One of the greatest gifts one generation can give to other generations is the wisdom it has gained from experience. This idea has inspired the award?winning photographer Andrew Zuckerman. He interviewed and took photos of fifty over?sixty?five?year?olds all over the world. His project explores various aspects of their lives. The photos and interviews are now available on our website.Click on the introductions to read the complete interviews.

Let us now have a culture of peace.——Federico Mayor Zaragoza, SpainFederico Mayor Zaragoza obtained a doctorate in pharmacy(药学) from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1958. After many years spent in politics, he became Director?General of UNESCO in 1987. In 1999, he created the Foundation for a Culture of Peace, of which he is now the president. In addition to many scientific publications, he has published four collections of poems and several books of essays.

Writing is a discovery.——Nadine Gordimer, South AfricaDue to a weak heart, Nadine Gordimer attended school and university briefly. She read widely and began writing at an early age. She published her first short story at the age of fifteen, and has completed a large number of works, which have been translated into forty languages. In 1991, Gordimer won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Jazz is about the only form of art today.——Dave Brubeck, USADave Brubeck studied music at the University of the Pacific and graduated in 1942. After World War Ⅱ he was encouraged to play jazz. In 1951, he recorded his first album(专辑). Brubeck’s 1959 album has become a jazz standard. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.For more figures CLICK HERE.

1.Why did Andrew Zuckerman choose the fifty elders for his project?

A. Because their wisdom deserves to be passed on.

B. Because they are physically impressive.

C. Because their accomplishments inspired him.

D. Because they have similar experiences.

2.According to the web page, Federico Mayor Zaragoza _______________________.

A. has won many awards for his work in politics

B. has made achievements in different areas

C. has devoted all his life to the field of science

D. has served as the president of a university

3.Who most probably said “My education has been the library and books” in the interview when reflecting on his/her experience?

A. Nadine Gordimer. B. Federico Mayor Zaragoza.

C. Andrew Zuckerman. D. Dave Brubeck.

4.What is the main purpose of this web page?

A. To show Zuckerman’s awards. B. To publicize Zuckerman’s project.

C. To celebrate the achievements of the three people. D. To spread the wisdom of the three people.

You might make a disgusted face when you notice that the person waiting in their car at the red light next to you is picking their nose,but admit it,you do it too.And while it might be the natural option when there isn't a box of tissues around,it can be bad for you.The main reasons people feel the need to pick their nose is to clear it of dried liquid,stop an itch(痒),or just because it feels good.Boogers(鼻屎)form when dried liquid and cilia,the tiny hairs that line the nostrils(鼻孔),trap the dust,dirt,and other things.When boogers build up in your nose,it can be uncomfortable,and sometimes just blowing into a tissue doesn't do the trick.

Otolaryngologist Erich P.Voigt,MD,told Business Insider that picking your nose can cause injuries and bleeding within your nostrils.That's not terribly damaging,but when the bacteria from your hands get into your body,it can cause a cold and flu.So doctors strongly suggest not picking the nose.

If dry winter air is causing the dirty liquid to harden in your nostrils,making you want to pick,consider damping the air at home,or taking a steam shower to soften things up in there.

Children,who are most famous for having a finger up their nose,sometimes don't realize how much injury they're causing,and sometimes it.can lead to nose bleeds.

So,next time you go to pick your nose,think about how many bacteria are on your hands and in your boogers, and maybe reach for a tissue instead.Even if you 're alone,and not waiting for the light to turn green,please,use a tissue.

1.Why do people pick their nose?

A. Because they want to disgust others.

B. Because they have the need to do it.

C. Because they have nothing else to do.

D. Because they don't have tissues around.

2.Which of the following can replace the underlined part " do the trick" in Paragraph 1?

A. act B. work

C. play D. help

3.Which can help people avoid a cold and flu according to the text?

A. Stopping nose picking. B. Using tissues regularly.

C. Taking a shower every day. D. Keeping the air wet at home.

4.What should you do when you have to pick your nose?

A. Be careful not to cause bleeding.

B. Use a tissue instead of bare fingers.

C. Wait for the light to turn red if you are driving.

D. Wash up your hands and clear your fingernails.

We eat in our cars, at our desks, on the go, and in front of die TV. We eat take-out, packaged and prepared meals. Why? Because it fits our not-enough-time-in-the-day lifestyles. 1. Well, I’m certainly not the first one to think it-or say it-but we all need to slow down.

Consumer trends around the globe show that over the past three decades people are purchasing more prepared foods at grocery and eating out more than ever before. It’s predicted that we’ll spend more at restaurants in the coming years. 2. However, we’re getting less healthy.

While debates can be seen in different media over diet food industry’s contribution to our growing waistlines and our health problems, the bottom line is this: 3. We can choose to eat a fast—food lunch on the go. We can throw a frozen meal in the microwave and call it dinner. We can eat without thinking, in front of the tube, at our computers, and while driving a car.

