural cotton fiber insulation.

It's a Fact

It takes about 500 pairs of jeans to recycle enough denim to insulate one average-size U.S house.

Here's How You Can Get Involved!

1. Get a parent's permission and select as many denim jeans as you like. (Any denim clothing is OK)

2. The denim must be used.

3. The denim can be any brand.

4. The denim can be any color or size but must have been worn by a human (no doll clothes!).

5. Jeans must be received by June 30, 2017.

By donating denim, you can give it a “new life” by converting it into UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation. Click here for more information about the denim drive.

UltraTouch is composed of 85% recycled fibers and is an environmentally safe, non- itch natural cotton fiber insulation. For more information about UltraTouch, click here.

1.The denim clothing that you intend to donate ________.

A. can be either new or second-hand

B. can be worn by dolls and humans

C. must be a certain famous brand

D. can be of any size or color

2.Which of the following statements is TRUE according to the ad?

A. The deadline of the denim clothing donated is July 30, 2017.

B. Ultra Touch can protect houses from natural disasters.

C. Ultra Touch may be the name of a building material.

D. The denim clothing is collected to provide clothes for the homeless.

3.You can find the advertisement _______.

A. in the newspaperB. by watching TV

C. in a magazineD. on a Web page

 

When I was a baby, I entertained you and made you laugh. Whenever I was “bad”, you'd shake your finger at me and ask, “How could you?”--but then you'd give up, and roll me over for a belly scratch and I believed that life could not be any more perfect.

My housetraining was a long process, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. We went for long walks, runs in the park and car rides. We stopped for ice cream. I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.

Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate. Eventually, you fell in love. She, now your wife, is not a dog person, but I still welcomed her into our home. I was happy because you were happy. Then the human babies came along and I shared your excitement, I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother them too. Your wife was afraid I would bite them. But nevertheless, as they began to grow, I became their friend.

Now, you have a new job in another city and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. You've made the right decision for your “family”, but there was a time when I was your only family.

I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the dog pound. It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness. You filled out the paperwork and said, “I know you will find a good home for her.” They shrugged and gave you a pained look. The children were in tears as they waved me goodbye. And “How could you?” were the only three words that swept over my mind.

Is it better to live with hope or without hope? At first, whenever anyone passed my pen (围栏), I rushed to the front, hoping it was you, that you had changed your mind and that this was all a bad dream.

My beloved master, I will think of you and wait for you forever. I hope you receive more faithfulness from your family than you showed to me.

1.Who tells this story?

A. A child.B. A dog.C. A dog's owner.D. A dog trainer.

2.Why did the dog's owner take his dog to the pound?

A. He had a newborn baby.

B. His wife did not like the dog.

C. He thought the dog too troublesome.

D. He was moving into a new building.

3.Which is true about the dog when it lived at the pound?

A. It hoped to be adopted by another family.

B. It did not trust humans any more.

C. It continued to love its former owner.

D. It was excited about the pound.

4.What is the theme of the story?

A. Be faithful to those who love you.

B. Never expect too much.

C. Be positive about life.

D. Be ready for changes.

 

I like black coffee so much that the stronger it is, ________.

A. I like it moreB. the more I like it

C. the more I likeD. I like it better

 

The little boy isn’t getting on well in math and worse still, he often fights with other students. With her son ________, she feels very ________.

A. disappointing; worrying

B. disappointed; worried

C. disappointing; worried

D. disappointed; worrying

 

Here ________! Where is Xiao Liu?

There ________.

A. comes the bus; is he

B. comes the bus; he is

C. the bus comes; is he

D. the bus comes; he is

 

It is five years _____his father worked here.

A. from     B. before     C. when      D. since

 

As soon as she entered the room, the girl caught sight of the flowers ________ by her mother.

A. buyingB. being boughtC. were boughtD. bought

 

With nothing ________ to burn, the fire became weak and finally died out.

A. leavingB. leftC. leaveD. to leave

 

Americans eat ________ vegetables per person today as they did in 1910.

A. more than twiceB. as twice as many

C. twice as many asD. more than twice as many

 

I first met Lisa three years ago. She ________ at a radio shop at the time.

