Keeping a diary in English is one of the effective ways to improve our English writing abilities.

1. (compare) with other forms of writing, it is shorter and takes 2. time. It can help us to develop the habit of thinking in English. 3. we persist in this practice, gradually we’ll learn how to express ourselves in English. In keeping a diary in English, we certainly run up against many difficulties. In the first place, it often happens 4. we have trouble finding appropriate words and phrases to give expression to our mind.5.(second), there are many idiomatic ways of saying things in Chinese, 6. it is extremely hard for us to put them into English properly.

As far as I am concerned, my 7. (suggest) is that we should always have a notebook and a Chinese-English dictionary within easy reach. Whenever something 8.(beat) us, we can first put it down in our notebook and then consult our dictionary. We can also turn to our English teacher for help, if necessary. In short, I believe that it is 9.great use to keep a diary in English for 10.development of our writing skills.


Mary was seven years old. Her parents recently moved to a new town, and so Mary was going to a __   school, which was a few kilometers from the house they lived in now. A school bus going around picked up ____ every morning and brought them back to their ____ every afternoon, and as both of Mary’s parents _____ to go to work, she always went on this bus.

Mary’s parents always ____ their alarm clock for seven o’clock so that none of them would be _____ . But one morning the alarm _____to go off, and it was not until a quarter past eight that Mary’s mother suddenly ___ , looked at the clock and said, “What’s ever happened to that clock?” and then _____ into Mary’s room to wake her up.

“I’m sorry, dear,” she said, “ ____ you’ll have to wash and dress very quickly, have an even ____ breakfast and then I’ll ____ you to school on my way to the office.”

“But how can you find the  ____, Mum?” Mary said, “You’ve been to school only once.”

“Yes,” her mother answered, “but you’ve done the _____ several times now on the bus, so you can be my guide to get there, can’t you?”

“Oh, yes,” said Mary, “I suppose so.” She washed, and ____  and had a quick breakfast, and then they set off. Mary told her mother to turn each time they came to a place she___ .In this way she made her mother drive round most of the town ______ they got to her school. When they arrived, her mother saw that it was not really very far from her house.

“Why ever did you make me go such a long way round, Mary, instead of the most ____ way?” her mother asked her.

“Well, Mum,” answered Mary, “it was because I didn’t know ____ else to get here. That’s the way our bus always goes to ____  the other children to school.

1.A. big    B. nice    C. different    D. distant

2.A. pupils    B. teachers    C. parents    D. passengers

3.A. offices    B. towns    C. classrooms    D. homes

4.A. seemed    B. had    C. refused    D. used

5.A. found    B. set    C. cleaned    D. fixed

6.A. late    B. ready    C. lazy    D. asleep

7.A. started    B. stopped    C. failed    D. continued

8.A. stood up    B. stayed up    C. put up    D. woke up

9.A. rushed    B. stepped    C. escaped    D. jumped

10.A. but    B. and    C. so    D. then

11.A. later    B. quicker    C. easier    D. heavier

12.A. bring    B. fetch    C. leave    D. drive

13.A. truth    B. bus    C. way    D. guide

14.A. homework    B. shopping    C. trip    D. reading

15.A. rose    B. dressed    C. moved    D. showed

16.A. wondered    B. realized    C. recognized    D. designed

17.A. unless    B. after    C. if    D. before

18.A. comfortable    B. helpful    C. important    D. direct

19.A. how    B. when    C. what    D. which

20.A. look for    B. pick up    C. drop by    D. deal with



Are you planning to study a course from a foreign university? Well, these tips for studying abroad will make you feel at home in a new city.

Learn about the university.

When you decide to study abroad, it is important to research well. 1. Instead, talk to people who have completed their studies from that country. This way you’ll get some real information about the university you’re applying for.


The more you speak to people, the more you’ll end up driving the blues away. Communicating with others will truly be helpful. Not only will it make it easier for you to face personal interviews but also to interact with the local people and fellow students.

Keep a diary.

Most students feel that the time they spent abroad was the best time of their lives. What better way to keep those moments “alive” forever than by writing them down on a diary?3.

Be prepared for adjustments.

When you land up in a country with a culture that’s completely different from yours, chances are that you’ll experience some level of culture shock. 4. Consider your stay abroad as an opportunity to discover a new culture and learn new things.

Know what to do in an emergency.

5. Get the details of the U.S. Embassy, including the phone number, and register (登记)yourself and your family members with the U.S. Embassy. This way you’ll know whom to reach out to in case you’re in an emergency.