4.. Studies have shown meaningful links between family meals and kids’ mental and physica I well— being. Eating sensibly doesn’t take much time or money, but it does require you to make a conscious decision to do so. Wrapped in endless work, appointments and social activities, we often fail to enjoy a relaxing meal with our families.

While it can be a challenge to always put healthy eating first, just do your best. Remember that diet food you eat has a more significant intact on your health, weight and well-being than almost any other activity you do. 5. Every meal made at home—even just once or twice a week—is a step closer to a healthier body and a slower food lifestyle.

A. Lunch is the biggest calorie intake when it comes to eating out.

B. Treat it with the importance that it deserve, but start small.

C. Our food matches our lives.

D. Purchase food locally and skip as many packaged items as you can.

E. What we eat, where we eat and how we eat are all under our control.

F. We’re consuming an increasing number of calories.

G. We can devote an hour of the day to enjoying a meal with our families.

Mildred Webinga Freeman was an English teacher at the new middle school I attended in the ninth grade.She wasn't my____;she was the adviser to the safety patrol(巡逻)on which I____.I loved being around her and____her sense of humor and kind personality.She was____a good listener.

At the end of the year,she____that she was moving to Florida,and I was very sad.We exchanged____and became pen pals.I could tell her____,and she treated me____respect even though I was a teenager.

In Florida,Mrs.Freeman became a Realtor(房地产经纪人),____she managed to find time to write letters.She wrote____stories and always took my concerns____.She had given me a(n)____invitation to visit,and I missed her so much.When I____to take her up on the____,she answered,"Get your shoes on and your bags____!You are welcome anytime!"

I spent three weeks with her in Miami.Her____of poetry,music,and creative writing____me to follow these endeavors(努力).One day____hanging sheets on the clothesline,she____and said,"You know,the sky is fuel for the soul."I had never looked at the____before hearing those words.Later that year,I received a call that Mrs.Freeman had died.

1.A. mother B. friend C. classmate D. teacher

2.A. served B. advised C. expected D. led

3.A. shared B. enjoyed C. imagined D. found

4.A. such B. just C. still D. also

5.A. knew B. announced C. thought D. realized

6.A. addresses B. gifts C. views D. roles

7.A. anything B. nothing C. everything D. something

8.A. in B. as C. with D. to

9.A. so B. but C. or D. for

10.A. amusing B. different C. emotional D. ordinary

11.A. immediately B. carefully C. seriously D. privately

12.A. urgent B. lucky C. ambiguous D. open

13.A. decided B. hesitated C. wrote D. hurried

14.A. offer B. promise C. excuse D. message

15.A. bought B. found C. filled D. packed

16.A. love B. dream C. sense D. feeling

17.A. persuaded B. encouraged C. forced D. allowed

18.A. before B. once C. while D. after

19.A. looked over B. looked out C. looked up D. looked down

20.A. clouds B. flowers C. people D. houses

假如你是李华,你的美国朋友Sophie非常喜欢中国文化。今年是鸡年。她想知道中国人怎么庆祝新年到来,也很好奇鸡在中国的文化象征意义。请根据以下提示,给Sophie回信,解答她的困惑。1. 介绍迎接新年到来的活动。2. 说明鸡的文化象征意义(如准时、善斗等)。3. 如有疑问,表示愿意提供更多帮助。注意:1. 词数100左右(首句已给出,不计入总词数)。2. 适当增加细节,使行文连贯充实。参考词汇:鸡年 the year of rooster

Dear Sophie,l am glad to know that you are keen on Chinese culture.











Going green seems to be fad(时尚)for a lot of people these days. Whether that is good or bad, we can’t really say, but for the two of us, going green is not a fad but a lifestyle.

On April 22,2011,we decided to be green every single day for an entire year. This meant doing 365 different things, and it also meant challenging ourselves to go green beyond the easy things. Rather than recycle and reduce our energy, we had to think of 365 different things to do and this was no easy task.

With the idea of going green every single day a year, Our Green Year started. My wife and I decided to educate people about how they could go green in their lives and hoped we could show people all green things that could be done to help the environment. We wanted to push the message that every little bit helps.

Over the course of Our Green Year, we completely changed our lifestyles. We now shop at organic(有机的) stores. We consume less meat, choosing green food. We have greatly reduced our buying we don’t need. We have given away half of what we owned through websites. Our home is kept clean by vinegar and lemon juice, with no chemical cleaners. We make our own butter, enjoying the smell of home-made fresh bread. In our home office anyone caught doing something ungreen might be punished.

Our minds have been changed by Our Green Year. We are grateful for the chance to have been able to go green and educate others. We believe that we do have the power to change things and help our planets.

1.What might be the best title for the passage?