A. has workedB. was working

C. had been workingD. had worked

 

It is the second time that he ________ late for school.

A. wasB. had beenC. has beenD. is

 

I don’t believe that ________ little children can finish ________ much work in ________ a short time.

A. so; such; soB. such; such; such

C. so; such; suchD. such; so; such

 

假如你是李华,你班的美国交换生Tom结束了在你校一年的学习,即将回国。你和同学打算于12月30日下午在班上为他开一个欢送会(farewell party),特写信邀请他参加。要点包括:

1.感谢Tom的帮助;

2.欢送会的时间和地点;

3.对Tom的美好祝愿。

注意:1.词数100左右;可适当增加细节,以使行文连贯;开头和结尾已给出,不计入总词数。

Dear Tom,

How time flies! It’s one year since you came to study Chinese in our school.________________________________________________________________________

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Yours sincerely,

Li Hua

 

假定英语课上老师要求同桌之间交换修改作文,请你修改你同桌写的以下作文。文中共有10处语言错误,每句中最多有两处。每处错误仅涉及一个单词的增加、删除或修改。

增加:在缺词处加一个漏字符号(∧),并在其下面写出该加的词。

删除:把多余的词用斜线(\)划掉。

修改:在错的词下划一横线,并在该词下面写出修改后的词。

注意:1.每处错误及其修改均仅限一词;

2.只允许修改10处,多者(从第11处起)不计分。

During last summer holiday, I found part-time job, worked in a toothbrush factory at night. Not until I experienced it did I realized that it was no easy job. I went to work when my parents were going to bed. On the morning, when my parents were going to work, I came to home to sleep.

This backward schedule was very tough for me that I often felt tiring. But I am glad that I had this forgettable experience. Not only is it kind of fun to “rise and shine” along with the moon or stars, but also I learn to appreciate the hard work of those which are working while the rest of us are sleeping.

 

阅读下面的句子,根据首字母或中文提示在空白处填入适当的单词。

Are you facing a situation that looks impossible to fix?

In 1969, the pollution was terrible along the Cuyahoga River near Cleveland, Ohio. It 1.________(be) unimaginable that it could ever be cleaned up. The river was so polluted that it 2.________(actual) caught fire and burned. Now, years later, this river is one of 3.______ most outstanding examples of environmental cleanup.

But the river wasn’t changed in a few days 4._______ even a few months. It took years of work 5._________(reduce) the industrial pollution and clean the water. Finally, that hard work paid off and now the water in the river is 6.______ (clean) than ever.

Maybe you are facing an impossible situation. Maybe you have a habit 7.____ is driving your family crazy. Possibly you drink too much or don’t know how to control your credit card (信用卡) use. When you face such an impossible situation, don’t you want a quick fix and something to change immediately?

While there are 8._______(amaze) stories of instant transformation (转变),for most of us the 9._______(change) are gradual and require a lot of effort and work, like cleaning up a polluted river. Just be 10.________(patience).

 

阅读下面的句子,根据首字母或中文提示在空白处填入适当的单词。

1.As far as I am _________(concern), honesty is one of the most important qualities in making friends.

2.Good handwriting is of great _________(important) to students.

3.I would be g_________ if you could give me some advice.

4.At one point we were so high that we found ourselves c_________ through clouds.

5.__________ (bury) in the book, he didn’t notice what happened outside.

6.Chen Long, a man from Jingzhou, has ______ (go) through a lot before he won the first gold medal of the 2016 Olympic Games.

7.Workers built shelters for s_________ whose homes had been destroyed.

8.If you want to get good grades, you have to spend much time _________(prepare) for the exam.

9.A great scientist is someone who d__________ his/her life to helping others.

10.I wonder if it’s because I havent been able to be o___________ for so long that I’ve grown so crazy about everything to do with nature.

 

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。

Eyesight(视力) plays a very important role in our daily life. Every waking moment, the eyes are working to see the world around us. Over forty percent of Americans worry about losing eyesight, but it's easy to include steps into our daily life to ensure healthy eyes. Here are five suggestions for a lifetime of healthy eyesight:

Schedule(安排)yearly exams(检查). __1.__ Experts advise parents to bring babies 6 to 12 months of age to the doctor for a careful check. The good news is that millions of children now can have yearly eye exams and following treatment, including eyeglasses.