A. Ensure you have all the documents.

B. Develop good communication skills.

C. However, don’t let that discourage you.

D. Don’t just follow the advertisements blindly and choose the university.

E. Make sure that you know what to do in the face of emergency.

F. Keep in touch with your friends at home to avoid homesickness.

G. You can write down every little detail of the beautiful time when you study abroad.


Passenger pigeons (旅鸽)once flew over much of the United States in unbelievable numbers.

Written accounts from the 18th and 19th centuries described flocks ()so large that they darkened  the sky for hours.

It was calculated that when its population reached its highest point ,there were more than 3 billlion passenger pigeons—a number equal to 24 to 40 percent of the total bird population in the United States, making it perhaps the most abundant bird in the world. Even as late as 1870 when their numbers had already become smaller, a flock believed to be 1 mile wide and 320 miles (about 515 kilometers) long was seen near Cincinnati.

Sadly the abundance of passenger pigeons may have been their undoing. Where the birds were

most abundant, people believed there was an ever-lasting supply and killed them by the thousands.

Commercial hunters attracted them to small clearings with grain, waited until pigeons had settled to feed, then threw large nets over them, taking hundreds at a time. The birds were shipped to large cities and sold in restaurants.

By the closing decades of the 19th century ,the hardwood forests where passenger pigeons nested had been damaged by Americans need for wood, which scattered (驱散) the flocks and forced the birds to go farther north, where cold temperatures and storms contributed to their decline. Soon the great flocks were gone, never to be seen again.

In 1897, the state of Michigan passed a law prohibiting the killing of passenger pigeons but by then,

no sizable flocks had been seen in the state for 10 years. The last confirmed wild pigeon in the United

States was shot by a boy in Pike County, Ohio, in 1900. For a time , a few birds survived under human

care. The last of them, known affectionately as Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoological Garden on

September 1, 1914.

1.In the 18th and early 19teh centuries, passenger pigeons____.

A. were the biggest bird in the world

B. lived mainly in the south of America

C. did great harm to the natural environment

D. were the largest bird population in the US

2.The underlined word “ undoing” probably refers to the pigeons’ ____.

A. escape    B. ruin

C. liberation    D. evolution

3.What was the main reason for people to kill passenger pigeons?

A. To seek pleasure.    B. To save other birds.

C. To make money.    D. To protect crops.

4.What can we infer about the law passed in Michigan?

A. It was ignored by the public.    B. It was declared too late.

C. It was unfair.    D. It was strict.


Where to stay in Boswell? The following are some choices for you:


First Hotel. 222 Edward Road. Tel. 414-6433. Number of Rooms: 120.

Price:  Single: $ 25; Doulbe $ 35;

Special attractions: Airconditioned rooms, French restaurant, Night club, Swimming pool,

Shops; Coffee shop and bar, Telephone, Radio and TV in each room, close to the city center.



Fairview Hotel. 129 North Road. Tel. 591-5620. Number of Rooms: 50.

Price:   Single:$ 12; Double: $ 18;

Special Attractions: Close to the airport, Telephone in each room, Bar, Restaurant, Garage, Swimming-pool.



Orchard Hotel. 233 Edward Road. Tel.641-6641. Number of Rooms: 150.

Price:   Single: $ 15;  Double: $ 20;

Special Attractions: Facing First Hotel, European restaurant, Coffee shop, Dry-cleaning, Shops, TV, Night-club.



Osaka Hotel. 1264 Venning Road. Tel. 643-8206. Number of Rooms: 180.

Price:    Single: $ 30;  Double: $ 50.

Special Attractions: Air-Conditioned rooms, Japanese and Chinese restaurant, Shops, Swimming pool, Large garden.


1.The number of the room in Osaka Hotel is :

A. 50    B. 120    C. 150    D. 180

2.If a Japanese traveller likes to eat in French restaurant, _______ is the right

place for him to go to.

A. 233 Edward Road    B. 1264 Venning Road

C. 222 Edward Road    D. 129 North Road

3.Which hotel faces the Orchard Hotel?

A. The First Hotel    B. The Osaka Hotel

C. The Fairview Hotel    D. No Hotel

4.If you want to book a cheapest single room, which number will you call?

A. 414-6433    B. 591-5620

C. 641-6641    D. 643-8206


A well-dressed man entered a famous jewelry shop. He explained that he wished to buy a pearl for his wife’s birthday. The price didn’t matter, since business had been very good for him that year. After examining a nice black one that costs $5, 000, he paid for the pearl in cash, shook hands with the jeweler, and left.