A. Going Green. B. Protecting the Planet.

C. Keeping Open-Minded D. Celebrating Our Green Year.

2.It was difficult for the couple to live a green life for the whole year because_________.

A. they were expected to follow the green fad

B. they didn’t know how to educate other people

C. they were unwilling to reduce their energy

D. they needed to perform unusual green tasks

3.What did the couple do over the course of Our Green Year?

A. They tried to get out of their ungreen habits.

B. They ignore others’ ungreen behavior.

C. They chose better chemical cleaners.

D. They sold their home-made food.

4.What can we infer form the last paragraph?

A. The government will give support to the green people.

B. The couple may continue their project in the future.

C. Some people disagree with the couple’s green ideas.

D. Our Green Year is becoming a national campaign.


We’ve organized the following information to help you prepare for your arrival at Boston College. Please feel free to contact our Admissions Office at any time over the coming months with any questions.

Your First Steps…

Please return the Acknowledgment Form sent with your acceptance letter to Dean Robert Howe, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, McGuinn Hall 221,140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

■For Ph. D. Acceptances and Master’s Acceptances with funding, we ask you to reply by April 25, 2008.

■For Master’s Acceptances without funding and Non-degree Acceptances, we ask you to reply by May 31, 2008.

■You should also contact your department to receive any department information.

Over the Coming Months…

Get informed about services around campus. We have provided links for you to the following offices.

■Student Services

After you return your Acknowledgment Form, you should receive a letter containing your BC Username and Eagle ID number. With this information you can reach email and Agora. In Agora, BC’s online community, you can update your student information, check your student account, and register for classes.

The Office of Student Services issues (发行) your BC Eagle One Card. This ID card acts as your campus library card and meal card.

Student Services’ website offers a complete listing of courses for the school year, as well as student forms and other important student information. The Office of Student Services also handles billing.

■Housing …

CLICK HERE for more information.

If we can be of any more help to you, just contact us. Congratulations again! We look forward to you joining our University!

1.The above page can most probably be read _________.

A. on the Boston College website B. in the Boston College newspaper

C. on BC Eagle One Card D. at Student Services

2.The information above is particularly useful for those ________.

A. who want to apply for Boston College

B. who want to know about Boston College

C. who’ve been admitted to Boston College

D. who’ve decided to pay a visit to Boston College

3.If you want to study for your master’s degree with funding, you will have to _______.

A. return your Acknowledgment Form by May 31, 2008

B. send back your Acknowledgment Form by April 25, 2008

C. email your Acknowledgment Form to Admissions Office by May 31, 2008

D. return your Acknowledgment Form to Student Services by April 25, 2008

Conversation begins almost the moment we come into contact with another and continues throughout the day with the aid of cell phones and computers. However, we are so often absorbed in conversation that we lose sight of its true purpose and value.

One important aspect of a good conversation is the words used to express thoughts and feelings. We are full of deep thoughts and strong emotions, yet our vocabularies are not enough for this expression, and many make little effort to expand that. Perhaps you see a movie that touches you deeply, yet you have the following conversation: “So, what did you think of the film?” “Oh, my God, it was so sad. I swear, I went through using up a box of tissues. I was in tears.”This dialogue is hardly an effective way of expressing feelings. It gives no sign of how or why the movie truly affected you. Such commonly-used phrases are certainly not enough to describe a deeply moving experience. However, not only must you try to avoid overused words, you must also be careful in your selection. The purpose of expanding vocabulary is not to use the largest or most impressive words, but to find those best suited.

What is lacking in many conversations is the ability to talk to another rather than just talking with that person. A thoughtful person will find that even in the most ordinary of conversations, there are a thousand questions waiting to be asked if you have courage and a desire for change, in order to seek out the person behind the mask. Good conversations should not be made up of nonsense, but of a meeting of two sharing the human condition. It should bring a purer understanding of others and offer a release of emotions more than drive away unpleasant thoughts or kill time. If we want,we can reach beyond the superficiality(肤浅)of talking into the vast kingdom of wisdom.

1.The author used a movie as an example to show that ____________.

A. overused words can’t fully express feelings of a speaker

B. how and why a moving movie can deeply affect a speaker

C. only expanding vocabulary can describe moving experiences

D. the largest or most impressive words should he used by speakers

2.“Seek out the person behind the mask” in the last paragraph means___________.

A. remove the mask of others B. distrust the others’ appearance

C. feel doubtful about the others D. get the hidden truth beyond words

3.According to the author, a good conversation is ___________.

A. a way to free the unpleasant or pass time B. a desire to raise more questions

C. an exchange of emotions and experiences D. a route to the kingdom of wisdom

4.The best title of the passage could be ___________.

A. Vocabulary in Conversations B. Art of Conversations

C. Ability in Conversations D. Importance of Conversations

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