Protect against UV rays (紫外线). Long-term stay in the sun creates risk to your eyes. No matter what the season is, it's extremely important to wear sunglasses. __2.__

Give your eyes a break. Two-thirds of Americans spend up to seven hours a day using computers or other digital products. __3.__ Experts recommend that people practice the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.

_4._ As part of a healthy diet, eat more fruits and vegetables each day. Vitamins (维生素) C and E help protect eyesight and promote eye health.

Practice safe wear and care of contact lenses (隐形眼镜). Many Americans use contact lenses to improve their eyesight. While some follow the medical guidance for wearing contact lenses, many are breaking the rules and putting their eyesight at risk. __5._ Otherwise, you may have problems such as red eyes, pain in the eyes, or a more serious condition.

A.Eat your greens.

B.Eye care should begin early in life.

C.They can properly protect your eyes.

D.Stay in good shape by taking more vitamins.

E.Parents usually don't care about their own eyesight.

F.Always follow the doctor's advice for appropriate(适当的)wear.

G.This frequent eye activity increases the risk for eye tiredness.

 

One fine afternoon I was walking along Fifth Avenue when I remembered that it was necessary to buy a pair of socks. I turned into the first sock shop that caught my eye, and a boy clerk who could not have been more than 17 years old came forward.

“What can I do for you, sir?”

“I wish to buy a pair of socks.”

His eyes glowed. “Did you know that you had come into the best place in the world to buy socks?” I had not been aware of that.

“Come with me,” said the boy happily. He began to haul (用力拖) down from the shelves box after box.

“Hold on, boy, I am going to buy only one pair!”

“I know that,” said he, “but I want you to see how beautiful these are. Aren’t they wonderful?” There was on his face an expression of joy, as if he were showing to me the mysteries of his religion.

“My friend,” said I, “if this is not just the enthusiasm (热情) that comes from novelty (新鲜), if you can keep up this day after day, in ten years you will own every sock in the United States.”

In many shops the customer has to wait for someone to serve him. And when finally some clerk does notice you, you are made to feel as if you were disturbing him. He displays no interest either in you or in the goods he is paid to sell.

Yet possibly that very clerk who is now so cold began his career with enthusiasm. As time goes by, the enthusiasm is gradually gone; his only pleasures were found outside of working hours. He became a mechanical (机械的), not inspired, salesman.

I have observed such change in the lives of so many people in so many occupations that I have come to the conclusion that the fastest road to failure is to do things mechanically.

1.The writer was impressed by ________.

A. the boy’s young age

B. the way the boy served him

C. the beautiful socks in the shop

D. the boy’s selling skills

2.According to the writer, many shop clerks ________.

A. show no or little pleasure in serving their customers

B. have trouble in selling goods to their customers

C. become uninterested in their work because it’s hard

D. think it unnecessary to introduce their goods to the customer

3.The writer wrote this article to ________.

A. share an interesting shopping experience

B. tell a story of a successful young salesman

C. inspire people to go about their work with great interest

D. encourage sales people to become more creative in their work

 

Ahead of so-called Singles’ Day on the 11th of this month,2013, online sales have already begun peaking.

The leading e-business platform, tmall.com, has promoted(促销) its fifty-percent-off discount(折扣) to attract consumers. They are also trying to attract buyers through social media. Vice President of tmall.com Wang Yulei says more than 20 thousand online stores have joined the Double 11 Day sales. But this number has doubled. The final number of how many products going to be on sale has not been known yet. But so far, many more products planned to be put on shelves with discounts.

During last year's Singles’ Day, tmall.com, together with taobao.com, reached a record of 19.1 billion yuan in sales, which considered a milestone in the e-business history of China.

Singles’ Day was first started by Chinese college students in the 1990s as the opposite of Valentine’s Day, a celebration for people without romantic partners. The timing was based on the date: Nov. 11—or double 11—for singles. Single young people would treat each other to dinner or give gifts to show love to someone and end their single status.