A few days later the man returned and said that his wife liked the pearl so much that she wanted another one just like it. It had to be exactly the same size and quality as she wanted a pair of earrings made. "Can you give me any advice on how to get such a pearl?" said the man. The jeweler regretfully replied, "I would say it’s exactly impossible to find one exactly like that pearl."

The rich man insisted that the jeweler advertise in the newspapers, offering $25,000 for the matching pearl. Many people answered the advertisement but nobody had a pearl that was just right.

Just when the jeweler had given up hope, a little old lady came into his store. To his great surprise, she pulled the perfect pearl from her purse." “I don’t like to part with it." she said sadly, I got it from my mother, and, my mother got it from her’s. But I really need the money.

The jeweler was quickly to pay her before she changed her mind .Then he called the rich man’s hotel to tell him the good news .The man, however, was nowhere to be found. The jeweler immediately realized the whole thing.

1.Actually, the man wanted to buy another pearl for _____.

A. himself    B. his wife

C. no one    D. his mother

2.He paid $5,000 for the black pearl without bargaining because______.

A. he wanted to make the jeweler believe him

B. he was very rich.

C. his business had been successful

D. he was anxious to get it

3.He told the jeweler to get him another pearl that must be______.

A. exactly the same quality as the black one

B. exactly the same size as the black one.

C. exactly the same as the black one

D. exactly worth $25,000

4.The jeweler couldn’t find the man anywhere because ______.

A. he happened to be out

B. he died suddenly

C. he wouldn’t show up until the jeweler called him a second time

D. he got $20,000 by cheating and had run away with the money


The Cambridge Science Festival Curiosity Challenge

Dare to Take the Curiosity Challenge!

The Cambridge Science Festival (CSF) is pleased to inform you of the sixth annual Curiosity

Challenge. The challenge invites , even dares school students between the ages of 5 and 14 to create

artwork or a piece of writing that shows their curiosity how it inspires them to explore their world.

Students are being dared to draw a picture, write an article, take a photo or write a poem that shows what they are curious about. To enter the challenge, all artwork or pieces of writing should be sent to the Cambridge Science Festival, MIT Museum, 265 Mass Avenue. Cambridge 02139 by Friday,Feburary 8 th.

Students who enter the Curiosity Challenge and are selected as winners will be honored at a special ceremony during the CSF on Sunday, April 21st. Guest speakers will also present prizes to the students. Winning entries will be published in a book. Student entries will be exhibited and prizes will be given. Families of those who take part will be included in celebration and brunch will be served.

Between March 10th and March 15h, each winner will be given the specifics of the closing ceremony and the Curiosity Challenge celebration. The program guidelines and other related information are available at :http:// cambridgesciencefestival.org.

1.Who can take part in the Curiosity Challenge?

A. School students.    B. Cambridge locals.

C. CSF winners.    D. MIT artists.

2.When will the prize-giving ceremony be held?

A. On February 8th.    B. On March 10th.

C. On March 15th    D. On April 21st.

3.What type of writing is this text?

A .An exhibition guide.            B. An art show review.

C. An announcement.            D. An official report.







注意:  1.短文必须包括所有内容要点,可适当发挥;

2.词数:100左右。    3.参考词汇:state of mind 心态

Dear Xiao Wang,














   As is known to all, that sports are good for people’s health. People all over the world enjoyed sports. They buy tickets or turn on their TV sets watch the games. Sports change after seasons. People play different games in different seasons. Sometime they play inside, but usually they play outside. Sports can found here or there. Some sports are rather interesting and people everywhere like it. People from different countries can’t understand each other, but after game they often become good friend.


She decided to follow him out of _________ (好奇心).


His opportunities for experiment were naturally ________(有限的) in these months.


If an idea or statement is _________ (不可相信的), it seems so unlikely to be true that you    

    cannot believe it.


It is very kind of you to give away food to _________ (饥饿的) people.


The young man is handsome and ___________(精力充沛的).


Please find out the foods that give fibre for ______________(消化) and health.


“You did a bad job!” She _____________(叹息).


The boy lifted the stone with all his ____________(力量).


To succeed, we must _________________(结合) talent with working hard.



1. Do you know when India gained its _______________ (独立) from Britain.

2.To succeed, we must _________________(结合) talent with working hard.

3.The boy lifted the stone with all his ____________(力量).

4.“You did a bad job!” She _____________(叹息).

5.Please find out the foods that give fibre for ______________(消化) and health.

6.The young man is handsome and ___________(精力充沛的).

7.It is very kind of you to give away food to _________ (饥饿的) people.

8.If an idea or statement is _________ (不可相信的), it seems so unlikely to be true that you cannot believe it.

