The popular TV program Readers has prompted more people in China to practice reading aloud in booths(亭) set up in big cities across the country.

As the latest TV show to help people’s love for literature recover, CCTV program Readers invites people from all walks of life to read aloud their favorite poems,essays and books,or even personal letters they wrote to their loved ones.Just as the weekly show has been well-received,its reading booths, equipped with professional recording devices and cameras,have become instant hits.

A crowd of more than 200 people were pictured lining up outside the Shanghai Library at 11 a.m. on March 4 — the first day of the booth’s opening to the public in Shanghai. The deadline for registrations was brought forward to 2 p.m. instead of the scheduled 5:30 p.m., as the number of waiting readers continued to grow. Some waited more than nine hours for a try-out in the booth, according to library management.

“There is an old photo in the late 1970s capturing people lining up outside the Shanghai Library before it opens. If that was a spring of reading in Shanghai, now I think another spring has arrived again.” library manager Zhou Deming, told the Shanghai-based The Paper.

The reading booth is the only one of its kind in the city of economic center at the moment, but more are expected to be put into use in the coming months, according to the library’s website.

The Readers program has also led to booths in other cities including Beijing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Xi’an to appeal to more people to read and share their life stories.

With the recent boom of culture-themed TV shows such as Readers and Chinese Poetry Competition,some are optimistic that this will help the country love literature and reading again in general.

1.CCTV program Readers aims to

A. teach people what to read.

B. arouse people’s fresh enthusiasm for reading.

C. invite people to read aloud in the booth.

D. attract people’s attention to CCTV.

2.We can learn from Paragraph 3 that

A. the time for registrations was lengthened for three and a half hours.

B. March 4 was the first day of the opening of Shanghai Library.

C. on March 4, 200 people read in the booth.

D. some people waited for a long time to read in the booth.

3.The passage mainly tells us that

A. Readers has inspired more people to read aloud in reading booths.

B. more reading booths will be set up in the future.

C. Readers has become popular all over China.

D. many people line up to read aloud in reading booths.

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.

Instagram is a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends and family. Take a picture or video, choose a filter(修图) to transform its look and feel, and then post to Instagram— it’s that easy. You can even share to Facebook, Twitter and more.It’s a new way to see the world. So many photos of food are contained on Instagram— now a pop-up diner in London is taking advantage of this new trend by letting people settle the bill for their meals simply by uploading photos of their dishes to social networks.

I always thought people’s taking pictures of their food was kind of silly, but at this new pop-up restaurant in the UK, I’d probably do it too. “The Picture House” is the world’s first pay-by-photo restaurant. You order, click a photo of the food, share on Instagram and eat for free!

The restaurant belongs to frozen food giant(巨人) Birds Eye, who came up with the idea to cash in on people’s addiction with photographing food and sharing the pictures online. They conducted a survey and found out that more than half of the British population regularly took pictures of their meals.So they realized it was a better way to advertise their new dining range.

The pop-up diner was open in Soho, London for three days in May, and is now moving to other major UK cities. They serve two-course meals that customers don’t have to pay for, if they photo and Instagram it.

The restaurant is a part of Birds Eye’s “Food for Life” campaign, a new marketing project that aims at changing the way people look at frozen food. “Taking photos of food enables people to show off and to share their mealtime moments—from the everyday to the special, ”said marketing director Margaret Jobling.

The reaction to the Picture House has been great so far. And the pay-by-picture concept has proven to be an effective way. Alternative payment methods are actually gaining popularity among a lot of businesses. Last year in a cafe in Germany customers pay by how much time they spend there, not by what they eat.

1.Instagram probably is_____________

A. a restaurant free of charge.

B. a campaign of “Food for Life”.

C. a program used to share photos.

D. a new marketing project.

2.What can we infer from the passage?

A. The Picture House was opened in Scotland.

B. The British people’s response to the Picture House is quite cold.

C. The Picture House is the world’s first pay-by-photo restaurant.

D. Lots of British people like taking photos of their meals.

3.“The Picture House” encourages sharing photos of its food to__________

A. attract more customers.

B. create a new social media trend.

C. raise the price of frozen food.

D. reward the regular customers.

4.Which of the following can serve as the best title for the passage?

A. Food for Life

B. The Pop-up Diner

C. No Need to Pay

D. Pay by Picture

Everybody knows that first impressions count. If you want to know how to meet people, just follow these steps.

● Live in the moment.

To meet new people, the first thing you have to do is enjoy the present moment of the new conversation. 1. They can prevent a conversation from going smoothly.

When you approach a new person, don’t ask yourself, “How do I look?” or “How do I sound?” Instead, ask, “What would this person like to talk about?” “What matters to this person?”

● Stay confident.

If you keep up your confidence, people feel that you’re a person who is worth talking to. You should be confident before you walk into a room with new people in it and build your confidence as the conversation goes along. 2.

Body language can help you stay confident. 3. When you introduce yourself, speak clearly and loudly enough that you’ll be heard.

● Be positive.

4.You should smile from time to time. Talk about the things you love, the things that make you happy, and your interests to keep people engaged.

Don’t talk about your long-standing hatred for a certain person. Don’t nod and agree with what the person is saying every five seconds. 5.