But now, the Singles’ Day has been promoted as a kind of grand craze just for the shopping season, thanks to thousands of discounted products being promoted online.

Taobao.com was the first big e-retail platform which used the double 11 idea to promote sales. Taobao.com reached one million yuan worth of sales on that day in 2009, when they first promoted the Singles’ Day idea. In 2010, the sales increased to 936 million yuan. The figure climbed up to 5.3 billion yuan in 2011, putting huge demand on shipping services. The figure doubled in 2012.

E-commerce is considered to be replacing the traditional retailing industry, but the reality is that both sides are learning from each other.

1.How much is a dress that is usually sold at 250 yuan during Singles’ Day at tmall.com?

A. 500.B. 125.C. 100.D. 200.

2.What can we infer from the passage?

A. Taobao.com reached 2.65 billion yuan in 2012.

B. E-commerce is going to replace traditional business at the end.

C. Double 11 Day was created to get the single status over for young people.

D. More than 20 thousand products will be provided in the Double 11 Day sales.

3.Which of the following is the main idea of the passage?

A. Singles’ Day promotes online sales.

B. Why Singles’ Day is so popular.

C. How people celebrate Singles’ Day.

D. What Singles’ Day means.

4.Where do you think is the passage taken from?

A. A science textbook.B. A newspaper.

C. A travel journal.D. A health report.

 

The tallest building in the United States, the One World Trade Center, opened on November 3, 2014 in New York. The building is 1,776 feet tall, making it the 3rd tallest building in the world. It has 104 floors. The building stands in the area where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood. On September 11, 2001, a group of terrorists destroyed these twin towers and killed nearly 3,000 people. It took 8 years to build the new One World Trade Center. Does the height of the building in feet reminds you of something in history? The number is the year when the United States declared(宣布) its independence(独立) from Great Britain.

One problem with such a tall building is how to clean the windows. Well, a platform(平台) hangs from ropes, and workers on the platform clean windows. On November 12, while two men were busy cleaning windows, a rope of the platform broke near the 68th floor. The two men were saved by cutting a hole in the glass window.

The two tallest buildings in the world are the BurjKhalifa in Dubai, UAE and the Makkah Royal Clock Tower in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

1.When did the One World Trade Center open?

A. September 11, 2001.B. September 11, 2011.

C. November 3, 2006.D. November 3, 2014.

2.Who destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center?

A. A group of young men.B. A group of terrorists.

C. A group of workers.D. A group of soldiers.

3.“The number” in the first paragraph refers to________.

A. 8B. 104C. 1,776D. 3,000

4.How were the workers on the platform saved when a rope broke?

A. By calling for help.

B. By using a new rope.

C. By jumping off the platform.

D. By cutting a hole in the glass window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

你的学校要举行征文比赛,题目为“My Favourite Festival” 请以此为题写一篇文章参加比赛,介绍你最喜欢的一个节日。要点如下:

5. 节日的庆祝时间;

6. 节日的象征或传统食物;

7. 节日的庆祝方式。

注意: 1.词数100左右;

2.可以适当增加细节,以使行文连贯。

My Favourite Festival

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假定英语课上老师要求同桌之间交换修改作文,请你修改你同桌写的以下作文。文中共有10处语言错误,每句中最多有两处。每处错误仅涉及一个单词的增加、删除或修改。

增加:在缺词处加一个漏字符号(∧),并在其下面写出该加的词。

删除:把多余的词用斜线(\)划掉。

修改:在错的词下划一横线,并在该词下面写出修改后的词。

注意:1. 每处错误及其修改均仅限一词;

2. 只允许修改 10处,多者(从第11处起)不计分。

With the development of the Internet, more and more children are addicted to play online games day and night. It does harm not only to their health, especial their eyes, but also to their studies.

   Comparing with online games, many traditional games benefits kids mentally and physically. They were very popular to several generations, for they learned something valuable and had a fun playing the games. Therefore, the games are losing our appeal now,  and some children even havent heard of them.

    Personally, I think teachers and parents should take measure to limit their children's Internet time. Let children know harm of online games and the benefits of traditional games. What's more, we should often organize traditional activities for children.

