Nobody wants to be aged, but1.it comes to visiting cities, most of us want to visit the world’s oldest cities. Luoyang is one of the oldest and most 2.(attract) cities in the world that I’d like to recommend to you.

Luoyang stands out 3.the oldest continually inhabited (持续居住的) city in Asia. The city is considered to be 4.birthplace of Chinese culture and history as well as being one of the Seven Ancient Capitals of China. There 5. (be) no other city in China that has seen so many6.(dynasty) like Luoyang.

With such a long and exciting history, Luoyang has really a lot 7. (offer). The longmen Grottoes(龙门石窟), which 8.(include) in the world Heritage List since 2000, and many historic Buddhist temples9. (constant) attract tourist from all over the world. Luoyang is also famous for the White Horse Temple, the earliest Buddhist temple 10.(build) in China. Are you anxious to visit the city?



Opera at Music Hall:1243 Elm Street.The season runs June through August,with additional performances in March and September.The Opera honors Enjoy tho Arts membership discounts.Phone:241-2742.http://www.cityopera.com.

Chamber Orchestra:The Orchestra plays at Memorial Hall at 1406 Elm Street,which offers several concerts from March through June.Call 723-1182 for more information.http://www.chamberorch.com.

Symphony Orchestra:At Music Hall and Riverbend.For ticket sales,call 381-3300.Regular season runs September through May at Music Hall in summer at Riverbend.http://www.symphony.org/home.asp.

College Conservatory of Music (CCM):Performances are on the main campus(校园)of the university,usually at Patricia Cobbett Theater.CCM organizes a variety of events,including performances by the well-known LaSalle Quartet,CCM's Philharmonic Orchestra,and various groups of musicians presenting Baroque through modern music. Students with I.D.cards ban attend the events for free. A free schedule of events for each term is available by calling the box office at 556-4183.http://www.ccm.uc.edu/events/calendar.

Riverbend Music Theater:6295 Kellogg Ave.Large outdoor theater with the closest seats under cover (price difference).Big name shows all summer long.Phone:202-6220. http://www.riverbendmusic.com.

1.Which number should you call if you want to see an opera?

A. 241-2742. B. 723-1182.

C. 381-3300. D. 232-6220.

2.When can you go to a concert by Chamber Orchestra?

A. February. B. May.

C. August D. November.

3.Where can students go for free performances with their ID cards?

A. Music Hall. B. Memorial Hall.

C. Patricia Cobbett Theater. D. Riverbend Music Theater.

4.How is Riverbend Music Theater different from the other places?

A. It has seats in the open air. B. It gives shows all year round.

C. It offers membership discounts. D. It presents famous musical works.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm is probably one of the most popular school reads in the world. George Orwell wrote it as a political allegory(讽喻)and has since then inspired the minds of not only adult revolutionaries but also the younger ones who start feeling the spark of being right and free for all of the humanity in their hearts.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

This is a wise, funny, and heartbreaking memory of Marjane Satrapi’s years growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, and how she dealt with life while experiencing the ruinous effects of the war with Iraq. The mistakes she felt she made opened her eyes and shaped her into becoming the influential individual she is today.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Regarded as a masterpiece of literature----it is no wonder it won the Pulitzer Prize. The plot and characters are based on the author’s observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 16 years old. The novel is famous for its warmth and humor, despite telling a story of innocent Tom Robinson being accused of raping(强暴)a white woman because he was black.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

A story showing the absolute courage of a young boy, who was never afraid to speak his mind in the face of injustice and would always defend the helpless. A boy shows us the importance of believing in ourselves and others. Harry Potter reminds us that the true power to defeat any enemy is not found in others, but found within each of us.

1.Which book best suits the people who want freedom?

A. The Harry Potter series B. To Kill a Mockingbird

C. Animal Farm D. Persepolis

2.Which author wrote about his or her own experience in the above works?

A. J. K. Rowling B. Marjane Satrapi

C. George Orwell D. Harper Lee

3.What does the author say about To Kill a Mockingbird?

A. Its author is a young girl B. It was written in a serious way

C. One theme may be racial inequality D. Tom Robinson committed a crime

4.What does the Harry Potter series mainly want to convey?

A. God helps those who help themselves B. A friend in need is a friend indeed

C. Actions speak louder than words D. Failure is the mother of success

She Walked Through Fire

On Thanksgiving weekend, the Heffelmire family gathered for a meal at their home. After dinner, the family went down to the finished basement to relax except Charlotte’s father, Eric, who was in the garage to fix his truck.

Around 8 p.m., Charlotte decided to check on her dad. She walked through the kitchen. When she opened the side door to the garage, black smoke rose up into the kitchen. She could barely make out her father lying on his back, trapped under the truck. He’d removed the front passenger-side tyre and raised the truck on a jack(千斤顶). The truck had slipped off the jack, and now the whole weight of the wheel was on his chest and shoulders.