9.His opportunities for experiment were naturally ________(有限的) in these months.

10.She decided to follow him out of _________ (好奇心).


Every boy and every girl expects their parents to give them more pocket money. Why do their parents just give them a certain amount?    1.  .

The amount of money that parents give to their children to spend as they wish differs from family to family.     2.  . Some children get weekly pocket money. Others get monthly pocket money.

First of all, children are expected to make a choice between spending and saving. Then parents should make the children understand what is expected to pay for with the money. At first, some young children may spend all of the money soon after they receive it. Parents are usually advised not to offer more money until it is the right time.      3.  .

In order to encourage their children to do some housework, some parents give pocket money if the children help around the home. Some experts think it not wise to pay the children for doing that.  4.    .

Pocket money can give children a chance to experience the three things they can do with the money. They can spend it by giving it to a good cause. They can spend it by buying things they want.   5.   . Saving helps children understand that costly goals require sacrifice. Saving can also open the door to future saving and investing for children.

A.    They can save it for future use.

B.    Timing is another consideration.

C.    As helping at home is a normal part of family life.

D.    Some children are not good at managing their pocket money.

E.    Learning how to get money is very important for every child.

F.    One main purpose is to let kids learn how to manage their own money.

G.By doing so, these children will learn that spending must be done with a budget(预算).


I was riding along the road when I heard someone shouting behind me. It was a young shepherd (牧羊人). He was running across a field, and pointing at something.

I looked and saw two wolves running across the field. One was fully grown, the other was a cub. The cub had on his back a lamb (羔羊) which had just been killed, and he had the leg in his mouth. The old wolf was running behind.

As soon as I saw the wolves, I joined the shepherd and started in pursuit (追击), setting up a shout.

When they heard, some peasants started out also in pursuit, with their dogs.

As soon as the old wolf caught sight of the dogs and the men, he ran to the young one, snatched (攫取) the lamb from him, threw it over his back, and both wolves increased their pace and were soon lost from view.

Then the shepherd began to tell me how it happened. The big wolf has sprung (跳跃) out from the valley, seized the lamb, killed it and carried it off. The old wolf allowed the young wolf to carry the lamb, but kept running a short distance behind.

But as soon as there was danger, the old wolf stopped giving the lesson, and seized the lamb himself.

1.What is a cub?

A. It’s an old wolf.

B. It’s a young wolf.

C. It’s a strong wolf.

D. It’s a big wolf.

2.The old wolf seized the lamb for himself because __________.

A. the cub would not carry it any longer

B. the cub was too tired

C. there was danger

D. the cub would not learn

3.What is the passage about?

A. How a young wolf carried a lamb.

B. How the wolves escaped.

C. How some peasants tried to catch the wolf.

D. How an old wolf taught its cub..


The Harp Seal is one of nature’s most beautiful and appealing (吸引人的) creatures. Many years ago it was hunted for its fur. Hunting Harp Seals is now illegal.

The seals spend the summer months migrating (迁徙) in large groups. Harp Seals close their nostrils (鼻孔) and earholes when diving in water, but have to surface frequently to breathe. Their favourite place to rest is on the top of icebergs.

The female Harp Seal gives birth in February or March and feeds her pups for 14-18 days. Baby Harp Seals begin to lose their white fur at around six to eight weeks of age. As an adult, the Harp Seal has brown skin. At birth, Harp Seals weigh 12kg but can weigh up to 130kg as adults. Harp Seals eat small fish, shrimps and krill. However, they are able to switch from one food to another depending on what they can get as food. Males have a lifespan of 29 years while females usually live for longer than 30 years.

Since the Canadian Government introduced laws to protect the seal pups from hunters, their numbers have increased to more than one million. Now every year, thousands of tourists flock to the pack ice to witness the wonderful sight of new pups born in spring.

1.What is the passage mainly about?

A. Hunting Harp Seals is illegal.

B. Protecting Harp Seals.

C. Harp Seals.

D. Lifespan of Harp Seals.

2.An adult Harp Seal could be described as being ___________.

A. brown in colour and weighing 12kg

B. brown in colour and weighing 130kg

C. white in colour and weighing 12kg

D. white in colour and weighing 130kg

3.According to the passage which of the following statements is TRUE?

A. Adult Harp Seals only eat shrimp.

B. Adult Harp Seals eat different food at different times.

C. Adult Harp Seals prefer to eat krill.

D. Adult Harp Seals catch small fish to feed their young.


No other band has had the same influence in the world as the Beatles. Over eight years and with more than a dozen albums (专辑),four young men from Liverpool, England — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Star changed popular music and culture forever.