A. Maintaining a positive attitude will make people want to talk to you.

B. Let go of your expectations and fears.

C. If you find yourself anxious, take a deep breath and wait until you calm down.

D. Never ask for a person’s number or salary in the middle of the conversation.

E. The occasional “That’s so true!” or “I know exactly what you mean!” will be far more positive.

F. Just smile, talk about the things that you love, and show everyone that you love who you are.

G. Stand tall, maintain eye contact, and don’t look at the floor.

Across the street from where we live, there stands a big hospital. To earn some money, we ______ the rooms upstairs to patients. One evening, there was a(n) ______ at the door. I opened it and saw a short man who was ______ taller than my eight-year-old son. But the worst thing was his face— it was really ugly. He told me he’d been___________a room since that noon but no one seemed to have one. ________I hesitated, not wanting to rent him a room, but his next words ______ me. He said, “I could sleep on this chair. My bus leaves early in the morning.” I told him we would find him a bed.

It wasn’t a long time ______ I found that this old man had a beautiful heart in that ______ body. He fished for a living to______his daughter, his daughter’s children, and her disabled husband. He didn’t tell it by way of complaint. ______, he was grateful that no pain was caused by his ______ and that he still had strength to keep going. At bedtime, we put a camp cot (吊床) in my children’s room for him. Before he left the next morning, he asked, “Could I come back and _____ when I see the doctor next time? ______ are bothered by my face, but children don’t seem to ______.” I told him he was welcome to come again.

____ his next trip, he brought a big fish and a bag of the largest oysters(牡蛎) I had ever seen. Other times we received ______ in the mail. There were oysters, fish or some fresh vegetables. ______ how little money he had and that he must walk three miles to ______ these made these gifts much more ______. And from him we learned what it was to accept the bad without complaint and the good with ______.

1.A. left B. rented C. removed D. hired

2.A. knock B. call C. answer D. bell

3.A. hardly B. even C. almost D. seemingly

4.A. checking in B. looking at C. going through D. hunting for

5.A. All at once B. All of a sudden C. For a moment D. For an instance

6.A. pushed B. encouraged C. convinced D. promoted

7.A. until B. since C. that D. before

8.A. disabled B. strong C. tiny D. sick

9.A. exchange B. support C. surprise D. please

10.A. Instead B. Otherwise C. Moreover D. However

11.A. daughter B. face C. work D. disease

12.A. chat B. stay C. visit D. pay

13.A. Grow-ups B. Doctors C. Fishermen D. Patients

14.A. mind B. notice C. refuse D. suffer

15.A. For B. With C. In D. On

16.A. greetings B. letters C. packages D. cards

17.A. Believing B. Telling C. Doubting D. Knowing

18.A. get B. find C. make D. mail

19.A. precious B. acceptable C. personal D. attractive

20.A. gratitude B. pride C. patience D. honesty

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

One day an out-of-work mime(哑剧演员)is visiting a zoo and attempts to earn some money as a performer. As soon as he starts to draw the crowd, a zoo keeper grabs him and drags him into his office. The zoo keeper explains to the mime that the zoo’s most popular attraction, a gorilla, died suddenly and the keeper fears that the attendance at the zoo will fall off. He offers the mime a job to dress up as the gorilla until they can get another one. The mime accepts.

So the next morning the mime puts on the gorilla suit and enters the cage before the crowd comes. He discovers that it’s a great job. He can sleep when he wants to, play and make fun of people and he draws bigger crowds than he ever did as a mime. However, eventually the crowds get tired of him and he doesn’t like just swinging on wires any longer. He begins to notice that the people are paying more attention to the lion in the cage next to his.

Not wanting to lose the attention of his audience, he climbs to the top of his cage, crawls across a partition(隔开物), and dangles(悬荡) from the top of the lion’s cage. Of course, this makes the lion furious, but the crowd loves it. At the end of the day the zoo keeper comes and gives the mime a raise for being such a good attraction. Well, this goes on for some time, the mime keeps laughing at the lion, the crowds grow larger, and his salary keeps going up.

Then one terrible day when he is dangling over the furious lion he slips and falls. The mime is terrified. The lion gathers its strength and prepares to pounce(猛扑). The mime is so scared that he begins to run round and round in the cage with the lion close behind. Finally, the mime starts screaming and yelling, "Help me! Help me!", but the lion is quick and pounces. The mime soon finds himself lying on his back looking up at the angry lion and the lion says, "Shut up, you idiot! Do you want to get us both fired?"

1.The mime goes to the zoo in order to    .

A. perform to make some money

B. take part in an interview

C. look for a better job as a worker in the zoo

D. help the zoo keeper to draw more visitors

2.The mime doesn’t like his job any longer probably because    .

A. he can’t have enough sleep every day

B. the visitors throw something at him

C. people are less interested in his performance

D. he wants to stay with the lion in the cage

3.The underlined word "furious" (in Paragraph 3) means "   ".

A. happy B. angry

C. frightened D. satisfied

4.According to the passage, we can know that    .

A. the lion wants to catch hold of the mime

B. both the lion and the mime will be killed

C. another employer dresses up as the lion

D. the zoo keeper will fire both of them

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