Because I was born in Canada, I didn’t like Chinese, the mother tongue of my __. When I was four, my dad and mum flashed cards with Chinese characters at my___, but I pushed them aside. My mum promised I would learn when I was __ . But the __ didn’t come.

On a Chinese New Year’s Eve, my aunt spoke to me in Chinese, but all I could do was stare at her, __, scratching my __. “Still can’t speak Chinese?” She __ me, “You can’t even buy a fish in Chinatown.”

“Hey, this is Canada, not China. I’ll get some right now with or without Chinese.” I __ and turned to my mom for __.

“Remember to ask for fresh fish, Xin Xian Yu,” she said, handing over a $20 bill. I repeated the words, running downstairs into the streets of Chinatown.

I found the fish stand surrounded in a sea of customers. “I’d like to buy some fresh fish,” I __ to the fishman. But he ignored my English words and turned to __the next customer. The ___of the people behind __ with their impatience. With every second , the breath of the dragons on my back grew stronger---my blood __ --- forcing me to cry out, “Xian Sheng Yu,please.” “Very Xian Sheng,” I repeated. The crowd erupted into laughter. My face turned red and I ran back home empty-handed, except for the $20 bill I held __ in my pocket.

Should I laugh or cry? They’re Chinese. I’m Chinese. I should feel right at __. __, I was the __ , a disgrace(丢脸)to the language.

Sometimes, I laugh at my __ incident , but, in the end, the joke is on me . Every laugh is a __ lost ; every laugh is my heritage fading away.

1.A. inventors B. ancestors C. contributors D. tutors

2.A. hand B. ears C. arms D. face

3.A. ready B. happy C. forced D. taught

4.A. attempt B. time C. year D. success

5.A. awkward B. embarrassed C. surprised D. confused

6.A. uncle B. itch C. head D. fish

7.A. complained to B. laughed at C. whispered to D. smiled at

8.A. replied B. cried C. murmured D. shouted

9.A. admission B. permission C. graduation D. decision

10.A. shouted B. screamed C. whistled D. sobbed

11.A. meet B. amuse C. ignore D. serve

12.A. blame B. anger C. laugh D. pity

13.A. escaped B. disappeared C. decreased D. increased

14.A. boiling B. bleeding C. flying D. cooling

15.A. softly B. loosely C. tightly D. gently

16.A. service B. risk C. root D. home

17.A. Instead B. Thus C. Hence D. Furthermore

18.A. mistake B. topic C. opera D. joke

19.A. fish B. dragon C. ancestor D. blood

20.A. attitude B. culture C. politeness D. time

The National Gallery


The National Gallery is the British national art museum built on the north side of Trafalgar Square in London. It houses a different collection of more than 2,300 examples of European art ranging from 13th-century religious paintings to more modem ones by Renoir and Van Gogh. The older collections of the gallery are reached through the main entrance while the more modem works in the East Wing are most easily reached from Trafalgar Square by a ground floor entrance


The modem Sainsbury Wing on the western side of the building houses 13th- to 15th-century paintings, and artists include Duccio, Uccello, Van Eyck, Lippi, Mantegna, Botticelli and Memling.

The main West Wing houses 16th-century paintings, and artists include Leonardo da Vinci, Cranach, Michelangelo, Raphael, Bruegel, Bronzino, Titan and Veronese.

The North Wing houses 17th-century paintings, and artists include Caravaggio, Rubens, Poussin, Van Dyck, Velazquez, Claude and Vermeer.

The East Wing houses 18th- to early 20th-century paintings, and artists include Canaletto, Goya, Turner, Constable, Renoir and Van Gogh.

Opening Hours:

The Gallery is open every day from 10am to 6pm (Fridays 10am to 9pm) and is free, but charges apply to some special exhibitions.

Getting There:

Nearest underground stations: Charing Cross (2-minute walk), Leicester Square (3-minute walk), Embankment (7-minute walk), and Piccadilly Circus (8-minute walk).

1.In which century’s collection can you see religious paintings?

A. The 17th. B. The 13th.

C. The 18th. D. The 20th.

2.Where are Leonardo da Vinci’s works shown?

A. In the East Wing. B. In the Sainsbury Wing.

C. In the main West Wing. D. In the North Wing.

3.Which underground station is closest to the National Gallery?

A. Piccadilly Circus. B. Leicester Square.

C. Embankment. D. Charing Cross.

When I was six, Dad brought home a dog one day, who was called “Brownie” My brothers and I all loved Brownie and did different things with her. One of us would walk her, another would feed her, then there were baths, playing catch and many other games, Brownie in return, loved each and every one of us. One thing that most touched my heart was that she would go to whoever was sick and just be with them and we always felt better when she was around.

One day, as I was getting her food, she chewed up (咬破) one of Dad’s shoes, which had to be thrown away in the end. I knew Dad would be mad and I had to let her know what she did was wrong. When I looked at her and said, “Bad girl,” she looked down at the ground and then went and hid. I saw a tear in her eyes.

Brownie turned out to be more than just our family pet, she went everywhere with us. People would stop and ask if they could pet her. Of course she’d let anyone pet her. She was just the most lovable dog. There were many times when we’d be out walking and a small child would come over and pull up her hair, she never barked (吠) or tried to get away. Funny thing is she would smile. This frightened people because they thought she was showing her teeth. Far from the truth, she loved everyone.

Now many years have passed since Brownie died of old age. I still miss days when she was with us.

1.What would Brownie do when someone was ill in the family?

A. Keep them company B. Touch them gently.

C. Play games with them. D. Look at them sadly.

2.We can infer from Paragraph 2 that Brownie .

A. world eat anything when hungry B. loved playing hide-and-seek

C. felt sorry for her mistake D. disliked the author’s dad

3.Why does the author say that Brownie was more than just a family pet?