Charlotte ran to the front of the truck and struggled to lift it. Eric was still conscious, and he yelled, “You got it! One more try!” She tried again and was able to tip the truck backward just enough for her to pull her dad by the shirt with both hands from under the truck.

She dragged him across the garage and 20 feet down the driveway. Then she ran back to the garage, which had burst into flames. “I was afraid the car was going to explode,” says Charlotte, so she climbed into the truck, which faced forward, turned the key, and pressed the gas pedal(油门). The car slowly rolled out, the metal wheel scratching loudly against the concrete.

Safely on the driveway, Charlotte stopped the truck and ran back to the basement. “There’s a fire! Everybody get out!” she yelled as she picked up her three-month-old niece and ran out. Outside, she handed the baby to her mom, and then ran around to the burning garage. She picked up a garden hose(水管)and sprayed the fire while calling 911.

A few minutes later, firefighters and an ambulance arrived. Charlotte was treated for second-degree burns on both her feet and face. Her dad had injuries on his chest and shoulders, as well as minor burns on his face. The garage and the house were damaged but the family survived.

The Heffelmires are staying in an apartment while their house is rebuilt. “Charlotte is a remarkable kid,” says her dad. Charlotte, however, simply says, “ I was saving my family and my house. I wasn’t going to let my dad die.”

1.Eric got trapped because

A. the truck slipped off the jack.

B. the wheel fell off the truck.

C. the front tyre was removed.

D. the kitchen was on fire.

2.Which of the following is the correct order of the events?

a. Charlotte called the firefighters.

b. Charlotte saved Eric from under the truck.

c. Charlotte drove the truck out of the garage.

d. Charlotte warned the family to leave the house.

A. b, c, a, d B. a, b, d, c

C. b, c, d, a D. a, c, b, d

3.As a result of the fire,

A. the house was not fit to live in.

B. the truck exploded.

C. the three-month-old baby was injured.

D. Charlotte was burned on her chest and shoulders.

4.It can be inferred from the passage that Charlotte is

A. proud and clear-headed.

B. calm and quick-minded.

C. modest and easy-going.

D. independent and self-centered.

You may be familiar with the following famous people, but have you heard of their graduation speeches, in which they either share their unforgotten experiences or give you some great inspiration(启迪).

●Michael Dell, University of Texas at Austin

And now you've accomplished something great and important here, and it's time for you to move on to what's next. And you must not let anything prevent you from taking those first steps. ... You must also commit to the adventure. Just have faith in the skills and the knowledge you've been blessed (赐予)with and go.

●J.K. Rowling, Harvard University

Half my lifetime ago ,I was striking an uneasy balance between my ambition and the expectation from my parents who were not rich...But what I feared most for myself at your age was not poverty(贫穷), but failure. The fact that you are graduating from Harvard suggests that you know little about failure, you might be driven by a fear of failure quite as much as a desire for success.

●Steve Jobs, Stanford University

Sometimes life's going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith...Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking, and don't settle.

●Bill Gates, Harvard University

We need as many people as possible to have access to the advanced technology to lead to a revolution in what human beings can do for one another. They are making it possible not just for national governments, but for universities ,smaller organizations, and even individuals to see problems, see approaches and deal with the world's inequities(不公平)like hunger, poverty, and so on.

1.What Michael Dell said is to urge us to     .

A. listen to our heart B. pursue our dreams

C. follow others' example D. learn from our mistakes

2.What did J.K. Rowling fear most when she was studying in university?

A. Poverty. B. Hunger.

C. Failure. D. Appearance.

3.Who wants to express "Keep looking for what you believe in"?

A. Michael Dell. B. J.K. Rowling.

C. Bill Gates. D. Steve Jobs.

4.What does Bill Gates suggest people do?

A. Make contributions to the environment.

B. Take responsibility for their own behavior.

C. Make joint efforts to rid some global problems.

D. Master as much advanced technology as possible.

Happy,angry,amazed—these are some of the emotions we like to express these days when we're sending a message on our smartphones.That's a quick way of telling someone how we're feeling.Yes,emojis have become a vital tool for communication.

The emoji was first invented in Japan in the late 1990s and the word "emoji" comes from the Japanese words for "picture" and "character".The number of different images has dramatically increased since then and now we have a picture for every mood or situation.

So now we are giving this new creation the visual "thumbs-up" but have you thought why we've become so addicted to using emojis? Professor Vyv Evans has written a book called The Emoji Code, saying "increasingly, what we're finding is that digital communication is taking over certain aspects of face-to-face interaction...one of the reasons why emojis are so popular is that they really do enable us to express our emotional selves more effectively."