 

阅读下面材料,在空白处填入适当的内容(1个单词)或括号内单词的正确形式

Christmas is the most important festival in the western world. It   1.  (fall) on December 25th. When my mother and I stayed in America, we    2.   (invite) by one of my mother’s friends to observe Christmas with an American family. We bought some   3.   (present) for our American friends on our way   4.    their house.

They had prepared different kinds of gifts for their family and guests when we got to their house, such as Christmas candles, cakes, cards, little toys, biscuits and so on. A Christmas tree was placed in    5.    corner of the brilliant hall.   6.   beautiful it was! We were impressed by these. We had a big meal. After dinner, they told us some interesting stories about Christmas.

We learned that Christmas had something to do with Jesus. We went to bed at midnight.

   7.   we knew the Santa Claus was not true, we were still waiting for the Santa Claus    8.   (bring) us presents. And we received many beautiful presents the next morning.

This Christmas was really   9.   (forgettable). Not only   10.   I have a good time, but also I knew something about foreign culture.

 

 

1.It is reasonable to    (假定) that the economy will continue to improve in the next year.

2.Take care with the           (精致的) china teacups, as they can be easily broken.

3.He was still in depression           (尽管) the fact that we had made every effort tocheer him up.

4.She was not much           (独立) of her parents after graduation from college.

5.Australia and New Zealand are former British          (殖民地).

6.Mr. Wang r     a movie Operation Mekong to me, saying that it was really worth watching.

7.Parents are supposed to set a          an area of the room as a reading corner for their children.

8.Donald Trump was a    of having shown no respect to women during the presidential debate.

9.Spring festival in China is a time for a family r          , and family members gather to enjoy dinner even if they live far away.

10.Lets give the house a t           cleaning since we haven’t live in it for years.

 

 

1.drift              A. offspring

2.migrate             B. likely to be very good or successful in the future

3.ancestor             C. make something increase over a period of time

4.descendant          D. using new methods or ideas

5.fragrance           E. move slowly on water or in the air

6.accumulate        F. move from one country and settle in another

7.alternative       G. guess the cost, size, value, etc of something

8.innovative        H. a person who is from an earlier time

9.estimate         I. a sweet or pleasant odor; a scent

10.promising         J. different from the one you already have

 

阅读下面短文,从短文后各题所给四个选项(ABCD)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。

A couple in South Carolina has been eagerly seeking an organ donor. They havent found one     . But they did find something else: friends.

Larry Swilling and his wife Jimmie Sue have been happily     for 56 years. So happily, in fact, that Larry has now come to realize he cant     without his wife. “Shes my heart,” he said. The problem with Jimmie Sue is that she      a kidney(肾). Jimmie Sue was born with only one, and now that doesnt     . She needs a transplant but neither her husband, nor anyone tested in her family, is a      match.

Jimmie Sue is trying to get on a donor list, but the      is about two or three years long and thats for a kidney from a dead donor. Transplant patients who get their kidneys from living donors tend to live      . That is why Larry decided to try to ask for it, from total strangers.

“I don’t         what people think, Larry said. He tells his wife, “I’m going to     you a kidney. And on the street, wearing a signboard Need kidney for my wife, hes not shy in asking     :Could I use your kidney? For the last couple weeks, Larry, at 77, has been walking all over his hometown and the surrounding towns-basically    a kidney. He didnt really think it would work.          he said, “I had to do something. He didnt feel     when the phone rang. “I’m willing to donate a kidney for your      , one caller said. “I’d like nothing more than to help you out, said another.

Believe it or not, over the last few days the      hasnt stopped ringing. Hundreds of people who either saw his sign or heard about it have      . One volunteer said, “I’ve got two, but I      need one. Larry hasnt found a match for his wife, but at least he has already had enough volunteers and      enough awareness to save someone. If I get a kidney, its fine. If I dont, I hope someone else does, the wife said. And thats why Larry is still out there, appealing to the      of strangers for the love of his wife.