People in the UK became crazy about the Beatles in late 1963. The phenomenon (现象) was called “Beatlemania” by the British press. The term referred to the young women seen screaming at the band’s concerts. Beatlemania came to North America in early 1964, and the band’s popularity spread across much of the world.

Within five years, the Beatles’music changed greatly from their simple early hits like “She Loves You” and “I want to Hold Your Hand”.

The band wrote their own songs, explored new ways to create music and strived (奋斗)for high quality in every album they put out.

However, with their popularity came criticism (批评). The press criticized the band as symbols of 1960s youth culture, which celebrated freedom from traditional family roles.

In 1970, Paul McCartney announced he was leaving the Beatles. And the group quietly came to an end.

In the 70s, fans hoped for a reunion, but the group decided to follow their own careers with different degrees of success.

Fans lost hope with a tragedy; John Lennon was murdered in New York in 1980.

1.How long did the Beatles exist?

A. Five years.    B. Six years.

C. Eight years.    D. Thirteen years.

2.The underlined word “press” means _______.

A. young women of a country

B. young fans of a singer or film star

C. a business that prints and sometimes also sells books

D. reports in newspapers and on radio and television

3.For what reason were the Beatles criticized

A. Because their own songs were not popular.

B. Because they influenced the youth culture.

C. Because of their own families.

D. Because of their roles in the band.

4.Which of the following would be the best title for the passage?

A. Beatles changed the face of music    B. John Lennon’s death

C. John Lennon and his band    D. The break-up of the Beatles


Terry was a middle-aged businessman. He was _____ in his business and often complained that he had been fooled by others. One day he told his wife he was  _____  disappointed with the city that he had to _____.

So his family moved to another city. It was Saturday ____. When Terry and his wife were busily putting their things in their new home, the lights suddenly _____ and they were forced to stop work. Terry was sorry to have_____ to bring along some candles. Just then he heard light ____on his door.

   “Who is it?” he wondered. Terry knew ______ else in the new city, and this was the moment he especially hated to be _____ He opened the door unwillingly. At the door was a little ____, shyly asking, “Sir, do you have _____? I’m your neighbor.” “No,” answered Terry angrily. He shut the door ____.

    After a while the door was knocked again. He opened it and ____ the same little girl outside. But this time she was ____ two candles giving off red light. She said, “My grandma told me the____ neighbor downstairs might need candles. She sent me here to _____you these.”

    At that moment Terry suddenly realized what ____ his failure in life. It was his ignorance and ____ to other people. The person who had fooled him in life was actually nobody else ____ himself, for his eyes had been covered by his ____ mind.

1.A. experienced    B. unsuccessful    C. interested    D. lucky

2.A. very    B. so    C. such    D. rather

3.A. leave    B. travel    C. stay    D. choose

4.A. morning    B. afternoon    C. noon    D. evening

5.A. went down    B. went out    C. went by    D. went on

6.A. wanted    B. decided    C. forgotten    D. remembered

7.A. knocks    B. calls    C. strikes    D. sounds

8.A. everybody    B. anybody    C. somebody    D. nobody

9.A. troubled    B. followed    C. liked    D. learned

10.A. boy    B. girl    C. postman    D. shopper

11.A. candies    B. toys    C. lights    D. candles

12.A. easily    B. worriedly    C. happily    D. heavily

13.A. found    B. met    C. touched    D. knew

14.A. bringing    B. seeing    C. holding    D. drawing

15.A. poor    B. kind    C. new    D. young

16.A. buy    B. give    C. borrow    D. sell

17.A. made    B. caused    C. developed    D. stopped

18.A. laziness    B. sadness    C. unkindness    D. unhappiness

19.A. besides    B. except    C. but    D. than

20.A. open    B. right    C. warm    D. cold


The father took off his coat as an umbrella to _____ her daughter from the rain.

A. affect    B. pretend    C. attach    D. protect


I hurried _____ I wouldn’t be late for class.

A. in order    B. so that    C. as though    D. such that


______ the help of the teacher, the student who wasn’t good at math ______ the difficult problem quickly.

A. Under; worked out    B. With; worked on    C. Under; was solved    D. With; solved


He’s making          great progress in his lessons that everyone else in his class can’t believe it.

A. so    B. very    C. such a    D. such


—What a beautiful day!      —Yes, it's ______ that I'd like to take a walk.

A. such nice weather    B. so nice a weather

C. such a nice weather    D. so nice weather


Farmers make their     by planting crops.

A. livings    B. living    C. life    D. lives


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