Another advantage of emojis is that they are an international language—they don't use words but some pictures so they can be easily interpreted whatever your native language is. However, the emojis can sometimes be misinterpreted—if a friend sends you an emoji of a hammer, you may think he/she is angry when really he/she is saying he/she is clumsy!

Emojis are a good way for showing similar feelings. But as linguist(语言学家) Neil Cohn says, "To many, emojis are an exciting evolution of the way we communicate, but to others, they are a linguistic Armageddon(大决战)."It does show there is a lot more to our communication than words alone but does this mean the decline in traditional writing?

1.How do emojis help people in communication?

A. They can interpret the foreign languages.

B. They will take the place of face-to-face interaction.

C. People can express their emotions effectively with emoijs.

D. People can express themselves clearly with emojis at any time.

2.Which of the following words can replace the underlined "thumbs-up"in Paragraph 3?

A. doubt B. praise

C. ignorance D. attention

3.What do you probably mean by sending your friend an emoji of B hammer?

A. You are awkward. B. You need a hammer.

C. He/She loses his/her temper. D. He/She should apologize to you.

4.What is Neil Cohn's opinion on emojis?

A. They are not used by linguists.

B. They will take over the traditional writing.

C. They will become an international language.

D. They bring convenience and challenges to language.

Four Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Travel Agent

While online booking engines have made it easier for travelers to buy their own flights or hotel rooms, travel agents still offer a level of service.1.

Have you visited my destinations?

Whether you’re traveling to Paris or Puerto Rico, ask if your agent has been there.2.But they don’t always measure up to being there in person. “Book knowledge or online training seminars by suppliers is totally different from experiencing it firsthand,” Flagg says.

What is your response time?

If waiting several days for a response to an emailed question is going to make you anxious, ask potential agents when they’re available and how quickly you should expect a response. “Some agents are part-time agents, and they work in the evenings,” Griswold says. “3.Others do this full time. It’s definitely smart to find out if your schedule can adjust with what your agent can provide.”


Agents provide varying levels of service. Some will only book hotels and flights and leave you to fill in the other details, so if you’re expecting help with dinner reservations or ground transportation, ask if he can handle those. “A good agent is going to help you with any details that you want,” Griswold says.

What fees should I expect?

Some agents charge a flat fee or an hourly fee for travel consulting, while others earn commission from the airline or hotel booked. “ 5.”Griswold says.

A. What services do you offer?

B. How do you find a right service?

C. Some are available during the school day

D. Guidebooks and websites offer lots of advertisements

E. Ask about fees, whether there are booking fees or any other fee.

F. Guidebooks and websites offer lots of details on given destination

G. Here are some questions that can help you choose the right travel agent.

“A good book might clarify something you knew little about, transform your world view, or move you in ways you didn’t think possible. The Soul of an Octopus(章鱼)delivers on all three, ”the magazine New Scientist commented.

After writing about birds, pigs and tigers, US naturalist Sy Montgomery decided to choose these many-footed animals as the subject of her latest book, The Soul of an Octopus: a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness.

“Here is animal with poisonous liquid like a snake,a beak(喙)like a parrot,and ink like an old-fashioned pen. It can weigh as much as a man and extend as long as a car, yet it can pour its baggy; boneless body through an opening the size of all orange. It can change color and shape. It has a tongue covered with teeth. It can taste with its skin.” Montgomery explained to the National Geographic on why octopuses inspired her.

What Montgomery is able to show in The Soul of an Octopus is that octopuses are creatures who exhibit personality, intelligence and emotion, despite having nervous systems completely different from our own. She uses different experiments to show that they possess consciousness as well as individual personalities. For example, based on her research, she finds out that Octavia, an octopus caught in the wild, is friendly and good at multi-tasking. And Kali, another octopus,who has been living at the New England Aquarium, is playful and loves exploring.

Montgomery is a good storyteller. Through her study of, and communication with, these extraordinary creatures she shares what she learns from both science and her experiences. Her skillful writing presents facts together with personal description, which makes the book very informative but easy to read.

1.Why is The Soul of an Octopus thought highly of ?

A. It is themed with a many-footed animal.

B. It mainly explores consciousness and wonders.

C. It compares octopuses with birds, pigs and tigers.

D. It offers new knowledge and changes your viewpoints.

2.Octopuses impress Montgomery greatly because.

A. they have unique physical functioning

B. their liquid can be used as good ink

C. they behave more like snakes and parrots

D. their body can be shrunk to the size of an orange

3.What does Montgomery think of octopuses according to Paragraph 4?

A. They are friendly with each other.

B. They are similar to humans in a way.

C. They communicate with humans well.

D. They have different nature from humans.

4.Which of the following best describes the book?

A. Vivid but unreal. B. Scientific and readable.

C. Boring and ridiculous. D. Interesting but fictional

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