1.A. already B. yet C. still D. also

2.A. married B. done C. worried D. lived

3.A. work B. laugh C. argue D. live

4.A. adds B. lacks C. misses D. spends

5.A. work  B. stop  C. finish  D. affect

6.A. comfortable B. healthy  C. improper D. suitable

7.A. making B. buying  C. waiting  D. needing

8.A. shorter B. worse C. longer  D. easier

9.A. care B. absorb C. doubt D. believe

10. A. give    B. sell C. get D. borrow

11.A. doctors    B. passers-by C. acquaintances  D. donors

12.A. staring at  B .arguing over  C. depending on D. begging for

13.A. But    B. So C. Because  D. Since

14.A. careless    B. melancholy C. helpless D. selfless

15.A. daughter    B. wife  C. son  D. mother

16.A. bell     B. clock C. door D. phone

17.A. volunteered B. encouraged  C. entertained  D. gained

18.A. gently    B. greedily  C. only D. hardly

19.A. lifted    B. raised  C. demonstrated D. displayed

20.A. sorrow    B. kindness C. sadness D. happiness

 

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When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, so when you want to do business in France, you have to get to know French culture, to make marketing plans, and to run your business by local laws.

   1.  The French take great pride in their language, so anyone who does not speak it may run the risk of being disrespected by his French colleagues or business partners. Also, another reason why learning French is important is that it is a great way to show every possible French business partner that you care and respect their countrys culture and language.

There are various ways of greeting people in French. When you meet someone new, it’s usual to shake his hand firmly and always look at the person in the eye.    2. .

Dress well.    3.  Your business clothing is a reflection of your success and social status. Always try to be stylish. Women are advised to dress simply but elegantly. Wearing make-up is practised widely by business women.

The French are passionate about food, so lunches are common in doing business in France, which usually consist of an appetizer, main meal with wine, cheese, dessert and coffee, and normally take up to two hours.   4.   .

Do not begin eating until the host says, Bon appetite. Pass dishes to the left, keep wrists above the table and try to eat everything on the plate.     5.  This may suggest that you find the food tasteless. If eating in a restaurant, the person who invites always pays.

A.The French draw information about people based on their appearance.

B.This is a time for relationship building.

C.Maybe you have heard the expression.

D.Language should be the focus of anyone planning to do business in France.

E.Be careful with adding salt, pepper or sauces to your food.

F.When you meet a friend, kissing is common.

G.English and French are both spoken in formal occasions.

 

Weddings in the United States vary as much as the people do. There are church weddings with a great deal of fanfare(仪式上的短曲); there are weddings on mountain tops with guests barefooted; there have been weddings on the ocean floor with oxygen tanks for the guests. But many weddings, no matter where or how they are performed, include certain traditional customs.

Before a couple is married, they become engaged. And then invitations are sent to those who live nearby, their close friends and their relatives who live far away. When everything is ready, then comes the most exciting moment.

The wedding itself usually lasts between 30 and 40 minutes. The wedding party enters the church while the wedding march is played. The bride carrying a bouquet enters last with her father who will “give her away”. The groom enters the church from a side door. When the wedding party is gathered by the altar, the bride and groom exchange vows(誓言). It is traditional to use the words “to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.” Following the vows, the couple exchange rings. Wearing the wedding rings on the fourth finger of the left hand is an old custom.

After the ceremony, there is often a party, called a “reception” which gives the wedding guests an opportunity to congratulate the new couple.

The car in which the couple leaves the church is decorated with balloons. The words “Just Married” are painted on the trunk or back window. And then the couple go in their honeymoon.

1.The underlined word “party” in Paragraph 3 probably means______.

A. a group of people 

B. a legal agreement

C. a political organization

D. a social event

2. According to the passage, the bride enters the church______.

A. carrying a bunch of flower

B. with the groom

C. with the bridesmaid

D. from a side door.

3.Which of the following statement is NOT true?

A. In the United States, there are different weddings.

B. Americans seldom send invitations to others when get married.

C. At the reception, guests usually give their wishes to the new couple.

D. Americans usually wear rings on the fourth finger of the left hand.

4. What will the author most probably talk about next?

A. The food served in the wedding party.

B. The possible places where the new couple spend their honeymoon.

C. How to congratulate the new couple.

D. The estimated cost of a wedding ceremony.

 

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