A. She was treated as a member of the family.

B. She played games with anyone she liked.

C. She went everywhere with the family.

D. She was loved by everybody she met.

4.Some people got frightened by Brownie when she .

A. barked B. smiled

C. rushed to them D. tried to be funny

5.Which of the following best describes Brownie?

A. Caring B. Polite

C. Brave D. Shy

Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March, 1853—29 July, 1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist artist. He is considered one of the greatest artists with great influence on the greatest artists with great influence on the 20th-century art.

Van Gogh spent his early adult life working for a firm of art dealers. After a brief period as a teacher, he became a missionary (传教士) in a very poor mining region. He did not begin his career as an artist until 1880; however, during the last ten years of his life, he produced more than 2,000 pieces, including around 900 paintings and 1,100 drawing and sketched (素描). He worked only with somber colours until he met Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism in Paris. Van Gogh used their bright colours and style of painting in a uniquely recognizable style. Most of his best-known works were produced during his final two years, when he was suffering from serious mental illness.

In 1890, at the age of 37, van Gogh shot himself in the chest. He died two days later, with Theo, his brother and his best friend, at his side, who reported his last words as “The sadness will last forever”. It would not take long before his fame grew higher and higher.

Van Gogh’s mother threw away quite a number of his paintings. The only painting he sold during his lifetime, The Red Vineyard, was created in 1888. It is now on display in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Russia. Several paintings by van Gogh rank among the most expensive paintings in the world. On March 30, 1987 van Gogh’s painting Irises was sold for a record of $ 53.9 million at Southby’s, New York. On May 15, 1990 his Portrait of Doctor Gachet was sold for $ 83.5 million at Christie’s, thus setting a new price record.

1.When did van Gogh begin his career as an artist?

A. At the age of 17 B. In his early adult life

C. At the age of 27 D. In his early childhood

2.The underlined word “somber” in Para. 2 means .

A. colourful B. different

C. bright D. dark

3.What’s the right order of van Gogh’s life experience?

a. worked as a teacher

b. took up drawing

c. worked in an art firm

d. worked as a missionary

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

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

4.What can we learn from the passage?

A. Irises was the most expensive among van Gogh’s paintings

B. Van Gogh didn’t become famous until he dies

C. Van Gogh had become famous as an artist when he was alive

D. Van Gogh sold many paintings in his life

It’s the time of year when graduates (毕业生) are looking forward to putting constant exams behind and moving on to a more exciting stage of their lives. But in the digital age, not everything is so easily left behind, because they have created a digital footprint that’s often not easy to cover up. However, there are various actions they can take to make that online presence more appealing. 1.

Clean up your Facebook account

Clean up your Facebook page and get rid of anything that could be considered offensive or held against you. Remember, the test is no longer “Would you want grandma to see it?” but “2.

Use a professional looking photo

3., so make sure that first impression is a good one. Again, what worked at school is unlikely to impress the employers. Also, be consistent and use the same photo on all your online platforms.


While it’s important to make the transition (过渡) from school to the workplace, you don’t want to leave everything behind. Make a point of keeping in touch with your school friends, teachers, professors, sports coaches, or anyone who could be helpful to you as you establish a career.

Be yourself

Nobody can be more like you than you. 5. Turn your social networking pages into your own personal website, and start marketing your own individual brand!

A. A picture is worth a thousand words

B. Would you want a future employer to see it?

C. Make sure your online presence is representative of who you really are.

D. Here are a few suggestions that you might want to pass on.

E. Search your memory

F. Grow your network

G. Whom would you want to see it?

“I couldn’t survive without music,” says fifteen-year-old Steve. In the morning, Steve wakes up to his favorite ______ station. He listens to rock on the radio while he eats ______. He puts on his personal stereo (立体声唱机) before he leaves the house and listens to cassettes on the bus to ______.

“Last week I put my headphones on in the maths ______.” admits Steve. “The teacher was really ______. She took my headphones away and I couldn’t use them for a week. It was ______.” At home Steve does his homework to music—loud music.

“My mother ______ shouts ‘Turn it down!’” says Steve. “She can’t ______ how I can work ______ music on, but music ______ me to concentrate.” Steve would like to make music himself. “I’m learning to play the guitar.______, it doesn’t sound too good at the ______. But I’m going to keep practicing!”

For ______ like Steve, music is a very important part of ______. Music is social; it brings people together at discos, parties and concerts. Fast, ______ music is full of energy; it helps people to ______ their problems and have ______. Music talks about love, freedom and imagination. There are always new songs and new styles.

____ Steve’s mother agrees that music brings some problems. “Steve is a sensible boy,” she says, “I don’t think he would ever take drugs hearing rock. But I ______ worry about his hearing with all that loud music. And it ______ me crazy!”

1.A. railway B. radio C. television D. bus

2.A. supper B. lunch C. breakfast D. dinner

3.A. school B. office C. work D. party

4.A. workshop B. schoolroom C. dormitory D. class

5.A. angry B. worried C. excited D. tired

6.A. surprising B. hopeless C. terrible D. poor

7.A. sometimes B. always C. frequently D. seldom

8.A. understand B. bear C. expect D. believe

9.A. while B. with C. for D. at

10.A. causes B. leads C. helps D. forces

11.A. Unluckily B. Necessarily C. Disappointingly D. Actually

12.A. moment B. last C. first D. period

13.A. boys B. teenagers C. friends D. girls

14.A. study B. school C. family D. life

15.A. sound B. loud C. light D. noisy

16.A. remove B. settle C. forget D. leave

17.A. fun B. future C. smiles D. sense

18.A. And B. However C. Meanwhile D. But

19.A. can B. should C. will D. do

20.A. causes B. results C. drives D. leaves

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